One Act Play Competition Draws to a Close

One Act Play Competition

As part of our 50th Anniversary year we launched a One Act Play competition to find a new play to be performed alongside a rehearsed reading of our very first production ‘Pop Goes the Patient’. The closing date for entries was midnight on Friday 5th June.  Shortly before that deadline we received our 294th submission.

The competition has been amazingly successful with entries from all over the world, several from America, as well as Russia and Canada. We have also received entries from Cornwall and across the UK including one from New Zealand from a writer having to see out the pandemic there whose home is Falmouth.

Entries have come from established professional writers as well as amateurs and for some it is their first attempt at writing a play. Several entries have made the point of how much they appreciated the opportunity in these uncertain times.

The judging team from CDDG will now be completing their reading and assessing all 294 submissions with a view to selecting 14 finalists from whom our winner will be chosen by a panel made up of Managers at Waterstones, Truro, a local author and myself.

In the light of the number of entrants I expect the judging process to be completed in July 2020. At that time we will, in the light of where we are with Covid 19, be making further announcements about production plans.

Sisterly Feelings Goes Virtual

Sisterly Feelings

Sisterly Feelings Monday May 18th Opening night transferred from Minack to Zoom.

I was very pleased with the way our virtual reading went and super proud of everyone who took part with special thanks to Zoe and Ethan the backstage team.

I think we have learned a lot. Virtual backgrounds and how to control them. Entrances and Exits how to make them look smooth. The use of co-hosts to support if there is a technical problem with audience or cast. It enabled us very smoothly to readmit those who lost connection.

All in all a very worthwhile event and a good celebration of what would have been a perfect opening night at a sunny Minack.

I have added to this some thought and comments from cast and audience.

John

If you’d asked me three months ago what I would be doing on the evening of May 18th I’d have been confident of the answer – carefully eyeing the skies and praying for decent weather for the opening night of Sisterly Feelings at the Minack.

In my wildest fantasies I would never have contemplated performing my part in the solitude of my own bedroom, aided and abetted by a virtual cast and before a virtual audience. Yet owing to a bizarre combination of a global pandemic and the wonders of modern technology that is exactly
what transpired (and we must not forget dear Johnny whose mad idea this was!).

The fact that this was pulled off so successfully owes much to the Zoom software, which I’d never heard of before April. So this was a steep learning curve for me, with knowledge being acquired both before and during the performance! My bête noire was the Virtual Background – I could only make this work by pointing the laptop camera at the white ceiling and looking down into said camera to deliver lines (even this failed when the natural light faded at around 8.30, and once again I became a ghostly apparition).

Entrances and exits were an interesting challenge, particularly in the cross-country race scene, where I would have been (and hopefully will be in 2021) haring around the stage in all directions. I’m convinced I felt more exhausted after Monday than I would have at Porthcurno. Props were, to quote Jeeves from another show, ‘mostly imagined or representational’. This involved my daughter Cathy launching sandwiches on to my picnic plate from behind my laptop (blink and you missed it), as well as clipboards, stopwatches etc. Sadly our long-suffering audience were deprived Constable Murphy ‘handing’ me a loud hailer – that scene fell victim to the random choices in the script.

Thanks to all of our wonderful cast for throwing themselves into this venture, especially Chris and Nick who replaced original cast members at short notice. The backstage team were as active as they would have been in a live show – I think we have Ethan and Zoe to thank for this – and we must not forget John’s boundless enthusiasm in putting the whole thing together. We also thank the Zoom audience (14, I believe – I’ve played to fewer in real life) for getting into the spirit of the project and for their kind feedback after the show.

We fervently hope that in twelve months these strange times will be behind us and that we will be celebrating a more conventional success story on a real stage. Nonetheless, this unique performance will be a delightful memory when I sit back and recall the special moments I have been privileged to enjoy with CDDG.

Simon

 

Please give my congratulations to all involved in “Sisterly Feelings”. It’s not a play that I am familiar with, but it kept my attention throughout. I thought it was amazing to get the reactions between characters when they were not even in the same room!

Angela

 

It was a rather strange occasion, we should have been at the Minack, but … we know the rest. It was the first time we had tried to do anything like that and I think we learnt a lot from the exercise, especially about lighting and virtual backgrounds.

Mark

 

When you are next in touch with cast and crew of Sisterly Feelings, please tell them that I thought they did a stirling job on Monday.


Ann

 

That was a lot of fun. Thank you everyone…its so lovely to keep in touch.

Kate

 

New experience. Prefer reality but good to see everyone.

Jon

 

Really enjoyed that John, so glad I joined can’t wait for the real deal.

Amelia

 

I thought everyone did really well considering the limitations and difficulties of using technology for a live theatre event. Characters emerged and the story was clear from the start. You could tell it was going to be a great show at the Minack for all.

Charlie

 

Great performances from all the cast and very cleverly adapted to zoom- it didn’t feel like just another zoom catchup but felt like an ‘event’ with the use of tech, excellent work by all! Looking forward to seeing it at the Minack next year!

Dylan

Alice in Wonderland Jr

Alice in Wonderland Jr

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Alice in Wonderland Jr

24th – 26th July 2020
The Perranwell Centre, Cornwall, TR3 7JU

Travel down the rabbit hole and join Alice, one of literature’s most beloved heroines, in her madcap adventures.  Featuring updated songs from Disney’s thrilling animated motion picture, Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr. is a fast-paced take on the classic tale.

The ever-curious Alice’s journey begins innocently enough as she chases the White Rabbit.  Her adventures become increasingly more strange as she races the Dodo Bird, gets tied up with Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, raps with a bubble-blowing Caterpillar and beats the Queen of Hearts at her own game!

Performances

Friday 24th July – show starts at 7:00pm
Saturday 25th July – show starts at 2:00pm
Saturday 25th July – show starts at 7:00pm
Sunday 26th July – show starts at 2:00pm

Tickets

Tickets

Will be on sale soon…

Cast

Cast

In order of appearance…

Mathilda Olive Hilton-Meadows
Grey Alice Millie Padmore
Medium Alice Hariet Negur
Tall Alice Jasmine Lennard
Small Alice Ellie Goodman
Cheshire Cats Asha Robinson, Lily Boughton-Rowe, Poppy Leishman
White Rabbit Logan Martin
Wonderland Characters Bella Vage, Daizy Bakrania, Grace Gurr, Julia Grzywna, Molly Worley, Poppy Morris, Talitha Jarrett-Kerr, Vera Leuzzi
Doorknob Keziah Lewis
Dodo Bird Lavender Leishman
Tweedle Dee Ruby Goddard
Tweedle Dum Jesse Buttle
Petunia Steffi Wright
Rose Grace Macindoe
Daisy Bea Gilbert
Violet Georgia Murphy
Lily Lily Coglan
Flower Petals/Sea Creatures Alice Hamilton, Ellie Trotter, Joni Hilton-Meadows, Quilla Richards
Caterpillar Megan Laval
Caterpillar’s Body Hannah Goodman, Jake Gilbert, Lucy Padmore, Arthur Macindoe
Mad Hatter Maddy Gordon
March Hare Reuben Lewis
Dormouse Lucy Padmore
Royal Cardsmen Jack Pascoe, Luka Boehm, Oliver Lawrence
King of Hearts Megan Johns
Queen of Hearts Bethan Robinson

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Sisterly Feelings

Sisterly Feelings

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Sisterly Feelings – By Alan Aykbourn

18th – 22nd May 2020
The Minack Theatre, Cornwall, TR19 6JU

Following the funeral of his wife, Ralph brings his family to a favourite spot on Pendon Common. With him are his two daughters, Abigail and Dorcas – trailing businessman husband Patrick and radical poet boyfriend Stafford respectively; his student son, Melvyn – with his fiancée Brenda and her brother Simon, and his brother-in-law, Detective Inspector Len, with his wife Rita. Both Abigail and Dorcas are attracted to the bronzed and athletic Simon. When Patrick has to leave prematurely to attend a business meeting, the rest are left with insufficient cars to get them all home. Either Abigail or Dorcas will have to walk home with Simon. They toss a coin and the loser goes home by car.

Scene 2 is a picnic four months later. Responsible for the arrangements of the picnic is whichever daughter lost the toss in Scene 1. The other daughter arrives at the picnic by bicycle, accompanied by Simon, and the proceedings are disturbed by the unexpected presence at the picnic of the husband / boyfriend whom Simon is currently displacing. The picnic is curtailed by a rainstorm, at which point the daughter accompanying Simon has to decide whether to remain with him – and face a soaking bike ride – or to return to her original partner.

On her decision rests the choice of a third scene: either a proposed romantic night under canvas with Simon and Abigail (which goes badly awry, thanks to vigilante patrolling by policeman Len), or the annual cross-country derby (which equally goes badly awry), in which Simon challenges the police champion. Meanwhile, Melvyn has failed his exams to become a doctor and has made Brenda pregnant.

By the beginning of Scene 4, depending on which version of the work has been played, Simon has enjoyed the favours of either Abigail or Dorcas, or of both in either order. Scene 4 follows Melvyn’s wedding to Brenda, as the family again gathers on the common to humour Ralph, who came here with his bride on his wedding day. Abigail and Dorcas are back with the partners they started with in Scene 1, aware, perhaps of the arbitrariness of the decisions they have taken to change the course of their lives. Simon is an embarrassed best man.
(Synopsis from Ian Watson’s Conversation With Ayckbourn)

Book your tickets now here.

Tickets

Tickets

Tickets can be bought from the Minack Theatre calling 01736 810181 or online at www.minack.com/whats-on/sisterly-feelings

Cast

Cast

 
 Dr Ralph Matthews Mark Breach 
Len Coker  Simon Bennett 
Rita Coker  Georgina Walkey 
Abigail Smythe  Ali Mason 
Patrick Smythe  Guy Hanson 
Dorcas Matthews Kate Barden
Melvyn Matthews Jay Giblin
Brenda Grimshaw Emily Harrison
 Simon Grimshaw Robert Dean
Stafford Wilkins Jon Groves
Murphy  Nick Templar

 

Photos

Coming soon…

One Act Play Competition

One Act Play Competition

As part of our 50th celebration we are launching a competition to find a new one act play to be performed 1st to 3rd Oct and 10th Oct. The competition is open to all; both members and non-members.

Apart from the special reward of seeing your work performed there will also be a cash prize of £100 plus a script consultation with Victoria Ferguson to the winning playwright. Closing date for submissions Friday June 5th 2020 (Terms and conditions apply) As long as it has never been performed before it will qualify. All welcome from 16 years to 100 plus.

One Act Play Competition

The winner will receive £100 cash and a script consultation with Victoria Ferguson to help develop their script and discuss careers in scriptwriting.

Victoria is a writer and script editor, and was the coordinator for the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Competition. She collaborates with emerging and established writers to develop their scripts for the stage and screen, and is currently working with production companies including Drama Republic (Doctor Foster), New Pictures (COBRA) and 42 M&P (Military Wives) to find projects to develop for film and TV.

So, let the creative juices flow.

Please email your entries to j-frankland@hotmail.co.uk 

Sisterly Feelings Launch Day

Spotlights

On Saturday 30th November we are holding a launch day and open audition for Sisterly Feelings by Alan Ayckbourn. This will be a Carnon Downs Drama Group Production to be performed at the Minack Theatre from Monday 18th May to Friday 22nd May 2020.

The launch day and auditions will take place at 2.00pm at The Perranwell Centre, South Room.

Please let John know if you would like to borrow a script or have any queries or if you are interested but can’t make the date.

The Sleeping Beauty

The Sleeping Beauty

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The Sleeping Beauty – By David Ivall

January 2020
The Perranwell Centre, Cornwall, TR3 7JU

The Group’s pantomime for its Fiftieth Anniversary Year is The Sleeping Beauty, written and directed by David Ivall, with songs by David Ivall and Peter Smith. It blends the stories of the beautiful enchanted Princess with those of Red Ridinghood and Jack and the Beanstalk (not to forget Daisy the Cow). We can be fairly certain that, despite the machinations of the Wicked Fairy, the Princess will be awoken by the kiss of a handsome Prince, but who will she actually marry?

With fifteen adults and twenty three children, this is our largest cast pantomime for some years. Add in colourful costumes, ingenious sets, original songs, comedy, dancing, and a talking goose, and you have fun for all the family!

Book your tickets now here.

Tickets

Tickets

Box office 03454 500296

Online (No booking fee):

Buy tickets online

Cast

Cast

Jack – Megan Johns
Princess May – Abi Holmes
Red Ridinghood – Bethan Robinson
Prince Cyprian – Megan Laval
King Faraway – Colin Groom
Melisend the Good Fairy – Charlotte Padmore
Mafalda the Wicked Fairy – Chris Breach
Big Bad Wolf – Mark Breach
Dame Durden – Sally-Anne Gretton
Granny – Ann Lejeune
Royal Chamberlain – Malcolm Grimsley
Assistant Chamberlain – Jasmine Lennard
Chief Guard – Grace Macindoe
Guard Chris – Grace Gurr
Guard Ash – Roby Goddard
Guard Sam – Klara Boehm
Guard Alf – Oliver Lawrence
Guard Bart – Luka Boehm
Griselda, henchwoman – Hannah Moorfield
Royal Cook – Sarah Wright
Cora, young villager – Olive Hilton-Meadows
Flora, young villager – Sophie Woodrow
Mrs Thomas, villager – Vron Spear
Mrs Richards, villager – Wendy Poole
Mrs Henry, villager – Anne Grimsley
King’s Page – Lavender Leishman
Royal Choir Mistress – Esther O’Bearagh
Royal Attendant Rose – Millie Padmore
Royal Attendant Marigold – Poppy Leishman
Royal Attendant Violet – Asha Robinson
Small Servant – Lily Broughton Rowe
Smaller Servant – Alice Hamilton
Slightly Bigger Servant – Steffi Wright
Hedgehog – Hannah Goodman
Rabbit – Vera Leuzzi
Mouse – Ellie Goodman
Voice of the Goose – Moo Burnett
Voice of the Giant and Daisy the Cow – Mike Stanger

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Play in a week

Play in a week

Summer Drama Club has begun and we have a great bunch of youngsters that are putting together a Play in a Week. Check out what we have been up to.

Day 1:

Day 2:

Day 3:

Day 4:

Day 5:

Day 6:

… and now the trailer for the fantastic play that has been put together over the week:

The final performance! We are so proud of all the children! We want to say a big thank you to all of them for all their hard work, to all the adults who helped us and of course the parents for helping learn lines and lending us their children for the week! Enjoy!

To finish up what has been a fabulous week with a wonderful bunch of youngsters, here is what they and their parents thought!

And Then There Were None

AndThenThereWereNone Banner

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Agatha Christie’s

And Then There Were None

1st to 5th October 2019
The Perranwell Centre, Cornwall, TR3 7JU

Presented by special arrangement with Samuel French Ltd

From the pen of Agatha Christie comes an intriguing murder mystery And Then There Were None.

Performances will take place from 1st to the 5th October 2019

Tickets

Tickets

The box office is now closed for this production.

Cast

Rogers – Alex Ould
Mrs Rogers – Samantha Kinney
Narracott – Nick Templer
Vera – Sophie Quick
Lombard – Jay Giblin
Marston – Jack Irving
Blore – Joe Quick
Mackenzie – Colin Groom
Emily – Gemma Wright
Wargrave – David Faulkner
Armstrong – Simon Bennett

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Summer Drama Club 2019

Spotlights

Calling all 8-18 year olds. During the first week of the school summer holidays, Monday 29th July to Sunday 4th August, CDDG led by Zoe Vale will be hosting a “Play in a Week” workshop.

For existing CDDG members the cost will be £20. For non-members it is £30 (you can upgrade to an annual membership for an extra £5).

summerDramaClub2019
summerDramaClub2019

The Little Mermaid Jr

The Little Mermaid

Description

The Little Mermaid Jr

31st May – 2nd June 2019
The Perranwell Centre, Cornwall, TR3 7JU

Music by Alan Menkin
Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater

Out on the open sea, Prince Eric’s ship is caught in big storm and hit by lightening, sending the Prince overboard. Prince Eric is rescued and taken to shore by a mermaid called Ariel.

Ariel falls in love with the handsome Prince and makes a deal with the sea witch, Ursula, to exchange her beautiful voice for human legs. However, Prince Eric must kiss Ariel within three days or she will turn back into a mermaid  and become Ursula’s slave forever.

Performances

Friday 31st May – show starts at 7:00pm
Saturday 1st June – show starts at 2:00pm
Saturday 1st June – show starts at 7:00pm
Sunday 2nd June – show starts at 2:00pm

Tickets

Tickets

£7 Standard
£5 Seniors and 16 & under

Box office 03454 500296

Online (No booking fee):

Cast

Cast

In order of appearance…

Sea Chorus Alice Hamilton, Lily Boughton, Lucy Padmore and Poppy Morris
Pilot Poppy Leishman
Sailors Keziah Lewis, Molly Worley, Reuben Lewis and Ruby Goddard
Prince Eric Grace Gurr
Grimsby Megan Johns
Seahorse Oliver Lawrence
King Triton Joe Lessiter
Sebastian Logan Martin
Mersisters Hayley-Jane Wright, Jasmine Lennard, Julia Grzywna, Millie Padmore, Olive Hilton-Meadows and Sophie Woodrow
Flotsam & Jetsam Ruby and Keziah
Ariel Bethan Robinson
Flounder Talitha Jarret-Kerr
Scuttle Asha Robinson
Gulls Hannah Goodman, Molly, Oliver, Reuben and Poppy L
Ursula Grace Benney
Tentacles Alice, Lily, Lucy, and Poppy M
Sea Creatures Alice, Amy Barker, Hannah, Joe, Lily, Lucy, Oliver and Poppy M
Carlotta Molly
Chef Louis Reuben
Chefs Alice, Hannah, Hayley-Jane, Jasmine, Julia, Lily, Lucy, Millie, Olive, Oliver, Poppy L, Poppy M and Sophie
Lagoon Animals Alice, Hannah, Lily, Lucy, Oliver, Poppy L, Poppy M and Reuben
Princesses Hayley-Jane, Jasmine, Julia, Millie, Olive and Sophie

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Launch Day and Auditions for The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid

Calling all Karnon Kidz

Just a reminder to all our young members that we have the ‘Fun Under the Sea’ workshop coming up on the 3rd February to launch ‘The Little Mermaid’. It will be an afternoon filled with plenty of fun activities where you’ll get to find out all you need to know about the production. Please bring along any friends that maybe interested in joining us too. By the end of the session you’ll be well prepared for the auditions that will be held on the following Sunday 10th February.

If you can’t make either date but would still like to be a part of this adventure then please let us know by ringing 01872 870216 or via the email address on the flyer.

All the times and details are below. So we look forward to seeing you there!

Performances will be on 31st May through to 2nd June.

Little Mermaid Flyer

Toot ‘n’ Come In

Toot-n-Come In

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Toot ‘n’ Come In – By Joyce Bassett

Toot n Come In
Toot n Come In

24-27 January 2019
The Perranwell Centre, Cornwall, TR3 7JU

It’s panto time! School’s out for summer and the kids are off on a magical adventure.

Carnon Downs Drama Group is proud to present Joyce Bassett’s family pantomime, Toot ‘n’ Come In, an exciting adventure around the bazaars and temples of ancient Egypt.

Evening performances start at 7:30pm and matinees at 2pm.

Tickets

Tickets

£8 Standard
£6 Seniors and 16 & under

Box office 03454 500296

Online (No booking fee):

Cast

Cast

Miss Inge Bitte – Charlotte Padmore
Georgina – Lauren Northcote
Anna Bel – Abi Holmes
Charlie – Moo Burnett
Dick – Malcolm Grimsley
Sheldon – Ruby Goddard
Riddles – Millie Padmore
Artemis II – Nora De Cominges
Mr Ivor Badtemper – David Ivall
Mrs Mostofit – Linda Barker
Rattle – Miriam Loosemore
Roll – Chris Breach
Sheik Aleg – Colin Groom
Potiphar – Ann Lejeune
Pharaoh P – Mark Breach
Artemis I/Artie Facts – Martin Brett
Renee – Esther O’Bearagh
Princess Philly – Olive Hilton-Meadows
Jasmine – Mia Bossey
Pharaoh’s Aide – Grace MacIndoe
Pharaoh’s Servant – Jasmine Lennard
Ensemble – Lucy Padmore, Vron Spear, Ann Grimsley, Violet Blackburn, Hazel Blackburn, Klara Boehm, Luka Boehm

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What the Butler Saw

What the butler saw

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What the Butler Saw – By Joe Orton

4-6 October 2018
The Perranwell Centre, Cornwall, TR3 7JU

Carnon Downs Drama Group is proud to present Joe Orton’s farce, set in a psychiatrist’s office where it is hard to find any sanity.

Book your tickets now here.

Tickets

Tickets

£10

Online (No booking fee):


Book now

Cast

Cast

Dr Prentice – Mark Breach
Geraldine Barclay – Stephanie Randlesome
Mrs Prentice – Ali Mason
Nicholas Beckett – Jack Irving
Dr Rance – Simon Oliver
Sergeant Match – Joe Quick

Crew

Director – John Frankland
Box Office – Mark & Chris Breach
Set Design – Mike Meer
Set Construction – Simon Oliver, Mark Breach, Colin Groom
Scenery Painters – Tracey Holmes, Pam Furnish
Front of House – Joyce Bassett & CDDG Friends
Lighting Design – Max Wingate
Lighting & Sound – Kellan Frankland
Makeup – Zoe Vale
Props – Pam Furnish & Cast
Programme – Pam Furnish
Publicity – John Frankland, Stephanie Randlesome
Photographs – Alison Randlesome, Elaine Gummow, Pam Furnish
Stage Management – Zoe & Nick Vale
Wardrobe – Vron Spear, Dot Hallam
Signed Interpreter – Patricia Joliat

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Auditions for Toot ‘n Come In

Toot n Come In - Auditions

Join us on Sunday 30th September for open auditions for our family pantomime which this time is set in Ancient Egypt.

Large cast and chorus of mixed ages required. The performance dates are 24th – 27th January.

No previous experience necessary but must be 7yrs or over.

Adults (14yrs+) at the Barn, Nr Gwennap Pit, TR16 5HH from 10am to 1pm. Youths/Children (under 14) at The Perranwell Centre, TR3 7JU from 2pm to 5pm.

For further information contact us via Facebook or email secretary@carnondownsdrama.co.uk

Punch and Judy

Punch and Judy

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Punch & Judy

Punch and Judy
Punch and Judy

18 August 2018
Trebah Gardens, TR11 5JZ

He’s a rogue, he’s a rover, he’s selfish, he’s a bad’un, but don’t we just love him. Judy’s his wife and ain’t she gorgeous (but you might think she’s one of the Borgias). With his nose and his chin and his great big cudgel, he’ll knock you down flat, now ain’t that delightful. Scaramouche, Toby, Hangman and Constable, haven’t a hope when Punch gets at ‘em.

Carnon Downs Drama brings you the real thing, a live performance of murder and mayhem. It’s just the show, you must bring the kids to, appallingly funny and dreadfully frightful.

Performance included in cost of garden entry ticket or free for Trebah Members.

Show times: 12.30pm, 2.30pm and 4pm

Suitable for all ages.

What The Butler Saw – Auditions

What The Butler Saw

Auditions 

Join us on 24th June 2018 to audition for our October play, Joe Orton’s farce ‘What The Butler Saw’.

Auditions start at 2pm at the Perranwell Centre, TR3 7JU.

You must be 18 or over to audition and you do not need to be a member of CDDG. If you are successful in your audition, you will be required to pay a £30 membership fee.

Open Space Meeting – Amateur Drama in Cornwall

Sunday 27th May at The Perranwell Centre 1.00 pm to 6.00 pm  Open Space Meeting ‘Amateur Drama in Cornwall’.

The things we love and the things we loathe, and all in between. This is hosted by CDDG but open to members from all am drama societies in Cornwall.

For information on Open Space Meetings view our Open Space Technology page here.