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Greeting putative Welsh persons!


This Autumn Forest Players will be going all Welsh with  trip to the glorious world of Dylan Thomas.  Welcome to Llaregub a fictional village in the valleys of south Wales where the landmark play is set. It promises to be a wonderful place where we shall get to know, the blind Captain Cat, Reverend Eli Jenkins, Dai Bread, Organ Morgan, Polly Garter, Lily Smalls, No good boyo, and many others.  In fact 64 in all!!!


 But we are going to cut the number down to a more manageable 14 - 16, so there will be great opportunities for you all to play 4 - 5 parts each.


The play was originally written for radio but has been done on stage at the NT and in the provinces.


We have a technical team - Mike Truman, Mike Williams and myself who have already met and polished off a bottle of red and still managed to develop lots of production ideas.  These are going to be completely different to any other plys we have performed as a group, and they will challenge all of you.


We would like to workshop some of these ideas before everyone departs for the summer so we shall be meeting at my place in East Grinstead ( Edale, Lingfield Road, E.G. RH19 2ED on the following dates Sunday 17 June and Sunday 23rd June. Workshops will last about 2 hours and start at 4pm each day.


We shall have some scripts by early June and you are all welcome to have a good read before we kick off.


Please let me know by email if you will be attending or if not whether you would like to be involved.  We promise it will be fun.




The play is set in May in the late 80’s, in a smart area outside London, at the home of Charles and Vivien Brookes. He is a very senior civil servant, and she is reputed to be of substantial means. The occasion is their twentieth wedding anniversary to which eight guests have been invited, but when the first couple arrive there is no sign of their hostess and catering staff, and the host is in no fit state to entertain anybody.. As the play develops great efforts are made to cover up, for various reasons, the probable truth, and whispers and insinuations imply unsavoury rumours about the hosts and some of the guests.


The police eventually arrive to investigate a fairly routine matter involving one of the guests and the host, but an indiscretion by another guest leads to an unbelievably staged explanation, and a twist at the end leaves a lot of unanswered questions.


The play is written with Neil Simon's wonderful flair; it has great pace, and superb one-liners.