note that productions and dates are subject to change due
to circumstances beyond our control.
March 2014 - "An Ideal Husband" by Oscar Wilde
Directed by Vanessa Comer
Another of Wilde's social satires, "An Ideal
Husband" revolves around the lives of successful political
figure, Sir Robert Chiltern, and his friend, the uninspired
but utterly charming Lord Arthur Goring. Chiltern's life is
perfect thanks to the help of his loving and brilliant wife
Gertrude and the support of his quick witted sister Mabel.
Goring's life is one of lounging, flirting with Mabel, and
avoiding his father's insistance that he should marry. The
world of these men is turned upside down by the arrival of
old acquaintance Mrs Cheveley who has come with blackmail
"Hugely entertaining." Daily Telegraph
March 2014 - Talisman Youth Theatre Annual Show
The Good, The Bad and the Ugly Sisters
by Sian Lewis
Directed by Rosemary Gowers
High School Hindsight by Scott Haan
Directed by Corrina Jacob
April 2014 - "The Cemetery Club" by Ivan Menchell
Directed by Mick Ives
and Doris are part of a club - the cemetery club. Every month
they meet at Ida's New York house for tea, then trundle off
to the cemetery to remember the good times and gossip with
their late husbands. Lucille fancies herself as a flamboyant
swinger, Doris is a traditional matronly widow and Ida is
somewhere in between. When Sam, a butcher, meets the widows
at the cemetery while he is visiting his wife's grave he changes
their lives forever.
"Appealingly bittersweet comedy."
May 2014 - "The Glass Menagerie" by Tennessee Williams
Williams's evocation of loneliness and lost love, The Glass
Menagerie is one of his most powerful and moving plays. Abandoned
by her husband, Amanda Wingfield comforts herself with recollections
of her earlier, more gracious life in Blue Mountain when she
was pursued by 'gentleman callers'. Her son Tom, a poet with
a job in a warehouse, longs for adventure and escape from
his mother's suffocating embrace, while Laura, her shy crippled
daughter, has her glass menagerie and her memories. Amanda
is desperate to find her daughter a husband, but when the
long-awaited gentleman caller does arrive, Laura's romantic
illusions are crushed.
The play was first performed on Broadway in 1945, meeting
with astounding box-office success and a Drama Critics Circle
thrill of shattered glass and the piercing pain of unfulfilled
June 2014 - "The Addams Family Musical"
and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, book by Marshall Brickman and
Stephen Duckham and Wendy McClay
Addams Family features an original story, and it’s every father’s
nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness,
has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young
man from a respectable family. A man her parents have never
met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, she confides in
her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez
Addams must do something he’s never done before — keep a secret
from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for
the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for
Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents.
meet the family. We'll leave the lights off for you!"
September 2014 - "Black Coffee" by Agatha Christie
by Christopher Ward
This little known
mystery will surprise and delight Christie fans. The story
concerns a physicist named Sir Claude Amory who has come up
with a formula for an atom bomb (Black Coffee was written
in 1934!). A murder takes place by poison (in the coffee,
naturally) and Hercule Poirot is called in to solve the case.
He does so after many wonderful twists and turns in true Christie
taste of Christie."
2014 - "Lovesong" by Abi Morgan
Directed by Sarah Campbell
intertwines a couple in their 20s with the same man and woman
a lifetime later. Their past and present selves collide in
this haunting and beautiful tale of togetherness. All relationships
have their ups and downs; the optimism of youth becomes the
wisdom of experience. Love is a leap of faith. Acclaimed writer
Abi Morgan's film and television credits include The Iron
Lady (starring Meryl Streep) and The Hour.
is not mandatory, but only the hard of heart will remain completely
unmoved." The Guardian
2014 - "My Boy Jack" by David Haig
by Chris Carpenter
This is actor David
Haig's fine first play about Rudyard Kipling and his determination
to send his myopic only son, John, to fight for his country
in the trenches of WW1. He is enrolled in the Irish Guards:
their patriotic dream but mother's and sister's nightmare.
Soon, and just after his 18th birthday, his unit suffers terrible
losses and Jack is reported missing...
"Dramatises Kipling's story beautifully. The family
confrontations bristle with life." Financial Times
2015 - "Educating Rita" by Willy Russell
by David Draper
lecturer Frank needs to earn some extra money, so he agrees
to tutor an Open University student. His student Rita is a
brash, earthy hairdresser with a recently discovered passion
for higher education, much to the dismay of her husband Denny.
In her attempts to appreciate literature, Rita challenges
the attitudes of a traditional university, teaching Frank
to question his own understanding of his work and himself.
The play explores the relationship between student and tutor.
The RSC production ran in the West End for two and a half
years since when Educating Rita has never been out of production
somewhere in the world.
humorous and deeply moving. A truly great play."