Stoke Performing Arts Group was formed in 2015 to produce a play on the 100th anniversary of the the start of the Battle of the Somme. After an initial success with that project, SPAG has gone from strength to strength providing the village with a programme of performances unique to this community. The Trust provides an umbrella organisation for Stoke Performing Arts Group.
The core team of SPAG comprises:
- Jeanie Augarde – Producer
- Sharan Dance – Director
- Angela Hodges – Playwright and Artistic Director
- Moira Hulett – Marketing and Technical
- Brain Evans – Casting
They have created an environment which has enabled SPAG to be a wonderful success story, with an amazing debut performance “And Grandsire Went Wrong” in 2016.
“And Grandsire Went Wrong” 1st, 2nd and 3rd July 2016
“And Grandsire Went Wrong” was written by Angela Hodges about Stoke sub Hamdon, its residents and the centenary of the start of the Battle of the Somme. This was a sell out for all three performances on the evenings of Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd July and a matinee on Sunday 3rd July. The National Trust was hugely supportive, allowing SPAG the use of the Tithe Barn and the Priory Grounds for three weeks before the event, for set-up and rehearsals and for a week after for take down and clear up. Putting on a performance in the Tithe Barn was not without its problems, staging had to be created, lighting provided and a sound system. However, despite a whole series of last minute problems, including having to change all the installed stage lighting from halogen to LED at the last minute, the event was a huge success and agin showed how well Stoke sub Hamdon as a community can pull things together. Many thanks to Stoke Working Men’s Club who provided the bar facilities in the Priory Grounds and to Stoke Band who performed period music in the grounds before each performance.
To download the full report, click here: SPAG And Grandsire Went Wrong Report
“The Charity Shop” 30th, 31st March and 1st April 2017
“The Charity Shop” was written by Angela Hodges and was a light hearted look at a charity shop and the characters involved with it in a village community. It was a sellout on two nights and nearly sold out on the third and was another successful story for the village. The play was performed in the Memorial Hall and Stoke Working Men’s Club provided the bar for the three performances.
To download the full report, click here: SPAG Charity Shop Report
“Two One Act Plays with Supper” 17th and 18th September 2017
Angela Hodges again wrote two short one-act plays “Auntie Marj Returns” and “All in the Mind” to be performed as two plays with supper in the Memorial Hall on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th September 2017. This again was a huge success with an excellent two course meal served by a very hard-working band of volunteers.
To download the full report, click here: SPAG TOAPs Report
“Winter Ghosts” 9th and 10th March 2018
“Winter Ghosts” was again written by our resident playwright, Angela Hodges. It was performed in the Hamdon Community Arts Project building (the ex-URC building) on North Street. This was aimed at a younger audience and told stories of village ghosts and mysteries in the beautiful setting of the church building. It was well attended and enjoyed by all who took part in the performance.
To download the full report, click here: SPAG Winter Ghosts Report