The Graffham Rustics - Entertaining Audiences Since 1951

Next Production!       May 21,22,23 2015.  

GRADS (Graffham Rustics Amateur Dramatic Society) are delighted to announce their programme for 2015. Following great box office successes and very positive acclaim for last year’s productions of The Ladykillers and The 39 Steps, this year’s choice of plays is hoped will prove to be just as entertaining.

The May 2015 production will be Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit. The play has continued to be very popular with audiences and was revived last year at London’s Gielgud Theatre with Angela Lansbury playing Madam Arcati. It was last presented by the Graffham Rustics over 17 years ago, so it is high time this timeless classic had a new airing.

Although everyone associates Blithe Spirit with Madam Arcati and spiritualism, it is really about a subject that haunts all Coward's best comedies, which is the perils of long-term commitment. Coward's hero, Charles Condomine, is a popular novelist who is famously spooked by his past. Married to the super-rational Ruth, his second marriage, he rashly holds a séance to research a thriller he is writing about a homicidal medium. But a jokey experiment causes marital mayhem when, with the aid of the hearty Arcati, he finds his first wife, Elvira, has suddenly materialised. What follows is a spectral variation on the eternal triangle, with Charles torn between two equally demanding women.

New Venue for 2015

GRADS will be at a new venue for Blithe Spirit. After receiving feedback from some potential audience members about the challenges of access, parking, and convenience of location, The Rustics have decided to do this production at The Leconfield Hall in Petworth. This new venue provides GRADs audiences with raked seating, a separate downstairs bar, disabled access direct from the street with lift access to the auditorium, a hearing aid loop induction system as well as plenty of free car parking directly next to the venue. The Rustics will be back in Graffham at The Empire Hall for our November production of 2015, with performances shared between the two venues. Rehearsals for all productions will be located at a variety of venues

The Rustics are always keen to recruit new active members, whether to act on the stage, help with scenery, sound, lighting costume, makeup, publicity, run the bar etc. If you are interested in taking part, please email