38 The Fat Lady Sings By David Tristram

Directed by Sandy Knight

21-23rd February, 2017, Felpham Village Hall

SYNOPSIS

Gordon, Margaret, Joyce and Bernard are back to tackle yet another threat to their survival – this time in the shape of a rival am-dram, newly-formed in their village, determined to upstage them with an award-winning musical. The querulous quartet pull together to devise an ingenious military-style plan that doesn’t, well, go quite to plan. When their subterfuge is discovered by the rival society’s psychopathic front-of-house manager, he’s none too pleased. Add in a few emotional complications for Gordon, and things look a little grim for Little Grimley. Could this finally be the end of their society? Don’t be so sure. It’s never over … until the fat lady sings.

Another hilarious sequel to the ‘Last Tango in Little Grimley by David Tristram we delighted our audiences with last year.

CAST

GordonTrevor Roman
BernardJohn Covey
JoyceDi Hiblen
MargaretChrissie Lester

PRODUCTION

DirectorSandy Knight
Production ManagerElaine Green
Technical ManagerAlex Marner
Stage ManagerPaul Ramsay
Lighting Rigging and OperatorAlex Marner
SoundHarry Triggs, Peter Green
Trombone modsClive Curtis, Peter Green
Posters, Banners, Flyers and ProgrammePeter Green
Front of HouseElaine Green, Elizabeth Trett, Julie Starmer, Renee Kramer, Pearl Anderson, Sarah Green, Megan Green

The Regis Players
The Fat Lady Sings in Little Grimley by David Tristram
Felpham Village Hall
21-23 April 2017
Director: Sandy Knight
Production Manager: Elaine Green

SHOW REPORT

A warm welcome from FOH staff and from Peter & Elaine Green, when we attended on behalf of Jose Harrison, Regional Representative.

The stage was simply set with a long table and four chairs, with a side table for the pot of coffee. The plot depicts four dysfunctional committee members of Little Grimley Amateur Dramatic Society which has no money, no audience and little talent and suddenly finding a rival society has been set up with a production that is selling well; the committee are determined to sabotage the rival society’s production and work out how this can be achieved, but did not quite have the results they expected.

Trevor Roman (Gordon), Di Hiblen (Joyce), Chrissie Lester (Margaret) and John Covey (Bernard) were suitably matched and maintained their characters faithfully. Various injuries were incurred in a fracas with the rival society’s front of house manager (which is not seen but heard from behind the closed curtains); in the final scene, the plaster casts looked very realistic and the singing of “There’s no business like show business” rounded off this comedy, which for anyone who has been involved with am dram or even on a committee could probably associate themselves with some aspects.

Congratulations to Sandy Knight and to the cast whose facial expressions and clear diction ensured the enthusiastic and supportive audience had an enjoyable evening of entertainment made complete by a delicious fish and chip supper.

JOHN W BARNES

Interim Chairman of NODA
NODA SE Membership Secretary

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