11 The Scottish Play by Graham Holliday

Directed by  Philip Amore

15-18th April, 2010, Felpham Village Hall

SYNOPSIS

Michael, a member of the Shellsfoot Players, has always harboured an ambition to direct Macbeth, so when the Society’s autumn production is cancelled he seizes his opportunity. He encounters problems, of course right from the start of auditions and it soon appears that the theatrical jinx surrounding the play extends to amateur productions, and to Michael’s own private life, too, but he is determined to get the show on at any cost. A witty, humorous play, totally true to life, which was first broadcast on BBC Radio.

CAST

Shellsfoot Thespians
 

Michael

Peter Green

Lynne, his wife

Liz NcNally

Frank

Doug Hammond

Alan

Matthew Hughes-Short

Barnaby

Christ Armstead

Geraldine

Deborah Amor

Sally

Julia Webb

Fiona

Carrie Baker

Mary

Judy Roberts

Pamela

Pammi Haylett

Daisy

Elaine Green

 
 
Cooper & Dye Estate Agents

Les Dye, Estate Agent

Barry Jarvis

Jackie, receptionist

Sandy Knight

PRODUCTION

The Regis Players
The Scottish Play

Reviewed by: Jose Harrison
Venue: Felpham Village Hall
Type of Production: Play
Director: Philip Amore

SHOW REPORT

Thank you so much for inviting us to see another version of Macbeth. You really will have to do the original now!!! Thank you for your hospitality. As always you made us feel very welcome.

“The Scottish Play” is so well written with great opportunities for making the audience laugh provided the timing was right. In this case the direction was superb and the performers all got their punch lines timed to perfection. I always feel that pauses are a vital part of a production but so often amateur performers are afraid of them. They add so much atmosphere to a story line and The Regis Players made the most of them.

I was highly impressed with the simple stage set and the slick way in which the scenes were changed. I feel I must congratulate the back stage crew on an excellent job and the lighting team and the sound team for such an exceptional effort. They were all kept very busy but all credit to your cast. Sandy, in her role as prompt, seemed redundant.

Peter as Michael was superb from start to finish. He must have lived that part from morn to night to have mastered all that dialogue. Not only that, he became Michael with all his single mindedness and dedication. It really was an exceptional performance. Deborah, Liz and Matthew also stood out in their various roles and all the other members of the cast gave good supporting performances making this a play that I will remember for a long time.

Jose Harrison.

NODA Dist. 9.
17th April, 2010

 

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