Past productions

'An Inspector Calls' by J B Priestley - Summer 2006
Directed by David Sherratt

The play is set on a Spring evening in 1912 at the Brumley home of the Birlings, a prosperous family in the industrial North.

The family has enjoyed a dinner celebrating the engagement of their daughter, Sheila, to Gerald Croft, heir to a successful family business. But their evening is interrupted by a police inspector . . . . . . their lives will never be the same again!

Cast:

JOHN YATES - Mr Arthur Birling
PATRICIA UNWIN - Mrs Sybil Birling
ERIC PARTINGTON - an Inspector
DEMELZA WATTS - Miss Sheila Birling
OLIVER JONES - Mr Eric Birling
JOHN BLUNDEN - Mr Gerald Croft
RACHEL SKITTRALL - Edna the Parlour Maid

'Getting On' by Alan Bennett - Spring 2007
Directed by Oliver Clauson

Alan Bennett’s ‘Getting On’ was written in 1971, when Edward Heath was Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher Education Minister and mini skirts still at the height of fashion! It explores the life of George Oliver, a disenchanted socialist MP and his wife Polly, as he contends with his passing years. The play is set in the basement kitchen where all the comings and goings of the house are lively presented.

Cast:

HOWARD WILKINSON - Geoff Price

JOHN YATES - George Oliver MP

CHLOE AMMONDS-NUTT - Polly Oliver (George's wife)

ANDREW PHILLIPS - Brian Lowther MP

BARBARA CLAUSON - Enid Baker (Polly's mother)

EDWINA HAMMAL - Mrs Broadribb

SEAN MERRETT - Andy Oliver (George's son)

'Waiting for Panto' by Mike Williams - Spring 2008
Directed by Charlotte Mannion

This comedy finds a group of amateur actors with an audience, a stage, but no play! Unable to decide what to do, they embark on a remarkable production which stretches them (and their audience) beyond credulity….. Oh yes it does!

Cast:

CAROL SYKES - The Director and The Genie

ANDREW PHILLIPS - The Author

JOHN BLUNDEN - Ralph, Laertes and The Ghost

JOHN YATES - Committee Member, Widow Twankey and Gertrude

LOUISA DAVISON - Committee Member, Rosencrantz and Beryl

CHRISTINE MERCER - Committee Member and Maid

HOWARD WILKINSON - Actor and Hamlet

JACK HAWKES - Actor and Wishee Washee

DEREK PINCHEN - Actor and Horatio

MARTHA FOGG - Actor, Ophelia and Princess Tango

AMANDA HANCOCK - Actor and Aladdin

BARRY MERCER - Abanazar and Claudius

BOB MILLS - Polonius and The Emperor

LYNDA FARRINGTON - Guildenstern and Beryl

'The Philanthropist' by Christopher Hampton - Autumn 2008
Directed by Sue Baxter

This play examines the flaws of the central character through a number of diverse situations.

Cast:

JANI LOIKKANEN - John

ALEXANDER ROGERS - Phillip

JOHN BLUNDEN - Don

JOHN YATES - Braham

MARTHA FOGG - Araminta

AMANDA HANCOCK - Celia

GAIL SINDEN - Liz

'A day in the death of Joe Egg' by Peter Nichols - Nov 2009
Directed by Sue Baxter

A funny and heart-wrenchingly sad comedy, based on the playwrights own experience as the father of a disabled child.

Cast:

ALEXANDER ROGERS - Brian

GAIL SINDEN - Sheila

HOWARD WILKINSON - Freddie

CAROL SYKES - Grace

EVANGELINE HARBURY - Joe

SARA DANESH-POUR - Pam

'Entertaining Mr Sloane' by Joe Orton - June 2010
Directed by Sue Baxter and Alexander Rogers

Meet Mr Sloane – a bottle-blond, bisexual likely lad straight from the swinging Sixties, and the swaggering antihero of Joe Orton’s masterful black comedy of lust, leather, and lethal one-liners......

Cast:

DONNA DOUBTFIRE - Kath

JOHN YATES - Ed

ALEXANDER ROGERS - Sloane

ERIC PARTINGTON - Kemp

'Pastiche' by Nick Hall - June 2011
Directed by John Williams

Medford, a rather inexperienced butler is setting an elegant supper table at which Sir Peter is shortly to entertain a young lady of rather questionable repute. When Sir Peter’s wife, Lady Alexandra, unexpectedly arrives home an evening of fantastical plotting, hilarity, disguises and chaos ensues!

Cast:

DAVID WILLIAMS - Sir Peter Tanford

GAIL SINDEN - Lady Alexandra

JANI LOIKKANEN - Medford

NELL JAMES - Viola Vionysee

'Thermal Underwear' by Andrew Davies - June 2011
Directed by David Williams

Mr and Mrs Hudd are celebrating their wedding anniversary at Elaine and Bob's house. Friends and family are invited along to share the caviar and to toast this odd-ball couple with champagne. However a creaking floorboard, a leaking pipe and the odd behaviour of the party members makes the day most memorable - for all the wrong reasons.

Cast:

LUCY BOWERS - Elaine

RICHARD OSBORNE - Bob

CAROL SYKES - Mum

JOHN YATES - Dad

ABI BEAUMONT - Shirley

BARRY MERCER - Gareth

'Blithe Spirit' by Noel Coward - November 2011
Directed by David Sherratt

An improbable comic farce bringing suspense, suspicion, style and supernatural manifestations.

Cast:

ROSEMARY CURTIS - Madame Arcati
DAVID WILLIAMS - Charles Condomine
GAIL SINDEN - Ruth Condomine
NANCY JANE DANKS - Elvira
JOHN YATES - Dr. Bradman
MICH ANGEL - Mrs Bradman
TOM DREVARD - Eric

'Confusions' by Alan Ayckbourn - July 2012
Directed by Sally Wolfenden

This is a series of four short interlinked plays ranging in style from comic naturalism to high farce. The evening begins in a living room where a young mother, whose husband is constantly away, is treating a couple of nosey neighbours like small children (Mother Figure), before moving to a bar in a provincial hotel where the absent husband, who is a commercial traveller, has more than just sales on his mind (Drinking Companion). It moves onwards to a quiet restaurant, where two married couples realise they have more than just the waiter in common (Between Mouthfuls), before the hilarious finale depicting a village fête ends in total chaos (Gosforth's Fete).

Cast - 'Confusions'/'Mother Figure':

HARRIET SWIFT-MARSHALL - Lucy

CHRISTINE MERCER - Rosemary
BARRY MERCER - Terry

Cast - 'Confusions'/'Drinking Companion':

NICK SWIFT - Harry

JAN ZRIEL - Paula

BRIDGET WALKER - Bernice

DEREK PINCHEN - Waiter

Cast - 'Confusions'/'Between Mouthfuls':

TOM DREVARD - Waiter

DAVID WILLIAMS - Pearce
BRIDGET WALKER - Mrs Pearce

JOHN BLUNDEN - Martin

ABI BEAUMONT - Polly

Cast - 'Confusions'/'Gosforth's Fete':

ROSEMARY CURTIS - Member of Parliament
MANDHY SENEWIRATNE - Milly
JOHN YATES - Gosforth
DAVID WILLIAMS - Vicar
NICK SWIFT - Stewart

'When We Are Married' by J B Priestley - November 2012
Directed by David Sherratt

Set in the late 19th century, this highly engaging farce begins with three highly respectable couples in a small West Riding town celebrating their silver wedding anniversaries, having all married in the same chapel on the same day. Hilarity and pandemonium ensue when they discover the cleric who married them wasn’t authorised to do so, and that technically speaking they have spent the last quarter of a century living in sin!

Cast:

DAVID WILLIAMS - Alderman Joseph Helliwell
CLARE BROWN - Maria Helliwell
RICHARD OSBORNE - Cllr Albert Parker
NAMRITA PRICE-GOODFELLOW - Annie Parker
MIKE BROWN - Herbert Soppitt
MARY FARRAGHER - Clara Soppitt
JOHN YATES - Henry Ormonroyd
MADDIE GOWER - Geraldine Forbes
KAI PRICE-GOODFELLOW - Fred Dyson
CHARLOTTE STIRRUP - Mrs Northrup
JODIE PATCHETT - Ruby Birtle
CHRISTINE MERCER - Lottie Grady
BARRY MERCER - The Rector of Clecklewyke, The Rev. Clement Mercer

'Habeas Corpus' by Alan Bennett - June 2013
Directed by David Williams

In Brighton’s posh district of Hove, bored, well-to-do residents have heard of the sexual revolution and are wondering when they will get a piece of the action. Sex-mad Dr Arthur Wicksteed is caught in a compromising position with a curvaceous young patient, while his wife is torn between a ladies’ underwear expert and her husband’s bitter rival. Meanwhile, Canon Throbbing lusts after Arthur’s spinster sister, and the arrival of Lady Rumpers leads to some shocking revelations about the past. This hilarious sex comedy was much enjoyed by audiences who appreciated its fast pace and witty dialogue.

Cast:

DAVID WILLIAMS - Dr Arthur Wicksteed
LUCY BOWERS - Muriel Wicksteed
BRIDGET WALKER - Constance Wicksteed
EDD FRANCE - Dennis Wicksteed
SAMANTHA FRANCE - Mrs Swabb
NICK SWIFT - Canon Throbbing
RICHARD GODDARD - Sir Percy Shorter
TONY MICHAEL - Denzil Shanks
NAMRITA PRICE-GOODFELLOW - Lady Rumpers
ANNA FRIEND - Felicity Rumpers
JOHN BLUNDEN - Mr Purdue

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