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Claremont Dramatic Society Newsletter

The Hok, Thicket Street, Claremont, 7708
PostNet Suite 345, Private Bag X1005, Claremont, 7735
email: claremontdramatic@gmail.com

September 2017 – Number 172

Hi everyone!

Somehow we’ve hit the middle of August and I’m not entirely sure how that happened. And sooooo many shows coming up! I need to see them aaaaaaaall!

Members evening – Friday 6 October

Mark your diaries now, dear members! Our next members evening will be on Friday 6 October at the Hok at 19h00. It will be a 1920s themed evening with a murder mystery written by the talented Wayne Ronné. Dressing up is welcome, nay encouraged!

More details will be sent out about characters and how the evening will work a little closer to the time. So watch this space!

There will also be a sneak preview of CDS’s next show, Agatha Christie’s The Unexpected Guest, directed by Lynn Moss. For more on that, read on!

Hok cleanup weekend – Take Two!

You may recall we had a Hok cleanup weekend back in December last year. Unfortunately it was rather poorly attended though we did make a huge difference rearranging the furniture. Due to lack of bodies, we didn’t get around to sorting out the Mayor’s Office or the props drawers, which seriously need some TLC. So we’re planning a second cleanup weekend for 7–8 October. Hopefully that’s enough notice that you can clear some space in your diaries to pop in and lend a hand for an hour or two.

We will be there all day Saturday and, if needed, Sunday morning too, but we’ll need to clear out (ha ha, see what I did there?) by noon to make way for Unexpected Guest rehearsals.

We hope to see you all there so we can make our little home as pretty as can be!

The Unexpected Guest


Speaking of Unexpected Guest rehearsals, they are going well – on track to be a cracking Agatha. Check out some photos from behind the scenes (photo credit Lynda Jennings):


Nigel Stephenson plays Inspector Thomas


Willie Blignaut as Sergeant Cadwallader, Wayne Ronné as Julian Farrar and Tom Tew as Jan Warwick


Nigel Stephenson (Inspector Thomas), Gizelle Willows (Laura Warwick) and Willie Blignaut (Sergeant Cadwallader)

Looking good there, guys. Be sure to come to our members evening on 6 October for an exclusive sneak preview of this intriguing show.

The Unexpected Guest opens at the Masque Theatre on Friday 27 October and runs until Saturday 4 November.

Tickets are R100 for evening performances and R90 for matinees. CDS members can purchase discount prepaid tickets for R70 for evening performances and R60 for matinees. Please contact a committee member if you would like to purchase prepaid tickets.

Masque year-end fundraiser show – FAME!

FAME is still looking for cast members!

Some ensemble roles are still open for young men who can play age 15 to 22ish, and dance and sing. Shows are 11–23 December at the Masque Theatre and rehearsals start late September/early October.

Please email manager@masquetheatre.co.za with FAME in the subject line for more information.

MADS presents After Ever After

after ever after

Book now through Computicket

Pinelands Players present The Full Monty

full monty

Book now through Quicket.co.za

G&S presents The Wizard of Oz


Book now through Computicket

Milnerton Theatre Players present Art


Book now at http://www.milnertonplayers.com

HHDS presents Calendar Girls


Book now through Computicket

Complete Works

For the third time this year, Daniel Enticott, Faeron Wheeler and I are taking to the stage with our Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged). If you haven’t yet seen the show, I do encourage you to come and watch – I am reliably informed that it is hilarious. But of course it is – I’m in it!

We’re on at the Galloway Theatre at the Waterfront Theatre School for three shows only: 21–23 September.

Hope to see you there!

cwws galloway sep banner

Book now through tixsa

Director’s tickets

We need new directors for our CDS productions. If you are interested in directing, we’d love to have you! All you need to do is stage a short play or play extract at a members evening to get your director’s ticket. For more information or to propose a play, contact our members evening convenor Matt Roy (contact details at the end of this newsletter).

Digital archive

I am still working my way through the Hok’s collection of old programmes, photo albums, posters and DVDs and am constantly updating the list of CDS (and previously SoE) productions. Please have a nose through when you have a moment and let me know what you think: http://claremontdramatic.weebly.com.

See you at the theatre!


Fugard Theatre


12–21 Sep The Fall Baxter Theatre
13–16 Sep Broads on Broadway
directed by Nawaal Howa
Masque Theatre
16–23 Sep Calendar Girls
presented by HHDS
Somerset West Playhouse
16 Sep–8 Oct The Wizard of Oz
presented by G&S
21–23 Sep The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)
presented by F Creations
Galloway Theatre
21–24 Sep The Funeral
part of Cape Town Fringe
Alexander Bar
22 Sep–8 Oct At the Edge of Light
part of Cape Town Fringe
Alexander Bar
25–28 Sep Steke
part of Cape Town Fringe
Alexander Bar
1–8 Oct THIRST
part of Cape Town Fringe
Alexander Bar
2–15 Oct SIV-ilized Baxter Golden Arrow Studio
4–28 Oct State Fracture
presented by Siv Ngesi
Kalk Bay Theatre
6–8 Oct The Champion
part of Cape Town Fringe
Alexander Bar
6–21 Oct Art
presented by Milnerton Theatre Players
Milnerton Playhouse
10 Oct–18 Nov Shakespeare in Love
presented by Eric Abraham
Fugard Theatre

Claremont Dramatic Society Committee 2016:

Simon Dutton (Chair) simon.d@mweb.co.za Home: 021 683 8630 Cell: 083 327 7350

Santie du Toit (Treasurer) santsbabe@gmail.com Cell: 074 608 2670

Jenny Brandt (Minutes Secretary and Member Relations Officer): jennybrandt74@gmail.com Cell: 082 492 5984

Matt Roy (Members Evenings): hapunkey83@gmail.com Cell: 062 485 8001

Kim R2 (Communications): tzar42@gmail.com Home: 021 671 8687 Cell: 083 619 2441

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