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Past Productions 2020 to Date

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People by Alan Bennett
3rd - 8th February 2020

 

Our second Show of the 2019/2020 Season was "People" by Alan Bennett. The play premiered at the National Theatre in 2012 and deals with the travails of a crumbling stately home and its ageing owner.

Directed by Vicki Hyde and the Stage Managers were John O’Hara and Barrie Walker, assisted by Mary O’Hara and Vicki Hyde.

The cast comprised:

Theodore – Terry Emm, Dorothy Stacpoole – Jan Winters, Bevan – Martin Baker, Iris – Kathie Reynolds, June Stacpoole – Ginny Watts, Ralph Lumsden – Bob Beale, Bishop – Steve Harrison, Bruce (Grip) – Steve Allan, Louise (Wardrobe) – Emma Taylor, Nigel (Asst Director) – Gary Andrews, Les (Camera) – Julie Lawrence-Allan, Colin (Actor) – Darren Burrett and Brit (Actress) – Katy Moody.

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    Enforced break due to the Pandemic   

Confusions by Alan Ayckbourn
22nd - 27th November 2021

 

Following the break due to the Pandemic, our first Show of the 2021/2022 Season was three one-act plays from "Confusions" by Alan Ayckbourn.  This format was chosen to minimise the time together at rehearsals.  First staged in 1974, Confusions is a series of five interlinked but yet separate plays; two out of the three were revivals for NLT.
 

All three plays were stage managed by Barrie Walker.


Mother Figure  Directed by Vicki Hyde.  Cast: Lucy – Katy Moody (read in Katy’s absence by Vicki Hyde), Rosemary – Julie Lawrence-Allan and Terry – Steve Allan.


Between Mouthfuls  Directed by Connie Walker.  Cast: Waiter – Steve Harrison, Pearce – Terry Emm, Mrs Pearce – Jan Winters, Martin – Darren Burrett and Polly – Emma Taylor.

Gosforth’s Fete
  Directed by Graham Tyson.  Cast: Mrs Pearson – Jan Winters, Milly – Angela Daynes, Gosforth – Gary Andrews, Vicar – Robin Richards and Stewart – Tony Sutcliffe.

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The Dinner Party by Neil Simon
2nd - 7th May 2022

 

The second Show of the 2021/2022 Season was the “The Dinner Party” by Neil Simon.  This was originally scheduled to be the final Show of the 2019/2020 Season but had to be postponed due to the Covid pandemic.

First produced in 1999 the plot centres
around six people, who do not know each other, and have been invited to dine in a fancy Parisian restaurant. There is an air of mystery in this comedic play, not least because the diners have no idea why they have been brought together!

The play was directed by Connie Walker and stage managed by Barrie Walker.

The cast comprised:
Albert Donay – Darren Burrett, Claude Pichon – Tony Sutcliffe, André Bouville – Steve Harrison, Yvonne Fouchet – Becky Kingsley-Jones, Mariette Levieux – Charlie Delahunty and Gabrielle Buonocelli – Jan Winters.

It Could Be Any One Of Us by Alan Ayckbourn
4th - 9th July 2022

 

Our final Show of the 2021/2022 Season was “It Could Be Any One Of Us” by Alan Ayckbourn. Set in a windswept country house, a family of artistic failures find themselves under suspicion of murder by an inept detective as he tries to solve who killed the head of the family. It received its world premiere in October 1983.

The play was directed by Bob Beale and stage managed by Barrie Walk
er.

The cast comprised:
Mortimer Chalke – Steve Harrison, Jocelyn Polegate – Julie Lawrence-Allan, Brinton Chalke – Tony Sutcliffe, Amy Polegate – Ella Boucher, Norris Honeywell – Steve Allan and Wendy Windwood – Katy Moody.

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Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward
17th - 22nd October 2022

 

Our first Show of the 2022/2023 Season was the Noel Coward classic "Blithe Spirit". First seen in the professional theatre in 1941 the play concerns the socialite and novelist Charles Condomine, who invites the eccentric medium and clairvoyant, Madame Arcati, to his house to conduct a séance, hoping to gather material for his next book. It was the third time that we have staged this delightful comedy.

The play was directed by Graham Tyson and stage managed by Vicki Hyde.

The cast comprised:
Edith – Mary O’Hara, Ruth – Jan Winters, Charles – Tony Sutcliffe, Dr Bradman – Darren Burrett, Mrs Bradman – Sandra Goodall, Madame Arcati – Ginny Watts and Elvira – Isobel Williams.

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Whipping It Up by Steve Thompson
20th - 25th February 2023

 

Our second Show of the 2022/2023 Season was “Whipping It Up” by Steve Thompson. First staged at the Bush Theatre, London, in November 2006, in a production starring Richard Wilson, it transferred to the West End in March 2007. It is a quick-witted satirical farce set in the Whips’ office at Westminster.  A fast-moving switchback of a comedy,  containing more twists and double-bluffs than a poker game between conmen!

The play was directed by Steve Harrison and stage managed by John O’Hara.

 

The cast comprised:
Annie – Ginny Watts, Guy – Darren Burrett, Tim – Phil Kingsley-Jones, Maggie – Katy Moody, The Chief – Terry Emm and Delia – Becky Kingsley-Jones.

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