September 2024

This play is about the relationships between mothers and daughters, and explores the themes of independence, growing up and secrets. It addresses the issues of teenage pregnancy, career prioritisation and single motherhood. It is also about how the different generations break free from their parents' traditions and culture.

The story explores the lives and relationships of four generations of women: Doris (born 1900), Margaret (born 1931), Jackie (born 1952) and Rosie (born 1971). Their loves, expectations, and choices are set against the huge social changes of the twentieth century. When the unmarried Jackie falls pregnant with Rosie, she is unable to cope and hands over the baby to her mother (Margaret), who then brings up Rosie as her own daughter. The play looks at the consequences of this secret and each woman's opinion on it.

Written by Charlotte Keatley

September 16th -21st, 2024

December 2024

The Importance of being Earnest is a farcical comedy in which the protagonists maintain fictitious personae to escape burdensome social obligations. Working within the social conventions of late Victorian London, the play's major themes are the triviality with which it treats institutions as serious as marriage and the resulting satire of Victorian ways. Some contemporary reviews praised the play's humour and the culmination of Wilde's artistic career, while others were cautious about its lack of social messages. Its high farce and witty dialogue have helped make this play enduringly popular.

Written by Oscar Wilde

Directed by John Crabtree

December 2nd - 7th, 2024