2011 Archive

STILL LIFE. by Noel Coward. December 2011
Set in a railway station refreshment room in 1936, two happily married strangers - a suburban housewife and a doctor - develop a close acquaintance after a chance meeting. nce meeting. This deepens into affection and eventually into love and they begin a love affair, which they try to enjoy while they can. Helpless in the face of their emotions we follow their pitiful love affair, from its tentative beginnings to its inevitable end. Set to a backdrop of station life we also meet a host of colourful characters. This was the original stage play which went on to become the film 'Brief Encounter'. We presented this as a radio play reading with period costumes, nostalgic props, orginal sound effects and cocoa & mince pies.
This 10 date tour visited: METHLEY, BOSTON SPA, CHERRY BURTON, PICKERING, HEYWOOD, GREETLAND, GRASSINGTON, BROUGH, HAWORTH, DENSHAW.

BLITZ BRIDE. by Claire Spratt. July-October 2011 & May-October 2012
It's wartime Britain and ATS girl Ruby is set to wed Henry, although sooner than planned, (if Henry and her Dad, Arthur, have anything to do with it), for Ruby to avoid a posting abroad! Stationed away from home it is left for her mother, Peggy, and her heavily pregnant best friend, Nancy, to organise the lot. Based on true anecdotes and full of nostalgia, laughs and a wartime sing song. A one-act play.
This had 4 performances at the Buxton Festival Fringe in July 2011, followed by a private booking in Buxton, a 5 date August 2011 tour visiting: HOLMFIRTH, HAWORTH, GRASSINGTON, WHITBY, REDCAR and a 6 date October 2011 tour visiting: BOSTON SPA, CHERRY BURTON, DENSHAW, GREETLAND, PICKERING, BROUGH. This production was nominated for Best Production at the Buxton Festival Fringe

SMALL PORTIONS by Claire Spratt. July 2011
Six short comedy plays on one bill performed by 5 actors. 'Tea Towels & Tiaras', 'Nightwatch', 'The Joy of Painting', 'Fancy Pants', 'Star Gazing' & 'Foot Day'. Performed 4 times at the Buxton Festival Fringe in July 2011.
('Nightwatch' was a finalist in the Daffodil Theatre Awards 2009. Performed at The Stantonbury Theatre, Milton Keynes, on Sunday 25th October 2009. Written & directed by Claire Spratt (nee Butler).