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Pantomime Murder

Ottershaw Players will be presenting Pantomime Murder by Kay Doyle at Chobham Social Club on 11th – 13th September. Those of you who came to see or were  involved in Father Ciaran Gets A Lodger, also written by Kay, will know what to expect. But in case anyone missed that (shame on you) this a fun, light hearted script despite being centred around a cold-blooded murder.

We will be holding auditions for the play on Sunday 6th July and Tuesday 8th July at Chobham Social Club, 8:00 pm. The first rehearsal will be on Tuesday 15th July.

There are a couple of things that I should point out, just to avoid confusion later.

1. We will be performing this play at Chobham Social Club only. This is due to the refurbishment taking place at Brook Hall during the summer, which means that we cannot guarantee the availability of that venue.

2. We are staging the play rather later than is usual for a summer production. This is to avoid clashing with Woking Drama Association’s production of Oh What A Lovely War, so that our members are free to take part in that show if they would like.

3. If you are interested in auditioning for the play I would be very grateful if you could send me a quick email to confirm. This is purely so that I can get some idea of the level of interest we have.

Andrew Midson  (wilf42@gmail.com)

The play is set in a rehearsal room where the cast of an ambitious and somewhat “alternative” pantomime are gathering. Predictably the complex relationships between the cast, director and stage manager soon sees them at odds with one another until eventually it all boils over in the most deadly manner. In an attempt to prevent their dirty little secrets from being made public by a police investigation they then set about trying to uncover the identity of the murderer themselves.

Oh What a lovely War

2014 sees the 100th Anniversary of the start of the worldwide conflict that became known as The Great War. This First World War claimed millions of lives and almost wiped out a generation of brave young men who did their duty and fought for ‘their King and their Country’.
Through the parody of an end-ofthe-pier pierrot show, Oh, What a Lovely War tells the story of some of those soldiers. The horrors of the fighting, the deprivation and hardship, but most of all the comradeship of the trenches is movingly told through the songs of that Edwardian era, when the country still held staunch Victorian values of honour and duty.
This is a funny, thought-provoking and moving piece of theatre that is as relevant today as it was when it was first devised by Joan Littlewood’s Theatre Group in the 1960s.

Performances are at the Rhoda McGaw Theatre, Woking, from Tuesday June 24th to Saturday June 28th

Ticket prices £12, £10 concession

Please contact Brenda Midwinter for tickets:  01932 841363 or via email :  b.midwinter123@btinternet.com

Although this is presented by the “Woking Drama Association” there are  members of Ottershaw Players on stage and working hard behind,  together with people from many of the local groups.

This production is performed in support of the many Disabled Veteran charities who continue to serve our Armed Forces

Farrago 2014 – Tickets on Sale

It’s Farrago time again……

This year’s production, a western extravaganza titled “A Fistful of Fanny”, will be staged at:

Chobham Club on Friday 28th February and Saturday 1st March, 7.30pm

– Ticket price £15 to include a fish and chip supper and use of the club bar (please DO NOT bring your own drinks)
- doors open 7pm.
- Tickets available from Claire White-Aldworth – propsbyclaire@btinternet.com or phone 07933 111673

Brook Hall on Thursday 6th, Friday 7th and Saturday 8th March, 7.30pm

– Ticket price £15 to include a fish and chip supper, please bring your own drinks and glasses
– doors open 7pm.
- Tickets available from Brenda Midwinter – tickets@ottershawplayers.co.uk or phone 01932 841363

Tickets at Brook Hall are selling fast – please contact asap.

As most of you know, this is an evening full of fun and laughter  – come along in fancy dress and add to the atmosphere!!

****FARRAGO IS AN ADULT PRODUCTION AND UNSUITABLE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE OR THOSE EASILY OFFENDED****

Farrago 2014

Dear Players

Its farrago time again.

Read through and Auditions will be held at Brook Hall at 7.45 pm on Sunday 12th Jan.

Rehearsals will be held on: Tuesdays and Sundays from then on.

Performances will be held on:

28th Feb and 1st March at Chobham Club

And

6th 7TH and 8th March at Brook Hall

I look forward to seeing you on the 12th

Best

Matthew

Are You Being Served? Tickets

Hello all, time to get your tickets and plan a fun evening in the run up to Christmas!  A great way to spend the evening after your shopping or a meal.

The show is at the Rhoda McGaw, Woking from the 11th – 14th December, curtain up 7.45pm.
Tickets £12, concessions £10
Box Office: 01932 841363  (tickets@ottershawplayers.co.uk)

click here to buy tickets from our secure, online ticketing service.

For further information please see our Are You Being Served? page.

You’ve never seen a Peacock quite like this ….!

Spelthorne Festival Results

Very well done to writer Graham Collier (aka Luffy McTuggle) and the whole Stay’d For team at the Spelthorne and Runnymeade Drama Festival last night.  After a very positive adjudication on the final night of the festival, up against stiff competition (6 new plays having been entered) Ottershaw Players came away with the “Best New Play” trophy.  They also received nominations for Stage Presentation and Technical Merit which was a great achievement and excellent follow up to the previous weeks’ success at Woking Drama Festival.

Congratulations also go to Graham for a fantastic acting performance for RDG (who won the festival) as he won the Best Actor Trophy.

Woking Drama Festival Results

Huge contratulations to Graham Collier and the Stay’d For team for winning two awards at the Woking Drama Festival tonight.  The “Best use of Sound” award went to Andy Lacey and Graham’s play also got the trophy for “Technical Excellence”

Congratulations also goes to OP member Sarah Mullins, who won the “Best Supporting Actress” award for her role in “Fruitcakes” by Troy Chessman.

Stay’d For moves forward to Spelthorne next week (performance Saturday Oct 26th, 6.30pm) so please come and support them as they want to up the ante and hope to win some more silverware.

Festival : Stay’d For

Festival season has started this week for Ottershaw Players, so please come along and support our entry, Stay’d For, written and directed by Graham Collier.

Performances are as follows:

Woking Drama Festival: Friday October 12th 2013, 7.30pm, price £8, venue Rhoda McGaw Theatre, Woking

Tickets are still available from Brenda (b.midwinter123@btinternet.com), otherwise please contact Chris Moore for tickets (01932 562762)

Spelthorne and Runnymede Festival: Saturday October 26th, 6.30pm, venue Riverside Arts Centre, Lower Sunbury

Ticket info TBC

Christmas Production Auditions

Dear Players

Are you Free? I know I am.

As I am sure that you know by now, Ottershaw Players will be presenting: ‘Are you Being Served’ as their December production.

The play is an adaption of the well known Television comedy (in fact it is an adaption of the film of the tv program).

The play is set in the Department Store and in Spain (where there is a revolution going on). It is extremely funny and full of pun and innuendo.

AUDITIONS will take place:

This Sunday (22nd September ) at Brook Hall in Ottershaw from 7.30 pm

And

Tuesday (24th September) Chobham Club (Windsor Road, Chobham, GU24 8LD) from 7.30 pm.

I hope to see you there.

If you cant make it but would still like to be considered please email me (matthew.horton1@gmail.com) or give me a ring

All the best

Matthew

Made Glorious Summer

Made Glorious Summer, written and directed by Graham Collier, won Best New Play and the script was put forward in 2011 by the Spelthorne & Runnymede adjudicator (Mike Kaiser) for the National George Taylor Memorial Award 2011/2012.  The judging process has taken some time, but we are very pleased to announce that the script was awarded 3rd place.

There were 3 judges, here is an exerpt from some of their comments:

“It is full of vigour and presence, and the author/adaptor has chosen cleverly.  The characters are lifted off the page and become real and huge.  We are sucked into this story and hardly dare breathe as we watch the entrapment of Ethan unfold.”

Many congratulations to Graham, a great result especially for his first play!


Please come and support Graham’s second play “Stay’d For”, which is currently in rehearsals for the October Festival season.

At Woking Drama Festival, it will be performed on Friday October 11th, at 7pm and Spelthorne & Runymeade Festival will be performed on Saturday October 25th, at 7pm

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