Halloween Quiz Night – Saturday 29th October 7.30pm

The much anticipated Halloween Quiz Night is to take place on Saturday 29th October.
Spot prizes, team prizes and weird facts all from the quiz master himself, Ian Reah.
Fun starts at 7.30pm – £2 per head for those in fancy dress otherwise it’s £2.50.

Please bring your friends and family to support this event.

Play Readings – Tuesday Evenings at 7.30pm

Starting Tuesday 18th October we will be holding play readings at 7.30pm onwards, every Tuesday (except 8th November, when Ladies’ Day is on) until further notice.

Everyone is welcome, so do come along.

Upcoming Events

Check the website posts over the next few weeks for more details of the following:

Halloween quiz night – Saturday 29th October 7.30 pm

Ladies’ Day – 7th to 12th November

Godfathers of Rhythm – Wed 7th December

Audition Readings for Next Season – Tuesday 16th August 7pm

Everyone is invited to take part in reading of extracts from a number of plays that are being considered for drama season 2016 – 17.

The following are the proposed dates of production and suggested plays as proposed by the Play Committee:-

  1. 17-22 October 2016:  Entertaining Angels by Richard Everett – 1 male (age 60 -80), 4 female – (2 middle age to elderly and 2 aged 20 -30)
  1. 16-21 January 2017:  Day of Reckoning by Pam Valentine – 1 male, 7 female
  1. 10-15 April 2017:  Out of Sight . . . Out of Murder by Fred Carmichael – 3 Male  middle aged to elderly, 1 Juvenile male 20 ish, 5 female young to elderly  or Pardon Me, Prime Minister  by Edward Taylor and John Graham 4 male, 5 female
  1. 19-24 June 2017: Ladies Day by Amanda Whittington – 4 male, 4 female

If you are interested in taking a part, directing, producing or helping behind the scenes with all or any of these proposed productions please come along to the theatre on 16th August.

The Decorator – Photographs

Here is a selection of photographs courtesy of ID Event Photography:

To see the complete set of photographs click here:

It Takes Two – Tuesday 7th June 2016 at 7.45pm

An entertaining cabaret style evening of sketches, rehearsed readings, live music and singing, table nibbles and a ticket prize draw.

Featuring writing from our own Helen Russell, Neil Armstrong, who writes the Gala Panto amongst other things, Val McGregor and award winning writer Kevin Gardner.

Ian Reah, Pat Thompson, Helen, David Beston and John Errington are some of the performers with many other familiar, talented faces.

Some tickets are already sold and it was standing room only at the last cabaret night so don’t be disappointed book early, only £5 a ticket. Ring Norma Chapman on 0191 4470493.

Review of Audacity by BobLawson

16th  April 2016 Cleadon Village Drama Club

Audacity by Simon Mawdsley

Extracts from Bob Lawson’s personal view

This play is known as a comedy thriller. It has a good interesting story line with plenty of humour.

The First Act sets the scene for the real meat of the play which occurs in the Second Act. John Errington plays Phillip with the consummate ease of the experienced actor asked to perform the straight man in contrast to all the other characters. The first half hour of the play did not have much drama, apart from the menace of the unexpected handgun though David Beston’s welcome re-appearance on the Cleadon stage had brought more life to the stage as the exuberant Dave.

Stan Dix was a revelation playing the diffident John; his acting was to become by far the best he has shown at Cleadon. His timidity and ability to get things not quite right brought some of the best laughs during the evening.

When the two ladies came into action, the play achieved another dimension. The reaction between the two vastly different women was a joy. It portrayed two fine actresses blending arguing over the puzzling behaviour of their husbands. The whole of the Second Act was full of dramatic scenes all played so well that it more than made up for the rather flat First Act.

Helen Irving’s Gillian was well played, quiet when need be but equally strong when necessary. When she confessed to her marital indiscretions she conveyed just the right amount of contrition and defiance.

Camilla Robinson is very welcome indeed to the Cleadon Stage. Cleadon has had a long tradition of really good lady actors, some in our present pool I hasten to say! It’s a great joy to see such a terrific debut! What an impression she made, a real natural.

Mention must be made of the argument scene near the end of the play which must have been so difficult to plot and get just right, but got right it was. I was particularly struck with Stan’s acting whilst sitting at the table with his head often in his hands as he regretted his part in the robbery, this was fine acting.

I offer congratulations to the cast for giving the audience such a good evening’s entertainment. Mention must be made of the great job Bill Dodds has done in directing this play.

Well done John Thornton and his team for a good set which suited the play so well, and to the lighting and sound crew.

Audacity – Photographs

Here is a selection of photographs courtesy of ID Event Photography:

To see the complete set of photographs click here:

Audition Readings for The Decorator Thursday 31st March at 7.30pm

Our final production for this season has been selected and is The Decorator. An open audition will be held on Thursday 31st March at 7.30pm.
The play requires 1 male and 2 females, and is a comedy written by Donald Churchill.
If you are interested or know some one who would be interested, please come along to The Little Theatre Cleadon.