Wilde's story was first published in late 1887. The principal character, you will not be surprised to learn, is the eponymous Lord Arthur, who is introduced by Lady Windermere (no doubt the one who had the fan?) to chiromantist Mr Podgers who reads Lord Arthur's palm and tells him that it is in his future to be a murderer.
Lord Arthur wishes to marry, but decides he cannot risk doing so unless he has fulfilled his inevitable destiny by actually committing a murder. That's all I intend to say about the plot apart from saying that Lord Arthur sets about finding a suitable victim and deciding upon a modus operandi with some comic results. You had better come along yourself on Friday 10th May to find out how this story is (or is not?) resolved.
THE CURIOUS SAVAGEThanks to all who helped The Curious Savage be a successful production with a deft comic slant and touching story. This was a real ensemble production involving most of the dp committee, which meant that there was no one left to run the Bar and Front of House. Fortunately, Ann Wilson organized the Bar rota and FOH. I am glad to say that Savage brought in FOUR newcomers to dp. Kelly Cowley (Arthur Jones' daughter) George Ogazi and Richard Stanley joined the cast and Jerry Park from Nantwich Players was our guest Director. Using an outside director was somewhat of an experiment for all, but worked well (with a few learning points).
AND THE ONE AFTER THAT...
FUTURE PLAY SELECTION
- · we don't schedule our drama programme far enough ahead and
- · too often we leave Directors to find a play they like with no guidance from us.
THEATRE EXTENSION PROJECT
- · compatible with the theatre's location within the Davenham Village Conservation Area
- · sympathetic to neighbours' concerns
- · in accordance with local planning and building regulations.
NORTHWICH LITERARY FESTIVAL
ANNUAL CHARITY ART LECTURE
POCKET PANTO SUMMER SCHOOL
This has nothing to do with the Players, but I just wanted to recommend a film that came out in 2008 which I recently saw on DVD. The story is an adaptation of a Noel Coward play also called Easy Virtue – a comedy romance starring Jessica Biel, Colin Firth, Kristin Scott-Thomas and Ben Barnes. The settings are great and the musical score is 20's style and really makes the movie. Watch out for a superb scene-stealing Butler played by Kris Marshall !
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Friday 10th May 2013 - Rocket Theatre, Lord Arthur Savile's Crime adapted for the small stage. A one-night opportunity to see a professional company at work in your local theatre. Tickets £8.00 direct from DAN www.danarts.org or 01606 784442. Click here for info.
Wednesday 22nd - Saturday 25th May - A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare in a new presentation directed by Tom Barry.
Wednesday 5th June 7:30pm – AGM - An opportunity for all members to voice their opinions and offer help. Any nominations for the committee to be sent to Paulette by June 1st .
Thursday 20th June 7:30pm – Swap shop Ladies, bring along up to 3 items of unwanted, good quality items of clothing or accessories. You pay £3 and get 3 raffle tickets to determine your turn. Items are displayed around the room and we take turns to choose the item we fancy. Please bring as many friends as you wish.
Saturday 29th June 7:30pm – Sunny Ormonde's One-Woman Show. Presented by DAN as part of the Northwich Lit Fest. Tickets via the DAN website.
Thursday 18th July 7:30pm – Play Reading - Moonshine by Jim Nolan
Saturday 7th Sept 10am - 4pm – Arts & Craft Day. Details tba
Wednesday 11th - Saturday 14th Sept – Tin Shed presents – Effie’s Burning and A Cream Cracker under the settee.
Friday 20th September 7:30pm - Folk - Andrew Whalley presents a concert by Neil McSweeney
Thursday 26th Sept - Jazz @ Davenham - Sally Doherty accompanied by Paul Kilvington. Click Jazz for info.
Thursday 24th Oct - Jazz @ Davenham - The Weave Sextet. Click Jazz for info.
Thursday 21st Nov - Jazz @ Davenham - Stuart McCallum Septet with Strings section. Click Jazz for info.
Friday 6th Dec - Jazz @ Davenham - Djangologie. Click Jazz for info.