A Message From The Chairman – May 2020


Dear Supporters

Using Zoom and good ‘old fashioned’ emails and telephones the MHDS Trustees have been able to put plans in place should we be able to reopen in September/October – we live in hope.

The Trustees held an unofficial Spring General Meeting to look at the things which would have been discussed, apart from the election of new committee members.

The first thing to say is that we decided to extend the 2019-20 season to January 31st 2021. This means that you will not be getting a message asking for new subscriptions in June/July. It also means that the next two plays (Skylight and Bunch of Amateurs) which had been cast and were in rehearsal will be played in late September and November with the original casts. Twelfth Night which would have been the season finale will now become the January production. There’s a full season list below. Existing season tickets will be valid for the three re-scheduled plays.

The Annual General Meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday 14th October (subject to being allowed)

We’ve had a look at ticket pricing and a new pricing structure will be advertised in due course.

We also reviewed membership fees and a new pricing structure for that will also be published in due course.

It is with considerable regret we’ve decided to delay the launch of our new ‘Summer School’ to 2021. There are simply too many unknown factors to allow it to start this year – even if it were permitted.

From this September Backstage , the members newsletter, will be produced quarterly, with editions published on September 1st, December 1st, March 1st and June 1st.

We decided to retain our theatre administrator, at least until the end of July, as he has been furloughed under the Government scheme.

We have planned a surplus costume sale as soon as it is practicable to organise. It was decided that the proceeds from this sale should be donated to the local food bank and, as they really need the money now, we have made a donation of £200 to the MH Jubilee Food Bank. It was also decided that, as many other local charities will be suffering following the lockdown, we would offer Saturday Coffee Morning space to charities free of charge for six months after we can reopen.

The revised season 2020-21 is (provisionally) as follows

w/c 29th September – Skylight by David Hare
w/c 9th November – A Bunch of Amateurs by Newman & Hislop
w/c 18th January 2021 – Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
w/c 21st February – Animal Farm by George Orwell (adapted Ian Wooldridge and Bull by Mike Bartlett (Two One Act Plays)
w/c 19th April – The Murder of My Aunt by Peter Eyre
w/c 24th May – Pressure by David Haig
w/c 5th July – Blue Stockings by Jessica Swale

Take Care and Stay Safe.

John Foreman.Chairman MHDS