Christmas Revue | 4 -7 December 2019

CHRISTMAS REVUE 

Theatre 62 proudly presents its Christmas Revue, together with a Light Supper, Wednesday 4th to Saturday 7th December at 8.00pm.

Gather your friends for an evening of mayhem and merriment, with a sprinkle of Sparkle and a touch of Tinsel, as our eleven actors perform sketches, poems, songs and bite-size pieces of festive fancy, all for your delight. Our brilliant bar staff will be only to happy to whet your whistle for a modest sum.

All for £10 a head – now that’s what I call a Cracking Christmas Cornucopia!

The ensemble:

Janet Clark
Diane Ebden
Janet Edden
Margaret Glenn
Mary-Rose Goodliffe
Margaret Hey
Sue Hicks
Paul Newton
John Oakenfull
Stuart Scott
Jan Stockwell

Bazaar and Rummage | 30th September – 5th October 2019

Bazaar and Rummage by Sue Townsend

Directed by Janet Clark

In the this heartfelt comedy, Gwenda, an ex-agoraphobic, leads a self-help group of three women who have been unable to leave their homes for a variety of reasons.  She forces them to help at a local bazaar, enlisting the support of Fliss, a trainee social-worker.

While sorting through the rummage their individual fears erupt – but calm is restored by the ever-sensible Fliss.  As they leave the hall it is apparent their agoraphobia is not cured but they have taken steps in the right direction…

Cast

Margaret………….. Mary-Rose Goodliffe
Bell Bell…………… Claire Morris
Fliss…………………. Charlotte Worker
Gwenda…………….. Christine Lever
Katrina……………… Sharon Hawkes
Policewoman……… Jan Stockwell

Backstage

Director……………………………. Janet Clark
Set Design………………………… Adrian Pope
Lighting Design…………………. Jon Lewis
Sound Design……………………. Ian James
Stage Manager………………….. Howard James
ASM (Book)……………………….. Ian Wathen
Stage Director……………………. Ian Saunders
Set construction………………… Adrian Pope, Ian Saunders, T62 members
Set Décor…………………………. Adrian Pope & T62 members
Technical Operators…………… Chloe Belgrave, James Quinn
Technical Support……………… Andrew Herbert
Costumes………………………… Margaret Uzzell, Diana Quinn
Properties………………………… Lynne Craig
Prompt……………………………. Jan Stockwell
Piano……………………….……… Alec Raemers
House Manager…………………. John Heather
Refreshments……………………. Lynne Craig & T62 members
Raffle………………………………. Nikki Packham
Box Office………………………… Gillian Swinge
Poster & Programme Design & Editor…………. Graham Copeland

Review by Theo Spring

“Written by Sue Townsend of Adrian Mole fame, Bazaar and Rummage is a bitter-sweet comedy about three agoraphobics, bravely moving from the almost permanent safety of their homes to help with a jumble sale, devised and run by the person who, it seems, also runs their lives.

Laughter lines, of which there are many, are dotted with insights into their lives and the reasons for their self-imposed incarceration, giving rise to the more serious moments of the play. None is more of a contrast than the ebullient and foul-mouthed Margaret who hasn’t been outside on her own since the birth of her son, twenty-five years ago. Reprising her role as Margaret from another local production in 2018, Mary-Rose Goodliffe once again delivered this funny, rude, outgoing character who turned inward to poignantly reveal her rape in her family home, whilst her mother was making Yorkshire pudding in the kitchen downstairs. He son was conceived and her outgoing character was dealt a serious, constraining blow. Revealing these two diverse characters was skilled acting indeed.

Gwenda is the lady in charge of both the event and the lives of the agoraphobics. Initially appearing as a strong, helpful social worker, Christine Lever built into her delivery the painfulness of Gwenda’s own life, dedicated to caring for and controlling her father until his death. At which point she sought others to control and found the agoraphobic self-help group, each of whom speak to each other on the phone but who had not met until the rummage sale. Here again, the contrast of the character was emphasised, with reminiscing about her daddy at odds with her bossiness as she told the others exactly what to do with underlined clarity. Her ‘happy song’ for the spoilt and lazy Katrina was an amusing addition by the director but continued for too long, albeit in the background, and distracted from the dialogue front of stage.

Sharon Hawkes’ Katrina was an outrageous character. Now unable to even help lift a table, she had been spoilt by her partner Maurice, who does absolutely everything for her, except cream her elbows. The unseen Maurice is the other controlling factor in her life and with her complete inability to step outside the house, it is hard to reconcile her previous life performing on stage to a huge audience. Emphasising Katrina’s reliance on both Maurice and Gwenda, Sharon Hawkes managed to make the two parts of Gwenda’s life believable, speaking of her time on stage with such fervour.

The third acrophobic is Bell Bell to whom Claire Morris gave the underlying determination to slowly make strides out of her prison. Actually called Isobel, her nickname was Gwenda’s invention and it riled her. Throughout the play, it is Bell Bell who adds hopeful comments about being able to reconnect with a life, after the death of her husband, which has kept her inside. An able pianist, her interlude on the piano was skilfully co-ordinated by the technical operators Chloe Belgrave and James Quinn to a Sound Design by Ian James. Alec Raemers deserves credit as the actual pianist.

On a learning curve at the event and a character of sound common sense, Charlotte Worker’s Fliss is a trainee Social Worker who, although overseen by Gwenda, has her own no nonsense ideas about how to treat the three ‘patients’ and how to help them escape their enclosed world. She not only encourages them to take the first few small steps outside the door on their own but enthuses about the fun transformation of Margaret from out of her shell suit into My Way, one of Katrina’s stage gowns. The makeover was beautifully achieved and very effective.

In a ‘blink and you miss her’ role, Jan Stockwell added the policewoman who came into the church hall where the rummage sale was set, as a brief refuge from being uncomfortably out on the streets instead of safely at a desk at the police station.

Director Janet Clark had chosen to add songs to the production, which did not necessarily enhance, but her hard and thoughtful work with the cast produced the diverse characters which together told a story full of comedy, underlined with sadness.”

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.