Our 12 December virtual members evening was a hoot. A group of some sixteen members met, dressed in their most tasteful festive attire, including a musical tie and a suitably draped fairy-lights. We had wine and nibbles, and lots of fun. Angela Sloan caused us to put on our puzzled looks with a clever quiz. Some excellent and unusual poems were read, including a hilarious enactment of The Owl and the Pussycat from Janet Methley, re-written for Covid rules; she was helped in her production by a number of small actor friends. Karen and Miq Kelland presented new government laws obliging the population to exchange plosive sounds for less 'Covid-transmitting' ones. The resultant flow of words became more and more unintelligible to the delight of the audience. Jill Scott-Kerr sang a Christmas song, and Geofrey closed the evening with the hope that we will be able to put on a play in May and yet another plea for a new chairman and treasurer. Below is the programme:
Well, the gods were kind to us for our second virtual play reading: despite high winds and torrential rain we managed to get through the evening without any power cuts. We did have some time lag problems, though, resulting in a few unscripted pregnant pauses. And Robert very kindly entertained us at the beginning by creating a doppelganger of himself who sounded as if he was in an echo chamber. However, once we had trimmed the number of participants to the expected twenty-one (plus random cats) we had a very enjoyable evening reading three short plays and indulging in some general chitchat. Thank you to everyone who took part.
Eighteen enthusiastic members met up via Zoom for our first ever virtual members evening. As anticipated, there was the occasional glitch, and the video/audio quality was somewhat variable at times. However, there was also a lot of laughter and camaraderie as we chatted, drank responsibly(-ish) and read the three winning sketches from our recent competition along with a short play by Edwin Preece. At the end of the evening the general consensus was that we had thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and would like to do it again.
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The February 2020 Members Evening went with a swing: Angela Sloan presented a quiz that was witty, head-scratching and enormous fun for all. The eventual winners were team SOGGY FEET. The evening continued with a fish and chip supper, the presentation of a cheque for £250 to a representative from Auntie Val's Ability Centre in Storrington, and the raffle.