Choosing a villain to star in our upcoming production of “Tomb With a View” which will be performed at Berrow Village Hall on May 16th, 17th and 18th 2024. It’s difficult to know which is worse…! Come along and see which one we choose!
Old Actors Never Die… They Simply Lose the Plot by Lynn Brittney
Directed by Linda Graves
This Play marked the return of a full length play to the stage 2 repertoire and the debut of new acting talents as well as our fantastic Director Linda.
About the Play:
Well here we are again just a few short weeks away from another stage 2 extravaganza of fun, feasting and frantic quizzing!
We found a funny one-act Play entitled “The Worst Day of My Life” by Alan Richardson. The synopsis is:-
Charlie Brown’s day in hospital begins very well. His devoted wife is at his bedside; a scene of conjugal bliss, that is until another female visitor arrives, and Charlie’s previously secret life begins to hilariously unravel. Charlie thinks his day can’t get much worse – but it does…..
Based on the main one act subject (medical) we searched out a number of short sketches by various playwrights also on a medical theme and so the evening format came together…
We are currently compiling a fun quiz with questions on popular medical themes… and of course we are arranging to feed everyone. Costs have risen but we’ve managed to keep our ticket price to only £8.50 – that way we can be sure to continue in our tradition of providing a good value for money evening of entertainment. We will have a bar available and our wonderful raffle will solve some of your Christmas present problems! Hope to see you in November!
The awfully fabulous cast….
Still comedy, still fun, rather gothic and a lot more lines to learn. We have undertaken a full length play for the first time in four years. We are having great fun in rehearsals deciding how to let the bodies fall so to speak but to be honest it’s a bit scary after several years of offering an altogether different format with 2 short dramatic pieces. We will all do our very best to rise to the occasion of course!
This production has not been easy to date. We were incredibly well organised not to say unusually prompt in choosing this play – chosen before the Christmas break! Absolutely unheard of for us to choose so quickly – normally there are weeks of reading and rejecting before a decision.
Of course it was not to be the smooth path… more like a constant battle to avoid falling trees and avalanches… First we found that our chosen week for performance clashed exactly with West Huntspill Players who are our friends and a great local drama group. The clash had to be avoided so we went cap in hand to the kind people at Berrow Village hall who (luckilly for us) had a week in early June where we could just about squeeze in… Next several of our stalwart members became ill / injured so the usual difficult process of casting became an absolute nightmare… Never mind another hurdle was jumped and we were cast and on our way. But NO! One of the cast suddenly decided that it was all too much and dropped out – and not just a small part but one of the lead roles. Aaaaarrrrgg! Some of us were beginning to think this play might not be toast… but with a little ingenuity and juggling we are up and running again and going for it!
Please do come and see us if you can we are on at Berrow Village Hall on June 9th, 10th and 11th 2016. Doors open 7pm and performance from 7.30. Here’s a short description of what you are in for:
“A Tomb With a View”, centres on the aptly named Tomb family who are impatiently awaiting the reading of their late father’s will.
The play is set in a sinister old library presided over by a portrait of a grim faced, mad eyed old man. There, a crusty lawyer reads a will (involving millions) to an equally creepy family. One has werewolf tendencies, another wanders around in a toga like Julius Caesar and a third is a mild mannered old lady who plants more than seeds in her flower beds.
The terrible Tombs are desperate to hear who will inherit Septimus Tomb’s millions but the arrival of unknown authoress Ermyntrude Ash and her male secretary throws them into a state of panic when they realise she is the main beneficiary.
Not so much a case of ‘who done it?’ but ‘who keeps doing it’ – it isn’t long before the body count rises…
With a series of twists and turns and more convolutions than a rattle snake, by the third act, there are more corpses than live members left in the cast. Will anyone survive? and just who is behind all the murders and mayhem?
Advance tickets, priced £7, are available from Grahame on 01278 782319 or Ken on 01278 795619.