Godfathers of Rhythm – Wednesday 7th December at 7.30 pm

A fundraising music evening of contemporary Jazz standards plus new tracks from Dave Beston and his band.

Please bring friends and family to support this pre-Christmas event.

Tickets: £5 Ring 07581 306 038 or just turn up.

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.

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:

The Exorcism Starts Monday 10th November at 7.30

Here are the Director’s Notes by Frank Ditchburn for this exiting production which runs from 10th to 15th November:-

It is always a pleasure to direct a talented and enthusiastic cast in a well-written and powerful play, and in this production you will see both.

The Exorcism first saw the light of day in 1972 as a 40-minute production in BBC TV’s Dead of Night series. It was subsequently re-worked as a radio play, and finally expanded into the two-act stage presentation you will see at the Little Theatre.

Of our cast, Mark Lamb, John Errington and Sonia McDonnell have all appeared on our stage before and make a welcome return. Helen Irving makes her first appearance, hopefully of many.

Finally, a vote of thanks to John for the set, Dave and Tim for the lights and sound, and to all the unsung heroes who take on backstage and front-of-house duties without which no show would be possible.

Phone 536 1858, but be quick as tickets usually sell out quite quickly.