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The Theatre is currently Closed

18th March until to be advised 2021

….and now for some good news!

We are pleased to announce below the dates for the “screening” of the completed recordings of two pieces of new writing, with performances from ten GWT actors, and also to call for acting members to volunteer for the next online project.

Two new plays for you to watch online

We have now filmed two short plays, written and performed by GWT members, and these will be available for you to watch, free of charge, at the end of October and the beginning of November.

Both plays were submitted to the written voice new writing event, which has formed part of an arts festival usually presented as live shows at the Stag Theatre. To keep the event alive during 2020 and the Covid restrictions, written voice wanted to make films and recordings of the pieces and we are pleased to be able now to make them available to our GWT audiences.

Sitting in Silence, set in an unnamed British park in 1919, shines a light on the lives of eight individuals, all suffering the after-effects of war. Beyond that, it is for you to decide what afflicts the central character, played very sensitively by Maurice Tripp. 

This play will be ready to view from 31 October 2020.

The Devil You Don’t brings us up to date. Set in 2018, it follows two young women as they spend a handful of days in a dusty warehouse in Calais, trying to ‘do their bit’ for the refugee crisis. It’s a story of friendship, dodgy driving and uncomfortable realisations. Catherine Addy and Hannah Holland star in this two-hander.

This play will be ready to view from 7 November.

You will be able to watch these productions on the GWT website and on our Facebook page. They will remain available to view for at least a week from launch and at a time of your choosing. Each play has a running time of approximately 30 minutes.

They will also be available on the Facebook pages for The Stag and written voice.

So make a note in your diary now to watch these two very contrasting shorts…….

…. and watch out for further announcements about the launch of other new writing projects involving GWT members in the written voice programme. written voice is run by GWT members Lisa and Paul Harris; find them at

 Calling all acting members

If you are beginning to wonder when you will be able to dust off your acting skills, here is an opportunity to get involved in a project which we hope to launch in the next few weeks.

Three of our esteemed directors, Scott James, Paul Doust and Lawrence Watling have each suggested short plays to be rehearsed on Zoom and, Covid restrictions permitting, then to be recorded on stage as rehearsed readings for “broadcasting” as audio files sometime before Christmas. We are targeting the end of November/beginning of December for recording.

The availability of these plays, to be performed virtually, is being checked but our hope is to be able to provide opportunities for 12 or more actors, hopefully with a 50:50 split between men and women and a good spread of ages across the three plays.

We will not be able to physically audition the plays but Scott, Paul and Larry will work together to come up with a fair casting, based on their knowledge of those who put themselves forward. Mike Higginson will be compiling the list of actors who have expressed an interest, with priority being given to current members.

So now is the time to volunteer by emailing The directors want to start on the casting process asap so please make sure you have emailed Mike no later than Thursday 22 October. Please also confirm in that email that you are able to participate in Zoom calls (and also say if you have a Zoom subscription which would enable you to act as a Zoom host if this was required).

It may seem a little strange to volunteer to be considered for a part without knowing what it is but, whatever the role, this will give you a chance to workshop a play with some of your friends and release some of your pent up acting talent.

And if you are not cast in any of these three plays, do not despair as the Drama Committee hope to create some further online opportunities over the next few months.

Season Update

As we said in our September bulletin, being positive, we are targeting March 2021 for a re-opening of the Theatre, with John Wilson’s production of Still Alice. But, in this ever changing landscape, this aim will be kept under close review and a final decision on whether this is viable will be made at the end of 2020. 

In the meantime John has held his auditions on stage at GWT. To ensure that we complied with “the Rule of Six”, auditions were strictly by appointment only and were subject to detailed guidelines which all those attending were required to (and did) observe. John was pleased with the result and several of those attending said how good it felt to have the opportunity once more to sit or stand on stage and read out loud!

There are still two plays remaining in the Season which have yet to be auditioned, Frankenstein and Twelfth Night, but no date has yet been fixed…so watch this space!

14th October 2020