Programme For 2024

Monday, May 27th

Life X 3 by Yasmina Reza
presented by Hoddesdon Players (Hoddesdon)

An amateur performance by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd.

Henri and Sonia are putting their son to bed when Hubert and Inès arrive for dinner, a day earlier than expected...

As the evening degenerates, the play blends cruel observations with high comedy in an hilarious and poignant examination of our most personal intimacies and private longings.

We see three versions of the same socially hapless evening and Yasmina Reza demonstrates that by simply changing a word or gesture or the direction of a conversation, an entire evening can be drastically altered.

We also learn some fascinating facts about the structure of galaxies!

This play contains some strong language.

Tuesday, May 28th

The Revlon Girl by Neil Anthony Docking
presented by Heath Players (Hatfield Heath)

An amateur performance by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd.

Set eight months after the Aberfan Disaster of 1966, in which 144 people were killed (116 of them children), The Revlon Girl tells the real-life story of a group of bereaved mothers who met every week above a local hotel to talk, cry and even laugh without feeling guilty.

At one of these meetings, they invite a representative from the Revlon cosmetics company to give them a talk on beauty tips-secretly in case others view this as frivolous.

Revlon’s arrival brings raw emotions to the surface as each of the mothers reveal the different ways they are dealing with their grief.

Wednesday, May 29th

The Laramie Project by Moisés Kaufman and the members of the Tectonic Theatre Project
presented by Hertford Dramatic & Operatic Society (Hertford)

An amateur performance by arrangement with Music Theatre International and Josef Weinberger.

The Laramie Project is a play by Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theatre Company about the reaction to the 1998 murder of gay, University of Wyoming student, Matthew Shepard in Laramie Wyoming.  

The murder was denounced as a hate crime and, in a series of poignant reflections, the residents of Laramie react to the horrific crime and surrounding media storm with anger, sorrow and bewilderment. 

The play draws on hundreds of interviews conducted by the Tectonic Theatre Company with the inhabitants of Laramie, company members’ own journal entries and published media reports.  

The actors portray more than sixty characters in a series of short scenes.

Awarded the Tony Bentley Tankard for Adjudicators Award

Thursday, May 30th

The Invisible Men by Laura Ilinca
presented by The Company of Players (Hertford)

Jack Griffin, a wannabe scientist who dreams of discovering the secret to invisibility, moved in with his friends Mr. & Mrs. Hall a year ago, after his marriage fell apart.

The Halls manage The Cock & Bull Inn, situated in a postcard- beautiful but otherwise uneventful little English village. Having little to do with their time, and lacking other bright ideas, they spend their days helping Griffin to plot silly revenges against his ex-wife and her new boyfriend.

What could go wrong? Not much, as Griffin is well known around the village. Until one day, when two unexpected guests arrive at the inn, bringing with them an unknown number of secret agencies very interested in the invisibility business as well.

Friday, May 31st

Lilies On The Land by The Lion's Part
presented by White Cobra Productions (Northampton)

An amateur performance by arrangement with Nick Hern Books.

Lilies on the Land is an extraordinary piece of theatre telling the story of Britain's Women's Land Army of World War II.

Based on hundreds of actual letters with Original Land Girls, the play focuses on four very different women who all come together during Britain's darkest hour determined to "do their bit" for King and Country.

Working long hours, the bonds formed during the war would last a lifetime as women’s stories unfold. Not only do they have to learn the ways of working on the land the hard way, but they have to deal with being far from home and their loved ones, as outsiders in unfamiliar circumstances.

At times hilarious, at times heartbreaking, this story of some of the country's unsung heroes is a wonderfully rich piece of theatre.

Awarded the Ted Harden Rose Bowl for Runner-Up

Saturday, June 1st

Hansard by Simon Woods
presented by The Barn Theatre Club (Welwyn Garden City)

An amateur performance by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd.

HANSARD is obliquely timely, waspishly funny, and ultimately very moving. The debut play of actor Simon Woods, Hansard premiered at the National in 2019.

The setting is 1988, in the Oxfordshire country home of junior Tory minister, Robin Hesketh and Diana, his wife of thirty years. Section 28, the legislation forbidding the teaching or promotion of homosexuality in schools, has just been introduced.

Returning from an overnight trip to Leeds, where he appeared on Any Questions Hesketh’s hoping for a warm welcome on his birthday. He finds Diana still in her dressing gown and 90 minutes of verbal battle is joined.

Award-winning Hannah Sayer directs Paul Brown and Emily Fairman in this witty and devastating portrait of the governing class.

 

Followed by the presentation of the awards

Awarded the Mercury Challenge Cup for Winner
Awarded the Roy Seamen Hart for Stage Presentation
Awarded the Freston Salver for Audience Award



In extreme circumstances this programme may be subject to change without notice. Refunds on tickets will only be given if there is no performance.