Anne of Green Gables
Wed 8 – Sun 12 & Wed 15 – Sat 18 January 2020
Adapted by Sylvia Ashby from the novel by L M Montgomery
Directed by Ian Brown
A refreshing, contemporary telling of the classic story. Stern Marilla and her warm-hearted brother Matthew hoped to adopt a boy to work on their farm. But the orphanage sends a loquacious little girl by mistake. Anne, redheaded, befreckled and incurably romantic causes chaos at Green Gables and in the village but her warmth and wit delight everyone around her—even eventually the cold Marilla. We follow Anne through her rebellious years, her transformation into a young woman, and her romantic pairing with Gilbert. This play has been charming audiences around the world.
Mon 24 – Sat 29 February 2020
By Harold Pinter
Directed by Chris Hearn
This atmospheric and, at times, humorous play is set in an institution whose nature is subject to interpretation. After the murder of one patient and the assault and subsequent pregnancy of another, Roote, the governor, orders Gibbs, his assistant, to find the perpetrators. Is this an opportunity for justice to be done, or to wrap their world in red tape and bureaucracy in an effort to grab power and influence?
Read Through: Tuesday October 29th 2019 8 pm
Our Day Out
Tues 21 – Sat 25 April 2020
By Willy Russell
Directed by Debs Brooks
Join the ‘Progress Class’ on a rare outing from the deprived area in which they live. Accompanied by their ever patient teacher Mrs Kay and disciplinarian Mr Briggs the group cause havoc as they stop off at a zoo, castle and petrol station along their way to a theme park.
Exploring themes of education, poverty and the ever present social glass ceiling, Willy Russell draws on his personal teaching experience of an inner city school with hilarious and heart breaking results. With an array of roles to choose from, this funny, gritty play is a great vehicle for our youth theatre.
Read Through: Tuesday December 3rd at 7.30pm
The Last of the Haussmans
Mon 1 – Sat 6 June 2020
By Stephen Beresford
Directed by Julie Cumbo
Judy Haussman is an incorrigible ageing hippy, still anarchic and feisty but now ill and so members of her dysfunctional family, as well as neighbours, come to visit her. The play is set in and around the Haussman family home, a 1930s’ art deco property in a state of virtual dereliction, on the South Devon coast. There are rows, revelations, touches of comedy and touches of pathos in this lively, funny and touching drama.
Read Through: Tuesday March 3rd 2020 8 pm
Brighton Beach Memoirs
Mon 20 – Sat 25 July 2020
By Neil Simon
Directed by John Shepherd
Neil Simon returns to his roots with this affectionate, semi-autobiographical piece about his early years in Brighton Beach, a poor, mainly Jewish-American, neighbourhood in Brooklyn. The ‘not quite 15’ Eugene introduces us to his family household: mother, father, elder brother, aunt and her two teenage daughters, and shares his teenage angst directly with the audience. Filled with Simon’s customary wit and well-drawn characters, the play will leave you with a smile on your face and a warm glow inside!
Read Through: Tuesday April 28th 2020 8 pm