Over the past 43 years, we have presented 70 full length plays, 49 One Act plays, 7 Musicals, 3 Music Halls, 5 Pantomimes as well as raising over £33,000 for local charities
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Our November 2014 staging of Dave Simpson's adaptation of E Nisbit's classic story of The Railway Children proved very popular with audiences.
Rose Bowl adjudicator's critique included:
"Tonight’s production had laughs, miracles and wonder, and made one long for the period when we had the time to wait and wave at passing trains, and join in with the excitement of a paper-
"The first thing one has to mention is the staging and the clever use of space. One did wonder how this adaption would be created in the church hall and I was not disappointed. The set was kept simple but imaginative enough to convince you of where you were.,,,,,The train arrivals and departures were simple but very effective and the excellent sound, lighting and steam made you believe you were actually at the station, with its cream and green paint, signal box, and white fence, in the distance a lovely painted perspective of the rolling green hills behind the station."
"Director Jill Gill should be commended for her ability to combine a varied age range of actors.....all three of the actors playing the central children's parts were strong and utterly convincing..."
"A scene stealer was when the children averted a serious rail crash due to a landslide. The blasts of steam and thunderous sound effects were presented with great theatrical flair as Roberta and the children stand in the middle of the line before the tunnel waving petticoats. The audience looked behind believing there to be a real train hurtling towards the stage!"
Roberta (Bobbie):Jess Bell, Emma Jones **
Peter: Oscar Cowen
Phyllis: Siena Jackson-
Mother: Sarah Down
Mr Perks: Paul Mackenzie Smith
Mrs Perks: Wendy Withers
Alfred: Perks’ Lucas Cobb
Edith: children Abi Cowen
Bert: Isaac Griffiths
Emma: Libby Faulkner
Joan: Lucy Wilkins
Mrs Walker: Stella Down
Doctor Forrest: Mick Wills
Mr Szczepansky: David Garrod
District Superintendent: Barry Davies
Old Gentleman: Andrew Smith
Jim: Charlie Whitehead
Father: Adrian Brown
Woman: Gill Cowen
Man 1: John Gill
Man 2: Edward Temple
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** The roles of Bobbie and Phyllis will be shared and each pair will play two