For ad-hoc rehearsal pictures from other past productions take a look at our scrapbook pages. We also have a list of major productions, going right back to the very first one in January 1950.
The 39 Steps
Ratae's final performance of the season was 'The 39 Steps' directed by Tony Faithfull-Wright. Adapted by Patrick Barlow, from an original concept by Simon Corble and nobby Dimon.
Valentine: The Quintessential Vampire
Directed by Gary Lee McLaughlin, Ratae performed Valentine: The Quintessential Vampire by Peter Brammer. A Romantic Comedy with vampires.
Valentine, a 100-year-old human-vampire hybrid, late-night florist living in Putney, is waiting for his full vampiric traits to kick in. He lives with his sister Natalia and is incredibly lonely until the bubbly Hayley wanders into his shop. Things between vampire and mortal develop quickly, and as things become serious, Valentine begins to question his identity and whether Natalia's advice is in his best interests.
Can a vampire have a healthy relationship with a mortal that doesn't end in blood being spilt? Can vampires eat garlic bread? Why is that waiter wearing a gas mask? And just how easy is it to turn into a bat? These are the questions that plague Valentine, the quintessential vampire.
A Christmas Carol
Ratae started it's 2017/18 season with 'A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens, adapted and directed by John Shaw.
Lion in Winter
Ratae's final production of the 2016/17 season was Lion in Winter written by James Goldman and directed by David Smith.
'Cinderella' the pantomime
Written and directed by John Shaw. Cinderella is determined not to lose her cool with her Ugly Step Sisters and Baron Hard-Up is determined not to lose Hard-Up Hall. Buttons is desperate to find true love and the Ugly Sisters are just...well...desperate! Hopefully the Fairy Godmother can sort it all out before the Curtain Falls on Ratae's latest fun packed Panto!
It Runs in the Family
For the first play of 2016 Mary Jones directed the classic hilarious farce "It Runs in the Family" by Ray Cooney.
Exit The King by Eugene Ionesco
Directed by David Smith, "Exit The King" was Ratae's final play of the season. "Exit The King" is Absurdist Theatre at its best: King Berenger has only the life of the play to live as his ancient Kingdom is dying with him. With overtones of Monty Python, I Claudius, Black Adder and Walter Mitty all rolled into one, Ratae's latest production is a zany dark comedy with a suprising spark of sanity.
Dial 'M' for Murder
Ratae's second play of the season was Dial 'M' for Murder by Frederick Knott, directed by John Shaw. A step by step lesson in how to get rid of your wife... until your meticulous plans suddenly go into a complete frenzy.
Written by Frederick Knott, made notori us on film by Hitchcock, this stunning and carefully plotted thriller is packed with suspicion and fateful twists which will keep you spellbound, without a shadow of a doubt, until the torn curtain falls.
Move Over Mrs Markham
Directed by Maggie Law, Ratae started it's 2015/16 season with the riotous farce 'Move Over Mrs Markham' by Ray Cooney and John Chapman.
Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure
David Smith directed his first play for Ratae in May 2015 entitled "Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure", based on the original 1899 play by William Gillette and Arthur Conan Doyle.
It could be any one of us
For the first play of 2015 Mary Jones directed the comedy thriller "It could be any one of us" by Alan Ayckbourn.
John Shaw directed "The Anniversary" by Bill MacIlwraith
Directed by David Parker, Breezeblock Park by Willy Russell was the first play for the 2013/14 season.
Do Not Disturb
In May 2014 Ratae performed "Do Not Disturb" by Michael Pertwee. It was directed by Colin Woods.
Murdered to Death
Malcolm Wardle and Alison Harding co-directed Peter Gordon's "Murdered to Death".
Not Now Darling
Ray Cooney & John Chapman are the authors of “Not Now Darling”. Selected by director Malcolm Wardle this marked the first production for Ratae at our new city centre venue of the Leicester College of Performing Arts in October 2012.
Director Margaret Wood took a small cast of just 5 actors to deliver Alan Ayckbourn’s humorous play . Only recently made available for amateur productions, this modern play had a depth to challenge the discerning theatre-goer.
Murder with Love
Author Francis Durbridge was born just over 100 years ago, which prompted director Mary Jones to select one of his plays for the May 2013 production. Murder with Love was billed not so much as a ‘whodunnit’ but more as a ‘will he get away with it?’
It was Noel Coward’s play Hay Fever that was the choice of director Alan Chambers for the October 2011 production. The cast featured 2 new members plus another member returning after a break of a number of years.
Return of the Ring
Ratae stalwart David Parker made a big commitment to the February 2012 production - a ‘pantomime for all ages’ entitled Return of the Ring, he not only wrote and directed it but also took a leading role. After all that hard work it is no wonder that in the next production all he could manage was to be an understudy for being a dead body!
The Unexpected Guest
Agatha Christie’s “The Unexpected Guest” was chosen by director Mary Jones for the May 2012 production. This proved to be the last production at the Wheatsheaf theatre before Ratae was on the move to pastures new.
They Came from Mars and Landed Outside the Farndale Avenue Church Hall in Time for the Townswomen’s Guild’s Coffee Morning
The play with one of the longest titles was the choice for director Malcolm Wardle in May 2011 - “They Came from Mars and Landed Outside the Farndale Avenue Church Hall in Time for the Townswomen’s Guild’s Coffee Morning”