Recent Productions

And Then There Were None

Ten strangers are summoned for a long weekend to the remote Soldier Island off the coast of Devon, under variously different pretexts. Characters arrive individually and in pairs, having travelled to the island to see Mr and Mrs Owens; the hosts of this group holiday excursion. They are assisted Fred Narracott(Chris Allcock) the boatman, who

Spring and Port Wine

Spring and Port Wine is a domestic drama, set in the late 1960s, which centres on the attempts of Rafe Crompton (Allan Jones) to hold his family together by being a strict disciplinarian. He wants to retain old-fashioned values while his children, noticing that outside the world is changing rapidly, are intent on rebellion. Rafe

Will You Still Love Me In The Morning?

Gainford Drama Club’s spring production of the Brian Clemens and Dennis Spooner farce was certainly one to remember. From the first night to the final performance the company was almost word-perfect and handled the fast-paced, sometimes frenetic action with aplomb.  The audience were chuckling from start to finish.  The play was well-directed by Lawrence Chandler,

The Game’s Afoot

(or Holmes for the Holidays) Gainford Drama Club’s production of Ken Ludwig’s “The Game’s Afoot” (or Holmes For The Holidays) is part mystery, part melodrama, part comedy, part farce as well as good, well-crafted entertainment. You certainly need a scorecard to keep track of who is dead, could be dead or someone wants dead. Is

Blithe Spirit

Audiences moved by the spirit of comedy The Academy Theatre in Gainford has been rocked with laughter once again by Gainford Drama Club’s 150th production – Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit.  The play is a brave choice as it is a difficult play to pull off.  Not only do the leading actors have large parts to

Don’t Dress for Dinner

Well attended and well received play  (Northern Echo) It was a “whirlwind farce of adultery and fine dining” for more than 750 theatre-goers as Gainford Drama Club staged its latest play.  Don’t Dress for Dinner by |Marc Camoletti, and adapted by Robin Hawdon, has been well received by audiences at the Academy Theatre, Gainford, over the

Tonight at 8:30

GAINFORD Drama Club’s spring production was three of Noel Coward’s one act plays from the set of ten from ‘Tonight at 8.30.’ The three they selected to perform where ‘Hands Across the Sea,’ ‘Fumed Oak’ and ‘Still Life.’ First produced in 1935, they certainly still retain their charm, humour and relevance today. The stories are

An Ideal Husband

An Ideal Husband – Gainford Drama Club [Teesdale Mercury November 2013] WHEN it comes to Oscar Wilde my knowledge goes from The Importance of Being Earnest to The Happy Prince and Other Tales for children. But thanks to Gainford Drama Club I have now been introduced to An Ideal Husband. It has been brilliantly adapted

Murder in Play

Group plays to the audience [Teesdale Mercury April 2013] Murder In Play Gainford Drama Club MURDER in Play, as the title suggests, is a play within a play and is yet another stunning production from Gainford Drama Club. The action takes place in rehearsals for Murder at Priorswell Manor and at first you may think

‘Allo ‘Allo

Gainford Drama Club has a reputation for staging high quality productions and their most recent offering ‘Allo ‘Allo was no exception.  The play, written by Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft, is based on their hugely popular TV series, and follows the adventures of René, the hapless café owner in war-torn occupied France, as he and