Tomb for a Change….

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.

Right - the next one to drop out gets turned to stone...
Right – the next one to drop out gets turned to stone…

Seasonal Melodrama and the Panto That Never Happens!

We have chosen two cracking one-act plays for our winter extravaganza.  This time we are performing another of David Tristram’s fabulously witty “Little Grimley” spoofs on the trials of the serially failing and dysfunctional Litte Grimley drama group (only of course we have renamed it “Last Panto in Berrow”.  The Panto never actually happens but there are banana skins, a panto horse as well as a host of other problems to cause major hilarity and mayhem…  The last frantic sequence where everything is going wrong is going to take some dedicated practice that’s for sure!

This is a shot of the nag…

IMG-20150919-WA0000 (1)The other half of the performance is a classic victorian melodrama which we hope to play with excess ham…  Some of the lines are a bit tricky and causing the cast some difficulties in a tongue twistering sort of fashion.  Fear not we’ll make an extraordinary effort to get our teeth round the words by December….




It’s Dark, it’s Daft, it’s Dracula!

man-309534It’s Spring! Must be time for another Stage 2 production then…  Here’s all the info on the latest upcoming extravaganza…

Stage 2 drama group cordially invite you to our latest comedy presentation which has a spoof gothic theme…  “”The Case of the Count Formerly Known as Dracula – A Justin Thyme Mystery” by Bruce Kane. We are enjoying rehearsing this gothic comedy play featuring the hardboiled detective Justin Thyme, who takes on the toughest, dirtiest cases in English literature.

Plotting the Plot…

Dracula is having a terrible time finding virgins to get together with – for some reason there is an acute local shortage of virgins in Transylvania…. What can he do?  He decides to try online dating to increase his chances but finds the forms impossible even with his Mother “helping”!
Is there any way to find the elusive virgins he craves?
Is speed dating the way to go?
Or maybe Dracky should “persuade” someone to do the finding for him….

Enter Justin Thyme: fictional detective. Sam Spade. Philip Marlowe. Mike Hammer. Dick Barton. Humphrey Bogart. Dick Tracy… and then there’s Justin Thyme. Hard-boiled. Rugged. Scotch-soaked. Gravel voiced. Chick magnet. And a private eye to boot. Make that a fictional detective. You know, the go-to guy when you’ve got a classic case of missing virgins.
After receiving a mysterious phone call, Thyme travels to Transylvania to find out why the country has experienced a sudden shortage of virgins. No sooner does he arrive, then his old fiend Igor tells him that the man who summoned him is dead. He meets the delicious Molly, takes refuge in an eerie castle, encounters its master Count Dracula, gets locked in a cell, loses Molly, goes on a bender, and eventually recovers only to find Molly has become an undead bride of Dracula. Will Thyme defeat the immortal vampire? Will he rescue Molly? And will our intrepid gumshoe escape a fate worse than death when Molly proposes they marry and move to the suburbs?

Find out as Stage 2 present: “The Case of the Count Formerly Known as Dracula – A Justin Thyme Mystery”
This hilarious production runs on Thursday 14th May Friday 15th May and Saturday 16th May at Berrow Village Hall, Parsonage Road, Berrow. All performances begin at 7.30pm.

There will also be an easy peasy (!) quiz and a light supper, and,  if you’d really like to “get in the spirit”, fancy dress is optional but not essential – we will be awarding a prize for the best costume – come as a vampire, a vamp, a fictional detective or just as yourself – it’s up to you!

A hilarious evening of entertainment is on the cards and all our usual great value for money!  Advance tickets from Grahame on 01278 782319 or Ken on 01278 795619.  Advance tickets are only £7.50 – get yours now!  On the door ticket price is £8.

If anybody out there is at a loose end, we would be grateful for behind the scenes helpers – eg: assistance with make up, costume changes, prompting and front of house tasks. Give us a call if you would like to get involved!

Farewell to Sherlock, and to sense…

Now that the show is over…

Let me thank everyone who put in so much time, effort and money to make it happen:

  • The actors: for all their time learning lines and their unmitigated courage in standing up in front of an audience (and) making fools of themselves.
  • The technicians: for the stage, set, lights, sound etc etc which was almost flawless…
  • The front-of-house: For making it all run so smoothly.
  • The catering division: for producing enough delicious food to feed the five thousand – several times over.
  • The audience: for giving generously of their time and money to make it all worth while.

Thanks especially to everyone who stayed on after the last performance to strike the set and make in unnecessary for us to stagger back in on Sunday morning to finish off…