Our November 2018 offering is Ladies Who Lunch by Tudor Gates on 29th and 30th November, and the 1st December.
I hope you are managing to enjoy the Summer and to take a break from your usual routines. As I type the weather has become more unsettled but I am sure the gardens are grateful for the rain we have experienced recently.
Performing Arts Library
The library for the performing arts, which keeps the many sets of play scripts and music scores as well as literature on drama, dance and music, has now left its base at Denbies Vineyard and is in the process of moving to Bourne Hall in Ewell. I understand that it will take some time to transfer such a vast stock and to familiarise staff at Bourne Hall. We hope to see this valuable facility up and running again in mid-September.
Well Done, Gage!
Following the evening of The Gage production of the Vintage Hitchcock: a live radio play by Joe Landry at the Banstead Arts Festival, the Banstead U3A gave The Gage a £50 donation in recognition of their audience’s appreciation of the play and the enjoyable visible work done with props and sound effects.
Preparations for our 70th Anniversary Celebrations
We will celebrate our 70th Anniversary in 2020 and we have already started to discuss plans and ideas. The performance dates will be 26th , 27th and 28th of November.
The committee are keen to ensure this is a full Gala production and are hoping to have a special evening performance on the Saturday, with a meal and drinks.
This will of course need a lot of planning, preparation and support to ensure things run smoothly.
The committee are keen to hear from those of you who are able to offer your ideas, time and commitment to ensuring this is a production to remember.
The Gage continue to put together a Quiz Team and regularly meet on Wednesdays at The Duke’s Head Pub in Dorking Road, Tadworth. We are always welcoming to any members who want to join us. Please keep a look out for emails with future Quiz dates if you are interested, or contact us through our website.
Winter 2018 production
This is in the final stages of planning, so please put the performance dates in your diary now: 29th and 30th November and 1st December. More information on our website soon.
It is with great sadness that I have to report the recent death of Anne Vine. Many of you will have known Anne from the amazing backstage support she gave us as a prompt. She was also a member of Heath Players and joined them after chatting to someone at a stall at one of the Village Fetes, many years ago.
Anne rarely missed a Heath Players or Gage production and played her part to the full, making a valuable contribution, whether that was on stage as a well observed and performed character part, such as a housemaid or cook, or more frequently at the side of the stage, during rehearsals and performances, as prompt.
Anne served on the Heath Players committee for many years as secretary, only standing down at their last AGM, earlier this year, because of her failing eyesight. She was regularly involved in the social life of both Gage and Heath Players and was always keen to join in on trips to see plays by other local drama groups. Anne was warm hearted and generous and will be sincerely missed.
I would also like to express our deepest condolences to Committee member Beryl White. Beryl’s husband Don died quite recently.
I know that we all send our thoughts and best wishes to Beryl at this difficult time.
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
Did you miss the auditions?
Would you like a part in the Winter Production?
We are still looking to cast the part of David Hinson in Party Piece.
If you are interested, please see http://thegageplayers.co.uk/open-auditions-for-our-winter-2018-production/ for more details on the part and contact information.
Gatton Community Theatre is excited be hosting and inviting you to THE GAGE INVITATIONAL QUIZ 2018 for local drama groups
Saturday, 17th November at 7:30pm
St Katherine’s Church Room
Church Hill, Merstham, RH1 3BH
Please come with lots of teams – the more the merrier!
Ploughman’s supper for all those taking part and there will be a bar.
Hosted this year by GCT with Mike Fortune as quizmaster extraordinaire, the cost for this fantastically fun evening is just £10 per head, and all the profits of the evening will go to support the charity Combat Stress, the UK’s leading charity for veterans’ mental health.
Please reply to email@example.com to let us know how many teams and numbers in each group (suggested teams of 6 or 8) or special dietary requirements.
The winner of the first Gage Players’ Invitational Trophy Quiz for local drama groups in 2016 was Gatton Community Theatre, and they will be hosting the 2018 quiz.
The quiz date is Saturday, 17th November – please put this in your diaries now and please get busy rounding up a team or teams from your own drama group to take part.
The more teams the more fun, and the more we hope we can raise for Gatton’s chosen charity beneficiary, Combat Stress, the national organisation based in Leatherhead which helps veterans deal with trauma-related mental health problems. Prince Harry’s 2018 Invictus Games will have recently ended in Sydney, Australia by the time of our quiz, so we hope the need to support veterans will be very much in people’s minds.
Please get in touch with Gatton on firstname.lastname@example.org to book a place for your team – they will give you details of per head cost, information about the supper being laid on and details of the venue. The timing will be 7.30pm for arrival for a 7.45 or 8.00pm start. Please notify any special dietary needs when you get in touch – teams generally bring their own nibbles and drinks.
It would be very helpful if drama groups could be in touch with Gatton before the end of October to confirm they will be coming to the quiz, and then confirm numbers by Monday, 12th November so that Gatton can plan catering and setting up the venue in good time.
We very much look forward to welcoming lots of you on 17th November – we all support each other’s productions, and this is another way of enjoying each other’s company, all in a good cause. It could be your team taking home the trophy this year!!
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.
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.
From our New Chairman – Anne Henderson
I would like to thank you for welcoming me to my new role as Chair of The Gage Players, and I am looking forward to the year ahead.
Vintage Hitchcock: a live radio play – a resounding success
I am sure that those who attended our spring play, ably directed by Lars Sawyer, will agree that it was an excellent production and the write-up in the Surrey Mirror reinforced this. So, well done to all on stage and back stage, and also grateful thanks to those who supported front of house. We wrapped the play with an extra, very well received, performance at the Banstead Arts Festival, the first time the Gage has been asked to take part in this.
Performing Arts Library, Dorking
As you may be aware, PAL has been under threat of closure and dispersal by Surrey County Council as a savings exercise. The Gage committee has now heard that its current residence at Denbies Vineyard may also be under threat. The Gage has done a lot to garner support for PAL to prevent either its closure or the dispersal of the collection, and has also pledged some financial help and practical help; we have also recently written to the Surrey Country Council councillors most closely involved, urging them to work with the new charity, Newspal, and its board of trustees, to enable a sensible transfer of the library to new ownership.
Please may we ask you, if you have not already done so, to write in support of Newspal, by going to their website newSPAL.org.uk and completing a few minutes’ worth of input on their appeal site? Thank you.
Our next social event will be the quiz at The Duke’s Head pub in Tadworth on Wednesday, 23rd May. Timing is 7.30 sit down for an 8pm start; cost per head, £2. Please let our social secretary, Jon Laws, know that you will be taking part, especially if you would like to eat at the pub before the quiz starts, so that he can book enough tables for us. Everyone is welcome, especially those who can boost our general and modern music knowledge!!
Our winter production – open auditions
Our winter play will be a roaring comedy, Party Piece by Richard Harris, directed by Gill Lucas. Gill will be holding auditions (3M, 4F) at 8pm on 2nd and 4th July at Christchurch Hall in Walton on the Hill, so do please come along to try out for this.
Rehearsals will begin on 17th September, every Monday and Wednesday evening at 8pm, also at Christchurch Hall, with performances at the Riddell Hall in Walton on 29th and 30th November and 1st December.
Please put all these dates in your diary now, and do come to the auditions – this will be a fun production!
You can keep up to date and see production photographs by visiting the Gage website (thegageplayers.co.uk) and our Facebook page.
I look forward to seeing you at the quiz, and at Gage and other local amdram productions.
Our Winter 2018 production will be
by Richard Harris
29th, 30th November & 1st December
The Lord Riddell Memorial Hall
Auditions will take place on 2nd and 4th July 2018 at 8pm,
Christchurch Hall, Walton-on-the-Hill
It is the night of Michael’s and Roma’s fancy dress house-warming party. The evening looks set to be a lively one until a string of hilarious disasters strike, including a distinct lack of guests, a burning garden shed, a marauding Zimmer frame and the prospect of an irate husband on the prowl. Michael’s and Roma’s patience is further tried by the arrival of their neighbours, the indomitable Mrs Hinson, who brings her own brand of party entertainment in the form of the domestic squabbles of her son and daughter-in-law. This is a fast-paced and very funny play packed with action and set in the back gardens of the feuding neighbours.