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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.

 

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Breaking News

Breaking news – and exciting news too. The 2019 Tour de Yorkshire Cycle Race will be powering and pedalling its way through our home town of Brough – not only that but the route takes the riders right past our rehearsal room The Forum and our village hall theatre.

We’ll be there to watch and support.  May 2nd 2019

Maybe the Petuaria Players cycling group will be there – can you spot them amongst the professionals in the photos above? Not easy eh?

Double Top

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JANUARY 24th, 25th, 26th  2019

Note – this play contains adult humour and swearing

First performed by Hull Truck in 2002 we are bringing this wonderful play back to the stage for some laughter, pub life and maybe a few tears.

Set in Hull, a women’s darts team, set up as part of a self-awareness study, enter a knock-out competition.  Can they put aside their differences, overcome their relationship problems and throw the ever elusive double top?

Directed by Janet Drewery

Cast

Rachel Miller as Marie
Wendy Fairburn as Chris
Nic Johnson as Jackie
Gill Collins as Kath
Jayne Hewson as Kirstie

with Rob Newton, Steve Howland, Dan Dyke and Tom Fryer as the men.

You can read more about this play here

New Photos Added

Here’s a quick post to tell you that our Photo Gallery pages have been updated – so we can now share with you some of the pictures from our October production.

Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple (female version) is already history now that we are busy with rehearsals for our next show, but here is a permanent reminder.

Click on the link to see our gallery page, where you can open the photos and scroll them.

Odd Couple Gallery Page