Success at 2019 Bromley Theatre Guild Full Length Play Festival awards

Congratulations to Theatre 62 for its success at the 2019 Bromley Theatre Guild Full Length Play Festival awards
RUNNER-UP BEST PRODUCTION
BEST SOUND: Abel Fernandez & Ian James
BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE: Paul Newton

Congratulations also for:
Runner-up Best Actor: Geoff Dillon
Runner-up Best Director: Howard James
And congratulations to John Heather for his lifetime contribution to Theatre 62; he was the recipient of the Pauline Broad Rosebowl Award.

Just the Ticket | 1st – 6th July 2019

Just the Ticket

by Peter Quilter

Directed by Kerry Heywood

Susan is an eccentric sixty year old who decides to celebrate her birthday by repeating a journey to Australia she made with a group of friends when she was 20.

Now she is travelling alone and carrying the excess baggage of 40 years of bittersweet experience which she recounts with wit and charm as she tells her unique story and slowly starts to write the next chapter of her life.

Cast:

Six cast members played Susan:
Lynn Rushby
Janet Clark
Pauline Wathen
Margaret Hey
Jan Stockwell
Margaret Glenn

Behind the scenes:

Director………………………. Kerry Heywood
Set Design………………….. Alan Matthews
Lighting Design…………… Ian James
Sound Design……………… Abel Fernandez
Stage Manager……………. Sue Hicks
Stage Director……………… John Heather
Set construction………….. Alan Matthews, Maggie Matthews, Ian Saunders, T62 members
Set Décor…………………… Adrian Pope & T62 members
Technical Operators…….. Chloe Belgrave, James Quinn
Technical Support……….. Andrew Herbert, Jon Lewis
Costumes…………………… Diana Quinn, the cast, the wardrobe team
Stage Crew…………………. Sam Jariyawat
Properties………………….. The cast & crew
House Manager…………… John Heather
Refreshments…………….. Lynne Craig & T62 members
Raffle………………………… Nikki Packham
Box Office………………….. Margaret Uzzell, Nina James
Poster & Programme Design & Editor……… Graham Copeland

Production photos

Dessert | 29th April – 4th May 2019

Dessert by Oliver Cotton  

Directed by Howard James

“Dessert is a bit of guilty treat” The Independent, July 2017

This production is Theatre 62’s entry in the 2019 Bromley Theatre Guild Full Length Play Festival – and will be the amateur premiere of this play.  The play will adjudicated after the performance on Thursday 2nd May.

A British financier and his wife host a lavish dinner party for their affluent American friends. The food is delicious, the conversation animated and dessert is on its way – when from one second to another, the evening takes a sinister and alarming turn…

With dark comic moments and unexpected twists, this is a powerful, thought-provoking play about wealth, greed and the lengths to which people will go to claim what’s theirs

Cast

Hugh Fennel………………….. Steve Williams
Wesley Barnes……………….. Alex Raemers
Eddie Williams……………… Geoff Dillon
Roger Hislop…………………. Paul Newton
Gill Fennel…………………….. Sue Hicks
Meredith Barnes…………… Anya Sayadian

Director……………………… Howard James
Set Design…………………. Alan Matthews
Lighting Design…………….Andrew Herbert
Sound Design…………….. Abel Fernandez, Ian James
Stage Manager…………… Maggie Matthews
Asst Stage Manager……. Alan Matthews
Stage Director……………. John Heather
Set construction…………. Alan Matthews, Ian Saunders
Set Décor………………….. Adrian Pope & T62 members
Technical Operators….. Chloe Belgrave, James Quinn
Technical Support……… Jon Lewis
Costumes………………….. Margaret Uzzell & the cast
Make-Up & Hair………… Christine Lever
Properties………………….. Maggie Matthews, Ann Herbert, Ian Saunders
Rehearsal Prompt………. Jan Stockwell
House Manager…………. John Heather
Refreshments……………. Lynne Craig & T62 members
Raffle……………………….. Nikki Packham
Box Office…………………. Nina James
Poster & Programme Editor……. Graham Copeland

Rehearsal photos

 

 

Murder Mystery Night: Death at the Tenth | 28th February – 2nd March 2019

The action took place at the annual Primrose Hill Golf Club dinner, where the audience members were also dining and later tried (some successfully) to guess whodunnit and why they dunnit.  A fun-filled entertaining evening, including fish and chips.

Cast

Major Winstanton-Bromley, Club Captain…………. Howard James
Lady Dorothy Winstanton-Bromley, Lady Captain…… Janet Clark
Doris Gloom, Club Housekeeper…………………. Jan Stockwell
Herbert Gloom, Caretaker and greenkeeper……….. Mark Storey
Sheila Sotterley, Treasurer………………………… Pauline Wathen
Anita Throckmorkton, Secretary………………… Christine Lever
Damien ‘Better Balls’ Francis, Club Profèssional… Paul Newton
Rodger Rogers, Club President…………………..Andy Masters
DI Hagley and DC Racey…………………………Lynn Rushby and Davina Pike
Plus
Master of Ceremonies…………………………. Stuart Scott
Waiting staff……………………………….. Jackie Dowse, Maggie Matthews, Margaret Hey

Backstage

Director……………………………. … Jackie Dowse
Stage Manager…………………………… Maggie Matthews
Set Design………………………… ….. Alan Matthews
Tech Coordinator………………………… Ian James
Sound………………………………….. Abel Fernandez
Lighting ………………………………. Jon Lewis
Costumes……………………………….. Margaret Uzzell, Diana Quinn & the cast
Box office……………………………… Margaret Uzzell
Bar……………………………………. Ian Wathen and Sue Hicks
Refreshments……………………………. Lynne Craig and Audrey Knighton

The Murder Mystery replaced the planned Dial M for Murder which was unfortunately cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

 

The Ladykillers | 3rd – 8th December 2018

The Ladykillers by Graham Linehan

Directed by Paul Marshal

 

The classic Ealing comedy which tells the tale of a sweet innocent old lady, alone in her home, pitted against a gang of criminal misfits who will stop at nothing.

Posing as amateur musicians, the gang rent rooms in the house of sweet but strict Mrs Wilberforce.

The villains plot to involve her unwittingly in a brilliantly conceived heist job. With only her parrot, General Gordon, to help her, she is alone with the men. But who will be forced to face the music?

Cast:

Constable Macdonald……. Tony Skeggs
Mrs Wilberforce……. Moragh Gee
Professor Marcus……. Mark Storey
Major Courtney……. Howard James
Harry Robinson……. Paul Newton
One-Round……. Charles Langdon
Louis Harvey……. Ian Evans
Mrs Tromleyton……. Sue Hicks
Ladies……. Janet Clark, Margaret Hey, Jan Stockwell, Christine Lever, Muriel Kidd

 

 

Some of the cast in rehearsal:

 

 

The Prisoner of Second Avenue | 1st – 6th October 2018

The Prisoner of Second Avenue by Neil Simon.

Directed by Wayne Sheridan.

Mel Edison lives in an average New York apartment with his loving wife Edna. He’s got an average job, average clothes, average TV… Life’s just ticking along until the day he gets fired. Money becomes scarce, opportunities for a man chasing 50 are even more scarce and all this in the midst of a 1970’s heatwave when the temperatures roaring and the economy is crashing. Left with no choice but to pace the boards of his shrinking apartment, Mel’s mind begins to fall apart and it’s up to Edna to try and keep it all together.

This fantastic Neil Simon comedy is, for the most part, a great two hander for a couple of skilled performers. It is made all the more relevant today with topics such as mental health, class divide and materialism all bubbling under the surface.

Cast

Mel Edison……. Steve Williams
Edna Edison……. Sue Williams
Harry Edison……. Alec Raemers
Pearl……. Margaret Hey
Jessie……. Jan Stockwell
Pauline……. Janet Clark

 

 

 

 

Theatre 62’s 2019 season launch

2019 season launch

We are revealing our exciting 2019 season of productions at Theatre 62 on Saturday 15th September at 8 p.m.

Directors of each play will introduce their 2019 production and give members a chance to register their interest in auditioning for a role or working as part of the back stage team.

Not a member yet? Don’t worry, you don’t need to be a member to come along on the 15th, but you will need to join if you take part in one of our productions.

It’s a great opportunity to get all the information you need about our 2019 season and fab night out too – the bar will be open and nibbles will be provided!  Hope to see you all there!

Location details here

Review: Di & Viv & Rose

Review of Di and Riv and Rose by Theo Spring, 25 June 2018.

Performed at Theatre 62, West Wickham, from 25-30 June 2018

As is eruditely pointed out in the programme notes endorsing female friendships in literature, Amelia Bullmore’s play brings a modern take on the enduring friendship between three girls of very diverse characters.

As is only clear from the closing scenes, it seems to have been kind, ebullient and rather promiscuous Rose who threaded the three university friends together in their house share. Viv is the studious, brainy one, aiming for a first class degree, Di, a lesbian, is sporty but unsure of her way forward and Rose, who sleeps around, who cooks, who cares and soon loses any career prospects when she gives birth to twins from who knows which of eight possible fathers.

The casting for the three seemed perfect. Laura Gamble’s Viv was prim, proper and, with one delightful exception, un-giving,  again until a final reveal. Diane Carters’ Di gave lesbian dating problems both humour and angst and Rachel Cormican’s Rose was warm, funny, affectionate to her friends and the mainstay of the trio’s friendship.

So much was good about this production. Spanning the period from 1983 when the girls first met at university, to 2010 when they are worldly-wise women, an overhead screen led the audience through the time scale with additional clues given through their changes in costume. Music played a prominent role with tracks from the various years.  There was one spectacular musical eruption when all three let go with exuberant well-choreographed moves to Queen’s Don’t Stop Me Now which, played back at the end, after the tale had taken a sad turn, revived the joy of their house-sharing time.  This playback was just one of many excellent uses of back-projection and images in the hands of Jon Lewis and technical co-ordinator Ian James, all seamlessly delivered.  The demands of a set requiring, amongst others, a corridor in university halls complete with old-fashioned pay phone, a main set of the student’s living area, an apartment in New York and a café on the concourse of a busy train station were so well met by set designer Alan Matthews where ingenuity was copiously used.  Costumes were changed with rapidity, as demanded by the change of year (s) and here Wardobe Mistress Diana Quinn and her team had input from the cast from their own wardrobes. On a very hot June night, my sympathy went out to Laura Gamble as Viv, in her thick black winter coat.  The delivery of what was certainly a high calibre production does not come without dedicated and enthusiastic collaboration from a wide group of personnel. The programme bears witness to many of the names involves and, as always with such productions, there was likely input from un-named helpers too.

Director Howard James can only have been thrilled with the way his ‘girls’ interpreted their roles and most certainly did both him and Theatre 62 proud.  The play was new to me – I was very pleased to make its acquaintance and, should it come my reviewing way again, I doubt I shall see it better performed.