In 1943 a new Stamford drama group performed 'Man of Destiny' in the High School Hall. Membership of Stamford Music & Drama Club was 7/6d for adults and 3/6d for junior members. The group performed two plays each year at a variety of venues - Stamford School, George Hotel Gardens, Bourne Corn Exchange – before finally working mainly from the Darby & Joan Hall in Stamford’s Broad Street.
In September 1959 Stamford Music & Drama Club became Stamford Amateur Stage, performing up to five productions a year. In March 1963, company's name was changed again to Stamford Shoestring Theatre – because it seemed that every production was run on a shoestring budget! Shoestring finally established a permanent home in the delightful Georgian Stamford Theatre in 1978 where it remains to this day as the resident company at Stamford Arts Centre.
We offer a wide range of drama from classical to contemporary and try to incorporate a rich variety in our annual programme. We stage four productions a year together with occasional road-shows, workshops and play-readings. We are lucky enough also to be part of the roster of visiting companies to the beautiful Minack Theatre in Cornwall, and will be performing there once again during the 2019 Summer season.
Our hugely successful 2017 season took in Moliere (Tartuffe) before visiting Richard Bean (One Man, Two Guv’nors), Shelagh Stephenson (Memory of Water) and finishing with a sell-out run of Jessica Swale’s delightful romp, Nell Gwynn.
We like to ring the changes and our public seem to like it too: the leading actors in one production will often be found selling programmes or sweeping the stage in the next. We are proud of the wealth of talent amongst our members; not just centre stage but in stage design, lighting, sound and costume. To find out more about Shoestring email our Chairman.
Join Stamford Shoestring Theatre as a member and gain the opportunity to take-part on stage or behind the scenes, make friends and socialise with people who share a common passion in theatre. Don't forget the annual dinner! Members also receive regular newsletters, giving details about productions, invitations to other non-Shoestring events and special offers to Stamford Arts Centre shows. If you wish to participate in any activities for Shoestring, front or back stage you must, for insurance reasons, be a member of the company.
Current annual membership rates:
Adult: £6.00 Concessions: £3.00
Please contact the Membership Secretary, email us at email@example.com or print the below membership form and send it to us with a cheque for the appropriate amount.
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AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE
In a new version by REBECCA LENKIEWICZ
From a literal translation by Charlotte Barslund
Tue 6 - Sat 10 March 2018 7.45PM
The idealistic Dr Stockmann discovers dangerous flaws in the new spa development that promises huge rewards for his home town and its inhabitants. As he battles against vested interests, important questions are raised about personal loyalty, press freedom and the greater good.
With wit and considerable humour, the play explores these moral complexities, while still honouring the dark heart of the original. This fast-paced, pared-down version of Ibsen’s classic by Rebecca Lenkiewicz packs a powerful punch in its treatment of a story with continuing relevance today.
An amateur production
Written by Diane Samuels
By arrangement with Nick Hern Books
Tue 5 - Sat 9 June 2018 7.45PM
Separated from her German Jewish parents at the age of nine, Eva is brought to England on the Kindertransport with the promise of a new life. Under the care of her kindly foster mother Lil, the young Eval slowly acclimatises to her new life and, at length, believing her parents to have perished in the camps, tries to re-invent herself as English. But memories and fears are not so easily erased. When her own daughter starts to question the story her mother has woven over the years, the protective shell that Eva, now calling herself Evelyn, has built around herself begins to crack. This modern classic about one woman’s struggle to come to terms with her past is told with tenderness and warmth, across the generations and the years. The issues explored remain as pertinent to us today as when the events of the late 1930’s unfolded in Germany and England.
Stamford Shoestring Theatre are happy to be partnering with Peterborough Liberal Jewish Community (PLJC) for their production of Kindertransport, and will be supporting a project in the Lake District, "B's Buttons", to build an unusual memorial to the Holocaust on the shores of Lake Windermere.
The brainchild of a Year 10 student from Windermere, who was moved when she learnt that hundreds of boys freed from the concentration camps at the end of the war were brought to Troutbeck, between Windermere & Ambleside, before being rehoused. She came up with the idea of a memorial based on 1½ million buttons, 1 for each child murdered in the Holocaust. The memorial will be completed in roughly 2 years’ time and a call has gone out around the country for people to send in their spare buttons.
So, if you have any buttons spare, please bring them to the collection point in the Stamford Arts Centre Box Office during the show run or if you can't make that contact PLJC on firstname.lastname@example.org.
The project organisers are also considering publishing a book on B's Buttons so if anyone has an interesting story behind a particular button, write it on a card or slip of paper (legibly!) and attach the button to it.
JEEVES AND WOOSTER IN
Written by David and Robert Goodale
Directed by Liz Cullum
Tue 11 - Sat 15 September 2018 7.45PM
A very silly tale of not much at all! The play is newly created comedy about evergreen characters, known and enjoyed by several generations; it’s a romp of great silliness involving multiple role playing and enormous energy. Bertie Wooster is unwisely co-opted by relations to help achieve various things: obtaining a cow creamer; resolving romantic conundrums; and other similar frivolities. He is patiently assisted by his long-suffering butler, Jeeves.
MY BOY JACK
Written by David Haig
Directed by Kay Roberts
Tue 11 - Sat 15 December 2018 7.45PM
Rudyard Kipling’s determination to secure a commission for his short-sighted son to fight in the Great War triggers a bitter family conflict, leaving the world-famous author devastated. Kipling is torn apart by his love for his son, his family and his devotion to King and Country. This production commemorates the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. Contains strong language.
A performance by our resident amateur theatre company
By arrangement with Nick Hern Books.