Shakers – Re-stirred but not shaken
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 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
Tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased online at:
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
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 email@example.com. You will be assured of a very warm welcome.
We did it!
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
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:
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!
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.