Playgoers Society of Dartington Hall
Welcome to Dartington Playgoers
We've been making theatre in and around Dartington (south Devon) for over 70 years. We are committed to creating the best shows we can and presenting our audiences with dynamic, imaginative and engaging productions.
We stage three shows a year in the studio spaces at Dartington Hall, along with a series of rehearsed readings and other theatrical events at venues including the Great Hall, Bogan House and Totnes Library.
We also exist to provide opportunities in acting, directing, technical and front of house management. We are always looking for new people to join us and develop their theatre skills.
Recent / upcoming shows
Live theatre was back momentarily in August/September last year, for outdoor performances of Ayckbourn's Ernie's Incredible Illucinations, directed by Richard Clark.
Encouraged by this, we had planned a winter tour of The Hollow Crown, John Barton's compilation of speeches, songs and sketches by and about the kings and queens of England. Alas, the virus had other ideas, and the show is now on the back burner for the time being.
However - Playgoers members have been keeping themselves match-fit during lockdown with Zoom-hosted play readings and mini-performances.
And now, as life begins to return to 'normal', we're planning performances for summer and autumn 2021:
end of August - a touring production of 4 of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, playing at various outdoor venues. More details to be confirmed very soon. Audition information here...
Meanwhile, keep an eye on the website, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram...
Amateur Theatre in South Devon
John Miles of TOADS keeps up to date with as many theatre events throughout south Devon as he can find. You can download a copy of his April listings here...
Some suggestions for theatre at home during lockdown...
BBC iPlayer: Lights Up (BBC4) - new work recorded live in lockdown. Search for Uncle Vanya (BBC4); Performance Live - The Way Out and A Midsummer Night's Dream
Old Vic In Camera: Faith Healer; Lungs; Burn; The Greatest Wealth and more.
National Theatre At Home: subscribe or rent recent NT Live productions.
Digital Theatre: subscribe for All My Sons; As You Like It (RSC) and more.
Marquee TV: subscribe for many RSC and West End productions. Also opera and ballet.
Lots more free streaming shows are listed here by What's On Stage, including Cheek By Jowl's Winter's Tale; Richard II; Frozen and work by Kneehigh, Opera North, etc.