Our Country’s Good

Viewed as a contemporary classic, this play is a MUST SEE for everyone.

Set against the backdrop of the first shipment of convicts to Australia in 1787, Our Country’s Good, explores man’s inhumanity to man and how the redeeming powers of theatre can liberate the soul.

The play, with it’s very real characters, says that “theatre” is important to civilisation.

This is a historically accurate and touching tale, that seems almost too incredible to be true.

“The theatre is an expression of civilisation”

 

Auditions – Habeas Corpus

Habeas Corpus by Alan Bennett

Auditions – Thurs. 26th 7.30pm to 9.00pm and Sunday 29th 19.30am to 11.45am

Production dates: 12th to 15th September

Cast: 6m, 5f

Synopsis:
The action takes place in and around the Wicksteeds’ house in Hove, on the south coast of England.

Mrs Swabb, who combines the functions of cleaner and all-knowing Fate, introduces the main characters. Wicksteed is 53, has an eye for the ladies and lacks ambition; his wife, Muriel, is a more assertive figure; their son, Dennis, is a wimpish hypochondriac, frustrated at his lack of a girlfriend; Connie is a flat-chested spinster who secretly longs to be sexually alluring; Sir Percy Shorter, President of the British Medical Association, was once Muriel’s sweetheart and he bears a grudge against Wicksteed for cutting him out; Lady Rumpers is a returning expatriate, concerned for the purity of her beautiful daughter Felicity; Canon Throbbing is anxious to abandon his celibate state, which he finds a strain to keep up.[7]

Meeting Felicity for the first time, Wicksteed is instantly consumed with lust for her, and attempts to arrange a tête-à-tête. Muriel finds her old feelings for Shorter rekindled and she too plots a rendezvous. A parcel arrives for Connie: it contains a pair of false breasts. Felicity makes a pass at Dennis and they go off together. Mr Shanks, the fitter from the false-breast manufacturer, arrives and mistaking Muriel for his client rhapsodises about and handles her substantial bust, until realising his mistake. Muriel, aroused to a predatory frenzy, pursues Shanks until interrupted by the arrival of Shorter, who misreading the situation injects Shanks with a powerful tranquilliser. Connie has put on her padded breasts, which make her feel suddenly attractive and confident to the point of brazenness. She mistakes Shorter for the fitter, and invites him to handle her bust. He is aroused and is discovered trouserless by Canon Throbbing, whom he attempts to tranquilise, pursuing him offstage with a hypodermic. Dennis and Felicity declare their intention to marry, but he is sent away by Wicksteed, who then attempts to seduce Felicity. Shorter catches him in the act and threatens to have him disciplined and barred from medical practice. Muriel joins in the denunciation and the uproar is increased by a suicide attempt by Wicksteed’s patient Mr Purdue, who is trying to hang himself as Lady Rumpers enters.

Act Two continues the action from the same point. Lady Rumpers removes Felicity, Muriel tells Wicksteed to leave the family home, Throbbing and Shorter argue about which of them is to marry Connie until she enters without her prominent false bust, at which Shorter renounces her. Muriel relents and allows Wicksteed to remain, provided he resumes his long-neglected conjugal duties. Shanks comes round from the tranquiliser administered by Shorter and denounces Muriel as a sex-maniac. Wicksteed tells her that it is now she who must leave the family home. Lady Rumpers arrives to remove Felicity, who has returned to find Dennis. It emerges that Felicity has just had sex with Dennis. She finds him repulsive, and has agreed to marry him only because she is already pregnant, wants an official father for her child, and has been led to believe that Dennis has a fatal illness that will soon leave her as a widow. Lady Rumpers is aghast and reveals that history is repeating itself: she was seduced when young and made a marriage of convenience to give Felicity a legal father. Shorter makes a casual comment that leads to the discovery that he was the seducer and is Felicity’s father. Wicksteed, having the upper hand, forces Shorter to back down over his disciplinary threat. It emerges that Dennis’s imagined fatal illness is real, and Felicity agrees to go ahead with the marriage. Throbbing and Connie also pair off, and Wicksteed is left alone to reflect on the transience of human life and the importance of seizing sexual opportunities whenever possible: “He whose lust lasts, lasts longest”. The stage goes dark; a spotlight plays on Wicksteed, who “dances alone in the spotlight until he can dance no more.”[

For more information, please contact the Director, Val Greaves.

2017 Pantomime – Red Riding Hood

Red Riding Hood by Bob Hammond is the Arden’s Christmas Show this year – join us for all the traditions of pantomine, boo the baddies, cheer the goodies and be dazzled by the Dame’s amazing outfits!

Showtimes:

Thursday 7th December – 7.30pm
Friday 8th December – 7.30pm
Saturday 9th December – 2pm
Sunday 10th December – 2pm

Thursday 14th December – 7.30pm
Friday 15th December – 7.30pm
Saturday 16th December – 2pm
Sunday 17th December – 2pm

Tickets priced £5/6 are available to book online at  www.ticketsource.co.uk/ardentheatregroup or from Carter’s Newsagents, Market Place, Faversham.

 

 

 

Rising Damp

12 – 14 October 2017

Student Alan moves into an attic flat, finding he has to share with the mysterious Philip, contend with a hole in the floor, water running down the walls and the sinister landlord, Rigby. Moreover, Rigby has designs on Miss Jones from downstairs, and she has developed a passion for Philip.

Tickets priced £7 Adult and £6 Concessionary are available to book online via Ticketsource or from Carters, Market Place, Faversham.

The Collector – 23, 24, 25 March 2017

THE COLLECTOR, the Arden Theatre Group’s entry in Kent Drama Association Full Length Play Festival, is a tense, powerful drama adapted by Mark Healy from the novel by John Fowles.

An unremarkable office clerk, Clegg, collects butterflies and has become the owner of a remote country house purchased with a lottery win. This house must be furnished with all things beautiful from the butterfly collection, to Miranda, an art student worshipped from afar but scarcely aware of Clegg’s existence. The only solution is to kidnap Miranda, imprisoning her in the cellar, all leading to a startling, dramatic conclusion.

Direction is in the experienced hands of Emma Taylor, and the production is staged at Faversham’s Arden Theatre, Leslie Smith Drive, on 23, 24, 25 March at 8 pm. Tickets costing £7.00 Adults, and £6.00 Concessionary are available on line – or from Carter’s Newsagents,  15 Market Street, Faversham.

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Death by Chocolate

Thursday 16th, Friday 17th & Saturday 18th February 2017

……One of the last surviving family Chocolatiers in the country try one last attempt to keep the Company alive, with the launch of a new chocolate bar ‘ Midnight Star’  but it’s not just the business that ends up being buried !………

Come along and join in the fun!!

Tickets priced  £14.00 and are available from from Brian 07808068468 or book online https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/ardentheatregroup

Price includes light refreshments at interval so please state if a vegetarian is required.

This is Arden Theatre member, Brian Booth’s 19th murder mystery play. Featuring an excellent cast including several regular ATG members plus a couple of new faces. Following his usual format with audience participation where you can, if you wish, question the suspects and see who is lying to you!

During an extended interval light refreshments will be served.

Over 3 consecutive nights we do of course ask you not to spoil the fun for others by keeping the murderer’s identity a secret!


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Arden of Faversham

The Arden Theatre is performing ARDEN OF FAVERSHAM on 26, 27, 28 January, 8 pm at the theatre.

This is a revised, streamlined, modern-dress version of the original 1592 script, as adapted by the Royal Shakespeare Company, based on the nefarious murder of Thomas Arden, Mayor of Faversham, in 1551.

The play is anonymous, although attributed to various writers of the time, including Christopher Marlowe, with possibly some input by William Shakespeare.

Thomas Arden’s wife, Alice, is not only having an affair with local ‘butcher’s boy’, Mosby, but the two of them are planning to murder him, and various failed plots are set in motion. The murder is finally accomplished in Arden’s House, the body hidden in the grounds of the Abbey where it is inevitably discovered, and all those involved are brought to justice – execution in each and every case. The exciting story is coloured by greed, infidelity and violence, while offering a fair degree of comedy.

ARDEN abounds with local colour; the Flower-de-Luce, Boughton, Rainham Down, Sheppey, Faversham Abbey and grounds, as well as the main setting – Arden’s House, which still exists in Abbey Street, the backdrop for a production of the original version in 2004.

ARDEN OF FAVERSHAM is directed by Kevin Piper, assisted by Mary Caryer. Kevin, who also plays Mosby, has appeared in many Arden Theatre productions. Alice is played by Katie Blythe, Arden by Richard Stone, both experienced actors new to the Arden stage, as are several other members of the cast. Established Arden members are also well represented amongst the cast and crew.

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Tickets, priced £7.00 and £6.00 concessionary are available from The Sweet Scene, Preston Street, Faversham

Or book online via TicketSource.

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