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        SHOULD YOU HAVE ANY SPECIFIC AND/OR PERSONAL  QUERY ABOUT
     ANY ASPECT  OF THE SOCIETY OR THE CITY THEATRE, YOU CAN NOW
     DIRECT YOUR  QUESTION  TO OUR NEW E-MAIL ADDRESS, WHICH IS:

                    
durhamdramaticsociety@yahoo.co.uk

   
Alternatively, if you would like to contribute a TWEET of your
    own,  Alan Godfrey has set up  a TWITTER account which you
    can access by first clicking on the link below, then following the
    instruction to open the page in a new window:
  
                            https://twitter.com/durhamdramatic

Please note:    We now have a HEARING LOOP system in the
                        Theatre - this will be operative forthwith!                


FUTURE  EVENTS FOR YOUR DIARY

      ****      N.B.  FOR A LIST OF ALL OUR  PLAYS SINCE 1985, GO BACK     ****
                                     TO THE HOME PAGE,  AND CLICK ON :

                           "FORTHCOMING  (AND PREVIOUS) PRODUCTIONS"



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  1. FINAL PLAY OF OUR 2017 SEASON

                                                LADIES DAY


                                   

                                                                A Comedy, by



                               AMANDA WHITTINGTON



SUNDAY, NOV. 26th – SATURDAY, DEC. 2nd 2017



Ladies Day at Royal Ascot! It conjures images the world over of glamour, culture and sporting excitement: but in this hilarious comedy four fish packers from Hull have decided they want to join in the action. Join Pearl, Jan, Linda and Shell in their quest to find love and happiness.



                        THIS PLAY TO BE DIRECTED BY


                            CAROLINE CHAPMAN



CAST :

Pearl:                                              Lesley Anderson

Jan:                                                Charlotte Bond

Linda:                                             Vicky Barass

Shelley:                                           Amanda Chapman

Joe:                                                 Michael Fletcher

Jim:                                                                                                           Chris McGeorge

Fred:                                                                                                       Paul Monaghan

Kevin:                                                                                                     Ian Kane

Pat (a jockey):                                                                        Nicole Webster

Barry:                                     (Role still to be cast)



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 2. FIRST PLAY OF OUR 2018 SEASON



       HAPPY FAMILIES

                                                         by

                                      John Godber



                      THIS PLAY TO BE DIRECTED BY

                        TERESA HAGGER



CAST :

John:                                              Kristian Colling

Dot:                                                Lesley Anderson

Vic:                                                Michael Smith

Liz:                                                 Kate Lawrie

Jack:                                               Marshall Peach

Auntie Doris:                                                                           Helen Harries

Auntie Edna:                                                                           Pauline Gill

Rebecca and Lyn Sutton:         Amanda Chapman



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 3. SECOND PLAY OF OUR 2018 SEASON





WHIPPING IT UP by Steve Thompson



          to be produced by Michael Smith



CAST REQUIRED: 4 Males, 2 Females



READING: TUES, 5th DECEMBER,7.30pm

AUDITIONS: THURS, 14th DECEMBER, 7.30pm



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4. MEMBERS EVENINGS
                    

Owing to a fall in the numbers of members attending, regular Members' Evenings / Rehearsed Readings will be suspended for 2013.

   We will however continue to have an Annual Dinner, Summer
                         Social and Christmas Party Night.

Please let us know if you feel that you would like us to continue with the regular Members' Evenings - Rehearsed reading nights can still be arranged as and when anyone wishes to put one on - simply by contacting the Production Committee.



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5.   THEATRE WORKSHOP GROUP


 Play Readings, Dramatic Activity, Invention and Creation

   Organiser Chris Neville Smith will be pleased to hear from you.

Theatre Workshops are held monthly in the Theatre Green Room, usually on Tuesdays at 7.30pm.  All members are welcome, as indeed are ideas and suggestions for potential workshop activity, e.g. plays, sketches and scenes. They are organised by Chris, but individual sessions are to be led by different people, and any member wishing to lead or contribute to a session will be welcomed.

Due to pressures of time and use of the City Theatre, there will in future be only two workshops held between each mainstream play, on the most appropriate Tuesdays.

Please contact Chris on 0191 393 0339 for the latest news and information.  He will be pleased to hear from anyone prepared to offer ideas or help for any workshop. 

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   6.   N.B.   NEW DDS ARTICLES OF ASSOCIATION

WILL SHORTLY   BE PUBLISHED  THESE

WILL REPLACE THE DRAFT VERSION,

WHICH IS PRESENTED BELOW




ARTICLES OF ASSOCIATION OF DURHAM DRAMATIC SOCIETY LIMITED
(A Company limited by guarantee and not having a share capital)


1.    DEFINITIONS AND INTERPRETATION
In these Articles:

1.1    “the Company” means the Durham Dramatic Society Ltd.

1.2    “the Act” means the Companies Act 1985 including any statutory modification or re-enactment  thereof for the time being in force.

1.3    “the Articles”  means the Articles of Association of the Company.

1.4    “clear days” in relation to a period of notice means that period excluding the day when the notice is given or deemed to be given, and the day for which it is given or on which it is to take effect.

1.5    “executed” includes any mode of execution.

1.6    “Office” means the registered office of the Company.

1.7    “Secretary” means the Secretary of the Company or any other person appointed to perform the duties of the Secretary of the Company, including a Joint Assistant or Deputy Secretary.

1.8    “Accounting Year and Subscription Year” means the twelve months commencing 1st January and ending 31st December.

1.9    “the Register” means the Register of Members to be kept pursuant to the Act.

1.10    .“the United Kingdom” means Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

1.11    . words importing the singular number include the plural number and vice versa.

1.12    Words importing the masculine gender include the feminine gender and vice versa.

1.13    .“in writing” and “written” include printing, typewriting, lithography, photography and other modes of representing or reproducing words in a visible form.

1.14    .unless the context otherwise requires, words or expressions contained in these Articles shall bear the same meaning as in the Act or any statutory modification of the Act in force on the date at which these Articles become binding on the Company.

2.    OBJECTS

2.1    The Company is established for the objects expressed in the Memorandum of Association.

3.    MEMBERS
3.1    The number of Members with which the Company proposes to be registered is three hundred, but the Directors may from time to time register an increase of members.

3.2    The subscribers to the Memorandum of Association of the Company and such other persons as are admitted to membership in accordance with the Articles shall be Members of the Company.Where admission to membership is granted prior to 1st July, a full year’s subscription shall be payable.If membership is granted after that date, the amount payable shall be 50% of the annual subscription.

3.3    The annual subscription shall be the amount the Company at its Annual General Meeting shall from time to time decide. The annual subscription shall be due as at 1st January each year.

3.4    Every person who wishes to become a Member shall deliver to the Company an Application  for Membership in such a form as the Directors require, executed by him.

3.5    A Register of Names and Addresses of Members shall be kept.  If any Member shall fail to give a place of address in the United Kingdom he shall not be entitled to receive notice of any of the General Meetings or other proceedings of the Company, and no meetings or other proceedings shall be invalidated by reason of his not having received such notice as aforesaid.

3.6    The Directors have the right to terminate the membership of any member at their discretion

3.7    If any Member shall fail to pay his annual subscription by 1st March of the subscription year he shall be deemed to have resigned his Membership of the Company and his name shall be removed from the Register, but he shall remain liable to pay such subscriptions and other sums due from him.

4.    CATEGORIES OF MEMBERSHIP

4.1    There shall be the following categories of Membership of the Company.

4.1.1    Full Members – any individual who pays the full subscription as laid down from time to time by the Members at an Annual General Meeting.

4.1.2    Junior Members – any individual under the age of eighteen years old on the first of January, shall be eligible for Junior Membership during that year at a reduced subscription, as decided from time to time by Members at an Annual General Meeting.  Such Junior Members will be entitled to attend and speak at all General Meetings but will not be entitled to vote,

4.1.3    Family Members – at the discretion of the Directors, a family rate subscription may be applied to a family group consisting of two Full Members, each having one vote, plus a number of free Junior Members, having no votes .  The number of Junior Members in a Family Membership shall be at the discretion of the Directors.  The names of all the Members of a family membership group shall be advised to the Secretary.

4.1.4    Student Members – any individual over the age of eighteen who is in full time education or vocational training at 1st January in the Accounting Year, shall be eligible for Student Membership during that year at a reduced subscription as decided from time to time by Members at an Annual General Meeting.  Such Student Members will be entitled to attend, speak and vote at all General Meetings.

4.1.5    Honorary Members – any person supporting the aims and objects of the Company, or any Member or past Member of the Company who has rendered outstanding service to the Company, may be appointed by the Directors  to be an Honorary Member of the Company, and shall be entitled to all the rights and privileges of a Full Member.

4.1.6    Honorary President – any person supporting the aims and objects of the Company, or any Member or past Member of the Company who has rendered outstanding service to the Company, may be invited by the Directors to hold the position of Honorary President, and shall be entitled to all the rights and privileges of a Full Member.  At the discretion of the Directors a maximum of two persons may be invited by the Directors to become Joint Presidents.

4.1.7    Patron – any person of eminence or distinction supporting the aims and objects of the Company may be invited by the Directors to hold the position of Patron, and shall be entitled to the rights and privileges of a Full Member.

4.2    No person may appear in or produce a theatrical production for the Company unless they are a Member.  The Directors may waive this requirement at their discretion.


5.    GENERAL MEETINGS

5.1    The Company shall hold a General Meeting in every calendar year as its Annual General Meeting at such time and place as shall be determined by the Directors and shall specify the meeting as such in the notices calling it, provided that every Annual General Meeting shall be held not more than fifteen months after the holding of the last preceding Annual General Meeting.  Twenty one clear days notice shall be given of such a meeting.

5.2    Any full or Honorary Member shall be entitled to raise any matter relevant to the business of the Company under the agenda item “Any Other Business” at an Annual General Meeting provided it has been notified to the Secretary in writing seven days prior to the Meeting.  The conclusions reached on these matters, even though they be decided by a vote of the Members present, shall be deemed to be advisory to the Board of Directors and in no case will the Board of Directors be bound to implement, or not implement, such decisions.

5.3    All General Meetings, other than Annual General Meetings, shall be called Extraordinary General Meetings.

5.4    The Directors may, whenever they think fit, convene an Extraordinary General Meeting by giving notice in writing to all Full Members of the Company at least twenty one clear days prior to the date of the Meeting.

5.5    Any twenty Members entitled to vote may request the Directors to convene an Extraordinary General Meeting, and no such request shall be refused provided that it has been submitted to the Secretary in writing thirty five days before the date of the requested Meeting.

5.6    No business shall be transacted at any Annual General Meeting or Extraordinary General Meeting unless a quorum is present when the Meeting proceeds to business.  Save as herein otherwise provided, twenty  Members personally present and entitled to vote shall be a quorum.

5.7    If within half an hour from the time appointed for the holding of a General Meeting a quorum is not present, the Meeting shall stand adjourned to a time and place that the Chairman shall appoint and if at such an adjourned  Meeting a quorum is not present within fifteen minutes from the time appointed for holding the Meeting the Members present shall be a quorum.

5.8    The Chairman, or in his absence the Vice-Chairman, of the Company shall preside as Chairman at every General Meeting, but if at any meeting neither be present within fifteen minutes after the time appointed for holding the same, or if neither shall be willing to preside, the Members present shall choose some member of the Directors, or if no such Director be present, shall choose some Member who shall be present and entitled to vote thereat to preside.

5.9    The Chairman of any General Meeting may, with the consent of the Meeting at which a quorum is present, (and shall if so directed by the Meeting) adjourn the Meeting from time to time and from place to place but no business shall be transacted at the adjourned meeting other than business which might have been transacted at the meeting from which the adjournment took place.

5.10    .At all General Meetings a resolution put to the vote of the meeting shall be decided on a show of hands by a majority of the Members present and entitled to vote, unless before or upon the declaration of the result of the show of hands a secret ballot be demanded by the Chairman or by at least five Members present and entitled to vote.  Unless a secret ballot be so demanded a declaration by the Chairman of the Meeting that a resolution has been carried, or has been carried unanimously or by a particular majority, or lost, or not carried by a particular majority, shall be conclusive and an entry to that effect in the Minute Book of the Company shall be conclusive evidence thereof, without proof of the number or proportion of the votes recorded in favour of or against that resolution.  The demand for a secret ballot may be withdrawn.

5.11    .If a secret ballot be demanded in the manner aforesaid, it shall be taken at the Meeting and without adjournment and any business other than that upon which a secret ballot has been demanded may be proceeded with pending the taking of the secret ballot.  Two tellers for the secret ballot shall be appointed by the Chairman of the Meeting.

5.12    .In the case of an equality of votes, whether on a show of hands or in a secret ballot the Chairman of the Meeting shall be entitled to a casting vote in addition to the vote to which he may be entitled as a Member.

5.13    .Elections for Officers, Directors, and the Elected Members of the Production Committee shall be by secret ballot.  


6.    BOARD OF DIRECTORS

6.1    The affairs of the Company shall be managed by the Board of Directors which shall consist of:-
6.1.1    The Chairman
6.1.2    The Secretary
6.1.3    The Treasurer
6.1.4    The Theatre Manager
6.1.5    Production Committee Chairman
6.1.6    Six Members elected in manner hereinafter appearing                                                                                                  
6.1.7    Such additional Members, not exceeding three, as may be co-opted by the Directors in any year, provided only that they shall not be co-opted for more than three years in succession and that they shall not be entitled to vote at any meeting of the Directors.

6.2    No person shall be eligible for election or to serve or to continue to serve as a Director or for election or to hold or to continue to hold office as Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Theatre Manager or Production Committee Chairman of the Company unless:-
6.2.1    He has been a continuous Full Member of the Company for at least two years previous to the date of the Annual General Meeting at which he is elected and that all monies payable by him have been paid.
6.2.2     He shall have been duly nominated and seconded for election by Full Members of the Company.              
6.2.3    He has indicated to the Secretary of the Company in writing, for the time being, his willingness to act.

6.3    No person will be eligible for election to hold office as Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer or Theatre Manager  of  the Company unless he has served no less than one full year as a Director at any one time.

6.4    No person will be eligible for election or to occupy or to continue to occupy more than one office at a time on the Board of Directors, with the exception of the Vice-Chairman who may hold one other office.

6.5    The Chairman shall be an ex-officio Member of all Committees and Sub-Committees and as such he shall be given notice of all Meetings of such Committees and Sub-Committees and be entitled to be present thereat.

6.6    The Directors may from time to time and at any time fill any casual vacancy occurring in the Office of Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Theatre Manager or Production Committee Chairman, provided that any person so appointed shall retain this office only until the next Annual General Meeting, but shall be eligible for re-election.


7.    DISQULIFICATION OF DIRECTORS

7.1    The position of Director shall be vacated:-
7.1.1    If  he ceases to be a Member of the Company for whatever reason.
7.1.2    If he becomes of unsound mind
7.1.3    If without leave of the other Directors he absents himself from the meetings of the Directors for three consecutive meetings.
7.1.4     If by notice in writing to the Secretary he resigns his office.                                                                                            
7.1.5    If he ceases to hold office by reason of any order made under the Company Disqualification Act 1986.

8.    ELECTION OF DIRECTORS

8.1    At the Annual General Meeting in every year elections will be held for the offices of Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Theatre Manager and Production Committee Chairman.  Previous holders of these offices will be eligible for re-election.

8.2    At the Annual General Meeting in every year two of the six remaining Directors shall retire from office but shall not be eligible for re-election in the same capacity in that year.  Election of the replacements for these two retiring Directors, together with any vacancies caused by the election of any other existing Directors to the positions of Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Theatre Manager or Production Committee Chairman shall be held at the same Annual General Meeting.

8.3    The Directors to retire shall be those who have been or are deemed to have been longest in office since their last election or appointment.  As between Directors of equal seniority, the Directors to retire shall in the absence of agreement be selected from among them by lot.

8.4    The length of time a Director has been in office shall be computed from his last election,  or in the case of a Director elected or appointed in place of another person who has retired or has been elected to the office of Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Theatre Manager or Production Committee Chairman, the date of the last election of the person he was elected or appointed to replace.

8.5    All candidates for Directorships, including Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Theatre Manager, and Production Committee Chairman, should be nominated and seconded by full Members of the Company, in writing to the Secretary of the Company, before the Annual General Meeting, by a date to be specified in the Agenda for the Annual General Meeting.  The candidates should indicate to the Secretary of the Company in writing, by a date to be specified in the Agenda for the Annual General Meeting, for the time being their willingness to act.  

8.6    If an election is necessary the Officers and Directors of the Company shall be elected by secret ballot at the Annual General Meeting.

 
9.    MEETINGS OF DIRECTORS

9.1    The Directors may meet together for the despatch of business, adjourn and otherwise regulate their meetings as they think fit, and determine the quorum, being not less than three, necessary for the transaction of business.

9.2    The Chairman of the Company shall be the Chairman of the Board of Directors and the Directors will elect, at their first meeting after the Annual General Meeting, one of themselves to act as Vice Chairman for the coming year.

9.3    Questions arising at any meeting shall be decided by a majority of votes and, in the case of an equality of votes, the Chairman shall have a second or casting vote.


10.    ACCOUNTS

10.1       The Directors shall cause proper books of accounts to be kept with respect to:-
10.1.1    All sums of money received and expended by the Company and the matters in respect of which such receipts and expenditures take place.
10.1.2    All sales and purchases of goods by the Company.
10.1.3    The assets and liabilities of the Company.

10.2      At the Annual General Meeting in every year the Directors shall lay before the Members of the Company a proper income and expenditure account for the period since the last preceding account made up to a date not more than six months before such meeting, together with a proper balance sheet made up as at the same date.

10.3    Every such balance sheet shall be accompanied by proper reports of the Treasurer and the Auditors and  copies of such account, balance sheet and reports, all of which shall be framed in accordance with any statutory requirements for the time being in force, shall  be available at the Annual General Meeting for the perusal of members.

10.4     The auditor for the forthcoming year shall be appointed by the Annual General Meeting.

10.5     The Treasurer must approve all expenditure in excess of such sums as the Directors may from time to time specify.


11.    PRODUCTION COMMITTEE

11.1    There shall be a Committee to be known as the Production Committee for the purpose of selecting the programme and producers and to oversee the production of plays.

11.2    The Committee shall consist of:-
11.2.1    A Chairman to be elected annually by the Members of the Annual General Meeting of the Company.   
11.2.2     The Chairman of the Production Committee shall have been a Member of the Production Committee for at least one year at any one time.
11.2.3    Three Members elected at the Annual General Meeting.  At the Annual General Meeting in every year one of the three Members shall retire from the Committee but shall not be eligible for re-election in that year.  Election of the replacement for the retiring Member shall be held at the same Annual General Meeting.
11.2.4    All recognised mainstream producers as approved by the Directors.
11.2.5    The Chairman of the Company (ex- officio).

11.3    The Season shall be deemed to commence on 1st January each year, and to finish on 31st December each year.

11.4    The Chairman and elected Members of the Production Committee shall be nominated and seconded by  full Members of the Company, in writing to the Secretary of the Company, before the Annual General Meeting, by a date to be specified in the Agenda for the Annual General Meeting.  The candidates shall indicate to the Secretary of the Company, in writing, by a date to be  specified in the Agenda for the Annual General Meeting, for the time being their willingness to act.

11.5    If an election is necessary the Chairman and elected members of the Production Committee shall be elected by secret ballot at the Annual General Meeting.

11.6    The Committee may from time to time invite representatives of the stage management, wardrobe and properties staff or any other Member of the Company to attend their meetings provided only that they do not have a vote at such meetings.

11.7    The Committee shall will elect, at their first meeting after the Annual General Meeting, one of themselves to act as their Secretary.

11.8    A copy of the Minutes of the Committee shall be lodged with the Secretary of the Company.


12.    COMMITTEES AND SUB-COMMITTEES

12.1    Any Committee or Sub-Committee of the Company may regulate its meetings as it thinks fit provided only that such regulations do not conflict with the Articles or Byelaws of the Company.




13.    MINUTES

13.1    The Board of Directors and the Production Committee shall both cause minutes to be kept on paper for the purpose of all appointments and proceedings at their meetings.  Once these minutes have been agreed they shall be put on display for perusal by Members.
13.2    All Sub-Committees, working parties and the like shall report to the Directors, so that their actions and/or recommendations shall be recorded in the Directors’ Minutes.

14.    BYE-LAWS

14.1    The Directors may at any time and from time to time make such general Bye-laws as they shall think conducive to the attainment of any of the aims and object of the Company and they may at any time and from time to time rescind or alter any of such general Bye-laws for the time being in force but no such general Bye-law and no rescission or any alteration thereof made by the Directors shall have any force until the same has been approved by an ordinary resolution of the Company in General Meeting.
     
 



 
   DRAFT   20 Nov. 09

 

 

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WANTED

Please don't throw out your old dry-cleaning bags! DDS Wardrobe department needs them. Also, any spare wallpaper (2 rolls or more) - if anyone knows where to get wood-grain effect/stone/brick pattern wallpaper, please let us know!

SWEATSHIRTS / POLOSHIRTS

Are still available in various colours. To order, contact Lesley on 01207 521678.

MICROWAVE

We now have a microwave for member use. No more sandwiches during a play week, and goodbye to cold food on social nights! It will also be handy for hot food in plays!

TICKET RETURNS

Don't forget Theatre 'phone no. 0795 8176227 for returned tickets and last-minute seats. This service has proved its worth already.



 

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