2018-2019 Season

Audience with Murder – Roger Leach & Colin Wakefield

Audience with MurderTo be performed at The Mill Arts Centre 21-24 November 2018
Directed by Terry Gallager
There will be a play reading on Tuesday 3 June 2018
Auditions will be 3 July (Members) and 5th July (Open)
– mystery/thriller, modern

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.

Following Auditions and a little persuasion the cast is as follows:

Philip Fine - Alan
Tara Lacey - Sue
Kate Groves - Kelly
Simon Grey Dean

GamePlan – Alan Ayckbourn

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

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

Set in an isolated former hunting lodge in the Scottish Highlands, Death Knell follows Henry Roth, a famous playwright and his wife Evelyn, as they await the arrival of his new ‘muse’ – a charming and charismatic young actor called Jack Willoughby who is determined to secure a role in the playwright’s latest production.

What starts out as a seemingly innocent audition soon leads to an evening full of twists, turns and eventually . . . murder.

Ghosts – Henrik Ibsen adapted by Mike Poulton

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

Helene Alving is about to dedicate an orphanage she has built in the memory of her dead philandering husband to deplete her husband’s wealth so that their son, Oswald, might not inherit anything from him. She discovers that her son Oswald is suffering from syphilis that he inherited from his father.She also discovers that Oswald has fallen in love with Regina Engstrand, Mrs. Alving’s maid, which is a serious problem because Regina is revealed to be an illegitimate daughter of Captain Alving, and therefore Oswald is falling in love with his half-sister. When the sibling relationship is exposed, Regina leaves, and Oswald is in a state of despair and anguish. He asks his mother to help him die by an overdose of morphine in order to end his suffering from his disease, which could put him into a helpless vegetative state.Mrs. Alving has to confront this decision: whether or not to euthanize her son in accordance with his wishes.