Both of Dulwich's amateur dramatic societies put on excellent productions in the autumn. The Burbage Players who recruit their members from those with a connection with Alleyn's put on a hilarious performance of the cricketing comedy Outside Edge at the School. Soon after, the Dulwich Players staged Shakers - re-stirred by John Godber and Jane Thornton, at the Edward Alleyn Theatre, a funny and at times touching play on the lives of four waitresses who work at a provincial cocktail bar. Part of the appeal of the play is that the four actresses also perform the roles of the patrons of the bar, of both sexes. With it's, at times, gritty humour it is perhaps surprising that Shakers re-stirred is now on some GCSE syllabuses.
In December, the Dulwich Players perform Return to the Forbidden Planet (see What's on in Dulwich), a revival of the 1960's Sci-fi musical - a tongue in cheek adaptation of Shakespeare's The Tempest. . It will make an excellent pre-Christmas entertainment for the whole family
Productions scheduled for 2004 by this 100 strong amateur dramatic society include Amadeus by Peter Schaffer, The Man Who Came to Dinner and Toad of Toad Hall by Alan Bennett, based on the book by Kenneth Grahame.