1998/99 SEASON

22-26 & 29 Sept - 1 Oct 1998


by Sue Townsend with music by Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley

This well known and much enjoyed comedy comes to Highbury, starting off the Season on a lighthearted note, as we watch Adrian Mole putting his adolescent thoughts down on paper, with his observations on himself and the lives of his family and friends.


3-7 & 10-14 Nov 1998

DARK OF THE MOON by Howard Richardson/William Berney

Regarded by Americans as a minor classic, this is the international play of the Season, one of humour, satire and pathos. A dramatisation of 'The Ballard of Barbara Allen', when a 'Witch Boy', John, tries to become human in order to marry Barbara Allen. The play takes place in the Smokey Mountains and depicts the superstition and ignorance of the people.


Opening 15 December 1998 for a Season


The WORLD PREMIER of this delightful play achieves the three 'E's with ease:- Entertain, Educate and Enthrall.

Specially commissioned for Highbury using our Lottery Grant, professional playwright, Rod Dungate, has constructed a work suitable for all children and in his own words: - "The child within us all".

So, join young Daniel, Edmund the Dragon, a couple of comic henchmen called Stinkie and Dribble!! and others on a fantasy story with a few twists in the tail.


26-30 Jan & 2-6 Feb 1999

ONCE A CATHOLIC by Mary O'Malley

Very funny, in an irreverent way, about the interaction between Teacher Nuns, a Venerable Music Master, four senior pupils and two young men. Catholics are amused to recognise themselves and their lives in this play.

9-13 & 16-20 March 1999

LOVE AFFAIR by Alfred Shaughnessy

A delightful, sophisticated play with the insouciance and verve of Coward and Anouilh. Set in Paris in the Spring of 1925/26, it has wit and charm.

20-24 & 27 Apr - 1 May 1999

 IN FOR THE KILL by Derek Benfield

A thriller set amongst two generations of 'A family with a past'.

With many subtle twists and turns to keep you guessing.


1 -5 & 8-12 June 1999

PYGMALION by George Bernard Shaw

An English Classic. This delightful play has style, humour and wit.

This is the original stage play from which 'My Fair Lady' was adapted.

HIGHBURY YOUTH THEATRE Present in the Main Auditorium
30 June, 1,2,3 July at 7.15p.m.

OUR DAY OUT by Willy Russell

Back to Top


STUDIO Productions

19 - 24 October 1998

LADIES WHO LUNCH by Tudor Gates.

This is the BT Sponsored Play. It is described as a 'criminal comedy'.
Three ladies with successful businessmen husbands use their inside knowledge to boost the incomes of their charities, with no little laughter and a 'spot of surprise'.
The first night of the play will occur in the company of nearly 100 societies nationwide all playing under the BT banner.

20, 21, 22 May 1999

Two One-Act plays: NIGHT SONG by Cherry Vooght and THE AMERICAN DREAM by Edward Albee

Iron Butterflies - Weekly Childrens' Theatre Workshops in the Studio during July/August 1999.
For children age 5 - 10 years. Contact 01543 492 713 for information.

Iron Butterflies present TWO by Jim Cartwright in the Studio on 24 & 25 July 1999.
"A typically English pub, with 14 typically English characters all played by two actors."

Iron Butterflies present Fairy Tale Heart by Philip Ridley 26 - 28 August 1999
Two young people escape from the loneliness that is their world intothe fantasy and magic that is the theatre.
A beautiful, visual piece of theatre to warm your heart and make you smile.

It is also anticipated that the Youth Theatre will present occasional productions during the year.

Back to Top


Visiting Companies and Other Productions.

9 - 10 October 1998

Tudor Musical Comedy Society - A Musical Review.

13 - 17 October 1998

Banners gate Music Society - Charlie Girl.

24 November 1998

Wylde Green Flower Club - Floral Demonstration.

25 - 28 November 1998

RJ Productions - How to Succeed in Business

9 - 13 February 1999

Banners Gate Music Society - A Musical Review

16 - 20 February 1999

Circle Light Opera Company - A Pantomime

22 -26 March 1999

Anne Harris Dance School - An Evening of Dance.

29 March 1999

Waire - A young local folk duo and supporting Folk group.

4 July 1999 (Note changed date)

75th Birthday of Highbury Players - A 1920's themed evening

8 May 1999

Music of the Night - A Musical Evening - Cancelled

11 May 1999

Wylde Green Flower Club - Floral Demonstration

14 - 19 June 1999

Circle Light Opera Company (CLOC) - An origional Musical Play - Time Gentlemen Please

27 June 1999

Sunday Night at Highbury
Musical evening with Paul Knapman & Friends - Clarinets on Song

4 July 1999--------Postponed

Sunday Night at Highbury
Musical Evening with Aldridge School Band and others.

Other Dates

Productions will also take place by other Associated Companies including:-

The Blenheim Wind Quintet
The Raconteurs
Walton Opera Group


Back to Top