Main Productions – 2011
ACT I – TOAD Of TOAD HALL
The classic adaption of Kenneth Grahame’s ‘Wind in the Willows’ by A. A. Milne (of Winnie-the-Pooh fame) is a tale of four friends Toad, Badger, Ratty and Mole and their adventures on the river bank, the Wild Woods and the recapture of Toad Hall from the weasels, stoats and ferrets. It is a heart warming tale of friendship, triumph over adversity and of good over evil, interspersed with humour, song and witty dialogue.
ACT II – THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR
The Government Inspector’ is a comedy of errors by the Ukrainian playwright and novelist Nikolai Gogol. The storyline concerns a town that is taken in by a conman. This play satirizes human greed, stupidity and the extensive political corruption of Imperial Russia and it is as relevant today as it was then. It is a ‘comedy of the absurd situation’ rather than a ‘comedy of the absurd’ and is noteworthy for its dream-like sequences of self deception by the ‘Walter Mitty’ main character.
One Act Plays – 2011
ACT I – A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
Theseus, duke of Athens, is preparing for his marriage to Hippolyta, queen of the Amazons, with a four-day festival of pomp and entertainment. He commissions his Master of the Revels, Philostrate, to find suitable amusements for the occasion. From the list he is presented with Thesus chooses to watch Bottom and his fellow craftsmen perform their play, a fumbling, hilarious version of the story of Pyramus and Thisbe.
ACT II – FOOL’S ERRAND
Based on a story by Chaucer three men witness the funeral of a friend and decide to seek out Death and kill him. They see an old man who tells them that they may find Death in the woods but instead they find a bag of gold. This turn of events sees them forget their hunt for Death and their thoughts turn to greed but there is a sting in this tale!
Main Productions – 2012
ACT I – TREASURE ISLAND.
‘Treasure Island’ is the well known and much loved swashbuckling tale of pirates and hidden treasure. The story was originally written by Robert Louis Stevenson but this version has been freely adapted by Phil Willmott. Many people are unaware that there were women pirates and this version redresses that imbalance. They were hard, coarse and rough but so was the life they led and yet pirates still present a romantic image to many.
ACT II – OH WHAT A LOVELY WAR.
World War left 10 million dead, 21 million wounded and 7 million missing. It brought down monarchies, restructured the map of Europe, destroyed a generation and changed the whole class structure in the course of its 4 years duration. This play has become a classic and was first performed by the Theatre Workshop under the direction of Joan Littlewood as a theatrical chronicle of the First World War. The story is told via a mixture of black humour, pathos, songs and enacted dramatic moments
One Act Plays – 2012
ACT I – ERNIE’S INCREDIBLE ILLUCINATIONS
Young Ernie has been worrying his Mum and Dad by his ‘illucinations’ They take him to the doctor and as Ernie tells of his ‘illucinations’ –soldiers invading his home, his auntie taking on a fairground boxer, his Dad rescuing a famous mountaineer in trouble – these are enacted before us. However, the Doctor is sceptical that these things actually wherever upon Dad tells Ernie to show the doctor by imagining something. Ernie does so –with astonishing results
ACT II – THE WORKER
“The Worker” explores the life of a young woman who fashions a fake child to help her cope with the loneliness she endures each day while her husband is away at work. Her husband comes home to explain that people at work are disappearing after a party is held for them. As they argue about her having the ‘child’ a Messenger arrives to announce that it is the man’s turn to have a party.
Main Productions – 2013
ACT I – ALICE IN WONDERLAND
This original story was written by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson better known to most people by his pen name – Lewis Carroll. The play you will see tonight is an adaptation of this classic story by Valerie Harris and John Banks. The basic storyline remains the same with Alice falling down a rabbit hole and discovering a whole new different world. A place inhabited by strange people and where she meets all those well known characters such as the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, March Hare, Queen of Hearts and the Mock Turtle.This version contains original songs written especially for the play
ACT II – HOLMES & THE RIPPER
The London district of Whitechapel in 1888 was not a safe place for it was here that the infamous murders of several prostitutes by an unknown killer took place. Over the years, much has been written about this murder mystery and many attempts made to discover the truth. Yet the story of Jack The Ripper is one that has never been solved and it still horrifies and fascinates many people today. ‘Sherlock Holmes And The Ripper’ is an original stage play by Brian Clemens. Best know, for his many ‘Avengers’, Clemens scripts, he also wrote a very successful series of plays for ITV in the mid – 70s know collectively as ‘Thriller’. This time, Brian has turned his attention to the Jack the Ripper case and imagined how the famous but alas, fictional, detective and his trusted assistant, Dr Watson would have tackled it. The play is based around well-known theories about who the Ripper was so there are no new facts presented here.
One Act Plays – 2013
ACT I – FREYDIS & THE RAIDERS
Freydis is keen to be the first girl to be in a saga. Her best friend, Sigrunn is less keen but going along for the ride anyway while her brother, Bjarki is a would-be entrepreneur. When Viking raiders turn up this could be her chance but then events take a suddenly turn for the worse. However, Bjarki suddenly and unexpectedly saves the day but not quite how Freydis had hoped
ACT II – WHODIDIT
This is an engaging spoof on the country house murder mystery story. With a nominal setting, the focus is mainly on the gallery of unusual characters including a wheelchair-bound transvestite, a madman and an invisible professor
Main Productions – 2014
ACT I – CLUELESS.
The basic storyline is very loosely based on the board game ‘Clue do’. There has been a murder at Moscow Manor and Detective Basil Latour is on the case, or is he? All the usual suspects are present plus a few extras! So who knows what and who was where? As the play goes on, hidden secrets are slowly revealed about everybody! Yet, are they really who they claim to be and which one of them is the killer?
ACT II – VOLUNTEERS Of EVE
‘Volunteers of Eve’ is a mystery drama and is about five sexist men who wake up to find themselves on an island in the middle of nowhere. They meet five women who appear to be innocent show girls who have been ship wrecked . Yet no search parties appear and slowly over the next few days secrets begin to be revealed. The Volunteers of Eve whose job it is to work on Eve’s behalf have to make a hard decision if they are to reform and sort out the ‘Adam’s’ of the earth.
One Act Plays – 2014
ACT I – GARLIC AND LAVENDER
Two innocent English girls go on holiday to a mysterious castle where the Count awaits. A funny spoof on this comedy classic horror theme. Add ghosts, strange locals and a vampire hunter all in the mix anything can happen! Will the girls be saved from a blood thirst demise?
ACT II – SORRY WRONG NUMBER
A lonely woman struck in bed and mysterious voices on a crossed line plotting a murder. When she tries to get some help no one seems to care. is she making it up and who is going to be murder when the train thunders past?
Main Productions – 2015
ACT I – OLIVER TWIST.
Oliver grows up amid a life of hardship and cruelty. When he escapes his servitude to undertakers, Oliver runs away to London and is befriended by Fagin’s gang of misfits and street pickpockets. He meets the psychopathic Sikes and his girlfriend Nancy, the wench with a heart of gold, who takes to Oliver because of his innocence and spunk. She somehow knows he’s destined for a better life and serves as his guardian angel.
ACT II – A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
Yes, this is the one that concerns fairies, star crossed lovers in a wood and a band of comic ‘amateur actor’ workmen who are hoping to perform at court for the Duke, Theseus and his bride, to be Hippolyta. However, the biggest ham among them, Bottom becomes the unlikely object of interest for love-potion-charmed fairy queen, Titania when he is turned into a monster with the ears of an ass by the servant-spirit Puck who serves Oberon. Meanwhile, both sets of lovers have also been bewitched. Will all be resolved in time for the wedding?
One Act Plays – 2015
ACT I – PANTO INC
Rupert is a Panto Agent who everyone knows but no one calls that is until a surprise call comes from London. Also in answer to his postcard in the Post Office window come an array of different acts. Is this the turning point he has waited so long for?
ACT II – MELONS AT THE PARSONAGE
Two drama groups tie for first place in a Drama Festival. After performing again and the situation still being the same they have to take part in a tie breaker. Who will actually clinch the first prize?
Main Productions – 2016
ACT I – THE DAY OF THE DEMON BOWLER.
The story concerns a choir that dies on a coach trip and has to play a cricket match to get into heaven. But to do that they have to face a demon bowler! Will they win the match or end up…elsewhere?
ACT II – SORRY ABOUT THE FLOOR & TOO LONG AN AUTUMN
‘Sorry About The Floor’ is a comedy of confusion and misunderstandings that takes place at a small county hotel. While ‘Too Long An Autumn’ is set in a retirement home for ex-actors and tells the story of one of the residents who is persuaded to take to the stage again against the wishes her family.
One Act Plays – 2016
ACT I – PANDEMONIUM
Set in Hell one of the demons has had enough and decides to get rid of the Devil. What happens next is mayhem and suddenly it does not seem that good an idea! What does one do next?
ACT II – MARIA MARTEN
In this piece villain William Coder seduces innocent Maria merely to have his way with her but when she presents him with a baby. Drastic and tragic measures have to be taken!
Main Productions – 2017
ACT I – THE PLAY WILL GO ON?
An amateur drama group suddenly lose their director whilst rehearsing their end of the season thriller. A new director is found but who decides to ditch the present play. Instead she is going to produce a completely different production written by herself….a Pantomime!
ACT II – WINE ON THE RUG
Hubert Bose lives in a great, big manor house surrounded by a motley crowd of hangers on. Each person has his, or her, own reason for being there and life trundles on as best as possible until, that is, a murder is committed. Life at the Manor suddenly takes a turn for the worse. Secrets are revealed as the bodies start to mount up!
One Act Plays – 2017
ACT I – OH MR SHAKESPEARE!
Will Shakespeare is commanded by Queen Elizabeth to write a new play but inspiration has deserted him! With the Queen in a mood no play could end up with Will having no head! Meanwhile the King of Spain has designs on becoming the King of England by removing the Queen with a little bomb. Will the Queen hit the roof when no play arrives or because a bomb has blown her up there?
ACT II – ART IS IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER.
Art gallery owner, Daphne has just brought a new very expensive piece of art, a white painted canvas with just the artist signature on it. She leaves it in the ‘safe keeping’ of her brother, Dan. However, the gallery is visited by a series of different characters and when the canvas becomes damaged Dan is faced with the difficult task of resolving the problem before Daphne returns!
Main Productions – 2018
ACT I – THE SISTERHOOD
‘Mr Big’, who ruled and oversaw the London Criminal Underworld has suddenly died. A new ‘Mr Big’ needs to be elected quickly. But who will it be? The police must not know about this meeting so it must be held discreetly and in a place where they would never think of looking. Welcome to the convent of ‘The Order of the Really Poor People’ run by the Reverend Mother, Sister Charity.
ACT II – CRAZY HORSES
God is reviewing the performances of the 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Unhappy with the way things are running, he decides a ‘job swap’ amongst them will amend the situation. However, this causes nothing but chaos and resentment among the said Horsemen
One Act Plays – 2018
ACT I – MACBETH
Shakespeare’s ‘The Scottish Play’ condensed down to 30 minutes with all the main points addressed! The only difference being there is a Narrator to help tie the scenes together.
ACT II – SOUR GRAPES AND ASHES
Bernard and his wife, Pat go to a beauty spot to await the arrival of his sister Carol so that they can scatter their father’s ashes. Unknown to the women they are also going to scatter Derek’s ashes as well. Carol arrives with her boyfriend, Wilf while Bernard is searching for the lost ashes that are Derek’s! But who was Derek and why has wayward daughter, Geraldine arrived? A black comedic drama.
Main Productions – 2019
ACT I – AGATHA CRUSTY AND THE MURDER MYSTERY DINNER
Geoffrey and Caroline Robertson are having a dinner party to celebrate ten successful years of Mighty Midget Vacuum Cleaners. To add spice to the evening, they decide to make it a murder mystery dinner. Geoffrey has a special surprise! He has invited the well-known crime novelist Agatha Crusty to join them who is in the area promoting her latest book. Each of the guests is given a part in the murder mystery and a recorded voice tells them that they are to discover the murderer of Lady Maude in her remote country house one wild and stormy night. Then life imitates fiction when Caroline and Geoffrey’s own remote Victorian house finds itself in the centre of a storm so bad that the river floods and they are cut off. Worse, the power fails. In the darkness, a shot rings out and one of the guests is dead. Since everybody else was together when the murder was committed, who did it? Then there is another death !
ACT II – BLOOD BROTHERS
As their mother cannot afford to keep them both, twin brothers, Mickey and Edward are separated at birth. Raised only streets apart in the heart of Liverpool, the boys’ lives take on two very different paths. However, following a chance meeting, the pair form an unlikely friendship. But what will happen if they ever find out the secret of their shared history.
One Act Plays – 2019
ACT I – HISS THE VILLAIN!
The infamous banker Silas Snaker and his clerk Bowler have contrived to rob old Captain Noble out of his savings. The Captain expires from the shock, leaving the lovely Miss Lucy in dire straights. When Bowler sees her plight, he repents and compels the villain to pay back all of the money.
ACT II – ERNIE’S INCREDIBLE ILLUCINATIONS
Young Ernie has ‘illucinations’ that force his Mum and Dad take him to see a doctor. As Ernie tells of his ‘illucinations’ –soldiers invade his home, his auntie takes on a fairground boxer, his Dad rescues a famous mountaineer and all these are enacted before us. The Doctor is unimpressed so Ernie’s Dad tells him to prove it and he does with amazing results!
Main Productions – 2020
Due to the Covid -19 virus pandemic this year no productions main or one act were able to be performed.
Main Productions – 2021
Yet again due to the Covid -19 virus pandemic this year no productions main or one act were able to be performed.
Main Productions – 2022
ACTS – MIXTY MAXTY III
We revived a format that we had first used in 2002 and was so successful again in 2004. This was ’MixtyMaxty’. The phrase comes from the Scottish dialect, and translates as ‘Oddly mixed or jumbled together’. It was a showcase of monologues, sketchs and drama pieces that allowed the students to display their many talents.