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XMAS FLASHBACK!

A KICK IN THE BAUBLES by Gordon Steel – January 2017

Restricted, as the Petuaria players are, to meetings on Zoom, we have been introducing a Christmas theme to our events and quizzes and play readings this month; for what should have been our annual Christmas meal we made the effort to dress up formally and our latest video interaction involved the obligatory ‘Christmas Jumper Night’ (not my idea obviously.)

As we think about the normal Xmas festivities that will be missing this year we were also thinking about our temporary shutdown and missing plays. And just how much that contrasts with the amazing Xmas of 2016 and our blockbuster production of ‘A Kick in the Baubles’, performed in the following January.

A Kick In The Baubles by Gordon Steel

January 2017

When we are all feeling at the very least subdued by this awful year it is worth us looking back on one of the most successful plays we have done at Petuaria Players.

This was the play that had originally been produced at Hull Truck by Gavin Tudor-Price and who, as a friend of the group, had directed and motivated us to this memorable production.

This was a show that wasn’t just a sell-out, we had a long waiting list for tickets. Had we known how successful it would be we could easily have filled an extra night. It wasn’t just a hit with the audience – with all the action, the comedy and the music, it was a joy to perform and gave everyone an immense feel-good factor, a real lift of the spirits that left us all buzzing.

Editing the naughty sounds….

Many sound effects we create ourselves. To create the sound of a noisy rhythmically creaking bed upstairs, and then add loud shouts as a couple approached the climax of their activities was one of my funniest tasks. The recordings, which can only be described as Adult material with an 18+ rating, were carried out in the Forum rehearsal hut.

Our evening recording session was unfortunate in that it coincided with the Cub Scouts leaving the hut next door with their parents. We stopped, of course, but not before many were left wondering just what goes on in the Forum. We received no complaints but we were expecting a flood of applications to join the society.

So let’s remind ourselves of all that fun. SEE OUR PHOTOS BELOW – (YOU CAN ALSO CLICK ON AN IMAGE TO ENLARGE IT AND THEN SCROLL RIGHT OR LEFT THROUGH THE GALLERY)

Everyone looks back at this play with such fond memories, of aching laughter and a raise of the spirits. Just what we all need right now. Who knows, maybe this is a Xmas season play that would stand a repeat before too long.

The cast: from left. Rob Newton, Dianne Turner, Wendy Fairburn, Adam Craven, Steve Howland, Jayne Hewson, Rachel Miller, Tom Fryer.
Backstage & Production. Back row from left: Gareth Tudor Price, Sue Hart, Nic Johnson, Richard Bateman. Seated from left: Gill Collins, Janet Drewery, Barbara Failey, Reuben Sissons.

Any fond memories of this play? Why not write in the comments below.

Seasonal Greetings to all our friends, readers, audience, patrons and members