TITLE: Theft

PLAYWRIGHT: Eric Chappell

PERFORMANCE DATES: 16th - 18th November 2017

DIRECTOR: David Lane


Trevor Farrington - Mike Waters

John Miles - Graeme Parker

Jenny Farrington - Astrid Croasdale

Barbara Miles - Elaine Wells

Spriggs - Ken Davison


Click HERE for production programme


John Miles is successful, determined and wealthy. When he returns from dinner out with wife Barbara and best friends Trevor and Jenny to find his house has been burgled, he's furious, particularly as the burglar may still be in the house.  And when the local copper appears from nowhere, John assumes they have found their bumbling burglar, Spriggs.  But as Spriggs starts to expertly manipulate, cajole and corrupt them, we begin to wonder if he's much, much cleverer than they think.  With a hidden safe, childhood rivalries, guilty secrets and everything to lose, five very different people play an escalating and hilarious game of cat and mouse...


Welcome to our latest production...Theft by Eric Chappell. The search for potential plays can be an onerous task, often trawling the internet; wading through the 800 page play manual; researching a back catalogue of other AmDram groups.  However, this play came to us via the easiest of routes, a recommendation by a fellow player and an audience member, both having seen it performed by The Dunnington Players.It was well received at our initial read through AND we had a willing director in place...result! Ideally, we prefer to produce plays that offer certainly more than two parts for females, however it was felt that there would be ample opportunity during our next production (May 2018) with a whopping nineteen parts up for grabs for the ladies.  Thankfully we have had an influx of six new ladies join our group in the last eighteen months...and four men! David Lane, our director, has reported that he has enjoyed a very positive rehearsal period and is pleased with the enthusiasm shown from both the cast and supporting off- stage team. We thank you David for your continued vision, enthusiasm and commitment to the group. Your job is done, so sit back and enjoy the rewards of an appreciative audience! I would like to take this opportunity to extend a very warm welcome to our newest members Carter Croft, Lynne Edwards and Elaine and Bob Wells. And finally...thank you to our audience and sponsors for your continued support and patronage. It is, as always, greatly appreciated. I hope you enjoy our play.

Nicki Clay

Photos taken by Nancy Waters


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