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Suddenly At Home, programme design #2 from spring 2008. There were four different A5 poster background colours, with the yellow being used for the programme.

Suddenly At Home, programme design #2 from spring 2008. There were four different A5 poster background colours, with the yellow being used for the programme.

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    Programme for Taunton Thespians' production of Suddenly At Home Programme for Taunton Thespians' production of Suddenly At Home Document Transcript

    • 11th-15thmarch2008 programme present francisdurbridge’s Programme.indd 1 03/03/2008 23:00:44
    • We stock a large selection of quality branded lingerie including bridal wear, night wear and specialist corsetry. We also have a wide variety of cup-sized swimwear which we stock all year round. We offer free fittings and provide a confidential and discreet service. Come and find us opposite Debenhams in Taunton or on South Street, right in the centre of Wellington Stunning and Elegant Corsetry Cottage, 29, North Street, Taunton and 1A, South Street, Wellington Programme.indd 2 03/03/2008 23:00:45
    • Suddenly At Home by Francis Durbridge The Brewhouse 11th - 15th March 2008 The Play Arich wife, a working man, an author, an addict... the souring of the Swinging Sixties in a twisting tale of murder, love, money and betrayal. A masterpiece from the pen of one of the greats of the genre, this play will keep you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. Suddenly At Home is an intricate, tense thriller, but not a whodunnit. You see the murder committed early in the play; you know who did it and why. Chillingly, you also observe the crafting of the alibi. Tension mounts as you ask yourself: will the murderer get away with it? Mistakes are made, the alibi is less than perfect, and awkward questions are asked. You will increasingly desire to see the crime solved and justice done. There are red herrings, false alibis and unforeseen circumstances a-plenty for you to try and unravel. The action takes place in the high octane period of the early seventies, as the hippy dream of love and peace crashed in the reality of drugs and money. The final twist will keep you guessing right to the end. Director’s thoughts This script appealed to me from the first time I read it, as it had such lovely twists and turns. It is an interesting challenge from a director’s viewpoint and my enjoyment of the text has grown as wehaveworkedonit.Itisimportant that the characters are honest to this story, and their involvement with each other well developed, if the thrills are to be maximized. This need for realism stretches everyone, including the backstage areas, and it was important that we set the play at the time of writing – the early 1970s. Researching and then sourcing the required items takes a lot of time, and I was really pleased with the way that everyone took this on board. It has been an enjoyable experience for us in bringing this play to the stage, and we hope you enjoy it. Thank you for coming to support us. Mike Linham ar, night ar round. e. ht in the Programme.indd 3 03/03/2008 23:00:46
    • in rehearsal St James Art & Interiors Orchid Giclée print by Annabelle Blunt Original oil by John Horsewell Fabric and Lamps Visit our Gallery in the centre of Taunton for Traditional and Contemporary Art, Bespoke Picture Framing, Mirrors, Lamps and Cushions, Fabrics, Curtain making and Trimmings, Cards and Giftware Open 9.30am-5pm Monday to Saturday FREE Measuring Service 6 St James Street,Taunton 01823 339202 info@millwheelgallery.co.uk Programme.indd 4 03/03/2008 23:00:50
    • ons, Last Production Publicity stills from our last Brewhouse production, Michael Cooney’s hilarious farce Cash on Delivery Tauntonthespianspresent talking heads by alan bennett at the tacchimorrisartscentre wed24th-sat27thseptember2008 Programme.indd 5 03/03/2008 23:01:12
    • About the Director Somerset born and bred, I first became involved with amateur drama in 1972 as stage manager for a production of ‘The Noble Spaniard’. Since then I have ‘worked’ in almost all aspects of the ‘art’, including backstage crew, stage management, lighting, spot light operation, producing, directing and even writing. I have directed pantomime, plays and musicals, so feel at home in any genre. I have also enjoyed working with different groups, but particularly enjoy working with Taunton Thespians, because everyone works hard to help us achieve the best standard we can. Ienjoy the challenges of amateur drama and my directing credits with Thespians include three Alan Ayckbourn scripts – Wildest Dreams, Communicating Doors and Comic Potential, Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett and Jane Eyre adapted by Willis Hall, so you might say it ranges from the sublime to the ridiculous! I also enjoy helping other people enjoy drama and am currently Chairman of the All England Theatre Festival and a member of the Strode Theatre Board of Management. I feel strongly that taking part in any form of drama – which of course includes the audience involvement – is a very worthwhile use of energy and is very rewarding. So if you’ve enjoyed watching, that’s great – but if you feel like getting more involved next time, that’s even better! Membership details are elsewhere in the programme or talk to any of the Front of House helpers. Mike Linham Programme.indd 6 03/03/2008 23:01:15
    • About the Author Educated at Bradford Grammar School in Yorkshire, he was encouraged to write by his English teacher, and continued to do so whilst studying English at Birmingham University. After graduating in 1933, he worked for a short time as a stockbroker’s clerk, before selling a radio play to the BBC at the age of 21. In 1938, he created the character of Paul Temple, a crime novelist and detective. With Steve Trent, a Fleet Street journalist who later became his wife, Temple solved numerous crimes in the glamorous world of the leisured middle classes. In 1969, BBC Television, having just started broadcasting in colour, commissioned Durbridge to write a 26 part series of Paul Temple starring Francis Matthews. It was not until 1971 that Durbridge wrote his first thriller directly for the theatre. This play, presented here for you tonight, was Suddenly at Home (the title was taken from the death notice column of The Times newspaper), starred Gerald Harper and Penelope Keith and was a huge success in London’s West End. Durbridge also wrote Murder With Love (1976), House Guest (1980) and Fatal Encounter (1996). Critics were apt to dismiss his plays while the public did not. Durbridge himself said: “My thrillers are not so much whodunnits as will-he-get-away- with-its.” NOTICE There are scenes in this play which may be disturbing to some members of the audience. If you would like to talk to someone as a result of feelings these scenes may have aroused, ring Victim Support Somerset in the strictest confidence on: 01460 55535 Programme.indd 7 03/03/2008 23:01:17
    • Thespians’ cabaret team, Déjà Revue, went down a storm at Halse in January. Déjà Revue is Taunton Thespians’ Cabaret group, and arose from an ad hoc show given in house just before Xmas 2006. A full nine month gestation ended in the first two performances of a show called Your Starter for Ten as part of the Ten Parishes Festival in 2007. These shows were inspired by the granting of a Community Radio licence to 10Radio. This led to us creating a day in life of a radio station, very loosely based on BBC Radio 4, with sketches and songs written or adapted by the cast. Déjà Revue will put on a show for you, too, with an appropriate theme. vuerevrevuerevevueerrdé rerd jjà rerrredéjà déjà d jà ee jà eeeeee jàjà present At Halse Village Hall 7.15pm Saturday 19th January 2008 Entrance £6.00 For tickets phone Jill 431822, Stephen 431773 or Andy 433761 Your Starter for Ten - Revisited Come and wash away the winter blues with an evening of songs and sketches inspired by the wonder of radio. Almost fresh from their world tour of waterrow and stawley Meet julian & sandy, sir henry, miss boobyer and the mediaeval advisor Learn new words to old songs Murder Mystery Evenings What happens? Here is an outline of events: actors from the Taunton Thespians will take on the characters of an oddly assorted group of people gathered together from some seemingly innocent purpose. As the evening progresses, you will meet all the different characters and will learn about the relationships between them. At some point, there will be a murder most foul and then the detective will recruit the whole audience to help him solve the mystery. Usually at this point, showing great sensitivity, we break for supper. After supper, thedetectivewillasktheaudience to help him question the suspects so don’t forget to watch out for clues and hints. Beware of the red herrings! If you want more information on any Thespians activities, just contact the Secretary for full details. Email: secretary@tauntonthespians.org.uk Programme.indd 8 03/03/2008 23:01:19
    • What we’re doing next Open Meeting for the next Murder Mystery, Monday 17th March, 7.30pm at The Place. All are welcome to discuss the next Murder Mystery: Murder at the Music Hall County Drama Festival, Saturday 29th – Sunday 30th March, from 7.30pm at King’s College, Taunton. Thespians present You’re In Room Eight by Les Clarke and Edward Albee’s The Zoo Story (Directors: Michael Gilbert and Polly Bray) Club Night, Wednesday 2nd April, 7.30pm at The Place. Taunton Thespians welcome back Jason Carter, who will tell us something of his experiences at Drama School in London Summer Tour Workshop, Thursday 3rd April, 7.30pm at The Place. In preparation for Tour auditions and rehearsals, Peter Norbury will run a workshop, not necessarily based on The Rivals; all are welcome. Play Reading, Wednesday 9th April, 7.30pm at The Place. Come and have fun reading scripts old and new. No experience necessary. Auditions for The Rivals, Monday and Tuesday 14th and 15th April, 7.30pm at The Place. Open to all members and prospective members Cabaret Open Meeting, Wednesday 23rd April, 7.30pm at The Place. An open discussion to plan the Autumn 2008 Déjà Revue show Club Night, Wednesday 7th May, 7.30pm at the Place. The very first performance of the new Murder Mystery: Murder At The Music Hall Play Reading, Wednesday 21st May, 7.30pm at The Place. Come and have fun reading scripts old and new. No experience necessary. Play Reading, Wednesday 4th June, 7.30pm at The Place. Come and have fun reading scripts old and new. No experience necessary. Programme.indd 9 03/03/2008 23:01:19
    • Taunton Thespians are President - John Meikle Vice Presidents - Margaret Way, Thelma Wander, Ron Roberts Honorary Member - Ted Goldsmith Terry Allison Julia Apperley Des Atkinson Patricia Attrill Annette Balaam Michael Barry David Beach Tony & Tessa Beaven Mark Bond Annie Bowles Penny Bradnum Neville & Polly Bray Charlotte Briggs Dona Bullion John & Carol Burbery Chloe Burt Jane Burt Jason Carter Ray & Nikki Court Jon Cozens Kim Crooks Arthur Duncan Cummins Barrie Dale James Davis Mark & Nicola Dawson David & Audrey Doig Jane Dyer Jane Edwards Sylvia Fellgett Terry Finn Pamela Fleming Keith Gibbons Michael Gilbert Ted Goldsmith David Goodall Maggie Goodall Kate Guest Anne Hague Bryan Hallett Christopher Hancock Jennifer Hancock Lynn Henden Sam Hill Richard Hockey Jean Hole John Howe Rose Humphreys Alison Jenkinson Linda Jenrick Martin Jevon Daniel Jones Cynthia Jones Carolynn Jureidini Margot Komarnicka Judith Laughton Jane Leakey Michael Linham Clive Linthorne Stuart Lyddon Adrian Lynch Josephine Mann Hilary Marshall Alexandra Marshall Verity Martindill John & Audrey Meikle Andrew (Dusty) Miller Louise Mitchell Beryl Morris David Northey Marcus Palmer Andrew Pearce Nicola Gina Pearlstone Martin Peters Holly Puckett Dinah Rawle Joy Reason Graham Reeks Ron Roberts Jacqueline Roberts Zoe Ryan Sarah Saunders Vivienne Sharland Sue Shaxon Robert Smith Richard Stenner Martin Stepney Freda Storey Nigel Stuart-Thorn Tessa Sutton Vera Sweeting Stuart Symonds Susanna Tookey Lucy Tozer Charlotte Trevithick Ryall Chris Tuffin Anthony Venn Abigail Vickery Emma Vickery Thelma Wander Margaret Way Matt Webber Donald Whateley Georgia Whelan Angela Widgery Terry Willis Alister Wilmott Helen Witcomb Programme.indd 10 03/03/2008 23:01:19
    • About Taunton Thespians The Taunton Thespians have reached their eightieth year, and have been providing live theatre for and by the people of Taunton and surrounding area since 1928. That February, Ian Hay’s Tilly of Bloomsbury was staged for 3 nights at the Lyceum Theatre, and was a great success. Over the intervening decades we have put on over 300 productions of all types. It'sfashionabletobepatronising about amateur theatre or “amdram”. We're not sure why. Every year we entertain thousands of people by: Staging two major• productions at the Brewhouse Participating in drama• festivals in other theatres around Somerset Putting on in-house• productions for members Spending two weeks touring• a classic comedy every summer (Details of this year’s tour, Sheridan’s The Rivals, on page 21 of this programme) We also provide Murder Mystery evenings and Cabaret shows for parties and fund-raising events around the area, and are developing our outreach activities further. To see what's happening in amateur drama in Taunton, come along to a Club Night. There's no charge, and you're very welcome. Just drop along to “The Place” at 7.30pm on the first Wednesday of any month from October to May. If you do fancy joining us, there’s plenty to do, and it doesn’t have to involve getting up on stage. Actors and actresses are always welcome, of course, but we do need people who want to design and build our sets, sort out costumes, do make up and hair ̶ all sorts of things. Membership is only £12 a year, and it’s just about the most fun you can have for a pound a month! The Thespians’ home is “The Place” in Wilfred Road, Taunton. rts Taunton Thespians is a Registered Charity, Number 800217 s n ck Ryall For more details call John Burbery on 01823 442118 or email membership@tauntonthespians.org.uk Programme.indd 11 03/03/2008 23:01:19
    • The Socialite an the Salesman “I’m so happy says the ne Mrs Howar M in henibh e ecte feu et volum dolore v sim num nos a veniscidunt ipsustrudtat.Du heniam velenim alisit, vel dolor maio, queriam con duc revid sentemus fat alit lore vo verciduisl ut sequam, vu aciliquis nod Cast in order of appearance Maggie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jane Edwards Helen. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Verity Martindill Ruth. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Louise Mitchell Sam. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mark Dawson Sheila. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Carolynn Jureidini Glenn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dave Goodall Appleton. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tony Venn Remick. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Richard Stenner The Play It is the early 1970s and we are in the living room of Glenn and Maggie’s second floor London flat. It is a fairly normal evening and Maggie is off to the theatre with her sister, Helen and an actor friend, Sheila. Ruth, the au pair, is shortly to leave for Liverpool and Glenn in due back from a business trip to Paris. Life on the surface is good but things are not all they seem ….. The action takes place as follows ACT I Scene 1. . . . . . . . . . A Tuesday evening in early January ACT I Scene 2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wednesday afternoon ACT I Scene 3. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Several hours later ACT I Scene 4. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Later the same night There will be an Interval of 20 minutes ACT II Scene 1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Thursday morning ACT II Scene 2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Thursday evening Programme.indd 12 03/03/2008 23:01:21
    • The Socialite and the Salesman - “I’m so happy” says the new Mrs Howard M in henibh el essed ecte feu facinibh et volum dolore velit laor sim num nos aufaccum veniscidunt niamet ipsustrudtat.Duitinvullan heniam velenim am dolorer alisit, vel doloreetue mex maio, queriam enderesse con duc revid inatis facte, sentemus fat. Lit num alit lore volenim velit, verciduisl utatem quatuer sequam, vulla aci tinim aciliquis nodio ea wards indill tchell wson eidini odall Venn enner Glenn normal Helen o leave o Paris. m ….. Production team Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mike Linham Asst. Director/Fight Choreography. . . . . . . . . . . . Stuart Lyddon Producer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Carolynn Jureidini Stage Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mark Bond DSM. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Keith Gibbons Sound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Matt Redstone, Richard King Lighting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dan Jones, Richard King Props. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dona Bullion, Alex Marshall Wardrobe. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rose Humphreys, Verity Martindill Prompt. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Joy Reason Set Design & Construction. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ray Court Set Construction. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mark Dawson, Di Rawles Backstage. . . . . . . . . Valerie Jureidini, Jane Burt, Lynn Henden FOH. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Nicola Dawson Programme sellers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Members of the Society Publicity & Programme design. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Michael Gilbert Publicity Team. . . Ron Roberts, Jane Edwards, Louise Mitchell Photographs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kiff Hancock Programme.indd 13 03/03/2008 23:01:22
    • Displ Scep Prom Deplo Finan Trans Set fu Loan Loan Loan Taunton Thespians are members of NODA The National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA), founded in 1899, is the main representative body for amateur theatre in the UK. It has a membership of some 2500 amateur/community theatre groups and 3000 individual enthusiasts throughout the UK, staging musicals, operas, plays, concerts and pantomimes in a wide variety of performing venues, ranging from the country's leading professional theatres to village halls. Members have access to a wide range of benefits. NODA aims To give a shared voice to the amateur theatre• sector To help amateur societies and individuals• achieve the highest standards of best practice and performance To provide leadership and advice to enable the• amateur theatre sector to tackle the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century HOME FURNITURE SERVICES TRUST We are a charity providing secondhand furniture and electrical goods to deserving people at low cost. Donations are needed. Please re-cycle your unwanted but sound items through us. We will collect free of charge Unit 3-4 Canal Road, Taunton, TA1 1PJ Phone:01823 253053 Email: furnitrust@uwclub.net Open : Mon – Fri 9.30 – 3.15 Regd. Charity 1105997 Programme.indd 14 03/03/2008 23:01:25
    • Taunton Thespians are grateful to the following: Displaying billboards. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ASDA Taunton; The Crown & Sceptre, Taunton; Mr & Mrs Tooze, Chelston; The Westgate Inn, Taunton; The Civil Service Sports Club, Taunton Promotional displays. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Shops & other premises in Taunton, Wellington and elsewhere Deploying billboards. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Burbery & Michael Gilbert Financial support. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Our advertisers Transporting the set. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Webbers Removals Set furniture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Home Furniture Services Trust Loan of the record player . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Eddie Gaines of 10Radio (105.3FM) Loan of the coffee table . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lorna Leighton Loan of the pictures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . St James Art & Interiors NOTICES Members of the audience should be aware that gunshots will occur on stage during this performance. Due to the period in which this play is set, and the need to give a realistic portrayal of the period, permission has been granted for the smoking of cigarettes on stage during the performance. No photography or video recording by any means is permitted during the performance. Please ensure mobile telephones are turned off during the performance. Programme.indd 15 03/03/2008 23:01:25
    • Heiress “moving to Bermuda” I rit, vullan hendre delit pratum il iriure venisse vullaortio odo erostrud estio dionsen iamcon volorperat eugait, sustrud erciduipisl dolobore delenibh exero doluptatue facidunt alisi tinit et illandre eui tem in ut la feu facilis esto con exeraessenis doloboreet, sum acip eum dolor ipsumsan utat. Duis acinci ea commy nibh ex eugiamc ommodio nsequat. Ro ea feuguero odolore essequat. E ntniatuefeugueraestionsed tatipissedolutlumvolorper suminiscinisautullaorecommy nonulpute feu feugait velis am in volore do odolobore do do dit la am, consenim il esequi bla consendre faccum dolore ea feum inisi tatet utat, volorero odoluptat vel elenim aut lut wisis aliscip issectet, consed tin hendre eum dolore min ea faci te dolorem dio conum velenismod minci estrud ming esto od dolor accum ver il ipismodolore eraestis nulput nonsendre dolorper se dit veliquate digna feu feuguer iuscill ummolor perciduis am ipsusci niamet, quismol umsandit praesto conulpu tationse tat, vercin ulla feugiat lore dolore minci blamet, quissed dolor se ea con hent praesto eu facidui smolorem ilisl ipit aut lore velendre dolumsandre min euisl ercilit alit ad exeriurem. D ionsed diate faccummy nullaor at. Ustion henim ipit nonseni smolessi et, quat autpat ulputatie molobore duisi. Ud tionum dit, si bla consenim quis non eum diamet veliquat am, et adit utpat, consequam quat, si. Niurnimuntium aut vitra con vast C. Edem merivivatum prei ipionsum optisse nduceri tus? Simil hicidiis auderitus hoctam Tragic Mrs Tenby finds joy at sister’s wedding. V endre venit vel illamcore volor aliquat am zzriure volore feuis eraessim adit ut utat et, velisim quam quation sequipsum iureet vero ectet lorperilis nis accum a esequamconse di sectem qu blan “Lon beaut Germ T o o vulpu odolobo zzriuree volessi blanhe Ros n dolob dolu S Jane Edwards Maggie Maggie is a wonderful rôle to play: she has the easy arrogance of the filthy rich, but is at the same time warm and endearing. She exhibits all the exuberance of the period, and lives life to the full. And she has more swear words to the page than any other character. (Those are the bits I had most difficulty with.) This is my second time on the Brewhouse stage, and this part couldn’t be more different than my last: the acerbic, tight-lipped Margaret in Murdered To Death. The only thing they have in common is that they are both attracted to really bad boys... Distraught Mrs Tenby learnt yesterday that her husband will never walk again. O refaciniamconsequismodi psustrud tat laore dolesed doloreet velenibh eniscidunt ate mod enim doluptat, quisi tat praesseeuate faccum zzrilis ea con velit lametDel iustio con ut lan hent laorem quat. Ut er sisim del euguero odignisi. ustisit, consequiscin elis ex ex Verity Martindill Helen Ah, nineteen seventy... Thank goodness Mungo Jerry has stood the test of time and droopy cheesecloth hasn’t. I can still get into my pie-crust collared wedding dress but, alas, no call for it in this production. Rehearsals have been entertaining (murders always are) and illuminating - I think I now know how the story ends. I’ve been in some plays in which I did it, and some in which didn’t. Did I do it? Is that the time? I hope you all enjoy working it out. Programme.indd 16 03/03/2008 23:01:30
    • From Hamburg to the high life - Mrs Howard’s new au pair talks exclusively to us. D ipis eugiat. Unt veraessenim velenim vel euisi tat, quat, velit ipit aut in volummy nos alis nullaorperci bla adiam, volute cons enit velismolor autpat. Ut dolorpe rcilla feu feugait lore min heniatuerit, orem digna conse doloborem in utat loreros er in veliquipit essim del utatem inim nim Sam Blaine’s latest - turning away from crime? M odolore magnis ex euisl dit ver secte min utat. Nisi bla consed te dignisi. V olor sum augueril ut augiam nisit lutationulla ationul putpatio eugiamcore vero do corer am il inim irilit il digniametum zzrit in ute vulputpatet iriliqu ametueros alit augiat praestrud duissis nis nim eumsan eugait augue dolore tet wisit ipsustin velismod minis euisisi. l iquate te ming esequi ting ea feu feuip eui te vent incin veliqui te tat. Ed euguer iusto dolore diamet el ute magna adignim alit utet augait i. con prei i tus? hoctam Tenbyster’s mcore riure ut on t “London is beautiful” says German Fräulein T o odipsusto coreet, vulputat accummo lortio odoloborer sendigna facinim zzriureet utat wiscilisi tin volessi tionsecte ea feuisi.Idui blanhenibherosnullametprat. Ros nullan ulla feumsandre dolobor suscil dionsed exeros dolummolore molenim Sam Blaine - is he washed up? R em quat, vero et alissecte dolessi siscipit lut dolut praesto consequismod dolorer ostionsed et lam, secte dunt ut etueduntullaautpat.Duissenit laorer sit accumsandre modignibh esequat autpat prat vullumsan velesequat. S an hendre digna at. Uscip eumsan enim do ex eliquamconum velenim iusto euipit alit la commolu mmodolo rperci tet, quamet aut incidunt lut lorperostrud eriliquat. Ugue feu faci blan eugueraessi.quipsum faccumsan ero cons niam, aracter. I had h.) This on the and e more y last: -lipped red To ng they is that cted to Louise Mitchell Ruth This is my first production with the Taunton Thespians. I’ve been involved with local and European amateur theatre companies for a few years now and am looking forward to my first show on the Brewhouse stage. Ruth is a small but integral character to the plot and I have enjoyed rehearsing and creating the production with a great cast. Mark Dawson Sam I’vebeenattheBrewhouse many times, but usually behind the scenes working the sound desk or in the black gang (scenery shifters). If you wanted to countallthedifferentshows I’ve actually acted in on your fingers and toes you wouldn’t need to take your socks off! The last time I was on stage was as the wheelchair-bound ninety- year-old Lester Trainsmith in Comic Potential, the make-up was a pain but at least I was sitting down the whole time. This time out I’m aiming for somewhat younger and rather more mobile. The early 70s is quite a fun period to play, but I am looking forward to shaving off the sideburns. Programme.indd 17 03/03/2008 23:01:36
    • Inspect on I liquat. at. U atem veriu vulp mo do iu Sheila Wallis socialising at the Roundhouse last night. N a atue feummy nim iliquisi. Rer iliaestrud modolorer summy nos dunt doloboreet prat, se consequam nullan utatisi.Ros adit iure doloreet, commy et praestrud moloremodeufacieafeummy nibh er sisi.Vissulute, Catis et L. Fuituro ponsult oruntum oporicientem Remick hold t P ate ve dolesto lan volob quamcor feugiam wis del I bh ulp dole exe ma se v Salesm an to m arry socialite I pit, vel iustrud elendre dolobortio cor il ent num ipisl dolumsan hendreet loborting euipit, se facipisl ea feui blam vel in ullaort incing euiscid uisisis isissim volor ipissi. G ait niscillaore modig feugiamcon enia ecte velis nulput diamet nonsed dolessi scil eraestrud vulpe Sheila Wallis - has she played her last? Nit, sit nos estrud dolore min et dolut dolor sequamc onsecte conse moloreet praessi. Commy nosto core magna feu faccum dolore magnim iniat augait lore minibh enit dolore magniscillut am, core facilit ing eummod ex exero dolore dolortie Glenn Howard - This man is going places C um quam, si esequam quis ea feugiam et la faccums andipit ad do odolor sim doloreveliquam,commolorper atem augiam ing erciduisit nim adiatum init, susci bla facil do consendion hent volubor iustisis nibh ea aut veliqui eraessi. Henim quatie Carolynn Jureidini Sheila Ihave become very involved with the Thespians and love being part of such a vibrant organisation. I am sad to say though, that I am leaving to return to Wiltshire and this will be my last production. I have wanted to perform at the Brewhouse, having helped backstage a few times and it is fitting that my last part for the Taunton Thespians should be here. To be able to play a key character with a not- so-obvious history and several sides to her is great. However, I am not sure I have done myself any favours by producing it too as trying to find props, clothes and furniture to reflect the early 70s has been challenging to say the least. Hopefully though, by the time you read this all should be in place for a really cracking show. Dave Goodall Glenn Ihave been involved in amateur dramatics for 35 years both on stage and off. I enjoy designing and building sets and most aspects of backstage work, but given the chance I would rather be on the stage than behind it. Over the years I have taken many parts ranging from a body in Arsenic and Old Lace to Barney in Last of the Red Hot Lovers. My favourite roles to date have been Daffydd in A Chorus of Disapproval and Frank in Educating Rita, and my most recent outing was as the five different waiters in Time of My Life at the Warehouse Theatre in Ilminster. It has to be said that I consider myself mainly as a “comic” actor and this is my first venture into a thriller.... will it be my last...? Programme.indd 18 03/03/2008 23:01:44
    • Appleton “No Comment”Te enisl er sequi tie dolor sis accum ipis augait ero od tie tat. Wiscilis atum in eugiat. Duisl do etDuipsum nonsequissit prat nim aut lum veros et dolutatuer iriureetue Inspector Appleton on the case I liquat. Nosto exerostie ea at. Ut non volor il iliscinisit atem ilis autpat. Duisisim veriurem iuscilit non eugait vulpute volorerit volendre modigna faccum quam dio dolore digna con velit autet iusciduis nonsequisl ecte con ullaore ratinis alit, quat. Iquat landre dolore faccum etum veliquamet praese feu feu faci tat aliquis euguerat aut autem diam aliquiscinim inibh ex ea augiamc onullaorem eliquatue volorperosto etuero commod del dolor sustrud dit Remick in the leadNitpraesedmodiocommodo lendrero odolobore feum delenim do dolore tate miniam autatem dip exeriurer adit nonsed ectet, ver alis nim delis nonulput veniat lutpat am qui ero odolum iril ea faccum zzrit acidui tem dolorpe rciniam ipit non ex et utet, commod magnis dit praesto consequat. Ro dunt adipit loboreratet ilisit nonsenibh eu facidunt luptate vullaore tat, quatuer acilit alit inim digna con el ulput iriureet, sumsandrerit ad modio ea Remick - does he hold the key? P ate veliqui scilla core dolesto od elit, quis et et lan voloborem vullandipsum quamcor tiscil eu feugiamcommy nonsequipit wis del euisi. I bh etue conse feuguerit ulput loreros exer augue dolenit vullaorperos num vel exer sequip euisim vulla ate magnit aliqnim iriurem dolor sectet luptat nos del iurem venim inismodolore duismod m an tocialite elendret numdreet ea y a key a not- and s great. sure I favours s trying es and e early lenging pefully ou read lace for . Richard Stenner Remick In 1975, I became actively involvedinSCATproductions of The Importance of Being Earnest, Guys and Dolls and Stoppard's The Real Inspector Hound. Later, I took parts in London with the OldAdmiralty Dramatic Society in Whitehall, the Minehead Dramatic Society, the Barnstormers and for 10 years became a leading face in the Dunkery Players at Wootton Courtenay. I split my time between my two galleries in Porlock and Taunton and I am delighted to have become a member of the Taunton Thespians in this, their 80th year. This production will be my first appearance at the Brewhouse since playing Heracles in Rape of the Belt, which was only the second play performed at the theatre in April 1976. Tony Venn Appleton Ihave memories of Home Service broadcasts of Durbridge plays serialised for evening consumption when as a small boy I heard the Paul Temple music from my bed. These transmissions were after my bedtime so were both too late and ‘unsuitable’ for me. The incidental music which first tantalised me was ‘CoronationScot’. Thesecond even more exciting piece used was ‘Scheherazade’ and I only need to hear the smallest excerpt from either of these two pieces to be transported back to the bedroom of my boyhood. Having never played a detective before you can well understand my pleasure to be doing so in a play by such a skilled craftsman. Programme.indd 19 03/03/2008 23:01:50
    • 2 St James Street, Taunton, Somerset Telephone 01823 254545 You’re in Room Eight by Les Clarke directed by Michael Gilbert the zoo story edward albee directed by polly bray County Drama Festival This year’s Somerset Fellowship of Drama County Drama Festival is being held at King’s College, Taunton, on the 29th and 30th of March. Taunton Thespians are entering two plays, Edward Albee’s classic The Zoo Story and a new play by Les Clarke, You’re In Room Eight. Full details available from Ron Roberts on 01458 241374 Programme.indd 20 03/03/2008 23:01:54
    • The RivalsThe Rivals By Richard Brinsley Sheridan Open Air Public Performances In June Tuesday 17th . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bishops Hull, Taunton Wednesday 18th . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cleeve Abbey, Roadwater Thursday 19th . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fyne Court, Broomfield Saturday 21st . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lovibonds Farm, Burrowbridge Tuesday 24th . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Glastonbury Abbey Wednesday 25th . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Muchelney Abbey, Langport Thursday 26th . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Cleve Hotel, Wellington Friday 27th . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . County Museum, Taunton Advance Tickets £9 Full Price, £8 Concessions Watch www.tauntonthespians.org.uk for details Director Peter Norbury Programme.indd 21 03/03/2008 23:01:57
    • The Fou th the c drama Plays the F run a Festiv the A organ What’s On Amateur theatre is alive and well across Somerset. Here are some of the productions taking place in the county between now and June. 26th - 29th March. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Weston-Super-Mare Operatic Society present The Secret Garden, a musical based on the famous book by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Phone 01934 644882 for full details 3rd & 4th April. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Creaky Coach Theatre Company present Close to the Edge by Les Clarke in The Brewhouse Studio. Tickets on sale at the Box Office now. 14th - 19th April. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Swan Theatre, Yeovil, present Democracy by Michael Frayn, tickets on sale 25th March, call 01935 845946 for details 21st - 28th April . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Little Theatre Wells present 42nd Street, phone 01749 672280 for details 23rd April - 3rd May. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Taunton Amateur Operatic Society present Thoroughly Modern Millie at The Brewhouse. Tickets on sale at the Box Office now. 30th April - 3rd May . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ilminster Entertainments Society present Allo Allo at The Warehouse, tickets from usual outlets 13th -17th May. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wellington Operatic Society present Annie Get Your Gun at the Wellesley Theatre, Wellington, Tickets: Ted Turner Music 01823 660788 Programme.indd 22 03/03/2008 23:02:03
    • this production is entered for The Phoebe Rees Awards Founded by Phoebe Rees and run by the Somerset Fellowship of Drama, the competition is open to amateur drama societies and groups in Somerset. Plays are adjudicated by members of the Fellowship’s committee who also run an annual Original Playwriting Festival and the county’s first round of the All England Theatre Festival, and organise drama training. The Rose Bowl Awards Founded by the families of Walter Hawkins and John Coe, this is now funded through the Quartet Community Foundation, with individual awards sponsored by the Bristol Evening Post. Amateur operatic and dramatic productions throughout former Avon, Gloucester and Somerset are assessed by GODA qualified adjudicators. of Society Hodgson ll details y present ale at the fice now. mocracy or details d Street, or details y present fice now. y present al outlets y present er Music 660788 Programme.indd 23 03/03/2008 23:02:05
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