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Help support New Surrey Performing Arts Library

On Sunday 16th September, Gregory Ardan will be running in the 10k race at RunReigate. As well as being a personal challenge for him, he is taking the opportunity to raise funds for the New Surrey Performing Arts Library (NewSPAL).

To read more or to donate, please visit https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/gregardannewspal?utm_id=108&utm_term=AJkxxaJb6

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Open Auditions for our Winter 2018 production

Our play will be Party Piece by Richard Harris, with 4 roles for ladies, 3 for gents; it will be directed by Gill Lucas.
Auditions will take place at 8pm on Monday, 2nd and Wednesday, 4th July, 2018 at Christchurch Hall in Walton on the Hill, with rehearsals to start from 17th September, 2018.  Performance dates are 29th, 30th November and 1st December, 2018

Party Piece is a fast-paced laughathon about feuding neighbours, centred on an upwardly mobile couple throwing a fancy-dress barbecue party as a housewarmer on one side, and a dipped-in-acid widow on the other, who delights in giving her latest daughter-in-law a verbal mauling while dexterously manipulating her over-mothered son. Add to the mix a wandering zimmer frame, an igniting garden shed and some out-of control party guests, and the result is an evening of escapist fun with the chaotic action twisting and turning from beginning to end.

It is hoped that casting may be completed on 2nd July, enabling the Wednesday, 4th July meeting to be a read-through rather than another audition. Gill Lucas has copies of the play available now, so anyone wishing to read it ahead of 2nd July should contact her on the number below.

Characters:
Dr Michael Smethurst – boring, yuppy, meticulous
Roma Smehurst, his wife – nervous, timid
Mrs Hinson – dominant, acid-tongued, selfish mother
David Hinson, her son – self-made man, ex-barrow boy made good
Jenifer Hinson, his second wife – middle-class, the brunt of Mrs Hinson’s comments
*Dr Toby Hancock, anaesthetist – bachelor friend of the Smethursts, a bit of a letch
*Sandy Lloyd-Meredith – estate agent, effusive flirt
* = second act only

Rehearsals will start on Monday, 17th September at 8pm at Christchurch Hall, and every Wednesday and Monday thereafter, except that the date of 7th November has been changed to 6th November; the production will transfer to The Riddell Hall from Sunday, 25th November.
Performance dates are 29th, 30th November and 1st December, 2018 at The Lord Riddell Memorial Hall, Walton on the Hill.

For any further information please contact the director, Gill Lucas, on 01737 812 703.

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Another Quiz Night (9th August)

On Wednesday the 9th August, we are once more venturing to The Duke’s Head in Tadworth to pit our wits against the regular teams. Please feel free to come and give us a helping hand (or brain).

Arrive by 7:30 if you would like to eat first (the food at The Duke’s Head is very good).

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Open Auditions for the Winter 2017 Play

OPEN AUDITIONS
FOR THE WINTER 2017 PLAY

On Monday, 3rd and Monday 10th July 2017 we shall be holding auditions for our Winter play, Waiting for the Train, written and directed by Pip Rolls.  These will take place at 8pm in Christchurch Hall, in Walton on the Hill.

There are 7F main speaking roles for adults, 4M main speaking roles for adults, and also parts for 3 girls and 1 boy. The play opens in 1937 and finishes in 1993 – some characters will need to be able to act the age of late twenty-year-olds through to middle age.

This new play, being given its premiere by The Gage, is set on a railway platform on the rural outskirts of London.  It tells of the lives of some of the people who pass through the station, many of whom are left to fill in time there while waiting for the train.  Jeanette, a motherly soul, looks after the station café and also looks after George, who hangs around the station hoping that his wife Jane will return on the next train . . .

Tom is a musician whom we first meet worrying about an audition.  In time he becomes the conductor of a major orchestra and marries Mary, whom he met at the station when she arrived as a teacher accompanying evacuee children.  Two of the evacuees, Miranda and Peter, we watch grow into adults; after an unlikely kind of courtship, Peter proposes to Miranda during a disastrous meal at the re-vamped station café.   

The play also has its serious moments, when the repercussions of a terrorist bombing in London reach some of our characters; and again when a newspaper reporter tries to put together a scandalous obituary for another of them, but is foiled . . .

Many lifetimes pass before your eyes in Waiting for the Train.

Rehearsals will begin with a read-through on Monday 18th September, followed by a rehearsal on Wednesday, 20th September, and thereafter on every Monday and Wednesday, all at 8pm at Christchurch Hall, so there will be plenty of time between audition and rehearsals to start getting your lines down!

Performances will be at 8pm on Thursday, 30th November, Friday, 1st December and Saturday, 2nd December, at the Riddell Hall, Walton on the Hill.

So, please come along to the audition and try out for The Gage.  The Winter production begins our 67th anniversary year, so you’d be joining a company with a strong tradition of putting on great entertainment.  Remember: auditions on Monday, 3rd July and 10th at 8pm, Christchurch Hall, Walton on the Hill.  For further information contact the director, Pip Rolls, on 01372 452 105 or pip.rolls@yahoo.co.uk .

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The Gage Players

The Gage Players were formed in 1950 by accepting a challenge (the laying down of a gauntlet, or gage) by Walton Village to form a drama society, and we have been producing plays at the Riddell Memorial Hall ever since.

We produce two full plays a year – in spring and in early winter.  We also give an un-ticketed rehearsed reading performance with supper to Gage members and their friends and family each September – this is a good place to try out as an actor without the strain of learning lines!

As we like to enlarge our repertoire, we are always interested in recruiting new actors and also in extending our backstage crew, the hidden heroes of every production.  So we would welcome approaches from anyone interested in performing, or in helping with set-building and painting, or props and wardrobe, or front-of house – selling programmes and raffle tickets or helping in the bars.  If you would like to learn about lighting and sound, our present crew are very experienced and would be glad to pass on their skills.

So, become a member of The Gage for the very modest annual subscription of £15 and see what fun you could have!

This is the Riddell Memorial Hall, there is no real car park so please park in the streets paying respect to the neighbours drives and cars.
This is the Riddell Memorial Hall, there is no real car park so please park in the streets paying respect to the neighbours drives and cars.
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