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Dorking Dramatic and Operatic Society (DDOS)

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Dorking Green Room Theatre, Dorking, Surrey



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The open meeting for this 60’s tragicomedy is Monday 25th November 8:00pm with AUDITIONS on Wednesday 27th 8:00pm.
Production dates are Wednesday 26th - Saturday 29th February 2020.

DDOS proudly introduce our next play: Abigail's Party by Mike Leigh, a wonderful 60's tragicomedy directed by Geoff Brown.
Beverly and her husband Laurence host a drinks party for a few neighbours in their suburban house. The guests - Angela, her husband Tony, and Sue, a divorcee whose daughter Abigail is having a rowdy party nearby - are subjected to Beverly's desire to be an exemplary hostess.

Character Profiles:
Beverley (acting age 35-40): Beverley is an aspirational working-class woman who is totally preoccupied with appearances and received notions of behaviour and taste. She’s a bundle of contradictions, and espouses the idea of people freely enjoying themselves, yet endlessly bullies everybody into doing what she wrongly thinks they’ll enjoy, or what is good for them. Whilst she may be perceived as monstrous, she is in fact vulnerable, insecure and overall sad.
Laurence (acting age 35-40): The hen-pecked, workaholic husband of Beverley. Questionable whether he’s from a working-class or lower middle-class background. If you met Laurence, you might not guess, but he’s more likely to be working-class. He and his prize-catch wife are on the way up, materially successful (with a struggle), sexually and spiritually unfulfilled, and at odds about pretty much everything. Laurence yearns for the highbrow, whereas his wife just wants a good time and the goods!! Laurence dies in a dramatic scene towards the end of the play.
Angela (acting age 25-35): A newly-moved in neighbour of Beverley’s, she’s working-class, essentially honest and unpretentious. Underneath Angela’s silliness is the tough, practical reliability of a working nurse. One knows that before long she will become a responsible, loving parent, unlike Beverley and Laurence who are locked into their loveless battle forever.
Tony (acting age 25-35): Athletic in build, Tony is the husband of Angela. Like Angela, Tony has a respectable job but used to be a budding football player. At the moment he is having that classic of tough times with his new house, the mortgage, acquiring furnishings, and is relatively out of his depth in his new neighbourly role. Shyness and self-consciousness are responsible for Tony’s aggression.
Susan (acting age 35-45): Susan is middle-class, genuinely honest, but fearfully polite. She has seen better times, and is finding it difficult since splitting up with her husband and being mother to Abigail, her 15 years-old daughter (whose first party at home gives the play its title). It is patently obvious Susan doesn’t want to be at Beverley’s cosy get-together and battles her way through the evening bravely.
We hope to see many of you there at the auditions, if you have any questions then come along to the open meeting or send us a message!

TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW: here or call 01306 881717 from Dorking Halls box office!

Posted 11/11/2019


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Banbury Cross Players

Banbury Cross Players

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Banbury Cross Players

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The Rehearsal Room is an odd kind of space. Chaos and concentration are happy bedfellows. For the actors it’s a safe space to develop their character whilst at the same time developing relationships with their fellow cast and crew members – people they will be very close to and rely upon heavily during show week. For the crew, it’s a military exercise requiring full concentration working through how the show will be managed, what needs to be where - and when - during the run. To be invited in is a particular privilege – one your roving reporter enjoyed recently to watch a rehearsal of BCP’s forthcoming production of Amanda Whittington’s The Thrill of Love.

The room at The Mill Arts Centre was replete with props and furniture, and the cast were rehearsing in (stylised black and white with the odd pop of colour) costume – something not always seen until closer to the show. It certainly added to the atmosphere. More of the atmosphere of this stylish production was added by the Sound Tech being on hand providing the multitude of repeating sound effects and under-cutting the action and dialogue with a sound track of emotive Billie Holliday songs.

By the end of the evening I was completely drawn in to the story that was unfolding. Each of the characters was being beautifully drawn before me. The stranger in the midst, Inspector Gale, with his dogged yet poetic determination to get to the truth; the excitable wannabe star, Vickie Martin; the hard-working, caring charwoman, Doris; Sylvia the hard-bitten grand-dame of Club-land with her effective staccato delivery, and finally the fragile yet aloof Ruth whose story this most definitely is.

All this just from the first act. I look forward to this production coming to the stage at The Mill Arts Centre and being enjoyed by a much wider audience than was room for in the rehearsal space. It really is a show “not to be missed”.

The Thrill of Love opens at The Mill Arts Centre on 20 November 2019, 7.30pm, and runs until 23 November 2019. Tickets are on sale now from The Mill Arts Centre Box Office on 01295 279002 or online.

A short Q & A session with director and cast follows the performance. A “behind the scenes” look at putting the production together and a chance to talk about the facts in the controversial and tragic case of Ruth Ellis.

Visit BCP's website for more details of this and other productions this season.

Posted on 11/11/2019

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Wellingborough Cooperative Amateur Dramatic Society

Wellingborough Cooperative Amateur Dramatic Society

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Cheshire Cats

Author: Gail Young

Cheshire Cats


Venue: Castle Theatre, 10 Castle Way, Wellingborough NN8 1XA

Box Office: Book by visiting the Castle Theatre website https://www.parkwoodtheatres.co.uk/castle-theatre/ or ring the box office 01933 270007
All tickets £10

February 19th – 22nd 2020 at 7.45pm & Saturday February 22nd at 2.30pm

Cheshire Cats by Gail Young focuses on how friends, family and society deals with cancer and follows a group of women fundraising by taking part in the London Moonwalk. However, the spirit under which it is undertaken is almost like a hen party at times! The journey from training, to train journey to event is both emotional and funny and......hugely entertaining.
This amateur production of “Cheshire Cats” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH LTD a Concord Theatricals Company.

Posted 10/11/2019


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Droitwich Theatre and Arts Club Ltd (Norbury Theatre)

Droitwich Theatre & Arts Club LTD (Norbury Theatre)


Volunteer-run venue for amateur dramatics productions, variety shows, film screenings & satellite events. 176-seat main auditorium plus a 45 seat studio theatre.

Contact: info@norburytheatre.co.uk or 01905 770154

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Loughton Amateur Dramatic Society

Loughton Amateur Dramatic Society

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Essex / London

Contact: lads.chairman@gmail.com


Props for Pressure by David Haig

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Props for Pressure by David Haig

We have just finished our production and have the 5 weather charts required available for hire - they have been professionally painted and measure approx 10' x 8'. For more information please email lads.chairman@gmail.com. We also have handmade props of the Barograph and anemometer for hire

Posted 10/11/2019


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The 39 Steps by John Buchan and adapted by Chris Hawley

Reviewed by: Elaine Chapman @elainec46302904

Review date: 9th Nov 2019

Set during the winter of 1962 in a radio station Black box Theatre are about to broadcast live The 39 Steps by John Buchan. However, as the weather worsens and snow prevents all but one cast member arriving safely at the studio. Roy the caretaker and Brenda the tea lady is called upon to save the day.

The stage is interestingly dressed with two 1960s style microphones at the centre stage, a prop table to the right-hand side full of stage props which are used for the large array of sound effects ranging from a mini bellow, drinking glasses, upright bicycle pump and a pair of coconut shells.

The humour is varied and extremely well delivered. One particular scene in the outer depths of Scotland it was reminiscent of the BBC’s League of Gentlemen where you can imagine a stranger being the centre of gossip, suspicion and intrigue.

David McCulloch and Scarlett Briant’s delivery is perfectly timed throughout the performance and they never cease to remind the audience that they are still in character as the radio station staff and are just the stand-in cast.

Bruce Chattan-McIntosh in the role of Mr Richard Hanney never falters out of character. Chattan-McIntosh’s work and a vast amount of radio voice over experience shows and he really has perfected the art of radio voice work. An absolute treat to listen to while watching the play.

In the words of the fantastic cast “It’s hawfully good, what, what” and I for one definitely agree with them.

If you would like to discover who or what The Blackstone is then caught one of Blackbox Theatre’s performance while they are out and about with this extremely funny and entertaining show while it is on tour.

Tour dates are available on their website below.

Four Stars

David McCulloch
Bruce Chattan-McIntosh
Scarlet Briant
Hannah Wood-Technical Stage Manager
Chris Hawley- Director

For further details and to check out tour dates please check out their website below.


See the full review here theatreandartreviews.wordpress.com


Posted on 10/11/2019


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Posted on 08/11/2019


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Guildhall School of Music & Drama

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Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Milton Court, 1 Milton Street, London EC2Y 9BH

Contact: shortcourses@gsmd.ac.uk

Evening courses at Guildhall School of Music & Drama

Starting January 2020

We have launched our new programme of adult evening courses at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama which will start in January 2020 and we thought that they could be of interest to your members.

Please see the quick overview Guildhall-Evening-Courses-2020.pdf containing details on our Spring programme.

Alex Bazalgette
Innovation Coordinator

Posted 07/11/2019


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9 Tulketh Avenue, Ashton-on-Ribble, Preston, Lancashire, PR2 1DR


Stage-in-a-Box, the unique scale-model stage & performance area set.
Stage-in-a-Box is a portable metal box which transforms into a stage or performance area. Its contents are more than 60 pieces which replicate rostra blocks of various sizes, ramps, cylinders and steps, each with an embedded magnet which allows them to be securely and easily positioned. A beautifully made working lighting rig provides further authenticity. In fact, it has all that is needed to build stage sets from the simple to the complex.
Four flexible manikin ‘actors’ provide a human perspective. It is designed, by a practising teacher, to be used by teachers and students of drama and theatre in high schools, colleges and drama schools. ?It is also invaluable for stage schools, drama groups and in fact anyone with an interest in stage design.

Contact: sales@theatreinabox.co.uk / Richard +44 (0)7522 343294 or via our website


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Recent Post from one of our readers - 04/11/2019
Name: Sarah Flaherty


From https://www.facebook.com/sarah.mullinsflaherty


Would anyone be able to help with a contact number for Carol King who wrote the play "The Stations".
I can't seem to find a contact for her.

Any help would be appreciated
kind regards
Sarah Flaherty

Peter's response:

Hi Sarah,

Thanks for posting your question. I can't find any reference to Carol King the author I'm afraid. I shall make sure your question gets published in the #Advice section of the www.dramagroups.com website and its associated Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages within the next 24 hours. I shall ask people to contact you directly if they can help or advise.

Best Wishes,


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Plays for Adults

Plays for Adults


Playstage, 140 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 9SA

Plays for Adults

Tired of not being able to cast plays?
Playstage Senior plays have plenty of lead roles for actors aged 40 – 70+

Playstage Senior was formed in the UK in 2008 by playwright Lynn Brittney and friends and now our plays have been performed by English-speaking drama groups all over the world.

Unlike other companies that offer play scripts, Playstage Senior is committed to offering new plays that contain good parts for older actors, because we understand the needs of most amateur dramatic groups! The plays contain some younger parts but the majority of the roles are for actors aged forty and beyond (sometimes way beyond) – and not a Zimmer frame in sight!

We have comedies, dramas, murder mysteries, period costume plays – all in one act and full length formats – and we are adding new plays to our catalogue all the time.

And not only that but we have some of the cheapest licence fees in the business. Performing one of our plays is not going to break the bank, no matter how small your venue.

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Brantham Amateur Theatrical Society (BATS)Brantham Amateur Theatrical Society

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Brantham Village Hall, New Village, Brantham, CO11 1RF Manningtree, Essex

Costume Sale & Wardrobe Open Day

For Sale

Saturday, 23 November 2019 from 11:00-15:00

Costume Sale & Wardrobe Open Day

Wide range of costumes from vintage to panto.....

Enquiries to info@batsonline.co.uk or 07584 578291

Posted 28/10/2019


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Failand Drama Circle

Failand Drama Circle

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Failand Village Hall, Bristol BS8 7TS


High Society

Production: High Society

Dates Required: 3-7th December 2019

HELLO!!! Is SOUND your thing?
Failand Drama Circle (Bristol BS8 7TS) are seeking a sound engineer for their upcoming production of High Society 3-7th December.
Please contact kayhicken@btconnect.com or 07748958485

Posted 25/10/2019


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Peter Drake

Location: UK



Hi everyone

My name is Peter Drake and I am the writer of GSOH, a two act play that tells the comic adventures of three men in middle age who, for reasons explained in the play, set up an escort agency 'for the discerning woman who refuses to settle for second best'.
The play has done some decent business here in the north east and if I may say so, is pretty funny.
Cheap as chips to put on and needs three men and either one or two women.
If you fancy a look at the script, please PM me with an email address and I will send it down the wires.
Thanks Peter

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Kay Crawford

Contact: kaycrawford@talktalk.net

Vocal scores and libretti

I am doing a big clear out at home and I have a bundle of scores and libretti from various shows etc from my days in an amateur operatic club. I am attaching a list and I am happy to pass these on.


SCORE for:


Irving Berlin - Golden Years
The Best of Jerome Kern
Song Album - Carousel

Posted 03/04/2019

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Crystal point mall, 213, 2nd Floor, link rd above star bazaar,
Andheri West, Mumbai - 53


Theatre Available

Contact: IRFAN HAMID 9820187443

A new entertainment venue 100 seater auditorium for
• Stand up Comedy
• Kids Plays
• All Genres Plays
• Dance shows
• Business events
• Presentation
• Learning space
• Non commercial movies
. Drama Workshops
Or any kind of events.

Posted 07/01/2019


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Mandy Gunter

Telford, Shropshire

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Does anybody have multiple copies of Same by Deborah Bruce that they would be willing to sell?
We would like to perform in the Wellington Drama Festival but the cost of purchasing 9 scripts is quite prohibitive as we would not recoup the costs from the performance. Thanks :-)

Oct/Nov 2018

Posted 05/10/2018

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Make-Up Artist Work Experience Required

I am a make-up lecture at Sussex downs college in Lewes. currently seeking work experience for my make-up group. They are all very passionate about theatrical make-up and I was seeking if by any chance they could have the opportunity in working together with the art performance in delivering make-up and gaining experience within the make-up industry in theatrical

yours sincerely

Nelia Mici
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Sussex downs college, Lewes