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The Theatre is currently Closed

18th March until to be advised 2021

Auditions and Starting the Season

First, an apology.

No sooner had the Trustees and the Drama Committee agreed on a way of proceeding with the auditioning of the January to March productions, and announced this in Whitwords, than news of worsening Covid numbers and new restrictions caused us to pause.

Do you remember what it felt like when, with bucket and spade in hand, you decided to start building a sandcastle at the water's edge when the tide was coming in?

Well, we have accepted that we can’t compete with the tide at the moment and so, with regret, we have decided to postpone A Christmas Carol until December 2021 and Hedda Gabler and Present Laughter until January and February 2022 respectively. If you want dates for your 5 -year diary, the updated details will be on the website soon. These plays will be auditioned in July 2021.

But, being positive, we are targeting March 2021 for a re-opening of the Theatre, with John Wilson’s production of Still Alice. But, in this ever changing landscape, this aim will be kept under close review and a final decision on whether this is viable will be made at the end of 2020. 

Auditions have been arranged for Still Alice and those who have expressed an interest have been notified. In due course we will announce plans for the auditioning of Frankenstein and Twelfth Night, but there is no firm date in mind at the moment.

On the positive side

Two pieces of new writing are now in an advanced stage of rehearsal, and will shortly be filmed. Involving about a dozen GWT members, the intention is that these two short plays will be available to view on the GWT website in mid-October. So watch out for more details, and news of the dates of performance, for The Devil You Don’t and Sitting in Silence.

A second project is in the early stages of planning which will hopefully provide an opportunity for another group of acting members to dust off their acting skills in a Covid-secure environment. Look out for more details in the next edition of Whitwords.

AGM update

Full details of the virtual AGM, scheduled for 3rd October at 7.30pm, appeared in the last edition of Whitwords but, by way of reminder, if you would like to attend this meeting by Zoom please email to receive an invitation and password. Subject heading – GWT AGM

The Financial report for the year ending 31st July 2020 will be emailed to those people who have applied to attend the meeting.

There are three vacancies on the Drama Committee and, ahead of the AGM, there have been three nominations:

·       Stephen Hunt (standing for re-election) has been nominated by David Oatley and seconded by Melinda Hunt

Lisa Harris has been nominated by Paul Harris and seconded by Gaynor Griffin

Gaynor Griffin has been nominated by Viv Cleary and seconded by Cath Bateman

There are two vacancies on the Club Committee and two nominations as follows

·         Lesley Robins  nominated by Paul Allen and seconded by Viv Goodwin

·         Lisa haynes nominated by Steve Hunt and seconded by Gill Meason

The Railway Children

A lot of our members watched the Zoom recording of the Youth Group performing this play (which was originally due to be staged in April) and which was aired on 5 September.

We received a number of very positive messages including:

We have just watched the virtual presentation of the Railway Children and would like to congratulate the Youth Group on their performance.  They did very well under difficult conditions.  However, I do wish I could have seen an actual performance!        

Mary Webb

We thought the young people did a brilliant job. They worked with such lively enthusiasm and sympathy for their characters that we forgot that they were not all in the same place so they deserve many congratulations.       

Greta Bayley

We very much enjoyed the performance from some very talented young people.


Anne and Richard Ford

21st September 2020