For about twelve weekends every year the Welsh Church Hall on High Road Leytonstone transforms itself into a theatre for performances by the Woodhouse Players.
The Woodhouse Players have been putting on plays for the community of Leytonstone since 1983, and now boasts a varied programme of six productions a year.
Last year, shows included Bent, a love story set against the horrors of the Nazi persecution of gay people; the rarely-performed Compleat Female Stage Beauty, a comedy depicting the first appearance of actresses on the Restoration stage; and the classic thriller, Rope.
This year kicked off in fine style with sell-out performances of the pantomime Hansel and Gretel and something completely different – a double bill of two intriguing and challenging one-act plays: Interview by Jean-Claude van Itallie and Five Kinds of Silence by Shelagh Stephenson.
In Interview, the cast use words, movement, music and dance to create a surreal, dreamlike snapshot of modern America, in a seminal work from the 1960s. The cast and crew won the Arts Council Shield for Best Team for this production – congratulations!
Five Kinds of Silence is a powerful and poetic play telling the story of a wife and two daughters living under the power of the vicious Billy. It explores adult themes of abuse and violence, and is not suitable for under-16s.
The next production is The Tempest by William Shakespeare.