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We’re really looking forward to performing our next play, a comedy drama ‘The Mr Misty Mystery’ by Martin Clare.  It’s set mainly in the living room of a cheap flat where people appear, and then proceed to complicate, an apparently foolproof idea for raising cash.

 

Thursday – Saturday 1st – 3rd November 2018

Our previous performances

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Death’s Desire by Robert Scott

Directed by Carol Crump

April 2018

Lauren’s latest therapy client was both challenging and a little scary. Confessing to multiple marriages under false pretences, and then murder, things only got worse when he revealed how much he knew about Lauren’s fiance…

The Cast

THE MAN (John, Niall, William) John Kinsey
LAUREN Gem Ketteringham
PHIL Colin Jones
DAWN Lynne Deakin
LIZZIE Mandy Seeley
ISOBEL Bethan Bonds
ANITA Rea Hughes

The Crew

BACKSTAGE MANAGER Anne Sherlock
LIGHT AND SOUND Keith Chaloner / Jess Sadler
PROMPT Eileen Evans
WEB ADMIN/TICKETS Jan Ketteringham
TEARS-AND-LAUGHTER

Tears and Laughter

A performance in two halves, directed by Eileen Evans

November 2017

First Half

The Act of Living  by Robert Scott

A touching play on love, life and loss over the decades.

 

Second Half

After the interval, these light-hearted short sketches and monologues.

Is that You Clint?  by Geoff Parker

Around the fridge in 80 calories  by Cheryl Barrett

I’d quite like to try lacrosse  by Janice Sampson

Tom Tom  by John Peel

Skinny Cap to Go by Richard James

Dieter’s lament  by Cheryl Barrett

The Cast of The Act of Living

TOM Colin Jones
EVELYN Rea Hughes

The Cast of the second half

Clint
 Sally Jones
Around the fridge
 Carol Crump
Lacrosse
 Mandy Seeley
Tom Tom
 Keith Chaloner and Sally Jones
Skinny Cap
 Sally Jones and John Kinsey
Dieter’s Lament
 Carol Crump
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Natural Causes by Eric Chappell

Directed by Leighton Williams

April 2017

Vincent (a professional suicide merchant) was summoned by Walter Bryce but he soon became confused as to who his potion was intended for!  Several attempts to do away with various characters result in multiple poisonings of a rubber plant..

The Cast

WALTER BRYCE Colin Jones
CELIA BRYCE
Lynne Deakin
VINCENT Keith Chaloner
ANGIE Bethan Bonds
WITHERS John Kinsey

The Crew

BACKSTAGE MANAGER
Anne Sherlock
LIGHT/SOUND Daniel Angel
FRONT OF HOUSE
Leighton Williams
PROMPT Eileen Evans
TICKETS/WEB ADMIN
Jan Ketteringham
SET CONSTRUCTION/CATERING Theatre members and friends
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Volunteers by Hilary Mackelden

Directed by Leighton Williams

October 2016

Brenda runs a charity shop with the help of her volunteers, sight-impared Denny and the slightly addled Prue.  If this wasn’t enough to deal with she also has to cope with the improvement ideas of the newly elected CEO and his area manager.  Add to this a young new volunteer plus the ‘delightful’ customers and it’s no wonder Brenda is feeling the strain!

The Cast

BRENDA Carol Crump
PRUE Lynne Deakin
DENNY Jan Ketteringham
LEANNE Bethan Bonds
CLARE Holly Kendrick
JOHN Colin Jones
CUSTOMER 1 Sally Jones
CUSTOMER 2
Julia Welsh
CUSTOMER 3
Keith Chaloner
CUSTOMER 4
Eileen Evans

The Crew

DIRECTOR
Leighton Williams
BACKSTAGE MANAGER
Ann Sherlock
LIGHT/SOUND Daniel Angel / Keith Chaloner
TICKETS Jan Ketteringham
SET/PROMPT/CATERING ETC
Theatre members and friends
Dead Guilty by Richard Harris - Darland Community Theatre
Dead Guilty by Richard Harris – Darland Community Theatre

Dead Guilty by Richard Harris

Directed by Nathan Evans

April 2016

John Haddrell dies of a heart attack at the wheel of his car whist with his lover Julia. Recovering, Julia is visited by John’s widow Margaret, who apparently knows nothing of the affair. Events take a sinister turn and Margaret encroaches on Julia’s life, engineering Julia’s dismissal of her home help, Gary, and her estrangement from her counsellor, Anne. Left alone in the house together, Julia and Margaret are locked in deadly combat.

The Cast

CORONER Paul Sutherland
JULIA Sally Jones
ANN Julia Welsh
GARY Adrian Dunn
MARGARET Gem Ketteringham

The Crew

SET BUILDERS & STAGE MANAGER
DCT Members & Nic Bobby
LIGHTS, SOUND & PROPS Daniel Angel, Keith Chaloner & Ann Sherlock
REFRESHMENTS Carol Crump & Eileen Evans
TICKETS Jan Ketteringham
PROMPT Colin Jones
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Autumn Chills

An evening of three spooky plays

October 2015

We packed three plays with a spooky or murderous theme into one night:

Blood on Canvas

by Richard James

Produced by Jan Ketteringham

 Murdering Muriel

by Geoff Parker

Produced by Eileen Evans

Family Spirit

by Pat Wollaston

Produced by Gem Ketteringham

The Cast of Blood on Canvas

MADDIE Lynne Deakin
STELLA Gem Ketteringham

The Cast of Murdering Muriel

BARRY Colin Jones
MURIEL Carol Crump
CAROLINE Gem Ketteringham
PARAMEDIC Owen Luke

The Cast of Family Spirit

ARTHUR SCRIMMINS  Keith Chaloner
ANGELA SCRIMMINS  Carol Crump
SIMONE  Sally Jones
SANDRA BAXTON
 Jan Ketteringham
STEVE BAXTON
  Colin Jones
MARTINE  Eileen Evans
SARAH  Mandy Seeley
Darling Community Theatre
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Let it be me by Carey Jane Hardy

Directed by John Irving

April 2015

Amy cares for her Aunt Sylvia who has Alzheimer’s. Sylvia does not recognize the adult Amy but instead waits for the child she remembers to come back from school. Amy is loyally devoted to her aunt so finds herself seriously tested when she meets and falls in love with Gregory. With her friends for support, and with Gregory’s understanding and tact, Amy begins to see that a different, happier life is possible for her.

The Cast

Amy Flint
 Kate Potter
Sylvia
 Carol Crump
Kate
 Sally Jones
Trixie
 Jan Ketteringham
Colin
 Keith Chaloner
Gregory Roberts
 Colin Jones

The Crew

BACKSTAGE MANAGER & PROPS
Anne Sherlock
LIGHTS, SOUND Daniel Angel
SET CONSTRUCTION/CATERING
Theatre members & friends
TICKETS Jan Ketteringham
PROMPT Eileen Evans
Ladies Day
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Ladies Day by Amanda Whittington

November 2014

Work, love and life are just one long hard slog for the fish filleting foursome Pearl, Jan, Shelley and Linda. But their fortunes are set to change when Linda finds tickets to Ladies’ Day at Royal Ascot the year it relocated to York. Out go the hairnets, overalls and wellies as the four ditch work, do themselves up to the nines and head off for a drink, a flirt and a flutter. If their luck holds, they could hit the jackpot – and more besides!

The Cast

PEARL
JAN
SHELLEY
LINDA
MEN
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A Foot in the Door by Richard Harris

March 2010

May Archer, an elderly lady with lots of time on her hands, regularly arranges for sales people to call on her with the pretext of being interested in their wares. In the space of one day she ‘entertains’ Warren – the wardrobe salesman, Desmond – the home security expert, Stan & his assistant – decorators and Jilly who is selling electronic keyboards. Will any of them distract May from her tv and actually make a sale?

The Cast

MAY Pat Curtis
WARREN Shaun Potter
DESMOND Elwyn Thomas
STAN Colin Jones
JILLY Gemma Ketteringham
ANGELA Sally Jones
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Tiptoe Through The Tombstones by Norman Robbins

March 2009

Well known to those familiar with Norman Robbins earlier ‘A Tomb with a View’.

Now Mortimer Crayle, the crusty old lawyer, and his secretary Zoe, have gathered the last remaining Tomb familymembers (as offbeat a bunch as the original occupants)at the old house, ostensibly to inform them about their inheritance. But Crayle has designs on the inheritance which demands the deaths of all the Tombs. Fog defends on the gloomy mansion and in the cobwebby corridors things and people are seldom what they seem.

With poison in every decanter and mysterious disappearances into secret passageways, hosts and guests alike join the increasing number of bodies in the cellar….

The Cast

 VERNON PREWITT  Elwyn Thomas
EDNA HONEYWILL  Sally Jones
ZOE MAPLETON  Gemma Ketteringham
MORTIMER CRAYLE  Keith Chaloner
OCTAVIA TOMB  Jan Ketteringham
HENRIETTA TOMB  Carol Crump
AUGUSTUS TOMB  Nigel Davies
ATHENE TOMB  Meg Bayliss
LARRY LEWISS  Colin Jones
FABIA TOMB  Pat Curtis
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Something To Hide by Leslie Sands

November 2006

Just like a good chess match, Something to Hide moves in unexpected ways. The only one who seems to have a handle on all the twists and turns is Inspector Davies and he isn’t showing his hand. But then again neither are Howard and Karen Holt, the feuding husband and wife, who lie to the Inspector and to each other about the apparent car accident in front of their country house.

Soon a neighbour, Miss Cunningham, drops hints about what she saw on the night of the accident. Add to this the Holts maid, Stella, who starts nosing through their mail. Then the jovial town mechanic, Will Purdie, becomes just a tad too chatty and we really start to see that there is indeed ….

….. Something to Hide

The Cast

HOWARD HOLT  Colin Jones
KAREN HOLT  Anne Frostick
JULIE  Kate Drury
STELLA  Marjorie Canham
INSPECTOR DAVIES  Elwyn Thomas
WILL PURDIE  Dai Davies
MISS CUNNINGHAM  Pat Curtis
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intent to murder – poster

Intent to Murder by Leslie Sands

November 2005

Janet Preston, a well-known authoress who lives alone in a remote cottage on the Yorkshire Moors, has killed her husband, a complete rogue and criminal on the run. Before she can get rid of the body, she is confronted by his accomplice George, who blackmails her into agreeing to pass him off as the dead man until such time as he can make a getaway. The events that follow are full of twists, turns and excitement, with underlying passions exposed.

The Cast

 JANET PRESTON
GEORGE BATES
HENDERSON
MRS BUNTING
LARRY
CHRIS
Haywire
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Haywire by Eric Chappell

March 2005

Bookseller Alec Firth is having an affair with his assistant Liz. He’s craftily organised things so that he and Liz can have a ‘romantic’ trip to Spain without his wife, Maggie suspecting. What could possibly go wrong…?

The Cast

ALEC Colin Jones
MAGGIE
Carol Crump
LIZ
Judith Evans
PHOEBE
Pat Curtis
JAMIE
Keith Chaloner
MANDY
Helen Wolfenden
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Curtain up on Murder by Bettine Manktelow

March 2004

In an ‘end of the pier’ theatre somewhere on the South coast, an amateur drama company is rehearsing their latest production. As a storm rages overhead, someone locks the doors – they are trapped!!

Undeterred they carry on regardless until events take a sinister turn ….

The Cast

 LINDA  Anne Frostick
SANDRA  Maggie Wilson
GINNY  Helen Wolfenden
HARRY  Mike Frostick
ALEX  Elwyn Thomas
SYLVIA  Julie Sznerch
MARTIN  Colin Jones
MOPPETT  Shirley Blackburn