Claremont Dramatic Society Newsletter
P.O. BOX 237, HOWARD PLACE, 7450
Tel. 021–531 1926 (office hours) 021–531 5621 (after hours)
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No. 52 April 2006
We are absolutely delighted to be able to announce that our treasurer (with a little help
from all the members, performers, backstage crew, front-of-house mob, behind-the-scenes
workers, director, etc., etc.) handed over the princely sum of R25 468,14 to the Masque
after paying all the bills for Run for your Wife! Ain't that just grand?
Hehe – what is more, we still have some lolly left to finance our next production – don't
panic Mme Director.
Run for your Wife
And a word or two from John Farrell:
I was told by everyone that farce was the most difficult type of theatre to put on. They were
right: It takes massive amounts of work by everyone concerned. The timing, staging, pace and
delivery are all more important in farce than in any other type of play.
Knowing that, you would think that our rehearsals would have been a serious affair: Not a bit of
it. This is what we do for fun, and the harder we had to work, the more fun we had.
Coming to rehearsals night after night was a joy. When we first started, some idiot brought
cakes and biscuits and things for our tea break. Before long everyone was contributing to the
tea break – or, more accurately, to the sugar break. I put on kilos in weight and couldn't get to
sleep at night because I was on a sugar high.
When you're working on the script word by word and line by line you get so close to the details
that it's hard to step back and look at the overall effect. It's difficult to know if what you are trying
to achieve is actually happening the way you want it to.
So, when that first Thursday night comes, and the audience is roaring with laughter, a thrill goes
through everyone involved, knowing that we have got it right. There's still tweaking and
adjusting of timing and pace to be done, but we know we have a winner.
This is the greatest hobby you could ever have. You get to go onto a stage and bring people an
evening of magic. Wow.
Annual General Meeting
No, not ours – this time a reminder that the Masque Theatre Annual General Meeting will
be held on 14 May 2006 at the Masque Theatre; 19:00 for 19:30. Try to be there please.
Come on you guys – yes, YOU who haven't yet paid your subs. Expect a phone call if your
subs are not paid soon. To save you the trouble of actually having to find an envelope and
buy a stamp (postage now R1,.85!) you can do a direct deposit into the CDS banking
account or do this online.
Subs are R40 for single, R60 for couples or R30 for scholars or pensioners. Bank: Standard
Bank, Claremont. Account no. 072 637 676.
We are W a i t i n g!
Next production: A Memory of Water
Sue Bolton has now cast her play – and what a cast she has chosen: Joanne Darby, Coleen
van Staden, Su Cunningham, Jane Baard, Kaz Wurzinger and Max Tischauer. Rehearsals
are under way and, knowing Sue, they are going well.
Backstage folk still needed – so please phone Sue (021–786 2565) to offer your assistance –
Cape Amateur Theatre Awards
Dennis Benneyworth tells me that the Cape Town Amateur Theatre Awards panel held
their first meeting – not only will they be assessing productions seen up to that point but
will be having in-depth discussions on the panel's structure, scope, modus operandi, range
of trophies, financial needs and source, and generally strategising for the future. He would
welcome whatever input you would like to make, via e-mail to him.
There was a meeting with the societies last year, and minutes from that meeting will
feature in deliberations, but he would like to hear from other societies and members,
anything you would like to contribute. Criticism is welcome providing it is constructive.
This is your opportunity to let Dennis know how you feel about the current status. You can
e-mail Dennis Benneyworth at firstname.lastname@example.org
Murder in the Common Room
– a whodunnit in two acts written by our own Ralph Kelly – will be performed at the
Milnerton Playhouse from 22 to 27 May – nightly at 20:15 with a matinée on the Saturday
at 14:30. Tickets are R35 each (with a discount for group bookings).
Murder in the Common Room is directed by Walter Hodges and the cast comprises Pamela
Burger, David Campey, Angel Campey, Ralph Kelly, Mark Morris, Brian Notcutt and,
veteran of the stage, Phyllis Early.
The play is set in colonial Nairobi in the mid '50s at the time of the Mau-Mau insurgency
and the Cold War, both of which have a bearing on the plot. Ralph's two-year spell of
teaching at a prep school in Nairobi during this period was the inspiration for the play.
Although the “murder” is, of course, fiction.
Please support Ralph, Wally and the cast.
Humble Boy by Charlotte Jones
John Farrell, the director of Run for your Wife, will be holding auditions for his next
production for Milnerton Players, Humble Boy, at the Milnerton Playhouse on 20 May at
14:00 for 14:30. Production dates 15 to 24 September 2006.
The play: Beautiful Flora and her troubled astrophysicist son Felix are mourning their bee-
keeping husband and father, the late James Humble. Enter vulgar George Pye and his
daughter Rosie. Grieving is about to collide with philandering and an explosion of secrets –
with unexpected and uproarious consequences - - -
Cast includes Felix Humble (about 35 – preferably slightly overweight, negotiable), Mercy
Lott (30-60), Flora Humble (50-60), Jim (55-60), George Pye (about 60), Rosie Pye (25-
For more information and details of the play contact John Farrell at 083 658 4188 (day) or
021–557 3811 (evenings).
Fish Hoek Dramatic Society
Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë's unforgettable love story, directed by Alastair Duff,
runs at the Masque Theatre from 12 to 20 May. Bookings, as usual, on 021–788 1898 (o/h).
All for now – see y'all soon.