Don’t Dress for Dinner

by Marc Camoletti

Our next production is a comedy by Marc Camoletti and adapted by Robin Hawdon entitled “Don’t Dress for Dinner”. 

We are delighted to announce that this production will be staged at St Peter’s School in Compton in the Haywood Theatre.  This is a purpose built theatre with raked seating for an audience of up to 160.  We are really excited to be performing at this venue and we hope that you will come and support us. 

It is set in France and takes place in Bernard and Jacqueline’s weekend retreat outside of Paris.  Bernard has arranged a very special dinner party whilst his wife is visiting her mother, with old friend Robert joining him for a very private dinner engagement.  The trouble with private dinner parties is that they don’t remain private for very long, especially when subterfuge and deception are the main courses!

This is Tettenhall Amateur Players’ fourth mainstream production.

The 39 Steps

Adapted by Patrick Barlow

Based on an original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon

Based on the Book by John Buchan

The 39 Steps is a melodrama adapted from the 1915 novel by John Buchan and the 1935 film by Alfred Hitchcock.  The original concept and production of the story was by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon.  Patrick Barlow re-wrote this adaptation in 2005.  The play won the Olivier Award for Best Comedy in 2007.

This blissfully funny show follows the incredible adventures of our handsome hero, Richard Hannay, complete with stiff-upper-lip, British gung-ho and pencil moustache as he encounters dastardly murders, double crossing secret agents, and, of course, devastatingly beautiful women.

Nothing has been cut from this hilarious and spectacular version of Britain’s most spell-binding thriller – legendary scenes include the chase on the Flying Scotsman, the escape on the Forth Bridge, the first theatrical bi-plane crash ever staged and the death-defying (or nearly!) finale at the London Palladium!

Improbable Fiction

by Alan Ayckbourn

Improbable Fiction.  Six aspiring authors meet on a winter’s evening to discuss their work. The chairman, Arnold, attempts to persuade the group to collaborate on a piece of writing, an idea that is quickly dismissed. However, as Arnold is clearing up after the meeting there is a clap of thunder, a black-out — and then . . .

Kindly Leave the Stage

by John Chapman

Our very first production was Kindly Leave the Stage by John Chapman and was a perfect vehicle for experienced actors and new actors to cut their teeth.  The basic premise of the play is the breakdown of Rupert and Sarah’s marriage.  Their friends Charles and Madge, both of whom are lawyers, agree to handle the divorce.  But all is not as it seems.  This is a play about actors playing in a play where life intrudes into art and real life accusations unfold onstage while you, the audience, are unwittingly brought into the play.  Confused?