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The Woodhouse Players celebrate 30th anniversary with “edgy” new play in Leytonstone
Buy this photo » Emily Carmichael and James Mckendrick. The Woodhouse players mark 30th anniversary with production of Anya Reiss’s The Acid Test.
East London’s ‘friendliest’ amateur drama group is celebrating 30 years of entertaining the community.
The pioneering Woodhouse Players, who rehearse at Welsh Church Hall in High Road, Leytonstone, will present a production of Anya Reiss’s The Acid Test next week to mark the occasion.
It is the first time the play, which is about a drunken night in, will be performed by an amateur dramatic society in London.
And it will be directed by one of the group’s youngest members, 18-year-old Sarah Fox.
Miss Fox, whose first role for the group was as a tap dancing tree at the age of nine, says it feels like her directorial debut has been "a long time coming."
She said: "It's been really fun and I've been really lucky to have such a great play and a great cast to work with."
Chairwoman Gill Taylor said the 80-strong Players pride themselves on being east London’s friendliest amateur dramatics group.
People do not have to audition to join the society and productions are chosen democratically.
Ms Taylor, 56, said: “People tend to socialise with each other as well so strong friendships and more have been forged in the Players.”
The group is now looking to get in touch with members from the past who might have old programmes and photographs for a celebration of the group’s history in November.
If you used to be a Woodhouse Player, please contact Ms Taylor at email@example.com
The Acid Test is running at Welsh Church Hall from September 13 to 21 every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 8pm.
Tickets cost £8, £5 concessions.
This production is not suitable for under 16s as it contains strong language.
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