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THESPA (The English Speaking Players Association) Amateur Dramatic Society in Spain

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THESPA ( The English Speaking Players Association) was founded in March, 1979 by Patricia Hammill as a amateur dramatic society. Originally they performed in the ballroom of the Hotel Las Palmeras, on a stage which they built for each production.

Here in 1982 they presented first amateur musical on the Costa del Sol – the “Fiddler on the Roof”, followed in 1984 by the “Old Tyme Music Hall”. In 1985 they leased the then derelict Salon Varietes, now beautifully restored, and always ran entirely by volunteers until European legislation required it to be run commercially by a board of directors.

Thespa later turned to Dinner-Theatre and their base is now the Masonic hall, Edificio Bouganvilleas, in Los Boliches. On the last Wednesday of each month (except July and August) at 7.30 p.m. they present either two One-Act plays or a single Two-Act play.

THESPA (The English Speaking Players Association) Amateur Dramatic Society in Spain

During the interval a four-course dinner is served, the audience being seated at tables throughout. The plays are performed “script in hand” but are directed and pre-rehearsed, using costume, properties sound effects, etc.

Provided they speak and understand English, actors can be any nationality or age. Beginners are welcome. Some people are nervous of acting in a conventional theatre – they have not time for weeks of rehearsal, cannot memorise lines, are daunted by a full auditorium – but are comfortable with seventy friendly faces in a relaxed setting. All members can ask to direct or act. Two members write plays and welcome a chance to view their work at the “drawing board” phase.

Membership costs 10 euros a year. Tickets (including dinner) cost 15 euros for members and 17 euros for non-members. Vegetarian meals can be pre-booked. Bookings are made on the Notice board in Salon Varietes or by telephone.

Please come along and join in. We hope to see you soon.