Frinton Summer Theatre produces an annual summer season of drama, musicals and comedy in Frinton’s McGrigor Hall, in a big-top tent or at other venues, under the artistic leadership of Clive Brill.
Throughout its eighty year history, Frinton Summer Theatre has upheld a tradition of supporting emerging talent by offering employment to acting and stage management graduates, and it remains an important seedbed for future talent in British Theatre.
You just have time to catch A Bunch of Amateurs (Tue 26th – Sat 30th July) a laugh-out-loud comedy about a fading Hollywood star, plenty of Shakespeare and the most British of pastimes, amateur dramatics.
The Frinton production will be directed by Frinton Summer Theatre regular, John D Collins. John’s first professional job while he was still at RADA at the age of 19, was at Frinton Summer Theatre, in Terence Rattigan’s While The Sun Shines. He then ran the Theatre for three years and has since worked for all the producers of the FST since the Second World War: Peter Hoar, Sam Hoar, Joan Shore, Jack Watling, Giles Watling, Seymour Matthews and Clive Brill. Among the many plays he has performed here are Dracula, with Neil Dudgeon, Ayckbourn’s Norman Conquest with Giles and Seymour, and Sherlock Holmes. Six years ago, he appeared in Sleuth with Patrick Marlowe for Matthew Townsend and a year later he was in Edward Max and Clive Brill’s Oliver, directed by Sarah Redmond. He is probably best known for his role as Fairfax in the long running series ‘Allo ‘Allo but has been in many other David Croft productions including the film of Dad’s Army. He has performed in many pantomimes, including Ugly Sister in Cinderella at the Theatre Royal Windsor, and this last Christmas as Baron Hardup in Grimsby.
If it is comedy you are after then comedy sensation Terry Alderton headlines the Comedy Night on Sunday 31st July with with Michael Hackett, Robert White, Rachel Jackson and Funmbi Omotayo.
From Tue 2nd August to Sat 6th there is a chance to see Home I’m Darling, an unsettling new comedy about gender roles and one woman’s quest to be the perfect 1950s housewife.
What does happily married actually mean? Every couple needs a little fantasy to keep their marriage sparkling but behind the gingham curtains, it might start to unravel and sometimes, being a domestic Goddess isn’t as easy as it seems…
For more information go to www.frintonsummertheatre.org