WE HAPPY FEW
By Imogen Stubbs
Directed by BARRY JARVIS
17th - 24th August 2019
'We Happy Few' is a fictitious story inspired by the Oriris Players, Britain’s first all-female professional theatre company founded in 1927 and led until the early 1960s by the indomitable, director Nancy Hewins. Touring schools, towns and village halls throughout the country they presented cut down versions of the classic repertoire of plays - the second year of the war being their finest hour during which they put on 1,534 performances of 33 plays, 16 of them Shakespeare. Before and after the war, Oriris travelled in two Rolls Royces, one cream and white and one sheer black, Hewins maintained they were the only vehicles that could carry the scenery and costumes. During the war they battled with a horse and dray. The actual company was never any larger than seven and everybody did everything: acting, props, costumes, cooking and changing tyres! To quote from the script: We Happy Few is an uplifting, touching and often hilarious story of overcoming adversity with dogged determination and a passion for the theatre.
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THE LATE EDWINA BLACK
By William Dinner & William Morum
Directed by BRENDA MERRIOTT
28th October - 2nd November 2019
Edwina, a rich woman, is dead! She was married to Gregory Black, a school teacher. Her doctor is not happy to sign the death certificate - questions are being asked; suspicion aroused. Who is responsible for Edwina’s death? Could it be Gregory, who married her for her money? Or Lisa, Edwina’s companion, who is in love with Gregory? Or Helen, the housekeeper, who is a beneficiary?
By Stuart Smithers
Directed by DAWN SMITHERS
19th - 24th August 2019
It is Summer, early morning, at the lakeside. On the jetty, two strangers, keeping their distance, observing the boundaries, preserving their space....... until, one speaks and the world shifts. Will guarded secrets once revealed draw them closer together or drive them further apart? ?Come see for yourself at this the eighth in the series of Short Cuts at the Priory all written by Stuart Smithers. ‘Jetty’ is directed by Dawn Smithers and performed by Stuart Smithers and Pennie Billinghurst. The performance dates are Monday 19th to Saturday 24th August at 11.00 o’clock each morning. Tea and coffee will be served before and after each performance. ?Tickets cost £5.00 and may be purchased on the door or reserved by telephoning Dawn Smithers on 01903 412990 at any time up to Friday 16th August.
TIME OF MY LIFE
By Alan Ayckbourn
Directed by SIMON WALTERS
20th - 25th January 2020
Gerry Stratton, successful Managing Director of a local building and transport company, has arranged a celebration birthday dinner, for his wife, Laura, at their favourite restaurant - Esse di Calvinu - which might be Greek, or Spanish, or possibly Italian, or even Croatian! They are joined by their elder son Glynn with his wife Stephanie, and by younger son Adam with his latest girlfriend, Maureen. During the course of the party unexpected revelations are made which have serious implications for all concerned.
Time works in a strange way for the family. For Gerry and Laura time is always in the present. For Glynn and Stephanie, time moves on, scene by scene, from the birthday party. For Adam and Maureen, time moves backwards, scene by scene, to their first meeting. Thus, we learn, with Glynn and Stephanie the consequences of the birthday party, and with Adam and Maureen what has led up to the party.
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Our next regular housekeeping dates are - Saturdays 6th July and 3rd August. There will be an additional clean on Saturday 17th August ready for the Festival. Please come and help out between 10-12. And please don’t leave it to the usual few - we could do with some more help!