2018-2019 Season

Our season continues with …

GamePlan – Alan Ayckbourn

GamePlanTo be performed at The Mill Arts Centre 13-16 February 2019
Directed by Liz Riley

The Cast list for GamePlan is as follows.

Sorrell - Clare Primrose
Kelly - Lily Blundell
Dan - Dave Candy
Grace - Hilary Beaton
Lynette - Tara Lacey
Leo - Roger Riley
Troy - James Murray

Teenager Sorrel fights to keep herself and her abandoned mother, once a dot.com businesswoman, financially afloat by setting up as a part-time prostitute, advertising for clients on the Internet and persuading her tearful school chum to act as her maid.


Death Knell – James Cawood

Death KnellTo be performed at The Mill Arts Centre 1-4 May 2019
Directed by Linda Shaw

Read through – 27 Nov 2018
Member Audition – 4 Dec 2018
Open Audition – 6 Dec 2018

Successful Playwright Henry Roth takes delight in telling his neurotic wife, Evelyn, he has a new, ‘seismic’ play to unleash on the theatrical world. To prepare for its stage debut, he has invited the charming and charismatic (but unknown) actor, Jack Willoughby to their remote Highland home to prepare for the leading role of murderer. Jack’s arrival sends Evelyn into a flat spin when she realises he is her lover – a relationship developed during her time supposedly in rehab in London. Is Henry aware of the relationship?

With the arrival of Inspector Lazan from Scotland Yard – apparently on the hunt for the Highland serial killer, The Ghoul – the play takes another turn. Is he who he claims to be? In a breath-taking script, sending the audience reeling from one plot twist to another, the genre of “Thriller” is taken on an exciting new journey.

Each character is well drawn and the action is non-stop. Actors should be prepared for physically demanding fight scenes and use of weapons. Previous stage combat experience not essential as training will be given.


Ghosts – Henrik Ibsen adapted by Mike Poulton

To be performed at The Mill Arts Centre 10-13 July 2019
Directed by John McCormick

Read through – 19 Mar 2019
Member Audition – 26 Mar 2019
Open Audition – 28 Mar 2019

Great drama is more often than not about relationships. Ghosts is a great drama, a classic. It’s about the relationship between Helen Alving and her son Oswald. It’s about the relationship between Regina and her father, Engstrand, and between Helen and Pastor Manders, who have been close acquaintances for a long time. It’s also about all of their relationships with Captain Alving who doesn’t even appear in the play but casts a long shadow over it.

All of these relationships have had actions within them long ago that have consequences. Violence, betrayal, deceit. They create ghosts and those ghosts from the past have a significant impact over all of the characters now.

Ghosts is a powerful, shocking drama, even more so given that fact that it was written in the 1880s. Ibsen is the Godfather of the great Norse dramatic storytelling line that continues today with the modern BBC4 Nordic drama phenomena. Henrik Ibsen’s Ghosts – the original Scandi-noir.


Audience with Murder – Roger Leach & Colin Wakefield

Audience with MurderWas performed at The Mill Arts Centre 21-24 November 2018
Directed by Terry Gallager

The play begins in the living room of Alan and Sue, where they are joined by Kelly and Dean to read a play that Sue has written. Alan, a teacher of theatre, as well as a chauvinistic boor, makes fun of the play and as he continues to drink, of his wife as well. The “reading” turns into an emotional free-for-all as he recognizes himself being parodied in the script and as his relationship with Kelly is revealed. From then on, reality keeps changing, and the audience is repeatedly surprised until the final twist.

The cast was as follows:

Philip Fine - Alan
Tara Lacey - Sue
Kate Groves - Kelly
Theo Cumming Dean

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Contractions – Mike Bartlett

Contractions by Mike BartlettDirected by Chrissie Garrett

CAST : 2F – one older, one younger

Read through 5 March 2019
Auditions 2 and 4 April 2019
Rehearsals start 15 April 2019 (5 weeks)

This is a dystopian one act play and has a history of being a winner. A powerful, disturbing, chilling drama about work and play in which the audience are invited to a meeting. Come in. Sit down. How are you? Emma’s been seeing Darren. She thinks she’s in love. Her boss thinks she’s in breach of contract.

The play shows there is no place for individualism and privacy in a growing corporate world, and that compliance is the only accepted way forward.

This play will be our 2019 entry to the Lighthorne Drama Festival (June). Other Festival entries are yet to be confirmed. The play will also be performed at the BCP Season Preview in September 2019.

Contact Chrissie Garrett for further details


Who can audition for a part? Anyone can audition for any part.
What can you expect during an audition? Well, it all depends on the Director. Typical auditions involve reading through the play or perhaps some improvisation work.
Don’t feel comfortable with this? Talk to the Director quietly beforehand – you may glean some ‘winning’ tips!