Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen – 27 Oct. to 03 Nov.’18
Death and the Maiden (STUDIO) by Ariel Dorfman - 21 to 24 Nov.’18
Ariel Dorfman’s explosively provocative, award-winning drama is set in a country that has only recently returned to democracy. Gerardo Escobar has just been chosen to head the commission that will investigate the crimes of the old regime when his car breaks down and he is picked up by Doctor Roberto Miranda. However, on hearing Miranda’s voice, Gerardo’s wife, Paulina , thinks she recognizes him . Was he someone she has met before in more sinister circumstances? Tense and absorbing drama.
This amateur production of “Death and the Maiden” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH Ltd
Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward - 08 to 15 Dec.’18
An often-revived classic comedy from the playwright who gave us Private Lives and Hay Fever. When Charles Condomine invites the somewhat eccentric medium, Madame Arcati, to conduct a seance at his house, he finds himself haunted by the spirit of his first wife, Elvira, much to the consternation of his second wife, Ruth, who is unable to see or hear what her husband can. This play has remained a firm favourite with audiences since its first performance in 1941. A perfect antidote to the winter blues!
This amateur production of “Blithe Spirit” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH Ltd
The Thrill of Love by Amanda Whittington - 26 Jan. to 02 Feb.’19
This gripping play dramatises the true story of Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged in Britain, and takes a fresh look at the woman behind the headlines. As a nightclub hostess and divorcee with a young child to look after, she meets and becomes obsessed with a wealthy, womanising racing driver. Why does their relationship end in murder? Why does she plead ‘not guilty’ but offer no defence? These are just some of the questions raised in this fascinating play. Ultimately, we must decide whether Ruth Ellis received justice as we perceive it today. Wonderfully drawn characters portrayed in a most compelling drama.
This amateur production by arrangement with Nick Hern Books
Molly Sweeney (STUDIO) by Brian Friel - 20 to 23 Feb.’19
This play by one of Ireland’s foremost playwrights tells the story of Molly, a woman who has been blind from infancy, who undergoes an operation intended to restore her sight. We hear the story from the perspectives of Molly, her husband Frank, and the surgeon Paddy Rice, as three interwoven monologues that together form a powerful drama underscoring the connection between vision and understanding. Beautifully observed, this most thought-provoking play packs a huge dramatic and emotional punch.
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A View From The Bridge by Arthur Miller - 09 to 16 Mar.’19
Eddie Carbone is an Italian longshoreman in the New York docks. He agrees to shelter his wife’s cousins, Marco and Rodolpho, who arrive as illegal immigrants from Sicily. When his wife’s young niece, Catherine, falls for Rodolpho, Eddie’s jealousy and obsession lead to an unforgivable crime against his family and the Sicilian community with tragic results. Classic Arthur Miller, this compelling drama is loosely based on a real-life incident.
This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Limited
Communicating Doors by Alan Ayckbourn - 18 to 25 May’19
An ingenious comic thriller from the pen of our most prolific playwright whose work has been regularly performed on the Chads stage. Set in a hotel suite, the action moves backwards and forwards through time in two twenty year intervals. Can potential murder victims be saved by rewriting the past? What can Poopay Dayseer, a professional dominatrix, do to save herself from the murderous Julian and prevent the murders of Reece’s two wives? Ayckbourn at his most inventive.
This amateur production of “Communicating Doors” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH Ltd