Its Panto time – Cinderella – Production Dates 25th and 26th November 2016





Regular Monthly Event – Monthly on 3rd Tuesday of the month, Club Night. The 3rd Tuesday in the month, 7.00pm. The aim is to socialise and promote regular contact with members, attract new members and generally make everyone feel more involved. So the evening could comprise of a play read, a general catch up or just a coffee and a chat, it’s your night so come along and see what happens at the “Curtain Up Café”.

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Acting Up in Rye was formed in the Spring of 2013. It’s first production, “A Day of Reckoning”, a comedy by Pam Valentine, directed by Rowena Sterry, was staged at the Community Centre, which was decked out in bunting to create a village fete atmosphere, for two nights, to near full houses.

Our next production was a Revue entitled “Hocus Pocus” and supper, directed by Fiona Osborne, in the Community Centre on Friday October 11th 2013. The Community Centre was decorated with a Halloween, with bats, skeletons and other decorative effects, and the cast included a number of younger members, and it was nice to see so much budding talent.

This was followed by “The Volunteers”, a comedy set in a Charity Shop by Hilary Mackelden, directed by Tony Thomson, which took on 30 & 31 January & 1 February 2014 at the Rye Community Centre. This was a great show, thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended (we even had Hilary herself in the audience on the Saturday night)!

We had the very successful Murder Mystery Evening on Saturday 17 May. This was followed by our World War 1 review, “Smile Boys” That’s The Style!, – a joint venture with Icklesham Players – Directed by Del Smith, took place at 7.30pm on Friday & Saturday 11&12 July in Icklesham, and Friday & Saturday 18 & 19 July in Rye. A thought-provoking and enjoyable WW1 Centenary Story and Music Hall review. The pantomime “Old Mother Hubbard” was presented on Friday 21 November at 7.30pm and Saturday 22 November at 2.30pm Matinee and 7.30pm. It was very pleasing to see near-capacity audiences for both the Friday evening and the Saturday matinee performances, with the Saturday evening performance also well attended.

“(Un)Lucky in Love! A Night at the Opera was held at Rye Community Centre on Friday 13th February at 1930.  This was followed by a light comedy play by John Peel: Starting All Over, which was held on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th March, and most recently the comedy thriller, “Wanted One Body” , very well directed by Janet Stott, played to well attended audiences on 10th/11th July 2015.

The pantomime Dick Whitington, directed by Del, was presented in Rye in November 2015, and in Ickelsham in February 2016.  Watch this space for reviews and photographs.

Our last production, Curtain Up!, a comedy by Peter Quilter, was presented on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th July. The characters, daughter Theresa (Helen Gray), was trapped between the demands of her mother, Pam (Patricia Driver), and new woman, Jackie (Sarah Givertz).   Waspish arguments between Pam and Jackie provided bitter-sweet moments in comic situations.  Former PA, Sharon (Clare Murray), all punk hair, studs and tattoos, and the gran, Betty (Carol Gasson), had the funniest lines.

Acting up in Rye acquired “The Old Scout Hut” for a costume and scenery store. The lease for “The Old Scout Hut” was available and from 1/4/15, and April and May proved to be very busy months for many. With the aid of a grant from the Wind Farm we have renovated the property, installing a new kitchen, costume and scenery racks. This has involved a lot of hard work from the committee and some of our members who have been building and painting in their free time. We plan to paint the outside of the building and renew the guttering during the summer. We also plan to make use of the space as a rehearsal venue, as we have managed to mark out the dimensions (acting space after scenery is built) of the Community Centre stage on the floor. A Grand Opening was held on Saturday 30th May, which was performed by Chris Emson, one of our members. This was especially significant as she was Akela in Rye and very involved with the cubs and scouts for many years.

We are very keen to have new members of all ages and abilities. Those members who are not fortunate to get parts in shows (or who might prefer to keep out of the limelight but still be involved) can usually help out back stage or front of house. We are a very friendly group and enjoy not only performing on stage, but we also have a good social side to the Society.  If you would like to join and support us please contact us Our membership is still growing, slowly! So if you know of anyone interested in joining us, not just as actors but to get involved with the “behind the scene” jobs, please contact our membership secretary: Sue Davies 01797 222345

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