The Heathfield U3A drama group is not an acting group (though actors are welcome), but rather intended for those wishing to peek behind the scenes, as it were, at the history of drama down the ages (‘From Greece to Grease’, and from ‘Mummers to Modernity’) and how it has evolved across the various media of stage, screen and television. We hope to have knowledgeable speakers (about the Garrick Club, for instance, or the film industry), and to arrange visits to production sites such as the Historic Dockyard in Chatham (where Les Miserables, Sherlock Homes, Mr Selfridge and Call the Midwife were filmed) or go backstage with an actress at The Globe.
The intention is to learn about and discuss a whole host of topics relating to drama, including great actors and actresses (especially those with local connections), famous productions, styles and methods of acting, the language and superstitions of the theatre (‘break a leg, ‘the Scottish play’, Super Trooper and so on), how music is relevant, and what the back-stage staff get up to.
From January 2016 the Drama Group hopes to meet monthly in or near Heathfield. Anyone interested should contact Pat Flowers (firstname.lastname@example.org; 07519 761499). Ideas are welcome – and you aren’t expected to act (there are plenty of local acting groups already!).