The Villagers choose their plays?
don't have a chairman or a committee to choose plays, nor a program
set by a clique of members. What we do
have is a process which is possibly unique among drama groups in its
year, we mark the end of our production with a meeting at the
beginning of September, when we have our annual awards, The Grouchies.
During that meeting, we pick three or four plays as candidates for the
next year's production.
the winter, we then read one play at each monthly
meeting. One Villager gives a brief exposition on the plot,
characters and possibilities of the play, and organises the
readthrough. The plays considered for 2020 were
- Merchant of Venice (in October)
- Comedy of Errors (in November)
- Love's Labours Lost (in December - with Christmas jumpers, see above)
- Titus Andronicus (in January)
the end of the January meeting, we vote on which
play we have enjoyed most. Every member of the Villagers has
an equal vote, whether they have been a member for ten years or three
is done in February and
then we begin our
rather relaxed rehearsal schedule. It's as simple as that!