Since our last update, we have enjoyed two more shows. Leigh Ward and his team’s terrific production of Present Laughter really captured the feel and style of Noel Coward. 

Our annual Youth Group productions were excellent - firstly A Midsummer Night’s Dream and then the very challenging Coram Boy. Our Youth@thelittle productions were a sell out and it’s hardly surprising. It’s great to see such talent emerging in the hands of Claire Lewis. 

Claire Lewis and her cast and crew (the grown-ups!) are now well into rehearsals for our first Fringe production, King Charles III, which opens on 5 May.  This is followed by our second Fringe production When The Wind Blows directed by Richard Lindfield. Also, both our summer productions, Tess Gill’s Sense and Sensibility and Mimi Goddard’s Animal Farm, are both fully cast.

On the renovation, unfortunately our funding application to Rampion was unsuccessful. The funding organisers highlighted that the scheme was vastly oversubscribed. We are now looking at opportunities to make applications to other organisations with an interest in theatre development.

I would like to thank everyone who came to the recent AGM which was well attended.

Finally, my Skydive, which as most people know has been postponed twice due to rain and low cloud (and not my unwillingness to make the leap, as some people have wittily suggested) is to be re-scheduled for a later date. Fingers crossed for good weather!

With best wishes

Felicity Clements