Note: Performances at 7.30pm with no performances on Sunday or Monday except where stated.
First performed 1971
4 female, 6 male
This is a traditional and well known farce, set in the more innocent world which existed before the internet became widely available. It originally featured Michael Crawford in one of his early comedy roles. The plot revolves around an assistant bank manager, Peter Hunter, who lives above his bank with his new bride Frances. When
First performed 2008
This play deals with the power that employers can exert over the private lives of their employees. A female manager asks a young female employee into her office for a chat. She reminds her that her contract forbids any romantic relationship between staff. Over a series of meetings, the manager winkles out the extent of the employee’s relationship with a colleague, so that no aspect of her privacy is left intact if she wishes to keep her job. The play is sharp and funny, but takes the employer/employee relationship to the brink of 1984.
The American Dream by Edward Albee
First performed: October 1961;
3 female, 2 male
Set in the 1960s in
First performed: February 1978
2 female 3 male
The committees may remember that the Arts Committee first suggested this thriller 2 years ago, but the licence was revoked for amateurs. It has now been released. Just to remind everyone of the plot, the play is set in the home of thriller writer Sidney Bruhl. The action centres around the play “Deathtrap”, a new thriller by unknown dramatist Clifford Anderson, which he has sent to
The set for this play is quite simple, but the props need to be realistic-looking weapons, some of which are used in the murders. The cast would need to be able to stage convincing fights!
21 December 2012 -5 January 2013
Matinee Performances starting at 2.30pm - December, 5 January 2013
Evening Performances starting at 7.30pm - December, 4, 5 January 2013
First published ……Previously performed at Highbury 1993/94
2 female, 4 male
In order to have a break from the pantomime format this year, we are suggesting a return to a more traditional children’s play, “The Gingerbread Man” by David Wood. The words to the songs are given in the play, and the music is available. Although this has been performed at Highbury before, it is 20 years ago, so we don’t think that this will affect audience attendances.
The cuckoo in the kitchen clock has to sound out the time every hour, but he is getting hoarse with the effort. The salt and pepper pots try to help him, but it is the newly baked gingerbread man who agrees to go up to the top dresser shelf to try to get some honey to sooth his throat. However, the top shelf is where Tea Bag the witch lives, and she is fearsome. The gingerbread man manages to get the honey, but Sleek the mouse has designs on eating him if he can. The Big People see Sleek, and put down some poison, which gets on the honey, and the cuckoo becomes ill. Eventually, the gingerbread man persuades Tea Bag to help them, and they all outwit Sleek to ensure a happy ending.
The set will need to feature everything in a giant form, as the characters live on the kitchen dresser. However, the set remains constant throughout, so no changes are necessary.
First performed 1983
Its Friday night, it’s disco night, and time for the Bouncers to come on duty. In this hilarious parody of the 1980s disco scene, four bouncers portray over twenty different characters, showing us the realities of a night out on the town. We meet giggly girls, lads out on the make, Hooray Henrys, punks and a smooth-talking DJ, all against the tatty, glitzy glamour, flashing lights and pulsating beat of the disco in their desperate hunt for a good time.
Shakers by John Godber and Jane Thornton
First performed 1984
Every town has its trendy cocktail bar, where everyone wants to be seen, from the check-out girls to the chinless wonders, from the yuppies to the local lads trying to go up market in their hunt for girls. We are given a wickedly funny glimpse of this world by four long-suffering waitresses, offering a fascinating view of the reality that lurks behind the plastic palms and Pina Coladas.
25 February - 2 March 2013 in the STUDIO (Mon - Sat )
First performed 1995
1 female, 2 male
Kyra is a teacher, living in a top-floor flat that is in great need to doing up. She used to work for Tom and had an affair with him. She was also a friend of Tom’s wife, Alice, who has recently died from cancer. Kyra always said that she would leave if
Kyra is teaching at a problem school lots of problem children whom she thinks she has a responsibility to help. Edward, Tom’s son, turns up they haven’t seen each other for 3 years he tells her that his mother has died (a year before) and that he has drifted apart from his father and he is worried. Edward wants her to help his father so Edward can understand him and get closer again.
Tom comes to see Kyra, and they discuss why Kyra left after
The final scene takes place between Kyra and Edward the door bell rings and it might, of course, be Tom coming back. It is as if there is a release of tension for Kyra to find Edward on her doorstep he has brought her a special breakfast from the Ritz. The play ends on the optimistic note that life goes on, despite the misunderstandings between people, even lovers.
First performed: August 1942 , last performed at Highbury 1989/90
4 female 7 male
As it is 35 years since Terence Rattigan died, it seemed a good time to revive this very English play. The play is set in the Falcon Hotel, run by Mrs Oakes, a rather severe lady. Peter Kyle is a famous actor, who wants to stay at the hotel overnight. It becomes apparent that he is in love with Patricia, who is now married to Teddy.
As the tension mounts when one of the planes is late back from the raid, we learn that the relationships of the main characters are complex, and involve loyalty and patriotism as well as love. Rather than leaving with Peter. Patricia decides to stay with Teddy, and
First performed 2009
4 female, 1 male
As a clergy wife, Grace has spent a lifetime on her best behaviour. Now, following the death of her husband Bardolph, she is enjoying the new-found freedom to do and say exactly what she pleases. This includes being forthright in her opinions to both her daughter, Jo and the new vicar, who much to Grace’s disgust turns out to be a woman, Sarah. However, the return of her eccentric missionary sister Ruth to attend Bardolph’s funeral, together with some disturbing revelations, force Grace to confront the truth about her marriage and her family. . It portrays the difficult decisions that are part of the human condition, and its gentle ending of reconciliation and hope for the future is satisfying. The play was written as a vehicle for Penelope Keith, and you can almost hear her speaking the lines! It is amusing and touching, and amazingly is a new play totally lacking in swear words!
The set might present a bit of a challenge, as the action takes place in a garden with a stream running through it. However, we have risen above such challenges before!
13 - 18 May 2013 in the STUDIO (Mon - Sat )
First performed in
1 female 1 male
In this play set in
4 - 15 June 2013
First performed 17th century
4 female, 4 male, 9 unisex characters
In Shakespeare’s comedy of love and marriage, Benedick and Beatrice are engaged in a very "merry war" as they sharpen their wits at each other’s expense, proclaiming their scorn for love, marriage, and each other. In contrast, Claudio and Hero are young people who are in love with each other in a much more conventional way. Claudio is tricked by the scheming Don John into rejecting Hero at the altar, and she is presumed dead as a result of her shame.
Eventually, Benedick and Beatrice are tricked into confessing their love for each other, and Benedick swears to avenge Beatrice’s cousin. Hero. However, Dogberry and Verges, the bumbling law keepers, discover the evil trickery of the villain, Don John. In the end, Don John is captured, Hero is exonerated and restored to Claudio, and everyone celebrates the marriages of the two couples. As we have so many female players, we envisage changing the sex of some of the traditional male roles, so we could perhaps have females playing Dogberry and Verges. It would certainly give Shakespeare’s classic a new twist!