The Alexandra Players return to the Alexandra Hall on Bramshot Avenue at the end of this month with a production of Season’s Greetings, written by Sir Alan Ayckbourn. The play, directed by Juliette Harrison, runs from Wednesday 25th to Saturday 28th October. Tickets will be available on the door, or you can book or reserve tickets online, by email, text or phone on 07867 627987.
The Alexandra Players, Charlton’s amateur theatre group have a new production coming up in February:
Set in an old coaching-house in a remote English Village, CAT’S CRADLE concerns an almost forgotten kidnapping, and perhaps murder, which was never resolved. As the play opens, the original inspector returns to reopen the investigation. However, his efforts are hindered as it becomes increasingly clear that he is facing a conspiracy of silence from the local townspeople and a past which is shrouded in mystery. The final denouement provides a completely unexpected twist to this intriguing and disturbing mystery.
News of The Alexandra Players’ latest production:
THE ESSENCE OF LOVE
By Philip Ayckbourn; directed by Janet Denne
Thursday 28th, Friday 29th & Saturday 30th May 2015 – 8.00pm. Doors open 30 minutes before curtain up. The Alexandra Hall, Bramshot Avenue, SE7 7HY
A mother and her daughter; a father and his son find themselves on neighbouring hotel terraces in Marrakesh. Add in a local trader with something very potent up his sleeve, all kinds of mayhem ensue! A lively comedy-farce that takes a wry look at the madness of infatuation and what remains when passions have run their course.
News in from The Alexandra Players:
For our Winter 2015 production, we have chosen two short plays that will see children from the local community joining us, as well as a few of our newest members. The play opens on Thursday 19th February and runs until Saturday 21st February.
Thursday 19th – 8pm | Friday 20th – 8pm | Saturday 21st – 2pm & 6.30pm (Doors open 30 minutes before curtain up)
Seats £9 Conc. £8 Children £5
ACT I is a play called CINDERELLA: THE UNTOLD STORY by John O’Hara – the pantomime-ish fairytale wedding of the fake Cinderella and Prince Charming comes to a screeching halt when O’Reilly, a fairy tale fixer, breaks it up to reveal the true, untold story.
ACT II is a play called THE FLESH GAME by Rae Shirley – a lively comedy that takes a light-hearted look at slimming. Set in a regimented Health Spa, presided over by the humourless and power-loving Nurse Burton, its guests respond to its structure like naughty schoolchildren. They all have their different reasons for being there and there is plenty of fun and games as the different ways of cheating are sought.
People wishing to book seats can do so by any of the following methods:
RESERVE BY TEXT: 07867 627 987
Thursday 30th October to Saturday 1st November
The Alexandra Players present We Happy Few, a comedy about an all-female troupe of strolling players during WWII, at the Alexandra Hall, Bramshot Avenue, Charlton at 7.45pm nightly.
“Inspired by the true wartime history of the Osiris Players, Imogen Stubbs’ comedy follows the adventures of a small group of women who come together to form a ‘girls only’ theatre company to take the plays of Shakespeare around a culture-starved Britain.”
Tickets £9 (£8 Concessions): call 07867 627987 or email email@example.com.
Those of you wishing to patronise the arts in Charlton, in the best possible way of course, may want to make your down to the Alexandra Hall on Bramshot Avenue between 28th and 30th October. There you’ll find one of Charlton’s local theatre groups, The Alexandra Players, putting on a production of Frank Marcus’ comedy, The Killing of Sister George.
The play tells the story of June Buckridge, an actress who stars as the titular (no sniggering at the back, you know what that word means) Sister George in a popular radio serial, who becomes increasingly impossible to live with when she discovers the character is scheduled to be killed off.
At £6 a ticket, this is well worth anybody’s time. I’m a great advocate of amateur theatre for putting on cheap nights of entertainment, often to a surprisingly good standard, and of societies such as The Alexandra Players for being real community hubs.
Performances take place on 28th, 29th and 30th October, all starting at 8pm. To order your tickets just call 020 8858 2769 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A mild word of warning to you all: the play contains adult themes, and so it is not suitable for young children. That might actually add to the appeal for some of you!
Have you been to any good amateur shows in the area recently? Are you heading to this show? Would you be able to write a review? Do let us know in the comments box…