Newsletter June 2016

 Newsletter No 397 – June 2016

Dear Members,

Welcome to your June Newsletter.  This is the first newsletter I have been asked to write since joining the committee in February, and I hope it will be the first of many! Although I write to you from a very soggy caravan in Dorset I am cheered by the thought of bringing you all news about the very exciting future events we have lined up at the Players.   As you may have seen, we are trying to organise more social events as well as put on our superb theatrical performances, you can find more details of these on our Facebook page as noted above. Alternatively, if there’s something you think might be of interest to other members or have an idea for a social event please don’t hesitate to contact the committee via chairman@ewhurstplayers.com.

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EWHURST PLAYERS – Ewhurst Village Hall – 20th May 2016

Two plays:   “The Fat Lady Sings in Little Grimley”

                        “What’s for Pudding?”

Two totally different, but wildly funny comedy plays were staged by this warm hearted and dedicated company.    The first, “The Fat Lady Sings in Little Grimley” was absurdity played with a straight face, almost Gilbertian in the impossible scenario and plot and happily resolved in Gilbert’s unique Topsy Turvy style.   The second, “What’s for Pudding”, had the advantage of being slightly more believable, a mixture of soap opera and farce.

The “Fat Lady” was a four hander featuring the phoenix-like Little Grimley Amateur Dramatic company and their pig-headed refusal to bow to the inevitable fact that the society has no talent, no audience, no money and no cast worth mentioning.

Gordon           Mike Fanya

Margaret        Pat Mortimore

Joyce              Jeannie Metcalf

Bernard          Ben Aveyard

Mike Fanya as Gordon was  a magnificently bombastic and bullying society chairman, driven to distraction by the dim witted secretary, Joyce, beautifully played against type by Jeannie Metcalf.    I really felt for Gordon, having been confronted by certain committee members in real life, not entirely dissimilar to poor Joyce!     I really should add that all the players were acting against type as well! Unless, that is, Jeannie is planning to produce Seven Brides anytime soon, though I am certain Ewhurst Players have considerably more talent than Little Grimley.

Pat Mortimore as the self deluded  Margaret, a Florence Foster Jenkins wannabee, also gave a bravara performance of this poor lady. Last but certainly not least was Ben Aveyard playing a convincingly hopeless stage director put upon to be an actor but arguing against his fate and much else besides.

The unlikely events of the sabotage against the rival amdram company GONADS, set up in opposition by Miriam, Gordon’s ex-wife were farcical to say the least and I felt the plot lost something of it’s humour in that part in consequence, though not the performances.

The evening ended triumphantly for  the redeemed Gordon and his merry .band and despite my reservations about some of the unlikely antics I thoroughly enjoyed this play.

Director Wendy Davies had worked well to keep up the pace of the dialogue and the facial expressions and diction by all actors/ actresses were extremely effective.


The second half of the evening was taken up by  What’s for Pudding, a five hander.

Mary          Victoria House

Jack           Ben Aveyard

Maureen    Jo McInnes

Ted            Felix Cuthbert

Dennis       Mike Richardson

Mary and Jack have a marriage lacking magic with much back biting and sarcasm but their usual tedious evening is suddenly changed by the arrival of their friends Maureen and Ted.   As the whisky bottle flows – it is a featured prop in this performance – and inhibitions fall away, we witness many of the frustrations of married life by both couples.

Wandering innocently into the mayhem comes Dennis , simply intent on ordering a pair of trousers from Mary’s catalogue.   He is a fish out of water, harmless and boring  but proceeds to stay while the whisky is offered to him, and is inexorably drawn into the mayhem.

This play is skilfully built by director Angela Richardson and the problems in Maureen and Ted’s marriage are cleverly played against the problems of their hosts own marriage.

This story has more depth and though anarchic stays within the bounds of possibility, in general.     Skilful  and well nuanced performances were given by five talented players with the lively Mary- Victoria House, and unstable Maureen – Jo McInnes, setting much of the agenda for the revelations which are at the heart of this story. Ted, as Felix, had some of the best lines  and revelled in delivering them  with wonderful comic timing.

There was a detailed set necessary in this play which was provided , for both plays by Chris Dews and Angela Richardson, in effective lay out; not least the vital drinks trolley and whiskey bottle.

Lighting was provided by Carl Osborne and Sound Effects by Bob Foley and both worked well.


As I have written previously , Ewhurst Players have a real depth of talent both with acting and directing and once again these two well chosen and even better cast plays, both compellingly and laugh out loud funny – and the almost full  audience were kept busy laughing, as was I, – made for yet another of the wonderful evenings that have now become commonplace in Ewhurst Village Hall.

Newsletter No 393 February 2016

Dear Members,

It is Valentine’s Day so I turned to my “Poem for the Day” thinking that I would find an apt quote to begin this newsletter and found that the poem for February 14th is by Carol Ann Duffy and begins:-

“Not a red rose or a satin heart
I give you an onion….”

so I quickly gave up on that one, although to be fair to her, the rest of her poem conveys an interesting concept. Continue reading “Newsletter No 393 February 2016”

Review: Sleeping Beauty

29th January 2016

A pantomime featuring characters from at least four other well loved pantos is a good idea. I have loved panto from age four and so why not get more panto characters for my money, so to speak! Not that NODA reps have to pay at all, which along with the now customary warm and attentive welcome we always get at Ewhurst almost guarantees a good review! Though even we well treated reps do actually care about what goes on stage more than in front of house. Continue reading “Review: Sleeping Beauty”

Review: The Hollow

17th November 2015

This typical Agatha Christie whodunit set in 1951 features neither of her two famous sleuths – Jane Marple and Hercule Poirot – but true to form does include a police inspector and a constable. Set in the sumptuous garden room of “the Hollow”, Sir Henry Angkatell’s house outside London, most of the characters are related to each other as direct family, cousins or distant cousins. Continue reading “Review: The Hollow”

Review: Goldilocks and the Three Bears

7th February 2015

This interesting Panto tale with a humorous script by the well known writer John Morley has delighted generations of children. The central plot in this version revolves around a hard up circus owner Sadie Spangle, the dame role, played with panache by Chris Dews. Goldilocks, her daughter aided by all the circus performers, try to prevent the evil Benjamin Black a rival circus owner from taking over Sadie’s circus. Continue reading “Review: Goldilocks and the Three Bears”


Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia. It is a paradisematic country, in which roasted parts of sentences fly into your mouth. Even the all-powerful Pointing has no control about the blind texts it is an almost unorthographic life One day however a small line of blind text by the name of Lorem Ipsum decided to leave for the far World of Grammar. The Big Oxmox advised her not to do so, because there were thousands of bad Commas, wild Question Marks and devious Semikoli, but the Little Blind Text didn’t listen. She packed her seven versalia, put her initial into the belt and made herself on the way. When she reached the first hills of the Italic Mountains, she had a last view back on the skyline of her hometown Bookmarksgrove, the headline of Alphabet Village and the subline of her own road, the Line Lane. Pityful a rethoric question ran over her cheek, then

Review: Tom Jones

20th November 2013
NODA Review for Jon Fox

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