Space Tempest

Breakaway Theatre's production of The Tempest was an eye opener for me.  After my Aunt took me to see a production of Shakespeare's play back in the late 1990s, I had come away wondering exactly what it was I had just seen; it was loud, overly dramatic and hard to follow.  By contrast, Lesley Cowland's interpretation of the well-known classic was fun, entertaining and relatable ... in part, due to the space theme, which had more than a few nods to both Star Wars and Star Trek!

Above all, I actually understood what was happening!

Presented in the grounds of the Inn on the Park, St Albans, this was also my first open-air theatre production, which meant very little set design by necessity, proving - to me, at least - that over-indulgent sets really aren't required if you have a strong performance.

Luckily for you, there are still more performances later this week, so you haven't missed out yet!  Even if you are one of those people that "doesn't do Shakespeare&…

Summer Holiday Shenanigans

With the bank holiday weekend about to start, think about The Centralian Players working hard to build their next set for Peter Gordon's play, Third Week in August, while you sun yourself on the beach, enjoy your BBQ and refuse to let the Great British Rain Off stop you enjoying the break.

Centralians Double Bill

With 2019 well and truly under way, The Centralian Players are back with a new production to entertain you, this time a double-bill of two one-act plays.

First up is Shadows, written by Josephine Carter, which explores the life of Erica, an elderly lady living alone in a single room of her home, happy with her memories.  When her family comes to visit and move her to a home, the past is ever present, but who is shadow and who is not?

Over My Dead Body

It's that time of year again when The Centralian Players are building up to their final production of the year, this time performing Over My Dead Body, by the late playwright and actor, Derek Benfield.

The play centres around Gerald, recently widowed, who plans to spend the rest of his days alone with his memories, not realising his late wife had other plans!  With the help of his daughter and son-in-law, Gerald does his best to keep unexpected visitors at bay and maintain his independence, but memories revive events from the past which are both funny and sad.

What a Backstage Farce!

For those who enjoyed Steve Barker's debut as a playwright with his production of Awkward!, you will be pleased to hear he has been bashing away in front of his computer for the past year and is about to release his second play on an unsuspecting public.

Backstage / Farce is a two-act play about a local drama group, the Bluebell End Players, who are preparing for - and performing - the opening night of their production, A Bit of Slap and Tickle.  As you may expect from a farce, things do not go according to plan as the group battle their way through frayed tempers, bad nerves, and missing cast members!

Sex Please, We're Sixty!

Now 2018 is solidly under way, the time has come for The Centralian Players to entertain you with their next production; no prizes for guessing the theme of their latest show!!

An American Farce, Sex Please, We're Sixty! covers the comings and goings of guests and neighbours to the prim Mrs Stancliffe's Rose Cottage B&B, proving that a little bedroom fun can be enjoyed at any age ;-)

Countdown to Opening Night

Okay, I need you to go get your diary - or open your calendar if you are technically inclined.  Go on, I can wait...
Got it?  Good.
Now find 19, 20 & 21 October - I'm assuming it's a 2017 calendar you are looking at!  Anything pencilled in for those dates?  No?  Excellent!  Pick one of them and write the following entry:
The Winslow Boy, Henderson Hall, Abbots Langley @ 19:15
Now you have an entertaining evening lined up with The Centralian Players' production of Terence Rattigan's play about a Naval Cadet accused of theft and his Father's fight to clear his name.  To make sure you have a seat, you can book tickets with the Box Office on:  (01923) 227392
Last Sunday saw the first set build get underway and by the end of the day, a large amount of the set had been built and decorated ready for the first rehearsal on stage since auditions back in July.

For those of you who are familiar with the venue and who haven't been there in a while, you will notice …