October 2020

Dear friends

Things have moved on since the last “Covid update” posted here. The new “rule of six” has led us to alter our plans once again. 

However, this doesn’t mean that there is no good news. On the contrary, we have been goaded into action and have scheduled two new shows in the next six months and we go LIVE again in 2020!

We will restage our 2016 adaptation of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol in December, with performances at Wingfield Barns and The Fisher Theatre in Bungay. Those of you who enjoyed the show in its original guise will be reassured to know that we will not be repeating the “promenade” style performance (probably the least covid-secure production imaginable). Instead we will be channelling the spirit of Dickens himself and presenting a dramatised reading of his Christmas favourite. Dickens, a keen and accomplished amateur actor, of course gave solo performances but we shall have a cast comprising (six or fewer) familiar faces from the RoughCast inner circle, including Simon Evans, who will be reprising his role as Ebenezer Scrooge, and Peter Long and Pat Parris, who will be reunited as the Cratchits.

The bad news is that our proposed production of Arsenic and Old Lace has had to be postponed once again. Current regulations make it impossible to put on a show with such a large cast.

However, in its place we hope to schedule Harold Pinter’s dark comedy No Man’s Land starring RoughCast’s own Richardson and Gielgud: Paul Baker and Peter Sowerbutts.

So our future plans, at the moment, look like this:

A Christmas Carol: December4, 5, 11 & 12, 2020

No Man’s Land: March 2021

The Tempest: July 2021

Macbeth: March 2022

We would just like to thank you once again for your continuing support.  We are delighted that we can get back to live theatre before this strangest of years ends.

Touch wood, of course!

Mark Burridge (Artistic Director)