Dark Sublime cast anounced

The cast for our next production – Dark Sublime by Michael Dennis – has been finalised. Thanks to everyone who gave their time to attend the auditions, and commiserations to those who didn’t get a part.

The cast is as follows:

Marianne / Ragana           Pamela Marnie

Kate / President              Anita Quigley

Oli / Vol                              Bianca Hutchings

Suzanne / Jaylin               Jemma De’ath

Bob Fraser / Vykar           James Ross

Voice of Kosley              Martyn Skeates

We are well known for giving opportunities to new members and this time we’ve chosen four newcomers out of a cast of seven!

Rehearsals will begin in earnest in January and we will be performing Dark Sublime at the Broadbent Theatre in Wickenby on 11th, 12th and 13th April 2024.

Auditions for Dark Sublime

Auditions for our next production, Dark Sublime by Michael Dennis, will take place at 7.30pm on Tuesday 10th October and on Wednesday 18th October at St Mary Le Wigford Church, Lincoln LN5 7EQ.

When Oli arrives at now-forgotten sci-fi icon Marianne’s door, they are looking for an autograph – and maybe a friend.  Marianne’s hoping for her phone to ring, for her best friend to see her differently, for her turn at something more substantial than a half-remembered role on a cult TV show.

As the actor and the fan start to explore each other’s worlds, they begin to discover what every good friendship needs: time and space.

Dark Sublime explores the complexities of relationships across the generations and is a love letter to British TV sci-fi (think Blake’s 7) with scenes from the real world intercut with scenes from a lost last episode that connect to what is happening in the real lives of the characters on stage. 

Exploring the world of television and fandom, the lives of those who make it and adore it, the play is about joy and heartbreak and, most of all, friendship.

We will be performing Dark Sublime at the Broadbent Theatre in Wickenby on 11th, 12th and 13th April 2024.

We are auditioning for the following roles:

Real World          Sci-fi world                   Sex         Age
Marianne             Ragana                        F             50s/60s
Oli                        Vol                                M/F          20s
Kate                     President of Earth        F             50s
Suzanne              Jaylin                            F             30s/40s
Bob Fraser          Vykar                          M            60s
Voice only          Kosley                        M/F

Everyone is welcome to audition, even if you are not a member. If you would like to audition but can’t make the date, please contact the director Vicky Ashberry – snickers.speedway@outlook.com.

Future productions

At our annual meeting on 26th July we decided what our next productions will be.

In April 2024 Vicky Ashberry will direct Dark Sublime by Michael Dennis, while the following September Jez Ashberry will direct The Father
by Florian Zeller, translated by Christopher Hampton.

Tentatively planned for 2025 and beyond are Brylcreem Boys by Peter Durrant, Brief Encounter by Noël Coward, Educating Rita
by Willy Russell, The Birthday Party by Harold Pinter and Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

For more details visit our forthcoming productions page.

More play readings planned

We’ve organised another series of play readings to help us decide what plays we want to stage in the future.

These aren’t auditions, just a chance to get together and enjoy reading scripts together over a drink or two.

Readings start at 7.30pm in the function room at The Victoria Pub, Union Road, Lincoln LN1 3BJ – grab a drink from the bar before coming up!

Wednesday 13th September: Brylcreem Boys by Peter Durrant
Wednesday 4th October: The Entertainer by John Osborne
Wednesday 25th October: A Voyage Round My Father by John Mortimer

We look forward to seeing you there!

Annual meeting well attended

We had a good turnout at our annual meeting on 26th July 2023.

The new committee was elected as follows:

Chairman: Jez Ashberry
Secretary: Su Toogood
Treasurer: Fraya Grove
Technical: Kev Gillingham, Patrick Markham
Ordinary member: Anita Quigley

Thanks to Tegh Ahuwalia who has had to leave the committee after relocating to the Falkland Islands!

Summer play readings

We will be reading some plays in June and July to help us to decide on what our future productions should be.

These will be informal play readings, not auditions; they’re an opportunity to read and listen to plays that we might want to produce in the future. Everyone is welcome to come and read, or just listen if you prefer.

We’ve booked the meeting room upstairs at the Victoria Pub, 6 Union Road, Lincoln LN1 3BJ from 7:30pm on the following Wednesdays:

21st June
Dark Sublime by Michael Dennis is a play about relationships, unrequited love and the nature of fandom. It explores the complexities of connection, especially in the LGBTQ+ community. It’s also a love letter to British sci-fi. Marianne is a fading actor who once starred in the cult TV show Dark Sublime. Unable to express her love for her best friend Kate, she forms a new friendship with a Dark Sublime superfan, Oli. Scenes from the TV show are woven into the action and mirror Marianne’s relationships in real life.

5th July
The Father by Florian Zeller. In a darkly humorous and deeply poignant translation by Christopher Hampton, this is a tragi-comic mystery, a sobering and realistic family story, and an unsentimental, emotionally intense look at the world through the eyes of a man experiencing dementia, a dramatic illustration of the physical losses which occur along with the mental ones. Anthony Hopkins won a Best Actor Oscar for his performance in the 2020 film based on the play, and Florian Zeller and Christopher Hampton won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay.

19th July
The Birthday Party by Harold Pinter In the setting of a rundown seaside boarding house, a little birthday party is turned into a nightmare when two sinister strangers arrive unexpectedly. The play has been classified as a comedy of menace , characterised by Pinteresque elements such as ambiguous identity, confusions of time and place, and dark political symbolism.

Please join us on these dates and look out for more readings in the future.

If you would like to propose a possible play for us to produce or to direct yourself, why not email us and let us have a copy of it as soon as possible?