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Autumn Season 2017 - at a glance

Jul

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Making Waves
10th - 15th July 2017
Author
Stephen Clark
Cast
Nicola Dent,Grace Ridley,Melissa Palmer,Aaron Martin,Trevor Whaley,Dan Wilde
Director
Judith Carruthers
Genre
Drama
Synopsis
Mike, father of the Tanner family, is the coxswain of the Tynemouth Lifeboat. The demands of his job take priority over the needs of his family. But he's a hero. What can they do?

Lyricist and playwright Stephen Clark has constructed a tense family drama from the brave men who go to sea to save others but whose families must bear the consequences.

A beautiful play with interesting times and comical moments.

Sep

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'Allo 'Allo
3rd - 9th September
Author
Jeremy Lloyd & David Croft
Cast
TBA
Director
Jo Rendall
Genre
Comedy
Synopsis
Listen very carefully, I will write this only once. A slightly more light-hearted take on World War II will include the dodgiest French and German accents you have ever heard.

René, Edith, and the bar staff await your orders, as long as the Germans have not drunk the place dry first.

Oct

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Time of My Life
9th - 14th October
Author
Alan Ayckbourn
Cast
Chris Bache, Judith Carruthers, Melissa Palmer, Michael Connolly, Cathy Williams, Phil Alexanders, Eva Chatzala, Nick Tennant
Director
Janet Wind
Genre
Drama
Synopsis
We meet the Stratton Family as they celebrate Laura's fifty fourth birthday. This should be a happy occasion but, in true Ayckbourn style, all is not what it seems.

Secrets are revealed, time shifts forwards and backwards, and relationships are tested.

Nov

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The Prisoner's Friend
6th - 11th November
Author
Peter Drake
Cast
Sam Jakeman, Grace Ridley, Kathryn Sergison, Nicola Bache, Dan Wilde, Pat Campbell, Sean Turner, Kevin Graham, Alan Bell, Tim Clark, Trevor Whaley, Chris Hill, John Hudson
Director
Louise Wright
Genre
Drama
Synopsis
It is 1914. The First World War is raging in the trenches. We see the effects of this war on the soldiers and the response of the authorities as the soldiers try to cope with the battles.

Dec

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Frankenstein
11th - 16th December
Author
Tim Kelly adapted from novel by Mary Shelly
Cast
TBA
Director
Marian Walker
Genre
Drama
Synopsis
Victor Frankenstein has created a 'creature' made up from the pieces of the dead. He realises he has made a mistake and retreats to his Swiss chateau to lie low.

The creature tracks him down and makes it clear he is lonely and wants a wife.

Will Frankenstein dare?

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Autumn Season 2017


11th - 16th December 2017

 

Frankenstein

 

Adapted by Tim Kelly

 

Victor Frankenstein has created a 'creature' made up from the pieces of the dead. He realises he has made a mistake and retreats to his Swiss chateau to lie low.

The creature tracks him down and makes it clear he is lonely and wants a wife.

Will Frankenstein dare?


Spring Season 2018


15th - 20th January 2018

 

 

The Cemetery Club

 

by Ivan Menchell

 

The title 'Cemetery Club' may not immediately seem to be a comedy but in this play, Ivan Menchall has mixed New York Jewish humour with poignant memories of the dead husbands of Ida, Lucille and Doris.

 

What follows is a play full of wit, local references and fun.

12th - 17th February 2018

 

 

The Edge of Darkness

 

by Brian Clemens

 

Emma went missing years ago. Max and Laura Cranwell claim her as their daughter but who is she?

 

Emma tries to piece her life back together but there are many questions to be answered.

19th - 24th March 2018

 

 

Charlie’s Trousers

 

by Alan Plater

 

It is nearly midnight in a Tyneside art gallery and all should be peaceful and quiet. The security guard, Kev, is surprised when he finds his old friend, Nev, in the gallery and there is something mysterious about he large packing case that was recently delivered.

 

What follows is a play full of wit, local references and fun.

23rd – 28th April 2018

 

The Railway Children

 

by Mike Kenny adapted from E Nesbit

 

The heart – warming story of the Waterbury children who have to face up to a huge upheaval in their lives when their father is taken away from the family.

 

This faithful adaptation of the novel will be loved by adults and children alike. A true family favourite.

11th - 16th June 2018

 

No Dinner For Sinners

 

by Edward Taylor

 

Jim Watt runs the London office of a stock exchange firm and lives with his girlfriend Helen. No problem you would think. However Jim’s boss and his wife are coming for dinner and don’t approve of unmarried couples living together.

 

Chaos ensues as Jim tries to save face and solve the problem of finding a wife.



Autumn Season 2018


16th - 21st July 2018

 

Go Back For Murder

 

by Agatha Christie

 

Carla’s mother has died in prison after being convicted of killing her husband. Carla believes she was wrongly imprisoned and sets about clearing her name.

 

Carla revisits the event with those originally involved. Will she uncover the truth?

3rd - 8th September 2018

 

 

Revenge

 

by Robin Hawdon

An amateur production presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Limited
 

An intense drama involving MP Bill Crayshaw and mysterious journalist Mary Stanwyck . She is there, ostensibly to get Bill’s reaction to the death of his agent.

 

All is not as it seems and a dramatic cat and mouse game ensues with a surprising conclusion.