Meet the Club Committee
Anne has been a member of the club since 1968 and has appeared on stage in greatly varying roles – from God, to a prisoner who has run over her husband and rolled her own cigarettes!
She also runs the “Ticket Office”
I joined the Drama Club in 1980, playing parts designated to ‘young men’. I now play ‘old men’. I am also an occasional member of the People’s Theatre in Newcastle and was lucky enough to perform, as Starveling, with the RSC in 2016 in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’.
I’ve been on the committee for two years, and Treasurer since 2017. I don’t tread the boards myself, but my husband and son have both taken part in productions. I love being a part of this friendly and welcoming club, enjoy watching their performances, and I’m really proud of the work they do.
I have been a member of the club for the last 2 years, (2016), Joining to both meet new people and try a new hobby. So far I have acted in 4 shows and enjoyed every minute of them (mostly, apart from the nerves)!
Frances Hewitt joined the club in March 2009 as Front of House Assistant for Blithe Spirit. She has since acted in at least 9 productions, produced one and directed 2 including a summer fund raiser. She is also a member of the Long Range Planning Committee which involves reading lots of plays and suggesting which might be suitable for the club to consider.
Kris has been an active and enthusiastic member of RMDC since he moved into the village in 1986, has been Treasurer and Chairman, has directed plays on occasion and was proud to be part of the club’s two appearances at the Edinburgh Fringe.
I joined the drama club shortly after I moved to the village in the mid 1980s. I have been involved in many productions both on stage (most recently in Seasons Greetings in 2017) and backstage doing props, teas and front of house.
I went to the Edinburgh Fringe in 2007 as part of the chorus in Trojan Women and sound operator for the second play there, a great experience!
Long Range Planning Group Co-ordinator
Since joining in 1999 I've had the greatest dramatic fun possible. Where else could you be Lady Macbeth, Cassandra, a green fairy or a teddy bear? When not acting I've done other backstage jobs and also read plays with the long range planning group. Suggestions for future productions are very welcome!
I joined the club in 1989 starting as a lighting assistant. Ever since school and youth theatre I have been interested in back stage work and moving to the village was a chance to get back into drama. I now design the sets and will do everything apart from act.
I joined the club 2004 after I came home from the Middle East. I sorted drifted into costumes because I agreed to sort out the cupboard and then made a few things which were needed. I opted to stay behind the scenes rather than be on stage and have enjoyed it.
I have sewn and made my own clothes since I was at school.
I have been a member of the Club since 1985 Having acted in several plays I now help with stage building and sound. We have great fun during rehearsals and always try to do the best we can. Come along and join us – you won’t regret it!
I joined the Drama Club many years ago in 2001.
First helping with producing small props or even making certain items.
Over the years the props lists have got more and more complicated from making loose covers for furniture, to making curtains, painting furniture and even making “Stargazy Pie”. See - Ladies In Lavender.
In 2002 I have also been involved in cooking a Drama Club Burn’s night Supper, and in 2009 I hosted a Tea Party.
I joined the club in 2012 only to accompany my wife Carole who wanted to act, I was just in time to help with the props and set for the radio plays. I enjoyed this so much I was involved with creating the sets and some props for most of the plays since, Creating props from a puppet theatre to a crib for the baby Jesus. In 2018 I took over looking after the website and with the Invaluable help of Matt Osmond and Michael Pritchard and others created the club Archive of past plays.
Village Hall Trust Representative.
Other Roles In The Club
Of course most people do several roles and we always need more helpers with all the backstage roles.
Many people are required to enable the plays to go ahead.
Some roles are only needed on the nights when the plays are being performed, while others like stage building, costumes, prop building/sourcing are required prior to a performance,
A selection of the different roles in the club are listed below.
Duties of a Actor
There is always a place for more actors in the club as most plays require specific role types, of all ages.
Duties Of A Committee Member
Various roles are available to committee members including Treasurer, Secretary, and Long Range Planning, The Committee meet on a regular basis and discus what is needed to keep the club running smoothly and plan the next plays.
Helper (Stage Hand)
Duties Of A Helper
We always require helpers to enable the show to go on, especially when the hall is being set up. There is always lots of fetching and carrying, plus sweeping up, and even making the tea, especially when the set is under construction.
Duties Of A Producer
Keep the director happy
Duties Of A Director
Tell everyone what to do (In the nicest possible way)
Front Of House
Duties include selling raffle tickets, helping people find their seats, selling the choc ices in the interval, and after the show clearing up and preparing for the next show.
Constructing the stage extension (if needed) carrying the stage flats from the shed to the stage and erecting them, fitting any doors and timber skirting, laying the carpets, painting and/or wallpapering the walls, anyone with normal DIY skills are always welcome.
Prompt For Plays
During the plays the prompt will usually sit behind the set and follow the play reading the script, and if an actor (hopefully never) forgets a line the prompt will "prompt" the next line
Ensure that the set is laid out in the best possible way with any furniture and props that are needed guided by the director.
Pre performance, Erect the Lights and ensure the actors are lit when they are at the appropriate part of the stage.
During the performance, Switch the lights on, and switch the lights off (In the right order of course)
Pre performance, Source and/or make various sound effects for the plays,
During the performance, Press play on the recorded sound effects (In the correct order of course)
Manage behind the stage to ensure every actor and props are in the correct position during the performances, and all the behind the scenes people are ready.
Props (Before and During Performances)
Beg Steal and Borrow any items that the play will require, Also someone is required to ensure hand props are ready for the actors to use during the plays.
Work with the director to design, source, and adapt the various costumes that will be needed for the actors. (We do have a large wardrobe of past costumes at our disposal)
Help the play director plan how the stage will be set out and built, Decide the best way to lay out the stage and access for the actors depending on how the play needs to be performed.
Building and maintaining the website ensuring that the content is up to date and archiving club pictures and documentation.
Take photos of the various club activities for the website and club archives.
To promote the plays by distributing posters to various locations and generally getting the word out.
Sometimes Actors need help applying makeup especially if it is something out of the ordinary