Newsworthy amateurs: a mention in the Guardian

We’re delighted to feature in an article in today’s Guardian (Monday 28 September) on the importance of amateur dramatics during the current pandemic. You can read the whole thing here.

The article discusses the main ways in which amateur theatre groups across the UK and Europe have responded to lockdown restrictions, including online rehearsals, readings, workshops, discussions about plays and streamed performances – and Southside Players are proud to say we’ve contributed to this ourselves through our live-streamed Short and Sweet nights, alongside our recent rehearsed reading of two of Agatha Christie’s short plays.

Hilary Jennings, one of our members, spoke to the Guardian for the article, saying ‘the thing about drama is you start on your own with a book and end up with hundreds in a room sharing an experience – and you can’t replicate that [online]. But lots of stuff has been happening.’ The article mentions our previous Short and Sweet nights – alongside our upcoming December night too.

‘New writing’, the article says, ‘has … been at the heart of what south London’s Southside Players have presented.’

We’re delighted that our work to produce new, exciting work in an unprecedented time has been noticed and we encourage anyone thinking about submitting a piece for our next night of new writing, to just do it! You can find out more here.

How it went: ‘Personal Call’ and ‘Butter in a Lordly Dish’

Our first rehearsed reading of 2020 with two short Agatha Christie plays went off with a bang!

Many joined us on Saturday night to see two mysterious stories about train stations, phone calls from long-dead people, unfaithful husbands, sensational killers in the news and one of the most brutal murders ever to grace a Zoom screen!

You can read more about the night and see other photos here.