Ripon & District

Theatre Visits Group

Our u3a Theatre Visits group remains very much alive despite the Covid pandemic and the impossibility of making any theatre visits during lockdowns. One Committee Member, Arlene Coulson, recently adopted the name 'Theatrical Newshound' and she has proved great ability at being able to nose out promising scents, scratching away at the facts, and bringing this altogether in a very innovative and thoroughly informative Monthly Newssheet. It's always a good read and has greatly helped to keep communications open with the membership. To have a look at the current issue, November, select the TVG Newssheet link on the right.

Pre-Covid, the Theatre Visits Group were generally making monthly visits to a range of theatres in Harrogate, Leeds, York, Darlington, and occasionally wider afield going to Scarborough and Keswick. Blackpool was a new place planned but sadly cancelled when lockdown forced the closure of all theatres nationwide.

The good news is that we made a first and successful post-lockdown visit to a production of 'The Hounds of the Baskervilles' at York Theatre Royal in October; we have another group going to the Panto in Leeds mid December, and your committee are now pleased to be able to post a four month forward plan for theatre visits.

THEATRE VISITS made

October 2021 The Hounds of the Baskervilles York Theatre Royal

THEATRE VISITS Our forthcoming plans are currently

Tuesday December 7th Wendy & Peter Pan Panto Leeds Playhouse CANCELLED AT SHORT NOTICE BY THEATRE COMPANY due Cast having Covid
Wednesday January 26th Macbeth (The Handlebards - musical - funny) York Theatre Royal
Thursday March 24th As You Like It (Northern Broadsides) York Theatre Royal
April 13th or 14th The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Leeds Grand

SOMETHING NEW
In view of the current very limited choice of theatre productions in consequence of the pandemic, your committee thought we might try a

MEMBERS LIGHT LUNCH & SOCIAL February 17th Staveley Arms, North Stainley

Time and menu details will be informed by booking form - Watch this Space.

NEXT COFFEE MORNING
to be continued but no dates currently planned - Watch this Space for a date when decided

For further Theatre Visits Group information please contact:

Clare Kinsman Tel: 01765 609178 email: cpkinsman@hotmail.com

FORWARD PROGRAMME
As we have come to learn, there remain many uncertainties in consequence of the pandemic. One such consequence for theatres is that production companies have to carry increased upfront costs when they make forward commitments with actors, set designers and theatre venues. This all adds up unfortunately to greatly increased financial risks for all such stage production companies. Not surprisingly the smaller companies have therefore to be particularly cautious, and whilst, as ever, they will surely have a fistful of intended productions, these will be on hold, you could say waiting in the wings for more stable conditions and larger audiences to return. These are the reasons therefore why there is simply much less choice than we became used to in those pre-pandemic times ! Be assured however, your committee are watching the situation and will do their best to propose an interesting and as varied a forward programme as they can.

So keep watching our programme, which we hope will broaden and develop during 2022, and when you can make it, do come and join us. You will definitely enjoy the change and will have a fun day out with like minded people.

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Art Appreciation Group Badminton
Bonsai Book Readers Group
Circle Dancing Collectables
Craft Group Creative Writing Forum
Family History French Conversation
Garden Group Geology
German Conversation Have Your Say
History Italian Conversation
Keep Fit `move it or lose it` Latin
Lawn Bowls Local History
On Your Bookshelf Painting and Drawing Grp
Pétanque Photography
Piano Playing Play Folk Music
Play Reading Playing the Guitar
Poetry for Pleasure Ripon Archaeology Research
Russian Literature Science For All
Scrabble Scribblers
Spanish Conversation Spanish Intermediate (Group full)
Sunday Lunch Group Table Tennis
Tennis Theatre Visits Group
Ukulele Visiting Buildings of Interest
Walking Walking Netball
Wednesday Lunch Group Wine Appreciation