We are a long-established amateur dramatic society which stages three or four full productions each year. These range from serious drama to light entertainment and include full-length plays, one-act plays, variety shows and usually a family pantomime or similar at Christmas.
We cater for different tastes and enthusiasms. Our members are drawn from a wide area. There are opportunities for both experienced performers and complete novices. The Christmas shows typically have a large cast including children—sometimes with their parents on stage as well.
As well as traditional staples of amateur theatre, we are interested in innovative productions that reflect contemporary life. Some of our material is written locally. We occasionally have guest directors.
Play Readings are held regularly. Currently there are two series of play readings running in parallel. One group meets on Friday mornings and another late on Saturday afternoons, in each case once a month. Participants take turns to read parts in a play, with a wide variety of scripts used. The Friday group devotes more time to analysis of chosen plays, with more structured discussion. These are relaxed and friendly social occasions with refreshments; anyone can come at any time; and no-one has to read a part if they prefer not to.
Workshops in acting and other theatre skills are conducted from time to time.