2016–2017 Season

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Private Fears in Public Places

by Alan Ayckbourn

Performed 10–17 September 2016

We are invited to follow the everyday lives of six people; a brother and sister, a well-to-do couple, the barman of an expensive hotel and a female employee of an estate agent. In one way or another, the lives of each of these characters become entangled with each other.

This amateur production of “Private Fears in Public Places” was presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, LTD.

A Doll’s House

by Henrik Ibsen

Performed 22–29 October 2016

The play is set in a Norwegian town circa 1879. The play is significant for the way it deals with the fate of a married woman, who at the time in Norway lacked reasonable opportunities for self-fulfillment in a male-dominated world, despite the fact that Ibsen denies it was his intent to write a feminist play. It aroused a great sensation at the time, and caused a “storm of outraged controversy” that went beyond the theatre to the world newspapers and society.

This amateur production of “Doll’s House, A (Hampton trans.)” was presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, LTD.

Synopsis taken from Wikipedia.

Kidnapped at Christmas

by Willis Hall

Performed 10–17 December 2016

This amateur production of “Kidnapped at Christmas” was presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, LTD.

On Golden Pond

by Ernest Thompson

Performed 28 January–4 February 2017

The plot focuses on aging couple Ethel and Norman Thayer, who spend each summer at their home on a lake called Golden Pond. During the year the story takes place, they are visited by daughter Chelsea with her fiancé Billy Ray and his son Billy Ray Jr. The play explores the often turbulent relationship the young woman shared with her father growing up, and the difficulties faced by a couple in the twilight years of a long marriage.

Synopsis taken from Wikipedia.

This amateur production was presented by arrangement with JOSEF WEINBERGER LTD.

A Pair of Pinter’s Shorts (A Slight Ache & Landscape)

by Harold Pinter

Performed 15-18 February 2017

A Slight Ache is a tragicomic play written by Harold Pinter in 1958 and first published by Methuen in London in 1961. It concerns a married couple’s dreams and desires, focusing mostly on the husband’s fears of the unknown, of growing old, and of the “Other” as a threat to his self-identity. Landscape is a one-act play by Harold Pinter that was first broadcast on radio in 1968 and first performed on stage in 1969. The play shows the difficulties of communication between two people in a marriage. This is illustrated through the two characters who appear to be talking to one another though neither seems to hear the other. The dialogue resembles two independent monologues.

Synopsis taken from Wikipedia.

This amateur production of “Slight Ache, A” and “Landscape” was presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, LTD.

The Rivals

by Richard Brindsley Sheridan

Performed 11–18 March 2017

Visiting Mr Green

by Jeff Baron

Performed 13–20 May 2017

Visiting Mr Green deals with the unlikely relationship of two very different people… Mr Green is 86, retired, a widower, living alone in the New York apartment which he until recently shared with his wife; Ross Gardiner is the young man who nearly ran into him when he wandered into the road. No-one was hurt, but Ross has been given a community order to visit Mr Green once a week, and to give him any help he can. Neither of them is happy with this arrangement, since neither of them wants it. But gradually Ross’s resentment, and Mr Green’s suspicions, soften as they come to a rather uneasy truce. It turns out they both have problems, and by the end of the play they are able to give each other some much-needed help. The play has been seen all over the world, and translated into many languages. Warren Mitchell had a huge success in the first U.K. production. The rich, Jewish humour remains as fresh as ever; it is, in fact a small and perfectly crafted masterpiece.

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