All posts by Steve H

Based in the UK in glorious Yorkshire, retired from the food industry and spending more time with computers, photography and amateur dramatics and often combinations of all three.

Last Chance for Tickets

Come and join Kath and her mates down at the ‘White Hart’ (aka the Village Hall in Brough) and follow them on their journey of life, loves, troubles and darts.
Yes, this weekend we managed to complete the stage set for this wonderful play and we can tease you with a glimpse of what is to come. We now run our final Technical and Dress Rehearsals and then go live to the public for three nights only – this Thursday, Friday, Saturday (24, 25, 26 January) Tickets are still available. Don’t miss your chance.
DOUBLE TOP by Ron Rose (contains adult themes and some strong language and a lot of laughs!)

Read more here. Book Tickets here.

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News Snippets

Happy New Year to everyone!

Apart from a gentle reminder to book tickets for our next production we have a couple of things to mention in this post.

Firstly, it was a great performance from our carol singing volunteers this year, keeping those Morrison’s shoppers in Brough either entertained or just sympathetic – along with other contributions we raised a total £212 for Alzheimer’s charity. Many thanks to all involved.

And secondly, a plea from our group secretary as we now approach our production of Double Top this month:

We are looking for any helpers to assist our refreshments team front of house on one or more nights, Thurs, Friday and especially on Saturday January 24th, 25th, 26th.

If you can help out, please contact us, thanks.

Refreshments are actually included in the ticket price….

Fight Night!

Our ‘Double Top’ rehearsal last week was a special event that left us all inspired, exhausted and exhilarated. We had a visit from Ron Rose, the author of Double Top and Gareth Tudor Price who directed the original production at Hull Truck back in 2002 for John Godber.  They were there to talk about the play and also to provide some guidance on a fight scene.

Ron & Gareth expanded upon the story they first told us when we were selecting this play, about how it came to fruition and the dedicated research the pair undertook in Hull, necessitating frequent visits to pubs and ladies dart matches – and no doubt the consumption of beer added creative authenticity.

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Ron Rose & Gareth Tudor Price tell us the history of the play
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Discussing aspects of the play and inspiration for the characters

Ron had written the original play many years before for 9 women and 3 men but in 2002 John Godber asked to produce it at Hull Truck – but with a maximum of 5 actors – a big re-write was needed.   (Read that story in our earlier post here)

We were enthralled to hear stories from Ron about inspiration for his characters and his scriptwriting days for episodes of The Bill and Heartbeat.  Their anecdotes were hilarious and kept us entertained until it was time to get down to some serious rehearsal work.

We had asked Gareth for some of his professional directorial guidance in constructing a hilarious fight sequence for the play.  We explained the scene in question and after a couple of polite comments and a “Do you mind if I try a couple of ideas…” he burst into action.  It was like flicking a power switch to ‘on’ and being hit with a tornado of his motivational energy.

An hour later we were exhausted, aching, but laughing and on a high. We were buzzing. And if you want to see some of the hilarious results of our fight night just have a look at the slideshow below!

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Trouble viewing?  Click the Fight Night header to go to the webpage

Double Top is running January 24th, 25th, 26th.  Booking information can be found here.