Productions

13 May 1999 - 15 May 1999
Poster of Hard Times. The poster shows an image of a downtrodden Victorian street.

This is a Playcraft production

The play is set in Coketown, a northern industrial city. Thomas Gradgrind rules his family and his school according to Utilitarianism, the philosophy of the time, which has as its aim the greatest possible happiness for the greatest possible number of people. However, the form of Utilitarianism which Dickens attacks in Hard Times is plain materialism that denies all other values than material ones, or “Facts” as they are called.

4 March 1999 - 6 March 1999
Poster of Old Times. Poster is the cover of the play and shows multiple sets of women's eyes taken from photographs. The lower half of the women's faces are not shown.

This is a Playcraft production, peformed at the Canterbury Environment Centre.

Old Times is a play by the Nobel Laureate Harold Pinter. It was first performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Aldwych Theatre in London on June 1, 1971.

 

25 November 1998 - 28 November 1998
Poster of An Inspector Calls. Poster features a portrait photoraph of a young Edwardian woman who looking slightly to the right and is smiling

This is a Playcraft production.  The play is a three-act drama, which takes place on a single night in 1912, focusing on the prosperous middle-class Birling family,who live in a comfortable home in Brumley, "an industrial city in the north Midlands". The family is visited by a man calling himself Inspector Goole, who questions the family about the suicide of a young working-class woman, Eva Smith (also known as Daisy Renton). The family are interrogated and revealed to have been responsible for the young woman's exploitation, abandonment and social ruin, effectively leading to her death.

6 November 1997 - 8 November 1997
Poster of 84 Charing Cross Road. Poser features a traditional red English postbox and an American street mail box. English and American coins are scattered across the top of the poster

This play is a dramatization of business letters between a young struggling writer in New York and an antiquarian book store in London. The play takes place over a twenty year period, beginning in 1949 when Helene Hanff  first writes Marks & Co. and ends in 1969 with the death of Frank Doel, the delightfully dusty supplier of so many old volumes to Helen who has shown her gratitude through the years by sending "care packages" to the staff of Marks & Co.

6 March 1997 - 8 March 1997
Poster of Macbeth. Poster features a bloody dagger hanging in the air. The dagger is against a black background and is glowing around the edges

This is a Playcraft production.

Macbeth is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare, and is considered one of his darkest and most powerful works. 

17 May 1995 - 18 May 1995
Poster of The Three Sisters. Poster features three women in traditional Edwardian dress. Each woman faces a different direction, left, right and straight on.

This is a Playcraft production

Three Sisters is a play by the Russian author and playwright Anton Chekhov, perhaps partially inspired by the situation of the three Brontë sisters. It was written in 1900 and first performed in 1901 at the Moscow Art Theatre

23 April 1993 - 25 April 1993
Poster of The Road to Mecca. Poster features a candle lighting a wall made of traditional Arabian or Moroccan wooden fretwork

Miss Helen, an elderly woman who appears to be increasingly unable to care for herself, becomes the pawn in a struggle between the local pastor who wants to get Miss Helen into an old-age home, and Elsa, a young teacher who is determined that Miss Helen remain free.
 

 

21 May 1992 - 23 May 1992
Poster of Taking Steps. Poster features the silhouette of a woman climbing a ladder on a white background

This is a Canterbury Dramatic Society production.

Taking Steps is a 1979 farce. It is set on three floors of an old and reputedly haunted house, with the stage arranged so that the stairs are flat and all three floors are on a single level (hence the play on words in the title).

25 October 1990 - 27 October 1990
Poster of Death Trap. Poster features a selection of weapons, including a pistol, cross bow, duelling pistol, knife and sword on a yellow background

This is a Canterbury Dramatic Society production

Sidney Bruhl, a previously successful playwright, has had a series of box office flops and is having trouble writing.  To make Sidney's slump all the more painful, Clifford Anderson, a student of one of Sidney's writing seminars, has recently sent his mentor a copy of his first attempt at playwrighting for Sidney's review and advice.

10 May 1990 - 12 May 1990
Poster is a copy of the programme from the performance of Suddenly At Home and features the title and writer

This is a Canterbury Dramatic Society production

Francis Durbridge's play, Suddenly At Home, is a thriller for four men and four women. When Glenn Howard, a busy executive, decides to get rid of his wealthy wife Maggie, firstly to enjoy her money, secondly to avoid spending the rest of his life in boring luxury in remote Bermuda, and thirdly to free himself for another woman, he works out a complicated and devious plan to keep himself in the clear.

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