Last week we talked about the origins of our theatre, 85 years ago, and our first show, “Ambrose Applejohn’s Adventure”. We’ve been staging shows ever since. One of our last big shows before lockdown was “Made In Dagenham”. Staged by our very own and incredibly talented Joseph Rowntree Theatre Company, the show, a musical, was very popular with our audiences. Hysterically funny but also emotional, the show is based on the true story of the women sewing machinists at the Ford motor factory who walked out on strike to demand equal pay. Their actions were influential in the passing of the Equal Pay Act of 1970.
The Rowntree Players’ pantomime is always a community affair and 2019’s production of “Sinbad” was no exception. Written and directed by local artists, the production was all-round good fun – oh yes it was!
We were delighted to be able to open for a few weeks in the lead up to Christmas, when we staged an adaption of “A Christmas Carol” by Oddsocks Productions. The production, which featured magical puppets and original music, was the ultimate festive escape after a year of uncertainty and change. We also managed to squeeze in “Snow Dancer”, an original production from the Badapple Theatre Company, which was fun for everyone.
Sadly, we haven’t been able to stage a show yet this year. But we’re getting ready to open our doors again, when permitted to do so, and can’t wait to welcome you back to our shows and to the joy of experiencing live theatre.
You'll be surprised how much is going on in our virtual theatre - plays, opera, festivals, musicals - don't miss out!