Edward Alderton Theatre
Download our April 2013 newsletter here
The Hollow trailer
The trailer for our next production, The Hollow by Agatha Christie, directed by Helen Banks, is now available on YouTube (see below). The play runs from the 25 May to the 1 June.
Quiz Night in June
Our next Quiz Night will be taking place on Saturday 8 June 2013 at 7.30pm at the theatre. As before, tickets are £5, with a maximum of eight per team. A raffle will also be held. Please bring nibbles, but it's requested that all drinks are purchased from the bar. All profits will go towards the running of the theatre. Click on the poster below to enlarge it.
Due to the remounted production of A Slice of Saturday Night, this year our annual work weekend will be split across two days—Saturday 27 July 2013 and Saturday 3 August 2013. One of the main tasks will be to clear out the props room, discard items we don't need, and photograph and replace items that we are keeping.
The Hollow further cast change
Sadly Claire Lewis-McClean has had to step down from The Hollow for personal reasons, and has been replaced by Helen Quinnell.
The Hollow cast update
Following some cast changes, the line-up for our next production, The Hollow by Agatha Christie, directed by Helen Banks, is as follows: Rachel De Silva (Henrietta Angkatell), John Hyde (Sir Henry Angkatell), Viv Stapleton (Lady Angkatell), Louise Ody (Midge Harvey), Horry Stapleton (Gudgeon), Claire Lewis-McClean (Gerda Cristow), Paul Grimshaw (John Cristow), Rod Henderson (Edward Angkatell), Susan Hall (Veronica Kraye), Ella Banks (Doris), Kevin Coward (Inspector Colquhoun) and Clive Madel (DS Penny). The play runs from 25 May to 1 June 2013.
It is with great sadness that we report the death of former EAT member Gillian Leggatt. She appeared in our very first show, Oh What a Lovely War, in May 1976 and made several appearances until The Insect Play in December 1980. She leaves her husband, three daughters and grandchildren.
The Hollow cast member needed
Due to unforeseen circumstances, director Helen Banks is having to recast the role of Veronica Craye (playing age 35-40) in the upcoming production of The Hollow by Agatha Christie. Veronica is an English actress who has returned from a successful but now fading career in America to rekindle her affair with John Cristow. She has three scenes in the play: one is a grand entrance, one is a heart to heart with John and one is when she is interviewed by the police. The rehearsal period is 15 April - 24 May (Mon, Wed, Fri evenings plus occasional Sundays). The run is from 25 May - 1 June. Please contact Helen Banks on 07773760503 or email@example.com to arrange an audition.
Good Things trailer
The trailer for our next production, Good Things by Liz Lochhead, is now available to view on YouTube—our first attempt at animation!. See below to watch it.The brilliant illustrations were provided by Kevin Coward, with Mark Campbell putting the whole thing together with music and sound effects. The trailer features the vocal talents of Linda Gay, Clive Madel, Nigel Taylor, Helen Quinnell, Bette Davis and Ian Long.
April 2013 newsletter online
Our April 2013 newsletter, with details of our next production, Good Things by Liz Lochhead, is now available to read and/or download by clicking on the link at the top of this page.
It is with great sadness that we report the death of former EAT member Harry Dunphy on 16 March, after a long illness. He appeared in The Rivals (1991), Visiting Hour (1994) and the Old Tyme Music Hall (2000). Our thoughts are with his wife Mavis and her family at this sad time.
Next season announced
Our exciting 2013-2014 season was announced at the AGM on Tuesday, with directors talking briefly about their productions. Full details can be found on our Next Season page here . Thanks to everyone who attended.
Social night cancelled
Due to a problem with the boiler, which means that the theatre is currently not being heated, tonight's social evening — Wednesday, 20 February — has been cancelled. We're very sorry if this causes any inconvenience to members.
Dangerous Corner images
Eltham-based photographer Robert Piwko has once again taken photographs of our latest show, as he did with Equus. Below is a sample of non-spoilerish images to entice you along. Dangerous Corner runs until Saturday 16 February.
February 2013 newsletter online
Our February 2013 newsletter, with details of our next production, Dangerous Corner by J B Priestley, is now available to read and/or download by clicking on the link at the top of this page.
Quiz Night in February
We will be holding another Quiz Night on Saturday 23 February at 7.30pm at the theatre. As before, tickets are £5, with a maximum of eight per team. A raffle will be held. Please bring nibbles, but it's requested that all drinks are purchased from the bar. All profits will go towards the running of the theatre. Quizmaster Mark Campbell has promised to make some of the questions a little easier! One round will be devoted to our new season — so, if you're a member, please make sure you come to the AGM to hear all about our forthcoming productions for 2013-14.
Click here to read and/or download the poster, designed by Kevin Coward.
Dangerous Corner trailers
Our next play, J B Priestley's 1934 thriller Dangerous Corner, has not one, but two trailers available to watch on YouTube. Appropriately for this play about possible futures, the trailers are similar...but different. Which do you prefer? Click below to watch them both:
Annual General Meeting on 19 February 2013
Our AGM will take place on Tuesday 19 February at 8pm at the theatre. The meeting is open to all paid-up members and will also see the launch of the new season with many of the directors there to tell you about their productions. It is very important that all members come along to have their say and see what the future holds for us.
Sarah O'Hanlon has been doing an excellent job as acting Chair since June 2012 and is willing to stand formally for this post. She has been nominated by Mark Campbell, seconded by Kevin Coward and has the full support of the committee. The rest of the committee, namely Rod Henderson (Technical Director), Maureen Hardwen (Treasurer and Membership Secretary), Karen Friett (Committee Secretary), Kevin Coward (Publicity Director), Wendy Marsh (Artistic Director), Tony Donnelly (Bar Manager and Licensee) and Roz Betts (Member Representative) are all willing to stand for another year. This does not mean that any member is not free to contest a position, so please do consider if you have gifts that you would like to use on the committee.
If you wish to stand, you need to be nominated and seconded by full members and need to submit to Karen Friett a letter stating which particular position you wish to stand for, what skills you will bring and why you wish to be considered. This needs to be received at least seven days prior to the meeting to allow circulation to membership for consideration. The only position that requires any specialist skills is that of licensee which has local and national legal obligations including age restrictions, CRB checks, disclosure of convictions and a training course leading to the award for personal licence holders.
If members would like any other business raised it would be helpful if you could let Karen Friett know before the meeting. Likewise if you are unable to attend but would like your apologies noted then drop her a line. Needless to say the bar will be open and fully stocked after the meeting. To contact Karen Friett, please email her on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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