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The Theatre is currently Closed

18th March until to be advised 2021



Mixed Doubles

Our latest online project, an audio presentation of three short, comic, plays from the Mixed Doubles” anthology will be available on our You Tube channel on February 26th, 27th and 28th.

These brief, funny, studies of three different stages of married life will be presented together in a 40-minute radio-style broadcast. With some familiar music from the 1960’s to link them together, this is a collection not to be missed.

 ‘A Man’s Best Friend’, by James Saunders, finds a newly-wed couple (played by Lauren Smith and Conor Litten), and a guitar, travelling by train to their honeymoon destination. We realise quickly that this couple do not know each other very well and, in their relative innocence and inexperience, they are going to become quickly irritated by each other.

Permanence’, by Fay Weldon, features a sophisticated, middle-aged couple on their annual camping holiday, stuck in their tent in the rain. All Peter (Michael Martin) wants to do is read his book, while Helen (Helen England) wants to talk endlessly about “life”. There is tension in the tent!

In ‘Resting Place’, by David Campton, we discover an elderly couple (played by Lesley Robins and Paul Campion) sitting on a bench in a cemetery. It is late afternoon, in autumn, and they are resting on their way home, whilst reflecting on life and death.

Due to licencing restrictions the recording will be available on February 26th, 27th and 28th only so do make sure you tune in.

Want to get involved in our next online project?!

Lawrence Watling is directing an audio production of The Rose and Crown, for broadcast in early April 2021. 

 

The Rose and Crown was written by J.B. Priestley in 1946 and broadcast, by the BBC, as a television play. Priestley adapted it for stage performance in 1947. The play, although written just after the Second World War, truly stands the test of time. It’s a ghost story (hooray!) set in a pub (double hooray!) in North London in 1946. The locals are bemoaning their lot in life. Suddenly, a mysterious stranger appears - offering them all a choice – and we learn what these characters are really like. What is the stranger’s proposal? Who is the stranger? Want to know more?   So do we!

 

·        Rehearsals will be via Zoom two evenings a week.  

·        Cast size 7 (4 M and 3 F) - of all ages!

 

To register your interest or if you have any questions about the process please contact Larry on 07507837931 or email him on lawrencewatling@msn.com by Thursday 25th February.   

 

Don’t delay - contact Larry today! 

 Previous online projects

If you’re missing the thrill of “live” performance you’re not alone.  So are we!  But in common with many other arts organisations our creative writers, actors and directors have found opportunities to continue to make theatre, with a series of projects which we’ve been delighted to share with you. 

Mrs Warren’s Profession

If you missed our fabulous serialised audio version of George Bernard Shaw’s “Mrs Warren’s Profession” you can catch up with all four episodes on our You Tube channel.  It will remain there for you to enjoy!

Earlier in 2020 the short pieces you can see here – all involving GWT members you’ll probably recognise - were submitted to the written voice new writing event, which formed part of an Arts Festival usually presented live at the Stag Theatre. To keep the event alive during 2020 written voice wanted to make films and recordings of the pieces instead.

The Devil you Don’t

Written by Alice Higginson-Clarke this short play stars GWT actors Catherine Addy and Hannah Holland in a story of two young women ‘doing their bit’ for the refugee crisis. It is a story of friendship, dodgy driving and uncomfortable realisations. Thank you for supporting our theatre in these troubled times. This project was filmed in Covid-Safe settings whilst observing restrictions.

Click here to view this play

Sitting in Silence

Written by Mike Higginson, this short play examines the devastating after effects of the First World War on people of all walks of life. The cast features GWT actors; Maurice Tripp, Paul Harris, Lisa Harris, Katie Webster, Alice Higginson-Clarke, Dominic Higginson-Clarke, Gaynor Griffin and Sue Higginson.  This project was filmed in Covid-Safe settings whilst observing restrictions.

Click here to view this play

Tortoise

This monologue is taken from the play Tortoise written by Lisa Whitbread and performed by Gerald Bishop. Peter lives alone, he says quite happily and then his daughter decides to make his decisions for him. 

Click here to view this play

Zoom; Dogs and Dinosaurs

Sue’s embraced ALL the technology to keep in touch with her friends and family. But where does a Romanian dog rescuer fit in – and who on earth are Nips, Lethal and Dyson? This funny and touching monologue is written, and performed, by Brenda Joyce.

Click here to view this play

written voice is run by GWT members Lisa and Paul Harris; find them at https://www.facebook.com/writtenvoicetheatre/

Season Update

As we all know, legislation for the current lockdown is in place until the end of March...

"..not because we expect the full national lockdown to continue until then, but to allow a steady, controlled and evidence-led move down through the tiers on a regional basis."

... according to the PM's statement to the Commons when Lockdown #3 went into law. 

As part of the “move down through the tiers” our theatre and the surrounding areas are likely to remain in tier 4 - or tier 3 - for a period of time.  Of course it’s not possible to predict how long that period of time may be. For a non-professional theatre, indoor mixing restrictions for individuals from different households in tiers 3 and 4 will not allow for auditions, rehearsals, set building or costume fitting sessions; or any of the other necessary interactions required to mount a full scale production.  And that’s before we even begin to consider performances, and how an audience could be safely and legally accommodated for the foreseeable future.

Against this background of uncertainty around restrictions and how long these may continue to impact on us, we’ve reluctantly taken the decision to postpone the planned productions of Still AliceSkellig, and Frankenstein.  All being well, these will roll over into the equivalent slots in our 2021-2022 season. We will be issuing an update about The Audience and Twelfth Night when post Lockdown #3 arrangements become clearer.

18th February 2021