QT Theatre Celebrating 70 years

“Pudding and Panto”
It’s time for our next production!
“Oh no, it isn’t!” “Oh yes, it is!”
And this time we’ll be dishing up pudding and panto as we take on a double bill of well-loved British playwright David Tristram’s cracking, short comedies.
For our first helping of entertainment, tuck into ‘What’s for Pudding?’. It’s that time of the year again and Mary’s bored. She’s bloody bored. Jack never does anything interesting, or thoughtful. And he’s forgotten again, hasn’t he? Mary and Jack’s boringly dull Saturday evening is interrupted by the arrival of friends Maureen and Ted who have tickets for the dance next Friday. The evening then quickly becomes anything but boring as the drink flows (literally) and Mary, Jack, Maureen and Ted get on the wrong side of a bottle of whisky. Their antics are witnessed by a bemused Dennis, who only turned up to order a pair of brown flared trousers from Mary’s catalogue but ends up with a lot more than he bargained for. And he’s not the only one. Mary may just end up eating her words!
We’re back in Little Grimley for our second serving of festive fun in ‘Last Panto in Little Grimley’. Gordon’s written another script to get audiences flocking to the amateur dramatic society’s next production. He’s penned a panto with a storyline that expands as far as their dwindling budget, lighting and acting ability. And the panto has a twist. “What sort of twist?”, I hear you cry. It’s the sort of twist that will have you falling about with laughter, like many of the characters. With slip-ups, knockouts and patch-ups at least the snide, sarcastic, crossfire between Bernard and Margaret is well-aimed. If only Joyce could spell it. “Break a leg everyone!”
Rehearsals are in full swing, and we’re delighted to bring two new faces to the stage since our last show: Cathy Rackstraw and Matt Ormerod, as well as welcome back a firm audience favourite Ron Berry. So, we’ve got a great cast and crew line-up ready to serve up our next performance:
Cast – ‘What’s for Pudding’
Jack – Jules Richards
Mary – Cathy Rackstraw
Maureen – Gill Bowler
Ted – Matt Ormerod
Dennis – Toby Garner
Cast – ‘Last Panto in Little Grimley’
Joyce – Jo Gallagher
Gordon – Ron Berry
Margaret – Kat Seddon
Bernard – Jules Richards
Director – Jude Latham
Assistant Director – Kat Seddon
Production Manager – Louise Knowles
Technical – Spike Chapman
Continuity – Margaret Young
Front of House – Lesley Smith
Why not give yourself an early Christmas treat? Come along to savour some festive fun and help us celebrate our 70th anniversary this year! ‘What’s for Pudding?’ and ‘Last Panto in Little Grimley’ are running:
* 5th to 8th December 2023
* 7.30pm – 10.00pm
* The Old Chapel, Chapel Street,
Syston, LE7 1GN (off High Street)
* Tickets £9 (concessions £8)
available from our Box Office –
0798 996 0014
* Prizes to be won in our nightly raffle!
* Pre-show and interval drinks
* Free car park next door and other
free parking nearby
In the words of Richard III, who exclaimed, “A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse!”, we’re also on the hunt for a pantomime horse costume! If you can help take the reins with donating or making a suitable costume to fit two adult males, with a detachable horse head with no eyes, then please get in touch with Director Jude Latham at qtsyston@gmail.com or on 0770 287 9006. It’ll be the ‘mane’ star of the show!
For more information about the show and Syston QTs visit our website www.qttheatregp.co.uk, follow us on Facebook Syston QT Theatre Group and on Instagram systonqttheatre or email us at qtsyston@gmail.com. Don’t forget to join our mailing list so you can get advance notice of our productions and stay up-to-date with all things QT!
We do hope you can join us for pudding and panto, there’s plenty of sauce on the side! *
*These plays are suitable for all specific dietary requirements but do contain traces of adult humour not entirely suitable for children.
And not forgetting…we have our 70th birthday party coming up on Sunday 29th October, 2.00pm to 4.00pm at The Old Chapel, Chapel Street, Syston, LE7 1GN. It would be great to see as many of you there as we can fit into the hall. If you’re thinking about coming along to join in the celebrations, or want to pop down to find out a bit more about what we do at Syston QTs if you fancy taking part in some shape or form, then please drop us an email at qtsyston@gmail.com so we can make sure we don’t run out of cake! Finally, if you have any memories of Syston QT Theatre Group over the years please do share them with us and we can feature them in our 70-year anniversary showreel!