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Playgoers Society of Dartington Hall

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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.

 

Until now, we've staged 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.

What's coming in 2024

Our most ambitious production for some time is to be Jerusalem by Jez Butterworth, directed by Ceni Wyatt.  This will be (appropriately) an outdoor production, from 18th - 22nd June 2024. 

 

Tickets are on sale now from 
Dartington Hall Box Office.

 

Please note that this an open air production, so audiences should come prepared for English summer weather and bring their own seating (folding chairs/rugs).

 

We still need technical support and front of house support, so please contact us if you can offer any backstage help.

More about Jerusalem here...

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In November, Patrick Cooper will direct Moliere's Tartuffe, in a lively and fresh version by Roger McGough.  There's an open play reading on 26th April, in advance of auditions in May.  Please contact the director for more information.....

But where...?

After a period of some uncertainty, we now have an arrangement in place with Dartington Trust for us to continue rehearsing and performing on the estate.  Jerusalem will be open air at Aller Park and Tartuffe will be in Studio 1, Lower Close.

Unleashed Theatre Company, based at the old cinema in Abbey Road, Torquay, are doing amazing work in community theatre.  They've also helped us out recently by transporting and storing Playgoers' scenery and props as our space at Dartington has been reduced.

The Northcott Theatre, Exeter, is offering a number of theatre workshops in the coming months - covering Shakespeare's comedies, The Importance of Being Earnest, public speaking and stage combat. You can find out more about them here...

Join us...

Our members have some challenging decisions to make in 2024, but we're still enthusiastic about making theatre.  Why not
join Playgoers now?  Your subscription will run through to the end of 2024, and you'll be able to participate in all our activities, including workshops and social events.  Or contact us to be added to our mailing list and be the first to know of our plans...

In a time of change and uncertainty at the Dartington Hall Trust, we felt it would be a good time to document a history of the Playgoers.  Committee member Zoe, with the help of Peter Tysoe, has made a start.  Please read her article here, and if you have any additions, comments or corrections, we'd love to hear from you...

Other theatre events at Dartington

Visit Dartington Arts' website for details of theatre, music and exhibitions.

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