Dates for your diary
The ETC is pleased to announce a series of Pop-up Comedy Theatre events
We will be staging 5 socially distanced outdoor mini-plays at four venues in the south of the Gers and in Hautes-Pyrenées on Saturday 3, Sunday 4, Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 July.
Titled “Mixed Doubles” the short plays are by Alan Ayckbourn, Michael Frayn, Lyndon Brook and David Campton.
The performances will be at lunchtime and outdoor theatre-goers are invited to bring their own chairs and a picnic for a 12.30 start. The whole show will take just under 90 minutes. There will be no charge, but donations to help with licence fees and programmes would be appreciated.
Further details of venues will be revealed as soon as we can release them.
Numbers may have to be restricted, so we will be releasing free tickets via our box office on a first-come first-served basis.
the english theatre company
Based in south-west France, the English Theatre Company is an English language theatre group of around twenty actors that stages plays and other performances in and around the Gers(32), Haute-Garonne(31) and Haute Pyrénées(65) départements. We formed our company and formal association in late 2016.
In 2017 we produced two radio plays, A King's Speech and Dad's Army at Montesquiou, Maubourguet and Condom. This was followed by a full stage production of Alan Ayckbourn's Absurd Person Singular performed in Lectoure and Maubourguet. During the summer months we staged a Musical Theatre Revue at Sauveterre and Château Hérrebouc. To finish the year off we produced two more radio plays, The Far Side of the Moore and Yes Minister, the Right to Know staged at L'Auberge, Montesquiou, the Ferme de Flaran, Valence-sur-Baïse, and at La Salle des Fêtes, Cazaux-Villecomtal.
In 2018 we performed Dylan Thomas' Under Milk Wood at Sainte-Dode, Cazaux-Villecomtal and St. Arailles and Tom Stoppard's comedy Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead at Lectoure and Maubourguet. In November we staged a special tribute to the centenary of the ending of World War I with Ben's War — a memorial written and performed by the Company that drew on personal memories. It was performed to sell-out audiences at Sainte-Dode and Caillavet.
For 2019 we had an emphasis on comedy with a sell-out series of Comedy Theatre Lunches in February followed by Mad Moments in November. This year we were planning to stage 'Allo, 'Allo, but Covid-19 meant we postponed the production until it is safe for us all to go to the theatre again. However, we performed a socially-distanced outdoor event — see our blog page.
We are always keen to encourage new members who are willing to take part, either on-stage or backstage, and you are invited to directly contact any of our officers as listed below, or simply email us on
President: Phil Faiers (firstname.lastname@example.org); Vice-President: Nancy Shorter (email@example.com)
Secretary: Maggie Crane; Treasurer: Maurice Shorter (firstname.lastname@example.org) Technical Director: Nick Ashman; Committee member: Gary Irvine (Irvine.email@example.com)
June 13th 2020 — a sad day for the ETC as we lost one of stalwarts, our dear friend Sandy Notman (far left).