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THE DEEP BLUE SEA

by Terence Rattigan
9-18 May

The Deep Blue Sea is the story of Hester Collyer, a middle-aged clergyman’s daughter, and her obsessive desire for her younger and drunken lover; a man whose feelings for Hester have never changed.
‘They couldn’t,’ as Hester explain. ‘Zero minus zero is still zero.’

Have a look at the behind-the-scenes video here.

Tickets for all our shows are available at Ticketsource.


THE HOLLOW CROWN

by John Barton
17-20 April

The Hollow Crown presents in dramatic form the monarchy from William the Conqueror to Queen Victoria. Through speeches, documents, gossip and music you will experience a potted history of the British monarchy unlike any other you might have read. Tickets available at Ticketsource.


NOW PLAYING

OUR DAY OUT

by Willy Russell
14-17 February

Our Youth Company present Our Day Out by Willy Russell. Click here to get your tickets.


THE WEIR

by Conor McPherson
29 January - 3 February 2024

Click here to get your tickets for our next production, The Weir by Conor McPherson, from the director of last season's smash hit, Death & The Maiden.

From the Royal Court blurb: 'A bar in a remote part of Ireland: the local lads are swapping spooky stories to impress a young woman from Dublin newly moved to the area. But she turns the tables on them...'

"A spellbinder that transfixes you... No praise in fact is too high..." - The Guardian
"With bewitching fluency allied to a gift for locating the greatest emotions in the smallest details, and a faultless ear for idiom, McPherson achieves something remarkable..." - TLS
"The writing is rich, vivid and often wonderfully funny... A distinctive talent to cherish" - Daily Telegraph


AUDITION NOTICE

THE HOLLOW CROWN

by John Barton
Extra audition: Tuesday 16 January
Playing dates: 17-20 April 2024

Please see the audition notice for April's production of The Hollow Crown.


AUDITION NOTICE

POST-HORN GALLOP

by Derek Benfield
Audition dates: 14 and 21 November
Playing dates: 10-15 June 2024

Please see the audition notice for next June's production of Post-Horn Gallop.


LAST FEW TICKETS REMAINING

WENDY & PETER PAN

by J M Barrie
9-11 November

Click here to get your tickets for the Youth Group's production of Wendy & Peter Pan.


NOW BOOKING

KODACHROME

by Adam Szymkowicz
11-14 and 18-21 October

Welcome to a small town where everybody knows each other and the pace of life allows the pursuit of love to take up as much space as it needs. Our tour guide is the town photographer, who lets us peek into her neighbours' lives to catch moments of romance in all its stages. Who knows if you the audience will feature in the recording of love, life and how we learn to say goodbye. It's tender and poignant and awkward and funny all at the same time - you know, just like life.


AUDITION NOTICE

THE DEEP BLUE SEA

by Terence Rattigan
Audition dates: 7.30pm, 24 October & 3 November, Medway Little Theatre
Playing dates: 9 - 18 May 2024

Please see the audition notice for next year's production of The Deep Blue Sea.


AUDITION NOTICE

THE WEIR

by Conor McPherson
Auditions: Tuesday 12 September, 8pm, Copley Room, Medway Little Theatre
Playing dates: 29 January-3 February 2024

The Weir centres around a rural, isolated pub in the northwest of Ireland, where a landlord and his regulars share old stories with a newcomer, recently arrived from Dublin.

Throughout the course of just one evening, events about themselves and others are exchanged, based on rumour and local legend but tinged with the supernatural. What is discovered through each character is either wasted opportunities, missed huan connections, vulnerability and loss.

Join us on a ghostly haunting journey which is filled with warm Irish humour, comical off-hand remarks, much laughter and a few tears...

Brendan (late 30s) - landlord and farm owner, a great observer with morals, single, independent and kind.

Jack (50s or 60s) - garage owner. Warm, friendly, set in his ways, likes to wind up the others but has a quiet loneliness about him.

Jim (30s) - lives with his poorly mother, a quiet gambler but very good at it. Works with Jack and does lots of odd jobs. His friends know he is cleverer than he lets on.

Finbar (40s) - taking over the family business, not short of money, property owner and shrewd investor. Likes to show off his success and make off-hand digs but always done with humour.

Valerie (30s) - curious, friendly but hiding a painful life-changing event.

Any questions or further details please contact director Fiona McGahren on 07596068122, or fmcgahren@outlook.com.


AUDITION NOTICE

COMFORT & JOY

by Mike Harding
Auditions: Tuesday 22 & Tuesday 29 August, 7.30pm, Medway Little Theatre
Playing dates: 7–16 December 2023

Comfort & Joy is a dark comedy by Mike Harding, set at a chaotic Christmas family gathering in a Lancashire home.

Martin Duggan (about 50-55) is a sociable Irishman. He is witty, intelligent and likeable, but does have a tendency to talk politics after a few drinks.

Margaret Duggan (about 50-55) is Martin's long-sufering wife, the lynchpin of the family, trying to hold things together amid the chaos.

Helen Duggan (about 30) is their recently-divorced eldest daughter, a rather sensible vegetarian/environmental type who works as a primary teacher.

Kathy Duggan (about 25) is Helen's more glamorous sister who leads a fashionable life in London working in the arts.

Crispin (about 25-30) is Kathy's midde class ex-public school boyfriend. He is well-spoken, runs an art gallery, and is completely outside his comfort zone.

Goff (about 70) is Margaret's uncle, a retired railwayman who is somehere between Scrooge and Jim Royle, a cynical, likeable rogue, who thinks himself quite a wit, and enjoys mocking everyone.

Fiona (about 45) is Goff's daughter who has not been in contact with her family since she ran away to Australia with an older man 25 years ago.

Jimmy (about 50-55) is the man Fiona ran off with. Confident and pleased with himself, a former singer in a local band. He could still have a bit of the aging rocker about him.

Monica and Chapman (about 55-60) are new neighbours. A very conventional, well-dressed, middle class couple from the south with a very bizarre story to tell.

Pat and Hughie (about 50-60) Hughie is Pat's rather timid 'gentleman friend'. Pat is a strong character who does most of the talking and makes a shocking discovery.

Please contact John Firman if you have questions on 07736 883953.


ONE-ACT PLAY FESTIVAL WINNERS

50th EDITION DUNCAN RAND ONE-ACT PLAY FESTIVAL WINNERS

For the full list of awards check out the festival pages.


FESTIVAL FINALS NIGHT

Saturday 15 July 2023

The adjudicator has made her decision and asked the following groups to perform tonight in the final:

Well done to all entrants, and good luck to the finalists. Tickets are available here.


DUNCAN RAND ONE-ACT PLAY FESTIVAL

50TH EDITION

6th - 15th July 2023

Check out the latest press release on the 50th edition of the festival, and a visit from our friends in Gibraltar.

Duncan Rand 2023 Youth Section Schedule

Tickets available here.

Duncan Rand Adult Section Schedule

Tickets available here.


LILIES ON THE LAND

by the Lions part
12th - 17th June 2023

Lilies on the Land is a collection of true stories from members of the Women’s Land Army who experienced the trials and tribulations of the Second World War. If there was a forgotten army, then the WLA must be included.

Whilst the menfolk were fighting the war overseas, it was the WLA who took the place of the farmers and agricultural workers to ‘feed the nation’ and sustain the war effort. The WLA had a huge influence on the outcome of the war, and went about their tasks with pride. They literally ‘made their home field their battlefield’ and not everyone survived to tell their stories.

Lilies on the Land is a play which commemorates the memory of these brave ladies in more ways than one. Their contribution should never be forgotten, which is what we have tried to portray in the production of this wonderful play.

The cast includes a few MLT regulars as well as some new faces, who have adapted their talents to become storytellers of a wonderful part of our history and heritage to which we should all be thankful for. The whole team have worked incredibly hard to ensure that the respect we have for these women is communicated in a way that we can all remember and honour them.

The play includes a number of nostalgic songs, to which the audience is welcome to join in and sing along, as well as some funny, and some sad, stories, to help us understand exactly the problems they faced, both mentally and physically.

Tickets available here.

Our show runs until Saturday 17th June. Book your tickets here!


HAMLET

by William Shakespeare
18th - 27th May 2023

The most famous play in the English language has never before been performed at our theatre, but that is about to change.

This new abridgement cracks on at a rollicking pace. Witness some of our finest actors present to you a tale of murder, betrayal, madness, and revenge.

Tickets available here.

Our show runs until Saturday 27th May. Book your tickets and don't miss this historic performance!


Children's Workshop Production 2023

Friday 21st - Saturday 22nd April 2023

Our Children’s Workshop brings two short pieces and a one act play. The short pieces comprise 'The Strange Girl' by John Groves, John Griffin and Nigel Grimshaw and 'Us' by Ann Cartwright under the combined heading of 'Schooldays'. The one act play is entitled 'Greece!' by Sue Gordon: there is trouble in Mount Olympus as the boiler has broken down and Zeus has no hot water for his shower!


DEATH AND THE MAIDEN

by Ariel Dorfman
27th February- 4th March 2023

This provocative, award-winning drama is set in a country that has only recently returned to democracy. Gerardo Escobar has just been chosen to head the commission that will investigate the crimes of the old regime when his car breaks down and he is picked up by the humane doctor Roberto Miranda, but in the voice of this Good Samaritan, Gerardo's wife, Paulina, thinks she recognizes another man, someone from her past…

This production of Death and the Maiden is presented by special arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French Ltd.

Please be aware, this play contains very strong language and descriptions of sexual abuse and torture. Age guidance 16+.

Tickets available here.


NOW PLAYING: TAKING STEPS

by Alan Ayckbourn
6th - 15th October 2022

A unique play, Ayckbourn's only farce, quite unlike the rest of his work and deliberately modelled on the inter-war Aldwych farces by Ben Travers, who wrote classics such as Thark and Rookery Nook, but, this being Ayckbourn, Taking Steps is like is like no other six-character, three-storey, haunted-house comedy you have ever seen!

Ayckbourn's biggest laughter-maker!

If you've got the autumn blues, Taking Steps is the perfect play to shake them off.

It's the only classic farce by one of Britain's best-loved playwrights Alan Ayckbourn - and a hilarious one it is too. Influenced by the television sitcom Fawlty Towers, Taking Steps features six extraordinary characters in a tumbledown house, once a notorious brothel and reputed to be haunted by a previous occupant.

To this house comes an innocent: Tristram is a tongue-tied solicitor whose life will be transformed by the extraordinary events in which he will unwillingly take part - and the amazing characters he will meet.

These include the bucket millionaire Roland, who likes a drink or three; his wife Elizabeth, a frustrated dancer, who can't make up her mind whether to leave him; and her brother Mark, whose fiancee Kitty walked out on him at their wedding. On top of this, there's the impecunious landlord Leslie, who's desperate to offload the house onto Roland but (spoiler alert) gets mistaken for a burglar.

With each character immersed in their personal problems and the continual running up and downstairs and in and out of rooms, misunderstandings abound and mayhem ensues.

Medway Little Theatre has assembled a fine cast. Del de Lorme (Educating Rita, A Christmas Carol) plays Roland; his wife is Francesca West (A Christmas Carol); the put-upon solicitor Tristram is Ian Sagar (Wild Goose Chase); Chris Loft (Hay Fever, Rope, The Ladykillers) plays the hapless landlord; Sophie Payne, who appeared in our previous Ayckbourn production Relatively Speaking, is Kitty; and we welcome Brian Holmes to our stage as Mark.

A good time is predicted for all - except the characters of course. Enjoy!

Tickets available here.


AUDITION NOTICE - DEATH AND THE MAIDEN

by Ariel Dorfman

Tuesday 18th & Tuesday 25th October at 7pm at Medway Little Theatre

'Beware of turning into the enemy you most fear' - 15 years have passed since political prisoner Paulina suffered at the hands of her captor, a man whose face she never saw, but whom she can still recall with terrifying clarity.

In the present day, by chance a stranger arrives at the beach house she shares with her husband, but is he the captor, and can justice finally be served?

Characters

Paulina/Gerardo’s characters are played with an American accent, Roberto with a South American accent.

Any questions/queries please contact me on: 07596068122 or fmcgahren@outlook.com


2022 ONE-ACT PLAY FESTIVAL

Check out the results of the awards nights of July 2022's Duncan Rand One-Act Play Festival.

YOUTH EXTRAVAGANZA

3rd - 5th November 2022

Tickets available here.


NOW BOOKING: LADIES’ DAY

Ladies’ Day

By Amanda Whittington

16th - 25th June 2022

An exuberant comedy about four likely lasses from the Hull fish docks on a day trip to the races. Work, love and life are just one long, hard slog for the fish-filleting foursome Pearl, Jan, Shelley and Linda, but their fortunes are set to change when Linda finds tickets to Ladies’ Day at Royal Ascot the year it relocated to York.

Out go the hairnets, overalls and wellies as the four ditch work, do themselves up to the nines and head off to the races for a drink, a flirt and a flutter. If their luck holds, they could hit the jackpot - and more besides...

Amanda Whittington's play Ladies’ Day premiered at Hull Truck Theatre in 2005 and has been revived many times since, including at the Royal Court in Liverpool and the Oldham Coliseum.

Book your tickets to see this unmissable production.

This production is presented by special arrangement with Nick Hern Books.


AUDITION NOTICE: TAKING STEPS

by Alan Ayckbourn

Playing dates: 4-15 October 2022

Auditions: 8pm, 7 June, Copley Room, Medway Little Theatre

This is a unique play. It is Ayckbourn's only farce, quite unlike the rest of his work and deliberately modelled on the inter-war Aldwych farces by Ben Travers, who wrote classics such as Thark and Rookery Nook. But, this being Ayckbourn, Taking Steps is like no other farce you've ever seen.

It's set in a tumbledown old house, reputed to be haunted and not unlike the house he lives in at Scarborough. The stage area represents three levels so that, for example, when the wife is dancing in the bedroom and her husband is looking up at the ceiling, worried that it'll fall in, the actors are near each other but the characters can't see each other. It takes the audience about seven minutes before they cotton on.

The play, which will require a lot of teamwork and careful timing, is a six-hander and the parts are:

THE OCCUPANTS:

THE GUESTS:

THE LANDLORD

THE VISITOR

Finally, on a personal note, I saw Ayckbourn's own production in Scarborough in 2017, which gives me some idea of what he intended. I thought it was a hoot, and as I left I overheard an elderly female holidaymaker say, in a heartfelt tone, 'Oh, I DID enjoy that!' Clearly he'd gven her, and the rest of the audience, including me of course, one of their best nights of the year. It was at that moment that I thought I should put it forward as a production at MLT; and at last I have.

Copies of the play will be available at MLT on Tuesday 31 May from 8pm. Please ring me on 01634 402598 to reserve a copy.

Michael Bath

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PLAY SUGGESTIONS FOR PRODUCTION COMMITTEE

What would you like to see at Medway Little Theatre? Production committee are currently planning the coming season and in order to best represent our members we need your ideas. Please get in touch via info@mlt.org.uk with your suggested play, if you have a script we might be able to have a look at, and if you would be interested in directing.


NOW BOOKING: EDUCATING RITA

Educating Rita

by Willy Russell

17th – 26th March 2022

Rita is a working-class hairdresser hungry to better herself. Frank is the alcoholic university lecturer who finds himself her tutor. Through the course of her tuition, both Rita and Frank learn and grow as people and poets. This touching two-hander, first performed in 1980 and brilliantly filmed in 1983 starring Julie Walters as Rita and Michael Caine as Frank, explores the effects of education on ourselves and our relationships.

Book your tickets to see this production, running from Thursday 17th to Saturday 26th March.


AUDITION NOTICE

HAMLET

Performances: 17-28 May

Auditions: 25 January 1st February 8pm Copley Room

If you would like to audition, but cannot make these dates, please ring me on 01634 402598

This famous revenge tragedy is often regarded as Shakespeare’s finest play; and it has never before been performed on our stage. Some parts may be cast gender-blind and there will probably be some doubling. The original script is five hours long so, as in most productions, the play has been shortened and is expected to finish at around 10pm.

CHARACTERS

Michael Bath, Director


NOW BOOKING: A CHRISTMAS CAROL

A Christmas Carol

by Charles Dickens, adapted from the novella by Jacqui Leppert, directed by Barry Kearns

"Bah! Humbug!"

We are pleased to bring this festive family event to the MLT stage, recreating Charles Dickens' best-known and most loved ghost story of Christmas. The story of Ebenezer Scrooge, well-known for his miserly nature, who, though some ghostly visitations finally embraces the festive spirit and mends his crotchety ways.

The story's enormous popularity helped make Christmas a major holiday in Victorian Britain and we hope that you will join us in the festive spirit for the evening.

Book your tickets to see this production, running from Monday 13th December to Saturday 18th December.


AUDITION NOTICE: EDUCATING RITA

30th November, 7th December, 8pm, Medway Little Theatre

Rita is a working-class hairdresser hungry to better herself. Frank is the alcoholic university lecturer who finds himself her tutor. Through the course of her tuition, both Rita and Frank learn and grow together, influencing each other's lives in surprising and unexpected ways. This touching two-hander, first performed in 1980 and the text made timeless by the author in 2003, explores the effects of education on ourselves and our relationships.

The play will run from 14th-26th March 2022.

We are looking to build a tech and backstage team for this show. If you are interested in being involved in any way, please get in touch.

For more information or to borrow a script, please email info@mlt.org.uk.

Mike Dickinson, director


AUDITION NOTICE: A CHRISTMAS CAROL

So far we have had a great response for A Christmas Carol. (Production dates 13th-18th December 2021). However there are still roles available and I would like to urge all members of any age or experience to pop along to MLT on Tuesday 12 October at 8pm to get involved in what is shaping up to be a fantastic festive production!

Time is of the essence and we need enthusiastic, dedicated people to pull this one out of the bag.

For a script/more details, please contact me as soon as you can:

barryakearns@yahoo.co.uk
07243650312
Barry Kearns - director.


Matchmaker and Blind Date, Inc

Matchmaker by Maisy Crunden & Blind Date, Inc by Gerald P. Murphy

14th-15th & 21st-22nd October 2021.

We present an evening of comedy and romance, with a Youth production of Matchmaker by Maisy Crunden, performed by members of our talented Youth Company, as a companion piece to Blind Date, Inc by Gerald P. Murphy, being performed by members of the Adult Company.

Tickets £10, available here. Doors at 7pm, show starts 7.30pm.


A CHRISTMAS CAROL

23 September 2021

As part of our returning season, Medway Little Theatre's production committee would like to hear from anyone interested in being involved with putting on A Christmas Carol in early December. We would like to put together a production team to present a real festive treat for our returning audiences. Tech crew, directors, backstage, actors, artist, puppet makers and puppeteers, anyone and everyone who would be interested in being involved, please get in touch by emailing info@mlt.org.uk and expect to hear from us very soon.

We look forward to hearing from you!.


Production Committee Submissions

18 May 2021

Medway Little Theatre's production committee would like to request our members' suggestions for plays to be part of our season when we return in the autumn.

If there is a play you are interested in seeing, acting in, directing, or working on in any capacity, please submit the title, author, and if you would be willing to direct to info@mlt.org.uk and production committee will consider your submission.


Members' Questionnaire

31 December 2020

Our management and production committees are very interested in your opinions on the type of performances MLT puts on. Please take a minute to fill out this anonymous survey and help shape the future direction of the theatre!


Play on the Radio Festival

30 May 2020

Many thanks and congratulations to all entrants in Medway Little Theatre's PLAY ON THE RADIO Festival.

We present all the entries for your listening delight here.


A Jolly Sinister Jape

27 September 2020

Following the great success of our Play on the Radio festival, Medway Little Theatre's company are in rehearsal for our first ever livestreamed performance.

A Jolly Sinister Jape by Elliot Strange is a comedy thriller set in the 1920s, featuring four characters trapped in a mysterious house during a storm. This play has been rehearsed, and will be performed live from the theatre, in a socially-distanced manner.

The three performances cost nothing to watch, and will be live on Friday 9th October at 7.30pm, and on Saturday 10th October at 3pm and 7.30pm.

This amateur production of 'A Jolly Sinister Jape' is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd. on behalf of Samuel French Ltd. www.concordtheatricals.co.uk


A Message from the Chairman

8 July 2020

The latest MLT newsletter features a message from our chairman, Chris Loft, and news about the theatre's involvement and engagement with the Medway Cultural Strategy 2020-2030 discussions.


Now Booking: When the Wind Blows by Raymond Briggs

BOOKING SUSPENDED

2nd – 11th April 2020

Tragicomic play about love and nuclear war, based on the film by the writer of The Snowman. Set in the 80s under the shadow of the bomb, Jim and Hilda Bloggs do their best to follow official government advice to protect themselves and survive the coming tribulation. This two-hander is set entirely in the Bloggs’ country cottage over the bucolic days before and in the aftermath of the nuclear apocalypse.


Audition Notice: Hamlet

Performance dates: 16-27 June

Audition dates: Tuesday 25 February, Tuesday 3 March, 8pm, Copley Room

If you would like to audition, but cannot make these dates, please ring Michael Bath on 01634 402598

This famous revenge tragedy is often regarded as Shakespeare’s finest play; and it has never before been performed on our stage. Some parts may be cast gender-blind and there will probably be some doubling. The original script is five hours long so, as in most productions, the play has been shortened and is expected to finish at around 10pm.

Characters


Now Booking: In Love With Shakespeare

13th – 15th February 2020

Medway Little Theatre’s Youth Company bring some love into our lives for Valentine’s weekend with romances from William Shakespeare. For the occasion, the MLT stage sets the scene for three of the finest of the bard’s love-filled stories: the tragic romance of Romeo & Juliet, the feisty battle between sexes in The Taming of the Shrew and the playful misdirection of cupid's arrow in a 1950s version of Much Ado About Nothing.

Book now!


Audition Notice: When the Wind Blows by Raymond Briggs

8pm, Copley Room, 7th, 8th & 14th January 2020

Members are invited to come and audition for this brilliant play about a retired couple facing nuclear disaster.

Playing dates: 2nd-11th April 2020

Jim Bloggs - practical, retired man who adores his wife

Hilda Bloggs - retired woman who thinks Jim can be a bit silly sometimes

Check out the trailer for the film version here.


Now Booking: Wild Goose Chase by Derek Benfield

23rd January – 1st February 2020

The Elroods’ dilapidated country pile with its full complement of eccentric aristocrats, lovers and maids is invaded by photographer Chester Dreadnought, jewel thieves Capone and Wedgewood, a crazy relic hunter and, inevitably, the police. The myriad doors into and out of the baronial hall in which it is set and cases of mistaken identity make the chaotic farce that ensues unavoidable.

Book now!


Now Booking: Dangerous Obsession by N J Crisp

5th – 14th December 2019

Thriller set in the modern, luxurious home of the security-conscious Sally and Mark Driscoll. Sally is visited by a man claiming to be an old acquaintance, and she tries to recall who he is and where they may have met. When her husband comes home it seems he is the one the man wants to see. Twisting and turning, surprise and suspense are the order of the day. Expect the unexpected!

Book now!


Now Booking: Blithe Spirit by Noël Coward

3rd – 12th October 2019

Supernatural comedy, written in 1941 to cheer up wartime Britain and which set a record for performances in the West End not beaten until 1957 by The Mousetrap. This perennial favourite has eccentric medium Madame Arcati invited to Charles Condomine’s villa on the Kent coast in order to conduct a séance as research for his new novel. Events do not transpire as planned.

Book now!


Audition Notice: Wild Goose Chase

Friday 23 August 2019

Audition dates: Tuesday 24th & Wednesday 25th September 8pm - Medway Little Theatre

Playing dates (incl. Charity nights) Tuesday 21st January 2020 to Saturday 1st February 2020

Download the audition notice for more details.


Audition Notice: Dangerous Obsession

Friday 26 July 2019

Extra audition date: Thursday 5th September 8pm - Medway Little Theatre

Playing dates (incl. Charity nights) Tuesday 3rd to Saturday 14th December 2019

Download the audition notice for more details.


Audition Notice: Blithe Spirit

Saturday 29 June 2019

Audition dates: Tuesday 2nd July, Wednesday 3rd July & Monday 8th July 2019 8pm - Medway Little Theatre

Playing dates (incl. Charity nights) Tuesday 1st to Saturday 12th October 2019

Download the audition notice for more details.


62nd Season Announcement

Wednesday, 27 June 2019

After much deliberation and a successful annoucement evening, we are pleased to announce the coming 2019/2020 season. If you are interested in appearing in any of these shows or helping out in any capacity, please stay tuned for announcements on this website and through your members' email notices.


Duncan Rand One-Act Play Festival Schedule

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Please see below for the schedules for the adult and youth sections of our one-act play festival which runs from 6th - 20th July. These timetables show the dates and times of the various entrants' technical rehearsals and performances.

Youth (6th - 12th July)
Adult (13th - 20th July)

If you have any questions about the festival please contact Kerrie, the festival secretary.


Deathtrap Audition Notice

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Auditions for Deathtrap by Ira Levin.
Performance Dates June 11th – June 22nd 2019

Deathtrap is an ingeniously constructed thriller by the master playwright Ira Levin. An ageing playwright becomes aware of a sure-fire smash hit written by an unknown writer. He arranges for the younger man to visit his home to discuss the piece but behind the innocent sounding invitation lies a sinister plot.

This is magnificent play that will have audiences on the edge of their seats. The twists and turns of this sensational example of dramatic brilliance are the product of a very clever mind at the top if its game. Deathtrap ran for 1800 performances on Broadway.

Characters:

Sidney Bruhl, age 40-70, American, older writer
Myra Bruhl, age 40-70, American, Sidney's wife
Clifford Anderson, age 25-40, American, younger writer
Helga ten Dorp, age 30-70, Dutch, mystic
Porter Milgrim, age 40-70, American, solicitor

Ages are approximate

Auditions will be held at Medway Little Theatre on Tuesday 19th March, Thursday 21st March, Tuesday 26th March at 8pm.

If you can't make any of the above dates or would like to read the script, contact Del on 07966217799


The Railway Children

Monday, 11 February 2019

The Railway Children, by E. Nesbit
Youth Company Production
28th February – 2nd March 2019

Set in and around a country railway station at the turn of the twentieth century, the plight of the railway children grappling with their new environment is imaginatively brought to life for a modern audience while losing nothing of the original spirit of humour, adventure and the final triumph of good over evil.

Book tickets now or view the rest of our current season.


A Murder Is Announced

Thurdsay, December 25, 2018

A Murder Is Announced by Agatha Christie, adapted by Leslie Darbon
24th January – 2nd February
Doors 7pm

Medway Little Theatre is pleased to welcome Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple to the stage in their next production, A Murder is Announced.

An announcement in the local paper states the time and place when a murder is to occur in Miss Blacklock's Victorian house. The victim is not one of the house's several occupants, but an unexpected and unknown visitor. A classic Christie puzzle of mixed motives and concealed identities follows. Luckily, Miss Marple is on hand to provide the final solution at no uncertain risk to herself.


Relatively Speaking

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Relatively Speaking by Alan Ayckbourn
6th – 15th December 2018
Doors 7pm

When Greg becomes somewhat suspicious that he is not the only man in his girlfriend Ginny’s life. He wonders about Ginny's plan 'to visit her parents' and decides to follow her. Ginny is really going to see a considerably older lover, but only in order to break with him. Greg mistakes the ex-lover and his wife for Ginny's parents. Ginny's arrival further compounds an already wildly hilarious situation!


Audition Notice - Relatively Speaking

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Performances: Tuesday 4th-Saturday 15th December 2018
Auditions: Tuesday 28 August & Tuesday 4th September 8pm Copley Room

Please see here for more information.


The Beauty Queen of Leenane

Monday, September 24, 2018

The Beauty Queen of Leenane
by Martin McDonagh
4th – 13th October
Doors 7pm

Please see here for more information.


The Duncan Rand One-Act Play Festival 2018

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Youth Section 9th-13th July
Adult Section 16th-21st July

I am writing to invite you to enter this year's Duncan Rand Festival. We expect the festival to run as shown above, but the actual start date will depend on the number of entries. The adult finals night will be on Saturday 21st July and we will work back from that date.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us at mltduncanrand@outlook.com with any questions, and please pass on our invitation to anyone you think would be interested in taking part.

Kerrie Thompson
Festival Secretary
Mobile: 07976 819759 (after 6pm weekdays)


Audition Notice - The Beauty Queen of Leenane

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Performances: Tuesday 2nd-Saturday 13th October 2018
Auditions: Tuesday 22 May 8pm Copley Room

Please see here for more information.


2018/2019 Season Announcement

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

After months of deliberation by our production committee, we are delighted to announce the plays chosen for our next season! Read the season announcement here.

If you are interested in getting involved, please come down to our next club night on Tuesday from 8pm for a drink and a chat.

If you simply enjoy watching our productions then we hope you are excited about what is to come!

In the meantime, book now for the remaining productions of our current season: the Ira Levin thriller Veronica's Room and the smash-hit farce One Man Two Guvnors.


Lights and Sound!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

We are looking for, and happy to train up, any one who fancies being part of the technical team providing lights and sound for each of our plays.

If this might interest you please get in touch. Full training given!


Gibraltar Drama Festival 2016

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Medway Little Theatre Youth Company returned from an exciting visit to participate in the Gibraltar Drama Festival with two lovely shiny trophies, new friends and a tan!

The group left on the Thursday 17th at 3am in the bitter cold, arrived at 11 am into warm sunshine. We dropped off our luggage at the Emile Hostel and headed out to Inces Hall to meet Tanya Santini of the cultural office for a whistle stop tour and a rehearsal on the stage.

Luke, Celia, Kairn and Derek went to work sorting out our set pieces (with thanks to Christian Santos from GAMPA for the loan of their set pieces!) and technical bits whilst Rosie and Kerrie got on with the rehearsal. We went to watch the evening’s performances, some great theatre from Bayside and Westside Drama group and Dramatis Personae before heading back for some well-deserved sleep! On Friday 18th , after a dress technical during the day, our team did a sterling job entertaining the audience at Inces Hall with ‘A Point of Law’, and received a positive adjudication from Paul Mills who commented that ‘Young actors played mature characters well’ and ‘crisp, efficient delivery of the story’.

On Saturday the team participated in a Drama workshop with Gibraltarian students facilitated by Julian Felice at the Bayside school on Saturday morning, then followed up with some sight seeing on a Rock Tour.

The Gala night saw Lana Ballantyne win Best Young Actress Award and Rosie Stannard winning Best Supporting Actress.


Set Design and Set Builders wanted!

Friday, October 16, 2015

If you can wield a screwdriver, a paintbrush or even make a good cup of tea please volunteer to help with our set building.

Each show needs one created and taken down again after – so we need a few hands to assist.

If you are interested in being part of the team that make this all possible then please get in touch.