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22,23,27,29,30 July 2011 Welsh Church Hall

Separate Tables
by Terence Rattigan

Please see the production page for further details.


Wednesday 13 July 2011, 7.30pm Welsh Church Hall

Open Auditions for Carpe Jugulum

Please see the production page for information about how to audition.


Tue 12 July 2011, 7.30pm Welsh Church Hall

Play Reading Pub Night

What is a Play Reading Pub Night? Click here to find out.

Goodnight, Desdemona (Good Morning, Juliet) by Ann-Marie MacDonald

Constance Ledbelly, a drab and dusty academic, deciphers a cryptic manuscript she believes to be the original source for the tragedies Othello and Romeo and Juliet. She is transported into the plays themselves, visits Juliet and Desdemona, has a hand in saving them from the deaths the Bard had planned for them, and finds out what these women are all about.

Includes twists, fights, dances, seductions, wild surprises, and a personal voyage of self-discovery.

Hosted by Mansoor Mir.


Sat 9 July 2011, 11am, Wanstead Tube Station

Flyering for Separate Tables

Join Jackie for a spot of flyering and a coffee and cake.



Wed 6 July 2011, 7.30pm, Welsh Church Hall (back room)

Auditions for Blind Date

To be performed at the Duck, Writtle, on 29 August. Auditions open to existing Woodhouse Players members only. All members should have received an email with details. If you have not, please contact members@woodhouseplayers.co.uk.



Sat 2 July 2011, 11am, Leytonstone Tube Station

Flyering for Separate Tables

Join Jackie for a spot of flyering and a coffee and cake.



Tue 21 June 2011, 7.30pm Welsh Church Hall

Play Reading Pub Night

What is a Play Reading Pub Night? Click here to find out.

Honour by Joanna Murray-Smith

First produced in Melbourne in 1995, then at the National Theatre in 2003 and the West End in 2006, this modern classic brings a wrenchingly honest look at a familiar theme - the break up of a 30-year marriage. The play charts the shifting power balance between the four characters: George, the rather pompous literary critic; Honor, who gave up her writing career to to be the devoted wife; their fiesty daugher Sophie; and Claudia, the attractive ambitious young journalist who sets her cap at George. The play explores the nature of love. passion and commitment with honesty and humour and provides four cracking parts for actors.

Hosted by Sharon Trotter.


Sat 18 June 2011, from 7pm, Welsh Church Hall

Cabaret 2011

An evening of delectation and delight for Woodhouse members and their friends. We're still looking for more acts - please contact Sharon if you would like to perform.


Wed 15 and Fri 17 June 2011, 7.30pm, Welsh Church Hall

Open Auditions for What the Butler Saw

Details of how to audition are on the Production Page.


Tue 14 June 2011, 7.30pm, Welsh Church Hall

Committee Meeting

Committee meetings are, as always, open to all members. For more information on who makes up the committee, and to see recent minutes, see the committee page. Contact The secretary to arrange attendance.

Please note that the Panto Choosing Session scheduled for this date has been cancelled.


3,4,10,11 June 2011 Welsh Church Hall

(The Pocket) Pericles
by William Shakespeare

Please see the production page for further details.


Tue 17 May 2011, 7.30pm , Welsh Church Hall

Annual General Meeting 2011

A review of the years events, a look forward to plans ahead and the election of the new committee. For more details click here.


Sat 7 May 2011, 1.30pm to 5pm, Welsh Church Hall

Woodhouse Performance Workshop
Intro to Directing (part 2)

Part of a series of afternoon workshops exploring various aspects of acting and theatre. Full programme details including how to book available here.

Today's workshop: Intro to Directing (part 2) - Tutor Alexander Ferris (director of the Old Vic's Community Programme).

For further details please contact Sharon Trotter


Tue 3 May 2011, 7.30pm , Welsh Church Hall

Committee Meeting

Committee meetings are, as always, open to all members. For more information on who makes up the committee, and to see recent minutes, see the committee page. Contact The secretary to arrange attendance.


Sat 9 April 2011, 1.30pm to 5pm, Welsh Church Hall

Woodhouse Performance Workshop
Intro to Directing (part 1)

Part of a series of afternoon workshops exploring various aspects of acting and theatre. Full programme details including how to book available here.

Today's workshop: Intro to Directing (part 1) - Tutor Alexander Ferris (director of the Old Vic's Community Programme). For further details please contact Sharon Trotter


Sat 2 April 2011, 1.30pm to 5pm, Welsh Church Hall

Woodhouse Performance Workshop
Voice Workshop

Part of a series of afternoon workshops exploring various aspects of acting and theatre. Full programme details including how to book available here.

Today's workshop: Voice Workshop - with Gary Adams. For further details please contact Sharon Trotter


Wed 30 March and Fri 1 April, 7.30pm, Welsh Church Hall

Open Auditions for Separate Tables

Full details can be found on the production page.


Tue 29 March 2011, 7.30pm, Welsh Church Hall

Committee Meeting

Committee meetings are, as always, open to all members. For more information on who makes up the committee, and to see recent minutes, see the committee page. Contact The secretary to arrange attendance.


Sat 26 March 2011, 1.30pm to 5pm, Welsh Church Hall

Woodhouse Performance Workshop
Intro to Improv.

Part of a series of afternoon workshops exploring various aspects of acting and theatre. Full programme details including how to book available here.

Today's workshop: Intro to Improv. - with Emma Salt/City Lit. For further details please contact Sharon Trotter


11,12,18,19 March 2011 Welsh Church Hall

Double Bill

Bobby Gould in Hell by David Mamet
The Ruffian on the Stair by Joe Orton

Please see the Double Bill page which links onto the production pages for further details.


Sat 5 March 2011, 1.30pm to 5pm, Welsh Church Hall
POSTPONED - We are hoping to reschedule this for the Autumn

Woodhouse Performance Workshop
Singing and performance

Part of a series of afternoon workshops exploring various aspects of acting and theatre. Full programme details including how to book available here.

Today's workshop: Singing and performance - with Jax Braithwaite. For further details please contact Sharon Trotter


Sat 26 February 2011, 1.30pm to 5pm, Welsh Church Hall

Woodhouse Performance Workshop Developing a Character

The first in a series of afternoon workshops exploring various aspects of acting and theatre. Full programme details including how to book available here.

Today's workshop: Developing a Character - with Emma Salt/City Lit. For further details please contact Sharon Trotter


Thu 24 February, 7.30pm , Welsh Church Hall

Open Auditions for (The Pocket) Pericles

Full details (including important audition information) can be found on the production page. Auditions were also held on Mon 21 February.


Tue 22 February 2011, 7.30pm Welsh Church Hall

Play Choosing

Play choosing for the September and October productions (see dates below) and possibly a Shakespeare related production in 2012 will take place this evening. Submissions should have been made by 14th February to the Chairman.

All members are entitled to participate in play choosing sessions, which normally culminate in a vote. They are also entitled to advocate plays for these slots. Make sure you're well prepared to advocate your proposal at the meetings. If you don't see yourself as Director, please make sure that you've found someone who is ready to direct your play before the meeting.

Regardless of whether you have a play to advocate, please put these dates in your diary, as this is everyone's chance to influence our choice of shows.

If you submitted a play for these slots for discussion at the previous play selection meeting, please let the Chair know whether you intend to resubmit it on 22nd February

Plays advocated are as follows:

September

Roger Woodhouse is proposing 'The Maitlands' By Ronald MacKenzie
Sharon Trotter is proposing 'Honour' by Joanna Murray Smith
Cathy Love is proposing 'What the Butler Saw' by Joe Orton

October

Robert Bettelheim is proposing 'Carpe Jugulum' by Terry Pratchett

Shakespeare 2012

Mansoor Mir is proposing "Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)" by Ann-Marie MacDonald
Gill Taylor is proposing 'Dogg's Hamlet' by Tom Stoppard [either as half of the Double Bill or as a free-standing production for touring (or both)]


Mon 21 February, 7.30pm , Welsh Church Hall

Open Auditions for (The Pocket) Pericles

Full details (including important audition information) can be found on the production page. Auditions will also be held on Thu 24 February.


Tue 15 February 2011, 7.30pm , Welsh Church Hall

Committee Meeting

Committee meetings are, as always, open to all members. For more information on who makes up the committee, and to see recent minutes, see the committee page. Contact The secretary to arrange attendance.


Sat 12 February 2011, 7.30pm [earlier than previously advertised]
Welsh Church Hall

Bits n' Pieces

Looking for a Valentine's anti-dote?

Woodhouse members present a diverse and stirring evening of jealousy, adultery, murder and revenge, not to mention divine retribution and a touch of bittersweet comedy - Authors featured include Alan Bennett, J.B Priestly, Samuel Beckett, Rob Evans and of course Mr W. Shakespeare.

Acting coach Emma Salt will provide informal constructive feedback - comments and questions from the audience welcome too.

Bring along whatever you want to drink, and food to share.

Enjoy a social get-together and win a bottle of bubbly at the interval quiz (OK, the quiz might just be a bit Valentiney...)

A free event for Woodhouse members and guests but please reserve your place in advance using the Woodhouse box office so we can set up tables for you. Further information can be obtained by emailing Sharon.


Tue 8 February 2011, 7.30pm Welsh Church Hall

Play Reading Pub Night

What is a Play Reading Pub Night? Click here to find out.

"Plenty"
By David Hare

This play by David Hare was first performed in 1978 and was later filmed with a cast including Meryl Streep, Charles Dance, Tracey Ullman, John Gielgud and Sting. It tells the story of Susan Traherne, a young British woman working undercover in wartime France, whose subsequent disillusion and mental breakdown mirrors the political decline of post-war Britain.

Funny as well as serious, it has a cracking central female role and lots of meaty smaller parts for both men and women.

Hosted by Gill Taylor.


Tue 18 January 2011, 7.30pm , Welsh Church Hall

Bits n' Pieces meeting

Still time to take part in Bits n' Pieces:

A cabaret-style evening of monologues & duologues presented by Woodhouse members for members and friends + a theatrical Valentine's quiz and raffle.

7.30 pm, Sat 12 February 2011 at the Welsh Church Hall.

We have a good selection of pieces offered but could still have more - particularly from lady members!

Come along and flex your thespian muslces, hone your skills, develop a handy audition piece or maybe direct a duologue. Perform in front of a warm receptive audience and get friendly feedback from acting coach Emma Salt.

To take part, come along to rehearsal meeting on Tuesday 18th January, 7.30pm at WCH with your chosen piece. Further rehearsals on Tuesday 25th Jan at 7.30pm and Sat 5th Feb at 2.00pm

For non performers, bring wine and food to share for a convivial evening catching up with fellow members, support performing colleagues and discover new plays and characters.

Win a bottle of bubbly in our theatrical quiz with a Valentine's day theme.

Admission on 12th Feb is FREE for members and friends but please reserve a free ticket in advance by phoning or emailed the Woodhouse Box Office.

For more details about performing and choosing a piece contact Sharon Trotter


Tue 11 January 2011, 7.30pm , Welsh Church Hall

Committee Meeting

Committee meetings are, as always, open to all members. For more information on who makes up the committee, and to see recent minutes, see the committee page. Contact The secretary to arrange attendance.


7,8,14,15 January 2011 Welsh Church Hall

Mother Goose

For further information please see the production page.


Mon 20 December 2010, 7.30pm

Woodhouse Players Christmas Meal

The committee invite members and guests to join them for a social get together and catch up. For details please contact Sharon via the link on our committee page.


Tue 14 December 2011, 8pm, Welsh Church Hall

Bits n' Pieces (initial meeting)

The initial meeting for those wishing to take part in a cabaret- style evening of monologues and duologues presented by Woodhouse Members. Further details can be found here.


Wed 8 December and Fri 10 December 2010, 7.30pm Welsh Church Hall

Open Auditions for the Double Bill

Two nights of auditions will be held on these dates. For further details please see the Double Bill page which links onto individual productions. Auditionees may audition for both productions.


Tue 7 December 2010, 7.30pm Welsh Church Hall

Play Reading Pub Night

What is a Play Reading Pub Night? Click here to find out.

"The Clandestine Marriage"
By George Colman and David Garrick

September's tube strike put paid to the first attempt at reading this play, so here's a second chance.

A secret marriage leads to hilarious misunderstandings in this Restoration comedy. Lots of great parts for male and female.

Hosted by Gary Adams.


Fri 3 December 2010, 7.30pm Welsh Church Hall

Open Auditions for the Double Bill

Planned auditions on this night will now NOT take place due to circumstances beyond our control. Further audition dates will be shown below.


Tue 30 November 2010, 7.30pm Welsh Church Hall

Play Choosing

Play choosing for the July, September and October productions (see dates below) will take place this evening. The deadline for submissions was 24th November and the plays advocated are as follows:

JULY
"(The Pocket) Pericles" By William Shakespeare advocated by GARY
"The Tragedy of Tragedies" by Henry Fielding advocated by GARY

SEPT
"The Lucky Ones" by Tony Marchant advocated by GILL
"The Tragedy of Tragedies" by Henry Fielding advocated by GARY
"Daddy Cool" by Gary Adams advocated by GARY
"The Maitland" by Ronald MacKenzie LOUISE advocating for ROGER

OCT
"Carpe Jugulum" by Terry Pratchett advocated by ROBERT
"(The Pocket) Pericles" By William Shakespeare advocated by GARY
"The Tragedy of Tragedies" by Henry Fielding advocated by GARY

NB Gary would want to do one from his selection.


Sat 20 November 2010, 8pm, Welsh Church Hall

To Hell & Back

A rehearsed reading for one night only in support of the Garden House Hospice in Letchworth

Please see our production page for further details on this rehearsed reading.


Tue 9 November 2010, 7.30pm Welsh Church Hall

Play Reading Pub Night

What is a Play Reading Pub Night? Click here to find out.

"The Recruiting Officer"
By George Farquhar

The Restoration classic and first play ever performed in Australia.
A chance to see what all the fuss was about in 'Our Country's Good' and for a get-together of the cast and anyone else who's interested.

Hosted by the Spirit of OCG.


Fri 29 and Sat 30 October 2010, Fri 5 and Sat 6 November 2010
Welsh Church Hall

Our Country's Good
by Timberlake Wertenbaker

Please see our production page for further details


Wed 20 October 2010, 7.30pm, Welsh Church Hall

Open auditions for To Hell & Back

Please see our production page for further details on this rehearsed reading.


Tue 19 October 2010, 7.30pm Welsh Church Hall

Play Choosing

Play choosing for the Double Bill and June productions (see dates below) will take place this evening. Please contact chairman Colin Heinink with details of the productions to be put forward for this evening. NOTE: The deadline to advocate plays for these productions is 13th October.


Tue 12 October 2010, 7.30pm Welsh Church Hall

Play Reading Pub Night

What is a Play Reading Pub Night? Click here to find out.

"The Herbal Bed"
by Peter Whelan is based on actual events that occurred in Stratford-upon-Avon in the summer of 1613, when William Shakespeare's elder daughter Susanna Hall was publicly accused of having a sexual liaison with Rafe Smith, a married neighbor and family friend. Susanna sues her accuser, young Jack Lane, for slander in the court of Worcester Cathedral. Susanna's husband, the respected physician of Stratford, John Hall, is desperate for her to clear her name in order to save his practice, and he gives her his complete support. But how can he avoid the fact that one summer's night, while he was away from Stratford, Rafe Smith was seen secretly leaving their herbal garden? Faced with political divisions within the church, the hearing in the bishop's court becomes a risky gamble as three people's private lives are held up to the glare of intense public scrutiny in this emotional thriller whose outcome is anything but certain.

Originally performed by the RSC in 1996, it starred Joseph Fiennes, Liam Cunningham and a young David Tennant.. It then transferred to a very succesful run in the West End..

5m 3f characters.- and every part a gem!

Hosted by Jackie Withnall


Tue 5 October, 7.30pm , Welsh Church Hall

Committee Meeting

Committee meetings are, as always, open to all members. For more information on who makes up the committee, and to see recent minutes, see the committee page. Contact The secretary to arrange attendance.


Tue 28 September 2010, 7.30pm Welsh Church Hall

Open auditions for Mother Goose

For further information please see the production page.


Fri 24 and Sat 25 September 2010, Fri 1 and Sat 2 October 2010
Welsh Church Hall

Kindertransport
by Diane Samuels

Please see our production page for further details


Sun 19 September, 11.30am, Wanstead Tube station

Picnic / Flyering

Meet at Wanstead Tube at 11.30 - with Sharon Trotter, Louise Croker Jackie Withnall et al - for flyering then bring a picnic to share on Christchurch Green where there will be the "annual mix of music, shows, stalls and family activities".

Then at approximately 2pm it's back to Leytonstone Tube to flyer at Car Free Day - a fun day out where you can browse and enjoy a French market, children's entertainers, live music onstage, and lots of stalls for you to browse and buy.

For further information or to let us know you are coming please contact Sharon.


Sat 11 September, 11am, Wanstead Tube station

Flyering for Kindertransport

Meet Cathy Love at Wanstead Tube at 11am for flyering on the High Street for an hour or so, followed by well earned stop in one of Wanstead's delicious coffee shops.

Afterwards those with stamina can hop two stops back on the Central Line to Leyton where from 1pm the Leyton Big Weekend festival is being held at Leyton Cricket Ground.

For further information please contact Sharon.


Tue 7 September 2010, 7.30pm Welsh Church Hall

Play Reading Pub Night

What is a Play Reading Pub Night? Click here to find out.

"The Clandestine Marriage" by George Colman and David Garrick

A secret marriage leads to hilarious misunderstandings in this Restoration comedy.

Lots of great parts for male and female.

Hosted by Gary Adams


Tue 24 August, 7.30pm , Welsh Church Hall

Committee Meeting

Committee meetings are, as always, open to all members. For more information on who makes up the committee, and to see recent minutes, see the committee page. Contact The secretary to arrange attendance.


Tue 10 August 2010, 7.30pm Welsh Church Hall (Lower hall)

Play Reading Pub Night

What is a Play Reading Pub Night? Click here to find out.

"Arty" by Anne Doyle - her own play-in-progress
Arthur is the king of all Britain and presides over the magnificent court of Camelot. But there is mischief at work, and a witch in the family.
The play is likely to have 10 characters, 3 women and 7 men.

Hosted by Anne Doyle
For more info contact: Gary Adams.


Fri 23, Sat 24, Fri 30, Sat 31 July 2010, Welsh Church Hall

An Ideal Husband
by Oscar Wilde

Please see our production page for further details


Sun 18th July, Details to follow

Flyering for An Ideal Husband

Come and fly with Gill and Sharon to promote An Ideal Husband and help spread the word. This flyering session will coincide with the Leytonstone Festival Summer Picnic - details to follow.

Further details from Gill.


Tue 13 July 2010, 7.30pm Welsh Church Hall (Lower hall)

Play Reading Pub Night

What is a Play Reading Pub Night? Click here to find out.

"Gone Missing" by Civilians Theatre
This devised piece by Civilians Theatre is an exploration of loss. Loss of pretty much anything, from memory to husbands to a much-valued Gucci black pump. By turns serious and absurd, and based on real interviews, the play features a large and eclectic mix of characters such as New York cops, professional dancers, Korean deli owners, and an expert on the Bermuda Triangle with a serious point to make about eel gonads. And one French lesbian who's VERY annoyed about her missing scarf.

Hosted by Jim Killeen
For more info contact: Gary Adams.


Sat 10th July, 11am, Wanstead tube station

Flyering for An Ideal Husband

Come and fly with Gill and Sharon for about an hour to promote An Ideal Husband and help spread the word. All welcome!

Further details from Gill.


Wed 7 July, 2010, 7.30pm, Welsh Church Hall

Extraordinary General Meeting

The following have given notice that they will resign from their officerships on the Woodhouse Players Committee on or before 7 July 2010:

Vaughan Prosser - Chairman
Colin Heinink - Secretary

In addition, the following Committee member has already resigned:
Dan Usztan - ordinary member of Committee

In view of this, the Committee has called an Extraordinary General Meeting in the Welsh Church Hall on Wednesday 7 July 2010, from 1930 to 2000.

The Agenda will be as follows:
Item 1. Election of Chairman
Item 2. Election of Secretary
Item 3. Election of Ordinary Member of Committee.

The current list of people standing for nomination is as follows:
Chair: Colin Heinink
Secretary: Gill Taylor
Ordinary Member: Gary Adams, Robert Bettelheim, Louise Croker

Note that in the event of an existing committee member taking an alternate role, the original position of that member will therefore be vacant. Gill is the only person to whom this will apply.

Elections will be carried out in accordance with the Group Constitution, which can be viewed on this website. Any member wishing to stand for one or more of the above posts should have notified the Woodhouse Players Secretary, Colin Heinink, by midnight on 30 June 2010. Appplications are therefore now closed.

Candidates will have an opportunity to provide a short statement which will be posted on the website. Further details of this and the arrangements for voting by post, email or proxy will be communicated shortly.

Please note that only current members of Woodhouse Players can stand for election or attend the meeting. Last year's membership expired after the AGM in May. If you have not paid since then and wish to renew your membership , please contact the Members Secretary.


Tue 29 and Wed 30 June 2010, 7.30pm, Welsh Church Hall

Open auditions

Open auditions for Kindertransport and Our Country's Good will be held on these dates. Further details on each production page.


Tue 22 June, 2010, 7.30pm, Welsh Church Hall

Panto Choosing

Time to choose our pantomime for Dec 2010/Jan 2011. Have you written a pantomime or do you have access to a pantomime script that would be suitable for us? If so, please let Colin know before he chairs this selection meeting.

Kiel Richardson will be bringing Mother Goose to read at the meeting.


Thu 10 June, 7.30pm
Contact the Secretary for location


Committee Meeting

Committee meetings are, as always, open to all members. For more information on who makes up the committee, and to see recent minutes, see the committee page. Contact The secretary to arrange attendance.


Tue 1 June 2010 7.30pm, Welsh Church Hall (back room)

Play choosing

This will be the date for choosing the September/October productions.

Plays advocated so far are:
Happy family by Giles Cooper (advocated by Gary Adams for the September slot)
Pericles by William Shakespeare (advocated by Gary Adams for the October slot)
Kindertransport by Dianne Samuels (advocated by Louise Croker for the September slot)
Richard II by William Shakespeare (advocated by Sam Kelly for the October slot)
Our Country's Good by Timberlake Werten Baker (advocated by Dan Usztan for the October slot)


Fri 28, Sat 29 May, Fri 4, Sat 5 June 2010, Welsh Church Hall

Stags and Hens
By Willy Russell

Please see our production page for further details


Sat 15th May, 11am, Wanstead tube station

Flyering for Stags and Hens

Come fly with Jackie to promote Stags and Hens and help spread the word. Spend about an hour flyering and then have coffee and cake. Do join us..... it is really fun! All welcome!

Further details from Jackie.


Tue 11 May 2010, 7.30pm Welsh Church Hall (Lower hall)

Play Reading Pub Night

What is a Play Reading Pub Night? Click here to find out.

"Our Country's Good"
Timberlake Wertenbaker's contemporary classic is set in Australia in the late 1780s when the first convicts arrived on the land. A young officer thinks that performing a play could civilise the convicts, but he faces opposition from his superiors and the convicts themselves. .

Hosted by Dan Usztan
For more info contact: Gary Adams.


Sat 8th May, 11am, Wanstead tube station

Flyering for Stags and Hens

Come fly with Jackie to promote Stags and Hens and help spread the word. Spend about an hour flyering and then have coffee and cake. Do join us..... it is really fun! All welcome!

Further details from Jackie.


Tue 4 May 2010, 7.30pm Welsh Church Hall

AGM 2010

Woodhouse will be holding its Annual General Meeting at the Welsh Church Hall at 7.30pm on Tuesday 4th May 2010.

There will be an opportunity to hear reports from the committee, discuss issues concerning the group as well as the election of a new committee.

There are three specific officer posts that any paid member can stand for:
Chair, Treasurer and Secretary.

The committee also requires 5 ordinary members to take on roles including membership and publicity.
If you stand as an ordinary member you may wish to have an idea of which role you would like to take on but these will not be assigned until the first committee meeting following the AGM.

Full rules at:-
www.woodhouseplayers.co.uk/members_constitution.html

The following members offer themselves for re-election:

Chair-Vaughan Prosser
Treasurer-Cathy Love
Secretary-Colin Heinink

Ordinary Members: [Vote required to elect ordinary members]
Gary Adams
Sharon Trotter
Basil Clarke
Dan Usztan
James Daybell
Gill Taylor

The date to register to stand for committee or propose an alteration to the constitution was Tuesday 27th April which has now passed.

General information is on our AGM page.


Tue 13 April 2010, 7.30pm Welsh Church Hall (Lower hall)

Play Reading Pub Night

What is a Play Reading Pub Night? Click here to find out.

The 12th of January featured some very bad weather indeed so - 'By popular demand', another chance to read Gary's play:
'Daddy Cool' (Working title)
Max Morgan, classed by Society as an 'absentee father', just wants a quiet life, but a surprise visitor soon takes care of that! Loads of great female roles and one-and-a-bit blokes!

Hosted by Gary Adams
For more info contact: Gary Adams.


Tue 6 April, 7.30pm , Welsh Church Hall

Committee Meeting

Committee meetings are, as always, open to all members. For more information on who makes up the committee, and to see recent minutes, see the committee page. Contact The secretary to arrange attendance.


Tue 30 March 2010, 7.30pm Welsh Church Hall

Open Auditions for An Ideal Husband

Full details are available on the production page


Tue 9 March 2010, 7.30pm Welsh Church Hall (Lower hall)

Play Reading Pub Night

What is a Play Reading Pub Night? Click here to find out.

"What the Butler Saw" by Joe Orton
Joe Orton's last play and arguably his best. Although presented as a typical farce
(Orton particularly wanted French windows in his set to lure his audience into a false sense of familiarity), the play goes far deeper and is rather more subversive. When psychiatrist Dr Prentice sets out to seduce his prospective secretary during a job interview but is interrupted by the arrival of his wife, his world descends very quickly into chaos. Adultery, blackmail, madness, cross-dressing and gender confusion - a great night's entertainment!

Hosted by Cathy Love
For more info contact: Gary Adams.


Fri 5, Sat 6, Fri 12, Sat 13 March 2010, 8pm Welsh Church Hall

Spring Double Bill
The Real Inspector Hound by Tom Stoppard
Still Life by Noël Coward

Two one-act plays with an interval inbetween.
Please see our production page for further details.


Sat 27th February (changed from 20th Feb), 11am, Wanstead tube station

Flyering for the Double Bill

Come and promote the Double Bill to the people of Wanstead for an hour then relax with some tea and cakes.

Further details from Jackie.


Tue 23 February, 7.30pm, Welsh Church Hall

Committee Meeting (including EGM)

Committee meetings are, as always, open to all members. For more information on who makes up the committee, and to see recent minutes, see the committee page. Contact The secretary to arrange attendance.
Note: The first ten minutes will be an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) to confirm the recent change in committee following Salley stepping down as chairman.


Wed 17 February 2010, 7.30pm Welsh Church Hall

Open Auditions for Stags and Hens

Full details are available on the production page


Sat 13th February, 11am, Wanstead tube station

Flyering for the Double Bill

Come and promote the Double Bill to the people of Wanstead for an hour then relax with some tea and cakes.

Further details from Jackie.


Tue 9 February 2010, 7.30pm Welsh Church Hall (Lower hall)

Play Reading Pub Night

What is a Play Reading Pub Night? Click here to find out.

Two one-act farces by Georges Feydeau in new translations by Woodhouse's own Gill Taylor (who recently translated and directed 'The Lark'). Full details available here.

For more info contact: Gary Adams.


Tue 19 January, 7.30pm , Welsh Church Hall

Committee Meeting

Committee meetings are, as always, open to all members. For more information on who makes up the committee, and to see recent minutes, see the committee page. Contact The secretary to arrange attendance.


Tue 12 January 2010, 7.30pm Welsh Church Hall (Lower hall)

Play Reading Pub Night

What is a Play Reading Pub Night? Click here to find out.

Hosted by Gary Adams, his own play:

'Daddy Cool' (Working title)
Max Morgan, classed by Society as an 'absentee father', just wants a quiet life, but a surprise visitor soon takes care of that!

For more info contact: Gary Adams.


Fri/Sat 1/2 and Fri/Sat 8/9 Jan 2010, Welsh Church Hall

Cinderella

His Royal Highness, Crown Prince Valiant Perrault invites all suitable young ladies to a fabulous, wonderful festival.

What has happened to Cinderella's Father? Why does he not remember her?

Who will Prince Valiant choose to marry? Lady Measella, Her pestilence Poxina or one of the mysterious girls he met in the wood?

Come and see The Woodhouse Players version of 'Cinderella', full of laughs, music and dance.



Sat 19th December 2009, 11am,
Leytonstone tube station (Church Lane side)

Flyering for Cinderella

Join Jackie and the cast of Cinderella to flyer and have a festive coffee and mince pie.

Meet at the Church Lane entrance of Leytonstone Tube Station at 11.00 on Saturday 19th December. Bring Christmas hats, tinsel etc

If you are able to come or need further details please contact Jackie.


Tue 15th December 2009, 7.30pm Welsh Church Hall

Play Choosing

This will be where we choose the June and July (Leytonstone festival) productions.

If you wish to submit a play for consideration please contact Jackie Withnall - do note that performances are often subject to the rights being obtained.

Plays advocated so far:
When We are Married - J B Priestly (subject to rights)
Blue Remembered Hills - Denis Potter (subject to rights)
Richard II - William Shakespeare (more info on this play here)
Stags and Hens by Willy Russell (subject to rights) (more info on this play here)
An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde (out of copyright) (more info on this play here)
An Evening With Gary Lineker by Arthur Smith and Chris England (rights available)

For more information about play choosing sessions, see www.woodhouseplayers.co.uk/members_programming.html

Only members who have paid their subscription for 2009/2010 can participate - but the Membership Secretary will be happy to take payment on the day.



Sat 12th December 2009, 11am Wanstead tube station

FLYERING FRENZY!!!

Join the cast of Cinderella to flyer the good folk of Wanstead! Meet at 11am by Wanstead Station. Flyer for an hour and then enjoy a coffee and mince pie!

Further details from Jackie.


Fri 11th December 2009, 7.30pm Welsh Church Hall
Sat 12th December 2009, 1pm Welsh Church Hall

Open auditions for the Double Bill

Please see the Double Bill page and specific production pages for more details


Tue 8th December 2009, 7.30pm Welsh Church Hall (Lower hall)

Play Reading Pub Night

What is a Play Reading Pub Night? Click here to find out.

Hosted by Kimber Heath-Renn, her own play:

"The Boundary Between a Servant and a Princess"

Abdul is a young, gentle servant with a heart of gold, strengthened by years of cruelty from his master. Abegail is a princess given three weeks to find a lover. When their paths cross, Abegail has to persuade Abdul that just cause he's a servant doesn't mind he isn't worthy of her heart.

For more info contact: Gary Adams.


24 November, 7.30pm , Welsh Church Hall
Committee Meeting

Committee meetings are, as always, open to all members. For more information on who makes up the committee, and to see recent minutes, see the committee page. Contact The secretary to arrange attendance.


Tue 17th November 2009, 7.30pm Welsh Church Hall

Play Choosing for March 2010 productions

We will be choosing our double bill of plays for performing in March.

The committee has decided that because of the changes to the use in the hall, finding rehearsal space for a triple bill would be logistically difficult and it would therefore make better sense to make this year's production a double bill. We will still take one or both productions to the Waltham Forest Drama Festival should their directors and casts wish to do so.

Performance dates are the 5th/6th, 12th/13th March and the festival is from 15th - 20th March.

Anyone wishing to submit a play for consideration should first ask/email the Treasurer to check if the rights are available and then alert the Chairman that they wish to put the play forward.

If you're thinking of advocating a play but aren't sure, please contact our chairman, Salley.

Plays advocated so far:
Tom Stoppard - Real Inspector Hound - subject to rights being available
Noel Coward - Still Life - Rights available
Arthur Smith - Trench Kiss - subject to rights being available
Steve Balchin - Rosalind Is Still Alive - Rights available
Dennis Potter - Blue Remembered Hills - subject to rights being available
Alan Bennett - A Question of Attribution - subject to rights being available

For more information about play choosing sessions, see www.woodhouseplayers.co.uk/members_programming.html

Only members who have paid their subscription for 2009/2010 can participate - but the Membership Secretary will be happy to take payment on the day.


Tue 10 November 2009, 7.30pm Welsh Church Hall (Lower hall)

Play Reading Pub Night

What is a Play Reading Pub Night? Click here to find out.

"The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men..."
Hosted by Basil Clarke: Two short plays;

The Hit Man, by J.C.W. Brook:
George dreams of slipping between satin sheets with dusky maidens. All that stands in his way is his wife, but he has the perfect scheme to be rid of her..

AND

Lunch Hour, by John Mortimer:
A man, a woman, a mutual desire, a hotel room, a bed... What could possibly go wrong?

For more info contact: Gary Adams.


Fri 30, Sat 31 October / Fri 6, Sat 7 November 2009, Welsh Church Hall

The Lark

"You cannot explain Joan, any more than you can explain the tiniest flower growing by the wayside."

So said Jean Anouilh in the programme note for his play about Joan of Arc -"that little lark, soaring and singing in the French sky".

1431. Claiming divine inspiration, Joan, a peasant girl from Lorraine, has galvanized France into making a stand against the occupying English régime. After leading the French army to several spectacular victories, she is captured and put on trial. Mixing high drama with comedy, Anouilh presents her story in a series of flashbacks as she fights for her life before a politically-motivated Church Court which sees her belief in the heavenly voices that guided her as evidence of heresy - or worse. . .

First performed in Paris in 1952, this play provides an alternative - and, arguably, more dramatically convincing - take on this enigmatic heroine than Shaw's more familiar "Saint Joan".

This production by the Woodhouse Players will use a new translation by director Gill Taylor, the first to be approved for performance in the UK since Christopher Fry's 1955 version.



Sat 24th October 2009, 1pm, Wanstead tube station

Flyering for The Lark

An hour's flyering for The Lark followed by coffee and cake.

Come and do your bit for Woodhouse.

Further details from Jackie.


13 October, 7.30pm , Welsh Church Hall
Committee Meeting

Committee meetings are, as always, open to all members. For more information on who makes up the committee, and to see recent minutes, see the committee page. Contact The secretary to arrange attendance.


Saturday 10th October 2009

SOCIAL EVENT
The Globe Theatre Tour, Exhibition and Costume Demonstration

Private group tour of the Globe Theatre, Rose Theatre and a costume and dressing demonstration.

Please note that this trip has now been cancelled


Wed 7 October 2009, 7.30pm, Welsh Church Hall

Open auditions for Cinderella

Please see the Cinderella production page for details


Sunday 20th September 2009

SOCIAL EVENT
The National Theatre Backstage Tour and Play

Private group tour of National Theatre's backstage areas including at least two theatres, costume, scenic and props areas lasting 75 minutes. All's Well That Ends Well matinee performance.

Note it is possible to only go for the tour or the play - it is not compulsory to do both.


Right click on the booking form and select 'save target as...' to download details


Sun 20 September 2009, 2pm, Leytonstone Tube (Church Lane entrance)

Flyering Foray #2

With the local Festival scene in full flight in September, it is the perfect opportunity to take advantage and find audience for our two up and coming plays. With changes in the hall affecting our plans it is essential we maximise our audiences.

Enjoy the fun of the festivals whilst doing your bit for Woodhouse.

Further details from Jackie.


Sat 19, Fri 25, Sat 26 September 2009, Welsh Church Hall

Dinner

Imagine a woman with the sex appeal of Nigella Lawson, the acidic wit of Anne Robinson and the strength of Gordon Ramsey. This is our hostess, Paige.

Paige is throwing a dinner party for her husband and four friends to celebrate his latest book - a rather pretentious philosophical "life-style" guide. She has taken great pains to produce a suitable menu, in keeping with her theme and has stage-managed the event with meticulous care.

But why has she chosen these particular friends, these unusual and peculiar dishes, and who is the mysterious and enigmatic waiter that she has hired from the Internet?

As this strange dinner party unfolds, you - her extra guests - will be taken on a rollercoaster ride of darkly comic, but very well mannered and coldly civilised revelations...

Please note: This show contains strong language and is not suitable for small children, or those of a 'sensitive' nature.


Sun 13th September 2009, 2pm, Wanstead tube station
(Station itself may be closed- please check)

Flyering Foray #1

With the local Festival scene in full flight in September, it is the perfect opportunity to take advantage and find audience for our two up and coming plays. With changes in the hall affecting our plans it is essential we maximise our audiences.

Enjoy the fun of the festivals whilst doing your bit for Woodhouse.

Further details from Jackie.


8 September 2009, 7.30pm , Welsh Church Hall
Committee Meeting

Committee meetings are, as always, open to all members. For more information on who makes up the committee, and to see recent minutes, see the committee page. Contact The secretary to arrange attendance.


Sunday 23rd August 2009

SOCIAL EVENT
Romeo and Juliet at The Globe

This outing has been cancelled due to insufficient bookings


Sun 2nd August 2009 3.00pm, Wanstead Park

August Playreading and Picnic

A change of venue and time for the August playreading session.

TOAD OF TOAD HALL by AA Milne (after Kenneth Grahame)

Meet by the Teahut in Wanstead Park (near main entrance in Northumberland Avenue) E12
We can then walk together to a picnic spot.
Bring blankets, chairs and food to share.
Read the play and enjoy a summer holiday picnic.
Please bring copies of the script if possible - limited copies will be available.

The perfect Summer afternoon combination!
For further details contact Jackie Withnall

(In case of rain - event will be postponed)
ADDITION NOTE ADDED 29/7/09 - Email Jackie between 2pm and 2.30pm on the day to confirm the event is still on and not postponed due to bad weather


Sunday 26th July 2009

SOCIAL EVENT
V&A Theatre Collection Tour

Introduction to the Theatre & Performance galleries. This includes the Hamlet skull, Vivien Leigh & Maggie Smith costumes, Shakespeare's first folio and an interactive costume rail.

Please note: Due to insufficient bookings for this tour, this event has been postponed until January 2010


Tue 21 July 2009 7.30pm, Welsh Church Hall

Panto Choosing

Have you written a panto that you think the group can perform over Dec 2009/Jan 2010? Or do you have access to something suitable where we could acquire the rights to perform? If so, panto regular Colin Heinink would like to hear from you, as he'll be chairing the meeting to decide this years pantomime.

Advocated so far:
Cinderella (by Victoria Bettelheim)


Please email Colin with the panto details or for further information.


10/11/17/18 July 2009, Welsh Church Hall

The Diary of Anne Frank

"I don't want to have lived in vain like most people. I want to be useful or bring enjoyment to people, even those I've never met. I want to go on living even after my death!"

First performed in 1956, this play was winner of the Pulitzer Prize for drama and Tony award for best play.

The play is a stage adaptation of the published version of 13 year-old Anne's diary, The Diary of a Young Girl. It opens with Otto Frank returning to the annexe to find Anne's diary, before going back in time to the family first entering the annexe and beginning their 2 years in hiding. The entire play is set within the secret annexe where the Franks, along with the Van Daans and Mr Dussel, hid from the Nazis for 2 years, relying on help from two non-Jewish friends.

In what would have been Anne's 80th year, the Woodhouse Players present a very tender account of a typical adolescent in extraordinary circumstances.


Sat 11 July 2009, Wanstead Park

Woodhouse Goes To Wanstead Park!

This year we are taking part in the prestigious Music In The Park event - Saturday 11th July - 2.00pm - 5.00pm.

It takes place in Wanstead Park – a stone’s throw from the Welsh Church Hall.
We are having a stand to let people know about the Woodhouse Players. It is during the first weekend of Anne Frank, but will give us the chance to leaflet for the second weekend. Around 2000 people attend – lots of potential audience on our doorstep!

Jackie Withnall needs help to wo/man the stall – just an hour would be perfect. Please let Jackie know as soon as possible if you are able to come along


Sat 4 July 2009, 11am, Wanstead tube station

Flyering for The Diary of Anne Frank

FLYERING TONIGHT!!!

Join us for a flyering session on Saturday 4th July to advertise The Diary Of Anne Frank. Meet at Wanstead Station at 11.00am for an hour of giving out publicity followed by coffee and cake. If you have never been before - now is your chance to do your bit for Woodhouse. Further details from Jackie.


Welsh Church Hall
Open auditions for 'Dinner' and 'The Lark'

Audition dates for these two productions have now been announced - 20th June at 1.30pm and 23rd June at 7.30pm for Dinner, and 17th June at 7.30pm and 23rd June at 7.30pm for The Lark.

Please see the relevant production pages for futher details, and particularly the production page for The Lark which contains important information about those particular auditions.


16 June 2009, 7.30pm , Welsh Church Hall
Committee Meeting

Committee meetings are, as always, open to all members. For more information on who makes up the committee, and to see recent minutes, see the committee page. Contact The secretary to arrange attendance.


Tue 9 June 2009, 7.30pm Welsh Church Hall (Lower hall)

Play Reading Pub Night

What is a Play Reading Pub Night? Click here to find out.

The first Playreading Pubnight of 'Dinner.' coincided with the major 'Snow Incident'. The half-dozen or so plucky/lucky people who did manage to get there will testify it's a great show. Since then it has been chosen as our September production. Here's a chance to check iot out without the pressure of an audition!

Imagine a woman with the sex appeal of Nigella Lawson, the acidic wit of Fanny Craddock and the strength of Gordon Ramsey. This is our hostess, Paige.

Paige is throwing a dinner party for her husband and four friends to celebrate his latest book - a rather pretentious philosophical "life-style" guide. She has taken great pains to produce a suitable menu, in keeping with her theme and has stage-managed the event with meticulous care.

But why has she chosen these particular friends, these unusual and peculiar dishes, and who is the mysterious and enigmatic waiter that she has hired from the Internet?

As this strange dinner party unfolds, you - her extra guests - will be taken on a rollercoaster ride of dark, but very well mannered and coldly civilised revelations...

Cast
Paige
Lars
Wynne
Hal
Sian
Mike
The Waiter

For more info contact: Gary Adams.


28 - 30 May 2009, Welsh Church Hall

Round and Round the Garden

"Where's the romance? Forget the flowers, the chocolates, the soft word - rather woo her with a self defence manual in one hand and a family planning leaflet in the other."

Norman's in love with Annie. Annie's in love with Norman. Only problem is, Norman is married to Annie's sister, Ruth, and Tom the village vet is plucking up the courage to ask Annie to marry him. Then there's Annie and Ruth's brother Reg and his wife Sarah, who Norman has also taken a shine to... Add in some parsnip wine, an aborted mini break to East Grinstead and some missing fuse wire and you've got the recipe for disaster!

With his inimitable wit and compassion, Ayckbourn reveals the frustration and disappointment which bubble beneath the surface of a family's relationships and brings to light their thoughts on sex, marriage, love and loneliness.

Join the Woodhouse Players for a weekend in the country and a fresh new take on this classic comedy performed in the round.


Sat 23 May 2009, 11am, Wanstead tube station

Flyering for Round and Round the Garden

FLYING TONIGHT!!!

Join Jackie and co for a flyering session for Round and Round the Garden. Saturday 23rd May. Meet at 11.00am at Wanstead Station. An hour or so's flyering and then coffee and cake.. 70's dress would be very approriate - jumpsuits and tank tops most acceptable.!!

Please advise Jackie if you are able to attend.


Tue 19 May 2009 (changed from 23 June), Welsh Church Hall

Play Choosing

September and October's productions will be chosen here

Plays advocated so far:

-Dinner by Moira Buffini- proposed by Gary Adams for the September slot
(for details see previous diary entry for the play reading pub night)

-The Lark by Jean Anouilh (trans. Gill Taylor)- proposed by Gill Taylor

-When we are married by J B Priestley- proposed by Elizabeth Braithwaite for the September slot


Sat 9 May 2009, 7.30pm, The Heathcote Arms

Cabaret 2009 - Eddies Revenge - The Musical!

Please see the production page for further details


Tue 5 May 2009
Meeting starts 7.30pm prompt
Welsh Church Hall


Annual General Meeting 2009

This is your chance to discuss what the Woodhouse Players have said and done over the last year, and what will happen during 2009/10.

The AGM will include:
- Elections to the committee
- 2009/10 membership collection
- Votes on changing the wording of the constitution (see latest minutes for details)

Applications to stand for the committee or put forward any point for discussion should be sent to The Secretary - the closing date for this was 28th April.

The following people are currently standing for committee:

Chairman: Salley Rear
Secretary: Colin Heinink
Treasurer: Vaughan Prosser
Ordinary members (up to 5 positions to include roles including membership, publicity, social, etc):
Kate Harper
Jackie Withnall
Lesley Winterflood
Gary Adams
Hilary Benson

Please note that members can stand for any position, regardless of whether there is already someone standing for that position. A vote will take place at the AGM if required to decide the committee.

More information on the AGM can be found here


21 Apr 2009, 7.30pm , Welsh Church Hall
Committee Meeting

Committee meetings are, as always, open to all members. For more information on who makes up the committee, and to see recent minutes, see the committee page. Contact The secretary to arrange attendance.


1 April 2009, 7.30pm Welsh Church Hall

Open auditions for The Diary of Anne Frank

Please see the production page for further details


Tue 31 March 2009, 7.30pm Welsh Church Hall (Lower hall)

Play reading pub night

THE RIVALS by Richard Brinsley Sheridan

It's 1775 and the fashionable world descends on Bath, to take the waters and embroil themselves in a little romantic intrigue as three suitors fight for the hand of Miss Lydia Languish.

Sheridan's play is a classic of English language theatre, and the characters have even entered the language (malapropism is derived from Mrs Malaprop, continually trying to impress with long words but using the wrong ones). It is, in form, a parody of a conventional romance, having two pairs of young lovers rather different from the norm.

The Rivals is a delightful play, even more so than Sheridan's other well known work, The School for Scandal. It does not really have a serious side, unless poking fun at the things young lovers take seriously counts as one.

CAST

SIR ANTHONY ABSOLUTE. A bluff old buffer - who was once Jack the Lad
CAPTAIN JACK ABSOLUTE - His son.
BOB FAULKLAND In love with Julia
ACRES - A Young Man about Town
SIR LUCIUS O'TRIGGER - A swaggering Irish idiot
FAG - A scheming Servant
DAVID (Acres' Man Servant - very very gay)
THOMAS
MRS. MALAPROP - In love with Sir Lucius O'Trigger
LYDIA LANGUISH - In love with Jack Absolute - but thinks he's ensign Beverley.
JULIA - A posh games player - in love with Faulkland
LUCY - A scheming maid
Maid, Boy, Servants, &c.

For more info contact: Gary Adams.


23 - 28 March 2009, Chingford Assembly Hall

Waltham Forest Festival of Theatre

A week long festival of one-act plays from local drama groups.

Woodhouse Players will be entering each of their one-act plays from the Triple Bill into the Waltham Forest Festival of Theatre. Each play will be performed on a different night and will be on with one or two other productions from another theatre group. Please see the festival website for more details including how to book.

Machinery of Government by Sebastian Smith
Bear Hug by Robin French
Last Tango in Little Grimley by David Tristram



17 Mar 2009, 7.30pm , Welsh Church Hall
Committee Meeting

Committee meetings are, as always, open to all members. For more information on who makes up the committee, and to see recent minutes, see the committee page. Contact The secretary to arrange attendance.


25th February 2009, 7.30pm, Welsh Church Hall

Open Auditions for Round and Round the Garden

For further details please see the production page.


19 - 21 February 2009, Welsh Church Hall

Triple Bill 2009

In Spring 2009 we take you from the Absurd to the Ridiculous.

Woodhouse Players give you the chance to see three plays in one evening dealing with the absurdities of Government and the Press, the frustrations and absurdities of growing up and the ridiculous plans of an amateur drama group.

Machinery of Government by Sebastian Smith
Bear Hug by Robin French
Last Tango in Little Grimley by David Tristram



Sat 14th Feb 2009, 11am, Wanstead Tube station
Triple Bill flyering

DECLARE YOUR LOVE ON ST VALENTINE'S DAY!!..........
FOR THE WOODHOUSE PLAYERS THAT IS!!!

COME FLYERING FOR THE TRIPLE BILL. MEET AT WANSTEAD STATION AT
11.00 am - FLYER FOR AN HOUR AND THEN HAVE A LOVELY COFFEE AND CAKE

Contact Jackie Withnall for further details or to say you are coming along.


Tue 3 February 2009, Welsh Church Hall

Play Reading Pub Night


Gary Adams will host this playreading. The script will, by this time, have been put forward at the Playchoosing Meeting, so this will be chance to either get a foretaste of a production to come ... or to see what you're missing out on! (PS: If it IS chosen, this reading will also be Informal Auditions Part One.)

Dinner by Moira Buffini

Imagine a woman with the sex appeal of Nigella Lawson, the acidic wit of Fanny Craddock and the strength of Gordon Ramsey. This is our hostess, Paige.

Paige is throwing a dinner party for her husband and four friends to celebrate his latest book – a rather pretentious philosophical “life-style” guide. She has taken great pains to produce a suitable menu, in keeping with her theme and has stage-managed the event with meticulous care.

But why has she chosen these particular friends, these unusual and peculiar dishes, and who is the mysterious and enigmatic waiter that she has hired from the Internet?

As this strange dinner party unfolds, you - her extra guests - will be taken on a rollercoaster ride of dark, but very well mannered and coldly civilised revelations...

Characters

Paige - Hostess. 40's. (Described above)
Lars - Her husband
Wynne - Bohemian ex-lover of Lars
Hal - University friend of Lars. A scientist.
Sian - his rather younger wife, a 'Newsbabe'
Mike - 24/25 year old van driver - sole working class guest
The Waiter - (Fantastic part!) Only 4 lines in all but - blimey - is he an important character. Lots of 'business'

Those of a sensitive nature should be warned that the play contains very strong language.

Some scripts will be available on the night but it would be easier to bring your own.
Contact Gary for further info.



Tue 27 January 2009, 7.30pm Welsh Church Hall (back hall)

Play Choosing evening


The Triple Bill has already been chosen and cast, so we now need to choose the next two plays for 2009. All members are invited to advocate a play for the group to perform and/or come along and read through each of the plays before choosing what we shall do during the May and July slots.

Plays advocated so far:
-Dinner by Moira Buffini- proposed by Gary Adams
-Round and Round the Garden by Alan Ayckbourn - proposed by Hilary Benson
-The Diary of Anne Frank by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett - proposed by Anna Heinink
-The Lark by Jean Anouilh- proposed by Gill Taylor

Further details where provided can be obtained by clicking on the links above. Details of 'Dinner by Moira Buffini' are given below. Please email the webmaster with any problems accessing the documents in these links. Watch this space for any last minute updates to the list of plays.



Tue 20 Jan 2009, >>> 7pm <<< , Welsh Church Hall
Committee Meeting

Committee meetings are, as always, open to all members. For more information on who makes up the committee, and to see recent minutes, see the committee page. Contact The secretary to arrange attendance. Time now changed to 7pm.


7 - 10 January 2009, Welsh Church Hall

A Christmas Carol
The classic Christmas story by Dickens adapted by Cathy Love

Ebenezer Scrooge has lost his only friend and business partner, Jacob Marley. Seven years have passed since Marley's death on Christmas Eve and Scrooge has not changed his miserly ways one jot, dismissing the whole notion of Christmas Spirit as "Humbug". But on this particular Christmas Eve, four ghostly visitors take Scrooge on a journey through his past, present and future Christmases, with life-changing results.

N.B. This production may not be suitable for sensitive children.



Sat 20th December 2008, Wanstead Tube

Flyering for A Christmas Carol

A CHRISTMAS CAROL FLYERING WE GO.......
No 'Bah Humbug' here! Join us for a pre - Christmas flyering session on Saturday 20th December....
WHERE? - Wanstead Tube Station
TIME? - 11.00am
Flyer for an hour for A CHRISTMAS CAROL and then have a hot toddy and a mince pie, before the last minute Xmas prep madness takes over completely!!

Contact Jackie Withnall for further details


Fri 19th December 2008, 8pm - 11pm. For staff and patients in Whipps Cross Hospital only.

Whipps Cross Hospital Radio Live Show
"Christmas with the Woodhouse Players"


Our friends at Whipps Cross Hospital Radio are planning a great 3 hour special this Christmas. involving many features from the Woodhouse Players live on the night.
Plans include music, chat, panel games and improvisation featuring many of the presenters at Whipps Cross over the evening. This promises to be a very entertaining evening! Please note that this event already has a full quota (and more!) of Woodhouse members attending.


Tue 2nd / Wed 3rd December 2008, Welsh Church Hall

Open Auditions for the Triple Bill

Three plays on in one night. Two nights of auditions. Two different times for auditions - and one of the plays is only auditioning on one night. Therefore please read the production pages carefully if you wish to audition for the triple bill.


Tue 25 November 2008, 7.30pm, Welsh Church Hall

Play Reading Pub Night
"The Lark" by Jean Anouilh,
a new translation by our very own Gill Taylor

"L’Alouette" ("The Lark") is Jean Anouilh’s take on the story of Joan of Arc.
It was first performed in Paris in 1952, and was presented the following year in London in a translation by Christopher Fry. An adaptation by Lillian Hellman, with incidental music by Leonard Bernstein, was performed on Broadway in 1955, with Julie Harris as Joan and a cast including Boris Karloff , Basil Rathbone and Denholm Elliott. We will be reading a new translation by Gill Taylor. Gill is in discussion with the Estate of Jean Anouilh and is hopeful of securing their agreement to using the translation for an amateur performance.

Lots of good dramatic parts, both serious and comic, and of course an absolutely stonking central role for a young woman. A few copies will be available on the night, but it would be helpful if as many people as possible could print off their own. If you intend to come, please email chairman Salley Rear to get the link to where it can be downloaded as a word document (94 pages) once you’ve skipped the annoying pop-ups.


Fri 7th November and Tue 11th November, 7.30pm, Welsh Church Hall

Open auditions for A Christmas Carol

After much discussion, we are now putting on Dickens' A Christmas Carol this December/January. This is the classic Christmas story adapted and directed by Woodhouse member Cathy Love. There are two evenings of open auditions as shown in the dates above. For further information or if you are unable to attend these auditions please contact director Cathy Love.


30 October - 1 November 2008, Welsh Church Hall

Hobson's Choice
by Harold Brighouse

Henry Hobson runs a successful bootmaker's shop in nineteenth-century Salford.
A widower with a weakness for the pub opposite, he tries forcefully to rule the lives of his three unruly daughters and control their “uppishness”. When he decrees 'no marriages' to avoid the expensive matter of settlements, eldest daughter Maggie rebels and sets her sights on Will Mossop, Hobson's star bootmaker. Behind the boots and clogs are individuals who must also be determined and strong in a society that gives them little credence. Keeping the humour it also shows without fantasy the life of the Salford folk and the social connections and customs that gave their life order, until they were challenged and eventually changed.


Thu 23 October 2008, 7.30pm prompt!
Leytonstone Epicentre
(Small hall)

Open Auditions for The Snow Queen

The Snow Queen is the Woodhouse Players' Pantomime for 2008/09, written by our own Robert Bettelheim. This modern take on the Hans Anderson fable promises polar bears, elves, reindeers, ice maidens and laughs a-plenty.

Kay has a sliver of magic mirror lodged in his heart, turning him cold as ice. At the North Pole, Santa's newly computerised delivery system has taken a very narrow definition of 'good', leaving all but a very few children without presents on Christmas Eve. Meanwhile the Snow Queen lures all the 'bad' children to her ice palace as part of her wicked plot to make Winter last forever. It is left to Greta, Kay's best friend, to save Kay, Christmas, and possibly the World...

The show has 9 principal characters: Greta (a good girl), Kay (a bad boy), Grandma (The Dame), Santa Claus (Himself), Ribbons (an Elf), Rudolph (a reindeer), Crystal (an ice maiden), Iceberg (a polar bear) and the Snow Queen herself. There are also chorus roles for Elves, Reindeer, Ice Maidens and Children (of varying ages).

The format of the audition will be to collectively read a few extracts of the panto to get an idea of the feel of it, and I’ll talk a bit about how I see the panto and what I’m looking for. Then we’ll try out a few scenes, swapping people around, so you get a chance to try all the parts you want to, and I get to see how you all interact together.

Everyone involved in the show onstage will be singing - all the principal roles will sing solo at some point in the show except for Santa and Ribbons, who will need to sing the odd line but otherwise will be involved in general group singing, so come along prepared to warble!

If you are unable to make this date but would still like to audition, please let me know ASAP and we can arrange another time.

Cathy Love (director)


Sat 18 October 2008, 11am
Wanstead Underground station


Flyering for Hobson's Choice

Come flyer with me!
Another flyering event is planned for Saturday 18th October to gather audience for Hobson's Choice.
Please support us.
Meet at Wanstead tube at 11am - flyer for an hour then have a nice coffee and cake.
Cast from the play in costume would be a real draw.

Please let Jackie know if you are coming.


Tue 7th Oct 2008, 7.30pm, Welsh Church Hall
Play choosing for the Spring Triple Bill

Calling all members!

It is time to choose One Act Plays for our Spring Triple Bill 2009. These plays will be performed at the Welsh Church Hall and, very possibly, at the Waltham Forest Theatre Festival.

Have your say by coming along to the Hall at 7.30pm on Tuesday 7th October. We will read excerpts from presented plays and decide what we would like to put on for our audience.

Plays advocated so far are as follows:

Janet Palmer - is nominating The Lesson by Eugene Unesco

Dan Usztan - is nominating Bear Hug by Robin French

Cathy Love - is nominating Bobby Gould in Hell by David Mahmet

Jill Woods has 3 original One Person plays

James Daybell is nominating Last Tango In Little Grimley by David Tristram

Machinery of Government by Sebastian Smith
A drama / satire on the press and Government.
Roughly 40 minutes long, with a cast of (say) 10 people, exact split
of men / women and numbers can be tweaked.

Basil Clarke is nominating The Hitman by J.C.W. Brook.

If you have any further plays to nominate please let Jackie have the information as soon as possible.


2 - 4 October 2008, Welsh Church Hall

The Cemetery Club
by Ivan Menchell

Take three middle-aged widows, one who flirts outrageously, one who is dedicated to the memory of her husband and one who is beginning to realise that she still has a life to live; throw an eligible widower into the mix and watch the sparks fly.

Join the Woodhouse Players this autumn for this heartwarming comedy as we follow the lives of three longtime friends who have formed a "cemetery club" in which they go together to visit their husband's graves each month.


Sun 21 Sep 2008, Leytonstone
Leytonstone Car Free Festival

The Leytonstone Car - Free Day is on Sunday 21st September. It is a lovely day out with stalls, entertainment and music.........AND lots of people !!!!!! We need to flyer them !!!!
With two shows coming up this is a perfect opportunity!
Please join us at 2.00pm at the WCH for an hour or so followed by tea and cakes.
Casts of The Cemetery Club or Hobson's Choice in costume (if available) would be great.
We can't let this pass us by! Please contact Jackie for details or to say you are coming.

 


Sun 14 Sep 2008, 2pm, Wanstead Tube
Flyering at the Wanstead Festival

Another brilliant flyering opportunity for us! The Wanstead Festival is on Sunday 14th September - join us to flyer for our next 2 shows. It is a fantastic chance to reach new audiences. Meet at Wanstead Station at 2.00pm for an hour or so, followed by tea and cakes. The Festival is a lovely afternoon out with music, entertainment and stalls, so bring the family and friends. Contact Jackie for more details.


Tue 26 Aug 2008, 7.30pm, Welsh Church Hall
Committee Meeting

Committee meetings are, as always, open to all members. For more information on who makes up the committee, and to see recent minutes, see the committee page. Contact The secretary to arrange attendance.


Tuesday 19 August 2008, 7.30pm - Welsh Church Hall
Play reading pubnight

Join Jackie Withnall at the Welsh Church Hall for the latest outing of our popular play readings - then go down the pub afterwards to discuss it. A good night out for all.

This evening will focus on new material submitted to the group (details to follow) as well as Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw


31 July - 2 August 2008, Welsh Church Hall

The Merry Wives of Windsor
by William Shakespeare

Ladies! There's a new man in town!

Sadly, he's overweight, arrogant, and thinks he's God's gift to women. He's Sir John Falstaff, and he's just arrived in Windsor.

From the moment he arrives, Sir John tips his cap at two local beauties, Alice and Meg. The fact they have husbands won't stop Sir John. Then again, nor will the fact they couldn't fancy him less. But when Alice's husband catches wind of it, he hatches a plan to take his revenge.

Shakespeare's popular comedy has been been made into a musical, a tv play and an opera, but now the Woodhouse Players put their own spin on it. Set firmly in the modern day world of next-door-neighbours, gossip and infidelity, Woodhouse invite you to spend a Summer night with those merry wives of Windsor!


Sat 26 July 2008, 11am
Wanstead Underground station


Flyering for Merry Wives

Time is very short and The Merry Wives of Windsor will soon be upon us.
Please help out with an hour's publicity.
Have a nice coffee and cake.
The More - the Merrier!!
If you've never been before give it a try!

Please let Jackie know if you are coming.


Thu 24 July 2008, 7.30pm, Welsh Church Hall

Auditions for Hobson's Choice

Open auditions for Hobson's Choice - details on the production page


Tue 22 July 2008, 7.30pm, Welsh Church Hall

Auditions for The Cemetery Club

Open auditions for The Cemetery Club - details on the production page


Tue 8th July 2008, 7pm, Welsh Churh Hall
Committee Meeting

Committee meetings are, as always, open to all members. For more information on who makes up the committee, and to see recent minutes, see the committee page. Contact The secretary for further details.


Sat 5 July 2008, 2.15pm
Meet at the Welsh Church Hall


Flyering for "Merry Wives" and the "Leytonstone Festival"

Meet at the Welsh Church Hall to distribute leaflets during the opening of the Leytonstone Festival. Tea and cakes at St John's Church afterwards

Please let Jackie know if you are coming.


Sat 28 June 2008, midday, Welsh Church Hall
Technical tidy-up day

Come and join Robert for a day spent tidying, reorganising, testing and generally sorting out all of the Woodhouse technical items. There's lots to do so all assistance is gratefully received. For further information please contact Peter via the committee page.


Mon 2 June 2008, 7.30pm
Committee Meeting

Committee meetings are, as always, open to all members. For more information on who makes up the committee, and to see recent minutes, see the committee page. Contact The secretary to arrange attendance and to get details of the location.


29 - 31 May 2008, Welsh Church Hall

Digby Diehard's Dilemma
by Gary Adams

Happiness reigns in the village of Fondleford; the delightful Daphne Daffodilly is about to marry dashing Digby Diehard, but they have reckoned without the village Squire, the foul Sir Ferdinand Fondle. He has his own plans for delicious Daphne, and will go to any lengths to achieve them.

What follows is a tale of dastardly deeds, merciless machinations and terrible treachery.

You'll gasp! You'll scream! But, above all, you'll LAUGH!


Sat 24 May 2008, 11am
Wanstead Underground station


Flyering for Digby

FLYERING FRENZY!!!

Join us for a flyering session to advertise Digby on Saturday 24th May. Meet at 11.00am at Wanstead Tube - it'll take about an hour. Nice coffee and cake guaranteed. Come and join us - the more the merrier! If you've never been before - give it a try - it's fun and definitely draws in an audience.

Please let Jackie know if you are coming.


Tues 13 & Wed 14 May 2008, 7.30pm, Welsh Church Hall

Auditions for The Merry Wives of Windsor

Open auditions for The Merry Wives of Windsor - details on the production page


Wed 7 May 2008
Meeting starts 7.30pm prompt
Welsh Church Hall


Annual General Meeting 2008

This is your chance to discuss what the Woodhouse Players have said and done over the last year, and what will happen during 2008/9. Over the last year the Woodhouse Players has put on seven full sized productions, as well as Cabaret, Under Milk Wood and Christmas with the Woodhouse Players. Come along to let us know your views of how it has worked, and how we can ensure it remains sustainable.

The AGM will include:
- Elections to the committee;
- Encouraging member involvement beyond acting;

Please note that Steve will step down as chairman after many years of leading the group.

The following people will be standing for committee positions;

Chair - Salley Rear
Treasurer - Vaughan Prosser
Secretary - Colin Heinink

There can be up to five Ordinary Members and the following are standing for these positions:
Kate Harper
Jackie Withnall
Jenny Moorby
Gary Adams
Dan Usztan
Emerson Povey
Salley Rear will also stand for Ordinary Member in the event of not being elected to chair.

Applications to stand for the committee or put forward any point for discussion closed on 2nd May.

More information on the AGM can be found here


Sat 3 May 2008
Leytonstone and District Ex-Servicemens Club

Woodhouse Players 25th anniversary cabaret: Trained in Leatherhead

Yes it's the Woodhouse Players annual Cabaret, singing, dancing, bad jokes, and just possibly some beer. It's your chance to do your party piece, to invent another party piece, perform that show stopping song from your favourite musical, or produce the comedy sketch you'd always wanted to.

If you have an act you want to perform or other questions then let chairman Stephen Balchin know

Laughs, applause, cheers and beer: the Woodhouse Cabaret.


Tue 29 April, 2008, 7.30pm, Welsh Church Hall

Play Choosing

A date to choose plays for:
   - The October slot, 30th, 31st of October, and 1st of November
   - Panto for 2008/9

and possibly a play for a rehearsed reading for the Leytonstone festival in mid July. This last play could be something like the Under Milk Wood 'radio play' we did in 2006.

Plays advocated for the October slot include:

The Knight of the Burning Pestle by Francis Beaumont (with some updating).

A Jacobean farce that starts off in The Strand and migrates, with the fleeing lovers, to Waltham Forest. Includes lots of baddies/goodies that could be either sex. Advocated by Anne Doyle
.

Hobson's Choice
a comedy based around the battle of wills between a hard-headed cobbler and his defiant daughter. . (5 Men / 7 Women). Advocated by Hillary Benson
.

If you want to put forward a play for any of these slots or have any other questions, then please let chairman Stephen Balchin know in advance


Mon 21 April 2008, 7.30pm
Committee Meeting

Committee meetings are, as always, open to all members. For more information on who makes up the committee, and to see recent minutes, see the committee page. Contact The secretary to arrange attendance and to get details of the location.


10 - 12 April 2008, Welsh Church Hall

The Crucible
by Arthur Miller

Arthur Miller's classic parable of mass hysteria draws a chilling parallel between the Salem witch-hunt of 1692 - 'one of the strangest and most awful chapters in human history' - and the McCarthyism which gripped American in the 1950s.

The story of how the small community of Salem is stirred into madness by superstition, paranoia and malice, culminating in a violent climax, is a savage attack on the evils of mindless persecution and the terrifying power of false accusations.



29 March 2008, Welsh Church Hall

Spring Clean of the Welsh Church Hall

Please put Saturday 29th March in your diaries now!!

We need ALL members down at the Hall for a grand Spring Clean. Starting at 12.00 and hopefully being followed by a meal together somewhere locally. (details to follow).

Some of the Jobs for the day include....

Decluttering the sheds
Tidying / cleaning the stage, gantry and hall
A good clean of the Foyer
A good sort of the FOH boxes and audit of FOH items
A jolly good clean of the Kitchen
Sorting of the filing cabinet
Deep clean of the toilets
etc etc

First down- get first pick of the jobs
Please stockpile and bring cleaning products, cloths, feather dusters, hoovers, brooms, step ladders etc
Your help would be MUCH Appreciated - this is our chance to spruce up the venue we invite the public into!
Think of the calories you can burn whilst doing a good deed!!!

There will be a reminder nearer the time and details of meal
Thank you very much



Sat 22 March 2008, 11am
Wanstead Underground station


Flyering for The Crucible

Time is very short and The Crucible will soon be upon us.
Please help out with an hour's publicity.
Have a nice coffee and cake.
The More - the Merrier!!
If you've never been before give it a try!

Please let Jackie know if you are coming.


10 - 15 March 2008, Waltham Forest Theatre

Waltham Forest Festival

The 2008 Waltham Forest Festival will be held between 10 - 15 March 2008 and Woodhouse Players are entering all three triple bill plays to the festival. Each play will be on a different night along with one-act plays from other groups. Full details on the Triple Bill page.



1 March 2008, 1pm - 4pm >>>Leytonstone Epicentre (see below)

A Victorian Melodrama
(Audition Part 2 - auditions)


For further information click here.

THE LOCATION FOR THE AUDITIONS IS NOW THE LEYTONSTONE EPICENTRE,
Epicentre contract number 020 8539 2432
Address: 41, West Street, Leytonstone
on bus routes 257 ( Stratford, through Leytonstone to Walthamstow), 58 and 158.
15 min walk from Leytonstone tube.



28 February 2008, 7.30pm
Committee Meeting

Committee meetings are, as always, open to all members. For more information on who makes up the committee, and to see recent minutes, see the committee page. Contact The secretary to arrange attendance and to get details of the location.


27 February 2008, 7pm, Welsh Church Hall

A Victorian Melodrama
(Audition part 1 - readthrough)


For further information click here.


21 - 23 February 2008, Welsh Church Hall

Triple Bill 2008

Pinter / Chekhov / Ayckbourn

This February, Woodhouse Players give you the chance to see three plays in one evening, by three of the biggest name playwrights this side of Shakespeare:

The Bear by Anton Chekhov (trans. Basil Clarke)
Between Mouthfuls by Alan Ayckbourn
One for the Road by Harold Pinter



Sat 16 February 2008, 11am
Wanstead Underground station


Flyering for the Triple Bill

FLYERING FRENZY!!!

Meet at Wanstead Station AT 11.00am
No more than an hour and nice coffee guaranteed.
The more the merrier - so please come along and help spread the word about our forthcoming show.

Please let Jackie know if you are coming


Wed 6 February 2008, Welsh Church Hall

Auditions for The Crucible

Open auditions for The Crucible - details on the production page


Tue 29 January 2008, 7.30pm
Committee Meeting

Committee meetings are, as always, open to all members. For more information on who makes up the committee, and to see recent minutes, see the committee page. Contact The secretary to arrange attendance and to get details of the location.


Tue 22nd >>> AND Wed 23rd <<< January 2008, Welsh Church Hall

Auditions for Arcadia

Open auditions will be held at the Welsh Church Hall at 7.30. Details of the characters in the play as well as contact details for this productions are available on the Arcadia page.


Tue 15th January 2008, Welsh Church Hall, 7.30pm

Play choosing for Summer and Autumn 2008

Woodhouse will be choosing plays for Summer and Autumn 2008 on Tuesday 15th January. Is there a play YOU want to put forward?

Potentially we're looking to fill four slots for next year:
- A May half term slot (29th May to 1st June)
- Our Summer slot (31st July to 2nd August)
- A September slot (around 26-29th September)
- and an October half term slot (30th October to 1st November).

We'll definitely be choosing plays for the first two - whether we choose plays for the second two will depend on how many are suggested (and partly whether we have time).

There's more details about how we choose plays on the website on the programming page. Plays will have to rehearse at the same time, so before the play choosing please think about any issues that may influence the scheduling of plays (eg complex staging, needing lots of actors from a particular age group). In particular we often have a lot of women auditioning so we are likely to think about the balance of male and female roles across the plays we're choosing.

If you are planning to advocate or suggest something at the play choosing, or want to discuss more details, then let chairman Stephen Balchin know in advance along with any specific needs for the plays. If you want to advocate something please let Stephen know:

- The plays name

- Who it's by

- Number of characters and split by sex eg 3M / 5F

- Whether you want to direct / produce / or just watch it (big / difficult plays stand more chance of getting chosen if we have someone willing to direct or produce, so you may want to )

- If you have a strong preference for a particular slot, which one you think it should go in.

- And if you want, a short one sentence description (eg a fast paced comedy set in a nunnery).

Plays advocated so far:

The Crucible by Arthur Miller.
Written in the early 50's and interpreted as an exploration of the McCarthy witch-hunt, the story is set in Salem in the eighteenth century. Hysteria is abroad as many are arrested and tried as witches.
(4 acts with parts for 12M / 12 F, some doubling possible)
Advocated by Jackie Withnall

The Cemetery Club, by Ivan Menchell
Ida, Lucille and Doris, three widows, are part of a club - the cemetery club. Every month they meet at Ida's house for tea, and then trundle off to the cemetery to remember the good times and gossip with their late husbands (4W/1M).
Advocated by Chris Pethers

Fur Coat and No Knickers by Mike Harding
Farce set in Northern England in the late 1970s. The play centres on the wedding of Deidre Ollerenshaw and Mark Greenhalgh - lovers from two very different families. We go with the lads on their increasingly disastrous stag night, followed the next day by a chaotic wedding when half the guests, including the priest, are suffering from blinding hangovers.(10F/13M - recommended minimum 5F/9M with doubling - some opportunity to change the gender of characters). Full length play - two acts.
Advocated by Peter Raggett

Six Degrees of Separation by John Guare
The play follows the trail of a young con man, Paul, who insinuates himself into the lives of a wealthy New York couple (13M, 4W - with some scope for doubling).
Advocated by Cathy Love

Two proposals for one slot, later in the year, advocated by Dan Usztan:

The Merchant of Venice - the play is well known, but not often performed by amateur groups (I don't think). Cast is ostensibly 16m, 3f, but, there is so much scope for cross-gender casting, doubling, etc. Basically, all the parts are decent, with some comedy mixed in with the chance to get to grips with a politically charged and challenging script.

The Merry Wives of Windsor. Shakespeare's only comedy set entirely in England (and with some vaguely local locations), it's a knockabout farce about Sir John Falstaff (who also appears in Shakespeare's History plays) pursuing two local women, both married, both aware of his plots. It could be set in any period, but I think a lot of fun could be had with modern dress ... it's almost pantomime at times. Oh no it isn't. Etc. Cast is 17m, 4f, 3 of the women are the lead parts, and only about 4 of the men really need to be men. In fact, this really is the one Shakespeare play about the way women relate to each other, and I think it's a hoot.


Fri 28 December 2007, 7.30pm
Sat 29 December 2007, 3pm & 7.30pm
Mon 31 December 2007, 6pm
Fri 4 January 2008, 7.30pm
Sat 5 January 2008, 3pm (Sold Out) & 7.30pm

Welsh Church Hall


The Little Mermaid

By Shauntelle Benjamin and Jackie Braithwaite

Sabrina, the evil sea queen has her sights set higher - and dryer! Can Lenor, the little mermaid, and her friends stop her from conquering the land, and the hand, of Prince Rocky?

Dive in to this original Woodhouse Players pantomime which entails underwater kingdoms, dancing fishermen, a monarch who's on a rocky road and a rather unusual housemaid with a jewellery fetish...

Join us this Christmas for lots of fishy fun and maybe a tuna too?


Sat 22nd December 2007
11am Leytonstone Underground Station
12 midday Wanstead Underground Station


Flyering for The Little Mermaid

We always need to spread the word about shows. There will be a flyering session on Saturday 22nd December at 11.00am at Leytonstone Tube and then at Wanstead Tube at 12.00 midday. Please come to one or the other or both. Good coffee guaranteed. Please let Jackie know if you are coming.


Fri 21st December 2007, 7pm - 11pm. For staff and patients in Whipps Cross Hospital only.

Whipps Cross Hospital Radio Live Show
"Christmas with the Woodhouse Players"

Our friends at Whipps Cross Hospital Radio are planning a great 4 hour special this Christmas. involving many features from the Woodhouse Players live on the night.
Plans include role play, readings, conversation, features, requests, and classic festive favourites featuring many of the presenters at Whipps Cross over the evening. This promises to be a very entertaining evening!!



Mon 17 December 2007, 7.30pm
Committee Meeting

This meeting has now been cancelled. Next meeting will be in approximately 6 weeks.


Tuesday 20 and Tuesday 27 November 2007, 7.30pm - Welsh Church Hall
Triple Bill Auditions

This year the Triple Bill will be on at the Welsh Church on the 21st, 22nd and 23rd February, with plays going to the Waltham Forest festival in March. We're auditioning early, to get in a few rehearsals before Christmas.

There'll be auditions on Tuesday the 20th Nov for 'Between Mouthfuls' and 'The Bear', and on Tuesday 27th Nov for 'One for the Road' and for anyone who couldn't make the 20th for the other two one acts. Come along to the Welsh Church, from 7.30pm on those dates. No preparation necessary.

If you want to audition for 'Between Mouthfuls' and 'The Bear' please come along on the 20th if you can - we have limited space on the 27th, so the more people we can audition on the 20th the better (you can come back to audition for 'One for the Road' on the 27th as well).

If you can't make either of the dates, but still want to audition, or have any other questions please contact Stephen Balchin - or Rhyll Davis for The Bear specifically.

Finally, if you're interested in assistant directing, helping backstage, doing costumes, or other production things let Stephen know via email.


Tuesday 13 November 2007, 7.30pm - Welsh Church Hall
Play reading pubnight

Join Jackie Withnall at the Welsh Church Hall for the latest outing of our popular play readings - then go down the pub afterwards to discuss it. A good night out for all.

Details of the play is as follows:

We'll be reading The Crucible by Arthur Miller. Please bring a copy of the play if you can find one. Loads of really meaty parts!! All ages.


Mon 5 November 2007, 7.30pm
Committee Meeting

Committee meetings are, as always, open to all members. For more information on who makes up the committee, and to see recent minutes, see the committee page. Contact The secretary to arrange attendance and to get details of the location.


25 - 27 October 2007, Welsh Church Hall

Twelfth Night

By Shakespeare
Directed by Gary Adams

A Shakespeare Quiz:

QUESTION: Is Twelfth Night a play about:
Bereavement?
Unrequited love?
Revenge?
Mistaken identities?
Lost time?
Young love?

ANSWER: Yes! It's all the above, or What You Will*

William Shakespeare's alternative title for the piece, (the only one of his plays to have one) is highly appropriate as everyone really can take 'what they will' from this bittersweet comedy, One of Shakespeare's most approachable works, Twelfth Night is a constant favourite with fans and a fantastic introduction for 'beginners'.

*(Also suspected: The phrase, 'What You Will', was the Elizabethan equivalent of, "Yeah - whatever!')

Tue 16th October 2007, Welsh Church Hall, 7.30pm

The Little Mermaid Auditions

Dive in to this original Woodhouse Players pantomime which entails underwater kingdoms, dancing fishermen, a monarch who's on a rocky road and a rather unusual housemaid with a jewellery fetish...

Yes it's panto time again - and we're inviting you to be part of the experience! Whether you fancy yourself as one of the characters or maybe a more behind-the-scenes person, we'd like to hear from you. Please see our production page for details on how to join in with this annual event which promises to be good fun. Oh yes it is!!!


Tue 9th October 2007, Welsh Church Hall, 7.30pm

Play Choosing
(Details updated 3/10/07)

Your chance to come along and have a say in what we do for:

- A February slot (provisionally 21st - 23rd Feb 2008) - now the double or triple bill slot
- we'd expect these plays to go to the Waltham Forest drama festival.

Plays being advocated:

One for the Road by Harold Pinter, suggested by Gary Adams (2M/1F, 1 young boy)

Between Mouthfuls by Alan Ayckbourn, suggested by Stephen Balchin (3M / 2F)

A Talk in the Park by Alan Ayckbourn, suggested by Stephen Balchin (3M/2F) - a short 10 minute which could round out a triple bill.

The Monster's Game by Robert Bettelheim:
"The Monster's Game is a serious play about how we learn or how we know right from wrong as seen in childrens eyes. It has large cast of young people comprising seven principles and a chorus along with one (or two) adults who are the puppeteers and voice of the monster. This play may exist as a chance for some of the younger members of the Woodhouse Players to take on a lead role. Alternatively it could be cast by adults who can convincingly play the role of a younger person; or a mix."

Bare Necessities by Kate Harper:
"A day in the life of: A look at the human race as seen through the eyes of animals. This play contains traces of Alice in Wonderland, Watership Down & Planet of the Apes, a spoof or parody and a look at humans in a different light. The aim of the play is to portray a strong message of how we treat animals and what it would be like if the roles were reversed."
Cast: a definite 4 females and 4 males. Then 5 extra people, gender doesn't matter, it can be 3 extra, but 5 would be best.

The Bear by Chekov (translated by Basil Clarke), suggested by Dan Usztan (about 25-30 minutes 2M/1F)


- The April Slot (provisionally 10th-12th April)

Plays being advocated:

Arcadia by Tom Stoppard has been proposed by Dan Usztan (8M/4F including a couple of parts for young actors)

There's more details about how we choose plays on the website on the programming page. Bear in mind that we will be performing panto up to early January, so what goes in the February slot will have to work around that (it may suit a short play). If you want to put forward something for April, bear in mind that to go to festival a play needs to be between 20 and 55 minutes long. We will also want a good idea of the length of the play when at the play choosing (so we can avoid programming three long plays together).

If you are planning to advocate or suggest something at the play choosing,
or want to discuss more details, then let chairman Stephen Balchin know in advance.



Tue 2nd October 2007, 7.45pm, Kenneth More Foyer Theatre

Under Milk Wood

A "radio reading" of Dylan Thomas' classic play for voices - a reprise of this popular production to be held in the Foyer Studio of the Kenneth More Theatre, Ilford

SOLD OUT



Sat/Sun 29/30 September 2007
Leytonstone and District Ex-Servicemens Club


Two

By Jim Cartwright
Directed by James McKendrick and Rhyll Davis

Ever sat in a pub wondering just who some of your fellow boozers are?

In "Two", we invite you for a night down the local, where you'll get to know some of the regulars and find out what's really going on in their heads. Originally performed with just two actors, this production will feature a full cast. What you'll see and hear is, by turns, funny, moving, rightening and sometimes just downright daft.
A little bit like life really…. but a lot like a night down the pub.

Please refer to the production page for special booking information


Sun 30 September 2007, 11am
Walthamstow Farmers' Market

Flyering for "Two" and Twelfth Night

No further volunteers are required for this flyering session.


Sun 23 September 2007, 2pm
Leytonstone Underground Station (Church Lane end)


Flyering for "Two" and Twelfth Night

ESSENTIAL STUFF!!!

TWO is very fast upon us and what with a new venue and day for performance, we need to have all hands on deck to build our audience. We have a flyering session in the very heart of our audience's territory on Sunday 23rd Sept at Leytonstone's Car Free Day. It is essential we turn out to get the word about TWO and Twelfth Night around. Please meet at the Church Lane exit to Leytonstone Underground Station at 2.00pm for an hour of flyering. Tea and cake guaranteed. If you have never been before do come along - it's good fun.

Please let Jackie know if you are coming


>>> Tue 18 September 2007, 7.30pm (ammended from Mon 17 Sep)
Committee Meeting

Committee meetings are, as always, open to all members. For more information on who makes up the committee, and to see recent minutes, see the committee page. Contact The secretary to arrange attendance and to get details of the location.


Sun 16 September 2007, 12 midday
Wanstead Underground Station


Flyering for "Two" and Twelfth Night

Come flyering for Two and Twelfth Night at the Wanstead Festival

Further details from Jackie


Sun 2 September 2007, 2pm
Walthamstow Festival

Meet at the main exit from Walthamstow Central Underground Station

Flyering for "Two"

Come flyering for Two at the Walthamstow Festival. It will take no longer than an hour and a nice cup of tea and cake guaranteed!!

More information can also be obtained from Jackie


Tue 14th August 2007, NOW UPSTAIRS AT THE SHEEPWALK PUB

Play Reading Pub Night #4

An evening of reading plays, with a special focus on new plays: especially anything anyone is thinking about putting forward for the Spring Triple Bill. If you're a writer, or have something you'd like to advocate or suggest for the February slot or for the April double or triple then this is a good chance to get some early feedback and discuss possible issues outside of the play choosing itself.

For everyone else, it's a chance to read through some plays and then have a drink. All welcome. Upstairs at the Sheepwalk Pub from 7.30pm

If you'd like to bring a play along then let Stephen Balchin know so we know how many we're expecting.

(If we're pushed for space we will give priority to new writing)


Wed 1st August 2007, Welsh Church Hall

Auditions for Two and Twelfth Night

Please see the relevant production page for each of these productions regarding auditions.


Tue 31 July 2007, 7.30pm
Committee Meeting

Committee meetings are, as always, open to all members. For more information on who makes up the committee, and to see recent minutes, see the committee page. Contact The secretary to arrange attendance and to get details of the location.


26 - 28 July 2007, Welsh Church Hall

Habeas Corpus

By Alan Bennett
Directed by Jim Killeen and Gary Adams

A Seaside postcard style romp set at the height of ‘the permissive society’. An intelligent farce, in which just about everyone wants something – be it a big bust, sex, death, more sex and even more than that ... sex.


13 - 14 July 2007, Welsh Church Hall

Daisy Pulls It Off

By Denise Deegan
Directed by Dan Usztan

Denise Deegan's affectionate look at the 'gels' boarding school - a world of midnight feasts, beastly English teachers, a missing family treasure, priggish snobs, Matron, and some very jolly hockey sticks...

Part of the Leytonstone Festival

7 - 8 July 2007, Locations and times below

Flyering for Daisy and Habeas

The weekend of 7th/8th July is one full of events in Leytonstone and that means loads of opportunities for us to flag up our plays to local people.

We can't let these opportunities to expand our audience, for both the forthcoming shows, pass us by.

We will be sending flyering parties to the following events.

Sat 7th - Opening of the Leytonstone Festival. 3pm.
Leytonstone Station (Church Lane end).

Sun 8th - Local Fete at Henry Reynolds Gardens (opp WCH) -
Meet at the Welsh Church Hall at 1.00pm

Sun 8th - Community Day at The Epicentre 2.00pm
(Flyering being done by the Daisy Pulls It Off cast who are performing there)

All of these are fun events that offer entertainment when the flyering finishes so are a good afternoon out!

Please spare an hour to join us.

Please let Jackie know if you are coming - email address on the committee page.


Tuesday 19 June 2007, 7.30pm - Welsh Church Hall
Play reading pubnight #3

Join Chris Pethers at the Welsh Church Hall for the third play reading - then go down the pub afterwards to discuss it! What could be better?

Details of the play is as follows:

Cemetery Club - Ivan Menchell (4 female, 1 male) A comedy about life, death, getting older, and moving on. Three friends, American jewish widows Doris, Ida and Lucille, all coping with life without their husbands in very different ways, who meet up once a month to visit their husbands graves. Into their life comes Sam, a widower, and their lives and friendships are turned upside down.

The play has three strong female leads, with a good supporting male role.


Tue 12 June 2007, 7.30pm
Committee Meeting

Committee meetings are, as always, open to all members. For more information on who makes up the committee, and to see recent minutes, see the committee page. Contact The secretary to arrange attendance and to get details of the location.


Sat 9 June 2007, 7.30pm
Leytonstone and District Ex-servicemens Club,
Harvey Road,
Leytonstone,
E11 EDB
(behind Zulu's which is walking distance from the Welsh Church Hall)

Woodhouse Cabaret 2007
Berkules Pulls It Off

Yes it's finally coming!

An event not to be missed where the huge talent of the Woodhouse Players gathers to confound and entertain you with its charm sophistication and indubitably the best singers ever known. With the liberal application of alcohol and nibbles, it really is a social event for your calendars.

If you have some ideas about something you would like to perform for the cabaret please contact Khadija Cheetham-Slade or Matthew House who are organising the event this year.

Up to four rehearsals.meeting will be arranged for May for those who would like to have a few dry runs and feedback of their sketches, songs, dances etc, etc. - see the rest of the diary for details

So get thinking about how you are going to entertain us!


Please visit the cabaret page for important booking information!


Tue 5 June 2007
7.30pm
Welsh Church Hall


Singing Workshop

All are welcome, in particular those soon to appear in cabaret, to another of Chris Pether's highly acclaimed singing workshops. There is no requirement to book or be in the cabaret or any other production, just turn up and enjoy the evening.


Wed 30 May 2007
7.30pm
Welsh Church Hall


Cabaret Meeting

Work is going well on this years Woodhouse cabaret - "Berkules Pulls It Off". Whether you've already planned your act or whether you would like to put a new act forward such as a song, dance or sketch then come along to this latest meeting to meet with Khadija and Matthew. Please see our cabaret page for more details.


Sat 26 May 2007
midday
Welsh Church Hall


Cabaret Meeting

Work is going well on this years Woodhouse cabaret - "Berkules Pulls It Off". Whether you've already planned your act or whether you would like to put a new act forward such as a song, dance or sketch then come along to this latest meeting to meet with Khadija and Matthew. Please see our cabaret page for more details.


Tue 22 May 2007, 7.30pm
Welsh Church Hall


Panto Choosing

This is a chance to read through potential pantos for Christmas / New Year 2007/8 and make a decision on which one goes on to be produced.

If you want to put forward a panto we are looking for:
- An outline of the panto (scenes, story and characters);
- A written scene; and
- Any proposals for who will produce and direct.

More details are of course welcome, but not essential. If you want to know more about the panto experience, what it involves etc then feel free to contact one of the committee (most have been involved in panto) including Stephen Balchin. Also if you, or someone you know would be interested in being on the production team and in particular producing music, or being musical director then let Stephen know via email.


Wed 16 May 2007
Meeting starts 7.30pm prompt
Welsh Church Hall


Annual General Meeting 2007

This is your chance to discuss what the Woodhouse Players have said and done over the last year, and what will happen during 2007/8. Over the last year the Woodhouse Players has put on seven full sized productions, as well as Cabaret and Under Milk Wood, a significant expansion on our earlier programme. Come along to let us know your views of how it has worked, and how we can ensure it remains sustainable.

The AGM will include:
- Elections to the committee;
- An amendment to the constitution to expand the size of the committee by one post.

If you want to stand for committee, put forward an amendment to the constitution,
or just put something specific up for discussion then let Thos know via email by Friday 11th May.

More information on the AGM can be found here


Fri 11 May 2007
7.30pm
Welsh Church Hall


Cabaret Meeting

Cabaret time is fast approaching and we are looking for acts for this years event - "Berkules Pulls It Off". If you have a cabaret act such as a song, dance or sketch that you would like to perform or you'd just like to find out what this whole cabaret thing is all about then please see our cabaret page for more details.


Sat 5th May 2007
6pm
Eastwood Studio Theatre, Rayleigh Road,
Leigh-On-Sea, Essex. SS9 5UU


All England Theatre Festival

Following its award winning performance at the Waltham Forest Drama Festival in March, the Woodhouse Players will be taking their production of Cupid's Arrow to the All England Theatre Festival to be held in Leigh on Sea on 5th May. Tickets can be obtained on the door at at cost of £7 (£6 concessions), so have a day out in Southend and come and see us in the evening! See the Cupid's Arrow page for travel details.


Wed 25 April 2007, 7.30pm

>>> ALSO NOW Fri 27 April 2007, 7.30pm Welsh Church Hall


Auditions for:
Habeas Corpus,
Daisy Pulls It Off

Auditions for Habeas Corpus and Daisy Pulls It Off will take place at the Welsh Church Hall at 7.30pm on Wednesday 25th April and Friday 27th April 2007. For more information please contact Gary Adams for Habeas Corpus or Dan Usztan for Daisy Pulls It Off.


Tue 24 April 2007, 7.30pm
Committee Meeting

Committee meetings are, as always, open to all members. For more information on who makes up the committee, and to see recent minutes, see the committee page. Contact The secretary to arrange attendance and to get details of the location.


Thu 12 April 2007, 8pm
Fri 13 April 2007, 8pm
Sat 14 April 2007, 3 and 8pm
Welsh Church Hall

Triple Bill:
The Last of the Magicians
Written by Stephen Balchin
Cupid's Arrow
Written by Kate Harper
The Public Eye
Written by Peter Shaffer

Tickets: £6, £3. Book in advance from 020 8504 3872 or email our ticket office



Wed 4 April 2007, 6pm, Leytonstone tube
Triple Bill flyering

COME FLY WITH ME....ACT 2

TIME TO GET THE AUDIENCE IN FOR NEXT WEEK'S SHOWS. SO PLEASE SPARE ABOUT 45 MINS OR SO TO DO SOME FLYERING AT LEYTONSTONE TUBE STATION. WE'LL MEET AT 6.00PM AT THE CHURCH LANE ENTRANCE ON WEDNESDAY 4TH APRIL. (THIS WEEK) NICE COFFEE PROMISED!! THE MORE THE MERRIER!!

Further details from Jackie on the Committee page.


Sat 31 March 2007, 11.00, Wanstead tube
Triple Bill flyering

COME FLY WITH ME.........says Jackie

The Triple Bill will soon be upon us and a-flyering we must go to get audience to the Welsh Church Hall. Please support the group by coming along to Wanstead Station at 11.00am on Saturday 31st March. It will only take an hour and a nice coffee is promised afterwards. Please let Jackie know if you can come - contact details on the Committee page.


>>> Date now Mon 12th March, 7.30pm

Committee meeting

Committee meetings are, as always, open to all members. For more information on who makes up the committee, and to see recent minutes, see the committee page. Contact The secretary to arrange attendance and to get details of the location


Tue 27 February 2007, 7.45pm

Under Milk Wood

A "radio reading" of Dylan Thomas' classic play for voices - a reprise of this popular production to be held in the Foyer Studio of the Kenneth More Theatre, Ilford

This performance has now sold out


Tuesday 20 February 2007, 7.30pm - WCH
Play reading pubnight #2

Ita Hill will be leading the play reading night with two plays:

Dangerous Corner - director TBA
Set in the early 1930's with 4 females and 3 males. A suspense drama that investigates the ways we maintain our relationships through lies and truths. Guests at a seemingly innocent dinner party are forced one by one into revealing the secrets behind a theft and murder. This is a true ensemble piece with plot twists galore. There are no scene changes and it runs at 90 minutes.

Agnes of God by John Peilmour
A two act play, three female roles, it was popular in the early nineties. It's set in a nunnery and is about a novice nun whose been found with a dead baby (Her's), and the psychriatrist whose been sent to establish if she's guilty of infanticide/sane enough to stand trial, and the novice's aunt, the mother superior, who tries to protect the novice. This could be done as a studio production.

For more details see the previous entry for 5th December when Gary Adams set the ball rolling.


Thu 15 February 2007, 8pm
Fri 16 February 2007, 8pm
Sat 17 February 2007, 3 and 8pm
Welsh Church Hall

Antigone

Jean Anouilh's retelling of the Greek tragedy which examines the eternal questions: freewill versus fate, idealism versus pragmatism.

Tickets: £6, £3. Book in advance from 020 8504 3872 or email our ticket office


Tue 23 January 2007, 7.30pm, The Welsh Church Hall
Selecting plays for mid '07

This is your chance to come along and have your say in what Woodhouse does in mid 2007. We'll read through a bit of each play, and make decisions based on votes of those attending. For more about the process see http://www.woodhouseplayers.co.uk/members_programming.html, or ask someone on the committee.

If you have something (or things) you'd like to advocate then let chairman Stephen Balchin know by email. We aim to have those plays being advocated on the website in advance of the meeting.

Already chosen for 2007:
14th - 17th February - Antigone (half term)
11th-14th April Triple bill (Easter holidays)

Plays that have been advocated:
Habeas Corpus' by Alan Bennett - advocated by Gary
Twelfth Night - advocated by Gary
Two by Jim Cartwright - advocated by James McKendrick

Other suggestions
Tartuffe - suggested by Oliver Clement
Dangerous Corner by J B Priestley - suggested by Ita Hill
Agnes of God by John Peilmour - suggested by Ita Hill

Provisional dates of other 2007 slots:
31st May to 1st June (Studio slot - Whitsun bank holiday)
26th to 28th July (Summer production)
27th-29th September (Studio slot - not a school holiday)
25-27th October (Autumn half term)

At the meeting we will also want to think about which plays fit within which slots, and can be rehearsed concurrently with other plays. The original idea of the 'studio' slots is to do a production which is relatively easy logistically.
We don't necessarily need to stick rigidly to this, but we do need want to bare in mind logistics of different plays that will be rehearsing in the same time. Finally the September slot is not in the school holidays, and so we do have to take down everything in the main hall overnight (which may limit what you want to do there).


Sat 20 January 2007, 1pm, The Welsh Church Hall
(not 7.30pm as previously advertised)

Triple Bill Auditions

Open auditions will be held for the April Triple Bill at the Welsh Church Hall. If you would like to come along and audition or take part in any way, please email Kate Harper. Please see below for further details.


Now scheduled for Tue 16 January 2007, 7.30pm
Committee Meeting

Committee meetings are, as always, open to all members. For more information on who makes up the committee, and to see recent minutes, see the committee page. Contact The secretary to arrange attendance and to get details of the location.


Thu 28 December 2006, 7.30pm
Fri 29 December 2006, 7.30pm
Sat 30 December 2006, 3 and 7.30pm
Fri 5 January 2007, 7.30pm
Sat 6 January 2007, 3 and 7.30pm
Welsh Church Hall

Ali Baba and the Four Tea Leaves

The annual Woodhouse panto - a crackerful of jokes, songs and festive entertainment.

Tickets: £6, £3. Book in advance from 020 8504 3872 or email our ticket office


Sat 23 December 2006, 11.00, Leytonstone tube
Ali Baba flyering

COME FLY WITH ME! The panto is fast approaching and we need lots of posteriors on seats! Please turn out for a final publicity push on Saturday 23rd December at 11.00am for about an hour. Meet at Leytonstone Tube Station (Church Lane end). Coffee and cake promised! Please let Jackie know if you can come - contact details on the Committee page.

Also, if anyone has any suitable donations for the Ali Baba raffles please email Jackie - we have seven shows to provide for and welcome contributions


Tue 5 December 2006, 7.30pm, Welsh Church Hall
Play reading pubnight!

As a member of the Woodhouse Players, what do you do in the periods when you're not cast in a show? (Get involved in Backstage work, Front of House, etc - of course you do!) BUT here's a chance to do something a bit more social.

For a pilot period of four months, we are going to introduce a monthly PLAYREADING PUBNIGHT, which will do everything it says on the can! Open to any member of the group, we'll meet up, put the kettle on, and read a play. No audience, just us. EVERYONE will get a chance to read. When we've done that, we'll all pile into the pub to discuss what we've just read and whatever comes to mind. It'll be fun, it'll be social, it'll give us a chance to practise our sight-reading skills and a chance to remember that the social side of the group is important too.

If the idea proves popular, these nights could be a chance to read through the Slush pile, for budding writers to hear their words spoken and for advocates of shows to be performed to push their ideas. It'll operate on the basis of someone volunteering to 'lead' the evening. They'll get the scripts together - acting sets easily obtained through your library - and, on the night, make sure everyone has a chance to read.

Gary Adams has offered to do the first one in December, and Chris Pethers will do the honours in January. Gary has chosen a play that he'll be advocating as one of our shows in 2007 - 'Habeas Corpus' by Alan Bennett. It's a seriously funny farce with a feel of a McGill Seaside postcard about it. With Bennett as the writer it is, as you can imagine, literally a laugh a minute. To make sure we know how many biscuits to get in, if you'd like to come, please let Gary know in advance, via email: (Yes, the Luddite's reformed!) Hope to see you there.


Sat 25 November 2006, 11am, The Welsh Church Hall
Welsh Church housekeeping

It's housekeeping time at the Welsh Church hall and we need volunteers to come along and help clear out or move as much stuff as possible.


Tue 21 November 2006, 7.30pm, The Welsh Church Hall
Auditions: Antigone

Further details on the Antigone auditions can be obtained from director Gary Adams. For contact information please see the Antigone page.


Fri 10 November 2006, 7.30pm, The Welsh Church Hall
Singing Workshop

Join Chris Pethers in another of his acclaimed singing workshops which is open to everyone, but particularly geared for panto. No booking required - just turn up and join in!


Thu 26 October 2006, 8pm
Fri 27 October 2006, 8pm
Sat 28 October 2006, 3pm and 8pm
Welsh Church Hall

Wuthering Heights

Emily Brontë's timeless and tempestuous love story brought to the stage in our major production of the year.

Tickets: £6, £3. Book in advance from 020 8504 3872 or email our ticket office


Sat 21 October 2006, 11am, Leytonstone station (Church Lane end)
Wuthering Heights flyering

Come flyer with me!

Meet Jackie at Leytonstone Station (Church Lane end) for a round of flyering followed by coffee and cake. Many hands make light work. Help bring in a big audience for our next show - Wuthering Heights.

More details can be obtained by contacting Jackie via the Committee page.

Also, if anyone has any suitable donations for the Ali Baba raffles please email Jackie - we have 7 shows to provide for and welcome contributions


Tue 10 October 2006, 7.30pm, The Welsh Church Hall
Selecting plays for early '07

We'll be choosing up to four plays at this meeting. All members encouraged to attend. We will be selecting full-length plays for the new February Studio Production slot, two one-act plays for local drama festivals and an Easter Double Bill, and possibly also the Whitsun studio production.


Tue 3 October 2006, 7.30pm, The Welsh Church Hall
Auditions: Ali Baba and the Four Tea Leaves

More fun than cold brussel sprouts, more cross dressing than Christmas Eastenders, more puns than a cracker.

Auditions for this year's Christmas panto will be at the Welsh Church on Tuesday 3rd October. (In the back room, not the main hall). All welcome.

Auditions will start at 7.30pm. During the evening you'll get to:
- read some of the panto;
- do some improvisation; and
- sing a bit (don't worry, you don't have to be an accomplished opera singer, though it may help).

For the singing, we will have a couple of short pieces to sing, but if there's something you want to do then you can bring a CD / MP3 file, or be ready to sing it without music.

For more info, or if you can't make the 3rd but are still interested contact Stephen Balchin . It would also be useful to e-mail Stephen to let him know if you are auditioning.

If you are interested in helping out in other ways in the production e.g. backstage then come along on the 3rd as well or contact the members secretary.


Thu 28 September 2006, 8pm
Fri 29 September 2006, 8pm
Sat 30 September 2006, 3pm and 8pm
Welsh Church Hall

The Dresser

Ronald Harwood's classic comedy about a troupe of touring actors in World War 2 England.

Tickets: £6, £3. Book in advance from 020 8504 3872 or email our ticket office


Wed 27 September 2006, 5.30pm, Leytonstone Tube Station (Church Lane entrance)
Dresser Flyering

With The Dresser imminently starting, Jackie and Jenny invite members to help publicise the show. Each flyering session only lasts about 45 minutes and there'll be chance to have a decent coffee afterwards!


Sat 23 September 2006, 11am, Wanstead Tube Station
Dresser Flyering

With The Dresser fast approaching, Jackie and Jenny invite members to help publicise the show. Each flyering session only lasts about 45 minutes and there'll be chance to have a decent coffee afterwards!


Sat 23 September 2006, 8pm, Waltham Forest College
CAOS Quiz Evening

Do you think you've got what it takes to answer some questions and take on other teams in a quiz evening? Then grab your thinking caps and form teams of six Woodhouse members (including friends and family) and sign up for this fun evening at the Waltham Forest College. Tickets are £9 which includes a fish and chip supper (let us know if you wish to request an alternative to this) as well as temporary membership to this club. Full details can be obtained by emailing the membership secretary whether you wish to put forward a complete team or apply to be grouped in with other members. You are welcome to bring your own drink and glasses. Money is not refundable and there is no smoking.


Tue 19 September 2006, 7.30pm
Committee Meeting

Committee meetings are, as always, open to all members. For more information on who makes up the committee, and to see recent minutes, see the committee page. Contact The secretary to arrange attendance and to get details of the location.


Sun 17 September 2006, 1pm onwards, St John's Church Hall, Leytonstone
Car-free day / Dresser publicity

As part of car-free day in Leytonstone we are joining forces with the local Historical Society to publicise The Dresser. They are doing a display for the show and we are joining them on the stall to give out flyers. Some cast will hopefully be in costume and if you can come along and help out you would be very welcome.

We'll be at St John's Church Hall from 1pm. Contact Jackie for more information - details on the Committee page.


Sat 16 September 2006, 12midday, Welsh Church Hall
Autumn Clean

Today there will be a technical rehearsal going on for The Dresser.
If you are not involved - would you consider giving up an hour or two for a worthy cause - namely the Woodhouse Players! The Welsh Church Hall isn't the easiest venue in the world, but we want to make it as welcoming and comfortable for our audiences as possible.

At the last show a few of us thought some simple improvements could be made quite easily - such as
Cleaning the toilets
Cleaning the kitchen
Sorting out and replenishing our members refeshments and crockery
Tidying up generally
Preparing foyer displays for The Dresser

With a few of us it shouldn't take more than an hour or so.
If you can help please come along with your pinny and any cleaning materials / equipment you have. Delicious cakes promised!
For more details please contact Jackie - details on the Committee page.


Tue 12 September 2006, 7.30pm, The Welsh Church Hall
Voice Workshop

With the cancellation of the New Writing Workshop, there will now be a Voice Workshop held at the Welsh Church hall. All are welcome.


Mon 31 July 2006, 7.30pm
Committee Meeting

Committee Meetings are open to all members, or you can ask for something to be put on the agenda. Contact the secretary to find out location details or to submit something.


Thu 27 July 2006, 8pm
Fri 28 July 2006, 8pm
Sat 29 July 2006, 3pm and 8pm
Welsh Church Hall

Galileo

Brecht's popular and thought provoking play about the clash of science and religion is presented here in the round using new technology and a contemporary resetting.

Tickets: £6, £3. Book in advance from 020 8504 3872 or our ticket office


Sat 15 July 2006, 7.30pm
Welsh Church Hall

Under Milk Wood

A "radio reading" of Dylan Thomas' classic play for voices.

our ticket office

Tickets: £2.50. Book in advance from 020 8504 3872 or our ticket office


Sat 15 July 2006, 3pm
The Epicentre, Leytonstone

Leytonstone Community Day

Some of the Woodouse Players will be appearing at the Community Day with songs and sketches.


Tue 4 July 2006, 7.30pm, The Welsh Church Hall
Auditions: Wuthering Heights

Further auditions. Contact Sacha to participate. Write to the same address if you're interested in doing some backstage work. Please take a glance at the book or the story before auditioning, so you can come along with a suggestion of who you'd like to play. | more info...


Sat 1 July 2006, 1pm, The Welsh Church Hall
Auditions: The Dresser

Auditions for this WW2 repertory acting comedy. | more info...


Sat 24 June 2006, 12.30pm, The Welsh Church Hall
Singing Workshop 3

Chris Pethers, former chorusmaster and an experienced singing coach on Woodhouse shows, gives Woodhousers the chance to explore their singing voices in a series of different workshops. If you'd like to sign up for any or all of the workshops, please mail the chairman


Sat 10 June 2006, 12.00 noon, The Welsh Church Hall
Southern American Accents Workshop

Carla MacLean leads a workshop on Southern American accents (particularly Georgia and nearby states) to help along the cast of Galileo with their resetting. If you're not in the Galileo cast and would like to sign up for the workshop, please mail the chairman


Thu 8 June 2006, 7.30pm
Committee Meeting

Committee meetings are, as always, open to all members. For more information on who makes up the committee, and to see recent minutes, see the committee page. Contact the secretary to arrange attendance and to get details of the location.


Tue 6 June 2006, 7.30pm, The Welsh Church Hall
Choosing a Panto

We need to choose a panto for the New Year 06-07, from some choices. Join us to read through parts of the scripts, look at the proposed plots and decide what we should produce.

FOLLOWED BY...

9pm
Auditions: Under Milk Wood

Auditions for this radio-style production of Dylan Thomas' "Welsh Ulysses". Bring Welsh accents. | more info...


Thu 1 June 2006, 8pm
Fri 2 June 2006, 8pm
Sat 3 June 2006, 3pm and 8pm
Welsh Church Hall

Teechers

Join us for our first "studio" production at the Welsh Church Hall, a riotous comedy from the pen of John Godber.

Tickets: £6, £3. Book in advance from 020 8504 3872 or our ticket office


Wed 17 May 2006, 7.30pm, The Welsh Church Hall
Auditions: Galileo

Auditions for this ensemble production of Brecht's classic science versus religion play. All ages welcome. Contact the members secretary to participate. Write to the same address if you're interested in doing some backstage work. | more info...


Wed 10 May 2006, 7.30pm, Welsh Church Hall
Annual General Meeting

Looking back at the 2005-6 year at Woodhouse and planning for the future. This is your chance to vote for the committee (we'll be looking for some people to take on roles) and have your say about what the group does and how it does it.


Sat 6 May 2006, 7.30pm
The Sheepwalk, Leytonstone High Road

Our Ada's Parrot

After the hugely successful Great Happiness! of 2005 another Woodhouse cabaret evening, by members for members.

If you have an act to perform or just want to come along and be entertained then this is the evening for you. To put your act forward contact the chairman


Sun 30 April 2006, 12 midday
The Sheepwalk, Leytonstone High Road

Jekyll & Hyde - the première

After much editing and production, the 4-disc package for last year's Hallowen pantomusical Jekyll & Hyde is complete! Come and see a double bill on the big screen at the Sheepwalk pub (bar available). First, there will be a showing of the detailed behind-the-scenes documentary, telling the story of our biggest production from pre-planning and auditions through to the final performances, then we'll watch the show itself. If you were involved in the production, this will be a fun trip down memory lane, and if you weren't, here's a chance to see what all the fuss was about! If you'd like to come along, mail Peter.


Sat 22 April 2006, 12.30pm
Welsh Church Hall

Singing Workshop 2

Chris Pethers, former chorusmaster and an experienced singing coach on Woodhouse shows, gives Woodhousers the chance to explore their singing voices in a series of different workshops. This workshop focuses on people's singing performances for the upcoming Cabaret. If you'd like to sign up for any or all of the workshops, please mail the chairman


Tue 11 April 2006, 7.30pm
Committee Meeting

Committee meetings are, as always, open to all members. For more information on who makes up the committee, and to see recent minutes, see the committee page. Contact the secretary to arrange attendance and to get details of the location.


Thu 6 April 2006, 8pm
Fri 7 April 2006, 8pm
Sat 8 April 2006, 3pm and 8pm
Welsh Church Hall

Trapped in the System!

Ever felt like you were going around in circles? Experience life inside the system in these three one-act plays.

Tickets: £6, £3. Book in advance from 020 8504 3872 or our ticket office


Sat 1 April 2006, 7.30pm
Chingford Assembly Hall

45 Minutes to Go

The appearance, at the Waltham Forest Drama Festival, of our third entry (will be shown alongside other entries from other local groups).

Tickets: £6, £4. Book in advance via Steve Balchin.


Fri 31 March 2006, 7.30pm
Chingford Assembly Hall

The Procedure

The appearance, at the Waltham Forest Drama Festival, of our second entry (will be shown alongside other entries from other local groups).

Tickets: £6, £4. Book in advance via Steve Balchin


Thu 30 March 2006, 7.30pm
Chingford Assembly Hall

The Dock Brief

The appearance, at the Waltham Forest Drama Festival, of our first entry (will be shown alongside other entries from other local groups).

Tickets: £6, £4. Book in advance via Steve Balchin


Wed 15 March 2006, 7.30pm, The Welsh Church Hall
Auditions: Teechers

Our studio production for Whitsun half term. We need just three young (or young-loking) actors for this show to play three teenagers, 1 male, 2 female. Contact the members secretary to participate. Write to the same address if you're interested in doing some backstage work. | more info...


Sat 4 March 2006, 12.30pm
Singing Workshop 1

Chris Pethers, former chorusmaster and an experienced singing coach on Woodhouse shows, gives Woodhousers the chance to explore their singing voices in a series of different workshops. This workshop looks at diction, warm-up, breathing and projection. If you'd like to sign up for any or all of the workshops, please mail the chairman


Tue 21 February 2006, 7.30pm
Committee Meeting

Committee meetings are, as always, open to all members. Contact the secretary to arrange attendance and to get details of the location.


Sat 18 February 2006, 11am - late afternoon
More Hall Clearance (and prop building)

Another assault on old stuff that we don't need (we did very well at this last time, but just a little further to go!). Also, if you're able to offer a hand with making props for the triple bill, then do come and join us.


Thu 16 February 2006, 7.30pm, Welsh Church Hall
Selecting 2006 productions

All members are invited to come to the Welsh Church Hall to choose the productions we will do in the Summer and Autumn of 2006.

Anybody in the group can either "advocate" or "suggest" a play for consideration. Just let anyone on the committee know if you want to do this or email chair**at**woodhouseplayers.co.uk - however try to let us know at least a week before the 14th if you're planning to advocate something.

DON'T FORGET that this year we are expanding the programme, and therefore there are FOUR slots available for plays between June and October. In addition, there are one-off slots.

We are still happy to accept more suggestions, and it would be good to have things people are really passionate about. Don't forget it's YOUR group, so please make your voice heard! That way we can be sure that the group is doing things that you want!

Details of the plays up for selection can be found on our updates board. See also how we choose plays/how to suggest them. If you're interested in directing/producing, but aren't sure what play to advocate, we have a list of plays suggested by members in our Slush Pile so check that out too!


Saturday 28 January 2006, 11am - 6pm, The Welsh Church Hall
The Big Loft Clear Out!

We need volunteers to help us sort through props and costumes that we have stored in the loft, which we are no longer allowed to use. Over the years we've accumulated a lot of stuff and we now need to significantly slim down our collection and find a new space for the remainder! You don't have to come for the whole day, but sparing us some of your time would be great.


Sat 4 February 2006, 7pm, The Savoy Hotel, London
Groupie Night!

Woodhouse have committed to providing "extras" for a special event at the Savoy Hotel, London, which will help us raise funds for the group. We need EVERY Woodhouse member to give us some time on this night so we can get fifty people together.


Tuesday 24 January 2006, 7.30pm, The Welsh Church Hall
Directing Workshop

Ever fancied directing a Woodhouse play, but weren't sure how to go about it? This workshop will introduce you to the basics of rehearsal room technique, looking at issues including:

  • different approaches to directing e.g. Stanislavski and Brecht
  • how to formulate a "vision" for your piece
  • deciding on staging
  • communicating what you want to actors
There will also be practical exercises so come along prepared to act for each other, too!


Wed 11 January 2006, 7.30pm, The Welsh Church Hall
Auditions: Trapped in the System!

Three new plays, requiring a range of actors, and also involving a chance to enter the Waltham Forest or Havering drama festivals. Contact the members secretary to participate. Write to the same address if you're interested in doing some backstage work. | more info...


Wed 4 January 2006, 7.30pm
Committee Meeting

Committee meetings are, as always, open to all members. Contact the secretary to arrange attendance and to get details of the location.



Thu 29 December 2005, 7.30pm
Fri 30 December 2005, 7.30pm
Sat 31 December 2005, 6pm
Fri 6 January 2006, 7.30pm
Sat 7 January 2006, 2pm and 7.30pm
Welsh Church Hall

Dick Whittington's Cat

Cheer on Dick Whittington's cat as she and Dick do battle with the evil sorcerer Mordecai. Dance routines, songs, appalling jokes and all the regular panto trimmings in this cheerful show.

Tickets: £6, £3. Book in advance from 020 8504 3872 or our ticket office



Saturday 3 December 2005, time tbc, The Welsh Church Hall
Playgroup Christmas Fête

Members of Woodhouse will be in attendance at the Green Man Playgroup's event, with flyers to advertise Dick Whittington's Cat


Thu 24 November 2005, 7.30pm, Aveling School
It's A Mug's Game

A community play for the Waltham Forest police, with the emphasis on crime prevention.


Wed 26 October 2005, 7.30pm
Thu 27 October 2005, 2.30pm
Thu 27 October 2005, 7.30pm
Fri 28 October 2005, 2.30pm
Fri 28 October 2005, 7.30pm
Sat 29 October 2005, 2.30pm
Sat 29 October 2005, 7.30pm
The Broadway, Barking

Jekyll & Hyde
in association with Theatretrain

Tickets: £9.50, £7.00 Book in advance from 020 8507 5607 or www.thebroadwaybarking.com


Tue 11 October 2005, 7.30pm, Welsh Church Hall
Read through of scripts and decision for Spring Triple Bill

Both new writing and other suggestions for one-act plays are most welcome here. If you'd like to to suggest something but aren't sure where to start looking, take a look at the one-act plays in the slush pile. We will read through scripts that are on offer and will be asking for "advocates" to make the case for particular scripts. A consensus (or if necessary a vote) of the meeting will choose which plays we peform in the Spring and take to local festivals. More about this process here


Thu 29 September 2005, 8pm
Fri 30 September 2005, 8pm
Sat 1 October 2005, 3pm
Sat 1 October 2005, 8pm
Welsh Church Hall

Second From Last in the Sack Race

Tickets: £6, £3. Book online here or in advance from 020 8504 3872 or our ticket office


Tue 6 September 2005, 7.30pm
Committee Meeting

Committee meetings are, as always, open to all members. Contact the secretary to arrange attendance and to get details of the location.


Wed 27 July 2005, slots from 7pm
Welsh Church Hall

Auditions: Jekyll and Hyde

We're looking for male actors aged either 15-25 or 30+ to become part of a new Halloween panto, performing at the Broadway Barking in October half-term 2005. You'll need to prepare a song (bring your own backing track on CD, cassette, or email to us as MP3 or MIDI), as well as do some cold-reading of scenes. We're looking for performers who enjoy comedy, singing and a bit of dance.

more info...


Tue 26 July 2005, 7.30pm, Welsh Church Hall
Writing Workshop 2

Writing a play? Want some feedback and to hear what it sounds like? Then come along to a new writing workshop. Come along as well if you don't have a play but want to help read through new writing that people have brought along, we'll need actors as much as we need new writers.

For more information: and if you've got a play you want to bring along contact Stephen


Tue 19 July 2005, 7.30pm
Committee Meeting

Committee meetings are, as always, open to all members. Contact the secretary to arrange attendance and to get details of the location.


Fri 22 July 2005, slots from 7pm
Welsh Church Hall

Auditions: Jekyll and Hyde

We're looking for male actors aged either 15-25 or 30+ to become part of a new Halloween panto, performing at the Broadway Barking in October half-term 2005. You'll need to prepare a song (bring your own backing track on CD, cassette, or email to us as MP3 or MIDI), as well as do some cold-reading of scenes. We're looking for performers who enjoy comedy, singing and a bit of dance.

more info...


PERFORMANCE FOR SCHOOL GROUPS:
Tue 12 July, 7pm
(followed by discussion with cast and directors)
MAIN RUN:
Thu 14 July 2005, 8pm
Fri 15 July 2005, 8pm
Sat 16 July 2005, 3pm
Sat 17 July 2005, 8pm
Welsh Church Hall

Metamorphosis

Tickets: £6, £3. Book online here or in advance from 020 8504 3872 or out ricket office. For school bookings call Oliver on 020 7254 7675


Sat 9 July 2005, 3pm, The Epicentre, Leytonstone
Leytonstone Community Day

Got an act? We need to show off the Woodhouse Players to local people. We have been given two 15 minute slots to do this, so we'd like to do a series of acts, a bit like the cabaret. Repeat acts from the cabaret are fine!

Contact Tim to put yourself forward.


Sat 2 July 2005, 8pm
Mon 4 July 2005, slots from 7.30pm
Tue 5 July 2005, slots from 7.30pm
Welsh Church Hall

Auditions: Jekyll and Hyde

A new Halloween panto, performing at the Broadway Barking in October half-term 2005. You'll need to prepare a song (bring your own backing track on CD, cassette, or email to us as MP3 or MIDI), as well as do some cold-reading of scenes. We're looking for performers who enjoy comedy, singing and dance. You can audition for both this and Second From Last in the Sack Race.

more info...


Mon 4 July 2005, 7.30pm
Tue 5 July 2005, 7.30pm
Welsh Church Hall

Auditions: Second From Last in the Sack Race

A Yorkshire comedy depicting the insignificant life of Henry Pratt. Lots and lots of parts. Performing at the end of September. Come along and read with others. You can audition for both this and Jekyll and Hyde.

Contact Stephen to register your interest and choose your audition evening. | more info...


Thu 23 June 2005, 7.30pm, Welsh Church Hall
Writing Workshop 1

Writing a play? Want some feedback and to hear what it sounds like? Then come along to a new writing workshop. Come along as well if you don't have a play but want to help read through new writing that people have brought along, we'll need actors as much as we need new writers.

For more information: and if you've got a play you want to bring along contact Stephen


Sat 18 June 2005, 8pm, Leytonstone Library, upstairs
Jules Versus the Next Contestants

Ita Hill's play about reality TV in the 22nd century.


Tue 26 April 2005, 7.30pm
Committee Meeting

Committee meetings are, as always, open to all members. Contact the secretary to arrange attendance and to get details of the location.


Fri 13 May 2005, 7.30pm
Lighting Workshop

Robert Bettelheim, Woodhouse Lighting Supremo will show members the basics of lighting a show. Limited places so please book with Robert.


Wed 11 May 2005, 7.30pm, Welsh Church Hall
Annual General Meeting

Loking back at the last year and planning for the future. This is your chance to vote for the committee (we're looking for some people to take on roles) and have your say about what the group does and how it does it.


Sat 7 May 2005, 7.30pm, East London Drama Centre
Great Happiness!

The Woodhouse Cabaret: Woodhousers bring a variety of acts to the stage for Woodhouse members. Come and watch the acts, and maybe perform your own. Lots of comedy, numbers and quick-fire entertainment.


Friday 6 May 2005
Panto Script Deadline

If you want to submit a script for our Winter show, please send a full synopsis and at least one sample scene to the chairman by this date. There will be a meeting shortly after this deadline to select the panto and plays for a possible rehearsed reading in the Summer.


Tue 2 May 2005, Welsh Church Hall, 7.30pm
Cabaret Workshop 2

Paul L. Martin of Millionth Muse Productions returns to the Hall to view your acts for the Woodhouse Cabaret (at the end of the week). Bring the acts you've prepared and he'll feed back on them.


Tue 19 April 2005, 7.30pm
Committee Meeting

Committee meetings are, as always, open to all members. Contact the secretary to arrange attendance and to get details of the location.


Sat 16 April 2005, 7.30pm, Chingford Assembly Hall
Mother's Runaway Daughter

A final performance, for the Waltham Forest Drama Festival of this new one-act play by local authors.


Wed 6 April 2005, 7.30pm
Auditions: Metamorphosis

Steven Berkoff's adaptation of Kafka's dark classic. Contact Carla to participate. Actors should wear something comfortable, as the audition will take the form of a workshop and there will be lots of movement as well as some reading. |


more info...

Thu 31 March 2005, 8pm
Fri 1 April 2005, 8pm
Sat 2 April, 3pm
Sat 2 April 2005, 8pm
Welsh Church Hall

Looking Forward, Looking Back: Triple Bill

Tickets: £6, £3. Book in advance from 020 8504 3872 or our box office


Tue 15 March 2005, 7.30pm, Welsh Church Hall
Auditions: Jules Versus the Next Contestants

We'll be doing a one-off performance of this play on 21 May. Contact Ita to participate.


Tue 1 March 2005, 7.30pm
Committee Meeting

Committee meetings are, as always, open to all members. Contact the secretary to arrange attendance and to get details of the location.


Sat 29 January 2005, Welsh Church Hall, 12.30pm
Workshop: Fundamentals of Acting

Aimed at those involved in the Triple Bill, but all members are welcome. Carla MacLean will be taking members through some of the key areas in acting. Limited places so apply early to Tim Saward.


Fri 14 January 2005, Welsh Church Hall, 7.30pm
Summer (and Autumn) Play Selection

Bring along your suggestions for plays we could do in the Summer (July) slot and possibly also the Autumn (October) slot. More about this process here

We will be looking at the following proposals

SPRING 2005

Jules Versus The Next Contestants by Ita Hill, a one-off performance, advocated by Ita Hill

SUMMER 2005

Metamorphosis by Steven Berkoff, the main Summer production, advocated by Carla MacLean

Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas, the main Summer production, advocated by Carla MacLean

Plays by Pinter and Berkoff, rehearsed readings for the Summer, advocated by Stephen Balchin

AUTUMN 2005

Jekyll and Hyde - the panto, by Thos Ribbits and Tim Saward, a one-off large scale October half-terms how at the Broadway, Barking, advocated, astonishingly enough, by Thos Ribbits and Tim Saward

Second From Last In The Sack Race by David Nobbs, Autumn production at the Welsh Church Hall, advocated by Stephen Balchin


Wed 12 January 2005, Welsh Church Hall, 7.30pm
Auditions: Spring Triple Bill

Seeking a variety of actors for a variety of parts in our Festival and Triple Bill plays. Bring yourself, and your voice. Nothing else required! Find out more about the plays on the Production Page


Tue 4 January 2005, 7.30pm
Committee Meeting

Committee meetings are, as always, open to all members. Contact the secretary to arrange attendance and to get details of the location.


Thu 30 December 2004, 7.30pm
Fri 31 December 2004, 6pm (tbc)
Sat 1 January 2005, 2.30pm
Thu 6 January 2005, 7.30pm
Fri 7 January 2005, 7.30pm
Sat 8 January 2005, 2.30 and 7.30pm
Welsh Church Hall

Jack and the Beanstalk

Tickets: £6, £3. Book in advance from 020 8504 3872 or our ticket office


Thu 16 December 2004, 6.30pm, Welsh Church Hall
Carol Singing

Meet at the WCH for a quick runthrough before singing at Leytonstone Tube and Tesco's.


Tue 14 December 2004, 7.30pm, Welsh Church Hall
Carol Singing Rehearsal

We'll be singing carols on Thursday 16th to raise awareness of panto. A rehearsal for those who'd like one.


Tue 7 December 2004, 7.30pm, Welsh Church Hall
Cabaret Workshop 1

If you're considering getting an act together for the Woodhouse Cabaret in February, then come along to meet Paul L. Martin of Millionth Muse Productions. He's an experienced cabaret performer and will be giving handy tips on how to create a successful act.


Sat 20 November 2004, 7.30pm, Welsh Church Hall
Rehearsed Reading

A rehearsed reading by actors of new writing created by Woodhouse Members and others.


Tue 16 November 2004, 7.30pm
Committee Meeting

Committee meetings are, as always, open to all members. Contact the secretary to arrange attendance and to get details of the location.


Sat 13 November 2004, 12.30pm, Welsh Church Hall
Mega Tidy Up

We need to make some space in the hall, and organise our stuff so we can find it in future. We have a plan for this, but we need volunteers to help! Contact the secretary to volunteer your help!


Wed 10 November 2004, 7.30pm, Welsh Church Hall
Singing Workshop: showtunes for panto

A workshop to support the cast of the pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk, and any other interested members with their singing skills. Limited places so apply early to Tim Saward


Wed 27 October 2004, 8pm
Thu 28 October 2004, 8pm
Fri 29 October 2004, 3pm and 8pm
Sat 30 October 2004, 3pm and 8pm
Welsh Church Hall

Wyrd Sisters Performances

Tickets: £6, £3. Book in advance from 020 8504 3872 or our ticket office


Sat 9 October 2004, beginning 3.00pm, Welsh Church Hall
Auditions: Jack and the Beanstalk

It's panto time again! Oh, yes it is! We're looking for people who enjoy the whole rough and tumble of a madcap Xmas show. Book yourself a slot by contacting Stephen. There are also slots on Thursday...


Fri 8 October 2004, 7.30pm, Welsh Church Hall
Read through of scripts and decision for Spring Triple Bill

Both new writing and other suggestions for one-act plays are most welcome here. We will read through scripts that are on offer. We will be asking for "advocates" to make the case for particular scripts. A consensus (or if necessary a vote) of the meeting will choose which plays we peform in the Spring and take to local festivals. More about this process here


Thu 7 October 2004, beginning 7.30pm, Welsh Church Hall
Auditions: Jack and the Beanstalk

It's panto time again! Oh, yes it is! We're looking for people who enjoy the whole rough and tumble of a madcap Xmas show. Book yourself a slot by contacting Stephen. There are also slots on Saturday...


Tue 21 September 2004, time tbc, Welsh Church Hall
New Writing Workshop

Especially to support writers who have created something for our Triple Bill (or would like to), this workshop allows writers of whatever experience to bring along scripts and ideas, see them acted and get feedback in a supportive environment. This may lead to selection for the 2005 Triple Bill for some one-act plays. For more details, contact Stephen Balchin.


Sat 18 September 2004, starting 12noon, Welsh Church Hall
24-hour filmmaking competition

We are participating in the London 24 hour Filmmaking Challenge. A team of writers, director, cameraperson, composer, actors is being put together to make this happen. The deadline is Sunday 19 September at 12 noon, so this could involve working through the night! Contact Peter for more details and to get involved.


Tue 24 August 2004, 7.30pm, Carla's
Committee Meeting

Any member of Woodhouse is welcome to attend. Contact Thos the Secretary for details on secretary**at**woodhouseplayers.co.uk


Sat 21 August, Victoria Park
Woodhouse Members' Picnic

A fun social outing in the sun (we hope!). Contact the secretary for more details.


Wed 21 July and Thursday 22 July, 7.30pm, Welsh Church Hall
Wyrd Sisters auditions

Details to be announced. We're looking for actors for our October half-term production. Mail Sacha


Tue 20 July 2004, 8pm (tbc), Trinity School
Macbeth Charity Performance

Tickets: £10, £6 to support charity work in Bolivia. Book in advance from 020 8504 3872 or our ticket office


Sat 17 July 2004, 2pm, Welsh Church Hall
A Bird in the Hand (rehearsed reading)

Tickets: free. Book in advance from 020 8504 3872 or our ticket office


Thu 15 July 2004, 8pm
Fri 16 July 2004, 8pm
Sat 17 July 2004, 8pm
Welsh Church Hall
Macbeth Peformances

Tickets: £6, £3. Book in advance from 020 8504 3872 or our ticket office



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