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.
Agatha Christie’s ‘Witness for the Prosecution’, her own adaptation of a short story written early in her career, will have you guessing till the very end. Test audiences for a TV version in 1957 had to sign a pledge, promising not to tell! Join us in the Bowden Room on Tuesday, June 20th, for this […]
It’s ‘Buy one, get one free’ this month! For a start we’ll be completing the final act of Dial M for Murder, with all its skullduggery. Frederick Knott’s play was the inspiration for the 1954 Hitchcock film, for which Knott also wrote the screenplay. But then we’ll still have time to fit in another final […]
At our last meeting we finished reading Ayckbourn’s ‘Relatively Speaking’, and will be starting a new play on March 21st, when you would be very welcome to join us! David Ginns.