Theatre Club AGM Held Last Week

The finals of the One-Act Play Festival will be held on a single night, rather than being spread over two days as originally planned.

The final, where all four shortlisted plays will be performed, will held on May 18th at the end of Art Scilly week.

This comes following a discussion at the St Mary’s Theatre Club’s AGM last Thursday night, which Maggie Perkovic described as ‘lively.’

A new committee has been elected, with Tom Scott moving, as is traditional, from the Vice Chair to Chairman’s role. Rachel Easterbrook takes over Tom’s former position.

Smudge Smith becomes the Club’s new Health and Safety Officer, with Dave Chodkiewicz and Maggie taking on Publicity and Shirley Smith as Treasurer.

Jenny Byers remains as Secretary and the Youth Rep will be Steven Thomas.

New Chair, Tom thanked former Chair, Owen Groombridge, for his strong leadership over the last year, having left the club in an excellent position.

Tom says the Summer play rehearsals are well underway with Kevin Lehman at the helm directing and producing, as well as having a part.

The play ‘Murder in Company’, will start one week later than ususal, in mid June, due to the extended Jubilee holiday, and will close at the End of August instead of September, as one of the cast members is leaving for college on the mainland.

However, Maggie says they are still planning to fit in the usual 16 performances over that period.

Tom says this is a very different play, and something the Theatre Club hasn’t tried before, adding, “we are certain that it will be a success, with a strong cast and backstage crew.”

Club members also heard that this year’s pantomime was one of the most successful of recent years, and even made a small profit.

Tom says he’d like to see the club visiting the off-islands this year to offer, as in the past, play readings at local pubs and restaurants.

The Theatre Club also moved to the new premises at Green Farm this year after a long period of time in Holy Vale.

Tom says the new space is clean and spacious and meets their needs well.

The club also made donations to many local clubs and charities including ShelterBox, Memory Café, the School Music Group and Crisis.

And, in a surprise move, the Club is going to bring back their radio soap opera, set on a fictional sixth island of Scilly, with Maggie writing and Steve Sims editing the show.

‘The Islanders’ will air on Radio Scilly sometime over the next few weeks.