Present laughter tickets now available.

Tickets may be purchased on line or at Davids Music in Letchworth.

Covid measures, in addition to reducing seat capacity, the following are in place.

1. Hand sanitiser available at entrances to buildings and rooms and washrooms. Guests encouraged to use the sanitiser frequently.
2. Ventilation- doors and windows to remain open to facilitate airflow.
3. One way system in place and guests encouraged to take seats promptly.
5. We encourage the use of face coverings while within the building and to consume drinks while seated when masks may be removed.
6. Control of numbers within each space to prevent overcrowding at bar area, entrance and exit.
7. Guests are reminded not to attend if they feel unwell or are displaying any symptoms of Covid.

Cast for Present Laughter

November Production.  Casting has been completed and rehearsals have started for our November production of Noel Coward’s light comedy Present Laughter.

Cast for Present Laughter

  • Daphne Stillington – Jessica Landy
  • Miss Erikson – Charlotte McDermott
  • Fred – Lewis Muir
  • Monica Reed – Rebecca Aloneftis
  • Garry Essendine –  Joe Hogan
  • Liz Essendine  – Sarah Rice
  • Roland Maule – Finn Riches
  • Henry Lyppiatt – James Barnard
  • Morris Dixon – Hamish Robb
  • Joanna Lyppiatt  – Diane Morrad
  • Lady Saltburn – Christine Low

The story depicts a few days in the life of the successful and self-obsessed light comedy actor Garry Essendine as he prepares to travel for a touring commitment in Africa. Amid a series of events bordering on farce, Garry has to deal with women who want to seduce him, placate both his long-suffering secretary and his wife, cope with a crazed young playwright, and overcome his impending mid life crisis (he has recently turned forty). 

Audition Notice

AUDITION NOTICE
Present Laughter by Noel Coward
Playing Dates 11-13 November 2021
Audition date: Sun 5th Sep at 7pm in the Hall at the Settlement.
Rehearsals will be Mon, Wed, and some Sun Later in the rehearsal schedule.
Production days: 11-13 Nov 2021

This Noel Coward play depicts a few days, in the early 1940’s, in the life of the successful and self-obsessed light comedy actor Garry Essendine as he prepares to travel for a touring commitment in Africa. Amid a series of events bordering on farce, Garry has to deal with women who want to seduce him, placate both his long-suffering secretary and his wife, cope with a crazed young playwright, and overcome his impending mid-life crisis (he has recently turned forty). The character is a caricature of the author’s real-life persona.
Characters
Most of the characters are roughly mid 20s to mid 40s, However, we will be flexible with age and other attributes. I include some descriptions from the script for a bit of context.

  • Daphne Stillington – A pretty young women from a party.
  • Miss Erikson – Cigarette smoking Swedish yoga loving Housekeeper. A smaller part with opportunity for a big exaggerated character.
  • Fred –Valet, smaller part, young man about town, again opportunity for a big comedic character.
  • Monica Reed – Secretary, austere but effective
  • Garry Essendine – A big wordy part as everything revolves around Garry, with all the other characters behaving in ways to manage him.
  • Liz Essendine  – Gary’s ex wife, charming, good looking and a foil for Garry.
  • Roland Maule – An Ernest and opinionated playwright.
  • Henry Lyppiatt – Garrys management team, married to Joanna. Dapper, neat.
  • Morris Dixon – Garrys management team. Tall and good looking, tends to get hysterical.
  • Joanna Lyppiatt  – Another pretty young woman from a party.
  • Lady Saltburn – Small Part, Daphne’s aunt.

Once cast, learning lines will need to begin in earnest. There are a number of physical scenes, where holding a script will be difficult.
Rehearsals will be on Monday and Wednesday at 8.00 pm and most but not all Sunday’s. A full rehearsal schedule will be issued once the play is cast.

If you would like to audition but cannot make the audition dates, or are interested in supporting the production backstage or on the technical side, then please let Stephen know at contactplayers@settlement-players.org.uk
Many thanks

The Settlement Players and the Future

The Settlement Players are a group of individuals who share a common interest in amateur theatre, and ultimately the Players need and depend on an active membership.  The more active the membership, and the more individuals who have the time, the interest and the skills to be actively involved, the more successful the Players will be. 
Please read the section below and contact  contactplayers@settlement-players.org.uk  if you are interested in exploring local amateur theatre.

Settlement Players and the Future.

Over the coming months, the Players are looking to increase membership in all areas, from supporting and watching productions, technical backstage activities, front of house administration, committee responsibilities, non-attending committee roles and production activities.
To build the membership and engagement in all areas we are advertising the different opportunities that exist. The following is a detailed but not exhaustive list of roles and skills that the Players would like to develop over the coming months.
Please read the details below, and if you have the time and enthusiasm to commit to a particular role or task, then please contact contactplayers@settlement-players.org.uk  for more information and a chat about how to get involved.

Committee roles, these are the current roles and high level tasks. The committee are responsible for all aspects of the Players activities.

Chair   Responsible for the scheduling and conduct of all meetings and the overall functioning of the Players. Acts as a spokesperson and main communications contact for the Players, the Settlement and the public. 

Treasurer    Responsible for maintaining the finances in good order, providing reports at committee meetings and annual report at the AGM.  Deals with cash, paying invoices and expenses, box office, obtains production licences,  oversees production costs and members subscription payments.

Secretary    Responsible for Recording and communicating minutes of the Players meetings and AGM. 
Books meetings and AGM.   Part of the social media sub group.
This role can be expanded to include oversight of constitution and compliance, increased point of contact and communications to membership and public.   

Membership   Responsible for maintaining the membership list, co-ordinating subscription reminders and liaising with the treasurer. Ensures all those involved with a production have paid membership.    

Social Media    Responsible for leading sub group for virtual content on multiple social media platforms.  Actively promotes Players online.

Theatre Club   Responsible for running the theatre club. Regularly communicates with members. Organises Voucher system for members. Liaises with box office and treasurer.

Printed Media   Responsible for co-ordinating articles about productions into local paper and magazines.
Organising production display in library.  

Vice Chair    Responsible forstanding in for many of the Chair’s main responsibilities. This role can can take on a number of additional tasks.

The committee is also responsible for updating the constitution, Players Manual, Safety roles, risk assessments, privacy, GDPR, and running the Players to facilitate high quality amateur theatre.

Non committee
The following are also roles performed by the committee but could be performed by non committee members.
Maintaining the Players website using WordPress, update content, co-ordinate online box office, liaise with production night box office and treasurer.
Compile and issue mail chimp newsletter to membership.
Obtain publicity banners for productions in liaison with programme/poster designer.
Obtains bar stock, organises glasses and sets up and dismantles bar on production nights. Co-ordinates with front of house organiser. Note that the Licence role held by the Settlement.
Arranges theatre courses, workshops and social events.

Programme/poster role   Responsible for co-ordinating poster design, programme content and printing for productions. Liaises with production director.

Front of House organiser   Contacts members and arranges for Front of House support, oversees helpers and assists audience on production nights. Ensures emergency process followed.  Coordinates with committee.

Front of House roles on production nights
Serving drinks at bar, Door box office, Programme sales, Settlement Confectionary sales, and generally ensuring visitors have a pleasant evening, such as helping people to their seats.

Other support roles
We would like to increase our ability to photograph, film and edit Players activities in high quality formats for publicity, training purposes and broadcasting.
People with electrical skills including PAT testing, woodworking, painting and general DIY for both Players productions and supporting the Settlement.

Production/Theatre Roles
All these roles work with each other and the director during production rehearsals and production run.

Stage Manager  Co-ordinates and oversees cast and crew during rehearsal / production run. Good organisation skills needed.

Wardrobe/Costumes  Maintains costume department, hiring in and out of costumes/accessories. Knowledge of costume history and styles useful.

Lighting design and operation  Running pre-programmed or programming lighting board, rigging lights, to designing lighting sets and understanding lighting technology.

Sound design and operation   Running pre-programmed or programming sound desk, sourcing/production of sound effects, to understanding sound system technology.

Set design and construction  Designs and/or builds production sets and props, works to the designers brief. Good DIY and organisational skills helpful.  Activities range from building complex devices to simple painting.

Properties  Maintains props department and sources new props.

Stage crew  Works with stage manager to operate backstage effects, clear sets and support actors.

Directors and Actors  The Players are always interested in welcoming new directors and actors to the Settlements Little Theatre.

Thank you for reading this and please get in touch if you would like to rebuild the Players as we approach our centenary.

Settlement announcement

Saturday (31st Oct) evening’s announcement of new national restrictions in England (or lockdown 2.0 as some are calling it) means that we’re having to make a few changes in what the Settlement offers for the rest of the autumn term.

There will be a temporary pause in face to face courses, activities and events. But we’re busy moving as many classes as we can online. And soon we hope we’ll be able to unveil a programme of other virtual events to occupy and entertain you throughout the autumn.

In light of events earlier in the year, we know that many of our loyal supporters will be concerned about what this means for the future of the Settlement. We’d like to reassure you all that as a result of the many kind donations and grants we have received over the past few months. we can weather this storm. Our focus is on how best to keep the community together over the next few weeks.

We’ll keep you updated directly if you’re booked on a course, or are a member of the Settlement.
Or visit our website for regular updates on what we’ve got planned, at www.letchworthsettlement.org.uk