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17 February Members Evening

The highlight of the Dramatic Society's Members Evening was a talk by Ian Gledhill, once professional actor, theatre company manager, and latterly an opera set designer. The talk was entitled Art and Illusion; theatre set design from Sophocles to Spiderman, in which he traced the entire history of stage scenery with fascinating insights to the origins of the words we use to describe the various parts of our theatres and the development of art of stage set design.

We learned that 'The Gods', now thought of as the highest part of the theatre where the cheap seats are, was once a small booth at the top of the stage from which gods were literally lowered on ropes as a play required. We were shown the amazing Drottingholm Palace Theatre where a still-functioning eighteenth century mechanism can change a set in twelve seconds, something that can't be done today. He completed his presentation by showing us his design for an enormous Spiderman set for a stunt show at a theme park; the scenery was computer drawn and painted, and printed on to huge sheets to be hung from scaffolding.

As he began his talk Ian could be seen painting a couple of light lines on a rectangle of grey board; he laid this aside to dry but took it up again at the end of his talk, painting in two other darker strips. He held up the result for us to see: and there was a section of wall panelling to all intents three dimensional: that was an illusion.

The evening was rounded off with a fish and chip supper and the raffle.

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          The Society at Work

We are...

... a very friendly long established but go-ahead group who enjoy getting together to put on plays for the local community. Whether you just want to come and watch our productions or would like to come and help you're very welcome. You could take an active role as an actor, front-of-house or backstage hand, or in technical support.

The Horsham District Year of Culture 2019:. We are in the process of submitting our application to be part of this wonderful initiative. Keep watching this space.

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CHAIRMAN'S CHALLENGE

The closing date is near for entries for the Chairman’s Challenge from members of the Society (non-members are welcome to join if they wish to enter). An original one act play, written in the last two years, given to the Chairman by 31st March 2018, is all that is required. We usually only have about one or two entries so now is your chance. The handsome trophy will be presented at the August Members’ Evening.

OUR NEXT FULL PRODUCTION

Our May production will be A Sense of Achievement by Jean Trew. Read all about it on our Calendar page.

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Ian Gledhill

REMINDER

Our Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday 26 February in the Village Hall. You can find the Agenda on the Inside Story page.

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