Play Readings

The Town Hall has been booked for play readings from 7pm to 9pm for the next few Thursdays :-

Thursday 6th December to read ‘Lysistrata‘ .

This is an ancient Greek comedy by Aristophanes, originally performed in classical Athens in 411 BC. It is a comic account of a woman’s extraordinary mission to end the Peloponnesian War between Greek city states by denying all the men of the land any sex, which was the only thing they truly and deeply desired. Lysistrata persuades the women of the warring cities to withhold sexual privileges from their husbands and lovers as a means of forcing the men to negotiate peace—a strategy, however, that inflames the battle between the sexes.

Thursday 13th December to read ‘Maria Marten, or The Murder in the Red Barn’ by Constance Cox.

This is the very first play that Trowbridge Players ever performed, in 1969 and so, 50 years on, we thought it might be nice to possibly perform it again.

Maria is a country girl who dreams of escaping her village life, so when a rich and handsome gentleman arrives with promises to marry her and take her away she feels that all her dreams have come true. But all is not as it seems…

Thursday 20th December to read ‘The Ladykillers‘ by Graham Linehan.

The Ladykillers is a 2011 stage adaptation written by Graham Linehan based on the 1955 Ealing comedy film of the same name.

The Ladykillers is a classic black comedy; a sweet little old lady, alone in her house, is pitted against a gang of criminal misfits who will stop at nothing.
Posing as amateur musicians, Professor Marcus and his gang rent rooms in the lopsided house of sweet but strict Mrs Wilberforce. The villains plot to involve her, unwittingly, in Marcus’ brilliantly conceived heist job. The police are left stumped but Mrs Wilberforce becomes wise to their ruse and Marcus concludes that there is only one way to keep the old lady quiet. With only her parrot, General Gordon, to help her, Mrs Wilberforce is alone with five desperate men. But who will be forced to face the music?

Dead Funny reading

A reading of Dead Funny was held at Trowbridge Town Hall on Thursday 1st November. This is a possible for our Spring Production.

Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood

Rehearsals have now started for our Pantomime with the following cast :-

Robin Hood – Dandy Brigham
Maid Marion – Chloe Johnson
Nanny Dora – Pete Grant
Stewy – Ryan Davis
Sheriff of Nottingham – Dave Easton
Picket – Elizabeth Donohoe
Pocket – Katherine Sherborne
Little John – Mike Holden
Will Scarlet – Anna McGrail
Friar Tuck – Pete Tapp
King Richard – Tim Knott
Woodland Fairy – Olivia Clarke
Ensemble :-
Abbie Turner, Olivia Clarke, Alice Gosney, Sarah-Jayne Ritson Thomas, Cody Garrett, Chloe Law, Marie Law, Hannah Ranger, Tim Knott

Hi-de-Hi! Cast

Thanks to everybody for turning up for the auditions.

We have cast “Hi-de-Hi” as follows:

Jeffrey                Tim Knott
Gladys                 Becky Holden
Pritchard            Mike Holden
Hilary Bovis       Stella Greaves
Barry                    Alan Rutland
Yvonne                Liz Holliss
Bailiff                   Pete Grant
Ted Bovis           Paul Granger
Spike                   Cameron Runyeard-Hunt
Peggy                 Katy Tiley
Sylvia                  Chloe Johnson
Mr Partridge   Tony Giddings
Fred Quilley     Peter Tapp

We’d also like somebody to take charge of hair and makeup. Do you know anybody who could do that for us?

Many thanks also to
Des and Dawn Witham for volunteering to do props
Sue for coordinating Front of House
David Bailey, Nicky, Barry, etc. for doing stage and set things
And I’m sure there are other things we’d love help with, so please do encourage others to come forward…

Hi-de-Hi! Auditions

We have decided that we will make “Hi-de-Hi!” our Autumn production, if we can cast it. The directors will be Jo Ziegert and Chris Pollock.

We will be holding auditions on Friday 22nd June and Monday 25th June, from 7.30pm at the Trowbridge Tesco Community space.

Production News

Our Autumn production will be ‘Hi-De-Hi!’, A stage adaptation of the hugely popular British TV series, which revisits the 1950’s and Maplins Holiday Camp with its host of colourful characters.

It’s the start of a new season and founder Joe Maplin announces that he is setting up a camp in the Bahamas and needs female yellowcoats (entertainers) to go and work there. The annual “Miss Yellowcoat” competition will decide who. Imagine the rivalry! Camp cleaner Peggy, meanwhile, is thrilled at the prospect of a vacancy for a new yellowcoat and convinces Entertainments Manager Jeffrey that she is the ideal candidate for the job. Ted is forced to employ numerous money-making schemes when his ex wife turns up at the camp with a bailiff in tow and Yvonne and Barry Stuart-Hargreaves send the rumour mill into its usual overdrive when Gladys is overheard escorting Jeffrey into his chalet late one evening. Hi-de-hi, campers!

Watch out for audition dates soon.

 

Characters

Ages are character ages

JEFFREY FAIRBROTHER – Entertainment Manager – 48 – Professor of Archaeology at Cambridge but joined Maplins holiday camp as Entertainment Manager, hoping it would give him an insight into the lives of everyday people.

TED BOVIS – Camp Host – 49 – Ted is very popular with the campers even though he is always running scams to cheat the campers out of money.

GLADYS PUGH – Chief Yellowcoat/Sports Organiser/Radio Maplin Announcer – 26 – Welsh – she is passionately in love with Jeffrey, although he does not reciprocate this.

SPIKE DIXON – Camp Comic – 20s – Spike is best friends with, and shares a chalet with Ted.

PEGGY OLLERENSHAW – Chalet Maid/Yellowcoat – 38 – From Lancashire, Peggy is the maid who looks after the staff chalet lines under the supervision of the fearsome Miss Cathcart. She always aspires to be a Yellowcoat, and tries her hardest to get involved with the entertainment in any way she can.

FRED QUILLY – Riding Instructor – 40s – A qualified jockey whose licence was revoked under dubious circumstances he shares a chalet with Mr. Partridge.

YVONNE STUART-HARGREAVES – Dancing Instructress – 45 – Yvonne is very supercilious and believes she is socially above all other members of the entertainment staff, with the exception of Jeffrey Fairbrother.

BARRY STUART-HARGREAVES – Dancing Instructor – 40s – Barry was born Bert Pratt in Nottingham, the son of a bus inspector. He took Yvonne’s last name, and changed his first name to Barry, for the sake of their careers.

WILLIAM PARTRIDGE – Children’s Entertainer – 74 – After leaving school he began a successful music hall career under the stage name of “Whimsical Willie, the Juggling Joker”. Fought in WW1 and was in ENSA during WW2. Now a children’s entertainer but he dislikes children. Drinks a lot and is always grumpy.

SYLVIA GARNSEY – Yellowcoat – 28 – Known for her long legs and attractive appearance, she regularly clashes with Gladys over Jeffrey Fairbrother.

BETTY WHISTLER – Yellowcoat – 21 – She previously attended drama school and is a qualified swimming instructor. She also has a dislike for Gladys, who she sees as bossy.

HILARY BOVIS – Ted’s Ex-Wife – 40s – She is chasing him for money
BAILIFF – Male – any age
MR. PRITCHARD – 30s/40s – Policeman on holiday who has feelings for Gladys

There are 3 other Yellowcoats who appear but have few, if any, lines.

GARY BOLTON – Yellowcoat – 20s
DAWN FRESHWATER – Yellowcoat – 20s
TRACY BENTWOOD – Yellowcoat – 24 – Attractive brunette

 

We have another reading of ‘Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood’ which will be our Panto for January 2019. This will be at the Tesco Community room on Friday 15th June at 7.30pm. Auditions will be in July. Dates to be announced soon.

Characters

Sheriff Of Nottingham – The Baddie
Maid Marian – Principal Girl
Stewy – Buttons Character
Nanny Dora – Dame
Monty – Nanny’s Dog (Youth/child in dog suit)
Rosie – Babe
Pete – Babe
Picket – Comedy Henchman
Pocket – Comedy Henchman
Robin Hood – Principal Boy
Will Scarlet – Merry Man
Little John – Merry Man
King Richard – King
Fairy Sparkle – Fairy

Chorus of villagers. Dancers of evil sprites and woodland animals