Barkingside amateur theatre group tells stories of lust and lies in original sketches

PUBLISHED: 10:00 09 July 2016

St Augustine's Players - Lessons in Lust and Lies

St Augustine's Players - Lessons in Lust and Lies


Turning real life situations into a comic adventure, an amateur theatre group will take its audience on a journey of laughter with three original plays.

For the first time, St Augustine’s Players will perform three originally written one-act comedies, in a performance called Lessons in Lust and Lies.

Written by Mark Davenport, a member of the Barkingside-based group, the short plays will see a cast of 13 turn mundane situations into fast-moving and funny sketches.

“Each of the acts takes the audience into a little world,” said the 24-year-old aspiring writer.

Having joined the theatre group at a young age, Mark said he became bored of performing well-known plays and decided to put forward his own work. Leaving Drinks, One Night Stand and Breaking and Entering are the end result.

The two-hour show will take the audience from the staff room of a secondary school, to a student room, where a young couple have come back from a late night, and a living room, where a burglar comes face-to-face with the homeowner.

“It’s worth coming to because it’s original and it’s funny, it will make people laugh, cringe and will possibly shock,” said Mark.

Describing the group, which formed in 1983, as a “very welcoming group of friends”, Mark said members were ready to show what amateur theatre is capable of achieving, while still enjoying themselves.

“It is not cheap entertainment, it has been worked on and crafted and a lot of thought and love have gone into it,” he added.

Lessons in Lust and Lies will be performed at the Holy Trinity Church Hall, Mossford Green, Barkingside, on Friday and Saturday, at 7.30pm.

Tickets are £6 and available by calling 0208 554 7747 or visiting

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