My Second Best Bed

This one-act play by Barry Syder, is our entry to two festivals in 2019.

1. The Southern Counties Drama Festival at the Barn Theatre, Oxted, Surrey

Playing Wednesday February 27th @ 7:30 pm

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in rehearsal: MY SECOND BEST BED by Barry Syder.

John Turnbull’s production of My Second Best Bed garnered not one, not even two but FIVE nominations at the Southern Counties Drama Festival last week!  We are delighted to record that the Best Adult Actress was Natalie Smith and the show itself won Best Adult Production.  Read more and see pics


All the world’s a stage, and Saturday 16th March is your last chance to see what Sevenoaks Shakespeare have been putting on it lately!


2. the Sevenoaks Drama Festival at the Stag Theatre, Sevenoaks. A non-competitive event.

Our performance at The Stag (Plaza Suite) will be on Sat, March 16th at 7.30pm.

Tickets £8 available from the Box Office from Feb 1st 01732 450175 or

There are four characters:

Curate Dunstan, played by Iain Drennan
Susanna Hall, played by Natalie Smith

Judith Quiney, played by Helena Simpson

Anne Hathaway, played by Eileen Warner


Here is the review of our production published on the Barn Theatre website. You can find reviews of all the other shows there. We were runners-up to the the Glow Youth Theatre’s DNA (who obviously had the right jeans) in all categories, acting, production, presentation and overall achievement. Well done all!

“My Second Best Bed” by Barry Syder performed by Sevenoaks Shakespeare Society

I have seen this play before and again enjoyed its well resourced mix of fact and fiction. Barry Syder fleshes out our knowledge of Shakespeare’s family in an endearing and plausible way. He has created a time capsule which was brought to life by excellent direction, acting and staging. The simple set of a timbered back wall and sturdy furniture brought an authentic realism to the piece and this was enhanced by the costumes and props. Lighting and sound effects added to the general ambience, culminating in a very touching final scene. Natalie Smith and Helena Simpson both gave convincing performances as Shakespeare’s two daughters and acted with sincerity. Their combined banter and reminiscences confused the poor curate and their sense of timing added to their enjoyment. The curate, played by Iain Drennan, was a perfect foil for the sisters quick wittedness. The cameo role of Anne Hathaway, played by Eileen Warner, was a touching reminder of how grief and aging memory loss can affect a family. The whole company of actors and technicians came together and gave us a memorable piece of drama.


Best Adult Actor – Iain Drennan (Curate Dunstan),

Best Stage Presentation 

ICB Festival Winners Award

Best Adult Actress – Natalie Smith (Susanna Hall)

Best Adult Production

OK Al, sock it to us.......

My Second Best Bed


Ray is stomping around again….

Ray is stomping around again….

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A Review of  the 2021 SSS ‘WOWSA’ by an audience member

A Review of the 2021 SSS ‘WOWSA’ by an audience member

Feedback from AISLINN McSHARRY...........for which much thanks!