Spring Happenings (a collection of 3 One Act Plays) by Chameleon Theatre Company will be performed from Thursday 24th to Saturday 26th April, at The Ritchie Memorial Hall.
The plays are Parentcraft by Stephen Smith, Heavens Above by Diana Raffle, and Chinamen by Michael Frayn.
This year (2013 – 14) the Chameleons are supporting the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the Princess Anne Hospital Southampton.
Parentcraft by Stephen Smith
Four expectant mothers and one father find themselves in a small hospital room awaiting the midwife who is to give them their first Parentcraft class. Differences in experiences, outlook and class lead to some interesting and at times hilarious exchanges, as each of the five have to face, and come to terms with, the prejudices and foibles of their companions. An amazing revelation shocks them all – one of their number is not, in fact, going to be a parent at all!
Heavens Above by Diana Raffle
Sally is dead. Finding herself at the gates of heaven with a depressive and an ageing tennis player, she struggles to first disprove her demise and second to beg for another chance. Eventually, a clerical error made by a very overstretched celestial admin department gives her back the life that she realises she so desperately wants; however it’s not without its twist!
There will be a 15 minute interval following this performance when refreshments will be served from the Green Room. The Charity Raffle prizes will be drawn before the final performance.
Chinamen by Michael Frayn
A farce about a catastrophic dinner party. Jo has asked a woman, her new hippy boyfriend and some other guests for dinner. Stephen has invited the woman’s deserted husband. The host of the party remarks that he has trouble telling his typical English friends apart, comparing them to the proverbial Chinamen who all supposedly look alike. The object is to keep the estranged husband and wife apart. They dine in two different rooms and manoeuver the guests so that these two are never in the same room. The play is a tour-de-force, with the two actors changing costumes and assuming new roles without apparent effort.
Spring Happenings (a collection of 3 One Act Plays)
Venue: The Ritchie Memorial Hall, Hursley Road, Chandler’s Ford SO53 2FT.
Dates: Thursday 24th to Saturday 26th April 2014
Times: Doors open – 7pm; Curtain up – 7.30pm
Tickets: £7 for adults, £6 seniors, £4.50 children
Box Office: Telephone: 0845 644 0496
Website: Chameleon Theatre Company