We've just cleared the stage following the final weekend of the 2024 Royston Town Pantomime, The Little Mermaid by Warren McWilliams, which was more or less a complete sell-out. (IncIdentally, if you missed the interviews on Royston Radio with members of the cast and crew, you can find them as a podcast on the station's website at http://www.roystonradio.com )
And now we're planning for our next venture - we recently held a read-through/audition for our next series of radio plays for Royston Radio. They're the one-act comedy Losing the Plot by our old friend Nick Warburton, and The Hitchhiker, a supernatural drama first recorded by Orson Welles. We're also looking to record another radio drama fairly soon - the thriller Sorry, Wrong Number - and we'll be holding auditions for this straight after our AGM on 25 March. Click here for more details of the plays and here for detais of the AGM.
Our previous production was the "Two Short Comedies" show, which consisted of a live performance of Nick Warburton's one-act comedy Don't Blame it on the Boots - our award-winning entry to this year's Welwyn Drama Festival in May - followed by a screening of the film Seven Movies by Roy Maddox, which won three awards at the 2021 Welwyn Drama Festival, and received glowing praise from adjudicator Walker Ewart! If you missed the film at the festival, you can catch it on YouTube at https://youtu.be/MyL2L04uefA
In 2022, the one-act drama The Blonde Bombshell by local author Roy Maddox, was awarded Best Unpublished Play after it was performed for the very first time at that year's Welwyn Drama Festival. The group came fifth overall in a very strong field of fourteen plays.
Our production in 2021, Strangers on a Film - which won two awards (including Best Individual Performance) and received three other nominations at that year's Cambridge Festival of Drama - was subsequently recorded for radio and was first broadcast on Royston Radio at 2.00 p.m. on Wednesday 23 August. (It gets repeated from time to time, so do listen out for it!) We also performed it as part of a unique evening's entertainment at the 2021 Royston Arts Festival, and you can listen to it, too, on our YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/fMVDxa9912Y
We also produced, during lockdown, two versions of our virtual cabaret CADaret!, which we posted on YouTube, one during the 2020 Royston Arts Festival, and one in time for the Christmas period. These were both a mixture of songs, poems, sketches, monologues and general silliness, recorded on film and edited together for posting. Both are still available; to view them, search for "CADaret" on YouTube, or just click here
We have a varied programme and always welcome new members. Our pantomimes are always child-friendly, focussing on family entertainment (for which we've gained an excellent reputation locally in recent years). Our performers (children and adults) are all local amateurs, yet we all aim for high quality in as many aspects as possible - acting, script, lighting, sound, special effects, and of course our live band...