Christmas Stammtisch - The Man Who Came to Dinner

posted 3 Nov 2017, 10:20 by ESOC Theatre Group   [ updated 28 Nov 2017, 11:30 ]

5th December, 19:00
The Curious Room

The Man Who Came to Dinner
By George S Kaufman and Moss Hart

The play chronicles the mishaps of Sheridan Whiteside, a famous radio comedian, who goes to a Christmas dinner at the house of Earnest W. Stanley, a rich factory owner, and slips and injures his hip upon entrance ensuing in his comical recovery by an absent minded town doctor and frantic nurse. 

For our Christmas stammtisch, we would like to create a party atmosphere by encouraging everyone to bring food and drink to share around. Please add your name to this doodle if you’d like to attend - and tell us what you’re planning to bring!

October Stammtisch - We are Three Sisters

posted 18 Sep 2017, 08:15 by ESOC Theatre Group   [ updated 6 Oct 2017, 08:36 ]

27th October, 19:00
The Curious Room

"We are Three Sisters"
by Blake Morrison

Against the backdrop of a dark, remote northern town, three remarkable young women live their lives brightly. In Haworth in the 1840s, in a gloomy parsonage where there are neither curtains nor comforts, Charlotte, Anne and Emily Brontë light up their world with outspoken wit, aspirations, dreams and ideas. And throughout their confined lives intensely lived...they write. Anyone who has read a Brontë novel cannot fail to be stirred by their overwhelming humanity, charged emotion and brooding, prescient unease with the status quo. In We Are Three Sisters, poet, playwright and novelist Blake Morrison cleverly elides the lives of the Brontë sisters and their spoiled brother with the story of Chekhov's Three Sisters. With a touch of poetic licence, he shows us the overwhelming humanity, charged emotions and brooding unease which characterise both households. We Are Three Sisters is a pearl of a play which evokes with piercing clarity the life and distinct personalities of these three spirited individuals.

August Stammtisch

posted 14 Aug 2017, 11:00 by ESOC Theatre Group

Men at Arms by Terry Pratchett
Thursday 24th August, 19:00 at The Curious Room, Stiftstrasse 3, 64287

“Scarcely a year on from the events of Guards! Guards!, the Ankh-Morpork City Night Watch find their services are once more needed to tackle a threat to their city. A threat at least as deadly as a 60-foot dragon, but mechanical and heartless to boot. It kills without compunction. It is the first gun on the Discworld.

The original Watch – Captain Vimes, Sergeant Colon, Corporal Carrot and Corporal Nobbs – are joined by some new recruits, selected to reflect the city’s ethnic make-up – Lance-constables Cuddy (a dwarf), Detritus (a troll) and Angua (a w…, well, best to find out for yourself).

July Stammtisch

posted 25 Jun 2017, 02:29 by ESOC Theatre Group

Monday 24th July, 19:00 at The Curious RoomStiftstrasse 3, 64287 Darmstadt

Butterflies are Free by Leonard Gershe: Young Don Baker, hero of his mother's children's book series, "Donny Dark" has been blind since birth, his overprotective mother following his every move. Don finally decides to take his own apartment in Manhattan and pursue his songwriting ambitions. When she meets his kooky neighbor, sexy actress Jill, Mrs. Baker's controlling instincts go into overdrive with hilariously touching results.

ETG wins Best Original Script at FEATS!

posted 8 Jun 2017, 13:00 by ESOC Theatre Group   [ updated 25 Jun 2017, 02:57 ]

We are proud to announce that our competition entry 'Men are Beasts' won the DAW-Verulam award for Best Original Script at FEATS 2017! Written by Bruno Sousa, the play was well-received by the adjudicator, Jeannie Russell. Click here for the written adjudication.

A BIG thank you to everyone who helped us achieve this, from the cast, crew, hospitality, car drivers, heavy lifters, organisers, mood lifters and more!

FEATS 2017 cast and crew

The winners for all the awards were:
  • First place (Founders' Trophy): Theater de WAANzin, Gent. The Tempest, William Shakespeare
  • Second place (ECC Centennial Cup): Hamburg Players, Hamburg. A Slight Accident, James Saunders
  • Third place (BATS Trophy): Entity Theatre, Munich. Numbers, Mar Gómez Glez
  • Best Stage Management (Marcel Huhn / Bruno Boeye Memorial Award): ECC, Brussels. A Woman of No Importance, Oscar Wilde
  • Best Original Script (DAW-Verulam Award): Men Are Beasts by Bruno Sousa. ESOC Theatre Group, Darmstadt
  • Best Stage Presentation (Grand Duchy Trophy): Theater de WAANzin, Gent. The Tempest, William Shakespeare
  • Best Actor (Blackie Award): Jason Couch, Hamburg Players. A Slight Accident, James Saunders
  • Best Actress (Blackie Award): Amy Dobbert, InPlayers International, Amsterdam. Bombshells, Joanna Murray-Smith
  • Discretionary Award (Don Lunscombe): "The caffeine moment" in Bombshells



April Stammtisch

posted 5 Apr 2017, 03:28 by ESOC Theatre Group   [ updated 5 Apr 2017, 03:29 ]

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.

March Stammtisch

posted 2 Mar 2017, 10:40 by ESOC Theatre Group   [ updated 2 Mar 2017, 10:42 ]

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.

February Stammtisch

posted 9 Feb 2017, 11:34 by ESOC Theatre Group   [ updated 10 Feb 2017, 13:29 ]

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

posted 20 Nov 2016, 06:31 by ESOC Theatre Group   [ updated 24 Nov 2016, 09:53 ]

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

Stammtisch - Men are Beasts and Women are Cruel

posted 20 Nov 2016, 06:29 by ESOC Theatre Group   [ updated 24 Nov 2016, 10:01 ]

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?

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