Our Next Production – Abigail’s Party

For the 2nd production in our 70th anniversary year, the St John’s Players are maintaining the theme of 70 and have appositely chosen the 1970s classic, Abigail’s Party by Mike Leigh.

It will run from 9 – 12 October 2019 at the Vesta Tilley Studio, Swan Theatre, Worcester.  Tickets are now available from Worcester Live Box Office.

British suburbanites Laurence and Beverly are entertaining their new neighbours, Angela and Tony, as well as Susan, whose teenage daughter, Abigail, is having a party to which Susan has been dis-invited. Over drinks and snacks, clichés and fatuous small talk abound. The tension escalates as the marital strain between Beverly and Laurence surfaces. Susan’s anxiety over Abigail’s party accelerates as rock music and God-knows-what permeate the room. As Beverly and Angela offer some supremely tactless remarks, reality breaks through the smugness as the evening climaxes with a tragic incident.

A dark, thought-provoking play interspersed with black comedy.

No admission once the performance has started.

An amateur production directed by David Scott.

By special arrangement with Samuel French Ltd a Concord Theatricals Company.

Announcing The 39 Steps

Launching their 70th year in style, St John’s Players will bring you their unique interpretation of the multi-award-winning, critically acclaimed West End smash-hit “39 Steps”.

Join us for an evening of adventure-comedy as we delve into the top-secret world of international espionage – including such mysteries as:

What are the 39 Steps? What is the secret of Altnashellach? And more to the point how do you pronounce it? How on Earth will we stage a cross-country chase of planes, trains and automobiles all in the confines of the Vesta Tilley Studio?

With a handful of actors playing dozens of roles, prepare yourself for thrills and laughs aplenty.

Tickets will be on sale soon through Worcester Live – follow us for the latest news!

Directed by Adam Bullock
John Buchan and Alfred Hitchcock’s “The 39 Steps” adapted by Patrick Barlow from an original concept by Simon Corble & Nobby Dimon. By arrangement with Edward Snape for Fiery Angel Ltd. An amateur production by special arrangement with Samuel French Ltd.

Casting Call!

Are you, or do you know, an actor interested in amateur dramatics in the Worcester area?

We are looking for an amateur actor aged between mid to late 30’s to mid to late 50’s for St John’s Players’ next production which is about to start rehearsal – “Yes, Prime Minister”, written by the writers of the original television series Antony Jay & Jonathan Lynn.

We are looking for someone to play the role of Jim Hacker, the Prime Minister.  The synopsis of the plot is as follows: 

The UK is in crisis: debt is spiralling, unemployment is on the rise and the fragile coalition cabinet, led by Prime Minister Jim Hacker, is at breaking point.  But salvation may exist in the form of a complex pipeline deal with the oil-rich country of Kumranistan that would entitle the government to a multi-trillion pound loan.  When the Kumranistan Foreign Secretary makes a shocking request of Jim’s Private Secretary Bernard Woolley, moral considerations collide with the economic future of the nation.  But how will Jim and his team – Bernard, Cabinet Secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby, and Special Adviser Claire Sutton – reconcile the two?  Political machinations, media manipulation and an appeal for divine intervention ensue.

The play will be performed at the Vesta Tilley Studio at Worcester Swan Theatre 19th – 24th March 2018.  Rehearsals are on Tuesday & Thursday evenings.  If you are interested please contact the Director, Dave Scott on 01905 358811

Casting Call

We are looking for an amateur actress aged between early 20’s to mid to late 30’s required for St John’s Players’ latest production which is currently in rehearsal – Alan Ayckbourn’s “Season’s Greetings”.  The role is that of Pattie.

Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances the member of the group who was cast in this role has had to withdraw from the production and we have no other members who are available to perform this role.

“Season’s Greetings” is a comedy, often farcical, about 4 days in the life of a dysfunctional family over Christmas. Belinda and Neville have invited their family for a traditional Christmas celebration.  The guests include: Neville’s exhausted sister Phyllis; her husband Bernard, a doctor whose annual puppet shows are the stuff of legend and terror to both young and old alike; Neville’s friend Eddie and his pregnant wife Pattie; uncle Harvey, a slightly senile retired security guard and a television-addict; Belinda’s unmarried sister, Rachel; and Clive, a writer and friend of Rachel.

“Season’s Greetings” is being performed at Worcester Swan Theatre, 7th-11th November 2017

Rehearsals are on Tuesday & Thursday evenings from 7.30pm to approx. 9.30pm – 10pm

If you are interested in auditioning for this role please contact the director Christine King by phone or e-mail on: 07812 906295 – chris@theresearchsolution.co.uk

 

 

 

Our Next Production – Season’s Greetings by Alan Ayckbourne

Our next Production is Alan Ayckbourne’s Season’s Greetings at the Swan Theatre, Worcester 7 – 11th November 2017.  It will be directed by Christine King with a cast of new and familiar faces from the St John’s Players repertory.  Rehearsals begin this month so keep checking back for more updates!

Half a dozen relatives and friends are celebrating Christmas with Neville and Belinda. Various children are also there: though unseen, their presence is always felt and indeed seems duplicated in the adults. Petty and not-so-petty squabbles break out and Christmas presents are rifled. Hilarious highlights include a chaotically incompetent puppet show, a trigger-happy crazy relative and a midnight love scene that ends in a fearful din from several mechanical Christmas presents!

Come and share in the familiar family frivolity and fiasco of Christmas!

Proudly sponsored by The Research Solution.

Box Office details:  Worcester Live