Wednesday 12th April
Five Women Wearing the Same Dress by Alan Ball
19:00 at The Green Sheep,Erbacher Str. 5, 64283 Darmstadt
Five very different bridesmaids find themselves hiding together in an upstairs bedroom, hoping to escape the wedding reception of a bride that - they soon realize - none of them really like! There is Meredith, the rebellious little sister of the bride; Frances a highly religious, but sweet cousin; Mindy, a blunt, good-hearted lesbian who is the sister of the groom; Georgeanne, a friend from high school whose marriage is falling apart; and Trisha, a jaded beauty whose pessimism and doubts about men are proved false when she meets Tripp Davenport, an usher at the wedding. In this cramped bedroom above the wedding, these five identically dressed women talk, laugh, argue, cry, console one another, and slowly become friends.
Are You Lonesome Tonight? by Alan Bleasdale
19:00 at Zucker,Liebfrauenstraße 66, 64289 Darmstadt
For 10 men and 4 women, this powerful new play counterpoints the last days of Elvis Presley - popping pills at Graceland, eating gargantuan breakfasts in the middle of the night - with his early career as 'the white boy who sang like a Negro' and who swiftly became an international twentieth-century cult hero.
Presented by Ruth Armstrong.
20th February, 19:00
The Wisdom of Eve
Held at The Curious Room, Stiftstrasse 3, 64287 Darmstadt
Sex! Scandal! Scheming! It’s quite shocking what those actor-types get up to backstage…
‘The Wisdom of Eve’ by Mary Orr is set in the vibrant, intense world of New York's Broadway theatres. Margo is a star of the stage, who has won countless awards and accolades for her riveting performances. Clement, her husband, is a brilliant and successful theatre producer. Karen is Margot’s best friend and also the wife of Lloyd – the most celebrated playwright on Broadway, who has written several starring roles for Margo.
Between them, these four friends have the entire theatre world at the feet… but then they meet Eve. Eve Harrington, the humble fan, who goes to see Margo perform night after night, because she has nowhere else to go. Where has Eve come from? What is her story? And what will happen when she is drawn into the charmed circles of brilliant, bitchy Broadway? This is a two-act comedy-drama - and it is also the play that inspired the Oscar-winning film: 'All About Eve', starring Bette Davis and George Sanders.
Presented by Sarah Blake, February’s Stammtisch will be held at The Curious Room, Sarah’s new studio, which is located at Stiftstrasse 3, 64287, Darmstadt. There is ample parking just across the road, in the public car park underneath the Rewe supermarket on Dieburgerstrasse. The nearest public transport is the bus stop for ‘Alice Hospital’, which is c. 20 metres from the studio door and is served by the F bus (which can be picked up at Hauptbahnhof, Luisenplatz, Marktplatz, etc.). Drinks will be available to purchase in the studio. There are various take-outs and bakeries just across the road - a group delivery can be arranged on the night.
Christmas Party Stammtisch - The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild Dramatic Society's Production of A Christmas Carol
7th December, 19:00, West Side Theatre
by Charles Dickens, David McGillivray, Walter Zerlin Jr.
Join us for our last Stammtisch of the year, and our Christmas party. We will be having a 'pot luck' evening, where we all bring a dish to share.
About the play: In a festive mood, the ladies of the Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild Dramatic Society mount another assault on the classics with their stage version of A Christmas Carol. They enthusiastically portray a dizzy array of characters from the Dickensian favourite (and a few which aren't), engineer some novel audience participation while bravely contending with an intrusive PA system and a real Farndale first rap their vocal cords and feet around two original, show stopping songs.
"Another classic dramatic massacre that enthralls." - Independent
"Not since the Monty Python mob dressed up as The Batley Townswomen's Guild and re enacted the Battle of Pearl Harbor with their handbags have I tittered so much." - The Daily Mail
30th November, 19:00, West Side Theatre
by Bruno Sousa
These two one-act plays portray two cases of people dealing with the pains of a not too long ago broken relationship. One from the point of view of a woman, mother of two, facing the hardships of having become a single parent, while the man, ever a child, goes off to look for greener pastures, as she believes. And the other from the point of view of a man, who never saw the breakup coming and can't come to terms with the sudden condition of having become a mere stranger to his former best half.
For the first play I got inspiration from a chronicle called: "My youngest son" by a well-known Portuguese writer called Antonio Lobo Antunes. In two or three places I actually quote his own text as I found it so insightful ("I was living with 3 children and my husband was the youngest"), Also the usage of "breaking the fourth wall" is derived from that text which was written in the first person. And I also drew inspiration from my own mother, who became a single parent at a very young age, having known and been with my father since they were very young. The second play actually drew its inspiration from the song "Somebody that I used to know" by Gotye. It always struck me as amazing this possibility of people transitioning from intimate to total strangers in a matter of a small instant, and how awkward it is to accept that one person now has a totally different life that doesn't include the other?
12th October, 19:00, West Side Theatre
On the island of Inishmaan, off the coast of Ireland, there is not that much to do. A young man named Billy, who is physically handicapped, wants to leave, as everyone there, even his aunts Kate and Eileen, calls him “Cripple Billy.” A Hollywood film crew shows up on the island, and Billy sees his chance to escape. He goes with the film crew to the United States, only to learn that it is not everything he dreamed it would be.
2016 commemorated 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare and on August 21st, the ETG hosted a picnic to celebrate the talents of the bard.
The weather, in true British style, was wet. However this didn't deter us and we set up camp in the 'tea room' gazebo of the Prinz-Georg Garten, Darmstadt. Everyone brought some delicious food and drink to share, and we were entertained with a variety of acting, singing and games. Once the gazebo closed, we relocated to the Herrngarten, where the weather held out and we all had a wonderful time. Thank you to all members who came to the event and helped to make it a truly fun evening!
You can view all the photos and videos here.
10th August, 19:00, West Side Theatre
The Underpants by Carl Sternheim, adapted by Steve Martin
A guffaw inducing comedy from the wild and crazy mind of the incomparable Steve Martin. Dusseldorf, 1910. A very public wardrobe malfunction (a young woman’s underpants fall down at a parade—for the King!) becomes the talk of the town in this ribald update of an uproarious German farce. Chock-full of sexual innuendo, verbal jousting, and non-stop laughter, The Underpants skewers the absurdity of instant fame.
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