We are pleased to confirm the following dates for our three productions in 2019 and our spring production in 2020:

Colder Than Here by Laura Wade
Directed by Julia Ross
13th to 15th March 2019, The Blue Room, Lincoln
Auditions in November – watch this space!
An unlikely comedy about a woman who’s dying of bone cancer and her family coming to terms with her impending death.

The Talented Mr Ripley by Patricia Highsmith, adapted by Phyllis Nagy
Directed by Fraya Grove
15th to 17th May 2019, Lincoln Drill Hall (main auditorium)
Auditions in November – watch this space!
When Tom Ripley is sent to Italy to track down Richard Greenleaf, the errant son of a wealthy American couple, his mission takes on a sinister twist
as their lives become inextricably entwined.

Educating Rita, by Willy Russell
Directed by David Thew
Autumn 2019, The Room Upstairs, Lincoln Drill Hall
An ambitious hairdresser and an alcoholic university tutor strike up an unlikely friendship in this classic Willy Russell play which has contemporary echoes of George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion.

The Ladykillers by Graham Linehan
Directed by Colin Brimblecombe
Spring 2020, Lincoln Drill Hall
This stage adaptation by Graham Linehan (Father Ted, The IT Crowd) of the 1955 Ealing comedy tells the story of what happens to a gang of criminals when they decide to hide from the law in the house of an innocent old lady.

If you’d like to be involved in any of the above productions contact our secretary Su Toogood:


Unfortunately we have had to postpone our production of Willy Russell’s play Educating Rita, which was to have been performed in The Room Upstairs at Lincoln Drill Hall in October.

If you have already bought tickets you can get a full refund at the Drill Hall box office.

Look out for news of when this timeless classic will be returning!


We’re pleased to announce that we have successfully cast our autumn production of Educating Rita by Willy Russell.

The part of Frank will be played by Colin Brimblecombe while Rita will be played by a newcomer to our company, Vicky McLelland.

Congratulations to Colin and Vicky and thanks to everyone else who auditioned for the parts.

Rehearsals will begin soon under the leadership of director David Thew and the play can be seen over three nights in The Room Upstairs at Lincoln Drill Hall in October 2018.


Open auditions for Educating Rita will take place on Monday 18th and Wednesday 20th June 2018 – all welcome!

We will be performing Willy Russell’s classic two-hander about a northern hairdresser and her alcoholic Open University tutor in The Room Upstairs at Lincoln Drill Hall in October 2018.

The play gave rise to one of the most iconic modern film partnerships, with Julie Walters as the brash, to-the-point Rita and Michael Caine as the washed-up lecturer Frank.

The play has only two parts, each of equal significance:

Rita (real name Susan), down to earth, direct, outwardly confident and brash and with a ‘funny girl’ say-what-she-thinks attitude which does, however, mask a vulnerability and an acute awareness of and sensitivity about her social background. As the play progresses, Rita’s intelligence and thirst to learn gradually come to the fore, as do her natural humanity and warmth. Age range mid 20s to early 30s. A Northern accent, not necessarily Liverpudlian, will be required.

Frank, a middle-aged, scruffy academic and lecturer with a drink problem, who initially appears disaffected with academia and teaching and who seeks redemption in the bottle, but who is initially astonished and then inspired by Rita’s character and by her passion to learn. Frank could be anywhere from mid-40s to early 50s.

Rita and Frank are both strong character roles with a lot of depth, and the change in each character is gradual. The play is a comedy, but not a farce, and the ability to character-act is imperative in each case.

Auditions will take place at The Kennel behind The Dog & Bone, John Street, Lincoln LN2 5BH at 7:30pm on Monday 18 and Wednesday 20 June.

These dates are alternatives – you don’t need to attend both auditions!

If you are unable to make these dates or would like further information, please contact the director, David Thew, by emailing


Thanks to everyone who attended our annual meeting on 30th May. The current committee was re-elected with the addition of Fraya Grove who has offered to train up to be our next treasurer! Thanks Fraya.

The committee now looks like this:

Chairman Jez Ashberry
Secretary Su Toogood
Treasurer Vicky Ashberry
Stage management Shelagh Gillingham
Technical Kev Gillingham
Ordinary Member David Thew
Ordinary Member Fraya Grove

At the meeting we made some decisions on future productions and performance venues. For a copy of the minutes please send an email to



We will be holding our annual meeting at The Dog & Bone pub on John Street, Lincoln at 7.30pm on Wednesday 30th May 2018.

Everyone is welcome to attend, even if you’re not a current member! We’ll be discussing future productions and venues as well as electing a new committee. If you would like to stand for election please send an email to

All committee roles are up for re-election and the current make-up of the committee is as follows:

Chairman Jez Ashberry
Secretary Su Toogood
Treasurer Vicky Ashberry
Stage management Shelagh Gillingham
Technical Kev Gillingham
Ordinary Member David Thew

We hope to see you there!