“THE ACTRESS”: A REVIEW: The feedback from our audiences was that they had really
enjoyed this play. It was fun to do, and working with flowers was lovely! Many thanks to
everyone who was involved, particularly the unseen backstage people, and also thank you
to Annette, the director, who kept urging people to be nastier and sharper (as we are all
naturally so nice!)
I should like to thank everyone who helped in any way in “The Actress”, which was
very much enjoyed by our audiences. It is just a pity that there weren’t a few more
people for some performances.
It was a very happy production and I enjoyed the rehearsals with all the cast
working hard. Thanks to everyone for my plant and the robin, and I look forward to
our next production.
Thank you again, Annette
As Annette mentions, though we had almost a full house on Friday, Saturday evening was
very thin. We are not the only local drama group to be experiencing this. Maybe we should
not do a Saturday evening performance at all? Or maybe we should cut the Wednesday
You’ll notice that there is an item (not a proposal) on this subject for discussion on the
Which neatly leads me to. . . . .
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Don’t forget, this is on Tuesday 16 th April at 8 pm in the
Barn. Anyone can attend the meeting, but only fully paid up members can vote. You’ll find
the Agenda attached. And if you haven’t yet paid your subs, now is the time.
JULY PRODUCTION: On Thursday 28 th March (this Thursday) there will be a reading of
“The Children” by Lucy Kirkwood, to be directed by Simon. The play has three characters
and is set in a post-apocalyptic age. Hazel and Robin, a married couple who are both
nuclear scientists, live in the wake of a nuclear disaster at a local power station (the
inspiration for the play was the Fukushima nuclear explosion in Japan in 2011.)
Rose, a fellow nuclear physicist who Hazel and Robin have not seen for thirty years,
comes to visit. Has she come to re-ignite an old affair with Robin, or is there a darker
Auditions will be on Thursdays 11 th and 18 th April; if you can’t make any of these dates but
would like to be involved, please contact Simon ( firstname.lastname@example.org , 01923
FUTURE PRODUCTIONS On Tuesday 2 nd April there will be a reading of “Ladies in
Lavender”, our November play, to be directed by Roger, with auditions at a later date.
And in the summer there will be readings of two more plays, “Entertaining Angels” by
Rupert Everett, and “Sleep No More” by David Gillespie and Colin Wakefield. Both are
possible contenders for future productions. Keep watching this space – we test whether
you’re watching by swopping things about and then asking people what they remember!!
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Thur 28 Mar Reading of “The Children”
Tues 2 April Reading of “Ladies in Lavender”
Thur 11 April Auditions “The Children”
Tues 16 April Annual General Meeting, 8 pm, Barn
Thur 18 April Auditions “The Children”
Tues 23 April Trustee Meeting
6 – 13 July Play week for “The Children
10 – 16 Nov Play week for “Ladies in Lavender”
LIGHTING & SOUND WORKSHOP: REVIEW: This was a very interesting look at how
plays are lit and provided with sound FX (well, obviously!) Simon made it seem less
difficult that I had previously felt it was, and I think several of us thought “Maybe I could do
that. . . . .”
Many thanks to Simon for showing us how to work the equipment, and what it does.
SAD NEWS Some of you may remember (or recall the name of) John Sutton, who used to
organise ALF when it was ALFA. (Yes, that does sound a bit cryptic!) Sadly he has died,
and ALP would like to extend our sympathy and best wishes to his family.
AND FINALLY – A FREEBIE For the last few years ALP has been offering free tea or
coffee to anyone in our audience who bought a programme. Deciding who qualifies has
been quite difficult to administer, so the Trustees have now decided that tea or coffee
should be free to any audience member, whether they have a programme or not. It’s a
small cost, and hopefully makes people feel happy that they have received a freebie!
AND FINALLY FINALLY I am standing down as Secretary after 29 years. Will I get a
gold watch for long service? Possibly not. . .