1-5 December, 2010, Felpham Village Hall
NODA ACCOLADE OF EXCELLENCE AWARD 2010
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?
|ALBERT BLOGGER||ROGER BOOTH|
|MRS ALLNUTT||JULIA WEBB|
|HENRY PEBBLEDON/ THE GHOST||CLIVE CURTIS|
|LEONARD PHIPPS||DAVID ROSSER|
|LESLEY PHIPPS||JANE BLACKFORD|
|MAGGIE HENSHAW||SANDY KNIGHT|
|MATT TAYLOR||CHRIS ARMSTEAD|
|MISS STACEY STARCHY||LIZ McNALLY|
|TINY PURSESTRING||SUE BARTLETT|
|VICTOR WAD||DOUG HAMMOND|
|GEORGINA (George)||PAMMI HAYLETT|
|MAXINE (Max)||JUDY WATTS|
|ALEXANDRA (Alex)||JUDY ROBERTS|
|Production Manager||Elaine Green|
|Technical Manager||Alex Marner|
|Stage Manager||Judy Roberts|
|Set Construction||Alex Marner, Mark Rowlands|
|Lighting Design/Operation||Natalie Rowlands / Alex Marner|
|Front of House||Elizabeth Trett, Trevor Roman, Margaret Burbidge,|
|Poster Artwork||Philip Amor|
|Posters, Flyers & Programme||Peter Green|
|Publicity||Paula Pullestan & Renee Kramer|
The Regis Players
Reviewed by: Jose Harrison
Venue: Felpham Village Hall
Type of Production: Play
Director: Philip Amor
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.
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