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News from ITS
Belated Happy New Year to you! We are raring to go with our new programme of entertainment for your enjoyment.

Play Reading - Tuesday 31st January 2023
Our first event of the season is a play reading evening on Tuesday 31st January 2023 at Keto Royale Kafe in San Pedro. Veronica del Cerro is leading the evening and has an American comedy for us to savour. This is an opportunity to read a part, or to simply sit, listen and enjoy.

Meeting at 6 pm for a 6.30 pm curtain.

Entry is 8 € per person and includes the room hire and nibbles plus the play reading. To reserve your place, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name and the numbers in your group. We need a minimum of 30 to make this a viable event and 40 is the maximum we can have. Closing date for bookings is Friday 27th January 2023 please.

Rehearsed Play Reading - Tuesday 21st February 2023
June Rendle will be directing a rehearsed play reading at El Trapiche Cultural Centre in San Pedro on Tuesday 21st February 2023. The play is a tender, light-hearted and amusing tale based on a true story.

The cast is Veronica del Cerro, Miles Rendle and Andrew Gommersall, with June appearing too.

Tickets will be available online from 23 January and will cost 12€ for members and 14€ for non-members. We are meeting at 7.15 pm for a 7.30 pm curtain.

Our Annual General Meeting (AGM)
Our AGM is Wednesday 22nd February 2023 at Atalaya Golf and Country Club at 6.30 pm for a 7 pm start. The formal meeting will finish around 8pm and we will provide complimentary pizza for our members. Papers for the meeting will be sent out separately and we ask you to let us know please if you intend to come along, by simply replying to this email.

The golf club has ample car parking at night. The full address is Avenida del Coral, 42. Estepona 29688. This is off the lower part of the Benahavis access road, well before the Mercadona on this road. (To get onto this road take the right turn at the BP garage just past Guadalmina).

We have a venue for our spring production!!
The Hotel Paraiso is opening after Easter and is willing to host our spring production on 12th, 13th and 14th May 2023. We are feeling blessed after so much uncertainty. Please reserve these dates. We will be selecting a play and holding auditions shortly. Full details will follow soon.

The Role of Treasurer

Eileen Audas has offered to re-join the Board for ITS and formally take back the role of treasurer and we couldn’t be happier! She was the treasurer for many years but stepped down when she left the Board in 2018 after ten years service. She has always continued to help the new treasurer “backstage” for which we are grateful but to have her leading and managing the finances again is a huge relief for us all. Thank you, Eileen.

Our new venue
We are delighted to tell you we have entered into an agreement with Age Concern San Pedro and Marbella, to rent their venue in the evenings. They have a space in the little covered arcade in San Pedro town centre. This is in the street behind the police shop and the tourist office. (These two are opposite the 24 hours chemist.)

There is seating for 20 so it is perfect for our monthly Board meetings, rehearsals and auditions.

Membership fees for 2023
Our annual membership runs from January to December each year, so the fees are now due. These can be paid at any event or online via our website. If you are not yet a member and want to pay online, please fill out our online membership form first.

We have taken the tough decision to increase our fees this year. This is an increase to 15 € for one person or 20 € for two people at the same address. We have not changed our prices since 2008. We offer discounted ticket prices for our events to paid up members. Janet Barnett is our membership secretary; she will be delighted to take your fees and answer any questions.

What’s coming next?
Peter Brooks is planning to direct Bobbye Aaron and Carol Woolnoth in a two-hander play later this year. The dates and venue are to be confirmed.

We are also hoping to perform another of Diana King’s Murder Mystery plays.

The Annual Lark in the Park for Charity
We are delighted to confirm the date for this lovely annual event. It will be held on Sunday 4th June 2023 in the Parque Torre Leonera in Benahavis in the early evening. Please reserve the date. It will be the usual outdoor event with a one-act play, musical entertainment, picnic and dancing. We are hoping for a full house with the larger numbers that we were allowed to have pre-covid, which all adds to the enjoyment and atmosphere. All in aid of a local charity.

American Independence Day
Veronica del Cerro will be leading a special event on Tuesday 4th July 2023 to celebrate American writers and performers. This will be an enjoyable, fun event. Keep the date free. Details to follow nearer the time.

Play reading evenings

Monthly play reading evenings used to be a staple offering from ITS. These events allowed members to meet up, socialise, to read a part or to just sit and listen. There was no charge at this time as we were able to use the upstairs room at El Candil Bar.

We would love to bring these back, but we need a venue that is happy to have us in a separate space and simply take the profit from our drinks. If anyone has any suggestions, please let us know. We have Sheila Mellor, Eileen Audas and Fiona Poole ready with some great plays to share.

We look forward to seeing you soon.