Gordon Forum for the Arts


Spring 2012

Spotlight Theatre

Spotlight Theatre

In 2012 Inverurie-based drama group Spotlight Theatre (formerly the Garioch Players) will be celebrating 25 years of performing in Inverurie. We spoke to group member Laurence Young, formerly Principal Teacher of Drama at Dyce Academy, who is currently directing rehearsals for the group's production of Move Over Mrs Markham, which is to be staged in May.

We're well into rehearsals for this very funny farce set in the 1960s and written by Ray Cooney and John Chapman. For our 25th anniversary production some of the Spotlight members felt we should try something "a bit different" but eventually we decided to stick with what we've had some success with in recent years and what our audiences seem to like — farce. In the past we have produced other types of drama, for example we've done a play by Terry Pratchett, the female version of Neil Simon's The Odd Couple, Ena Lamont Stewart's Men Should Weep and work written by group members but we seem to have built up quite a following for our farces. My own opinion is "if it ain't broke — don't fix it".

Move Over Mrs Markham explores the intricacies and complications which ensue when different sets of hopeful lovers all converge on the bedroom of the Markhams' supposedly empty flat. The misunderstandings and deceptions which follow result in a hectic and hilarious evening.

Spotlight Theatre

We have a very strong cast made up of long term members of Spotlight as well as newer members. There's quite a bit of physical comedy in the show and so everyone's working hard to make sure that works successfully. There's also a challenge for our set designers/builders as the set consists of two separate rooms on view for the whole of the production — the Markhams' living room and their bedroom in their London flat.

The authors of this comedy, Ray Cooney and John Chapman, have enjoyed extensive careers in the theatre and together and separately have written a number of highly popular farces and plays.

We'll be performing Move Over Mrs Markham on Thursday 10 May, Friday 11 May and Saturday 12 May in Inverurie Town Hall in our usual audience set-up, that is cabaret-style seating at tables and a bar available for our audience to enjoy a drink before, during or after the show.

[Editor's note: in the printed copy of the Newsletter the wrong dates are given for this production. The correct dates are as listed above. Apologies for any confusion this may cause.]

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