A somewhat belated  … Happy New Year everyone!

We’ve started the year as we mean to go on – busy, busy, busy!

Congratulations to Steven Adams and the entire cast for a great Christmas show. It was good to be back in Narnia again this time aboard the mighty Dawn Treader visiting the farthest edges of the Eastern world!

Faye Woodbridge and her cast and crew are well into their rehearsals for Christopher Durang’s Beyond Therapy which opens on Tuesday 30th January. I haven’t seen this play before, but I’ve read it and it just leaps off the page. It’s an insane and fast-paced comedy which is not to be missed. So, make sure you book your tickets now.

At the time of writing we’ve also cast two of our upcoming productions - Noel Coward’s Present Laughter which is to be directed by Leigh Ward and Murder on The Brighton Twine which is to be performed for one night at the Royal Pavilion to guests of the Mayor of Brighton and Hove in support of the mayoral charities. Claire Lewis is also embarking on casting for King Charles III our first Festival production and auditions for Richard Lindfield’s production of When The Wind Blows are on 4th February.

Work on the theatre renovation is progressing well and great strides are being made on our fundraising activities. The project will be the subject of a separate report which is due to be published to members at the end of January.

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On a sad note, most of you will be aware that life member David Peters has passed away after a battle with cancer. He deserves all the tributes which have been paid to him by his many friends at Brighton Little Theatre. David was a staunch supporter of the theatre. With his wife Lynne, he was my trusty Stage Manager on a number of productions. He was a long-standing member of Brighton Little Theatre’s Committee and was Company Treasurer for many years, until April 2017. David was always a pleasure to work with. He was honest, reliable and trustworthy and he will be very sadly missed. 

David's funeral will take place on Friday, 2nd February, 2.30pm at Woodvale Crematorium in Brighton. We are also invited to join Lynne and their family afterwards at The Anchor Pub, Lewes Road, Ringmer. Lynne has said that black clothing is not necessary. The funeral is to be a celebration of David’s life.

Family flowers only requested, but donations to the St. Peter & St. James Hospice in Chailey would be welcomed and can be made, if desired, via
Grace Independent Funeral Directors, 74 Springett Avenue, Ringmer, BN8 5QX or online at https://www.justgiving.com/stpeterstjames.

With best wishes

Felicity Clements