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December 2020

Hope you're all well and doing the best you can, with lots of us under these new restrictions. Anyway, just thought I'd give you a quick update on a few things.

Virtual Quiz Night
This was a very successful evening. We raised over £700 and 102 people took part. Technically, it was a challenge, but we made it to the end and "Oh be-have" won!

We're all settled in our new home and even have a mezzanine floor that we've built! We have all our set & furniture down at the barn, whilst our costumes and props are being kept in two garages. This was a great job to get sorted over the summer and we are extremely grateful to Andrew at the barn for giving us the space.

Chiltern Shakespeare Company.
I just wanted to give you an update on CSC and Romeo and Juliet in 2021.

With all the uncertainty with where we are at this particular moment in the year, everyone in the theatre world has the very difficult decision to make, of knowing when we will be able to get back to performing in a safe environment. As you might expect, the CSC crew would have by now organised and paid deposits on items such as marquees, seating, lighting etc. Making such commitments in the past 8 weeks has been very difficult, near on impossible. If we knew how things would be for auditions in January and rehearsals commencing in February/March, the decisions might have been easier. However, we don't know exactly how long it will be until "most people" will be vaccinated and in a sense, feel safe again. There is also a huge financial risk with our decision and not one we want to take lightly.

We feel within the panel and it was a unanimous decision, that the safety of all our members, CSC and Fourways, cast and audience, has to be our top priority and with so many assessments needing to be made prior to Christmas, we just don't feel it's possible to continue without taking too many risks. This was such a difficult decision; we really want CSC to be performing again and we have worked so hard in preparing for that this year. However, we have made the decision to perform "CSC Reduced" this year, later in the Summer, end of August/beginning September and then to come back to full style with Romeo and Juliet in 18 months' time, in June 2022. Please watch out for more details on this.

We really hope you will take part in auditions for CSC Reduced, when these are held. We also hope you'll come back for Romeo and Juliet in 2022.

Christmas Evening.
We had great fun at the Fourways Christmas Evening! We were treated to traditional poetry, fun sketches and monologues and fantastic music. A fabulous time was had by all and we finished off the evening, listening to The Twelve Days of Christmas from the Royal Albert Hall.

Games Evening and Play Readings.
The Zoom Games Evening in September was great fun and brought out the competitive nature in some of our members! So, we are having another one of these in January and a Play Reading in February. We also plan to hold an on-line training day in "accents!" in February, so watch out for further details

Fourways Performing Again!
We WILL be back performing again. Our next production after CSC Reduced will be in October and the team are busy planning - we can't wait! More details to follow shortly.
In the meantime, a huge thank you to those who are continuing to support us and for those who are renewing their sponsorship and membership, we are enormously grateful.

It just leaves me to wish you all a very Peaceful Christmas. Please stay safe and well, and we can't wait to see you all again soon.

Very best wishes,
Fourways Theatre Company/Chiltern Shakespeare Company

about fourways...
Fourways has presented theatre productions in the High Wycombe area for 60 years. We try to bring the highest professional standards to our 'amateur' productions, and this page will give you a little insight into our history and our aims.
as well as acting...
In addition to the obvious skills of acting and directing, there are a wide range of backstage activities in which you could become involved. Have a look here and see what appeals.
some past productions...
Well a list of all 200 to be precise, which will hopefully will give you a good view of the very wide range of productions Fourways has presented.

recent pictures...
Galleries of rehearsal pictures from our 2013 - 2019 productions of:
Farndale..., Hangmen, Much Ado About Nothing, Whose Life Is It Anyway?, King Charles III, As You Like It, When We Are Married, Equus, The Merchant of Venice, A Few Good Men, Far From the Madding Crowd, Richard III, Amadeus, The Pitmen Painters, The Tempest, Noises Off, A Man For All Seasons, Romeo and Juliet, Collaborators
earlier pictures...
links to pages of rehearsal pictures from 2001 - 2004 productions of:
Glengarry Glen Ross, Shadowlands, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The Graduate, Brassed Off, The Darling Buds of May, Sisterly Feelings, Cracked.
dates for your diaries...
So you don't forget the meetings, auditions, rehearsals, production and social events, here's the low down!
how to contact us...
If you would like to join us, or would just like more information, please contact Fourways using the details provided on this page.

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