Congratulations to all involved in Vintage Hitchcock – A Live Radio Play by Joe Landry. We have just received a rather glowing review in the Surrey Mirror.
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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
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!