This extremely funny - Fly on the wall - comedy about a group of ladies organising the local village fete is a huge step away from the ADULT ACTORS SCHOOL last play, PLAYHOUSE CREATURES (See Review)



AT 3.30 PM AND 7.30 PM

Followers of STAGEABILITY ACTORS SCHOOL SENIOR TEENS will know of the groups ongoing history of success - numerous festival awards of excellence and a list of both classic as well as modern day plays to their credit.  Many young actors from this group have gone on to study drama to degree level and graduated as professional actors - many now in film, on tv and working in the industry.

STAGS AND HENS -An Adult play with adult themes is one of Willy Russell’s finest pieces of theatre which was written almost 40 years ago.



7.30 PM

Please note that this play is not considered suitable for young children

Playhouse Creatures is a 1993 play by April De Angelis, set in the theatre world of 17th century London. It premiered at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in 1993 and has since been revived at the Old Vic in 1997, the Dundee Rep in 2007 and the Chichester Festival Theatre in 2012.


Considering this group of novice actresses have barely any stage experience between them, it was quite a revelation to see them bring to life this Shakespearean based play, A GUTSY AND INSTIGATIVE LOOK AT WHAT IT WAS LIKE WHEN LADIES WERE NOT PERMITTED TO ACT.

Amanda Bedwell, Laura Birrell, Jayne Blackborow, Jenny Gorgon, Jackie Rossitter - directed by Founding Director Ann Sullivan brought to life the five actresses of the day with clear and precise portrayals, each one switching from real life character to Shakespeare character with an ease more expected of seasoned actresses.  The slick costume changes, mood lighting and ideal music gave us the chance to see the varying paths taken by each actress, the most famous of all being Nell Gwynn.

Accomplished performances from each and every one of the five girls opened up the plays mix of comedy, tragedy and gutsy story telling that drew strong applause and very much deserved cheers.  

This group can only get better and will surely make its mark on the theatre going public of Braintree and Witham

Bob Fletcher-Green

February 2016