Patrick - Chairman

Dear PLOS members

Happy New Year! I hope you all had an enjoyable and restful time over the festive period and you are looking forward to the year ahead, whatever it may bring.

It’s an exciting year ahead for PLOS, with our wonderful creative team from Sister Act (Director Damian Sandys, Musical Director Steven Geraghty and Choreographer Della Bhujoo) reunited to produce the amateur premiere of Betty Blue Eyes. Make sure you come and find out about this wonderful show, which we will be performing at Putney Arts Theatre from 1st – 4th June, at our first meeting on Monday 25th January at 7.30pm at Ackroydon Hall. Later in the year, we will once again be staging a summer play and of course the year wouldn’t be complete without our traditional family pantomime. Add in a few social events, the odd concert and a lot of fun, and 2016 is shaping up to be another fantastic year for PLOS.

For me personally, 2016 is set to be an extremely busy year with work and it is this for this reason I have decided that it is now time for me to step down as Chairman, and for someone else to take up the reins and lead PLOS forward.

It goes without saying that it has been my great pleasure and privilege to be Chairman of PLOS for the past two years, since February 2014. Indeed, I’m very proud of what we have achieved as a Society during this time: we have staged two highly successful musicals – Loserville and Sister Act, our first ever play – One Man, Two Guvnors – and two widely acclaimed pantomimes – Puss in Boots and Aladdin – Sultan of Love.

We have staged NODA Award-nominated productions which have been a huge success both creatively and financially. In so doing, we have nurtured existing talent and welcomed new people. We have stretched and challenged ourselves whilst remaining true to the fundamental ethos that is PLOS: a welcoming and inclusive society.

We are in a better financial state than we have been for some years. We have encouraged non-performing talent and creative production roles on the Committee to support this. We have won financial support from the local council and become a member of the Wandsworth Arts Festival. We have strengthened our relationship with Putney Methodist Church, renewed our connections with Roehampton University and formed a new partnership with Burntwood School. We continue to enjoy an excellent relationship with our “home venue” – Putney Arts Theatre.

I’m proud of what we have achieved and I’m proud to have served a society for which I have a great deal of affection.

I will be formally stepping down at an extraordinary AGM on Monday 1st February at 7pm, when a new Chairman will be proposed, seconded and appointed. If you would like to put yourself forward as Chairman please contact me on pgbharrison@outlook.com. If more than one candidate comes forward, a vote of Members present at the meeting will be taken. Please note that voting is only possible in person at the extraordinary AGM, so please make sure you put this date in your diaries, regardless of whether you will be staying for the Betty Blue Eyes rehearsal which will follow immediately afterwards.

With warmest best wishes for a peaceful and prosperous 2016,
Patrick