Xmas approaches

Our Christmas break approaches so it’s time for a news update on what we’ve been up to.

Tuesday night was our annual Charity Carol Singing event, although in our case even the word ‘singing’ is charitable. The lovely people of Brough willingly gave donations, no doubt in the hope that we would stop soon. In our defence, we are actors not singers but we do it all in a good cause.

This year the charity we are collecting for is YoungMinds. Our choice has special meaning to the Petuaria Players as it is a charity that meant a lot to Kate Lloyd, a dear member who passed away recently so she was very much in our thoughts and inspired us to sing heartily.

charity-1-2YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity championing the well-being and mental health of young people. We believe Kate’s time as a Primary School teacher inspired her choice of this organisation. If you would like to make a donation please feel free to contact us.

Thanks to Morrisons Brough for allowing us to serenade their customers

The Brough and Elloughton battle of the Xmas trees took place in the Village Hall and our team undoubtedly produced the best decorated tree by far. Unfortunately the voters chose a different tree as the winner. But then no one is ever happy with the results of public votes these days. I’m talking ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ obviously, we avoid politics on here…..

The baubles featured characters from past plays

We also had our Annual Christmas Dinner, this year a meal at the Buccaneer in Brough where we made our own entertainment – not least discovering less well known Christmas songs that never made the charts – with good reason.

Rehearsals continue for RolePlay. (Have you booked?) Recently we did our audio recording of the script. This is a technique we have used for a while. Having an audio recording allows cast members to practice their lines when we are not at rehearsal, essential when we are fitting in work, homes, kids or… even busier, retirement.

Script recording night

Hopefully all that line learning has worked because this week is our first ‘books down’ when we all try and fly solo for the first time, stumbling through the play, straining our memory for those elusive lines.

 

Meantime we continue to put our next production together and the posters are already out for printing before the Christmas shutdown.  And we’ll show you that in our next post…

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RolePlay

It’s not like us to be quiet but a few technical glitches have prevented us posting here for a while.  But now, with the run up to Christmas in our minds we are eager to share updates about our next production.

Before you get too distracted with all that impending seasonal festivity get these dates in your diaries; Thurs / Fri / Sat January 25, 26, 27.  We will be performing Alan Ayckbourn’s RolePlay and booking ahead is highly recommended – tickets are available now.

Click here to enquire about tickets

About RolePlay

Our middle play returns to the master himself, Alan Ayckbourn, with a quite different comedy.  Originally part of the trilogy ‘Damsels in Distress’ this very funny play stands on its own.

Justin and Julie-Ann, hopelessly mismatched in love, are about to introduce their respective parents to each other over dinner – Justin’s upper-crust alcoholic mother and Julie-Ann’s bigoted father and prim mother. Into this doomed scenario drops, quite literally, via the balcony upstairs, Paige Petite, a former lap dancer and her thick gun-toting minder employed by her gangster boyfriend leading to a hilarious clash of cultures and families.

Directed by Jayne Hewson

Cast includes:  Tom Fryer, Wendy Fairburn, Nic Johnson, Steve Howland, Dianne Turner, Gill Collins and introducing  Gary Vann.

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The cast of RolePlay take a break from rehearsals

 

Generations Apart: The Photos

With rehearsals already underway for our next production (more on that in the next post) it’s time to share some photos from our popular production of Peter Gordon’s wonderful ‘Generations Apart’ as promised.

It’s a lovely play that has it all, humour, passion, pain, anger, romance, with twists and turns and a trip to 1969. It was a challenge jumping from era to era and all the costume changes but we loved it and so did our audiences.  With a soundtrack that featured songs from 1969 and 1996 it was a fun production for all, one that had the added bonus of the author attending on the final night and an excellent discussion afterwards.

As for the photos – this time appearing as a slide show – you can just let it run or speed up by clicking the control arrows.  Or if you prefer a more conventional look, visit our gallery page here.

Rehearsal photos credit Dave Hackett

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Curtain call…
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Our Production team
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Peter Gordon joins the cast on stage after our final night
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The cast and production team meet the author, Peter Gordon

 

Generations Apart: Yeah!

It’s really been a gas this time.  Oh man this play was totally far out.  We had such a fab time and our audiences really seemed to dig our performances.

Yes, suddenly it’s over and everything is packed away until our next production in three months time. We promised a good play and we delivered. Our audiences were treated to memories, great characters, laughter and tears, romance, high emotion and surprises.  A lovely play by the ever popular Peter Gordon, one that is just not performed enough.

And so we were very pleased to find Peter in our audience on our final night and to welcome him on stage after the performance for post-play drinks.  It was a great opportunity to discuss a play with its author and to appreciate the inspiration behind its creation.

So here are a couple of photos from our post play fun on stage. Watch out for more posts in the next week with photographs taken at the dress rehearsal.

You can visit the Peter Gordon Plays Facebook page here.

The cast with Peter Gordon seated centre: L-R Wyn Price, Tom Fryer, Jayne Hewson, Steve Howland, Janet Drewery, Rachel Miller.

Peter Gordon, the author of Generations Apart, on set with the cast & backstage crew.

Back row: Richard Bateman (Producer), Dianne Turner ( Costumes), Barbara Failey & Gill Collins (Props), Nic Johnson (Stage Manager)

Seated: Tom Fryer (Al), Wyn Price (Albert), Peter Gordon (Author), Janet Drewery (Olive)

Front Row: Reuben Sisson (Sound & Lights), Jayne Hewson (Anne), Steve Howland (Paul), Rachel Miller (Julie)

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