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Dear Friends

How fortunate we were in December 2015 to be able to perform the beautifully written play Quartet by Ronald Harwood. I’m sure most of us in some little way can identify with these ‘aged’ thespians who are still passionate about their art!

We have tremendous support from our NODA District Representative Jose Harrison who came to the opening performance and her wonderful show report is shown below. Further photos and information on our Quartet production page.

We are thankful to you, our audience, for all your support and encouragement each time we perform. However, time marches on and, to enable us to grow and survive, we need an influx of new members, in particular, young ones. All ages are very welcome to come along in whatever capacity - directing, performing, backstage crew or just social members, -so please spread the word.

At Easter time (1st -3rd  April, 2016) we will be presenting our ever popular supper and cream tea theatre accompanied by the comedy 1 Act Play LAST TANGO in Little Grimley by David Tristram and to be directed by Sandy Knight.

On 15-17th July 2016, we will be offering you the ever popular The Odd Couple by Neil Simon and the director will be Gill Lambourn - further details here.

Again many thanks for supporting us.

Elaine Green

Chairman

 

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Quartet

 

Reviewed by:  Jose Harrison on Friday 5th December, 2015

Venue:  Felpham Village Hall

Type of Production: Play

Director: Julia Webb

 

SHOW REPORT


This gem of a play was written by Ronald Harwood whose other works include “The Dresser”.  His script is brilliant, portraying three elderly ‘Thespians’ residing in a home for retired actors and opera singers. When a fourth member moves into the establishment they immediately come up with the idea to perform the wonderful piece from Verdi’s ‘Rigoletto’ at the home’s annual birthday concert on the 10th October. All four characters are very different despite all being ‘Opera Buffs’ who were famous in their younger days and are all finding the ageing process difficult to accept.  Each maintained their very different personalities throughout.

Bernard Taylor as Wilfred Bond was a rather lecherous old man who still liked to ogle the girls, pinch their bottoms and be generally over enthusiastic regarding the sexual interest of life but cleverly gave the impression that it is all a bit of a front being a widower having been happily married for many years. He now wobbles around dependant on a stick eyeing up every female in the building.

Peter Green as Reginald Paget portrayed his character to perfection as a man whose whole life has been about books, music and opera having made a disastrous mess of both love and marriage. He came over as a man on a mission to perform the famous ‘Quartet’ and the one least able to cope with old age and being cooped up in a Residential Home.

Gill Lambourn played Cecily Robson who was definitely ‘away with the fairies’ most of the time. Her performance was a joy to watch. She obviously has a very wide range of talent and must have spent much time studying the vagaries of the elderly whose memory is bad but memories are wonderful.

To complete the cast was Jennie Dean as Jean Horton a very unwilling new resident. Did she move there to be near her first husband? A marriage she obviously regretted but a divorce she seemed to regret even more. She portrayed many emotions all totally convincingly.

The opening Act in front of the curtains was a delight.  It was a garden terrace cleverly set up with many plants and just enough furniture leaving space around to allow for ease of movement. Act two consisting of three scenes is set in the music room covering a four month period. All the scenes were good but the final one was outstanding.  My congratulations to all the cast and to Julia Webb for her brilliant direction.

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