STAR ATTRACTION: Carol Burls and Ruth Montgomery will star in the Pom Pom Ladies.
STAR ATTRACTION: Carol Burls and Ruth Montgomery will star in the Pom Pom Ladies. Contributed

The Indee sets benchmarks in AGMs

AGMs are odd things.

They can be zippy or proof positive that time can stand still.

I recall one that became so long-winded those in attendance were texting their next of kin to assure them they were still alive.

On a similar occasion, Coast actor Rob McFadyen, on attending an AGM with his dachshund, Oscar, became the centre of a bidding war by folk begging to be allowed to take Oscar for a walk.

Most theatre groups put away their AGMs by March, but somehow The Indee's always dawdles on until May-June and this year was no exception.

But what's the real point anyway? It doesn't matter who you vote for, the committee always gets in.

Among problems facing many community groups is ensuring they have a quorum, because it's amazing how AGMs can coincide with new flu strains and stressed hair syndrome.

Other problems include trying to remember what quorum actually means.

For The Indee, these problems don't exist.

The theatre's developed a sure-fire AGM honeypot that lures multi-quorums of members from their warm beds.

They attend, keen to witness the annual attempt at a new land-speed record for duration and while not wishing to boast, if AGM length ever becomes an Olympic event, they'll be unbackable.

The record, still standing, is 6min34secs, set in 2003, with a prevailing wind and full attendance. This year's would have beaten that hands down, except for a handicap of two apologies.

The meeting clinging to the back of the AGM was a far more relaxed affair, perhaps due to item one on the agenda "Who's having a white and who's having a red?".

After which it was moved and confirmed that Carol Burls and Ruth Montgomery will appear in December's production The Pom-Pom Ladies.


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