Shakers – Re-stirred but not shaken

Last night saw the opening night of the Society’s latest production, Shakers – Re-stirred by John Godber and Jane Thornton.

The play, which was thoroughly enjoyed by an appreciative audience, is set in Shakers cocktail bar in a typical North of England town. Set in Thatcher’s 1980’s Britain, in the type of establishment where the happy hours are not always very happy, especially for the waitresses who have to put up with the different punters they encounter – and all with a smile on their face.

We see the girls: Carol (Paula Milne), Adele (Caroline MacDiarmid), Nicky (Kay Brown) and Mel (Kim Brown) tell the story, in a kind of flashback, from their viewpoint . By using accent, body language and voice, we see them encounter a group of lads on the pull, pompus businessmen, silly supermarket checkout girls, a loved up couple and the rest.

The play, under the experienced direction of Martin McKay, moves along at a brisk pace and moves seamlessly from scene to scene. Interspersed with this, we also hear the personal stories of the waitresses, the reasons they are working in Shakers, what lies behind the practised smiles and what their dreams are for the future. These insights are very well delivered and add real pathos to the comedy.

Shakers is a sassy, smart, funny and insightful slice of life which is easy on the eye and all in all, a very good evenings entertainment.

Successful Losing the Plot

The society’s production of John Godber’s Losing the Plot was an outstanding success.  The company certainly did not lose the plot in what was a thoroughly entertaining evening at the theatre.
The action revolves around the relationship between husband Jack, an art teacher, and his wife Sally who runs a flower shop. When he has to face the prospect of his life being turned upside down by changes at his school, Jack Munroe walks out on the world he knows in order to get his thoughts straight. He returns unexpectedly three months later to find that his wife Sally has been writing a book – about him – which promises to be a great success. So the scene is set for a neat reversal of roles, with him at the flower shop and his wife being the real bread-winner in the family. Jack seems confused and out of touch with reality, hurt and angry about the book that is being written about him but not quite understanding why. On the other hand, Sally is frustrated and exasperated with him and with her situation, happy that she has finally found recognition in her own right and angry that Jack does not want to encourage her.
Graham Hewitson and Linda McLaren, who played artistic couple Jack and Sally, brought their characters to life in this examination of modern living with all the stresses and strains of everyday life for middle class couples. The action was enhanced by a wonderful set which made the audience feel they were indeed looking into the lives of the hapless couple.

Losing the Plot up next

Our next production is Losing the Plot by John Godber.  This lively comedy drama, set in Yorkshire, sees married couple Sally (Linda McLaren) and Jack Monroe (Graham Hewitson) come to terms with changes in their comfortable lives.  Directed by Drew Barnett, the play is being performed in Studio 132, East High Street from Wednesday 15th to Saturday 18th November each night at 7:30pm. 

Tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased online at:

http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/forfardramatic

or by visiting Toppers, 150 East High Street.
Tickets cost £12 for Adults and £10 for concessions.  Refreshments are included in the cost of the tickets.

Club resumes on Tuesday 22nd August 2017

The Society will re-commence for their 2017 -18 season on Tuesday 22nd August by holding a reception for all donors to our recent, successful crowdfunding appeal to raise cash for new seating for Studio 132.  The appeal was extremely well received and we met our target of £5,000.  The seats have now been ordered and will be unveiled on the 22nd.

If you would like to come along and join us for the forthcoming season, either on stage or in one of the many off stage jobs required, email us at info@forfardramatic.com.  You will be assured of a very warm welcome.



We did it!

Our “Seating for Studio 132” crowdfunder concluded at 9am this morning and we are happy to announce that, thanks to a late flurry of on/offline donations, we successfully reached our £5000 target!

A huge thank you to all that contributed to the cause – we are now in a position to move ahead with the purchase of the seating we desired and we look forward to seeing you all along at Studio 132 to try out the new seats in the near future.

Support the #lonelychair at #Studio132

Our crowdfunder project is now LIVE!!

As it stands, we are currently reliant on borrowed seating for use during performances – we want to change that situation! We want to ensure that audiences sit in comfort when they visit Studio 132, so we are looking to purchase some high quality auditorium chairs.
One such chair already resides at Studio 132 – the #lonelychair – which arrived as a sample some time ago.

Over the next 6 weeks we are looking to raise the necessary funds to purchase a full set of 50 seats so that Studio 132 can genuinely be classed as a “50-seater studio” and we’re looking for your help…

Our crowd funding page can be found at:

www.crowdfunder.co.uk/seating-for-studio-132

Please have a look at the site (where you will find more information and details of the rewards available for pledging) and hopefully you will consider coming on board with our project.

Crowd Funder Launch

Studio 132 has been open for business since late 2016 and a couple of performances have already taken place but the studio is currently still missing one key thing – a set of comfortable auditorium seats! This is a situation we would like to change and we are looking for your help…

FDS is on the verge of launching a crowd funder to raise funds towards the purchase of the desired seating.

The crowd funder launches on Monday, 24th April.

Watch this space for more information…

Good Things was Good News!

Liz Lochhead’s Good Things came to Forfar last week and the production, in Studio 132, was an outstanding success, culminating in a sold out final performance.  The cast of six, Marley Hunter, Ernie Patullo, Kay Brown, Alan Mair, Louise Cumming and Drew Barnett played their roles to perfection resulting in a laughter packed night.  Director, Graham Hewitson, ensured the pace was maintained throughout and handled the thrust stage with aplomb!
Set in a charity shop, the effort and attention to detail of the vast amount of props was obvious and the team must have had an enormous amount of work bringing it all together.
Lighting and sound all worked well and contributed to a very entertaining and thoroughly enjoyable evening.

New Session

The Society resumed on Tuesday 18th August at 8.00pm after a well earned Summer break, and a very nice cheese and wine night was enjoyed by a very healthy turnout from the members. Next Tuesday, 25th, we will be casting Later Life (our November production). Hopefully, all the new members we had last night will return. Please email info@forfardramatic.com if you would like some more information regarding the next production, and if you are considering joining us, please feel free to come along.

New Season, Re-Vamped Premises

The new season kicks off next Tuesday 6th September and the great news is that we will meet in our brand new Studio Theatre – Studio 132 – at the existing address of 132 East High Street. We start at 7.30pm with a tour of the building.

This will be followed by a launch of our exciting Scottish season when we will perform the following plays:
November 2016 – Whisky Galore by Compton Mackenzie adapted by Paul Godfrey
March 2017 – Good Things by Liz Lochhead
May 2017 – Parking lot in Pittsburgh by Anne Downie