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DINNER
by Moira Buffini - 11-14 September 2019 The Southwick Players’ entry into the Brighton and Hove Arts Council’s Full Length Drama Festival. Dinner is a black comedy about the dinner party from hell, in which the situation becomes more toxic by the minute. Paige is throwing a dinner party in honour of her husband Lars who is celebrating the fact that his pop psychology book ‘Beyond Belief ‘is now a best seller. Paige anxiously checks with the waiter, whom she has employed for the occasion, that everything is prepared for the imminent arrival of her guests. It is only when she hands over his payment of £25,000 in cash that one suspects the meal may contain some rather nasty surprises. WARNING - "DINNER" CONTAINS ADULT THEMES AND LANGUAGE Our cast: - Paige - Jacqueline Harper Lars - Philip Keane Sian - Louise Yeo Hal - Adam MacRae Wynne - Jenny Burtenshaw Mike - Neil Turk Waiter - H Reeves Directed by Harry Atkinson THE MATCHMAKER by Thornton Wilder - 
11-14 December 2019 The Matchmaker is a wonderful American farce in which tin cans explode, people hide in wardrobes and behind screens, identities are mistaken, and there are no fewer than four romances. In 1955 the play was an international success, and was turned into the musical Hello Dolly in 1964. It tells the story of wealthy merchant, Horace Vandergelder, who employs the services of a matchmaker, Dolly Levi, to find him a wife. Dolly has designs on Horace herself. Irascible and tight fisted, despite his fortune, Vandergelder has two overworked clerks, Cornelius and Barnaby. His niece, Ermengarde wants to marry Ambrose, a penniless artist, of whom he strongly disapproves. Vandergelder is planning a trip to New York to court a widowed milliner, Mrs Irene Malloy. Cornelius and Barnaby, encouraged by Dolly, take advantage of the fact that their employer will be absent from the store to go on their own adventure – which takes them to exactly the same place. She has also advised Ermengarde to go to New York to elope with Ambrose, thus setting the scene for some classic farce in Mrs Malloy’s hat shop and the Harmonia Gardens Restaurant. The final act introduces the wonderfully bonkers Miss Van Huysen when all the characters meet in her apartment: all the complications are resolved and Horace reveals he has a heart after all. The play has a large cast of 16+, ranging from walk-on waiters to the towering roles of Dolly and Horace. It will be great fun to rehearse and provide a wonderful pre-Christmas treat for audiences. Kate Armes, Director

MATCHMAKER SHOW PACK:-

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MATCHMAKER SHOW MEETING:-

Thursday 4th July 2019 - 7.30 pm

Porter Room (at Southwick Community Centre)

MATCHMAKER AUDITIONS:-

Monday 2nd September 2019 - 7.30 pm

Wednesday 4th September 2019 - 7.30 pm

Porter room (at Southwick Community Centre)

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