New Committee: 6th October 2015

As of the 6th October 2015 AGM, the new committee comprises the following:


Chairman: No Chairman
Treasurer: Martin Perry
Secretary: Dee Nicholds


Amanda Greenhalgh
Maureen Cooke
Alan Payne
Gill Squires
Caroline Stuart
Frances Girling
Beverley Rafferty

Red Spider Company is an unincorporated association administered by a management committee of 4 officers and up to 4 other members elected annually at an annual general meeting together with co-opted members. The committee meets at least 6 times a year and there is at least one other formal general meeting each year.

Red Spider Christmas Production 6th & 7th December 2013

From the chairman…

Dear fellow thespians and spiders. We are presenting a winter offering this year. It will take place over two evenings, 6th and 7th December, 7:30pm at Lewdown Victory Hall. For your £8 (£5 children) you will have an entertaining evening with a mince pie and mulled wine.

This is something slightly different. It is aims to be relaxed, amusing and lighthearted, written by members of the players and we are pleased to welcome some younger cast members. It is not a pantomime although there may be elements one recognises, so we hope to raise spirits and get everyone in the mood for the festive season.

We look forward to welcoming you to a bit of Lewdown past!

Play Reading at Lifton Hall: 11 September 2013

Red Spider is meeting at the Lifton Hall Hotel on Wednesday 11 September for a play reading and we would like to outline the structure of the production on that date and know who wants to be involved so that ideas can be worked on. So please let me have your replies before then. I will come asking if I think you’re hiding your light under a bushel!! Suzi Clayton.

Red Spider Christmas Production 2013

Red Spider is putting on another production at Christmas this year, at Lewdown Victory Hall, 6th & 7th December 2013 from 7.30pm. It will be an innovative production led by Suzi Clayton, Jeff Boxall and Cheryl Anderson. There will be music and singing and we would like it to involve everyone who wants to take part. There will be two acts and included in the ticket price will be a mince pie and a glass of mulled wine.

The Elf from Somewhere Else will be based on the idea that some people move into an old property which is an old baronial hall from mediaeval times. They decide to hold a Christmas house warming party and the events that follow focus on their attempts to put together a programme of entertainment for their guests but their preparations do not run smoothly as they try and hold auditions etc. All sorts of would-be entertainers emerge with ideas, some brilliant and some totally unsuitable. There are mishaps, accidents and some unexpected inhabitants of the house who want to play their part as well as the evening party unfolds.

To find out you will have to buy a ticket from Pam Ingham 01566 784824 or Mary Jordan 01837  871220. The cost will be £8 per adult and £5 up to 12 years.


The production will be different in that there will not be one large set script. The aim is to have many different smaller scenes which will be worked out by actors themselves (with help from others, if necessary) as they develop the part they wish to play. It is not the intention to have lots of lines to learn from a script– rather that the actors should work out what they want to say and invent their lines themselves. The individual scenes will be ‘stitched together’ by the directors with assistance from those among us who enjoy writing scenes and have ideas to present. It’s a mixture of X Factor/The Voice plus the Canterville Ghost/Noel’s House Party plus Christmas Revels with the Lord of Misrule!

We are attempting to draw on the talent which we feel is in Red Spider and which, as yet, has not be brought out. Whilst not everyone can write a full length play many people have the ability to work out scenes and put together a sketch length piece.

I would like a list of names of those who want to be part of this production. Please email to and start thinking what you would like to do. Remember we need both actors and also all the usual helpers and backstage people who make any performance happen. We think this could be a very amusing and interesting production!

Red Spider is meeting at the Lifton Hall Hotel on Wednesday 11 September for a play reading and we would like to outline the structure of the production on that date and know who wants to be involved so that ideas can be worked on. So please let me have your replies before then. I will come asking if I think you’re hiding your light under a bushel!!

The Web: July 2013

A Message from our Chairwoman

Dear Spiders,
Well what can I say, after some concerns about “bums on seats” the two one act plays we put on in June turned out to be a great success. We played to capacity houses on Friday and Saturday and our Thursday audience was a good turnout. The fish and chip supper met with unanimous approval, so it looks as if this could be a regular addition to our repertoire.

However, although this amounted to a good profit for us, because of the cancellation of the Uninvited and therefore no production earlier in the year, our funds are not dire, but in need of a boost. To this end we are planning a Christmas offering, please see elsewhere in the WEB.

We are pleased to announce however, that the Uninvited can now go ahead as two fantastic young people have come forward to take the appropriate parts.

If there is anyone out there who would like to help in any capacity, who has not done so in the past please let me know.

Finally our “in house” playwright is hard at work on another production for us so our next year’s line-up is well into the planning stage, look out for further announcements.

We are also planning a trip to TR2 in the Autumn to see their back stage facilities so please look out for more information on this.

In the mean time, I hope you are all enjoying this wonderful weather, to think that this time last year we were sloshing around ankle deep in mud at Abigail’s wedding!

‘None the Wiser’ and ‘Wife Required’
As our Chairman mentioned, our back to back comedic performances were a great success with all our audiences. The Fish&Chip supper was met with relish, as before, so it is with great certainty we know that two short performances sandwiching a meal is a winning combination. We have had some exceedingly good feedback from audience members, some preferring one comedy, some the other. It is good that we seem to have provided something for every taste.

We raised a decent amount of revenue from the three evenings of performances and so we will be able to send a good sized donation to St Luke’s Hospice in memory of Jack Hayer.

Red Spider’s Next Production
We will be staging our next production at the end of November/beginning of December this year (dates to be confirmed). A Christmas themed revue of sketches, songs and other seasonal jollities. There will be mulled wine and mince pies. Suzanne Clayton is running this production so if you have a wish to help in any way, front or back of stage, please contact her via her email below.

Play Readings The Red Spider club nights will begin again on the second Wednesday night of each month beginning on September 11th at the Lifton Hall Hotel, Fore Street, Lifton. This will, we hope, be a permanent venue for the play readings as the room is free for our use. Members can buy what they wish to drink from the bar and there is good accessibility and plenty of parking. We look forward to seeing as many as possible there with a mind to our Christmas performance.

Red Spider Summer Dinner
The Summer dinner went very well indeed. The Bearslake Inn was a fine location and there was a good turnout. Musical entertainment was provided by Jeff and Cheryl, amusing sketches were provided by Alan and Bill. It was a very enjoyable evening.

Red Spider Youth Group
Unfortunately, the turnout of children for the Red Spider youth arm has been rather disappointing. We need at least eight members to make a go of it. If you or a child you know of would be interested in joining in, please contact Jeff via his email below.

New Members
Further to which, the Red Spider Company as a whole still urgently needs more new members, especially in the 20 to 40 age bracket. Please, please everyone out there try to recruit or lure anyone of this age group that you know of into our ‘spider web’.

Red Spider Website
Please look to the website for regular news, photographs and reviews of our performances and updates on future events, and do encourage everyone you know who might be interested to visit the site also. Who knows? They might be interested and enthused enough to join!

Remember that Suzanne Clayton is still in charge of membership. If there are any of you out there that would like to join or if you know someone who would like to join the Red Spider Company please contact her.

Chairman: Frances Girling –
Vice-Chair: Mike Ingham –
Treasurer:  Suzanne Clayton –
Secretary: Pam Ingham –

Committee Members:
Jeff Boxall –
Maureen Cooke –
Gill Squires –
Rosa Watkinson –

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