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Next play reading Tuesday 7th March, All Welcome

The next play reading is


By Ian Hislop and Nick Newman

Ian Hislop and Nick Newman’s The Wipers Times tells the true and extraordinary story of the satirical newspaper created in the mud and mayhem of the Somme.

In a bombed out building during the First World War in the French town of Ypres (mis-pronounced Wipers by British soldiers), two officers discover a printing press and create a newspaper for the troops. Far from being a sombre journal about life in the trenches, they produced a resolutely cheerful, subversive and very funny newspaper designed to lift the spirits of the men on the front line.

Defying enemy bombardment, gas attacks and the disapproval of many of the top Brass, The Wipers Times rolled off the press for two years and was an extraordinary tribute to the resilience of the human spirit in the face of overwhelming adversity.

The play reading will take place at 7.30pm on Tuesday 7th March 2017 at Manor Gardens, members and non-members welcome.

Ladies' Day a great success

Appreciative audiences for Ladies's Day last week, a great success for the Tams. Amy on AmDram said "The unlikely foursome rallied together for a memorable day at the races and a memorable performance for the audience" See full review here.

Rehearsals going well for Ladies' Day

Some pictures from Ladies' Day rehearsals

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Play reading "What the Butler Saw" Friday 13th January

Don't forget Friday's play reading - open to all!

‘What The Butler Saw’ by Joe Orton

We start our play-readings for 2017 with Joe Orton’s riotous (and frankly rather naughty) farce ‘What The Butler Saw’.   This will take place at Manor Gardens at 7.30pm on Friday 13 January.

If you enjoyed our production of ‘Loot’ at the beginning of last year, you will surely enjoy ‘What The Butler Saw’.   The characters have a recognisable feel from ‘Loot’ – and so does the dialogue.

The cast (2F and 4M) consists of:

  • Dr Prentice: 40s, psychiatrist.
  • Geraldine Barclay: 20s, applying for job as Dr Prentice’s PA
  • Mrs Prentice: 40s, wife of the doctor
  • Nicholas Beckett: 20s, hotel porter
  • Dr Rance: 50s/60s, pyschiatric inspector
  • Sgt Match: 30s/40s, police officer.

A very rough synopsis of the play is as follows: Ms Barclay applies for a job as PA to the lecherous Dr Prentice.  He asks her to undress so he can ‘examine’ her.   Mrs Prentice interrupts proceedings, claiming that she has been assaulted in an hotel.   The hotel porter arrives with lewd photos of Mrs P and threatening blackmail.   Dr Rance arrives to do a formal inspection of Dr P’s private clinic.   A police officer arrives to investigate Mrs P’s assault.   Several people removes their clothes.   Several are declared insane.   Some are drugged.   Mayhem ensues in the room and in the garden, with much scantily-clad frolicking.   Guns are fired.   More mayhem.   It’s farcical stuff – but along the way Joe Orton manages to include innumerable digs at authority & respectability in a highly amusing style that is familiar from ‘Loot’.

Do come along and join the fun.   And remember that our play-readings are a chance for you to introduce non-members to The Tamaritans, or for them to introduce themselves.

Humble Boy was an "absolute must see", thanks Amy

Humble Boy was much appreciated by the audiences. Amy on Am-Dram liked it, see her review here.