Welcome to the dinner party from hell!

April 27, 2011

Emma Hazlehurst as Paige and James Reynolds as her minder, Micky, in 'Role Play' (Photo:Phil Mansell)

 May’s production by Newport Playgoers is classic Ayckbourn, featuring one of his favourite subjects – the dinner party from hell.

A young well-to-do couple, living in a posh docklands apartment, Justin and Julie-Ann, both work in computers and are hopelessly mis-matched in love. They plan a dinner party where they will introduce their parents to each other: Justin’s upper crust alcoholic mother from Surrey and Julie-Ann’s bigoted Yorkshire father and prim mother.

Into this doomed scenario drops – literally – via the balcony upstairs and the river, Paige, a former lap dancer with suicidal tendencies and her thick gun-toting minder who is employed by her violent boy friend. They proceed to wreak havoc on the meticulously planned evening but the brilliantly orchestrated mayhem is tempered by subtle insights into family relationships and class distinctions.

Judith Lindwall directs this hilarious play with dark undertones which many consider to be the best of Ayckbourn’s trilogy, ‘Damsels in Distress’. To book tickets, click on the link above.


Newport Playgoers in RSC Open Stages Project

April 26, 2011

Newport Playgoers Society is pleased to announce it has been accepted to take part in RSC Open Stages, which is being co-ordinated by the world famous Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC).

Described as the UK’s biggest amateur theatre project, its aim is to embrace, develop and celebrate amateur theatre, re-forging the bond with the world of professional theatre. 

Following the success of NPS’s Ryder Cup inspired play-writing festival, there are plans to hold another one act play-writing competition – on a Shakespeare-related theme. The best plays will be produced on the main stage of the 400-seat Dolman Theatre in March 2012. This will be part of a national programme of skills-sharing events and showcases, with amateur societies from across the UK invited to produce their own RSC branded Shakespeare themed production.

A number of productions from across the UK will be invited to perform at the World Shakespeare Festival in Stratford in 2012,  alongside professional Shakespeare productions at the RSC. 

For more information about RSC Open Stages visit www.rsc.org.uk