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Thank you to all those who came along to the Parque Leonera in Benahavis on a hot June evening to help raise money for CARITAS, the charity helping those of our Spanish neighbours suffering badly in the economic crisis. We hope you enjoyed the show and your picnics in the park and we're already looking at ways to improve the event for next year. It was somewhat amusing that the bullfrogs joined in with their own chorus but we'll try and avoid that next time! Thanks to your generosity we are able to give a cheque to CARITAS for 2,500€, which is terrific news.

The cast and crew of "Dirty Dusting", which some of you may have seen at the Atalaya Park Hotel in March, are rehearsing again as the show is to be performed by the International Theatre Studio at the Salon Variétés in Fuengirola on 13th, 14th and 15th September. The play was such a success in March that the Salon felt it would go down equally well with audiences further along the coast, so very well done to all those concerned with the production. I hope that those of you who missed the play in March, or who would like to see it again, will buy tickets for the Salon dates and we'll be sending out more information about that nearer the time.

Auditions for our autumn production, a very funny comedy entitled "The Opposite Sex", by David Tristram, are scheduled for 7.30pm on Tuesday 17th September at Bar El Candil, San Pedro. The play will be directed by Diana King and an audition notice giving information on the characters and the play will be sent out nearer the time. Audition details will also be advertised in the local press. The proposed dates for the production, at The Atalaya Park Hotel, are Friday 15th, Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th November, so pencil the dates in your diary and we'll be sending out more details in the early autumn.
Our next play reading in Bar El Candil, San Pedro, will be on Tuesday 28th May at 7.30pm for 8pm. As usual, tapas will be available on a pre-ordered basis and more information about the evening will be coming out very shortly. These evenings are proving very successful and are a lovely way to meet up and enjoy reading a good play in good company. They are also an excellent way for those who like theatre, but haven’t yet found the nerve (or the desire) to audition for a part on stage, to try out their skills. So, whether or not you want to read a part, do come along and join in the evening.

The International Theatre Studio has had a great success with the spring production, “Dirty Dusting,” and the very large number of you who saw it (a record number for recent years) found it extremely funny. It was so popular that it will be performed again at the Salon Variétés in Fuengirola on 13/14/15 September (details nearer the time). Thanks to all who helped to make it such a success and most grateful thanks to Vice President, Carol, for all her hard work keeping everything running in Diane Clarke’s absence.

Looking forward, our next event will be a play reading in Bar El Candil, San Pedro, on Tuesday 28th May at 7.30pm for 8pm. As usual, tapas will be available on a pre-ordered basis and more information about the evening will be coming out very shortly. These evenings are proving very successful and are a lovely way to meet up and enjoy reading a good play in good company. They are also an excellent way for those who like theatre, but haven’t yet found the nerve (or the desire) to audition for a part on stage, to try out their skills. So, whether or not you want to read a part, do come along and join in the evening.

On Sunday 23rd June we’re holding our annual charity event “Lark in the Park” at the lovely venue Parque Torre Leonera, Benahavis. The evening will follow the usual formula of variety and a short play with an interval for everyone to enjoy their picnics in the beautiful gardens. In the last few years we have held this event in September, but this year we thought we’d try to put on the show in June when, hopefully, more of our audience will still be here before flying north for the hot summer months. Rehearsals are underway so make sure you put the date in your diary and arrange to bring lots of friends. Our charity this year is CARITAS, the Spanish charity that collects and distributes food and other necessities for local people who are badly hit by the present financial crisis, so do please try and support this very important and worthwhile cause.

Looking ahead to the autumn, we’re delighted that Peter Brooks, whom many of you know from his productions at the Salon Variétés, will be directing a play for the International Theatre Studio. Peter has been a member of ITS for many years and directed plays for us in the past so we’re very happy that he’s available to direct for us again. He is presently deciding on a play to be produced in November at the Atalaya Park Hotel.


We will be holding an unrehearsed play-reading at El Candil in San Pedro de Alcantara on Monday, April 22nd 7.30pm for 8pm.

Everyone is welcome to attend and to read or not as they wish.

'Silent Night' by Colin and Mary Crowther. It is a heartwarming story about an ordinary family in extraordinary times: the Blitz, Winter 1940.


The Annual General Meeting of the International Theatre Studio will be held on Thursday
21st March, at 7.45 for 8pm at Bar El Candil, San Pedro.

All are very welcome to attend, although only those who have paid their membership subscriptions for 2013 may vote. Our Secretary, Wendy Castle, will be there and will be happy to take any subscriptions due for this year. A calling notice for the AGM will be sent out shortly.

It is our custom to offer a free drink and tapas to those who attend so that once the formal meeting is over we can all enjoy a social get-together. I do hope that many of you will come along as it’s an interesting evening and a good way to get to know people and exchange ideas. Please let us know if you want to attend, so that we have an idea of numbers for the tapas.

If any of you know of anyone you think might be interested in finding out more about the International Theatre Studio, please bring them along to the play or the AGM or put them in touch with Wendy on 952 00 02 24. We are always keen to welcome new members whether they wish to act or help with general production tasks.





FRI 8 & SAT 9 MARCH at 8PM & SUN 10 MARCH at 7PM

Tickets are available at Bookworld, Guadalmina;
Glitterati, Diana Centro; Longman’s, Estepona;, English Bookshop, Sabinillas,
Viva, San Pedro


Telephone: 952 88 06 30 or 952 88 02 40(eves/weekends)

When three cleaning ladies face redundancy, they decide to set up a new business – a saucy telephone chat line! This means they have to learn a few new tricks and they must keep it all from their bosses, husbands, children and grandchildren! This is a laugh-out-loud, heart-warming comedy, an evening of great entertainment and something a little different from our usual productions. Make sure you come along to enjoy the fun.

The main theatrical attraction in the coming months is the very funny and saucy play "Dirty Dusting", by Ed Waugh and Trevor Wood. The dates will be March 8th, 9th and 10th, at the Atalaya Park Hotel disco.

The play is directed by Kate Jackson and features Carol Woolnoth, Paul Baker, Carmel Rogers. We had intended to have Eileen Audas as the third elderly office cleaner but she has unfortunately had to withdraw for a forthcoming operation. Her part will instead be taken by Kate Jackson.

Rehearsals are well under way and it should be a highly entertaining evening of adult humour.


When the three cleaners, Olive, Gladys and Elsie, are threatened with redundancy they feel that their lives are coming to an end, until a chance wrong number gives them a new business start-up idea – why not run a saucy telephone chat line? They've got motive, opportunity and a lifetime of experience – some more than others, mind you.

Provided Elsie can teach the other two a few new tricks, there’s no reason why they can’t get rich quick, providing they can keep their operation a secret from their bosses… and their husbands…and their children…and their grandchildren.

A searing indictment of ageism in the 21st Century heavily disguised as a hysterical, laugh-out-loud, heart warming comedy, it promises an evening of great entertainment and something a little different from our usual productions.

We had our Christmas celebration at El Caserio Restaurant on Saturday,
8 December. It all went off very smoothly, everyone I have spoken to was very happy with the choice of menu and the quality of the food. There was also a terrific magician who did table magic and acted as a DJ for the music as well. It was a really successful evening and great value for money. A total of 35 people attended, both members and friends. I am sure we shall be repeating this by popular demand.

We had a play reading on 21st January in El Candil bar/restaurant in San Pedro. We read 2 plays by Stephen Smith. One called 'Eight Seconds' and the other 'Barbecue'. About 30 people came, including 2 new young ladies from Marbella who were kind enough to read 2 of the parts for younger women. We very much hope they will become actively involved with our society.

The 2 plays are linked by local GP Lydia. She is new to the area and 'Eight Seconds' is set in the local doctors surgery while the senior partner is away on a course. The title refers to the average time a GP listens to a patient before interrupting them! 'Barbecue' takes place at her new home, as she hosts a house warming barbecue for her new neighbours, who turn out to be feuding with one another.

Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the evening, both plays are very entertaining and a mixture of comedy and pathos, showing problems people face and how they can be helped to deal with them.

The International Theatre Studio has had a very good year with two major plays, a Charity event, Murder Mystery evenings and play- readings. Our most recent production “Prescription for Murder” by Norman Robbins proved to be very popular indeed and played to over 400 people over three nights. Thank you to all of you who came along to see it and we hope that you enjoyed the evening.

We have plenty of events in the planning stages for 2013 starting with a play-reading on Monday, 21 January, which is being organised by Carol
Woolnoth. Further details will be given nearer the time but it is bound to be an enjoyable evening so make a note of the date before your diaries fill up.

Also in the planning stage is a very funny One-Act play, which we hope to present as a rehearsed reading with either tapas or a “menu del dia” available, some time in February. We are still looking for a suitable venue that will offer us space for our small stage and our audience at a reasonable price and are hoping to have more news on that by the end of January.

The main theatrical attraction in the coming months, however, is the very funny and saucy play “Dirty Dusting”, by Ed Waugh and Trevor Wood, which is planned for early March. We’re still awaiting confirmation from the Atalaya Park Hotel but hope the dates will be March 8, 9 and 10, 2013. The play’s Director, Kate Jackson, recently held successful auditions for the play and has a good strong cast who will be starting rehearsals immediately after the holiday period.

All the members of the Board of the International Theatre Studio are wishing you a very Happy Christmas and New Year and good health and good fortune for 2013.


Firstly, we have our autumn production “Prescription for Murder, a tense thriller by Norman Robbins, to be performed on Friday
23 and Saturday 24 November at 8pm and on Sunday 25
November at 7pm.
Performances will be at the Atalaya Park Hotel Discoteca and tickets, at 10€ for members and 12€ for non-members, can be reserved by calling the Box Office on 952 880 630; or 952 928 196 evenings/weekends. A taster:

“Barbara is delighted to have married Devon-based doctor
Richard Forth. She knows he was married before and that the lady concerned died in unusual circumstances but she’s not too worried about that. …But why is Barbara, fit as a fiddle all her life, now
frequently feeling ill? And why does she suddenly start to have doubts when a stranger calls and seeks to rake up Richard’s past. And what about their elegant, widowed neighbour, Julia? She and Richard have
known each other a long time and seem awfully cosy together.”

Do come along and see the plot thicken as innuendoes abound
and suspicion builds before the highly unexpected dénouement explains all.

When you’ve recovered from that we invite you to join our ITS
Christmas Celebration
. We are holding a dinner at El Caserio (next to the farmacia by Agrojardín) on Saturday, 8 December, 7.30 for 8pm.
The price of the three-course meal will be 20€ and includes a welcome drink and 2 glasses of wine per person. Below you will find the menu for the evening. If you wish to attend would you please telephone Carol Woolnoth, 952 880 630 during working hours or email Carol at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. giving your menu selection. There will be a vegetarian option, which we will publish after our next meeting with the restaurant. We would be most grateful if you could let
Carol know as soon as possible if you would like to attend.

Moving on to January 2013 (where does the time go?), we’re
planning to hold a play-reading, with tapas, on the evening of Monday,
21 January 2013.
Details of the play to be read and the venue will be published nearer the time when arrangements have been finalised.

During January and February we have more bookings for
our Murder Mystery Evenings, so we’ll keep you informed of dates and
venues and where to obtain tickets should you wish to attend.

General News and Information

As mentioned in the last newsletter, Clive Jacklin will be
standing down as our Technical Director after eleven years in the service of the International Theatre Studio. Our forthcoming production of “Prescription for Murder” will be his last “in
post”. We do hope many of you will be able to come along to the play and add your own thanks to Clive and Mary for all their hard work over the years. We are presently advertising for a successor to Clive and hope to find someone who can join us before too long, but if you know of anyone who might be interested please let us know.

If you read the local press, you might see articles about the International Theatre Studio from time to time in the coming weeks. We are presently trying hard to increase our numbers of actors and backstage crew to help carry out the theatrical events we
would like to bring to you here at the western end of the Costa del Sol. In the past year we have had talented new members join us but more would be very welcome, so if you know of anyone who
might be interested, or who has recently moved to the area, please put them in touch with us either on 952 92 81 96 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We hope to see many of you at one or more of our forthcoming
events. Do please contact us if you want more information about any of them.

Menu choices

Cocktail langostinos

Chicken Consomme

Popurri de Hongos (mushrooms)

Pato a la Naranja

Medalliones al vino Malaga

Roast Beef

Cauliflower Cheese

Baked Apple Cheesecake

The price includes a welcome drink of sherry or cava and 2 glasses of wine with the meal