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Auditions for the remaining roles to be cast for Blast From the Past will be held on Thursday 28 February 2019at 7.30pmand Thursday 7 March at 7.30pmat the Friendship Club, Oxford Road North, London W4 4DN. Scripts will be available at the audition. I will be directing the play.

The get in at The Questors Studio Theatre will be on Sunday 12 May 2019, the dress rehearsal on the 13 May 2019, with performances running from Tuesday 14 – Saturday 18 May 2019. There will be 2 performances on 18 May 2018.

The remaining roles have yet to be cast:

TIM HORTON: as a well spoken, charming 86 year old actor, who radiates a natural genial warmth. This is the male lead. The lead is onstage for 90% of the play and will need to be confident at successfully retain a very large amount of dialogue.

ROSS SHARPE: A 30 year old parcel delivery person. This is a very small part.

SOPHIE SHAH: A happy-go-lucky 35 year old neighbour of Tim’s. This is a major part.

JOHN BAXTER: a brash 75 year old cockney actor, who wears a wig. This is a small part.

PAULINE JENKINS: A 25 year old audition helper. This is a very small part


A poignant, humorous and uplifting new play by Marc Harris. 

Take one actor who wants to act; a brother, daughter and neighbour who want him to; another daughter who doesn’t, and an actor – who can’t! The scene is set for an entertaining drama about family relationships, ageing and hope.

Tim has set his heart on an acting role before he retires, and is trying to stay positive but with recent memory issues, opposition from his daughter, and self doubt returning; can he begin to find his inner confidence, and believe that there may be a chance to act for one final time?

If you wish to audition but can’t make any of these dates please get in touch with me by email: ellie.hopkins@btinternet.com or on 07870 196959. If you would like a copy of the script to be emailed to you to read in advance of the auditions please get in touch.

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible.

Kind regards,

Ellie Hopkins, A.D. Theatre West Four



The date of the play selection meeting will be on Thursday 6thJune 2019 at 7.30pm. Please put this date in your diaries. The theme for the Autumn production will be Murder Mystery/Thriller. If you have a play that you would like to be considered, please drop me an email: ellie.hopkins@btinternet.comor send a text message to 07870 196959. 


Snag, a new play written and directed by Tony Traxler opens at The Tabard next week. It runs from Tuesday 30 April – 4 May 2019, performances at 7.30pm. There are some familiar faces old and new from Theatre West Four in the cast- Lauren Powell plays the lead character of Laurel Daydon, Ciprina Spizziri who played Catherine Holly in Suddenly Last Summer and has since appeared in hits shows such as Two and Half Men, plays Ella, Jules Bannister (Sylvia’s Wedding) does a splendid turn as Be Delmonte,an opinionated woman of American Christian values, Richard Scott plays Leo Gardener, a lawyer, to comic perfection and Iskandar (Merchant of Venice, She Stoops to Conquer), plays Tim Dayton, Laurel’s deceased father.

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Theatre West Four News April 2019

Autumn Season Production Dates AnnouncedWe are pleased to announce that our provisional autumn production dates at Questors will be from 27 October- 2 November 2019.

Production NewsWe are considering plays for the Autumn 2019 season, so if anybody has any plays that they would like considered for performance or would like to direct a play, please contact Ellie Hopkins: ellie.hopkins@btinternet.com

What’s On – April 2019 – Chiswick/Kew

11-13 April 2019 Q2 Players will be performingThe Importance of Being Earnest– Oscar Wilde’s tale of triviality, frivolous courtships and serious Bunburying.

Where:The National Archives, Bessant Drive, Kew, TW9 4DU How to get there: Nearest Tube- Kew Gardens (District Line) Bus: 391 

Performance Times: Thursday 11th& Friday 12thApril 2019 7.45pm Saturday 13 April 2019 2.30pm & 7.45pm

Box Office:  https://seaty.co.uk/q2players

Tickets:£10 Full  £9 Concessions

30 April-4 May 2019 Sprout London Productionswill be performing the world premiere of Snag

It’s a fight for legacy and the unthinkable!

Local playwright and director, Tony Traxler’s new thought- provoking and funny play, Snag, based on a combination of true stories that he experienced in his 20+ years of living in New York City, opens at The Tabard Theatre on 30 April 2019.

A young woman’s search for her identity becomes an emotional rollercoaster ride, risking lifelong friendships. Laurel Daydon’s placid West London life ends abruptly when she unearths a bundle of diaries which take her on a life-changing adventure to her birthplace, New York City. Her biological clock starts ticking triple- time when she discovers her recently deceased, gay, adoptive father’s little secret; a certain something on ice at a fertility clinic. “Why wouldn’t I want to have his baby. He was the man that loved me the most!”. However, there is one Snag and the scene is set for a showdown with an opinionated woman of American Christian values with her finger on the freezer switch.

Snag’s powerhouse cast of 7 actors includes Ciprina Spizzirri Nugent (Two and a Half Men, Cougar Town, Vegas, Samantha Who, Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore ) as Ella and Trent Hocking (Haraam, Recoil and forthcoming Honey and Wine) as Dick

Where: The Tabard Theatre, 2 Bath Road, Chiswick, London W4 1LW

How to get there: Nearest Tube- Turnham Green (District Line) Bus: 94/E3

Performance Times:Tuesday 30 April 2019- Saturday 4 May 2019 7.30pm

Box Office:http://tabardtheatre.co.uk/whats-on/snag/

Tickets: £16 Full £12 Concessions       

SLP Engagement Events:                                                                                                                                         

·     After Words:Join the director and cast of the show for an after-show Q&A on the play, playwright and play’s themes, on Wednesday 1 May 2019

What’s On- Neighbouring Areas

26 April-4 May 2019

Questors Theatre, Ealing, will be performing King Charles III, Mike Bartlett’s play set in the near future.

The Queen is dead, and Charles is at last King. Determined to assert his power, the new ruler vetoes a bill restricting freedom of the press, in disagreement with the Prime Minister. But the conflict cannot be resolved and he dissolves parliament, causing chaos. 

As protests erupt across the country and the social fabric begins to fray, William and Kate try desperately to restore stability, but at a considerable cost. Meanwhile Camilla frets, politicians plot and Harry seeks a life and love beyond the confines of his royal role.

Where:The Questors Theatre (Playhouse), 12 Mattock Lane, London W5 5BQHow To Get There: Nearest Tube- Ealing Broadway Bus: 65/E3

Performance Times Friday 26 & Saturday 27 April 2019 7.45pm Sunday 28 April 2019 2.30pm Tuesday 30 April- Friday 3 May 2019 7.45pm Saturday 4 May 2019 2.30pm & 7.45pm

Box Office :http://www.questors.org.uk

Tickets £7 All tickets- 26thApril 2019 only £14 Adult (except 3rdand 4thMay 2019) £18 Adult (3rd and 4th May 2019) £12 Concessions £7 Under 16/student£


It is with regret that I have to cancel the May Production of Blast From The Past due to casting difficulties. This is a great pity as this was an exceptionally well written new piece of drama.

I would like to thank everybody who worked tirelessly and assisted in trying to bring this production about.

Ellie Hopkins, Artistic Director, Theatre West Four

SYLVIA’S WEDDING – by Jimmie Chinn

Dear All,
Firstly, thank you all for voting. Given the record level of participation, the committee made a decision to forward plan the May 2019 production. Therefore, the play that was runner-up will be nominated for the May production. It was a close race with Sylvia’s Wedding becoming the eventual winner. The runner up was Blast from the Past (New Writing).
Auditions for Sylvia’s Wedding will be held on Thursday 6th September 2018 at 7.30pm at the Friendship Club, Oxford Road North, London W4 4DN. Scripts will be available at the audition. The play will be directed by Hazel Colllinson.
Yvonne, 32
Joyce 50s-60s
Vic- Joyce’s husband 50s-60s
Sylvia – Vic and Joyce’s daughter, 32
Stanley, 50-60s
Myrtle- Stanley’s wife, 50-60s
Gordon- Stanley and Myrtle’s son, 32
Gordon proposes to Sylvia, after ten years of courting, and throws his family, and Sylvia’s into turmoil. Joyce and Vic, Sylvia’s parents, are hardly the sort of people Gordon’s pompous father, Stanley wants his family connected with, and Vic feels much the same in return. Sylvia’s best friend, Yvonne, isn’t much help either-as she’s all to ready to deflate Sylvia’s joy with her cynical, world-weary comments. Against the odds, the two warring families co-operate in the wedding preparations and all looks set for success- but fate intervenes.
If you wish to audition but cannot make this date please get in touch with Hazel on 020 8248 6615.
We look forward to seeing as many as you as possible.
Kind regards,
Ellie Hopkins A.D.
Theatre West Four


We will be holding 2 workshops on 21 and 28 June 2018 to give people the opportunity to try their hand at directing or acting scenes from plays or to bring in any piece of new writing they would like to try out. We will be looking at scenes from plays likely to be put forward for our play selection meeting.

Please could you circulate the details below to any family, friends, colleagues and acquaintances who might be interested in coming to any of these workshops and also add to your Facebook page. I have also added the workshop notice as an attachment to this email.

Kind regards,

Ellie Hopkins, Artistic Director, Theatre West Four

Save the Date

 Budding directors, actors and playwrights come and have a go with Theatre West Four Workshops, based in Chiswick, 21 and 28 June 2018 from 7.30pm

Come and have a go at directing or acting scenes from plays or maybe you might have a play you have written and would like to try it out with a director and actors. We have opportunities available for directing and acting as well as the possibility of new writing being performed in a theatre espousing professional standards. We have 2 productions, in May and November, every year at the Questors Theatre in Ealing. We aim to have one new play performed a year. We will be holding workshops on Thursday 21 June and Thursday 28 June 2018 from 7.30pm-9.30pm open to all, at our rehearsal hall at The Friendship Club, Age Concern, Oxford Road North, Chiswick, London W4 4DN. If you have scenes from a particular play in mind, please bring along sufficient copies of the script. We will also be looking at scenes from plays likely to be put forward for our play selection meeting.

So, come along, give it a go, have fun and meet new people.

For further information contact Ellie Hopkins, Artistic Director, by email on: ellie.hopkins@btinternet.com or by telephone on 07870 196959