Harrogate Studio Theatre
Thursday 6th to Saturday 8th June 2019
Evenings at 7.30
Saturday Matinee at 2.00
Box Office 01423 502116
Join us for an evening of drama infused with witty Yorkshire humour, exploring the differences between the metropolitan and the rural, complex family relationships and the issue of class.
Early 1960s, farm labourer George meets Londoner John at rehearsals for the York Mystery plays and the attraction is clear.
Find out what happens when John visits George in his tied cottage where he lives with his mother, a place where the rest of the family are frequent visitors.
George’s sister Barbara, trying to come to terms with her son growing up and her mother’s growing infirmity.
Her husband Arthur, an integral part of the family, keeping the peace between his wife and son Jack.
Jack, with the forthrightness of youth on the cusp of adulthood observing what’s happening around him and considering his own future.
Then there’s family friend Doreen, a rival for George’s affections, she encourages his acting and bakes him pies, making for an interesting dynamic.
The play won the London Critic’s Circle Award for Best New Play in 2001. In 2018 it was described in The Guardian as: ‘… adventurous, witty and fresh. The play comes like a rare blast of reality.’
The cleverly scripted Yorkshire realism will draw you into a world before ‘Pride’
(This is a love story and sex is alluded to but there are no explicit scenes.)
Annual General Meeting
St Robert’s Social Club
5th July 2018
The Nidderdale Festival of one-act plays took place in March at the Frazer Theatre, Knaresborough. This Festival constitutes part of Woodlands Drama Group’s annual calendar of event. Apart from the fact that the winner goes onto the next round of the All England Theatre Festival of One Act plays, it gives local groups a chance to experiment with lesser known plays and enter newly written plays (we have a couple of play-writes in our Group).
This year we performed ‘A Way to Mandalay’ by Christopher Kell and came away with a number of trophies, though this year we didn’t get through to the next round. We won:-
THE GARTH RAWSON CUP (Runner-up trophy)
THE GRAHAM NORTH MEMORIAL CUP for BEST ACTOR (congratulations to Nick Neale)
THE FH BARRON CUP FOR BEST DECOR
THE MICHAEL WADE MEMORIAL CUP FOR ARTISTIC ORIGINALITY
THE BETTY CLARKE TROPHY (Audience Award)
Our congratulations to Knaresborough Players for winning the festival with an equally challenging play, THE ACTOR’S NIGHTMARE by Christopher Durang. It was a delightful co-incidence that they should win the festival in the year in which they are celebrating their 50 years of occupancy of the Frazer Theatre and we wish them well at the AETF semi-final at Saltburn in May.