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Proudly presents a Supper/Theatre Night

An hilarious comedy by David Tristram

The International Theatre Studio are performing the above play as part of a Supper Theatre Evening on Thursday 14 November, at “Friends” Restaurant, San Pedro (formerly La Biznaga – next to Moreno’s, behind the large BP petrol station). Doors open at 7.30pm and the performance will start at 8pm. After the play a two-course supper will be served and this will be followed by a Flamenco dance display by a professional Flamenco group. The cost of the evening will only be 12€, not including drinks which should be bought separately at the bar.

The menu is:
Ensalada Rusa con tapitas
Paella mixta
Paella verduras (V)

This evening is for ITS members and their guests and places must be reserved, giving main course option, by Monday 11 November. Payment for the evening will be taken at the door but any cancellations after Monday 11 November will have to be paid for as the restaurant will still charge for the meal.
This really is an extremely funny play in the “Little Grimley” series (featured in past summer shows) and the whole evening represents terrific value so make sure you book early to avoid disappointment. Reservations can be made by calling our Box Office 952 88 06 30   (weekdays 10am-2pm) or 952 92 81 96 at other times.

There is plenty of parking available at the venue. For any further information or for directions to the restaurant please don’t hesitate to call 952 92 81 96 or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
We have a change this autumn to our usual programme. The reprise of the very successful “Dirty Dusting” at the Salon Variétés in mid-September was most heartwarming for the ITS and all congratulations to Kate Jackson and her fine cast and crew for that. This has meant, however, that many key ITS members have had to commit a lot of time and effort throughout the summer months, so they now understandably need to take a break.

So, instead of putting on our usual full-length production at the Atalaya Park Hotel in November, we have planned an alternative event in the shape of a supper-theatre evening on Thursday 14th November. This will consist of a hilarious one-act play entitled “Strictly Sex Factor on Ice” written by David Tristram and directed by Diane. Some of you will be familiar with his comedies that we have put on in our summer charity shows in past years. We can tell you that this one is extremely funny and the cast are having difficulty rehearsing it because they can’t stop laughing. Because of time constraints we are allowing the actors to have their scripts on stage, although the play will be thoroughly rehearsed in all respects.

The venue is “Friends” restaurant (formerly Biznaga) which is near the big BP petrol station at the back of San Pedro, near the junction with the motorway. There is plenty of parking available.

Following the play, the restaurant will serve a two-course meal and we will then enjoy a flamenco show to wind up the evening. (Be assured that this will be performed by professional Spanish dancers and not by ageing British amateur actors !) The cost of the evening will be 12€ a head (not including drinks, which can be bought at the bar separately). Full details of the evening, including menu and booking arrangements, will follow shortly.

We do hope you will be able to come to what we think should be a most rewarding and enjoyable evening’s entertainment.

The Board are planning to hold our usual ITS Christmas meal in the first fortnight of December. As it was such a success last year at El Caserío, we are presently negotiating to return there. More details will follow soon.

The International Theatre Studio's very popular production of "Dirty Dusting", performed in March, is being reprised by the original cast at the Salon Variétés in Fuengirola on Fri 13th, Sat 14th and Sun 15th September, performances starting at 8pm on Friday and Saturday and at 7pm on Sunday. Ticket reservations can be made through the Salon Box Office: 952 48 45 42 between 10am-2pm Mondays to Fridays. It's a really funny play so, if you missed it in March or enjoyed it so much that you'd love to see it again, book your tickets as soon as possible. Word has spread about how funny it is so I'm sure it will be another sell-out.

Auditions for the ITS Autumn Production, "The Opposite Sex", a comedy by David Tristram, are being held on Tuesday 17th September at Bar El
Candil, San Pedro at 7.30pm. The play will be performed at the Atalaya Park Hotel on 15th, 16th and 17th November. An audition notice has already been sent out. This play is full of comic one-liners and will, I'm sure, be a lot of fun so I hope lots of people will come along to the audition to get a flavour of it even if they don't wish to audition.

On completion of the auditions I'm hoping that there will be enough members available to cast the hilarious one-act play "Strictly Sex Factor (On Ice)", also by David Tristram, as a rehearsed reading to be held in October. Some of you will
recall that we read this play, one of the "Little Grimley" set, a few months
ago and all agreed it would be fun to do.
The advantage of a rehearsed reading is that the actors can act the
parts but have their scripts available, so learning lots of lines isn't
necessary – what a relief! I do hope any of you who are interested in either of these two plays will be able to come along on 17th September.

Those of you who read the local press may have seen that the
International Theatre Studio presented a cheque for €2500 to CARITAS as
a result of "A Lark in the Park" held in June. We'd like to thank all who supported the event and all those who assisted with the production for making it such a
success. Well done everyone!

The International Theatre Studio's June production, 'A Lark in the Park', raised no less than 2500 € for the Spanish charity Caritas and last month a cheque for that amount was presented to Leila Bourquin from its San Pedro branch. The ceremony took place in Benahavís town hall.

The show, which is an annual ITS event, took place once again this year in the auditorium of the Benahavís's beautiful Parque Leonera by kind permission of the Ayuntamiento. A packed audience enjoyed a variety of entertainment and a one-act play and a picnic break under the stars.
Lark in the Park 2013
Leila Bourquin (second from the right) receiving a cheque for 2500 € from Carol Woolnoth and Fred Wallis of the International Theatre Studio. With them is Peter Letters (left) of the Foreign Residents Department in Benahavís.

All money raised by the event goes to charity and this year's choice of beneficiary was prompted by the plight of many local Spanish families hit by the economic crisis. Caritas operates from the Virgen del Rocio parish church in San Pedro and presently ishanding out food to approximately 720 people each month. In addition they help meet electricity and water bills and provide housing and meal vouchers. Further help from the ex-pat community comes from the Anglican Church which shares the premises for its Sunday services.

Caritas continues to rely oncontributions in cash and kind; items in particular need are milk, sugar and oil and such donations can be taken to the church on Tuesdays or Thursdays from 6 to 8pm.

Of those receiving help from Caritas, over 70% are unemployed with no means of their own. Many are homeless or living in poor housing and over 11% lack family support.

The charity thanked those member of ITSwho took part in the entertainment and gave their time,and those who supported the evening.
There will be an Audition held on Tuesday 17th September at El Candil San Pedro 7.30 for 8 p.m. for The Opposite Sex. Dates of production; 15th, 16th and 17th November at Atalaya Park Hotel.

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.