13 Tinsel by Deborah Amor

1-5 December, 2010, Felpham Village Hall

NODA ACCOLADE OF EXCELLENCE AWARD 2010

SYNOPSIS

TINSEL is a comedy written especially for Christmas by Deborah Amor. It is set in the struggling Pebbledon Theatre, where the Pebbledon Reps are rehearsing their Christmas show and trying to make the best of cheap costumes and tatty scenery.

The owner of the theatre has died, leaving his long-lost daughter as the sole beneficiary. However, she cannot be traced and his great-great-niece, Stacey Starchy, stands to inherit everything. Her ideas of what should happen to the theatre, though, are not as Henry Pebbledon would have wished, and threaten the very fabric of the theatre itself.

Can the theatre be saved? Can his daughter be found in time? Is she still alive? Will Christmas in Pebbledon have to be cancelled and, if so, what will happen to the children’s home? Is Vic Wad really that rich and will Stacey Starchy ever give Bertie Blogger any peace?

CAST

ALBERT BLOGGERROGER BOOTH
MRS ALLNUTTJULIA WEBB
ANDYSTEVE HUTCHINGS
HENRY PEBBLEDON/ THE GHOSTCLIVE CURTIS
JENNYDEBORAH ADDICOTT
LEONARD PHIPPSDAVID ROSSER
LESLEY PHIPPSJANE BLACKFORD
MAGGIE HENSHAWSANDY KNIGHT
MATT TAYLORCHRIS ARMSTEAD
NEVILLEKEITH HELLYER
PATTIEDEBORAH AMOR
MISS STACEY STARCHYLIZ McNALLY
TINY PURSESTRINGSUE BARTLETT
TOMBERNARD TAYLOR
TREVORPETER GREEN
VICTOR WADDOUG HAMMOND
GEORGINA (George) PAMMI HAYLETT
MAXINE (Max)JUDY WATTS
ALEXANDRA (Alex)JUDY ROBERTS
SUEANNETTE REES
SALLYRENEÉ KRAMER
  
DirectorPhilip Amor
Production ManagerElaine Green
Technical ManagerAlex Marner
Stage ManagerJudy Roberts
Set ConstructionAlex Marner, Mark Rowlands
Lighting Design/OperationNatalie Rowlands / Alex Marner
SoundPhilip Amor
PromptAlan Rees
WardrobeRebecca Moore
PropertiesJudy Roberts
Front of HouseElizabeth Trett, Trevor Roman, Margaret Burbidge,
Poster ArtworkPhilip Amor
Posters, Flyers & ProgrammePeter Green
PublicityPaula Pullestan & Renee Kramer

The Regis Players
Tinsel

Reviewed by: Jose Harrison

Venue: Felpham Village Hall
Type of Production: Play
Director: Philip Amor

SHOW REPORT

“Tinsel”

This is a most unusual play written by a very talented playwright. It takes a brave soul to hand such a great script into the hands of a village production on a small stage with a cast of 20 plus.

Front of House. We arrived a few minutes late but they waited for us and made us feel very welcome as usual. The programme was simple but very informative.

Scenery and Properties. The set was very well designed being the inside of a very run down theatre. It supplied enough entrances and exits allowing enough free movement for such a large cast. There were few props but appropriately and well used.

Costumes. These were simple for most of the play but provided some great touches causing much amusement in some of the scenes.

Sound and Lighting. Every word could be heard clearly and the sound effects were on time and appropriate. The lighting was a great improvement since the installation of a new lighting system.

The Production. This was a superb production written and directed by a husband and wife team. It is almost impossible to pick out the star performers as over 20 cast members, without exception, performed brilliantly, each portraying their character to perfection. I must just mention Bernard, Liz, Clive and Sandy for their quite extraordinary level of performance but perhaps most of all Philip Amor for his outstanding direction. I hate to admit it but on two occasions I was nearly moved to tears. This is a delightful Christmas play with a difference. Having such a large cast it takes a very special team of hard working, dedicated people to make it work and it certainly did.

Yours sincerely,
Jose

 

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