Posted October 6th, 2013

The Cast of  The Private Eye & The Public Ear

30th September – Saw the opening night of “The Private Eye” & “The Public Ear”, two one act plays in a double bill production by The Original Theatre Company, in association with the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre.  The cast gave a very entertaining interpretation of the two comic noir plays plays by Peter Shaffer.

Following the performance, the Friends hosted a bar reception for the cast and members of the Friends.

Posted September 29th, 2013

Saturday 21st September – Some of the Friends set off from Langney point along the seafront  to Holywell Cafe and return – a total distance of 7 miles – on the Friends Annual sponsored walk. Fortunately it was a dry and pleasant morning for a stroll by the sea.

Posted September 2nd, 2013

Jan Lynton and Edward Thomas

At the Congress Suite on Sunday, 1st September, the renowned choreographer Jan Lynton, in conversation with Edward Thomas, gave a fascinating insight into her career as a dancer and choreographer, from the London Palladium with Larry Grayson, to the Congess and The Rattonians.

Following the talk, the Friends enjoyed an afternoon tea of sandwiches and cake served with coffee and tea.

The Friends show their appreciation for Jan Lynton and Edward Thomas

Posted September 2nd, 2013

Brian Capron and Jennifer Daly

Thursday 29th August, was the opening night for Willy Russell’s play “Educating Rita”. Brian Capron and Jennifer Daly gave a fascinating performance, as the middle aged alcoholic career academic, attempting to tutor a young working class hairdresser.

Following the performance, the Friends hosted a bar reception, giving the opportunity for members of the Friends to meet the cast.

Posted August 18th, 2013

One of the biggest events on the calendar for Eastbourne, is the Airbourne air show, and Eastbourne Theatres stall certainly attracted a good deal of attention. The Friends were more than happy to provide volunteers to help out on the stall.

The Friends Vice Chair, Lesley Raven, in attendance on the stall.

Posted August 5th, 2013

Neil Kirby (left) and Paul James (right)

At the Langham Hotel on Sunday, 4th August, The hotel proprietor Neil Kirby, gave a fascinating talk to the Friends, on his life in hotel service. From his early days as a dish washer, he worked his way up through the various positions of hotel work, to the very top as Hotel Manager of one of the most exclusive hotels in London, and finally became a hotel owner in his own right.

Neil was skillfully guided through his talk, with the assistance of the Writer and Journalist Paul James. Following the talk, the Friends enjoyed an afternoon tea of sandwiches and cake served with coffee and tea.

Some of the Friends gathered for the talk.

Posted August 5th, 2013

Some of the cast of “Gotta Sing Gotta Dance”.

Thursday 1st August, was the opening night of the fabulous song and dance show, “Gotta Sing Gotta Dance”. The show is a fantastic tour de force of some of the most popular West End musicals, and includes some of the most memorable numbers from shows such as Les Miserables, Oliver, Jesus Christ Superstar, Miss Saigon and many more.

Following the show, the Friends hosted one of their ever popular bar reception, for the cast and members of the Friends.

A very well attended bar reception

Posted July 31st, 2013

The Cast of “The Trouble With Old Lovers”

Tuesday 23rd July – An all star cast played in an enchanting first performance of “The Trouble With Old Lovers”. The play by Angela Huth, is a romantic comedy that tells the story of four ex-lovers, meeting again after twenty years for a seemingly innocuous dinner party, but will old flames be revived?

Following the opening night, the Friends hosted one of their ever popular bar receptions, giving members of the Friends the opportunity to meet the cast.

Posted July 21st, 2013

The Cast of “Stones In His Pockets”

Tuesday16th July, was the opening night for “Stones In His Pockets”, the hilarious comic pay by Marie Jones, that tell the story of a quite rural community in County Kerry, Ireland, which is disrupted by the arrival of an American film crew. The plot is centered on two locals who are hired as film extras, and who find themselves struggling to identify the ‘reality’ of their community as portrayed by the film makers.

Following the performance, the Friends hosted a bar reception, giving the opportunity for members of the Friends to meet the cast.

The cast and members of the Friends enjoying a drink after the performance.

Posted July 14th, 2013

L-R:  Brenda Pearson-Woodd (Treasurer); Lesley Raven (New Vice Chairman); Tom Dixon (New Chairman); Michael Philpott (Secretary)

This was quite a lively yet informative meeting which 105 members attended, out of a membership of 1344 (at 1/7/13 – 7.8%).  [This was a significant increase on 2012 but still very low – the AGM is, after all, the only chance the membership gets to meet the Committee & Theatre Department Management at the same time and the opportunity to ask questions.  Most questions do tend to be about the Theatre’s show programming, facilities, development etc. but that is the core around which all of the activities of the FDPT are based.]

The minutes of the 2012 AGM were accepted with one exception, that item 11 had not been included on the Agenda for 2013.  The Secretary explained the reasons for this (that he and the incoming chairman felt it was unnecessary) but he did agree to consider the matter when reviewing the constitution of FDPT which he hoped to do in the coming months.  The minutes were unanimously accepted with one member voting against.

The outgoing Chairman reported that this had been a complex and, at times, a difficult year for the committee.  Angela particularly thanked all the volunteers who had helped with social events, Park Scene, promotions, the stewards, audio team, floral arrangers, photographers and all others who may have helped in any way, not least in supporting events.  In the Theatre the Friends had been involved in 2 major refurbishment projects:

–     the gents toilet at the rear of the stalls was completely refurbished at a cost of £39,194.

–     the DIY team, led by Keith Clements, helped with the redecoration if the bar and our financial contribution was £851

The Treasurer reported on another successful year.  The accounts were accepted and the membership subscriptions for 2013/14 were agreed to remain at £12.50 (single) and £20 (double).

The Officers and Committee Members were (as notified to members in the last edition of Park Scene) all elected un-opposed.  Details are in Park Scene as well as being on this web-site.

As members will also recall from the AGM notice sent out in the summer edition of Park Scene, two motions had been submitted for consideration at the AGM.  Motion 1 was discussed at some length, motion 2 less so, and neither motion obtained the required 70 votes (2/3 of those present – 105) for approval.

Gavin Davis, representing the Theatre, reported on the year past and the difficulties in being able to attract quality shows to the theatre.  However, he did single out the excellent work of ‘Talking Scarlet’ in several recent productions and confirmed that he and Chris Jordan were looking forward to the rest of the year.  In response to a question he said it was unlikely that the theatre would offer a 2 for 1 on 1st nights for FDPT but they were looking at ways of encouraging people to book into the Upper Circle!  Most productions will only come to the DPT with a guaranteed income so the ‘£1 booking fee’ (when applied) is often the only real income the theatre gets from a show’s ticket sales.

The meeting ended at 9.35 pm.

[The full version of the AGM minutes will be available to members prior to the next AGM but any member may request to ‘inspect’ the minutes of both the AGM and Management Committee meetings at any time, as has always been the case.  Any such request should be made to the secretary in writing – email acceptable – 7 days notice required.]

Some of the Friends in attendance

Former Chairman Angela Hughes was presented with a floral arrangement in gratitude for her hard work over the past twelve months.