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No Christmas party this year sadly, but we have arranged two play readings before Christmas:

Gillian Jacyna is organising this and they are being held on our traditional Thursday evenings 10th December and 17th December at 730 pm The Friendship Club, Age Concern, Oxford Road North, Chiswick, W4

The choices of plays are

The 39 Steps – Adapted by Patrick Barlow                                                                                                    Dracula – Adapted by Steven Dietz                                                                                                                Life and Beth – Alan Ayckbourn                                                                                                                    This Happy Bread – Noel Coward

You will be provided with refreshments and cakes and mince pies  so you don’t need to starve!   If you need something stronger than feel free to bring a bottle of fermented grape juice !

Everyone is welcome and you can bring a friend or two!!                                                                   Looking  forward  to see you all there!!




Our November production was an unqualified artistic success – Shelagh Stephenson’s The Memory of Water was brought to the stage in a production by Hazel Collinson, with a superb cast, backed by a great backstage support team

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Cast included:

Clare Pengelley, Gillian Jacyna, Jules Bannister, Lauren Powell, Adam Kimmel and Jim Simpson

Our November 2015 Production

                                                        THE MEMORY OF WATER                                                                                                                                by Shelagh Stephenson                       

 At Questors Studio Theater, Mattock Lane, Ealing w5 5BQ                                                          November 10 – 14, 2015 at 7.30 pm and Saturday matinee at 2.30 pm

Box Office: 020 8567 5184 0r

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New Committee for 2015- 2016 Season

At last night’s Annual General Meeting the Committee has been re-elected to serve another year, as follows:

Acting Director:  Hazel Collinson                                                                                                               Technical Director: – Neil Hopkins                                                                                                            Secretary:- Vivienne English                                                                                                                         Treasurer – Trevor Woodham                                                                                                                       Public Relations Officer – Christina Balmer                                                                                                 Membership – Freddie Mauwer                                                                                                                 Without Portfolio – Clare Pengelley

We are looking forward to another artistic and commercial successful season and thank members, friends and supporters  for their continued interest and support.  If you would like to join us an Active Member or an Associate Member  click on the membership link.  We would be very pleased to hear from you.




November Production

Hello playmates and interested friends,
Hope you are all enjoying your Summer break (if you have one)
Just to let you know that we will be reconvening Thursday 3rd September at 7.30 pm at our usual  venue The Friendship Club to read excerpts of Shelagh Stephenson’s ‘The Memory of Water’ which Hazel Collinson, (our intrepid Acting Director) would like to direct for our November production, 10 – 14 November at The Questors Studio Theatre, Ealing, W5
Auditions for the play will take place one week later:  Thursday September 10th, 7.30 pm.  (M2: 30s, any age, F4: 30s-40s), same venue at Oxford Road North, Chiswick, W4
Everyone, even if you are not (yet) a member is very welcome to attend both events.
If you happen to have a copy of the play, please bring with you at the reading.
We look forward to seeing you all.
Kind regards,
Freddie Mauwer


Both The Chiswick Community Website and The Chiswick Calendar Website have listed our next production at Questors Studio theatre on May 5th to 9th:

A new production of Oscar Wilde’s play

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For more information on ‘Earnest’, contact Christina Balmer. You can email Christina, or call 07779 302 310

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At the beginning of May 2015, Chiswick theatre company Theatre West Four will be staging Wilde’s classic comedy of manners, The Importance of Being Earnest at Questors Studio Theatre.

Theatre West Four: 'The Importance Of Being Earnest'

Stuffed full of memorable quotes and witticisms, this late Victorian satire promises to be as sharp as ever, as Wilde teases the conventions and foibles of polite society, trivialising traditional institutions such as marriage and pedigree and spinning a story of farcical proportions.

For the past fifty years, Theatre West Four has been staging amateur productions in West London. Members come from all over London to participate in readings, workshops,
rehearsals and productions. The group welcomes enthusiasts interested in performing, directing, producing, stage management and all aspects of theatre production.

Tickets can be purchased on the Questors web site. You can also telephone the box office at020 8567 5184.

And The Chiswick Calendar lists us:

A thriving local society – Theatre West Four

Theatre West Four is an amateur dramatic society which has been performing in Chiswick for more than fifty years. Over that long period the society has seen romances blossom and professional careers started in the theatre and media. Currently rehearsing for their first production of 2015, Oscar’s Wilde’s play The Importance of Being Earnest, (5 – 9 May, at the Questors Studio Theatre in Ealing) they talked to The Chiswick Calendar and shared their memories of fifty years of strutting their stuff in West London (Watch here).

Bridget Osborne                                                                                                                                  Editor, The Chiswick Calendar





The cast for the above play are working hard on our latest production to be performed at Questors Studio Theatre May 5 t0 9 at 7.30 pm (2.30 pm Saturday matinee)

The wonderful cast includes;                                                                                                                          Andy Farrant (John Worthing),, Ian Howarth (Canon Chasuble), Christine Neyman (Lady Bracknell), Jane Douglas (Gwendoly),  Bryony Willman (Miss Prism), Mick Cawson (Lane) and Nell Fairclough (Merryman)

The play is directed by Peter Woods who writes:-

There can be few theatre or cinema goers who are not familiar with Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest if only for Dame Edith Evans exquisite rendering of “A handbag?” – a line which, interestingly, does not appear in all editions of the play.

Familiarity, however, does not necessarily breed contempt and the play has been a favourite with audiences and actors alike since the first production in 1895.

In case there is anyone out there who does not know the plot, the play concerns two young men about town who adopt aliases in order to pursue their social lives unhindered by Society’s possible disapproval. They meet their match in the girls of their romantic choices who also lead fantasy existences, albeit only in the pages of their diaries. A problem arises when both girls reveal that they are engaged to a man called Earnest who does not appear to exist.

All ends happily (“that is what fiction means”) and the way to that end is garlanded in exquisite, witty dialogue which is a joy to deliver and to hear.



Pleased to let you know that members present the last choice meeting voted overwhelmingly to present Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest as our May production at the Questors.   Peter Woods will be directing and will be holding open auditions on

THURSDAY 5th February at 7.30 pm 

Age Concern Chiswick, Oxford Road North, Chiswick, W4 4DN

If you are unable to make this date but wish to audition, please get in touch with Peter direct on 020 8749 0633.

Because of time constraints Peter would like to do a first read through of the play on Sunday afternoon 8 February at 3 pm at the same venue.

The play is due to be performed the first week in May (Bank Holiday week)  5th to 9th, with a matinee on the Saturday at Questors Studio theatre.

Peter will be working from the Samuel French (3 Act version) edition.

The play is probably known to most of you but to remind you the cast is as follows:

John Worthing JP                                                                                                                              Algernon Moncrieff                                                                                                                                  Rev Canon Chasuble                                                                                                                              Lady Bracknell                                                                                                                                          Hon Gwendolyn Fairfax                                                                                                                        Cecily Cardew                                                                                                                                          Miss Prism, Governess to Cecily                                                                                                                  Lane,  manservant to Algernon                                                                                                              Merriman, Butler

(the latter two parts are smaller roles)

Backstage help is also required as always and if you can help out in any department we would be very grateful for your offer.  Especially a Stage Manager is required so if you would like to take this task on, please let Peter or myself know as soon as possible via

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM by William Shakespeare

Final reminder of our second 50th Anniversary presentation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare:

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Book your tickets now for this truly exciting production at Questors Studio Theatre on November 11 to 15 – Box Office 020 8567 5184 or                                        Special Members’ rate £10 on Tuesday 11th.