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Music hall theatre comes to Stroud

Encore from local theatre duo

After the success of their Christmas pantomime ‘A Lad in a Manger’ Anne Frost and Fr Chris Garland are again teaming up to transform Stroud School of Arts for a production of Music and Mirth’.

The atmosphere of the music hall – laughter and songs with audience participation – will be the order of the evening.  Organised by the Friends of St. John’s this occasion will raise funds to replace the almost derelict parish hall porch – an unsympathetic 1906 addition to the otherwise handsome 1850‘s hall.

‘Music and Mirth’ will feature monologues of the English comedian Stanley Holloway (played by Fr. Chris Garland) interspersed with Anne Frost performing characters from the work of Australia’s ‘Larrikin Laureate’ C. J. Dennis.

Anne Frost, acclaimed Newcastle director, actor and playwright, has recently returned to live in Stroud where she was born and bred. She was recognised for her talent in all aspects of theatre when she won the City of Newcastle Drama Award for Outstanding Achievement in 2007.  Fr. Chris Garland, a priest of 34 years, is a life long keen amateur thespian. Recently retired from Chelmsford Diocese, UK, with his Australian wife Nancy, he has been warmly welcomed into Stroud where he is Rector of St John’s Stroud.

Seating at tables of ten, eight or in pairs. Small gourmet pies with garnish will be served on arrival (BYO wine and glasses). At interval something for the sweet tooth will be included.

WHEN: 7.30 pm, Friday 28 February
WHERE: Stroud School of Arts – Cowper St, Stroud
TICKETS: $25, dress circle $35 – available from Stroud Pharmacy, Stroud Newsagency, Stroud Post Office
DETAILS: Enquiries and bookings phone Daphne Dobbyn on 4994 5596,  0437 013 604 or email d.dobbyn@bigpond.com

One Comment on “Music hall theatre comes to Stroud”

  1. Mick Collins March 5, 2014 at 9:11 pm #

    Many thanks to Anne and the Rev. for a most entertaining night at the Stroud School of Arts on Friday 28th February. How very talented are these two people. Thanks also to all who were involved in the organisation and the catering etc. A BIG BOO to Council for allowing the School of Arts to be without air-conditioning or at least ceiling fans. It would not be so if it were situated at Forster!!
    Mick & Marie Collins

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