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Popcorn by Ben Elton PDF Print E-mail

Season – 12 September – 3 October

“Does art imitate life or does life imitate art?”

Ben Elton's 'Popcorn' is a fast, funny, and stylish exploration into the power of the media and society's refusal to take responsibility for its actions. Oscar winner Bruce Delamitri is a director of ultra-violent but stylish movies. The morning after his big win should be rife with celebration and sex. Unfortunately for Bruce and his family, the notorious Mall Murderers have different plans. Plans that will have consequences reaching far beyond any of Bruce's wildest dreams. Or worst nightmares.

Contains coarse language, sexual references and drug use.

Gala opening Saturday 12 September at 8pm – black tie / posh frock – red carpet – champagne on arrival (add extra $3 to ticket price on openng night for supper)

Performances – 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27 September and 2, 3 October (no performance Sunday 13 September)

Licensed Bar available – right next to the Chelmer Railway Station

Murder at Checkmate Manor (A Farndale Production) PDF Print E-mail

Centenary Theatre Group, in conjunction with the Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society are putting on a play together …. 14 November - 5 December


Mrs. Reece, the Guild’s President and Spokeswoman, takes up the story …..


We are, I believe, unique among Townswomen’s Guilds in having our very own Dramatic Society.  We have staged many productions over the years and have never been afraid to set ourselves steep challenges.  We tread the boards other societies fear to tread!  Find out more by clicking on ‘Previous Productions’.


You may like to know that we are currently in rehearsal for our latest extravaganza entitled MURDER AT CHECKMATE MANOR by David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin Jnr.  It is quite good really and shows that dear old Agatha Christie should have stuck to writing books as it’s much better than The Mousetrap.  We have, as is customary, added a few touches of our own to improve the script a bit and, because it’s a tad short, we are going to incorporate our annual fashion show into the proceedings!


You’d probably like to know a bit about the plot, but as it’s a thriller, it would rather give the game away, wouldn’t it?  Suffice it to say that there will be lots of mounting, tension and excitement as Inspector O’Reilly tries to identify the mass murderer among the family at Checkmate Manor.


The cast are currently being put through their paces by director Eric Scott.  Unfortunately Reverend Reg Bishop was unable to direct as usual this year following an unfortunate incident when he tried to ride his bicycle without a saddle.  He’s since been defrocked.  However, we are grateful to Mr. Scott, for stepping into the breach.


Hopefully, Gordon Pugh will be bringing his new digital camera to take some photos of rehearsals which will we post on this page of the website, once I’ve learned how to put them on. .


Oh, and we have to say at this point—because it says so on our licence—that this is an amateur production (not that you’ll be able to tell) by arrangement with those lovely people at Samuel French Ltd.



Saturday 14th November 8:00 pm
Friday 20th November 8:00 pm

Saturday 21st November 8:00 pm

Sunday 22nd November 6:00 pm

Friday 27th November 8:00 pm

Saturday 28th November 8:00 pm

Sunday 29th November 6:00 pm

Friday 4th December 8:00 pm

Saturday 5th December 8:30 pm


SEASON 2010 PDF Print E-mail



Hay Fever by Noel Coward

Directed by Gary O’Neil – Season – 8 – 29 May


A luminous and entertaining comedy, Hay Fever introduces you to the Bliss family: a retired actress mother, a novelist father, and two children for whom all the world, literally, is a stage.   Their outrageous antics alternately infuriate and astound their hapless weekend guests, all of whom have been individually invited up for a weekend tete-a-tete. Rousing fights, surprise engagements, and fevered declarations of love drive the poor guests from the house, leaving the family happily bickering and playing amongst themselves as this stylish comedy bounces to its  inevitable and intoxicating end.


Hay Fever, Noël Coward’s characteristically effervescent and sophisticated comedy of bad manners, fizzes with his unparalleled wit and biting satire.




Christmas in July

Scrooge "A Christmas Carol" -

the pantomine version


The famous Charles Dickens character Ebeneezer Scrooge, is given the panto treatment in this wonderful version of A Christmas Carol. The story is set in Scrooge's Chocolate Factory and follows the relationship between Scrooge and his downtrodden workers, led by reluctant foreman Bob Cratchit. It's Christmas Eve and Scrooge is being his usual miserable self. Christmas decorations are banned and his workers are ordered to work Christmas Day, or face being sacked. But Strange things begin to happen in the factory,and life is about to change for Ebeneezer Scrooge. Firstly, the ghost of his old partner Jacob Marely appears and Scrooge is visited by three ghosts of Christmas, past present and future. They show him the errors of his ways, and eventually Scrooge changes for the better in an emotional finale. This version follows the outline of the original story. But also includes all the elements of traditional panto.    Fun for all the family 

                                         Season - 10 - 31 July 2010




 Little Murders by Jules Feiffer

Directed by Gary Kliger  - Season 4 – 26 September

Feiffer, author of the film CARNAL KNOWLEDGE, shows us a modern metropolitan family of matriarchal mother, milquetoast father, normal cuddly sister, and brother who is trying to adapt himself to his sexual orientation. Sister's fiance' is a fellow who knows how to roll with the punches; he figures that if you daydream while being mugged, it won't hurt so much. They have a hard time finding a preacher who will marry them without pronouncing the name of God.   ''Little Murders'' is the darkest and perhaps the funniest comedy ever written about what it was like to be alive and half-crazed in the urban American jungle of the late 1960's – NY Times

The Underpants by Carl Sternheim,

Season – 6 – 28 November

Adapted by Steve Martin from Carl Sternheim’s 1910 comedy “Die Hose,” this hilarious comedy dives into issues of sex, feminism and politics. The story begins when young housewife Louise is at a street parade for the Kaiser when her underpants fall off. She is pretty sure no-one noticed but within hours the rumours are all over Dusseldorf. Meanwhile her bullet-headed husband fears for his precious nine to five position as a tiny cog in the loud clanky machine of pre-war German bureaucracy. Forced to sub-divide his modest flat he is pleasantly surprised by the number of keen, male, would-be boarders lining up to apply. The cruelly neglected Louise is suddenly a star. Her buried desires are awakened. And then things rapidly start to get out of control. “The Underpants” is a witty and hilarious look at marriage, gender roles, celebrity and class. This production is for mature audiences only.  



Radio Waves on the Radio PDF Print E-mail

The Team got to do Radio for real audio here

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