My Three Angels | 6th-8th January 2011

By Sam and Bella Spewack, directed by Ray Harris.

It’s Christmas in a small settlement in French Guiana, one hundred years ago. The Dulay family run the general store, but as it is barely making a profit the outlook is bleak. Three convicts from the neighbouring penal colony become involved with the family and, by various means (none of them honest), transform their lives

The Clearing | October 2010

by Helen Edmundson, directed by Patricia Melluish.

The Clearing takes us to the seventeenth century. The Irish people are being forcibly moved off their land as a result of Cromwell’s desire to drive the native Irish from their homes in order to give their lands and property to soldiers and businessmen who had supported him during the English Civil War. For generations the English perceived the Irish as ‘sub human’ and so thought very little of forcing families to leave their homes and start a new life in a part of Ireland, Connaught, that was little more than a desert at the time. Connaught had no law and order or infrastructure and thousands of those sent there died from famine and disease.

Against this backdrop of persecution unfolds an enthralling tale of the effect Cromwell’s orders have on the lives of the regular people, both English and Irish, trying to continue their everyday lives in the face of political upheaval, prejudice and fanaticism. The play follows Robert and Madeleine – a blissfully happy English-Irish couple – and how their small, contented world is turned upside down and how they cope with the circumstances they find themselves in.

While the subject matter is serious the play is not downbeat – it is an exploration of how different people act in situations that challenge the very foundations of their world and how some people will be crushed and others will find their wings.

Cast:
Killane Farrell                                    Emily Smith
Pierce Kinsellagh                               Stephen Whalley
Solomon Winter                                 Pieter Swinge
Susaneh Winter                                 Sandie Campbell
Robert Preston                                  Ian-Paul Munday
Madeleine Preston                            Jenny Jones
Sir Charles Sturman                         Stuart Scott
Soldiers                                               Bill Ransom, Stephen Whalley
Commissioner of Transportation    Andrew Herbert
Sailor                                                   Bill Ransom
Appeal Judge                                     John Heather



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Backstage:

Stage Director:                           John Heather
Choreographer:                          Hollie Campbell
Set Design:                                 Bill Ransom, John Heather
Lighting Designer:                     Jon Lewis
Sound Designer:                         Ian James
Set Construction:                       Bill Ransom, John Heather
Special Construction:                Bill Ransom
Stage Manager:                          Heather London
Asst Stage Managers:               Ruth Aylward, Liane Marchant
Sound Assistant:                        Rachel Cormican
Props:                                          Beryl Neal
Wardrobe:                                  Margaret Uzzell, Valerie Polydorou
Make-up & hair:                        Christine Lever, Jean Golder, Penny Vetterlein
Wigs:                                            Jean Golder
Prompt:                                       Mary Ransom

House Manager:                         John Heather
Refreshments:                            Nina James
Raffle:                                           Ruth Aylward, Heather London
Box Office:                                   Margaret Uzzell
Programme Editor:                    John Guttridge
Programme/poster design:       Graham Copeland

Losing Louis | June 2010

By Simon Mendez Da Costa.  Directed by Howard James.

It is the day of the funeral of Louis, and his two middle-aged sons are back in the family home with their wives, all of them suppressing their animosity.

Flashing back to the same suburban bedroom 50 years’ earlier, the play reveals the roots of their mutual dislike.

Louis was the secret biological father of both boys who were born to different mothers, and has passed on his guilt by favouring one son over the other. Gradually the layers are stripped away as they compete to get their hands on the family heirlooms.
 

Cast: TBC

Backstage: TBC

The Chalk Garden | April 2010

By Enid Bagnold, directed by Rene Hughes

Elderly Mrs St. Maugham is now living in her country manor house with her young granddaughter Laurel.

Laurel is estranged from her mother, who has re-married and is living abroad. They are served by a man-servant who is overworked and exploited by both the imperious grandmother and her wilful and disruptive granddaughter. Over the premises, unseen, is the brooding presence of the former butler, now bed-ridden and cared for by a nurse.

Into this dysfunctional household comes the enigmatic Miss Madrigal, engaged by the distracted grandmother, without references, to be governess to Laurel. Madrigal, however, hides a secret past and her usual self-control is jolted into a feverish state of anxiety with unexpected return of Laurel’s mother and a visitor by whom she was known in the past. Is Madrigal’s true identity about to be revealed ?

Cast
Madrigal                              Carolyn Taylor
Maitland                              Dennis Packham
2nd Applicant                     Jean Golder
3rd Applicant                      Muriel Kidd
Laurel                                  Megan Burtenshaw
Mrs St Maugham               Penny Vetterlein
Nurse                                   Linden Downham
Olivia                                    Janet Edden
The Judge                           John Heather

Backstage
Lighting Designer:                     Jon Lewis
Sound Designer:                        Ian James
Stage Director:                          Bill Ransom
Set Design & concept:               Rene Hughes
Set design & decor:                   Bill Ransom
Techncial Support:                   Andrew Herbert
Set construction:                       Bill Ransom, John Heather, Andrew Heather, Robin Kirby, Bernard Hemsley
Special construction:                  Bill Ransom
Stage Manager:                          Heather London
Asst Stage Manager:                  Beryl Neal
Lighting Assistant:                     Rachel Cormican
Sound Assistant:                        Verity Hall
Props:                                          Sally Guttridge, Barbara Gadsden
Wardrobe:                                   Margaret Uzzell
Make-up & hair:                         Jean Golder, Penny Vetterlein, Christine Lever
Prompt:                                       Mary Ransom

House Manager:                         John Heather
Refreshments:                            Nina James
Raffle:                                           Beryl Neal
Box Office:                                   Margaret Uzzell
Poster/programme design:       Graham Copeland
Programme editor:                     John Guttridge

See How They Run | February 2010

By Philip King, directed by Paul Marshall

This play is fast, fun and furious, using stock elements of farce – a bishop, a repressed spinster and loss of trousers.

It is set in 1943 in the local Vicarage. The lead character is Penelope Toop, the former actress wife of the local vicar, the Rev. Lionel Toop. They employ Ida, a Cockney maid. Miss Skillon, a churchgoer arrives on bicycle to gossip with the vicar and to complain about the latest ‘outrages’ that Penelope has caused.

The vicar then leaves for the night, and Lance-Corporal Clive Winton, stops by on a quick visit. Penelope and Clive re-enact one of their scenes from Private Lives and manage to knock Miss Skillon unconscious. Miss Skillon gets drunk on a bottle of cooking sherry and Ida hides her in the broom cupboard.

Then Toop is taken prisoner by an escaping German prisoner-of-war from a nearby camp, who takes his clothes as a disguise. The real Humphrey and the Bishop of Lax, unexpectedly show up early. Chaos ensues, culminating in a cycle of running figures, most of them dressed as clergy…

Cast
Ida, a Maid                                     Verity Hall
Miss Skillon                                    Sue Appleyard
Rev. Lionel Toop                           Stuart Scott
Penelope Toop                               Rachel Cormican
Lance-Corporal Clive Winton      James Neary
German prisoner                           Howard James
The Bishop of Lax                         Bernard Harriss
Rev. Arthur Humphrey               Ray Harris
Sergeant Towers                           Tony Skeggs

Backstage
Lighting Designer:                           Andrew Herbert
Sound Designer:                               Jon Lewis
Set Designer:                                    Adrian Pope
Stage Director:                                John Heather
Set Construction:                            John Heather, Andrew Heather, T62 members
Set Decor:                                         Adrian Pope
Stage Manager:                                Sally Guttridge
Asst Stage Manager:                       Claire Morris
Technical Support:                          David Hart, Ian James
Props:                                                Sally Guttridge, assisted by Barbara Gadsden
Wardrobe:                                        Valerie Polyydorou assisted by Margaret Uzzell
Make-up & Hair:                             Jean Golder, Christine Lever, Penny Vetterlein
Prompt:                                            Rosemary Harris

House Manager:                              John Heather
Refreshments:                                 Nina James
Raffle:                                                Dennis & Nikki Packham
Box Office:                                        Margaret Uzzell
Poster/Programme Design:           Graham Copeland
Programme Editor:                         John Guttridge