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Last week's evening of play-readings went very well.
People cried at the end of A Dogs Life and were helpless with
laughter in What's for Pudding? Kate Jackson wants to put on What's
for Pudding for the charity show in Benahavis.
We had some new readers, although not all those who had said they would come managed to get there, sadly, or we would have had some more new ones. We also signed up some new members.
It was good to have the time for the new people to have a chat with
existing members and having started promptly at 8pm with a break for drinks between the two readings we finished by 9.20 pm. Tapas was arranged for 9.30, so it all worked out well.
On 16th March our production of Simon Williams's one-act play "Happy Birthday Me" was performed in Gibraltar as part of their Diamond Jubilee Drama Festival. A professional adjudicator was present and gave marks and a constructive critique for all the plays performed in the competition. Our play was chosen to be performed again on the Gala Night to provide a rounded and enjoyable evening's entertainment, which was quite a compliment. We won the award for "Best Set Design" – Fred Wallis and Diana King, and members of our cast achieved nominations in the categories of "Best Actor" – Michael Clarke, "Best Actress" – Diane Clarke and "Best Supporting Role" – Diana King. We received lots of compliments and kind words from many members of the audience and from the organisers and we're all agreed that it was a very interesting experience and we have learned more about the art of theatre by taking part.

The following week we performed a double bill of comedies at the Atalaya Park Hotel for our usual Spring Production. "Happy Birthday Me" was performed again, followed by "Getting Along" by Charles Mander. The weekend was a busy one in the area as several other big events were taking place so the competition for "bums on seats" was fairly intense. We were therefore delighted to find that our audiences gave us such good support and we hope that they all enjoyed their evening with us. Judging by the amount of laughter that could be heard in the theatre the plays were generally very well received. Whilst putting on two plays was quite a strain on our acting and back-stage resources, it gave new members of our drama group an opportunity to take part in a mainstream production, which is good news for us and is good experience for them.

Back to our forthcoming events. The International Theatre Studio is arranging two Play-Reading Evenings during May and June and possible plays are presently under discussion. More information will be sent out as soon as details are finalised and we would love to encourage members and others who are interested in play-readings and amateur dramatics to come along and either take part or just relax and enjoy the evenings in social surroundings.

The Board are also looking at plans for future productions in the summer and autumn. As well as putting on our usual Autumn Production at the Atalaya Park Hotel we're hoping to perform a new Murder Mystery and, if we have the resources, a rehearsed reading or a One-Act play. These events are an excellent way of involving new acting, directing or backstage people but we sadly haven't been able to stage any recently as everyone was so involved with the two plays for our Spring production. If you, or anyone you know, would like to take part in, or help with, any of our productions and activities please let us know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF E-MAIL ADDRESS.

The International Theatre Studio has made arrangements for an unrehearsed play-reading at El Candil in San Pedro de Alcantara on Wednesday 25th April, starting at 7.30 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend and to read or not as they wish. We will be reading 2 short
plays:

First:
"What's for Pudding ?" by David Tristram only 18 pages - comedy set in a living room

Cast
Mary - (bored housewife) and Jack - her husband, a bit of a wimp

Maureen and Ted - friends visiting

Dennis - neighbour

Second;
"A Dog's Life" by Pam Valentine set in an animal shelter

Characters
Ben - a battered old mongrel, male

Fritz - a German shepherd, tough and rough, male

Fifi - an overweight poodle, female

Ginger - a bouncy and excitable young pup, male or female.

The Warden

The Woman visitor

Please send emails to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Carol Woolnoth on her mobile 607 796 548 to let her know if you want to order tapas.

We hope to see you there for an enjoyable evening.
AnnShawThe I.T.S. President and Board are sad to have to tell you of the death of our Vice- President, Ann Shaw. Ann was one of our longest serving members, a regular actor and director of many of our productions.

At the service of celebration of her life on the 27 January 2012 her daughter Carol read an eulogy which you can read below. She will be missed so much by so many of our members.

Eulogy for Ann Shaw

I would like to share with you some of the extraordinary events in my mum’s life. She was quite a private person and many of you may not know any details of her life before she came to Spain in 1985.

She was born in Hope Hospital in Salford, Manchester and lived in Priory Avenue, very close to The Cliff, which was then the training ground of Manchester United and she was made of the same flair, grit and determination for which this team is rightly famous.


One of my mother’s earliest memories was sitting on her father’s shoulders on the terraces of the Stretford End at Old Trafford watching United play: something which remained a lifelong passion.

The ITS are taking part in the competitive Gibraltar Diamond Jubilee Drama Festival which runs from 14th to 17th March. Eight one-act plays are being performed in front of a professional adjudicator who will assess them critically and award prizes in a number of categories such as Best Play, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress and for several other theatrical aspects.


The ITS play is "Happy Birthday Me" by Simon Williams (possibly better known as an actor, particularly for playing the son James in the long-running TV series "Upstairs Downstairs"). The play is set in a retirement home for elderly actors and is a moving bitter-sweet comedy which we think and hope audiences will enjoy. We are performing it at Ince's Hall, at the south end of Main Street, Gibraltar, on Friday 16th March, when two other plays entered by other societies will also be on.

It should be pointed out that the ITS are performing the play again the following weekend (23-25 March), this time in our normal venue of the Atalaya Park Hotel disco, along with a second ITS one-act play, so that together they will comprise a "double bill" of theatrical entertainment.

Visitors to this website will have the option of seeing the play in Spain or Gibraltar. Tickets for the Gibraltar Festival can be reserved by ringing the local Box Office on +350 2007 5826.