News

Feb 19, 2018
Category: News
Posted by: Teresa

Clavering Players present a romantic comedy about the sexual politics of open marriage by DARIO FO and FRANCA RAME. Tickets include a performance by acoustic guitar and vocal duo from REV2, a glass of wine and a light supper.

'THE OPEN COUPLE' explores serious themes but its farcical structure leads to hilarious situations that will amuse, entertain and keep you guessing right up to the end.

Dario Fo won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1997 and his many plays include 'Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay!' and 'Accidental Death of an Anarchist'.

Come along! On the 3rd & 4th March 2018 at 7.30pm in Clavering Village Hall!

Image may contain: 2 people, people smiling, text

Oct 6, 2017
Category: News
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
Category: News
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.

Clavering Players Website
 

La Ronde (Schnitzler)

This is an 1897 play, initially circulated among friends. It was performed publicly after two decades, arousing strong reactions. Schnitzler, was personally attacked as a Jewish pornographer and the episode came to be known as the "Reigen Scandal".

The play scrutinizes the sexual morals and class ideology of its day, through a series of encounters between pairs of characters shown before, and after, the act of sex. By choosing characters across all levels of society, the play is also a social comment on how sexual contact overcomes boundaries of class.

Both the German 'Reigen' and the French 'Ronde' mean 'round dance'; like the English nursery rhyme 'Ring a Ring o' Roses'. Other European languages also have versions ending in 'all fall down'. This is taken to relate to one of the controversial themes of the play - the transmission of syphilis across different layers of society.

The play takes place in Vienna in the 1890's and consists of ten love scenes between pairs of people. There are ten characters, each playing in two adjacent scenes (counting the last as adjacent to the first). The play starts with 'The Whore and The Soldier', followed by 'The Soldier and The Parlour Maid', and so on in this fashion until making full circle with 'The Whore' back in the first scene.