2018–2019 Season

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Stones in His Pockets

by Marie Jones

Performed 15–22 September 2018

Two-man show about the filming of a Hollywood “Oirish” epic in County Kerry. A pair of local lads, Charlie and Jake, who have been recruited as extras, tell the story by playing all 15 characters (male and female!) themselves. What happens when rural impoverished Ireland meets Hollywood money has unexpected consequences – both joyous and tragic. Winner of 2 Olivier Awards.

This amateur production of “Stones in His Pockets” was presented by arrangement with Nick Hern Books.

Ghosts

by Henrik Ibsen

Performed 27 October–3 November 2018

Following our production of A Doll’s House in October 2016, we move on to Henrik Ibsen’s next masterpiece. Its subject matter was considered incredibly shocking, when it was first performed, but many of the issues which it raises resonate today. As devastating secrets are revealed, Helen Alving is left with a final agonising choice. This remains a very powerful dramatic work.

Death and the Maiden

by Ariel Dorfman

Performed 21–24 November 2018

This amateur production of “Death and the Maiden” was presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, LTD.

Blithe Spirit

by Noel Coward

Performed 8–15 December 2018

The play concerns the socialite and novelist Charles Condomine, who invites the eccentric medium and clairvoyant, Madame Arcati, to his house to conduct a séance, hoping to gather material for his next book. The scheme backfires when he is haunted by the ghost of his annoying and temperamental first wife, Elvira, after the séance. Elvira makes continual attempts to disrupt Charles’s marriage to his second wife, Ruth, who cannot see or hear the ghost.

Synopsis taken from Wikipedia.

This amateur production of “Blithe Spirit” was presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, LTD.

The Thrill of Love

by Amanda Whittington

Performed 26 January–2 February 2019

This amateur production of “The Thrill of Love” was presented by arrangement with Nick Hern Books.

Molly Sweeney

by Brian Friel

Performed 20-23 February 2019

This play by one of Ireland’s foremost playwrights tells the story of Molly, a woman who has been blind from infancy, who undergoes an operation intended to restore her sight. We hear the story from the perspectives of Molly, her husband Frank, and the surgeon Paddy Rice, as three interwoven monologues that together form a powerful drama underscoring the connection between vision and understanding. Beautifully observed, this most though-provoking play packs a huge dramatic and emotional punch.

This amateur production of “Molly Sweeney” was licensed by arrangement with The Agency, 24 Pottery Lane, Holland Park, London W11 4LZ info@theagency.co.uk

 

A View from the Bridge

by Arthur Miller

Performed 9–16 March 2019

The play is set in 1950s America, in an Italian-American neighborhood near the Brooklyn Bridge in New York. It employs a chorus and narrator in the character of Alfieri. Eddie, the tragic protagonist, has an improper love of, and almost obsession with, Catherine, his wife Beatrice’s orphaned niece, so he does not approve of her courtship of Beatrice’s cousin Rodolfo.

Synopsis taken from Wikipedia.

This amateur production of “A View from the Bridge” was presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Limited.

 

Communicating Doors

by Alan Ayckbourn

Performed 18–25 May 2019

An ingenious comic thriller from the pen of our most prolific playwright. Set in a hotel suite, the action moves backwards and forwards through time in two twenty year intervals. Can potential murder victims be saved by rewriting the past? What can Poopay Dayseer, a professional dominatrix, do to save herself from the murderous Julian and prevent the murders of Reece’s two wives? Ayckbourn at his most inventive.

This amateur production of “Communicating Doors” was presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, LTD.

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