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It's Panto time! This year we are reviving “Cinderella” written by Trevor Nicol and directed by Caroline Nicol, who has also written the lyrics.
First produced by The Florians in 1992, there's the usual mixture of old and new jokes, and old and new songs, dances, and fun for all the family! Production dates are Friday 6th December - Saturday 14th December 2013. Evening performances start at 7:30pm. There are matinées on both Saturdays at 2:30pm. As usual there is no Sunday performance.
Ticket prices remain unchanged at £10 for adults and £5 for under 16s.
Tickets on sale now, at NODA Box Office.
Earlier in the year, we hosted the Moray Firth Division heats of the SCDA One Act Play Festival, on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd February, 2013.
We entered “Daylight Robbery” by the Scottish playwright Harry Glass, directed by Fiona Grant. Our entry was on the Saturday. We were delighted to see so many come along and support ourselves and the SCDA.
As a result of being the highest scoring runners-up across the District, we made it through to the District Finals, held on Friday & Saturday 5th & 6th April 2013, in the Nairn Community and Arts Centre.
Our entry was on the Saturday night – unfortunately we failed to progress any further in the competition.
The play was first performed at the Lyric Theatre in London on 10 May 1973, with Alec Guinness and Margaret Courtenay in the lead roles. It concerns the aging Dr. Arthur Wicksteed and his pursuit of a nubile patient, Felicity Rumpers. Wicksteed’s wife, Muriel, is, in turn, lusting after the charming head of the BMA, Sir Percy Shorter, who, as well as being Wicksteed’s old rival, turns out to be Felicity’s father - the result of an under-the-table liaison during an air-raid with Lady Rumpers, her mother.
Felicity herself is pregnant and finds a way to cover it up in the hypochondriac son of Dr. Wicksteed, Denis.
Meanwhile, Wicksteed’s spinster sister Connie, ashamed of her flat-chestedness, has schemes of her own. The ‘chorus’ is provided by the housekeeper, Mrs Swabb.
“Calendar Girls”, by Tim Firth, director Claire Cameron. Production dates were 16th to 21st September 2013 at 7:30pm. Saturday Matinée at 2:30pm.
When Annie’s husband John dies of leukaemia, she and best friend Chris resolve to raise money for a new settee in the local hospital waiting room. They manage to persuade four fellow WI members to pose nude with them for an “alternative” calendar, with a little help from hospital porter and amateur photographer Lawrence. The news of the women’s charitable venture spreads like wildfire, and hordes of press soon descend on the small village of Knapeley in the Yorkshire Dales. The calendar is a success, but Chris and Annie’s friendship is put to the test under the strain of their new-found fame.
Based on the true story of eleven WI members who posed nude for a calendar to raise money for the Leukaemia Research Fund, Calendar Girls opened at the Chichester Festival Theatre and has since become the fastest selling play in British theatre history.
Proceeds from this production are to be donated to MacMillan Cancer Relief, in memory of our late Honorary President, Biddy MacBean, who sadly passed away earlier this year.