Really exciting times to report at QTs!!! You will remember that I told you we were taking Robert Scott’s play Plan B! to the Leicestershire & Rutland One-Act Play Festival at the Little Theatre in March. We had a great evening and it was good to see what other local am-dram groups were performing.
On the Saturday night, after the final performances and summing up by the Adjudicator, the awards were announced and our actor, Gillian Bowler, who played Belinda, won the Kate Bishop Goblet for Best Supporting Actress. You can imagine how proud and pleased we are of this amazing achievement which is so very well deserved. Gill has been performing in the local area for many years; she began with SADOS, performing most notably in ‘Daisy Pulls it Off’ by Denise Deegan and was also a member of the Leicester G&S Society where she performed in ‘The Mikado’ and was also Secretary of the group. Working as Private Secretary to an ENT surgeon at The Spire Hospital, in her spare time Gill enjoys singing, walking her two rescue dogs Buck and Bonnie and also takes part in many charity events, most recently the Coast to Coast walk for LOROS, when she raised over £1,800. As if she isn’t busy enough with all that, she is also Advertising & Marketing Secretary for QTs!!
Rehearsals are now in full swing for our next production, ‘Murder by Default’ by Bettine Manktelow. Mark Smith is directing, with me in the assistant role and Gill is taking a well-earned rest from script learning but she is prompting! The play will be performed from Tuesday 4th to Friday 7th June at The Old Chapel in Chapel Street, Syston LE7 1GN, starting at 7.30pm. Tickets can be pre-ordered now by using the ‘contact us’ button on the website (www.qttheatregp.co.uk) or by phoning our Box Office:0798 996 0014.
Here’s what you can look forward to – the residents of a sheltered housing complex for retired Thespians live in their separate flats, but under the kind and watchful eye of the warden/ manager, Jenny Morris. All should be calm and tranquil but nothing is calm about Emily Forsyth who senses a mystery about her neighbour’s sudden death. She is particularly suspicious of Dr Sampson who is only called out for emergencies at night.
She confides in her friend and neighbour, George Jerrold, but he is unconvinced that anything is amiss and, to add to her problems, he disappears the next day without explanation. An intriguing visitor, Simon Evans, appears on the scene also looking for George and, with his help, Emily begins to unravel a dark secret about the housing complex, but is she too late to save herself from being Dr Sampson’s next patient?
The role of Jenny will be played by Donna Gunn; Erika Notman will play Emily, Paul Puttnam will play George and we welcome a new actor, Jules Richards, in the role of Simon. Born in Camborne in Cornwall, Jules attended Manchester Metropolitan University where he gained a degree in Performance Art & Visual Art, leading to his job as Reprographics Manager at Fullhurst Community College. He lives in Syston with his wife Emma, their two daughters and a gorgeous dog called Bracken! Jules has quickly established himself in the group and is a very valuable new member.
We look forward to welcoming all our usual audience members, and hopefully lots of new ones, in June! If you need any further information, checkout our website, www.qttheatregp.co.uk , our Facebook page Syston QT Theatre Group, or email [email protected].
Jude Latham Chairperson, QT Theatre Group