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One Man Two Guvnors - Jan 28th - 30th 2016
A Christmas Carol - Jan 29th - 31st 2015
FACE WITH HISTORY
The cast of Hyde Heath Theatre Company’s current production Lilies on the Land which depicts the real life stories and experiences of the women and girls who served in the Women's Land Army during the Second World War – had a surprise visitor on opening night and came face to face with a real life Land Army Girl.
Cockney-born Pauline Schrader, who now lives locally, joined the WLA at the age of 15 and spent the war working on the land, it was she said, one of the happiest times of her life.
She thoroughly enjoyed the play and afterwards had the company enthralled as she regaled them with tales and shared her experiences, many of which were mirrored in the production.
Lilies on the Land is a truly remarkable and sparkling piece of theatre which celebrates an extraordinary episode in Britain’s history. It is a revealing, funny and wonderfully moving portrait of four women who sign up to join what was referred to for many years as The Forgotten Army. Indeed, it wasn’t until the year 2000 that the Women’s Land Army was officially recognised for the amazing part they played in the fortunes of the war.
These gripping, but charming tales relive the personal journeys of women, all from different walks of life, who are determined to work endless, backbreaking hours on farms across the country in a bid to do their best for the war effort.
The play will be staged at Hyde Heath
Village Hall on Friday, June 6th at 7.45 pm and Saturday, June 7th
at 2.30 and 7.45 pm.
Pauline Schrader – veteran of the Woman’s Land Army joins the cast on stage of Lilies on the Land. Back row – left to right: Stephanie Thornhill, Estie Edwards, Claire Mitterhuber and Sarah Caslon. Front row: Moira Little, Pauline Schrader and Lorraine Sutherland.
'Allo 'Allo returns to Hyde Heath January 30th - February 1st 2014
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October 3rd - 5th 2013
April 2013 Production announced :
Hyde Heath Theatre Company present
A thrilling Who-Dun-It!
‘Proscenophobia (Stage Fright !)’ by Bettine Manktelow
Hyde Heath Village Hall
Evening performances on 25th,26th ,27th April at 7.45pm
Saturday Matinee , 27th April at 2pm
Tickets £10 (concessions £9 for Senior citizens and under 16’s
Group of 10 and over – discount tickets available from box office
Box Office 01494 773511
Tickets on sale in Hyde Heath Village Shop
The action of this clever who-dun-it takes place in a provincial theatre during a performance of a thriller. The star, Addie, is attempting a comeback and is understudied by Millie, her best friend for many years. Suspense builds when Addie feels unwell and Millie has to take over. In a startling twist, the violence becomes real and one of the company is dead. With everyone a suspect, the tension does not let up until the final revelation.
After over 40 years of providing theatrical entertainment in Hyde Heath village hall, the members of Hyde Heath Drama Group have decided it is time for a name change to give a more modern feel and to encourage younger members. In future it will be known as Hyde Heath Theatre Company and will continue to present new and interesting shows for all tastes. The Company is always evolving and thanks to the success of recent productions are able to invest in new equipment and facilities to raise production standards. We present at least two shows a year and would ask anyone from the village or surrounding area who has an interest in performing or working on productions to come and participate.Rehearsals are on Mondays and Fridays at 7.30pm. For more information call 01494 784760.Toms' Midnight Garden, a play adapted by David Wood from the book by Philippa Pearce.
.... AND THEN THE CLOCK STRUCK THIRTEEN!
Philippa Pearce’s charming literary classic Tom’s Midnight Garden about a young boy’s nightly adventures back in time to a Victorian past is the next production to be staged by Hyde Heath Theatre Company (formerly Hyde Heath Drama Group).
Set in the 1950’s it tells the tale of Tom Long (played by Joshua Day) who is sent to stay with his uncle and aunt in the country, to escape his sister Pip’s measles. He is quarantined from the outside world in the tiny upstairs flat which is part of a big house with no garden – only a small back yard. The house is owned by the elderly reclusive Mrs Bartholomew who religiously winds an imposing grandfather clock which stands majestically in the hall. Because he might be infectious Tom is not allowed to leave the flat and becomes restless and bored with the restrictions imposed upon him by his aunt and uncle. However, he is fascinated by the grandfather clock and one night, unable to sleep, he hears it strike.... Thirteen.
Startled yet intrigued by what he hears Tom goes to investigate, only to discover the door that once led to a dishevelled concrete back yard containing nothing but dustbins, is open revealing a beautiful sunlit Victorian garden that comes alive each night after midnight.
Each time the clocks strikes 13 Tom returns to his secret garden where he meets Hatty (Eve Mitterhuber) an unhappy orphan girl and discovers a whole new and magical world. Tom writes daily accounts of his visits back in time and the characters he meets, to his sister, who follows the adventures during her recovery — and afterward, as Tom contrives to extend the stay with Aunt and Uncle in order to discover the haunting secret of his very own Midnight Garden.
This delightful and enchanting play – directed by Erica Elson – will be staged at Hyde Heath Village Hall or three nights on Thursday, January 31st, Friday, February 1st and Saturday, February 2nd at 7.45pm and at 2.00pm on Saturday, February 2nd. Tickets are £10.00 (£9.00 concessions) - family tickets and groups of 10 or overavailable from the Box Office 01494 773511, Hyde Heath Village Shop and firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is an amateur production in association with Samuel French Ltd.
We stage two productions a year, one at the end of January and one in the Spring, April/May. Rehearsals are held on Mondays and Fridays in the village hall at 8pm
Productions include all types of theatre including plays, musicals, comedies and pantomimes, which have been specially written for us.
As well as successfully staging plays by Agatha Christie, Noel Coward, Ray Cooney and Alan Aykbourn, we pride ourselves in trying more challenging productions on our small stage, including ‘Cabaret’, ‘A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum’, and for 2010, ‘The Railway Children, the Musical’ and ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’.
The Village Hall is a wonderful venue with a unique atmosphere and the Drama Group provides local entertainment as part of the many social events held there during the year.
If you would like more information please contact :
Erica Elson - Chairman
HElson1029@aol.com Tel: 01494 785873
Carole North - Secretary
Carole_north@yahoo.co.uk Tel: 01494 773511