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24th- 26th February 2022
Directed by Carol Vye
Cold Blooded Murder
Pearl Barley is a devious, scheming woman, who has tricked her husband Charlie into marriage, and is about to take him to the financial cleaners. She also plans to blackmail two ‘old friends.' So is she playing a dangerous game by inviting them to join her and Charlie for a weekend at their country home...?
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The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild Dramatic Society's Production of 'A Christmas Carol'
Directed by first time director Roz.
The Women of the Farndale are at it again and this time their chosen production is the Christmas classic. However before they even have time to start half the cast have yet to arrive and Mrs Reece is frantically trying to find a replacement to play Scrooge.
Hopefully the cast will arrive soon and that will be the end of all their current problems.
Agatha Crusty and the Village Hall Murders
Directed by first time director Keith.
It's just another normal day in Chortleby when crime writer Agatha arrives in the village to spend time with her sister-in-law. Soon after her arrival at the village hall it is discovered that Barry has been found dead head down in a water butt and the local PC has requested assistance from Dunmore who is sending Detective Inspector Twigg who Agatha has unfortunately crossed paths with before.
Over the course of the next few weeks a number of villagers who are all on the village hall committee are murdered and its up to the incompetence of Twigg to solve this case - Fortunately Agatha is there to lend a hand and reassure the remaining members of the committee that there is hope to discover not only the motives for the murders but also the identity of the murderer.
Written and Directed by Carol.
A twist on the well know pantomime where Aladdin falls with love with the beautiful princess Jasmine. The wicked Abanazar convinces both Aladdin and his poor widowed mother Titania Twanky in believing that he is a long lost relative. But once Aladdin refuses to hand over the magic lamp he traps Aladdin in the cave the lamp was resting.
While trapped Aladdin cleans the lamp and unknowingly releases the Genie and the two escape the cave.
Aladdin with the power of the Genie by his side becomes a wealthy prince and wants to marry princess Jasmine. Learning of Aladdin's return Abanazar comes up with a devious plan to acquire the lamp and rob Aladdin of all that Aladdin has including the princess.
Now Aladdin without the power of the Genie must get back the lamp, save the princess and stop Abanazar's evil plan.
Directed by Anne.
Anna who has recently become a widow is visited by her three middle-aged children who between them have discussed and decided that the family house is far too much of a burden both physically and financially and because of that must be sold.
They have also decided that Anna should move into either a residential home, sheltered housing or similar so long as it's not with any of them.
However, their sudden concern doesn't fool Anna who has other ideas.
Anna has in fact already begun organising her own future which will be a very big shock to the children.
Murder On Air
Directed by Jackie
It is September 1957 and the cast of long-running radio play, Major Siddlington Rides Out, are preparing to record the final episode. A select audience has been invited to witness this historic event and meet the cast and crew. However, tensions are running high and the cast and crew prove to be not quite the happy family that the public have been led to believe…
A Fete Worse Than Death
Directed by Ann
Actor Ray Martin also know to many as TV's Detective Inspector Brady has been invited to open the annual village fete. However during his opening speech murder is afoot when one of the parishioners meets their end.
Now with the power of deduction by one of Ray's biggest fans he is leading a murder investigation and has no idea where to begin as he is only an actor.
Everyone has a motive and everyone is a suspect but Ray's biggest act to date is going to have to be entirely without a script!
Written and directed by Carol.
A twist on the well known Grimm fairy tale with lots of laughs and songs along the way.
The beautiful but evil queen Maleficent learns through the magic of her mirror that she is no longer the most beautiful person in the land - In fact that honor now belongs to Snow White her step daughter. Maleficent orders one of her servants to take Snow White into the forest where he is to kill her and return with her heart as proof. But he has a kind heart and when the moment arrives he warns her and allows her to escape deep into the forest hopefully never to be found by Maleficent. Venturing deeper into the forest Snow White stumbles upon a cottage and soon learns it is home to seven cleaners who agree to allow Snow White to live with them. However Maleficent isn't fooled for long and takes matters into her own hands.
Prepare to Meet Thy Tomb
Directed by Ann
Novelist Philippa and her assistant Daphne are seeking refuge from a mysterious follower they fear may be the notorious "Norfolk Strangler". Hot on their heels come TV historian Quentin Danesworth and vacuous honeymooners Robert and Miranda. The uninvited guests are soon snooping around the secret passages of the creepy old mansion and asking too many questions for comfort. Sure enough, one by one they fall victim to violent deaths by devious techniques - no secret panel is unoccupied, no cup of tea untouched, and nobody is who they appear to be.
The UpStagers Variety Show
Directed by Duncan
A variety show with something for all tastes!
Including sketches about an alternate Spice Girls and a burglar who is robbing a house and by doing so is accidentally breaking the burglars code.
Board To Death
Directed by Carol
The weekly board meeting is about to start but it promises to be a great deal livelier than normal when Ricky drops down dead during a round of coffee.
Puss in Boots
Directed by first time Director Debbie
A classic tail of one man and his cat.
Will Peter find his fame and fortune?
Hound of the Baskervilles
Directed by Carol
Sir Henry is heir to the vast Baskerville fortune, a legacy that comes with a family curse: death at the fangs of a horror that prowls the moor.
Can Holmes can stop the beast?
Blithe Spirit is set at the house of writer, Charles Condomine, and his wife, Ruth. One evening, Charles invites localeccentric medium, Madame Arcati, to hold a seance at his house. He asks along his friends, Dr. and Mrs. Bradman, intending to gather character inspiration from Madame Arcati for his latest book.
This finely tuned parody of Frankenstein movies, a short version of The House of Frankenstein!, is fun for actors and audiences. The Baron tries to counsel and cure a motley crew of monsters he has invited to his castle. The Baroness hits the bottle, his guests reveal their true colors and chaos erupts.
The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery
Directed by Lisa
Every drama group has experienced the horrors of what can go wrong on opening night, and the ladies of the F.A.H.E.T.G. Dramatic Society are no different, with the possible exception that almost everything that could happen does! The scenery collapses, cues are missed, lines forgotten, and the sound effects take on a strange note at times, as the ladies present their ambitious evening's entertainment with the cunning whodunit, "Murder At Checkmate Manor."
Directed by Carol
A story about a young girl who dreams of being a princess but her wicked step mother and evil sisters stand in her way of true love.
My Friend Miss Flint
When Tom Lambert, botanist and TV gardening personality, receives a call from Inland Revenue enquiring about his public relations consultant Joanna Flint, he can honestly say he has never heard of her. By lunchtime, he knows all about Miss Flint: his accountant and ex wife confesses that she invented Miss Flint as a tax dodge. This tricky situation sets the stage for sparkling comedy.
At The Sign of The Crippled Harlequin
A case of mistaken identity leads to tragedy in this engaging thriller. In a snowbound guest house in the Peak District, Marjory Pike is wrongly identified by another guest as the author of a book declaiming certain mediums, one of whom had committed suicide as a result. The son of the deceased medium is staying at the guest house, so when he arrives in the lounge bloodied and bruised, and Marjory is found dead, the finger of suspicion naturally points at him. But the guest house may be haunted, other guests have their own secrets, and even the proprietors are not above suspicion ... In true Norman Robbins fashion the deepening mystery is rich with shocks and laughs as the play moves to its unexpected close
Take a look back at all of our previous productions since 2005
A night on the tiles
In the bag
Blue Suedes blues
The Last Bread Pudding
Mystery at Green Fingers
Tiptoes thro' the tombstones
Knowing Constance Spy
Love begins at 50
Tomb with a view
Beyond a Joke
Day of Reckoning