The Didsbury Players are a very friendly amateur dramatic society based in Didsbury, South Manchester. We meet every Tuesday night from 8pm till 10pm in the clubhouse of the Didsbury Cricket Club, close to the East Didsbury railway and tram stations, Fletcher Moss Gardens and The Didsbury pub.
We always welcome new members for both back stage and performing roles. We put on 3 or 4 performances a year ranging from epic musicals to small dramas. So if you think you might have the drama bug, or are interested in catching it, please drop us a line or come along to one of our Tuesday meetings.
Our Next ShowsWe will be doing two plays in September, Willy Russell's Breezeblock Park (on the 16th & 17th) and Henrik Ibsen's Hedda Gabler (on the 23rd & 24th), both are dramatic plays with a streak of dark comedy running through them. They both explore the suffocating pressure that social expectations can have, finding a common ground between these shows even with nearly a 100 years, a class barrier and different nationalities separating the families at the heart of them.
If you'd like to be involved in either show, then the script read-through will be taking place on Tuesday (14th June) at 8pm in the Didsbury Cricket Club where the directors will be introducing these shows and telling you about the parts available. We follow this with open auditions over the following 2 weeks. Audition materials will be given out on Tuesday, please get in touch if you'd like these emailed to you instead.
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September 16th & 17th 2016
Breezeblock Park, by Willy Russell, the author of Educating Rita and Stags & Hens, is a comedy-drama about the sadness and madness of family life for 3 middle aged couples and their children on a Liverpool council estate in the 1970's. First produced in 1975, it was a sell-out success staring Julie Walters and Pete Postlethwaite.
Superior council house dwellers Betty, Reeny, Vera and their men regard themselves as a close knit family team despite their concealed jealousies and occasional recriminations. When Betty's daughter Sandra announces she is pregnant and intends to live unmarried with her student lover, the news explodes like an atom bomb.
"Consistently funny.... Should have no trouble attracting a large audience." - Variety
"Entertaining.... Authentic characters." - London Sunday Times
This amateur production of “Breezeblock Park” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, LTD.
September 23rd & 24th 2016
Henrik Ibsen's Hedda Gabler is the great social drama of a caged woman in the late nineteenth century. It explores her tormented desire for escape and her yearning for individual and spiritual freedom. It is recognised as a classic of realism and the title character of Hedda is considered one of the great dramatic roles in theatre.
Hedda Gabler, daughter of an aristocratic general, has just returned to her villa in Kristiania (now Oslo) from her honeymoon. Her husband is Jørgen Tesman, an aspiring, young, reliable (but not brilliant) academic who has combined research with their honeymoon. It becomes clear in the course of the play that she has never loved him and married out of boredom for the life she is forced to lead.
This amateur production of “Hedda Gabler (Hampton)” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, LTD.