Ripon & District

Theatre Visits Group

Theatre going is on the rise again throughout the country. Our Ripon Theatre Visits Group continues to grow in number and attract new members. Our forward programme of one visit per month is back on track to its pre-Covid norm. The monthly Newssheet introduced by 'Woof,Woof', our 'Theatrical Newshound', Arlene Coulson, has caught on and members now eagerly await the next issue to see what she has been able to dig up.

On our last two theatre visits we were pleased to see that audiences are getting larger again but as we have come to learn, there remain many uncertainties for production companies. To keep costs down, sets have become minimal but clever. Casts have been generally smaller with actors often playing several different roles. There seems to be increasing physicality on stage which clearly requires actors to maintain a high level of fitness and then the ability to play a musical instrument is becoming more frequently part of an actors skillset.

Last February, and to do something different, we held our first ever social lunch in North Stainley. This proved both popular and successful by attracting the largest ever single get together of Theatre Visits Group members.

In September our planned 'Away Day' in Keswick to see a production of 'Brief Encounter' at Theatre By The Lake is going ahead with enough people already signed up to fill a small bus BUT if we could fill a larger bus, our transport cost per head will go down. We are therefore hopeful that a few more people will decide to sign up as soon as possible for this great day out to what is a lovely venue. Its only a once a year happening; we are now out of the Covid cage, so why not celebrate a bit and come with us.

Your committee have now prepared a forward programme of visits, with details as listed below. We hope you will find these varied and interesting.

THEATRE VISITS recently made

October The Hounds of the Baskervilles York Theatre Royal
December Wendy & Peter Pan Panto Leeds Playhouse CANCELLED due Covid
January Macbeth (The Handlebards - musical - funny) York Theatre Royal
February Social Lunch at North Stainley
March As You Like It (Northern Broadsides) York Theatre Royal
April The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Leeds Grand
May Red Ellen York Theatre Royal
June Kinky Boots Harrogate Theatre
July A Little Light Music Leeds Playhouse

THEATRE VISITS Our forthcoming plans are

Thursday Sept 29th Brief EncounterTheatre By The Lake, Keswick
Thursday Oct 6th The Mirror Cracked York Theatre Royal
Thursday Nov 16th Fishermans Friend Leeds Grand
Thursday Dec 15th Old Granny Goose York Grand Opera House

Event

Thursday Sept 22nd Ripon & District u3a Showcase Allhallowgate Methodist Church Hall 2pm

Theatre Visits Group will have their own stand so why not come along for an hour, visit our stand and take a look at the many other interesting u3a activities you can join.

NEXT COFFEE MORNING

Tuesday Aug 23rd 10.00 Curzon Cinema, Ripon

For further Theatre Visits Group information please contact:

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

FORWARD PROGRAMME
We now have a forward programme which will take us into the 2022 Panto season. Keep watching our group website for latest news or changes which we may have to make, and be assured that we will endeavour to suss out a range of interesting productions for you in 2023. When you can make it, do therefore come and join us. You will enjoy having 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
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Ukulele Visiting Buildings of Interest
Walking Walking Netball
Wednesday Lunch Group Wine Appreciation