A Reading of ‘Teechers’

The next Woodlands Drama Group fringe production will be “Teechers” by John Godber. This production will, all being well, take place
at The St.Roberts club in January.

Howard writes: “Teechers’ is a fast moving and highly entertaining play within a play and evokes life at a modern comprehensive school as seen through the eyes of three Yr11 school leavers – Salty(Ian), Hobby(Lilian) and Gail. They are particularly inspired by their time with Mr. Jeff Nixon, the new drama teacher who ignited their passion for the stage with his idealism and belief that all children should be treated equally. Through the ‘play’ Mr Nixon progresses through two terms of recalcitrant classes, cynical colleagues and obstructive caretakers. In the end disillusioned he departs for a safer private school.

With well over 20 characters appearing there is plenty of scope for lots of people to be involved.

A further reading of “Teechers” will be held as follows:-

At : Brackenfield School, 128 Duchy Road, Harrogate, HG1 2HE
On: Monday September 25th at 7.30pm

All welcome even if you do not intend to audition.

For further details, please contact Howard directly.

The Nidderdale Drama Festival

On Saturday 18th March Woodlands appeared at the 54th Nidderdale and District Drama Association One-Act Festival at the Frazer Theatre, Knaresborough. Alison Gilmour and Jonathan Hill performed ‘I DREAM BEFORE I TAKE THE STAND’ by the American playwright Arlene Hutton. Julie James directed.

Despite one or two hiccups on the night (we had a slight cock-up with the lighting at the beginning and one or two difficulties with the performance itself) the festival went off with a modicum of success from Woodlands’ point of view.

The adjudicator was excellent and kept all his comments positive or constructive and despite the imperfections, Woodlands came away with the cup for Artistic Originality and Alison won a wonderfully deserved Best Actress award. So we can still just call ourselves the award winning drama group! Julie James was also one of the 3 nominated for best director (Blackburn & Knaresborough being the other two) with which she was delighted.

The group from Blackburn were superb and rightly won the big prize, even at our very best I don’t think we would have beaten them. As Ian Clarke said, in his long history of doing these festivals it was one of the best things he had ever seen. And those of you who know Ian will know that he doesn’t use such words lightly!

The Lost Boy by Ronald Gabriel Paolillo

The Lost Boy by Ronal Gabriel Paolillo, directed by Raelene Goddard

Harrogate Theatre Studio, 3rd-5th December 2015

See our Whats On page for further details.

Reading and audition dates for up-coming play to be performed in June 2014

Our summer play will be ‘I’ll be back before Midnight’ by Peter Colley.  We will be reading the script as a group at Brackenfield School, 128 Duchy Road,  HG1 2EH  (our rehearsal venue) on Thursday 20 March 2014 at 7.30 p.m.   Please come along if you are either interested in auditioning, or simply to see if Woodlands is the kind of group you would like to join.

The auditions will be held at the same venue on the following Thursday, 27 March, at 7.30 p.m.


I’ll Be Back Before Midnight

‘I’ll Be Back Before Midnight’ by Peter Colley

Harrogate Theatre Studio:  Thursday 19 June to Saturday 21 June 2014.  Evenings: 7.30 p.m.  Saturday Matinee: 2.30 p.m.

See our Whats On page for further details.