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AGM

 

The annual AGM of the group took place on 11th May 2015.

 

The main item of note was the implementation of a new play selection process for an experimental one year trial period. This change was opposed, but was supported by a large majority of the meeting.

 

The highly popular Chairman Ian McLean was re-elected for another year, although he did state that this would be the last year that he was willing to carry on in this role.

 

 

Old News (but still important)

It is always nice to begin a year successfully. Our last production Loveplay was challenging, and in many ways is the type of play that embodies the founding principals of the group. Director, cast and crew all had a great time (which after all is also one of the important things). We are also very happy to cement further our close relationship with the Bear Pit Theatre, which is a lovely space to perform in.
 
SECOND THOUGHTS is a community-based drama group performing in and around Stratford-upon-Avon. We are proud to have, as our President, the superb actor, David Bradley.


 

2015 - A YEAR OF LOVE

 

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THE BEAR PIT THEATRE

 

Rear of United Reformed Church

Rother Street

Stratford-upon-Avon

 

(Parking available adjacent to site)

 

 

 

Love lies bleeding…

 

Wednesday 1 to Saturday 4 July at 7.30 p.m.   Click here to buy tickets.

 

THE THRILL OF LOVE

 

By Amanda Whittington

 

Directed by Brian Emeney

 

The Story of Ruth Ellis

 

The facts are not in dispute. On 11 April 1955, Ruth Ellis shot and murdered her lover David Blakely outside a Hampstead pub. She was found guilty and famously - and infamously – became the last woman to be hanged in Britain.

 

But why was she so keen to admit her guilt and not offer any defence? And why did she refuse to name, until it was too late, the person who gave her the loaded gun?

 

This wonderful play, first produced at the Young Vic in 2013, has all the ingredients of film-noir of the 1940’s.

 

 

THIS PRODUCTION INCLUDES FLASHING LIGHTS AND GUNSHOT

 

Loving in the past…

 

Thursday 20 to Saturday 22 August at 7.30 p.m.        Click here to buy tickets.

 

SPARROWS IN A HAT

 

By Steve Farr

 

Love’s Last Chance

 

One hundred shows and counting!

 

More than just a story of two fifty year olds desperately seeking real love in a world that seems to have something against them, Sparrows in a Hat is a story about last chances. It deals with abuse, addiction, violent assault, Esperanto and sex. There is also quite a lot of dancing and a cheese obsession So, something for everyone here.

 

Two actors play five characters each, with a swivel chair and a bed.

 

The play will be performed in the round, this gives a more realistic and intimate feel to the piece. Due to forthcoming new seating, this will be the last play performed in the round at the Bear Pit Theatre. It will also be Second Thoughts 100th production.

 

Second Thoughts has performed award-winning playwright Steve Farr’s work twice before: Triple Freedom (1985) and Dried Fruit From Hell (2005).

 

CONTAINS SCENES OF A SEXUAL NATURE, SCENES OF VIOLENCE AND LANGUAGE WHICH SOME MAY FIND OFFENSIVE. NOT SUITABLE FOR PEOPLE UNDER 16.

 

Unrequited love…

 

Wednesday 11 to Saturday 14 November at 7.30 p.m.  Click here to buy tickets.

 

CYRANO DE BERGERAC

 

By Edmund Rostand

 

Directed by Kate Sutcliffe

 

The classic tragi-comic story

 

In the annals of chivalry and love the name of the larger-than-life Gascon soldier and lover Cyrano de Bergerac stands tall.

 

Thwarted by his outer lack of grace Cyrano woos Roxanne by proxy through the handsome but mindless Christian, who has drawn her eye, whilst subtly defending her from the unwanted attentions of a noble suitor, his commanding officer the Comte de Guiche.

 

But as the Gascony Cadets face death in the heat of battle, with Christian’s life on the line, will Cyrano’s secret love be revealed or his hopes for love finally be dashed as the firestorm rages?

 

Find out this November, when Second Thoughts present Edmond Rostand’s famed stage version of the story in a modern English translation.

 

Second Thoughts Drama Group

President: David Bradley

 

 

Tickets to all of our shows can be obtained in one of four ways:

 

  • Call the Bear Pit Ticket Hotline 01789 403416

  • Use the buy tickets links on this site
  • Purchase in person from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre Box Office
  • At the door on the night of the performance, depending upon availability