Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Our January 2020 production is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (the musical)

‘Come with me, and you’ll see, there’s a world of pure imagination’.

WDC and WYTKidz are well into rehearsals for this well-loved Roald Dahl musical in January 2020, directed by Amanda Dann whose production of Private Peaceful last November received a NODA award.

Performances are at the end of Jan 2020. Want to get involved, backstage, front of house, making props or something else? Then, contact Amanda on 01580 200948 or email info@dramatiks.co.uk.

Free and Easy – the musical

The Very Merry Roosters  are delighted to present FREE & EASY – a jukebox musical comedy, set in a pub at the end of the 60’s, an era when every teenager worth their salt owned a transistor radio to listen to pop music on the move!
Free & Easy follows the lives of pub regulars as they come together every Wednesday night for open mike night, a musical crammed full of sing-along chart-topping 60’s hits.   But this happy pub is threatened by Ron Stone, the brewery’s consultant who has a new plan and a revised tenancy agreement… will they save the pub?

Dig out your 60’s outfits, dress up and join the fun in the Wadhurst Commemoration Hall:

Thursday 17thFriday 18th and Saturday 19th October,Doors open 7pm, show starts 7.30pm.
Sunday 20th October,Doors open 5.30pm, show starts 6pm

Tickets £9 available in person from Southern Cross Travel, High Street, Wadhurst
or at https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/wadhurstdramatics/the-very-merry-roosters-free/e-kypeyk
or via email tvmroosters@gmail.com 

OUTDOOR THEATRE IN WADHURST!

The Rude Mechanicals perform ‘Ikarus Inc’ on Wednesday 7th August at 7.30pm

Don’t miss this amazing touring group of professional actors and musicians who are bringing outdoor theatre of the highest quality to Wadhurst.  The brilliant Rudes are performing again on the Wadhurst Primary School field on the evening of August 7th. Bring along your picnic from 6pm and then enjoy a remarkable evening of theatre and music. ‘Ikarus Inc’ is a revival, a comic play about hopes and dreams set in America.

Tickets are £17 + concessions – available locally from Carillon Cottage on the High Street, by ringing 01323 501260 or online at www.therudemechanicaltheatre.co.uk.

Children may well enjoy it – but obviously can’t run around during the performance.  If you are booking 10+ tickets, then ring the Company on 01232 501260 to save money.

Bring your own low-backed chair and warm clothing/ rugs to be prepared for an English summer evening!

Cast of Icarus Inc

Oct 2019 – “Free & Easy” a very entertaining musical show

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 tvmroosters@gmail.com. Get your 60’s gear ready and your dancing shoes warmed up – come and join us!

Review of 2018 (AGM)

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!

Bah Humbug! A success!

Read NODA’s fantastic review of Bah Humbug!

Bah Humbug! the Poster

It may not be a Panto, but it is just as much fun for all the family… and it’s a story not just for Christmas.  A reminder, perhaps, to be more forgiving and generous in the year of Brexit.

Once again brilliantly directed by Kay Sasada, it features toe-tapping songs from the pen of Bill Francoeur, who you may recall from “Flapper!” and the hilarious “Way out West in a Dress“.

Private Peaceful – the NODA review

This moving story of a First World War soldier by Michael Morpurgo is translated into a powerful, thought-provoking drama performed by the Wadhurst Youth Theatre group, WYTKidz, directed by Amanda Dann.

Our local rep of the “National Operatic and Dramatic Association” (NODA) was very touched by the performance as can be seen in her: Private Peaceful NODA Review



Private Peaceful‘ is the story of a 16 year old, First World War soldier, Tommo Peaceful, who is awaiting the firing squad at dawn.  The night before, he relives his joyful childhood at school, his adventures with Molly, the love of his life, and the injustices of the war that brought him to the front line.

 

The three performances were on:
·         Friday 16th November at 7.30pm
·         Sunday 18th November 1.30pm and at 6.30pm

 

 

AGM 2017 – The results

At the end of November we had a good ol’ catch up and not only reviewed 2017 but looked forward to 2018 and beyond. We celebrated our two Accolades of Excellence awarded by NODA South East Region for WYTKidz’ Grease and WDC’s Way Out West In A Dress. John Bush, our president, presented the NODA certificates to the respective directors, Amanda Dann and Kay Sasada. They will hang on our new picture rail in the Orchard Room.
The elected committee are John Bush (President), Jan Lynam (Chair), Marianne Johnson (Treasurer), Catherine Whitehead (Vice Chair), Jill Haskell (Minutes Secretary), Dot Smytherman, Amanda Dann, Anneka Bones, Merlin Beedell, Russ Kirton, James Edwards, Paul Desrosiers and Penny Bones.