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May production - Heroes by Gerald Sibleyras, translated by Tom Stoppard

Heroes is a poignant and life-affirming comedy about three French World War One veterans who dream of escaping from their care home, maybe to Indochina, or more realistically to the poplar trees they can see in the distance.

Special thanks to everyone who came to see Heroes and to the many people in different roles involved in staging the production.

Cinderella Launch Party - Tuesday June 18th

The evening will give Helen a chance to outline her staging of the panto, for Heidi to talk about some of the choreography she has planned for us, and for Martin Fox to introduce us to some of the music he and his band will be playing. Performance dates: December, 5th & 6th (at 7.30pm) and 7th &8 (at 2.30pm).

If you are interested in taking part - on stage, working backstage, helping with the costumes or props, singing in the chorus, or putting on a pantomime horse costume for a week! - why not come along or use Contact us to send us a message. In the Village Hall (Main Hall) at 7pm.

Play Readings in the Pub - 17th April

Thanks to everyone who came to our enjoyable evening of play readings: scenes from classics such as the grim humour of John Osbourne’s The Entertainer, the dreamy poetry of Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood, and the farcical comedy of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. We finished by reading extracts from our December pantomime Cinderella.

Quiz Night - Wednesday 24th January

Thanks to ​Ian and Melanie for hosting another entertaining and informative general knowledge quiz. A good turn out and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves, which is what it was all about.

Although it was competitive on the night, the Lovies won through to take first prize. Congratulations! A special nod to the Almost Heroes for their rather more specialist knowledge of the Carry On film genre.

May production - Heroes by Gerald Sibleyras, translated by Tom Stoppard

"It's 1959 and Philippe, Gustave and Henri, three veterans from the First World War, dream of making their escape from the soldiers' home, if not to Indochina then at least as far as the poplar trees on the hill..." Performance dates were Wednesday 8th to Saturday 11th May at 7.30pm.

Heroes, the English-language version by Tom Stoppard of Gerald Sibleyras's comedy Le Vent des Peupliers,  premiered at the Wyndham's Theatre, London, in October 2005. Heroes received the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy in 2006. Directed by Ian Hartley.

Thanks to everyone who came to the read-through on Tuesday, 5th December.

November 2023 Production - The Ghost Train

Arnold Ridley’s classic comedy-thriller, The Ghost Train, has been a firm favourite since it was first produced in 1925. Six passengers find themselves stranded late at night in the waiting-room of an isolated Cornish railway station. Ignoring the ghostly tales and dire warnings of the stationmaster, they decide to stay where they are until morning – with terrifying consequences. Finally, all is revealed and the details of a fiendish plot are laid bare. Directed by Iain Coleman, assisted by Chris Lyon.

Special thanks to everyone who came to see the show and to the many people in different roles involved in staging the production.

2023 Annual General Meeting - 27th June at 8pm

Thanks to everyone who attended the AGM at Pattingham Village Hall.

May 2023 Production - Nigel Slater's Toast

Toast is the story of Wolverhampton-born Nigel Slater's childhood, told through the tastes and smells he grew up with. A story of love, loss and...toast.

First of all, thank you to our audience. Everyone involved in Toast appreciates your continued support. Well done to the cast and stage crew, director and producer, Front of House and refreshments and everyone else who played a part in staging this production.

Quiz night - Tuesday 21st February 2023

A special thank you to Ian and Melanie for organising and hosting the quiz. The questions were interesting and entertaining. Who knew Canada had so much coastline, and Sweden so many islands! Also thanks to everyone who joined in and had some fun.

May 2023 Production - Nigel Slater's Toast

Toast is the story of Wolverhampton-born Nigel Slater's childhood, told through the tastes and smells he grew up with. From making the perfect sherry trifle to waging a war over cakes and from the pressured playground politics of sweets to the rigid rules of restaurant dining, this is a story of love, loss and...toast.

Adapted for the stage by Henry Filloux-Bennett. Toast was directed by Susan Hay. Performance dates were 17th-20th May at 7.3opm at Pattingham Village Hall.

Thanks to everyone who attended the read-through on Tuesday 6th December..

David Challinor – friend and long-serving member

The group would like to pay a warm tribute to David Challinor, one of our longest-serving members, who has passed away. David occasionally “trod the boards” but it was behind the scenes where he made his greatest contribution, as stage manager and constructing sets, and in technical roles such as lighting and sound. He was a committee member for many years  and had chaired the group.

Condolences to Norma, Alison and Anthony, and all David’s family and friends at this sad time.

Absurd Person Singular

Well done to the actors, backstage, front of house, and countless other roles for making this production a success, not forgetting a big Thank You to everyone who supported the group by attending the show!

"Play and a Pint" social event - 21st September 2022

Thanks to Helen Wallington and Sue Hay for hosting this evening of readings. We read extracts from Handbagged by Moira Buffini and the stage adaptation of Nigel Slater's Toast in the first half, and All My Sons by Arthur Miller and the "encore" from Tom Stoppard's The 15-minute Hamlet in the second half.

Thanks to everyone who joined in and made this an enjoyable evening.

November production 2022

Our November production was Absurd Person Singular  by Alan Ayckbourn. The play is celebrating its 50th anniversary, having premiered at Scarborough in 1972. The cast comprised three couples, with each act taking place at drinks parties on successive Christmas Eves. The drama group staged the play in 1992 when it was directed by Chris Fawson. This production was directed by Bob Hughes.

Thanks to everyone who attended the read-through at the village hall on 19th July.

2022 Annual General Meeting

This year's AGM took place at the Village Hall on Tuesday 7th June at 8pm. Thanks to all members who attended.

May 2022 production - Taking Sides
Taking Sides was well-received with better than expected ticket sales. One audience member said it was "a powerful and compelling play ... executed with great style". Congratulations to the cast, director, producer and everyone else involved in this production.

The committee agreed that monies from programme sales would be donated to the DEC Ukraine Appeal.

Flickr photo and picture archive

We now have flickr photo albums for some of our more recent shows.

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