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The Man from EarthOur next production:
“The Man from Earth”
May 3rd, 4th & 5th 2018
at the Rhoda McGaw Theatre.

After history professor John Oldman unexpectedly resigns from the University, his startled colleagues impulsively invite themselves to his home, pressing him for an explanation. But they’re shocked to hear his reason for premature retirement: John claims he must move on because he is immortal, and cannot stay in one place for more than ten years without his secret being discovered. Tempers rise and emotions flow as John’s fellow professors attempt to poke holes in his story, but it soon becomes clear that his tale is as impossible to disprove as it is to verify. What starts out as a friendly gathering soon builds to an unexpected and shattering climax. Acclaimed science fiction writer Jerome Bixby, writer of the original ‘Star Trek’ and ‘The Twilight Zone’, originally conceived this story back in the early 1960’s.
It would come to be his last great work.

HADS will be staging an Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads evening at Horsell Village Hall on Saturday 8 September.
We are looking for an actor who can play a male character, between 30-50 in Bennett’s A Chip in the Sugar.  You will need to be a confident performer, as the character is the sole person on stage throughout.

Mild, middle-aged Graham Whittaker finds life becoming complicated as his mother, with whom he still lives, reunites with an old flame named Frank Turnbull. Graham becomes increasingly jealous when Mr Turnbull takes an ever-growing hold on Mam, especially when Frank proposes marriage while simultaneously suggesting Graham moves out of the house to a hostel. But Mr Turnbull is hiding a secret, and when Graham finds out he triumphantly confronts his mother with the information, restoring the status quo.
Auditions planned for Friday 20 April. are cancelled. Actors who had intended being there, please contact kate_brazier@hotmail.com to arrange a new date.

HADS (Horsell Amateur Dramatic Society) is the oldest drama group in the area, having been formed in 1922. Our purpose is to put on plays and similar forms of theatre for the public’s entertainment.

Twice a year we put on full-length plays at the Rhoda McGaw Theatre in Woking, as well as entering the Festival of One-Act Plays run by the Woking Drama Association at the same venue and also the Spelthorne & Runnymede Drama Festival.

In addition, we occasionally stage performances in Horsell Village Hall, close to Woking centre, where we hold regular play readings open both to all members and the curious alike.