Lindfield Dramatic Club

       Lindfield Dramatic Club was founded by John Gordon Ash in           1936 - 83 years of drama in King Edward Hall in the village of                                           Lindfield in Sussex.                                                                            

            If you are interested in joining please contact our                   

               Membership Secretary on 01444 484474 or

                      email: anneskinner0@gmail.com 

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Due to the current pandemic, the club's activities have been temporarily suspended. It is hoped that the production of One Season's king will be held later in October 2020

 

                                                                       AUDITIONS

                                     Lindfield Dramatic Club Spring Production

                                    One Season's King

                                                                                by

                                                                 George MacEwan Green

                                                                             Directed by Jill Bowe 

A short play of characterisation, rather than plot, where four middle-aged people reminisce on their earlier lives when their paths crossed. The three men, of differing backgrounds, had all vied for Eveline's attention - but events had not turned out quite as expected.

Characters:

Eveline - attractive, classy, somewhat 'cocooned' but daring.

Charles - upper class, privileged but self-conscious.

Edward - lower middle class, hardworking, ambitious but provincial.

Sam - working class, bigoted, blinkered but feisty.

Age: anything from 35 - 65 providing all the cast 'match' in age and the men can show the tensions in their rivalry by voice inflexion and manner.

                                                   AUDITION DATES

Monday 3 February - read-through and auditions 7.30pm

Monday 10 February - read through and auditions 7.30pm

                                                                         LOCATION

Evangelical Free Church Hall , Lewes Road, Lindfield, RH16 2HL. Park in car park immediately opposite the line of Victorian cottages.                          

Anyone interested in auditioning but unable to make these dates please call Jill Bowe, Director on 01444 441689. Anyone requiring a script in advance should contact Bill Colbourne on 01444 456227. Rehearsals Monday and Wednesday starting early April in the Church Hall.

Performance dates:

                                Friday 22 May 8.00pm, Saturday 23 May 3.00pm and 8.00pm.

Anyone not interested in acting but keen to support either backstage or technical or front of house is welcome to come to the auditions to get the 'gist' of the play - or contact Jill Bowe.                                                                  

 

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Some recent productions
 
 
Autumn 2019
 
 Mayhem, misunderstanding and hilarity ensued in a riotous production directed by Ron Skinner. The play tells the story of the first pageant in the village of Pendon. It starts with the committee planning the event, which a Marxist firebrand is determined to hi-jack but is pitted against the rightwing, fur-coated and middle-class wife of the Chairman.The final scene was the pageant itself, which saw members of the committee struggling to succeed, locked into the hotel with ill-fitting trousers, chaos and a stylised horse. 
 
 
 
 
  
 
Spring 2019 
 
Comedy Double Bill

 A farce Curses, Foiled Again! by Evelyn Hood followed by Poor Yorick, a send up of Shakespeare's Hamlet, but where Yorick is not dead but is dying on the comedy circuit where he is trying out a new type of comedy called Stand Up! 
  

 
 
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Autumn 2018 

Inside Job

The club’s 2018 autumn production of Brian Clemens’ three-hander thriller directed by Rex Cooper was staged ‘in the round’ on the floor of King Edward Hall. There was all sorts of skulduggery and plotting between the three characters Suzy (Melissa Henderson), Larry (Michael Bucke) and Alex (Daniel Hardwick).  Michael’s portrayal of the oily South London lady-killer was perfect and he was easily lured into a devious plot by the glamorous Suzy who, it turned out, was in league with her husband Alex to kill Larry. The audience were on the edge of their seats trying to work out the plots, counter plots and double bluffs and were satisfied at the end that it was the villain who came to a sticky end. Here are some of the favourable comments from members of the audience: 

‘Went on Friday night. Excellent performance A big well done to all.’ 

‘Congratulations for a wonderful and entertaining production. We thoroughly enjoyed it – a very brave choice as it must have been a challenge for you all, but the actors were certainly up to it. Quite amazing with so much dialogue for the three of them. It had us guessing to the end!’ 

‘Great performance of Inside Job at KEH last night from our local dramatic club. First time I’ve seen a performance and I really enjoyed it – a thriller that keeps you guessing to the end.’ 

‘Loved Inside Job. Congratulations. I thought it was one of the best LDC productions for a while.’

 

 

 

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Spring 2018 

Dickens and Chips 

Short extracts from a selection of Charles Dickens' novels were read by members in costume. 

The second half of the evening saw a performance of A Family Life - a short play by Jeff Harris. 

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Autumn 2017

The Importance of Being Earnest

For our 2017 autumn production we turned to one of the best-loved plays in the English language – Oscar Wilde’s ’The Importance of Being Earnest’, last seen on the Lindfield stage two decades ago.
This time the play was performed in the round and Rex Cooper directed a strong cast that included new, young members alongside established performers,
Wilde’s comedy of manners about love and marriage amongst the upper classes was well received by appreciative audiences.
The production was an example of some excellent teamwork, with the cast – led by Dan Hardwick (who played Algernon’s manservant) doubling up as stage crew, making the between-the-scenes set changes.


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Autumn 2016

Acting Our Age

A specials show to celebrate the club's 80th Anniversary 

featuring a performance of Between Mouthfuls by Alan Ayckbourn.

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September 2016

BRANCH LINE by Robin Belfield 

Performance in Lindfield High Street as part of the Lindfield Arts Festival

September 17, 2016 

A short play based on the construction and eventual abandonment of a railway line extension of the London to Brighton line from Lindfield to Uckfield. Set in the 1840s it explores the tensions in the village when the banks withdraw funding and the workers find themselves out of work. They confront the 'gents' down from the City and when things get out of hand the villagers step in and restore some order to the village. 

 

 

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