Contact - Jenny MacDonald
Tel No.  01208 873933
Email jenny11(dot)4@live(dot)co(dot)UK

At the present time this group is large so has to operate a waiting list.  Please email Jenny if you wish to be included.

Information about how to pay money for events organised by Theatre Group available via this link

MAY   2018
Two trips to Sterts theatre are now planned, with optional pre-performance meal.
Steel Magnolias on Aug 4th, contact Carol 
History Boys on Sept 3rd, contact Jenny

The proposed trip to Kneehigh Asylum has been cancelled as it proved unsuitable.
Please Note - our next meeting is on June 21st at the later time of 11 am.

April   2018
Those who went to Hall for Cornwall to explore the theatre and learn about the new redesigned HFC found it a fascinating afternoon.  There is one more opportunity for those who missed it before they close for two years, on May 10 at 2pm.
Sterts is also refurbishing backstage and replacing the roof, but hopefully offering productions again in August.
Our chosen trips this meeting are:-
June 5th    Oscar Wilde's  An Ideal Husband live streamed to St Austell cinema.  Jenny arranging
   ''   9th    English Songs (E.C. Bach choir) at St Germans.  Anne F arranging
July 24th   Minack present Servant to Two Masters, matinee, by car this year.  Contact Ann H
Aug  10th  Kneehigh back at the Asylum at Heligan!  Option of supper first and possibly using Lerryn minibus.   Be aware that this production, UBU Karaoke, is a promenade performance.     Details from Carol W
Aug 22nd  Miracle return to Restormel Castle with The Cherry Orchard.  Annie S arranging.

Please Note:-  May meeting is a week later than usual on 24th May.

March  2018
A busy meeting and well attended with our usual divers interests discussed.
We welcomed new members, talked about our booking and payment systems, then got on to enjoying hearing lots of ideas for new events.
   We settled on the following:-
April13 or 14th   Wild West Cabaret at Lerryn Hall   tickets from Ann H
   ''   16th          Free tour of Hall for Cornwall theatre as it is plus all the plans for the future
                    building.   Jenny
May 16th      Ballet Boyz '14' at H for C.  Sandra
  ''    19th     Jazz Cafe - Kabassa! at St Barts   buy our own tickets, on sale at Watts Traders
                   on 7th April
June 2nd      Peoples String Foundation Orchestra   the final HFC event for a long time,  Annie
Sept 15th     A new venture for us - Wipers Times at the Northcote theatre, Exeter. Helen
It's good to see that Kneehigh's Asylum returns to Heligan this summer.  Choice of play will be made at Aprils meeting as will an event at Minack in Aug/Sept.

11th March 2018


Ten members of the group made their way to Plymouth to visit TR2, the purpose built Production and Learning Centre for The Theatre Royal situated in
Cattedown by the river Plym. The extensive rehearsal facilities and 2000 sqm of workshop and wardrobe space provide unrivalled construction, production and costume services for the theatre industry. The Theatre Royal Plymouth is one of the country’s finest regional theatres and their production services have an excellent reputation. They work with some of the world’s best designers, producers and production managers and deliver high quality sets, props and costumes for TRP’s own productions and co-productions as well as for other producers throughout the UK and Europe.

As we entered the reception area, we were rather intrigued by its two exhibits, a very large bird and the plywood outline of a rocket. Our very helpful guide cleared up the mystery:

Exhibit 1: the large bird had been used in a production: it is made out of real feathers and during the production had a motor which enabled it to move around the stage - it is now static.

Exhibit 2: the Russian rocket that carried British Astronaut Tim Peake into space could be landing in Plymouth. The city has been shortlisted to host the space craft as part of an exciting UK tour. If selected, the exhibition which will include a state-of-the-art virtual reality experience developed by Samsung will stay in Plymouth for 3 months with the opening ceremony held in August 2018. Venues which have submitted a bid include TR2, the Royal William Yard and the University.

After a visit to each of the three rehearsal rooms, our tour gave us an insight into the different aspects of the Production Services:

  • Costume - Although the wardrobe team was regrettably not present, we were able to admire the quality of their work as we examined some costumes displayed on mannequins.

  • Props

  • Set Construction and Assembly – the team was hard at work including two members of staff who were painting a backdrop for a production which will be staged in another regional theatre.

  • Drawing office – the team create designs from 1 in 25 scale models given to them by production companies

We were allowed in the costume store: what a treat! For those of us involved in amateur dramatics, it was like being in a sweets shop! But we could not leave with any of those treats…

We learned lots of facts on our tour, including:

  • The floor space of the medium rehearsal room is equal to that of The Drum

  • The floor space of the large rehearsal room is equal to that of The Lyrics

  • Each wig costs £1,000 – they are washed dried and reshaped after each production and last a year.

  • The average cost of a costume is £1,000. They are washed or steam cleaned after each production

We were able to reflect on our informative tour as we enjoyed a cream tea.


February 2018
Once again our thanks to the Royal Oak for hosting our meetings.
Swan Lake now on 22 Sept (Helen) and 29th Sept ( Pat )
TR2 Tour - Majority chose 6th March
( Annie )
TRP offered us tickets at £5 for three productions - sadly unable to use them due to evening performances so no train home!

New bookings available:-
3 March at Liskeard - The Armed Man, a mass for peace, Anne F arranging
9 March at Truro - Wihan String Quartet play Beethoven, Janacek and Dvorak  contact Anne F.
16 March Cafe Cool Nuclear Blues buy own tickets as usual  (sold out first day, possible returns)
17    ''      ''       '' Carol Gasser Quartet  ''     ''       ''    ''    (few left)
17    ''     Cathy at St Austell Arts Theatre  -  initial contact Jenny
25 March at Wadebridge -  Wurlitza band plays to one of the last silent films to be made 'Cottage on Dartmoor'  contact Jenny for tickets
Next meeting Thursday 15th March........Start 10.30am

January 2018

Once again the coffee and witticisms flowed as we got on with discussing our new ideas

TR2 update - Annie has requested preferred dates, 6th or 13th March or 24th April.
Sultans of String and Joanna Lumley trips have had to cancelled.

However  - lots of new plans:-
Hi De Hi, Lostwithiel Helen getting tickets for Sat 17th or Fri 16th Feb
Also Helen for  Matthew Bournes Swan Lake (be quick, it's selling fast) at Plymouth on 29th Sept mat.

Contact Deb for Blood Brothers at Truro matinee 14thApril.
Ann H. arranging Hamlet 10th Feb, a matinee at TRP.

Also two live streamings at St Austell cinema:-
Ann again buying tickets for Young Vic's Cat on a Hot Tin Roof - 22nd Feb eve.
Jenny arranging Royal Ballet's Bernstein Centenary Celebration - 1st (no Joke!) April
Our next meeting Feb 15th.

Update 24th December 2017

Theatre Group Christmas Lunch

The Theatre Group meets on the third Thursday of the month at the Royal Oak to plan its
numerous outings.  Did you know that we organise an average of 75 outings a year?  This year, we agreed that our December meeting would be sweet and short and followed by a Christmas lunch.

A big thank you to the staff at the Royal Oak for all the effort that they went into to make the tables look very festive - the best we had seen so far this year- and for cooking a delicious and plentiful Christmas lunch.  We all enjoyed it!