Barefoot in the Park
By Neil Simon
Directed by Alec Walters
24 – 31 January at 7.45pm
(not Sun) and 2.30pm on 31 January
Reading 31 October at 7:45pm
Auditions 2 & 3 November at 7:45pm
Opposites attract in this 1960s romantic comedy
When newly-weds, Corie and Paul Bratter move into their freezing attic apartment in New York, free-spirited Corie is effervescent at the thought of home-making. Paul however, is a straight-laced lawyer more interested in his burgeoning career. When their bohemian new neighbour drops in, Corie tries to pair him off with her lonely mother, which ironically exposes cracks in the Bratter's own marriage.
If only all conflicts could be resolved by walking ‘barefoot in the park’…
Drinking With Dorothy
Presented By Playgirls and Friends
Adapted & Directed by Cecily O'Neil
Sat 21 February at 7.45pm and
Sun 22 February at 3pm
Sketches, songs and poems by the often-quoted American writer Dorothy Parker,
Dismissive of her own talents, Dorothy Parker’s reputation for sharp wit endures:
On beauty – “Men seldom make passes at girls who wear glasses”
On people – “Their pooled emotions wouldn’t fill a teaspoon”
On writing – “I hate writing, I love having written”..
A welcome return by the Playgirls and Friends for an entertaining evening.
The Beauty Queen of Leenane
By Martin McDonagh
Directed by Norma York
21 – 28 March at 7.45pm
(not Sun) and 2.30pm on 28 March
Reading 9 January at 7:45pm
Auditions 11 & 12 January at 7:45pm
Trust and betrayal collide catastrophically in this award-winning black comedy
In a dingy cottage in the mountains of Connemara, County Galway, Maureen Folan, a plain and lonely woman in her early forties lives with Mag, her manipulative ageing mother, whose interference in Maureen's first and potentially last loving relationship sets in motion a train of events that is as darkly funny as it is horrific.
Contains scenes of domestic violence that some people may find upsetting.
By Ronald Harwood
Directed by Peter Liddiard
16 – 23 May at 7.45pm
(not Sun) and 2.30pm on 23 May
Reading 6 March at 7:45pm
Auditions 8 & 9 March at 7:45pm
‘We’re artists, aren’t we, we’re supposed to celebrate life’
A gentle and poignant comedy about life-long friendships between four larger-than-life performers. In their day each was a bright star in the opera world. Now in their twilight years, they live together in a home for retired opera singers – constantly reminding each other of their glory days.
Yet these colourful characters are not ready to take their final curtain call.
…warm, melancholy light comedy. The Sunday Times
By Anton Chekhov
A new version by Anya Reiss
Directed by Deborah Edgington
11 – 18 July at 7.45pm
(not Sun) and 2.30pm on 18 July
Reading on 24 April at 7:45pm
Auditions 26 & 27 April at 7:45pm
‘Love is the only thing on this earth that can make you happy…’
There is a lake and beside the lake lives a beautiful girl. She dreams of becoming an actress. A handsome young man dreams of becoming a writer. His mother dreams of fame and her lover dreams of success...and they all dream of love and desire.
Chekhov's comic masterpiece has been reignited for the 21st century by Anya Reiss, winner of the Most Promising Playwright in the Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle Awards.
Anya Reiss’ version of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull was first produced by Jagged Fence Productions and premiered at the Southwark Playhouse, London in 2012.