April to May 2018

Date: Theatre Company: Presents:
Sat 13 - Sat 21 Apr 2018  The Worthy Players Secondary Cause of Death by Peter Gordon 
Tues 17 - Sat 21 Apr 2018 Hamble Players Prepare To Meet Thy Tomb by Norman Robbins
Wed 18 - Sat 21 Apr 2018 Cheriton Players Communicating Doors by Alan Ayckbourn
Thu 26 - Sat 28 Apr 2018 Chameleon Theatre April Trio of Plays
Sat 12 May 2018 Southampton University Players TAKE TWO: one night, two great plays
Tues 15 - Sat 19 May 2018 RAODS Handbagged by Moira Buffini
Thu 17 - Sat 19 May 2018 Bishopstoke Players Romanoff and Juliet by Peter Ustinov

Saturday 13th to Saturday 21st April 2018

The Worthy Players present
Secondary Cause of Death
By Peter Gordon

If you love a good comedy then don’t miss this one! “Secondary Cause of Death” is the second stand-alone farce in the trilogy featuring the infuriatingly incompetent Inspector Pratt. The Worthy Players were introduced to this highly popular, if inept, character with “Murdered to Death” in 2013. Here he is, back again, bumbling his way through another evening of murder, mystery, intrigue and a good many characters who aren’t always who they seem to be, an essence of enduring farce. Set in 1939, the characters bring to life, or should we say, death, another twisty-turny plot from this accomplished author through a variety of inventive means. Presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Ltd.


Tuesday 17th to Saturday 21st April 2018

Hamble Players present
Prepare To Meet Thy Tomb
by Norman Robbins

Prepare To Meet Thy Tomb follows Tomb With A View and Tiptoe Through the Tombstones to complete the trilogy of plays from Norman Robbins about the family that play together and slay together: the murderous Tombs. This irresistible combination of spoof and baffling murder mystery, over-the-top characters and shocking plot twists will thrill and delight in equal measure.
"This is the sort of thing that Norman Robbins does best: eccentric characters; secret panels; plot twists that are every bit as shocking, and frequent, as the violent deaths suffered by the cast list; and a gloriously funny sense of the macabre throughout" - Amateur Stage, September 2010


Wednesday 18th to Saturday 21st April 2018

Cheriton Players present
Communicating Doors
by Alan Ayckbourn

Set in modern day in a hotel room, a professional dominatrix arrives to service a dying man and inadvertently gets transported back in time where she meets the man’s first two wives. In order to survive herself, she must warn the wives that they are in grave danger. Complicated but easy to follow, this masterpiece from the master of dark comedy excels.


Thursday 26th to Saturday 28th April 2018

Chameleon Theatre present
April Trio of Plays

O, What a Lovers' War! by Karen Ince. A story of love during the Great War, told through a series of vignettes, looking at the Home Front through the lives of two families from different social classes - for whom the conflict has parallel effects.
The Dreaming by Richard James. Two people find themselves in a featureless room, with no memory of how they arrived there, or even who they are. Their only clues come from scraps of paper on the floor, that seem to mirror words they have spoken. Find out where this leads.....
Pina Coladas by Matthew Meehan. The invites have been sent and 2 men arrive at a bar hoping for an unforgettable night. With the cocktails come a flurry of questions and a knowledge of pop trivia may be helpful or it could be a waste of time. [Note: This performance contains some strong language].


Saturday 12th May 2018

Southampton University Players present
TAKE TWO: one night, two great plays:

Bully Beef and Whizzbangs written and directed by Chris Hawley. This darkly comic World War I tale is set in the battlefields of France. Smudger, a new arrival, is keen to shoot his first German, while Harry is more interested in keeping his head down, thinking of home and enjoying his mug of tea. Full of trench humour, WHIZZBANGS is a wry look at two reluctant heroes. How will our boys cope with the ever-present danger of being shot or blown to smithereens? Features authentic WWI costumes, props and a 12-foot section of trench.

Darlings, You Were Wonderful! by Derek Lomas, directed by Paul Cresser. A comedy... the action takes place in the dressing room of a Little Theatre, where the all-women Amazon Theatre Group is performing a little-known 17th century Spanish play for a drama festival. With multiple tensions and increasing chaos backstage, missing cast member Lesley finally staggers in, very drunk, dressed in full motorcycle gear... Will the festival judge be impressed by the seething passion of the cast - and with Lesley’s motorcycle regalia?
Click here for tickets. Performed at Rose Theatre, Barton Peveril College, Eastleigh

SUP Theatre Company

Tuesday 15th to Saturday 19th May 2018

RAODS presents
By Moira Buffini

Simmering passion and concealed desires in a Bournemouth hotel

The gloves are off as the Monarch meets Maggie!
Ever wondered what went on behind closed Palace doors at Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s weekly meetings with the Queen? This mischievous comedy, which cleverly mixes politics with a hilarious clash of personalities, offers an imagined version of events. The fun is ramped-up by older versions of Mrs Thatcher and the Queen joining in the fray and often disagreeing with their former selves! All the other characters, including Denis Thatcher, Ronald Reagan, Arthur Scargill, and many more are played by two "jobbing actors" who squabble over the best roles. The original 2013 production at the Tricycle Theatre won an Olivier Award before transferring to the West End for a successful run.


Thursday 17th to Saturday 19th May 2018

Bishopstoke Players presents
Romanoff and Juliet
By Peter Ustinov

Peter Ustinov’s delightful comedy, “Romanoff and Juliet”, is set in a tiny, mythical country, lying smack on the border between East and West, which is defended by an army of two and a daring General who is constantly playing off one superpower against the other.

So, what happens when the son of the Russian ambassador accidentally falls head over heels in love with the daughter of the American ambassador?
This charming play cleverly manages to be both a comic spoof of the Cold War and a romantic comedy, with both sides eventually coming to the realisation that international rivalries pale in the face of true love.


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