We stage five or six full productions each year, and every year we take a great deal of trouble to carefully select the shows we put on.
As a charity we have a responsibility to fulfil our remit of providing education and involvement in the dramatic arts to the local area. To our audiences we have a resposibility to put on a great evening's entertainment every time. To our members we have a responsibility to produce fun and challenging material and to balance the books we need to get bums on seats. It is little wonder then that each season is argued over by our team up to two years in advance of even starting rehearsal!
We try always to follow the precepts of those two matching masks on our logo; a bit of comedy and a bit of tragedy. We like modern plays, we also like the classics. We love performing Shakespeare; most years we will perform something in iambic pentameter. We also love his Elizabethan contemporaries as well as the Greek and Roman writers, and relative newcomers like the Jacobeans, right up to Berkoff, Ayckborn, Dario Fo or Stiles and Drewe.
We like to include in our season at least one show where younger members can be actively involved with the adults; often a musical (or a panto) will fit the bill. We love to do proper musicals, anything from the Wizard of Oz to new material such as Honk! - and we are proud of our fine singers and musicians. Occasionally where we judge it to be up to the high standards we expect we have even been known to produce shows written by our members (although more commonly we might this as a studio production)
We also like to mix it up a bit so that there is a bound to be a good part for everyone whatever their size, age or shape. And ranging from the Forums of Rome to the Living Rooms of Suburbia also gives the staging and costume designers to get stuck into.
As if that weren't enough variety, we also use different venues throughout the year; an outdoor theatre in the middle of a wood, a pub-theatre in Highgate, and the stunning surroundings of Henrietta Barnett school to name but three.
In short, whatever kind of theatre you love, you'll find that we love it too!