We are an amateur dramatic society run by a group of local people who have an enthusiasm for live arts events.
We host approximately four professional ArtsReach shows each year in Halstock Village Hall, aiming to offer a varied and exciting programme. When we have the time (and inspiration!) we also perform in our own productions.
When possible we use profits from the shows to support local ventures. The success of recent shows has enabled us to provide the funding for new chairs for Halstock Village hall.
Committee members are as follows:
Chairman: Deborah Childs
Vice Chairman: Ali Lemmey
Treasurer : Chris Childs
Pete Lemmey, Adrian and Alli Rees , Gigi Sudbury and Barbara Darnley.
We meet at The Fox Inn for our AGM at the end of January.
New members are welcome.
Over the past year we have again been fortunate to be in a position to host some excellent Artsreach shows which have attracted good audiences and received very positive feedback. We also put on a production of our own which was well attended and enjoyed by all.
When possible we use our profits to support local ventures and this year we have been able to provide funding for new chairs for Halstock Village Hall.
Moscow Drug Club Sun 6thMarch. Attendance: 103
A very professional and lively performance with a mixture of 1930’s cabaret, Hot Club de France, Nuevo tango , Gypsy Campfire and Django Rheinhardt.
Living Spit ‘The Fabulous Bacon Boys’ Thursday 26thMay. Attendance: 102
A very amusing and professional performance enjoyed by all. The bacon butties sold well and possibly helped to contribute to our large ticket sales. Thanks to Matt for cooking and Marianne’s help with the serving.
DT2 Productions ‘Kinetics‘ Fri 7thOct. Attendance: 83
This was a truly memorable show that left the audience feeling both humbled and uplifted. The thought provoking, interesting, funny and poignant play was written, and performed, by local artist Sue Wylie who has early onset Parkinson’s. Following the show Committee members made a decision to split the profits equally between Parkinson’s research; DT2 Productions and Halstock village hall.
Near Ta Theatre ‘Christmas Time’ Sun 11thDec. Attendance: 44
A very amusing, well written and entertaining family show with lots of familiar traditional songs, humour and emotion, and clever contrasts and links between our traditional religious Christmas and the fantasy of Santa Claus.
Spitz and Co ‘Glorilla’ Thurs 9th Feb Attendance: 47
We were disappointed not to have a larger audience for this funny and innovative show; however those who did attend thoroughly enjoyed it.
HCT production ‘Last Tango in Halstock’ Fri 1stand Sat 2ndApril.
The play which was written by David Tristram and adapted to suit our village, mainly by Pete, was well received by an audience of 100 over the two nights. The cast: Pete and Ali Lemmey, Deb Childs and Adrian Rees enjoyed the performances and all the rehearsals. Special thanks to our co-directors Chris Childs and Alli Rees; Matt Childs who did the sound; Chris on the lighting and everyone who prepared and served the delicious cooked meal and manned the bar. We made a profit of £745 which we donated to the village hall chair fund. All in all it was a great success.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank HCT members for all their hard work and our audiences for their support.