Lakeside Arts

In-House Productions at Lakeside

Lakeside has been producing small scale drama since 2003 and has established a reputation for producing high quality and diverse theatre.

Lakeside’s  first in-house production  was Samuel Beckett’s Krapp's Last Tape starring Kenneth Alan Taylor in 2003.  Remounted in 2006 to celebrate the centenary of Beckett’s birth- the production went on to tour nationally and internationally. In 2004 we staged Jimmy Chin’s unusual and poignant comedy A Different Way Home which was performed in rep with A Visit from Miss Prothero by Alan Bennett- a poignant observation of human drama. David Halliwell’s A Who’s Who of Flapland- an unusual black comedy set in a self-service café, was our  2005 production and in 2006 Lakeside premiered  screenwriter William Ivory’s debut stage play The Retirement of Tom Stevens.  Another premiere followed in March 2007, Glyn Cannon’s The Kiss - A witty dark drama which explored the struggle between safety and spontaneity, passion and greed. In January 2008 Kenneth Alan Taylor returned to Lakeside as Harold Thropp in Twinkle, Little Star by Philip Meeks. An autobiographical monolgue of an old panto dame preparing to play Widow Twankey for the final time, who realises that sometimes letting go is the hardest thing to do. In May 2008 Stephen Lowe's psycho-thriller Smile took to the stage receiving critical acclaim. Our Christmas show in  2008 was a re-telling of Oscar Wildes classic tale The Happy Prince, adapted by Annie Wood. Performed in March 2009 was Empty Bed Blues by Stephen Lowe. Based on a weekend in the life of D.H Lawrence, Empty Bed Blues is a tragic-comic stage poem on life, death, and the nature of love and betrayal.

All of our in-house productions have been directed by Matt Aston who was Lakeside's Theatre Programmer and Producer between 2001 and 2009.



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