The Memory of Water
26th to 30th September 2017
A comedy of reminiscence by Shelagh Stephenson, directed by Frank Kaye
This was Stephenson's first play which opened at the Hampstead Theatre, London and was awarded the prestigious Olivier Award for Best Comedy. Filmed as Before You Go with Julie Walters.
What do you leave behind after death? In Vi's case, there's a wardrobe full of dresses, and three daughters – each with their own version of past events. She doesn't just live on in their memories; she appears as a ghostly vision! Whilst visible only to one of the sisters, her influence and demand to be understood - rather than buried and forgotten - drives the other sisters as well. A provocative and hilarious evening is promised.
Tickets £5, £10 (concessions £8)
Please note this play contains strong language that some may find offensive.
The Chalk Garden
21st to 25th November 2017
The celebrated play by Enid Bagnold , directed by Steve Atkins
Considering it belongs to the watershed era of Look Back in Anger, the critic Kenneth Tynan wrote of this piece, 'On Wednesday night the West End theatre justified its existence.The play was a triumph!'
Set in a faded manor house in Sussex, built on chalk soil. The grande dame Mrs St Maugham has the care of her granddaughter, Laurel, now 16 who (due to a childhood incident) sets fire to things, screams - and lies.But the mysterious governess Miss Madrigal, who came from nowhere and never talks of her past - seems to have an instinctive understanding of Laurel, and of how to make the garden grow. Filmed with Deborah Kerr, heard on Radio 4 and was due to re-open soon on Broadway with Angela Lansbury, but she pulled out.
About Woodley Theatre
Woodley Theatre is based at the Oakwood Centre, Woodley, near Reading, Berkshire. Find us.
We are an amateur theatre company that aspires to set high standards for our productions, whilst still having fun. See how we build sets in just 5 minutes.
We were formed in 1945 as the St. John’s Players, and after a few years went secular as The Woodley Players, changing later to Woodley Theatre.
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We typically mount 4 or 5 productions each year.
We have an associated Youth Theatre that also mounts 1 or 2 productions each year.