Season November 2016 – June 2017

Ladies’ Day by Amanda Whittington

7-12 November 2016

Work, love and life are one hard slog for the fish-filleting foursome Pearl, Jan, Shelley and Linda. Their luck changes when Linda finds tickets to Ladies’ Day at Royal Ascot in York.

Out go the hairnets and overalls as the girls do themselves up and head for the races. As the day unfolds, the champagne flows, secrets spill out and their horses keep winning. By the last race, the girls are on course for a life-changing win.

Director: Bill Dodds Cast: David Beston, Gemma Louise Crossley, Stan Dix, Neeta Dulai, Helen Irving, Doreen Shannon.

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Day of Reckoning by Pam Valentine

23-28 January 2017

A committee meets on a winter’s night to arrange the summer village fete.

As protocol gives way to bickering and gossip, the personalities of those present emerge: busybody Ethel; the vicar’s long-suffering wife Pauline; careworn Gloria; horsy Marjorie who is very attentive to the shy new teacher, Angela; elderly Mavis and the brisk Army wife Sally.

Six months on, the cathartic events of the fete are related with humour and pathos.The upbeat ending affirms the enduring value of village life.

Director: Frank Ditchburn Cast: David Beston, Gillian Crossley, Kathleen Dodds, Jessica Henderson, Sonia McDonnell, Mary Stephenson, Pat Thompson, Denise Wilson.

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Summer End by Eric Chappell

03-08 April 2017

Emily Baines is a defiant, embattled old lady who resides in the Summer End retirement home. She believes that her previous companion has been murdered but no-one will listen to her, especially her new fellow tenant May Brewer. Emily points the finger of suspicion at everyone until it finally turns towards her.

Director: Sonia McDonnell Co-Director: Bill Dodds Cast: Gillian Crossley, Kathleen Dodds, Jessica Henderson, Philip Holland, Pat Thompson.

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Out of Sight . . . Out of Murder by Fred Carmichael

19-24 June 2017

Peter Knight is grinding out a murder story in an old mansion where another author was murdered years before. A weird electrical storm effects a cosmic snafu and his characters come to life.

There’s the lovely ingenue, the trusty butler, a feisty character woman, a dauntless hero, a fascinating “other woman”, the always pregnant serving girl, and the wily lawyer waiting for midnight to read the will.

Peter loses control of his characters and there is a murder; the intended victim is Peter. Other murders follow and the culprit is among characters who, having also worked for other authors, know a great deal about the subject. Can Peter find the killer before the killer gets his author? Is romance with the ingenue leading anywhere? Where is the fortune mentioned in the will? All is solved ingeniously with romance, suspense and cosmic wit.

Director: Frank Ditchburn Cast: Erin Atack, Kathryn Atack, James Barton, Lorna Bell, David Cooke, Gillian Crossley, Stan Dix, Tristan Gains, Caroline Wells.

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