Morpeth’s St George’s Community Players produced ‘A special night with a difference’ last week when they performed four one act plays.
The group had originally planned to stage Alan Ayckbourn’s Chorus of Disapproval, but it was forced into a rethink after being short in numbers of suitably-aged members, particularly men.
Chairman Jared Johnson then stepped in with the alternative suggestion — and it proved to be an enjoyable evening at St George’s United Reformed Church Hall, with a separate sprinkling of comedy, intrigue and mystery as the actors undertook The Luvvies by Lynn Brittney, Pride at Southanger Park by Rupert Bean, Trapped by Michael Green and Vacant Possession by local playwright Eileen Clark.
Mr Johnson said: “I was very pleased with the way things turned out, although audience attendances were a bit disappointing. After playing to only a half house on Thursday, Friday and Saturday were 70 to 80 per cent full and because of having to erect an apron stage for the first play, we had to take a full row of seats out.
“This was the first time we had performed a whole programme of four one act plays, which was not something we would have chosen to have done, but circumstances made it a sensible option.
“By and large the feedback we received was positive — how people had enjoyed the humour of them all in different ways whilst providing some with their best laugh for years, and variety was one of the reasons for its success.”