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Oct 18, 2017
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Posted by: Teresa

We are looking forward to welcoming our audiences to our annual pantomime which, this year, is 'Robin Hood & the Babes in the Wood', directed by Jennifer Scott-Reid. Rehearsals are well under way and we can promise you there will be a lot of fun (if rehearsals are anything to go by!)

For more information, please click on the 'Future Productions' tab in the header above. You can book your tickets at: www.eventbrite.co.uk Don't be late and miss out! We look forward to seeing you.

Oct 6, 2017
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Posted by: Teresa

The spring production of 'Last of the Red Hot Lovers' directed by Sandra King was a great success, thoroughly enjoyed by enthusiastic audiences and received an excellent NODA review. Well done team!

Aug 2, 2016
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Posted by: Teresa

We are thrilled to announce that our festival production 'The Extraordinary Revelations of Orca the Goldfish' by David Tristram, came a very close runner up with just one point dividing us and the winning team from Woking.

Out of eleven entries, we thought it was a great result. Not only did we get the NDFA Council Trophy for runner up but also the John Scowen Award for Comedy and the Audience Appreciation award when all audience members who bought season tickets get to vote on their favourite production of the week. Thanks to all members and friends who supported us during this festival period.

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All My Sons (Miller)

Producer's Note

'All My Sons' is a powerful and moving play which draws a connecting line from the classical theatre of Ancient Greece via Ibsen to the modern age. It is a well-crafted classical tragedy. It adheres very much to the classical three-act pattern: exposition, conflict, catastrophe. It has unity of place and time, and it is a classic tragedy in the sense that the catastrophic events set in train during the first act becomes inevitable.

In watching this performance develop over the three months of rehearsal, I have become aware of what a deeply moral play it is. Big questions are asked about relationships between a man and his family and society and about attempts to make sense of one's life and beliefs; to find, as one of the characters says, "...one's star of honesty before it goes out".

It's theme, as ever in the plays of Arthur Miller, is the big question of actions and consequences. Yet, as so often in Miller too, the big theme comes down to its effect on a small man and a family, and so becomes relevent to us all in its reply to the assertion that there's no such thing as society, only individual men and women living in individual families.

Arthur Miller, born in 1915, is one of the century's great playwrights. Among his well-known plays are 'Death of a Salesman', 'The Crucible', 'A View from the Bridge', 'After the Fall', and recently, 'The Ride Down Mount Morgan'. He has won many literary and drama prizes in his career. This year, he has an Oscar nomination for his screenplay, the recently filmed 'Crucible'.

It was 'All My Sons' that brought Miller to prominence when it was first performed. It was quickly made into a film in 1948 starring Edward G. Robinson as Joe and the young Burt lancaster as Chris.

Peter Simmons - 1997


Cast:

Dr Jim Bayliss     Tim Middleton

Joe Keller           David Lewis

Frank Lubey       Matt Grady

Sue Bayliss        Lisa Makin

Lydia Lubey       Sue Clatworthy

Chris Keller        James Bentley

Bert                   Sam Watson

Kate Keller        Melissa Jones

Ann Deever       Charlotte Foster

George Deever  Keith Nuttall


REVIEW by Colin Spiro

The Players’ offering makes for compulsive viewing.

No praise is high enough for the Clavering Players' outstandingly powerful production of Arthur Miller’s 'All My Sons'.

To be honest, I tread with fear into the realms of amateur dramatics - never sure what to expect - but this dazzling offering was by far the best I’ve seen in my time with The Observer.