It's back! By Wednesday my home will have turned into a theatre again for comedy show Drama in the Parlour.
It is the fourth production in just over a year. Instead of presenting Drama in the Parlour in it's usual guise of a thirties radio show they will travel back in time to England in 1837. Albert Strongarm has made his fortune from indoor flushing lavatories and Queen Victoria is on the throne....errr not the flushing one though.
Preparations include stencilling the theatre chairs. Students Dyane and Louise did these using a tear out stencils from the Stencil It book.
I make sure that the Strongarm's festive table is set.
and the indoor lavvy has been seasonally decorated.
Strongarm (Andrew Palmer) and his wife Meryl (played by me) are hosting a party to show off their wealth and benevolence. They have invited the famous novelist and playwright Charles Shakesworth ( Alex Swan) and a team of actors to entertain their guests. The coach carrying the actors has disappeared without trace and so the hosts, their cousin (David Walker), their hapless maid Milly (Marie Swan) along with Maude the governess (Margaret Matthews) have been drafted in to assist Mr Shakesworth bring his readings and plays to life. Being the season of goodwill Meryl and Albert bring a poor urchin (Cameron Swan) to their home for an evening. Will he want to be clutched to the bosom of this family? What is the spirit medium trying to tell Albert? Will the steam train ever reach the moon? Why is there a governess and no children? What are the rules of posh etiquette? Might miserly Bob Scratchpole embrace the idea of Christmas and will Oliver Twirl? To find out you will need a ticket for Drama in the Parlour I have some for sale, there are only a few left for each night. Wed 14th - Sat 17th December 7.30pm in the parlour of Stocksfield Hall. Stocksfield. Tickets are £7. Complimentary hot drink and mince pie. Dress up, dress warm.