the latest and best shows around in London and the South East.
A one-off payment of just £10.00 and £5.00 per year
annual subscription allows you to enjoy the benefits of the
Club. If you are not a member of OCRA you should enclose a
separate cheque for £2 per household made payable to
ticket purchased through the Theatre Club gives a discount (for
a block booking) and travel by coach to and from the Theatre
with other neighbours and members of the club from the centre
of Old Coulsdon included.
you would like to join us on future outings, please call Daphne
Hobday on 01737 551338 for details.
OF OUR THEATRE CLUB
to the OCRA Theatre Club which, in September 2014 will
celebrate its 25th anniversary. The history of the Club, still
highly successful after two decades, is fascinating.
Originally, a theatre club was formed by the Parents'
Association of Purley High School (now Coulsdon Sixth Form
College). After the school closed, the "Purleys" club
continued under the chairmanship of Mike Blake, until 1990,
when it was realised that without the notices brought home from
school by the boys, communication with members was difficult,
to say the least!
The OCRA Club
got going in 1989 under the leadership of Mike's late wife
Louie. As an OCRA committee member and Road Steward, she
realised that the Club was an ideal way of keeping in touch. By
July 1989, she had a list of interested members and by
September, she was able to announce that the inaugural meeting
was to take place later that month. So, for a time, there were
two clubs running in parallel, organised by each half of the
The Minutes for
October 1989, show that the OCRA Theatre Club was formed with a
initial membership of 60, a committee was elected and draft
rules drawn up and approved. The joining fee was fixed at £10,
plus £1 annual subscription. The November Minutes record
that there were 101 members, and they were looking forward to
their first outing on 6th December. This was to A Little
Night Music at the Piccadilly Theatre, London, starring
Dorothy Tutin, Susan Hampshire and Peter McEnery. The
production only opened on 8th October, so we were no slouches!
1990, membership had zoomed to 115 and, with £1310 in the
kitty, we we all set for a trip to Nutcracker a
the end of the month, and Rebecca in March.
early days, we have witnessed a wide variety of people running
the Club which has maintained its original link with OCRA.
Membership is not limited to those living in the OCRA area,
although the essential ingredient of the Club - comfortable
transportation to and from the theatre - is obviously one of
its big attractions to local theatregoers. We try to elect a
committee which represents a wide variety of tastes and to
cater minority interests as well as the popular shows. We now
have a membership of 174, which is a good working number.
At the Club AGM
on October 7th 2009, we raised a glass to Louie and the other
members who by their hard work and good humour have given us a
Theatre Club to be proud of.