An Evening of Short Plays written by members of SUDS

Wednesday 15th March 2023 at 7.30pm

We’ll be reading three short plays written by members of SUDS:

Fractured Lives’ by Alice Collins is based around the story of Sheffield’s Painted Fabrics project, set up to re-train wounded soldiers at the end of the First World War.

‘Fight’ by Jill Wright and ‘Remembrance’ by Ian Gledhill were written to support the re-opening of Shepherd Wheel in the Porter Valley. 

We have been invited to reprise these two very short, contrasting plays at Shepherd Wheel on a date or dates still to be arranged in late May or early June this year. This will entail a small number of rehearsals in May, so if anyone is interested in taking part but is unable to attend the reading, please let Ian know by Monday 27th March at:

The play reading evening will be held on Wednesday 15th March at 7.30pm at Jill Wright’s house. Please let Ian know as soon as possible if you intend to come and he will send you her address:

New members of the Society are particularly welcome. If you would like to come along and listen rather than read, that’s also fine.

Rehearsed Reading

Saturday 18th March 2023 at 7.30pm

An intrepid SUDS team of ten actors will spend the day rehearsing two one act comedies and performing them in the evening. The two plays could not be more of a contrast:

‘The Convent of Pleasure’ by Margaret Cavendish was written in 1668 and as far as we know has never been performed (certainly not in this version!). It is part Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and part Monty Python’s Flying Circus.

Tom Stoppard’s ‘The Real Inspector Hound’ has been one of the most popular one act plays since its first performance exactly 300 years later in 1968. It is a spoof on the Agatha Christie country house murder genre.

If you’d like to support your fellow members of SUDS and see the finished product, come along to the ‘performance’ in Rehearsal Room 1 at the Drama Studio, Shearwood Road, at 7.30pm on Saturday 18th March. We expect to be finished by 9.30pm. No charge – everyone is welcome.

These two short, contrasting comedies will be performed by: Andy Challis, Anthea Sutton, David Reid, Eleanor Harby, Lesley Cottingham, Linda Kirk, Lucy Jepson, Rachel Bray, Richard Carwardine, Tim Jones and a dead body.

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