This year’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be somewhat different – as it will take place on-line using Zoom. We encourage everyone with a passion for the arts and acting in Wadhurst, or just wish to support this important local community group, to participate in this year’s AGM.
Please find all of the Zoom connection and AGM details here (it is a pdf):
We will be looking to recruit a number of people to vital roles on the committee – and as we ease out of lockdown we will be looking ahead to pantos and shows starting this autumn. Go on – YOU could be part of this amazing team, planning and shaping these shows!
This is an amazing pantozoom written by Amanda Dann, Xan Kite and Russ Kirton, Directed by Russ Kirton and performed by members of the Wadhurst Dramatic Club. A topical comedy and visual treat with costumes and colours, crazy characters, fun and music. Specially designed to be recorded on zoom, using the effects brilliantly with all the actors safely acting within their homes – talent and happiness shines through! Take that 2020!
So, grab your favourite bevvy or brew, settle back in a comfy chair, click on the link above (or type it into your web browser) and enjoy an hour of great fun from your friends in the Wadhurst Dramatic Club! ….oh, and do add a comment or send us one if you like, we’d love to hear from you!
Hope you are all safe and well and looking forward to having a laugh with us once we are all able to be together somehow or other!
We have had two virtual pantomime reads since the lock down began – with home made costumes as you see above – and they have been great fun. We will carry on with them fortnightly on a Monday evening from 8pm, please do say if you’d like to zoom in – either to take part or just to watch, we promise you will laugh!
In terms of stage performances – we are hoping that we will be able to celebrate going back on stage in the Commemoration Hall with a good old pantomime involving young and old with plenty of good laughs in January 2021. That all depends on social distancing requirements and we will keep a close eye on developments, but hope to be able to proceed with auditions (maybe remotely) in September. We’ll keep you informed – please join us in keeping your fingers crossed that this will be possible!
As always, we would love anyone to join us in any capacity – front of stage, back stage, front of house, organising – whatever you fancy! At the moment we could really do with some help with costumes, if anyone is interested?
Stay safe everyone and we hope to be with you somehow or other sometime soon!
The Wadhurst Dramatic Club’s AGM will take place on the 10th February at 7:30pm in the Commemoration hall. If you wish to continue to see local people, young and old, expanding their horizons while entertaining others on stage in Wadhurst then please try to attend the AGM.
17-19th October 2019: Free & Easy from The Very Merry Roosters and friends
Set in 1960’s London, Eric and Iris Dobbins run a friendly neighbourhood pub (The Last Drop) with a regular ‘Free & Easy’ evening (an ‘Open Mic’ Night). Everybody knows everybody – it’s a real family pub, somewhere to feel safe and comfortable. This peaceful existence is threatened by a visit from Ron Stone, the brewery’s new consultant who presents them with a 5-year business plan and revised tenancy agreement. Seeing the ‘marketing potential’ of The Last Drop, Stone has persuaded the brewery to demand £25,000 for a new agreement. Failure to pay means eviction – and will allow the consultants to transform the pub into an ‘entertainment centre’ for pole-dancing and other salacious events. Eric, Iris and daughter Tracy are distraught, barmaids Vanessa and Sharon are devastated, and the regulars are disconcerted. How can this be stopped? Ah! You need to wait until October 2019.
Free & Easy will be performed by our Lamberhurst-based friends, ‘The Very Merry Roosters’, by special invitation from Wadhurst Dramatic Club. With over fifteen songs from the 50s and 60s performed live on stage, there’s a guarantee you won’t be disappointed. If you’d like to get involved on-stage or off-stage, there will be some room for Wadhurst actors/ singers & dancers too.
Want to get involved? Contact the director Russ Kirton on email@example.com. Get your 60’s gear ready and your dancing shoes warmed up – come and join us!
Join us at our Annual General Meeting when we discuss ideas for the future – we’d welcome your input.
Wednesday 13th Feb 2019 at 7:45 in the Commemoration Hall
Without a new Commemoration Hall on the horizon, we need to look at how we can improve and enhance the performance, rehearsal and storage space that we have – so anyone with ideas is very welcome to come along. In this past year, we’ve invested in new sound, light and stage equipment, so we have a very real contribution to make. We are a very inclusive drama club, we don’t have members, so all supporters are welcome at all our events. We are looking at restructuring the committee to try and broaden the contribution while reducing the individual workload, so there is plenty of opportunity for involvement without too much commitment. If you’d be prepared to our friendly committee, just click reply to this email. we’d love to hear from you. And of course there’ll be nibbles and drinks to toast the success of ‘Allo ‘Allo, W.O.T.T., Private Peaceful and Bah Humbug! and to welcome in the next dramatic year!