Drama in Greater Havant

Dramatic events recommended for U3A members by Sylvia Blunden and members of the Spring Time interest group

Wed 19th Nov 7.30pm

Gate Theatre

Ashcroft Arts Theatre, Fareham

Grounded. New play which targets assumptions about war & family

She’s a hot-rod F16 fighter pilot. She’s pregnant. Her career in the sky is over. Now, she sits in an air-conditioned trailer in Las Vegas flying remote-controlled drones over the Middle East. She struggles through surreal 12-hour shifts far from the battlefield, hunting terrorists by day and being a wife and mother by night. Grounded is a gripping, compulsive new play that flies from the heights of lyricism to the shallows of workaday existence. This extraordinary play targets our assumptions about war, family, and what it is to be a woman.


Wed 19th Nov 7.30pm

Don’t Go Into the Cellar Theatre Co

Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth

The Singular Exploits of Sherlock Holmes

The greatest fictional sleuth of all time springs back to life in these stirring adaptations of the Conan Doyle classics. A high-energy one-man show, featuring a plethora of dashing heroes, villainous rogues and vintage thrills! This one-man show includes autobiographical material from M.R. James as he brings to life a selection of his most chilling ghost stories. A theatrical performance as opposed to storytelling, with sound and lighting effects. Classic terror with a modern edge.


Thu 20th Nov 7.30pm

David Adkin

The Spring, Havant

Our Friends, The Enemy

The story of the legendary Christmas truce on Christmas Eve 1914

Our Friends, The Enemy is a highly acclaimed play combining theatre and the spoken word to capture the fabled Christmas truce. The play is written and performed by published poet and exciting young playwright, Alex Gwyther. The lead organizer/producer is David Adkin Ltd.


20 - 22 7.30pm

One Off Productions

Kings Theatre, Portsmouth

The Acrington Pals

On the eve of the First World War the young men of Accrington hear Kitchener’s call for a New Army and become the smallest town in England to raise a Pals Volunteer Brigade.When they arrive in France, the brutal reality of the trenches is beyond anything they were prepared for.And back home amongst the woman they leave behind their mothers, wives, daughters, lovers nothing can ever be the same again. Peter Whelan’s epic and deeply humane play, dramatises the lives of ordinary people caught up in historical events.Funny, intimate and moving. A powerful and poignant drama based on a real-life story.


21 Nov - 13 Dec

Chichester Festival Theatre

An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde

"Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people whom we personally dislike." In decorous London society, where most women have their eyes set on snaring the perfect husband, Mrs Laura Cheveley is set on securing a lucrative Argentinian investment. All she needs to ensure the success of her scheme are corruptibleconnections in high places.Luckily, upright government minister, Sir Robert Chiltern, has a dark secret, and Mrs Cheveley knows exactly what it is. Now she just has to slice right through Sir Robert’s outwardly respectable world, bending his earlier shame to her advantage. But there is one last hope for Sir Robert: Mrs Cheveley has a dark secret too, and Sir Robert’s adoring wife, Lady Chiltern, who was at school with her, knows exactly what it is.


4 - 13 Dec

Bench Theatre

The Spring

Sleaping Beauty

Roll up, roll up for another Grimmer Brothers fairy-tale!The classic story of ’Sleeping Beauty’ as you have never seen it before... fun and laughter for all the family in a sparkling new Pantomime from the award-winning Bench team.