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OUR NEXT Productions

The Venue

The Beacon Centre
Holtspur Way, Holtspur

Box Office for BTG
07880 962 514

   

Forthcoming productions...

Flare Path

by Terence Rattigan

Wednesday 12th to Saturday 15th November 2014

A Play

This play, based on Rattigan's own wartime experiences, is one of complex human relationships, love and betrayal, fear and bravery with strong emotions and a great sense of period. For me it is a wonderful play.

1941. From an RAF air base on the Lincolnshire coast, aircrew are flying night bombing raids over Germany. Nearby, in the Falcon Hotel, three air crew are starting a weekend break with their wives when they are called, unexpectedly, on a bombing mission. Wives are left to await their return: for some, the wait is a long one.
A love triangle between Teddy, a bomber pilot, his new actress wife and her former lover, a Hollywood film star. A Polish Count, whose family in Poland were killed by the Nazis and his new wife, Doris, a former barmaid fearful of her future. Sergeant Miller and his wife who is always late or lost, loyal but subject to the privations of the working class. The Landlady, a difficult character with, perhaps, hidden kindness, runs the hotel with Percy the gossiping barman. Squadron Leader Swanson, the father figure, is the ground-based chief and gives the orders and caring for them all.
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CAST
Patricia Graham - Actress. Married to Teddy after a whirlwind wartime romance. Previously the lover of Peter Kyle. Torn between conflicting loves and duty.

Flight Lt Teddy Graham - Captain of Wellington bomber. Married and devoted to Patricia. Popular, debonair. Courageous in the air, vulnerable on the ground to the after effects of combat.

Peter Kyle - English born Hollywood film star who has returned to his native England to make a film. Lover of Patricia whom he has come to reclaim. Selfish; not quite nice.

Doris, Countess Skriczevinsky - One-time barmaid, slightly shabby but loving and loveable(ignore description in script: "carelessly dressed, inclined to fat"!. Devoted to her husband but frightened what might happen to their marriage when the war is over.

Count Skriczevinsky - Polish pilot serving in the RAF. Wife and children killed by the Nazis. Speaks appalling, heavily accented English. Devoted to Doris and to winning the war.

Sergeant ‘Dusty’ Miller - Tail-end Charlie in Teddy's Wellington bomber. Gloomy but brave, working class, apologetic of his wife.

Maudie Miller - Dusty's wife. Works in a distant Laundry where days off are hard to achieve. Wartime life is tough: she has none of the privileges of the others.

Mrs Oakes - Landlady. Authoritarian, a strong character with, perhaps, a hidden heart.

Percy - Barman. Scripted 15 years old, but could be an old man. A gossip.

Sqdn Ldr ‘Gloria’ Swanson - The ground based boss whose job is to keep the missions running. Kind-hearted, devoted to his men but business like.

Corporal ‘Wiggy’ Jones - Small walk-on. Like the other Corporal Jones?
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Note
• I am relaxed about ages.
• It is essential that we create a strong sense of period.
• Accents: For the officer class - cut glass accents - think ‘Brief Encount' and Noel Coward.
For those from the ranks - a dialect or cockney accent.
• Class : We need to convey the strong sense of class and hierarchy which still pervaded society at the time.

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BACKSTAGE
There is much interesting and challenging work to be done backstage to give a sense of place and period.
• Period furnishings to complete the set.
• Period props (including pints of beer and many glasses of gin) .
• Sound FX and voice-overs (if anyone can do an Alvar Liddell newsreader accent, please let me know)
• Wartime music
All offers of assistance would be welcomed.
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For further information please contact :
ANDREW ROGERS
membership@btg-theatre.org

Show dates are

Wednesday 12th to Saturday 15th November 2014

at 8pm


at

The Beacon Centre
Holtspur Way, Holtspur

Box Office for BTG
Box Office 07880 962 514

Tickets: £12.00 & £10.00 concessions




The Ladykillers

by Graham Linehan

11th to 14th March 2015

A Comedy

Based on the classic Ealing Comedy....

Show dates are

11th to 14th March 2015

at 8pm


at

The Beacon Centre
Holtspur Way, Holtspur

Box Office for BTG
Box Office 07880 962 514

Tickets: £12.00 & £10.00 concessions





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