Clarification – THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES STEPS IN TO RESCUE LOCAL THEATRE GROUP

We have been asked to make clear to readers that the Alexandra Hall is a part of the Kew Community Centre and administered by the Kew Community Trust. There is no suggestion that the Q2 Players have had to leave as the result of any action taken by St Luke’s Parish Church. We apologise to the Church officers if our announcement has been unintentionally misleading.

The National Archives Steps In To Rescue Local Theatre Group

Q2 Players, Kew’s only amateur theatre group, was on the brink of disbanding last month, until they were spectacularly rescued by an unusual saviour – The National Archives.

The group has quite a history, having been performing in the borough for nearly fifty years.  During this time they have staged a wide variety of plays, ranging from Dickens to Tolstoy to Terry Pratchett, bringing affordable and accessible theatre to the residents of Kew.  Originally known as the Nondescripts, they first performed in St. Anne’s church hall, then moved on to St. Luke’s church hall, both of which have now been repurposed as private homes.  Q2 Players and Richmond Arts Club then joined forces in the Methodist Hall, Kew Road (now private flats) and later moved on to the Barn Church Hall.

For the last thirty years their biannual productions have been staged in the Alexandra Hall of St. Luke’s Church in The Avenue, in friendly partnership with the Kew Community Trust, until recently headed by David Polya.  However, following Mr. Polya’s retirement, significant increases in the hall hire fees left them facing the bleak prospect of having to move out of Kew – or even close the group down permanently.

With time and options running out, they decided to approach The National Archives for help. The National Archives had recently opened a brand new and very smart Events Space which is ideal for Q2 Players’ productions; however, with the theatre group’s limited funds, they held out little hope of being able to afford to hire it.  Nevertheless, they put their case to The National Archives’ Venue Management and Services team, who offered them their support.  The team devised an arrangement which will enable Q2 Players to not only perform in the Events Space twice a year, but also to be involved in and support The National Archives in their regular exhibitions and events.

Harriet Muir, Chair of Q2 Players said: You can imagine our elation when at crisis point, with Q2 Players facing moving out of Kew or closing down altogether, The National Archives stepped in with enthusiastic support to provide us not only with a new venue for our shows, but also the potential for exciting collaborative events. We are extremely grateful to Lee and the team, and we look forward to a happy and inspiring future with them.

Lee Oliver, Head of Venue Management and Services at The National Archives said:

We are very pleased to be able to offer this venue to the Q2 Players for their upcoming shows. We look forward to working with them in the future and inviting their audiences into The National Archives.

The happy and community-spirited collaboration will begin on 18 May, when Q2 Players will be involved in the Archives At Night event “Law Breakers and Law Makers”, charting the course of the suffrage movement. Q2 Players’ next full production, Three Bags Full by Jerome Chodorov, will also be staged in the Events Space at The National Archives, from 22 to the 24 November.

A very important date!

Update – this event went swimmingly, and a wonderful time was had by all! The children especially enjoyed the arts and crafts and mingling with their favourite Alice In Wonderland characters. Some photos of the happy – and very mad! – day below.

 

We’re very excited to be working with the Mayor of Richmond to celebrate a very exciting afternoon tea on Saturday March 3rd from 12pm until 3pm. Members of Q2 Players will be joining the Mayor for the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.

Join us for a fun filled party with games, arts and crafts, juice and cakes.

Follow the rabbit hole to Winter Gardens, York House, Richmond Road TW1 3AA. Please feel free to dress up and wear your maddest hat. Please note all under 18’s must be accompanied by a full paying adult.

Book tickets here for this fun-filled charity event raising money for the mayor’s chosen charities:

  • Me Too and Co – A local charity for children with disabilities and their parents
  • Cavernous Angioma Alliance – A Charity which supports with very serious neurological conditions
  • Off the Record – A Twickenham charity that provides confidential support, information and counselling services for young people

Ravenscroft – Cast Announcement

It’s been a tough couple of weeks, with the read through and auditions for Ravenscroft and we were awed by the incredible range of talent that we had – Inspector Ruffing could’ve been cast three times at the audition!!

After a lot of thought, we are pleased to be able to announce the cast for Ravenscroft which will be:

Inspector Ruffing – Craig Cameron-Fisher
Marcy – Genni Trickett
Mrs Ravenscroft – Alison Arnold
Gillian – Jacinta Collins
Dolly – Lily Tomlinson
Mrs French – Sarah Hill

Thank you to all involved and remember to email q2players@gmail.com if you would be interested in helping out backstage!!

 

Arabian Nights Photos

We are perhaps the luckiest theatre group in South-West London as for Arabian Nights we were graced with TWO incredible professional photographers coming along to take rehearsal shots. It will take me some time to whittle the amazing pictures down to less than 100 for the website, but in the meantime, Q2 Players would love to extend a huge thank you to both Rishi Rai and Ben P G – we honestly couldn’t have asked for a more complimentary pair of photographers.

Take a look at a couple of their photos below:

Arabian Nights a Huge Success

After a few hurdles on the road, we are pleased to announce that the first two nights of Arabian Nights have proven to be a huge success, with audiences leaving full of praise.

It has been a tough road with cast changes and chicken pox, but once again, Q2 have pulled it off.

There are still a few tickets left for the matinee and evening performance tomorrow so make sure you book now while you still have a chance!

Cat

Urgent – help wanted

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we are searching for a man to play Ali Baba in Q2’s production of Arabian Nights, playing dates 23-25 November in Kew. This will double up with several other smaller parts, including a Tailor, Preacher, Fakir and an adventurous young man. The production is very movement-based, so will require good mobility, but nothing very athletic!

The play is written to be done in an imaginative style – logic goes out the window, but there is great scope for fantasy and invention.

Rehearsals are Wednesdays and Thursdays 8.00-10.00pm and Sundays 2.00-5.00pm

Please email q2players@gmail.com if you think you can help!!

Thanks