Wednesday, May 20, 2009

"A Glimpse For You: Little Theatre's New Menu"

Come to the Little Theatre and glimpse the menu for 2009/10......
Some of what's offered is spicy. And some of it IS pretty meaty.
And there's a bit of experimenting too.
And yes, of course.... there's a reassuring dollop of well loved comfort food...
Yesterday I went to a tasting session of next season's plays at the Little Theatre.

Chairman Jane introduced 3 of the eventual 6 plays which will be cooked at Chester Theatre Club from September, and their Directors gave us quick samples of each. The final 3 plays are still brewing and will be officially announced at the start of the season.
There's " Kindertransport" by L'pool writer Diane Samuels. It's based on the true story of the transportation of over 10,000 European Jewish children to UK ( 1938/39) and it tells of Eva Schlesinger, evacuated at 7. This provocative drama uses mainly actresses... and just one actor who plays several parts, including that of a rat catcher. It's an international story as well as a moving family one and it promises to be quite something... I very much look forward to it.
There's also "Holiday Snap" a comedy by Michael Pertwee/John Chapman.
It's genuine farce, set in a Portugese timeshare, but this timeshare is doublebooked ( how DID you guess!)...and pandemoniom follows ....amongst other mayhem, there's blackmail, the turning of many tables and the frantic donning of disguises....
It's a huge helping of Classic Farce and this will be the Club's opening play late September/early October.
Another play is Denise Deegan's " Daisy Pulls It Off"...OR should that be " Orff" ...
It's set in a posh girls private school in 1927. There's lots of japes and pranks and yarns and much " saving of the day" .....There are hotwater bottle fights, midnight fun in dorms.....and there are girls called Sybil and Monica prancing about in gymslips, with French Mademoiselle, rich Headgirl and school caretaker who turns out to be ...well, enough said.

Like this season, it's a mix: The last 3 plays I've seen were " Hard Times" (adapted from Dickens by S.Jeffries ) Yasmina Reza's " Life Times 3" and only last week, David Hare's "personal" play about family and its relationships:" Amy's View".
The last play of 2008/09 season is "Ladies Day" (Amanda Whittington ) very aptly performed in a city with such a famed race course as ours ...the play gallops off from June 29th to July 4th.
Tickets being gobbled up fast..
SO will there be a stampede...
AND I'm getting a bit mixed up with my gobbling and my stampeding.. ...
BUT PS: The snap: The gendarme I know well!


Blogger Helen P said...

Blimey Jan, I live not a million miles away and I've never been. Must rectify that!

11:00 pm  
Blogger Jan said...

Hope so Helen!
And it's surprising the number of (fairly) local people who are bloggers..
Good to see you.

8:51 am  
Blogger apprentice said...

Sounds like a recipe for a good new season.

I too must get the theatre more often.

2:08 pm  
Blogger Philippa said...

Ray looks good as the gendarme! He's quite a thesbian isn't he!

6:42 pm  
Blogger Jan said...

Hope so!
Hope to meet you in that case!

Yes, it invigorates and relaxes!

He loves it.
He's just started new rehersals and enjoying it hugely.

6:57 pm  

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