The schedule was impressive.SEVEN plays + impros in 2 hours. (Actually it ran to three, but that was a bonus not a curse.) Copying from the programme I report that these were the plays:
If you want to know more about the actors/writers then go to the showcase on the website.
Now to the plays themselves...
The Sherbet Lemon is a thriller - chillingly accurate and a very neat twist at the end. All credit to the actors (and I think this is a phrase I will be repeating...)
Going for Gold, a marvellous monologue, perceptively written and flawlessly acted.
'Uncle George' brought tears to my eyes - well, almost, I mustn't over do things here! - as 'Uncle George' related how he was dying and wanted to give his nephew and nieces money.Well cast in having Richard Ward as the Uncle.
My name is Caroline Korby was another slightly spooky story - what is it with murder and mayhem - with a nasty ending.
Confessions of an Addict is exactly what it says, an addict confesses to the audience about his addiction. This was so well received that the confession was repeated the second night and will be repeated again next week at Port Mahon
Wolf was written and read by this person - clearly an enthusiastic writer and performer!
Finally...'Would that it were'. Absolutely flipping brilliant. I am not sure the actors were acting - they were playing people of their age doing (I suspect) what they would do in such a situation. A lot of ad-libbing and at times they seemed out of control. This too is being repeated next week - I urge my millions of followers (am i overstating?) to see it next week!
Well, last night I went to see the three plays:
- The Reading Group (Fay Weldon)
- Sour Graps and Ashes (Nick Warburton)
- The Last Bread Pudding (Nick Warburton)
All three plays were excellent. The acting by Gill Somerscales, Mary Drennan and Claire Winterbottom was excellent. Jon Price was a little shaky, as was David Smith but St Peters Players is an amateur production company and to learn, rehearse and polish three 50 minute plays when you only started in January is to be commended.
I have written a detailed review for Daily Information (www.dailyinfo.co.uk) and anyway a review of one of the plays (performed by different actors) is here.
The plays, apparently, are comedies. Well, there is some laughter (especially for the third play) but in the main serious points are made. The programme notes say:
'These three one-act plays all see buried truths - sometimes troubling, sometimes inspiring, sometimes simply bizarre - finding their way to the surface...'
For £5 (if you get a concession) you receive almost three hours of entertainment.
Incredible value for money.
Here are some of the actors - in other roles...
May 1st at the Cockpit Theatre 8pm.
Tickets are £6.
So, what is special about THIS Scratch Night?
- NINE NEW PLAYS
- NEW WRITERS
- NEW TALENT
Tickets can be booked here....
Made From Scratch theatre's Facebook page is here
It seems an excellent organisation:
St. Peter's Players is a small, friendly group committed to producing theatre which is enjoyable and interesting for both our members and our audiences.
All are welcome to participate either backstage or "in front" without audition. We have no fixed roles within the group and as such all members have the opportunity to act, work back stage or direct, for example, if they so choose.
All are welcome. While not directly connected to the church, we maintain close links with both the parish and community of Wolvercote. Even so, we are not exclusive to Wolvercote with current membership extending from High Wycombe to deepest West Oxfordshire.
St. Peter's Players sprang first into life in the 1930s and were formally constituted in 1955 with the then Vicar of Wolvercote, Michael Ottaway, as Chairman, a post he held until 1981. Since the first production "Mr Pim Passes By", many feet have trod the boards in dramas, comedies and musicals. We now produce three shows a year in Wolvercote, including a musical show at Christmas when we try to involve the local children. We also participate in local drama festivals where productions and individual performances are often commended.Source...
Go and see their play! In fact THREE plays about secrets and lives.
Check out previous productions....
Bayview (Fine Arts)
Eastern s Ltd
Prince of Wales
Given the mission statement suggested in the previous post, though, 'Fusion Theatre' seems like a good name.
Unfortunately, I am not the first person to think that...neither am I the second....(nice website btw). If the words are reversed we even have this one...
So what about Disparate Theatre - no-one else seems to have it...