Calender Girls Important Dates: 30th June, 5th July & 7th July

Read Through and Auditions are coming up next week for Hartley Arts Group’s next productions ‘Calendar Girls’ by Tim Firth. We’d love to see new faces so please check out the event details and come along if you’d like to get involved.

Read-through: Thursday 30th June at 8pm
Audition 1: Tuesday 5th July 8pm
Audition 2: Thursday 7th July 8pm

**Show dates**

Technical Date: Sunday 2nd October
Show Dates: 7th, 8th, 13th, 14th & 15th October

Characters (9 Females, 4 Men)

Chris, (50s) You want her at your party. Without Chris as her best friend, Annie would be better behaved but have less fun.

Annie (50s) The mischievousness Chris elicits in her prevents her from being a saint. She has enough edge to be interesting, and enough salt not be too sweet.

Together these two are more than the sum of their parts.

Cora (35-45) Raised by strict parents, she rebelled during college only to come home pregnant with her tail between her legs. Too much native resilience to be downtrodden. Deadpan wit. Currently raising her daughter as a single mom and serving as the church organist. Must have some vocal and piano ability.

Jessie (70s) A retired schoolteacher with no filter. She goes on roller coasters and does not hesitate to berate shopkeepers about their improper use of apostrophes.

Celia (35-50) More at home in a department store than a church hall. She is somewhat enamored of Jessie, even though Jessie has very little time for most of the Celia’s of the world. There is a rebelliousness in her that Jessie responds to and that sets Celia apart from the vapid materialism of her peers.


Ruth (40s) Ruth journeys from the false self confidence of the emotionally abused to the genuine confidence of a woman comfortable in her own skin. Marie’s right hand woman. Cheating husband.

Marie (50s) Head of the Knapely chapter of the WI, which is a trophy to her that justifies her entire existence. There is a part of Marie that would love to be on that calendar.

John, Annie’s husband (50s) John is a human sunflower. Not a saint, not a hero. Just the kind of man you’d want in your car when crossing America. When he dies it feels as if someone somewhere has turned a light off.

Rod, Chris’s husband (50s) Runs a flower shop with Chris. He has a deadpan sense of humour that has always made Chris laugh. He and John were good friends, though their relationship was originally channeled through their wives.

Lawrence, (20-30) Hesitant and a bit shy, but not nerdy. Has enough wit to make a joke and enough spirit to turn up at the WI to be their photographer.

Lady Cravenshire (60s) She really doesn’t mean to be so patronizing, but the WI girls seem like they’re from another world. The world of her estate workers.

Elaine (20s) She really doesn’t mean to be so patronizing, but Jessie seems from another world. The world of her grandmother.

Liam (20s) would rather be doing anything but directing photo shoots for washing powders. He’s not so unprofessional as to let it show, but for him this is a job. And not the one he wanted.

Annual General Meeting Tuesday 28th June 8pm. Jubilee Hall, Victoria Hall.

HAG AGM –  JUBILEE HALL – TUESDAY 28TH JUNE – 8:00 PM
Please come along to find out your group’s future plans and catch up with friends while you enjoy a glass of wine and a few nibbles. A big thank you to all those of you that have renewed your membership this year, your subs are a very necessary income stream for HAG, and we are grateful for your continued support. 

A reminder –  you must be a fully paid-up member of HAG to vote at the AGM.

Alan Ayckbourne “Confusions” Opening week begins Friday 17th June.

Opening Week is finally here, with opening night of our next production “Confusions” this Friday.

There are still plenty of time to get your tickets.

There are four interlinked on act plays: Mother Figure, Drinking Companion, Between Mouthfuls and Gosforth’s Fete. Each play deals riotously with human eccentricities; a mother unable to escape from baby talk, an unsuccessful seduction attempt, a fraught dinner encounter and a disastrous fete.

Performances will be on the 17th, 18th, 23rd, 24th and 25th of June.

Venue: Victoria Hall, Hartley Wintney

Tickets can be purchased by the means below:      

Website: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/…/victoria-hall/confusions/

Email: boxoffice@hartleyartsgroup.com

Box Office: 07899998906.

June 2022 News Update

Goodness me June already!  I hope you have your tickets for this month’s production of Alan Ayckbourn’s Confusions.  Four plays for the price of one all on the same night! Show dates June 17th, 18th, 23rd, 24th and 25th.   Tickets on sale through Ticket Source. See what a challenge we have given our stage crew – 4 plays, four sets or are there? The last set has definitely caused some intriguing discussions. Come along to the Victoria Hall and enjoy an entertaining evening locally.

HAG ROCKS! CHOIR

Summer light evenings are upon us and with everyone in good spirits our singing seems much lighter too.  If there are any men reading this we seriously need you at choir.  The men are outnumbered by at least 4 to 1 by the ladies.  Our existing men do extremely well but I am sure they would appreciate a few more in their group.


June is the month for the HAG AGM – 28th June 8pm in the Jubilee Hall. HAG Membership Fees still only £35, if you haven’t yet renewed please make sure you do before the AGM as you cannot vote if not a fully paid up member. Your subscriptions are very important to the Group.  More info on our website. Thank you. Please contact us if you are interested in joining our fun group in whatever capacity. 

TICKETS NOW ON SALE

OUR JUNE PRODUCTION – BOOK NOW!
CONFUSIONS – BY ALAN AYCKBOURN.
PRODUCTION DATES JUNE 17th, 18th & 23rd, 24th, 25th

  Tickets are now on sale, and still only £12.50 Book via our website as normal, or just call our box office phone, ( NO FEES!) 07899 998906.
We will be performing 4 out of the 5 comedy plays, and a really enjoyable local evening out is guaranteed! The cast have been working so hard on this one, lots of line learning going on, and really deserve your support.

May 2022 News Update

Alan Ayckbourn’s Confusions; our plays for June are being rehearsed twice a week and the Group is very busy building sets, collecting props and organising costumes.  So much involved with putting on one play, let alone four AND all on the same night!  HAG will rise to the challenge! Please put the show dates in your diary: June 17th, 18th, 23rd, 24th and 25th.   Tickets on sale soon through Ticket Source. Come along to the Victoria Hall and enjoy an entertaining evening locally.  Support your local thespians, they are an endangered species!

HAG ROCKS! CHOIR

Last month was a challenge, as with rising numbers of people suffering from the dreaded virus, numbers at choir were seriously depleted.  As I write this a month in advance I am hoping we did finally manage to have our Charity event to honour Lesley Parish and fund raise for her chosen charities.  If we did manage it, I am sure an excellent time would be had by all as HAG certainly knows how to party!  (Past experience of some fantastic evenings).


HAG Membership Fees £35 were due on April 1st – if you haven’t yet paid please do so asap.  Your subscriptions are very important to the Group.  More info on our website. Thank you.

Please contact us if you are interested in joining our fun group in whatever capacity. 

Cast List.

HAG PRESENTS AN EVENING OF ALAN AYCKBOURN! 4 COMEDY PLAYS  FROM HIS  “ CONFUSIONS” COLLECTION.

WE ARE PROUD TO ANNOUNCE OUR TALENTED CAST!

MOTHER FIGURE

LUCY – MANDY BIRDSWORTH

ROSEMARY – MARGARET WALES

TERRY – SHAUN BATES

DRINKING COMPANIONS

HARRY – BILL HANSELL

PAULA – HELEN LEWIS

BERNICE – PAOLA BURGESS

WAITER – ALAN BIRDSWORTH

BETWEEN MOUTHFULS

WAITRESS – AMANDA PENNINGTON

PEARCE – GERRY MILLS

MRS PEARCE – SARAH LEE

MARTIN – JAMES KINGHAM

POLLY – ZOE COLE

GOSFORTHS FETE

GOSFORTH – BILL HANSELL

MILLY – HELEN LEWIS

MRS PEARCE – SARAH LEE

VICAR – GERRY MILLS

STEWART  – JAMES KINGHAM

Show dates, 17th,18th 23rd,24th & 25th June 7.45pm

April 2022 News update

April and Spring has sprung and HAG has sprung in to action in readiness for our June Production; Alan Ayckbourn’s Confusions.  We will be performing four of the five one act plays that are all interlinked, ending with the well-known farce; Gosforth’s Fete. Please put the show dates in your diary: June 17th, 18th, 23rd, 24th and 25th.  All in the Victoria Hall – who needs to go to the West End for their entertainment? We always run a bar and teas and coffees are available too.  Why not gather a group of friends and enjoy a good laugh together? Tickets on sale soon through Ticket Source.

HAG ROCKS! CHOIR

Saturday 9th April we will finally be singing at our Charity Evening in memory of our sorely missed founder HAG Member Mrs Lesley Parish.  We are learning new songs and reprising some of our old favourites for this event and again for our summer concert in July.

Reminder this week. Auditions!!!!!

REMINDER!  
AUDITIONS FOR AYCKBOURN’S “CONFUSIONS” 

TUES 15TH & THURS 17TH  MARCH – JUBILEE HALL –  8pm  
There are 4 short comedy plays to audition for, so you can try for a part in all 4 if you wish, or as many or few as you like!
 
Rehearsing on Tuesdays
Mother Figure   – directed by Alan       2F 1M
Drinking Companions – directed by Julie  2F 2M
 
Rehearsing on Thursdays
Between Mouthfuls – directed by Gill   2F  2M  1 M or F
Gosforth’s Fete – directed by Doris.  2F   3M
 
All 4 plays will be auditioned on both nights, and at 8pm there’s a chance to read through a short synopsis of the plays and  the audition pieces. So please come along and support this production, HAG needs to continue moving forward!

If you would like to audition and can’t make either night please get in touch.
Email:
contactus@hartleyartsgroup.me.uk