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NEWSLETTER July 2018

The Summer Soiree will take place at Deepdale, Butlers Dene Road by kind permission of Jennifer Greenwood, on Sunday 29th July from 3.30pm for 4pm. David Martin will direct Murder in the Cathedral, a one-act comedy by Ron Nicol, with a cast of six stalwarts. Light refreshments will be served as is customary. In the event of bad weather we have a fall-back booking at the Village Hall. It would help with catering numbers If you could let Berry know your intention of coming.

We need a replacement for the Auditor, who needs to check the books and accounts on behalf of the membership during August. Please, someone volunteer and get in touch with Colin.

The Annual General Meeting will take place on Friday September 14th in the Scout Hut. Any nominations or volunteers for Officers or Committee to Berry please.

The Autumn Production will be performed at the Village Hall from October 31st to November 3rd. Ian Hislop and Nick Newman’s A Bunch of Amateurs will be directed by Pippa Martin. It is a comedy with topical undertones about a dramatic society which is having difficulty in casting their next play – and they have chosen King Lear! You will be relieved to learn that our casting was completed a while ago and the first read-through took place last week. Do get the dates in your diaries and encourage as many friends to come as this should be a real treat of an evening. We have lead back-stagers in place, but will need other assistance particularly for set-building and painting and for front of house – contact David Martin and Sue Lowndes respectively.

We have no firm plans for further events over the winter and into next year, but would like to have a play-reading in December and maybe another in the New Year. Anyone like to manage one of these? Also, if we cannot select a suitable full-length play for a Spring Production, we would definitely like to enter one or more of the Festivals in the Spring; we have one possible one-act play in mind, but maybe someone else would like to give it a go?

Yours sincerely
David Martin

Write-up: Acted Play Reading on 22nd February 2018

The Players performed a witty play called ‘Key for Two’ written by John Chapman and David Freeman renowned for their hilarious comedies. This play was produced at the Miller Centre recently and three of their actors were co-opted  by our Producer Christine Bower for our enaction of the first act of this skit on human relationships – all very offbeat.

The setting was the inside of an elegant flat in Brighton inhabited by Harriet, a divorcee living on her own, played by Allison Blair. Can you imagine the ‘goings-on’ that might ensue when the hostess entertains two married gentlemen callers on different days of the week, plus her friend Anne whose marriage to Richard, a vet from New Zealand, is under strain; parts played by Colin Brown, Ewen Rose, Sue Simpson and Reg Anderson respectively.
The reading was most entertaining with lots of mime, appropriate confused movements and mistaken identities.  The actors and the audience enjoyed themselves immensely.

Congratulations to Christine for a carefully thought out production including a multitude of props!  The North Downs Golf Club was our venue with tasty refreshments provided. Altogether a fun evening.

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For further information contact one of the Officers:

President:
David Martin – 01737 763395, moc.d1537857910lrowl1537857910tn@es1537857910uohne1537857910kcarb1537857910.snit1537857910ram1537857910

Hon Secrectary:
Berry Butler – 01883 652448, ku.oc1537857910.tenw1537857910eiv@r1537857910eltub1537857910.yrre1537857910b1537857910

Hon Treasurer:
Colin Brown – 01883 652005, moc.n1537857910sm@nw1537857910orbpm1537857910uj1537857910

History of the Society
Bedroom Farce, 2008

Bedroom Farce, 2008

Woldingham’s dramatic society was founded in 1927 and, with only pause in wartime, has been active with productions every year. We aim to produce one or two full-length plays every year at the well-equipped Woldingham Village Hall – in the past occasional musicals, but these days classic drama, thrillers, comedy and farce. We enter annual one-act play drama festivals as often as we can, principally the Southern Counties Drama Festival and since 2010 the Leatherhead Drama Festival.

We have had some notable successes at these. In recent years Blue Remembered Hills reached the semi-finals of the All England Festjval in 2004, the Dear Departed won at Leatherhead in 2010 and A Little Box of Oblivion was the best adult performance at the Southern Counties in 2017.

We welcome guest actors and they have contributed greatly to some of our productions in recent years.  We are always on the lookout for new members, actors, back-stagers and anyone who is keen to contribute.

A regular feature of our programme is play-readings, all acted nowadays. We try to hold 3 or 4 each year and they afford the opportunity for aspiring actors to get a taste of the fulfilment that can be enjoyed.

Jacqui RourkeWoldingham Players