We know how many of you wanted to see live theatre again and with a tremendous amount of hard work from all those involved we managed to provide an outside performance of Twelfth Night in the Old Burial Ground over a weekend in September. Directed by Stuart Watson and Tom Sainsbury and with a stellar cast and crew and good weather a fun time was had by all.
The staged reading of The Magistrate directed by Zoë Thomas-Webb was put up on YouTube in September as well and we plan for another live online ticketed event on November 26th– The God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza, directed by Ben Clare. Tickets are now on sale through the website.
Before the current restrictions came into place we managed to hold a members only rehearsed readings of ‘GUT’ by Frances Poet, directed by Jonathan Grant on 11thOctober which was thoroughly enjoyed by those who managed to get tickets. The performance of ‘GUT’ did at least allow us to trial our new FoH procedures with Veronika as licensee. Our other planned live performances have all been postponed.
Sadly Zoë Thomas-Webb, our Co-Artistic Director, decided to step down this summer for personal reasons but Jeff Graves and our new Assistant Artistic Director, Emma Miles, are planning further live productions when we are able to put these on. In the meantime, they are planning more online artistic events.
Our online activities and events for members have proved very popular – including our monthly quizzes and writing and acting workshops and we plan to continue with these over the next few months. Thanks to Ally Staddon, Susanna Statton, Geoff Saunders and other members for making these successful and lively events. We also have another ‘Improv’ night coming up in November. You will need to be a member to take part in these activities so please do think about joining us.
A new venture has been our ‘Recalls: PTC’s past uncovered’ series conceived, edited and produced by Craig Bates with Jeff Graves and Ally Staddon which is available to watch on Facebook and YouTube. There are six episodes – Susanna Statton talking about ‘Ladies’ Day’, Ian Higham talking about ‘Angels in America’, Stuart Watson talking about ‘As You Like It’ , Zoë Thomas-Webb talking about ‘Picnic’, Tom Sainsbury talking about ‘Cinderellaland’ and Ben Clare talking about Wolves, our last live performance before lockdown. These fascinating interviews provide valuable insights into the director’s take on the production process as well as celebrating the diversity of our past productions and achievements.
Following on from the events over the summer our ‘Commitment to Change’ statement is now on the members section of the website together with our Code of Conduct for members, and we welcome any feedback. And Black History Month seemed like a great opportunity for members to share and exchange ideas and information about other theatre groups, plays, playwrights, musicals, dance and a whole lot more in our PTC (members only) Facebook Group. Check it out.
PUTNEY THEATRE COMPANY
We are one of the leading amateur theatre companies in the UK, based in Putney, south-west London.
We produce theatre that challenges our audiences, but also entertains them. We provide a friendly atmosphere and a process that helps actors, directors and backstage crews develop, get to know new friends and become part of our local community.
There are lot of ways to get involved. Find out more below:
How to Get Involved
We are a membership community, which means we ask everyone who gets involved with productions and the company to become a member.
If you're interested in joining us, we run regular member events for you to introduce yourself. If you drop us a line, we'll be happy to arrange for you to come in, see the space and talk to some current members.
Any theatre revolves around its shows, and Putney Theatre Company productions range from large-cast plays to monologues.
We stage about 12 main productions a year and our range is wide and challenging. Recent productions have included works by Shakespeare, Chekhov, Alan Bennett, Nina Raine, Tom Stoppard, Vicky Jones and Lucy Prebble to name just a few.
We aim to produce a diverse range of theatre – we don't only play the classics. Putney Theatre Company actively supports new writing, and often stages plays by relatively unknown writers – with much success. We also provide a showcase for our own members’ writing: members’ plays are regularly performed, and several have gone on to be published and performed elsewhere.