Always wanted! Would-be actors, keen learners, anyone happy to have a go, make-up artist, wardrobe person, publicity officer etc. Don’t be shy, give Susy a ring and join our merry band of players.
Short History of The Netherbury Drama Group
We started life in March 2010. The group was formed by Susy Varndell and Caroline Tyndale. A small group of villagers got together initially to take part in workshops and explore possible plays that could be put on in the village hall. See below for some of what we’ve done so far…… If you are interested in joining us for our next production, which is now being planned for March 2018, then please contact Susy Varndell (488341).
Wife After Death Review November 30th 2013 'If you want an enjoyable evening out with plenty of laughter, look out for the next performance of the Netherbury Players! On Saturday 30th November, they performed Eric Chappell's 'Wife After Death' to a packed village hall in Netherbury. All the action revolves around a dead character, Dave, who is 'on show' in his coffin (not perhaps an obvious scene of comedy!). The humour began from the start with Dave's best friend (played by Colin Varndell) and the best friend's wife (played by Marianne Husbands). Colin is a master of the deadpan expression which makes his lines all the funnier and Marianne's extreme expressions tell the audience as much as her words - both were highly amusing. They were joined on the stage by newcomer to the group, Charlie Rossiter, who played Kevin, Dave's agent, with ease and naturalness, which added to the comedy. His wife, who had had a close encounter with Dave in a cupboard at work, was played by the slim and elegant Ros King, who was the femme fatale of the piece. The grieving (or not so grieving?) widow, was convincingly played by Liz Ridley, whose acting skills added lustre. The final denouement was the discovery that Dave had been married before, never divorced, and his original wife, a chorus girl he had met in Cromer, was delightfully common and quite shocking to the other characters, who had all believed that they had each known Dave well up till that point. The first wife was played to great effect by Teresa Reed. The play was directed by Susy Varndell - I can't wait for the next production!' Elizabeth Findlay
13 April 2013 – Nasty Things Murders and Last Tango in Netherbury
24 November 2012 – Deckchairs and Joining the Club
25 June 2011 Three One Act Plays
Plays:Victoria Station by Harold Pinter, A Matter of Husbands by Ferenc Molnar and Housekeeper Wanted by Philip King & Falkland L Cary.
Our first productions – two one act plays! The Rats by Agatha Christie and The Hidden Agenda by Emily and Holly Varndell. Marianne, Alan, Ros (and Colin) in The Rats. Holly, Shirley, Jo, Mark, Margaret, Eve and Emily in The Hidden Agenda
Review by Thespis
Netherbury Drama Group lived up to the promise of its earlier first production when it staged not two but three one-act plays in the Village Hall on Saturday 25 June. The evening opened with an enigmatic dialogue by Harold Pinter, titled “Victoria Station”, between the controller of a taxi company and his disconnected driver. Our curiosity mounted and the ending left us with an unresolved mystery – a classic cliff hanger! “A Matter of Husbands” was the second play and was set in the dressing room of a famous actress who coyly evaded the accusations of a jealous wife. This witty and skilfully acted piece of titillating theatre brought the first half of the evening to a close. After the interval the mood changed and we were treated to “Housekeeper Wanted”, a brilliantly acted comedy involving several intriguing encounters between a husband and four lady applicants, all of whom had the audience rocking in their seats. If a variety of skilfully acted productions and creative set design is the key to am-dram success, the Netherbury Drama Group is assured of an enthusiastic following.