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The next play is "Rumours" by Neil Simon, Auditions 5th March

"Rumours" by Neil Simon is the summer production on 19th-23rd June in the Drum Theatre, TRP. There are auditions at Manor Gardens starting at 7.30 on Monday 5th March, and for anyone who can't make that, there are further auditions on Tuesday 6th March same time and place but only if you let the Director know. More details here.

Next play reading - POSTPONED on Friday 2nd March, now Tuesday 13th March at 7.30

Please note this has been postponed until Tuesday 13th March because of the poor weather on Friday 2nd March.

The next play reading is Arms and the Man,  a comedy by George Bernard Shaw, whose title comes from the opening words of Virgil's Aeneid, in Latin: Arma virumque cano ("Of arms and the man I sing").

The play was first produced on 21 April 1894 at the Avenue Theatre in the West End and published in 1898. Arms and the Man was one of Shaw's first commercial successes. He was called onto stage after the curtain, where he received enthusiastic applause. Amidst the cheers, one audience member booed. Shaw replied, in characteristic fashion, "My dear fellow, I quite agree with you, but what are we two against so many?"

Arms and the Man is a humorous play that shows the futility of war and deals comedically with the hypocrisies of human nature.

Sue Parker has kindly agreed to run this play reading for us which will begin at 7.30pm at Manor Gardens with a break for refreshments part way through the evening. Don't forget this is open to all, members and non-members, so everyone welcome!

AGM Tuesday 20th February at 7.30pm at Manor Gardens

Thank you to all that attended. The meeting saw the Tamaritans become a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) with the first part of the AGM held under the old arrangements until the CIO approved. Then the first meeting as a CIO. Congratulations to Noel Preston-Jones who takes over as Chairman after Catherine Teague ended her successful and eventful 3 year stint.

STOP PRESS! for A Bunch of Amateurs

The part of JEFFERSON STEELE will now be played by Noel Preston Jones

On Monday evening, we had our Technical Rehearsal for our production of “A Bunch of Amateurs”. During the second act, our leading man, Mr Jefferson Steele, played by the inimitable Jim Black, sustained an injury to his leg. He would like to say that this injury occurred whilst performing his own stunts -does walking from the middle of the stage slightly to the left count?

By Tuesday afternoon, his leg was in plaster and the Cumberland Centre had kindly furnished him with a pair of crutches.

In amateur theatre there are no stand-ins, understudies or stunt doubles (although there might be some doubling up of characters as this can be interesting theatrically!)

So, by the Dress Rehearsal, we had, in the true spirit of amateur theatre, and with enormous generosity of spirit, the leading man (Jim) taking notes from the auditorium (with an elevated leg) and the Director (Noel) attempting to play the leading man. There were numerous discoveries during the course of the evening. The dark glasses, essential to the characterisation of the ageing Hollywood superstar, proved to be an obstacle to, well, reading the script.

 “The show must go on” however. We hope that these last minute events do not detract too much from your enjoyment of “A Bunch of Amateurs”. In the circumstances, I know you will join me in wishing all of the cast and crew “Good luck” with the show although I would strongly advise against anyone uttering the words “Break a leg”!

Stage is set for A Bunch of Amateurs

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