The tap-dancing class in ‘Stepping Out’ (Richard Harris) somehow managed, in the end, to get it all together and bring off a performance well beyond the wildest dreams of some of its members! This month we’ll be trying to do something similar when we start a new play, and you would be very welcome to […]
At our next meeting on Tuesday, July 17th, we will once again be sitting in on the rehearsals of the tap-dancing class in ‘Stepping Out’, by Richard Harris, and gradually finding out, beneath all the comic banter, a bit more about the aspirations, preoccupations and anxieties of its members and their warm-hearted dance teacher Mavis, […]
Having taken a break last month, it is to be hoped that we won’t take too much longer ‘Disposing of the Body’ (Hugh Whitemore)! Bring your tap-dancing shoes on June 19th as we start ‘Stepping Out’ by Richard Harris, an acutely observed comedy set in a North London church hall, the venue for the weekly […]
On Tuesday, March 20th we’ll be completing ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’, and uncovering yet more secrets at the Brooklyn home of the Brewster sisters who, it turns out, aren‘t quite as innocent as everyone believes. It’s true that their nephew Teddy is as mad as a hatter, but his unshakeable conviction that he’s Theodore Roosevelt […]
For our final meeting of the year (Tuesday 19th December) we‘ll be reading a short play and then getting into festive mood with sausage rolls, mince pies etc – particularly if we all remember to bring something! Please note that until further notice our meetings will be held in the lounge instead of the usual venue.
Terence Rattigan wrote ‘Separate Tables‘ in 1954, but more than sixty years later these two one-act plays still hit the mark. From between the lines of their wittily observed exchanges, the guests at a small residential hotel betray their fundamental loneliness. Join us if you can for the second play, ‘Table Number Seven’, on Tuesday […]
In October we’ll be completing Somerset Maugham’s farce ‘Home and Beauty’, featuring the delectable yet insufferable Victoria who, as a result of a War Office error, has ended up married to two men at once, each of them more than willing to make way for the other! We’ll also start a new play, title as […]
In August, reading Somerset Maugham’s ‘For Services Rendered’, we witnessed the disintegration of the comfortable certainties of a family’s existence in the wake of the First World War and the Depression. Sorely in need of something to cheer us up this month, we’ll be giving Maugham another chance, this time in a farce – set […]
Last month we finished reading a superb play by Agatha Christie ‘Witness for the Prosecution’ featuring a murder trial at the Old Bailey. This trial had many twists and turns, keeping us guessing what the verdict was likely to be and it was not until the last page that we read the dramatic end that […]
At our next meeting we’ll be back at the Old Bailey, following a murder trial which is turning out to be anything but an open-and-shut case. Agatha Christie’s ‘Witness for the Prosecution’ continues on July 18th – still a few seats available in Courtroom No 1! David Ginns.