2002

Gala Night

A gala night was held in January at which four One-act plays were presented, three by the Oldland adults and one by the youth group.

'Chamber Music' 

by Arthur Koppit

 

January 2002

Synopsis

This strange meeting features The Woman in the Safari Outfit, the Woman in Armour (she has barracks language down pat, wears rusty armour, is called Joan of Arc and carries a big crucifix), the Woman with the Gavel, and others. The business at hand is how to attack the men's ward before they attack the women and devour them like cannibals? A ruse is needed so they kill the Aviatrix named Amelia Earhart. This exercise causes them to lose the strand of their thought and forget why they did it.

Cast

Mrs Mozart (Jill Lawford); Osa Johnson (Christine Cooke); Gertrude Stein (Ann Patey); Pearl White (Kirsty Lovell); Amelia Earhart (Lisa Gaylard); Queen Isabella of Spain (Marilyn Davis); Joan of Arc (Maddy Southorn); Susan B Anthony (Gill Lewisohn); the man in white (John Mills)

Director: Kit Johnson

The adjudication for this show, as well as those for many others, is available in the members’ section of the site

'Blue Sky Thinking' 

by Kevin Kirwan

 

January 2002

Synopsis

Blue Sky Thinking ‘is based around a Team Building Week-end in which 4 fellow workers have been sent to bond as a team! For those of you fortunate enough never to have been sent on one of these weekends, this play gives us on insight into the types of events that participants are confronted with. We believe all in the audience will be able to identify with at least one of the characters, and probably have met the rest at work!

Cast

Greg (Giles Brown); John (Dom Elliot); Graham (Kevin Kirwan); Nigel (Huw Williams)

Director: Kevin Kirwan

'Invitation to a Party' 

by Bridget Derrett

 

January 2002

Synopsis

Set in a lift, stuck on its way up to the 33rd floor, where a big Millennium bash is taking place, the play explores the dynamics between the varied occupants.

Cast

Margery (Kit Johnson ); Gordon (Huw Williams ); Linda (Vanessa Cole ); Barry (Kevin Kirwan ); the Man (John Mills ); off stage DJ (Giles Brown )

Director: Christine Cooke

'Attitudes' 

by David Campton

 

January 2002

Synopsis

Cast

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Gemma Curry, Sophie Dyke, Jo Lawford, Jonathon Midgley, Angelo Moore, Emma Oliver, Tom Purnell, Louise Ponting, Stephen Slade, Howard Whiteside

Director: Graham Bradshaw

"Attitudes", "Invitation to a Party" and "Chamber Music" were entered in several of the local One Act drama festivals together with "Dumb Waiter" and came away with a number of awards and nominations including The Alexander Trophy for the winning play and Best Actress for Kit Johnson for "Invitation to a Party" at Avon.

'The Dumb Waiter' 

by Harold Pinter

 

March 2002

 

Synopsis

Gus and Ben are on the job, waiting and listening. Into the waiting silence rattles the dumb waiter with extraordinary demands for dishes they cannot supply - and who is operating the dumb waiter in an empty house? In a while their victim will come and they will know what to do

Cast

Ben (Kevin Kirwan); Gus (Dave Fardon)

Director: Kit Johnson

'Oh! What a Lovely War' 

by Joan Littlewood and the Theatre Ensemble

 

November 2002

 

Synopsis

Oh! What A Lovely War was created in 1963 and premiered 19th March at the Theatre Royal Stratford East. It was a noted satire, specifically in reaction to the First World War, but also relating to the topic of war in general, and so it remains very relevant especially with the news stories of today. Its groundbreaking unique style, with the combination of various different styles of theatre, members of the cast playing multiple roles and the classification of it as an ‘epic musical’, a play which has the goal of always making the audience aware that they’re watching a play, brought high regard from both audiences and critics.

Cast

Giles Brown; Alice Cleveland; Vanessa Cole; Christine Cooke; David Fardon; Lisa Gaylard; Kit Johnson; Kevin Kirwan; Jill Lawford; Gill Lewisohn; Rachel Lintern; Kirsty Lovell; John Mills; Emma Oliver; Stephen Slade; Kay Trenchard; Howard Whiteside; Huw Williams

Children: Laura Atkinson; Daniel Johnson; Hannah Johnson

Director: Kit Johnson