Past Productions


Confusion reigns for Gainford drama club (Teesdale Mercury) Gainford Drama Club continued their successful run of comedies with this enticing and amusing Alan Ayckbourn masterpiece, “Confusions”. This series of plays typifies his black comedies of human behaviour. The plays are alternately naturalistic, stylised and farcical, but underlying each is the problem of loneliness. And the


Bittersweet comedy tapping into the pain of old age (Teesdale Mercury) Cissy, Reggie and Wilf are in a home for retired opera singers. Years ago they all took leading roles in a performance of Verdi”s Rigoletto, which has just been re-released on CD. Each year, on the 10 Oct there is a concert at the

Role Play

The Odd Couple

Dangerous Corner

This Corner is Dangerous (Darlington & Stockton Times) To let sleeping dogs lie or not: that is the question in the latest offering by Gainford Drama Club, performed at the village”s Academy Theatre. Everything seems back on track at Caplan”s publishing house following the apparent suicide of Martin Caplan. Until, that is, a chance remark

London Suite


(Darlington & Stockton Times) Farce is possibly the most difficult of theatre genres to pull off successfully, but Gainford Drama Club made a commendable stab at it last week with a production of Rumours by Neil Simon. Rapid-fire dialogue is the chief device by which this play rises to a sense of disaster waiting in

Chorus of Disapproval

Fringe Benefits

Fishy tail at Gainford (Teesdale Mercury) For the past fortnight, the small Academy Theatre at Gainford has been sold out with another fine offering from Gainford Drama Club. This year”s production was Fringe Benefits by Peter Yeldham and Donald Churchill. In the club”s usual tradition, it was a farce centred around a small cast. Set

Diplomatic Baggage

Bags of fun for all here (Teesdale Mercury) Its a quarter of a century since Gainford Drama Club last performed the John Chapman play, Diplomatic Baggage. But the marathon 10-day run which began at the Academy Theatre on Tuesday last week was as fresh and timeless as ever, judging by the opening night performance. Slick