We have kicked off our 2017/18 with two super one act plays – Kevin Heritage’s Man in A Room directed by Suzanne Buist and Joe Orton’s Ruffian on the Stair from new director Joseph Bentley. Congratulations go to both directors, casts and crews for a gripping evening of theatre.

Rehearsals for our Christmas production The Voyage of The Dawn Treader are well underway. I’m sure this is going to be a very popular production so book early to avoid disappointment!

The latest on the Renovation Project – the EGM was held, as planned, on Sunday 29th October and the motion to go ahead with the project was approved by the membership. It’s very exciting to be able to move the project forward with the membership’s formal backing. I would like to thank everyone who gave up their Sunday evening to attend the EGM and for those who sent in proxy votes. We are now in discussion with our architects and the fundraising team will be going into action.

Brighton Open Air theatre has offered us two slots again in 2018. They have selected Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility which will be directed by Tess Gill and performed at BOAT week commencing 16 July and George Orwell’s Animal Farm to be directed by Mimi Goddard and performed at BOAT during week commencing 6 August.

So that leaves us with our first Festival slot in May.  Love’s Labour’s Lost is to be performed at BOAT by another company during the summer so, with Claire Lewis, we have explored other options and decided on the very newly available King Charles III by Mike Bartlett which premiered at The Almeida Theatre in 2014. King Charles III will be performed from 5th to 12th May 2018 at BLT.  A great choice, and something of a coup, which I believe will be very popular with audiences.

With best wishes

Felicity Clements