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Say It With Flowers – this january!

****Happy New Year****

In this, our first post of the decade, we wish you all a Happy New Year and we hope you have made a resolution to come and see our 2020 performances. Talking of which, our first play of the year is due at the end of this month – so soon!

As I write this I see the countdown widget is showing just 24 days to first night.

So if you have been distracted by all those seasonal festivities and have not reserved your seats for our next play then it is time to do so. And what is the next play? It’s Say It With Flowers by Jane Thornton.

SAY IT WITH FLOWERS by Jane Thornton

This is a lovely comedy from Jane Thornton that was first performed at Hull Truck in 2009 with John Godber directing and now we are pleased to bring some of that horticultural humour to Brough.

Fresh off the back of their latest amateur dramatics production, the Parish Players learn that circumstances beyond their control are forcing them to abandon the Parish Hall.  Without anywhere to stage their plays, they decide to pull on their gardening gloves and enter the regional ‘Village in Bloom’ competition in order to express their artistic flair.  But not everyone is keen on the idea, and the seeds are quickly sown for an hilarious yet touching exploration of a village’s competitive streak, when opposing forces collide and relationships suddenly sit on opposite sides of the fence in a world where not everything is coming up roses.

Produced & Directed by Janet Drewery

CAST
Dianne Turner as Mavis
Rob Newton as Stan
Barbara Failey as Vera
Wyn Price as Richard
Wendy Fairburn as Rio
Sue Hart as Vicky

Book now – click here


New Photo Gallery

Apologies, it’s been a long time coming but finally we have updated the photo gallery section of our webpage (see Photo Gallery in the menu to reveal a drop-down of many previous productions).

We are now well on the way with rehearsals for Say it With Flowers (performances 30, 31 January, 1 February) and we will be posting more updates after the Xmas break.

Passing Strangers photo gallery

Meanwhile take a look at some of the photos from our last play, Passing Strangers, as always, courtesy of our friendly expert photographer Dave Hackett).


It's XMAS… treat yourself

If you’re looking for that elusive last present for someone.. why not get tickets for our next production at the end of January.

Say it With Flowers, Jane Thornton’s funny and warming play will bring a little sunshine into the dark days of January – book your tickets now for friends and family – or why not treat yourself.

Performing January 30th, 31st and 1st February. Tickets just £8 – find out how to book by clicking here.

our latest poster

about SAY IT WITH FLOWERS  

a comedy by Jane Thornton

Fresh off the back of their latest amateur dramatics production, the Parish Players learn that circumstances beyond their control are forcing them to abandon the Parish Hall.  Without anywhere to stage their plays, they decide to pull on their gardening gloves and enter the regional ‘Village in Bloom’ competition in order to express their artistic flair.  But not everyone is keen on the idea, and the seeds are quickly sown for an hilarious yet touching exploration of a village’s competitive streak, when opposing forces collide and relationships suddenly sit on opposite sides of the fence in a world where not everything is coming up roses.


review: passing strangers

A while ago we joined NODA, the National Operatic & Dramatic Association, and our first play of the season was the first to be attended by their northern representative Geoff Haywood.

He attended on the last night and his post play discussion with the cast and producer was both entertaining and rewarding – his first visit to our group had impressed him and he told us he was “overwhelmed by the very high standard of your production and the professional approach to staging”. Praise indeed.

Below you can read his review posted on the NODA website.


REVIEW: PASSING STRANGERS

OCTOBER 2019

A deserted bar at the Royal Hotel gives the setting, whilst off to the right is the ballroom, a hive of activity as it is “Singles Night”.

Clive, played by Gary Vann, comes into the bar in a very distressed condition. He has just been left by his wife and cannot cope with the situation, tears flow and he immediately has the sympathy of the audience. So why is he here? His friend Malcolm (Steve Howland) is trying to get him to forget but. at the same time he is pursuing yet another one night stand !

Malcolm, a market trader who attempts to pass himself off as someone in the import world, is obviously a man about town, full of his own importance, always looking for his prime objective and behaving like a predatory animal. He claims to know everyone, has met everyone at some time, but it is mostly make believe as it follows that he has an inferiority complex in spite of his continual bravado. An excellent performance from Steve, showing good understanding of the character, clever use of the stage and keeping the action moving along.

Into the scenario come two ladies, Liz (Gill Collins) and Julie (Nic Johnson), both recent divorcees, the first angry and cynical, the other almost game for anything and eager to make a conquest. Malcolm sets his eyes on Liz and tries to persuade Clive to take on Julie. The ensuing chaos, comic situations and diverse moments give us a well rehearsed play with completely believable characters.

Gill and Nic give two outstanding performances as the divorcees, being for the main in contrast to the other yet both helping each other and disagreeing. Their roles were played at such a high level that they absolutely superb.

The fourth character in this comedy, Clive was equally at home showing his depression at losing his wife but also displaying an about turn when he thinks he has become attached to Julie. Here was the showing of a confused mind with some glimpses of rationale.

Complications arise throughout the play, leading the audience wondering about the next situation and the whole thing concludes with a double twist.

The four players had much script to learn and they put it together so well that I can but admire them for the level which they achieved.

Jayne Hewson along with Tom Fryer are to be congratulated with their meticulous direction, not an easy job with this play!

The set was simple and effective, the open door to stage right leading to the ball room was used very effectively with the continual changing of light from the disco.

Excellent play, excellent cast. Well done everybody.

Geoff Haywood – NODA (NATIONAL OPERATIC & DRAMATIC ASSOCIATION)

https://www.noda.org.uk/show-reports/passing-strangers-1573039478

Link to original report on the NODA website