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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


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

 

Last minute prezzies?

Are you looking for stocking fillers? How about tickets to see RolePlay in January? A bargain at just £7 each it could be the very gift that brings the biggest smile to the faces of your loved ones or friends….. Well, perhaps a slight exaggeration, but it is a good time to be getting tickets and guaranteeing the best seats and choice of performance night. And if you do, then why not wrap them up for Xmas morning as that little extra treat.

Go to our booking page and request tickets either online or by phone. Just click here to go to the booking page, or here to find out more about this play.

And here is the first reveal of our new poster, hopefully, going up this week.

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