Wheathampstead Dramatic Society celebrates its 70th anniversary

PUBLISHED: 20:04 02 October 2016 | UPDATED: 09:32 11 October 2016

Steve Leadbetter, Bruce King and Robin Langer with director Robert Naylor Stables in the background

Steve Leadbetter, Bruce King and Robin Langer with director Robert Naylor Stables in the background


A theatrical group based near Welwyn Hatfield celebrates its 70th anniversary this year.

Formed in the autumn of 1946, Wheathampstead Dramatic Society’s 70th anniversary production is Neville’s Island.

Opening on Thursday, October 13, the first night will be attended by local dignitaries, including the mayor of St Albans.

Recent WDS successes have included The Thirty Nine Steps, Educating Rita, The Weir and a sell-out and much-acclaimed production of Calendar Girls.

The society has returned to the author of this last play, Tim Firth, for its anniversary production.

Neville’s Island is an hilarious and occasionally dark comedy which follows the misadventures of four businessmen shipwrecked on an island in the Lake District during a team building exercise.

The unlikely explorers battle the elements and each other with increasing levels of incompetence, irritation and hunger – sharing as they do a solitary sausage – and any semblance of corporate bonding soon disintegrates into chaos.

The play is directed by Robert Naylor-Stables.

It will be performed at the Memorial Hall, in Marford Road, Wheathampstead on Thursday, October 13, Friday, October 14 and Saturday, October 15. Doors open at 7.30pm each night.

• Tickets cost £10 and can be purchased in advance from the Manor Pharmacy, Wheathampstead, from the society’s website at www.wheathampsteaddramaticsociety.co.uk or by telephoning 01582 621357.

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