Reading of ‘Murder in Play’ by Simon Brett

After a reading of this play on Friday 31st May and ‘Party to Murder’ on Monday 3rd June it was decided to have a further reading of ‘Murder in Play’ on Friday 7th June as some missed the first reading and it has proved to be the more popular. The reading will be at The Tesco Community room at Tesco Extra in Trowbridge.

Boris Smolensky’s budget repertory production of “Murder at Priorswell Manor” is looking decidedly shaky. The cast are more interested in their egos than the play and life imitates art when Boris’s wife, Renee, is murdered on stage. Simon Brett’s hilarious text ruthlessly satirises the politics of the inept company and the numerous red herrings keep the audience guessing until the final moments of the play.

The Ladykillers takes to the stage from Wednesday May 8th to Saturday May 11th.

Tickets are now on sale here :-

Sequence of Events cast

Well done to the cast and crew of ‘Sequence of Events’ who performed in the Codford One-Act Festival on Friday 15th March. Special congratulations go to Andrew Morrison who won the best over-all actor with his role as the hangman. Tony Giddings did a superb job of putting it all together.

The Ladykillers cast list

The Ladykillers has now been cast. Tony will be directing with the cast as such :-

Constable MacDonald – David Bailey
Mrs Wilberforce
Angela Giddings
Professor Marcus
Alan Rutland
Major Courtney
Tim Knott
Louis Harvey
David Easton
One-Round
Mike Holden
Harry Robinson
Andrew Morrison
Mrs. Tromleyton – Sandie Brookes

 

Spring Production – The Ladykillers

Tony Giddings will direct our Spring Production – The Ladykillers. A gang of desperate criminals arrive at a the house of a little old lady under the guise of classical musicians and proceed to pull off a daring robbery. But when their landlady finds out the truth about their criminal act there is only one thing they can do ! But silencing a little old lady proves harder than they think !

Production Dates will be Wednesday 8th to Saturday 11th May

Constable MacDonald – genial copper, who deals with Mrs Wilberforce’s fanciful concerns.
Mrs Wilberforce – a model of genteel propriety.
Professor Marcus – self-professed criminal mastermind, desperately keeping disaster at bay, beguiling the old lady and finding ever more outrageous solutions to the complications she innocently presents.
Major Courtney – a con man who is all politeness, but has a secret penchant for ladies clothes.
Louis Harvey – is a brooding, exotic Romanian with a liking for blades of the knife variety.
One-Round – is a heavy ex-boxer, not given to quick thinking.
Harry Robinson – is riddled with nerves, and is given to obsessive polishing of the furniture.

Auditions will be on Friday 1st February and Monday 4th
February at Tesco Community Room

One Act Festival at Codford

We have entered the bi-annual one-act play Festival which will take place at The Woolstore Theatre at Codford on Friday 15th March.

Tony Giddings is directing an chilling Edwardian drama called ‘Sequence of Events’ with the following cast :-

  • Hangman – Andrew Morrison
  • Lily-Ann Turbett – Anna McGrail
  • Claude Vole – Cameron Runyeard-Hunt
  • Herbert Vole – Alan Rutland
  • Margaret Vole – Ange Davis

Panto a great success !

Well what a great two weeks that was ! We had a total of 1179 people came to see Robin Hood – that’s an average audience of 118 per performance !

We also had a good review from Noda – well done to everyone involved

Robin Hood is here !

After nearly 4 months Robin Hood takes to the stage this Thursday !

We’ve moved in, built the set, lit the lights and costumed up. Time for an audience !

Break a leg everyone !

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?