The Gage Players’ Newsletter January 2015

Welcome to the New Year.

It’s now 2 months since “Our Man in Havana”, which was a great production to be involved with, and from the feedback that we have received, it went down very well with the audiences as well. Many thanks go to everyone involved as always, but especially to our director Gill Lucas, whose vision it was.

Christmas dinner at “The Grumpy Mole” in Tadworth went down very well again this year. If you missed it, then you really missed out and we hope you can join us next year.

April’s production will be “Murder in Play” by Simon Brett, which will be directed by Lesley Crowther-Smith. Auditions will be held very shortly on Wednesday 4th and Monday 9th February. The play itself is a contemporary Mystery/Comedy/Thriller and looks like it will be as much fun to be in as to watch.

Later in the year, we a thinking of organising a trip to the close up show at the Epsom playhouse, an evening of close up magic performed by 3 magicians. Dates are not available yet but it will probably be planned for some time between June and August.

We are always on the lookout for people to help, whether it is behind the scenes, front of house or on stage. If you can spare an evening on any of the performance dates to help with tickets or refreshments, please contact Beryl White on 01737 217565 or by email on

To help with set construction, please contact David Wilson by email

If you are interested in helping and/or learning about lighting and sound, then Rod Lucas is your man and he can be contacted on 01737 812703 or by email



As we are passionate about local, affordable theatre, we have set up this newsletter feature showing information about shows by some other amdram groups in our area – with their agreement, of course, and we expect others to join in later.  There will also be web links on the Gage Players’ website.


The Chipstead Players

In February 2015 we shall be performing Wife after Death by Eric Chappell.

More information online.


The Gage Players; member of BRBAC

Our spring production will be Murder in Play by Simon Brett. Dates are: 23rd to 25th April 2015.  An auditions are Monday 4th and Wednesday 9th February.


Gatton Community Theatre

GCT operates as a fully inclusive organisation – anyone who would kike to take part may join the cast or crew regardless of experience or age, although children must be over the age of eight, as all the performances are in the evening.  There is no membership or production fee.


We are looking for adults and children to take part in an open-air promenade production of Pippa’s Progress: a Pilgrim’s Journey to Heaven.  This is an adaptation by Anna Thompson from the book by Simon Parke, updating John Bunyan’s classic A Pilgrim’s Progress. This moving an modern-day story of Pippa, a 21st-century pilgrim on a journey to heaven, but this time through the trials and temptations of our secularised, multi-cultural society.  Pippa’s challenges along the way include the Rock of Subconscious, the Cliff of Hopelessness Headspin’s Hallucinatory Mental Circus, the Garden of Sadness, the City ofSocialmeja, the Fabulous Fame Game, the Sea of Identity and, of course, Heaven – all brought to life in true GCT style in the dramatic setting of Gatton Park.

If you would like to join us on this journey, whether as an actor or backstage help in any way, come along to our drama workshops at Gatton Hall on Saturday, 21st and Sunday, 22nd March, 2015 at 2.30pm.  There are no formal auditions.


There will be nine performances during the weeks of 13th to 26th July, with further information on them, and ticket prices, to follow.


The Heath Players

Our next performances will be on 26th and 27th March, 2015 – production details to follow soon.


Kingswood Amateur Drama and Dance Association (KADDS)

Our February 2015 production will be two one-act plays: Ernie’s Incredible Illucinations with a young cast; and Hands Across the Sea with an adult cast, produced/directed by Eileen Hannah and Jill Gunn.  Performance dates will be 19th, 20th and 21st February, 2015.


Merstham Amateur Dramatic Society (MADS)

On 6th March, 2015 at Merstham Village Hall we shall be performing Intruder by Barry Lambert and What Shall We Do With The Body? by Rae Shirley, both directed by Barry Lambert.


Information on ticket prices, performance time and contact details will follow.


Mirror Image Theatre Company

Our spring play will be September in the Rain by John Godber, directed by Sheila Carr, at The Meyers Studio, Epsom Playhouse from 18th to 21st March, 2015.


This heart-warming comedy tells the story of Jack and Liz (played by Chris Butler and Sara Watkins), as they recall their annual holidays in Blackpool, from their first trip as newlyweds to their final visit in old age.  Come and share their memories, filled with tears and laughter, in a golden age of donkey rides, talent contests, ice creams, rolled-up trouser legs and stripey deck chairs along the wet and windy promenades during September in the rain.


Tickets available on line from or from the Playhouse box office on 01372 742 555.


The Oxted Players

The Oxted Players are affiliated to NODA and are members of BRBAC.


In January we are performing Babes in the Wood at the Barn Theatre, directed by Chris Bassett with music from Jamie Cordell and choreography by Aimee Marie Bow; playdates 9th – 17th January.


With their parents away at the Crusades, Jack and Jill must rely on their uncle, Sir Guy of Gisbourne, to look after them.  But Sir Guy is more interested in the children’s money.  Protecting Jack and Jill from their wicked uncle and getting them home safely is obviously a job for a hero, but the only local hero has not been seen for many years.  If they can find him, will Jack and Jill be able to persuade Robin Hood and his Merry Men to come out of retirement for one last adventure?


Matinees are full but tickets are still available for 7.30pm evening performances except 10th, 12th and 13th.  Tickets are £8 children, £10 adults, available on 01883 724 852 for cheque/cash payments or book online at or for all card payments (a booking fee will apply).


Polesden Lacey Shakespeare

Our summer 2015 production will be Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Helen Hardwick.


Auditions will be held on Sunday, 11th and Sunday, 18th January from 2.00 to 5.00pm at Follett Hall, Behind the United Reformed Church in West Street, Dorking, Surrey RH4 1BS (the entrance is on Church Street).  For more information, please email:


St Marks Players

More information next time.


Sutton Amateur Dramatic Club

More information next time.


West Horsley Independent Players (WHIPS)


More information next time.


Woodmansterne Operatic and Dramatic Society (WODS) and Junior WODS

More information next time.



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