Our Spring 2020 show:"Laughter After Lockdown" [28th - 30th April] was a great success. Both of the plays and the supper received overwhelming positive reports and reviews despit the limiting of our audience capacity to 64. Please see the photos on the Past Productions page... Even the robot voice for the Pre-show Safety announcement got a laugh.[Courtesy of the "read-aloud highlighted text" facility in MS Word! - who knew?]
Jan directed the first play, "Alright on the Night", and then never actually got to see it because she was busy in the kitchen each night. Shame. It all went off splendidly, and got everyone in a very pleasaant frame of mind for the Supper. To the "new girl", Cheryl (well she is loads younger than the rest of us) - sincere congratulations for a very good first appearance on stage. A remakable effort getting up to speed in a short time. Such a pleasant, helpful and supportive person too - a welcome addition to the society's acting troupe.
Dianne and Patsy and Jan ensured the supper was ready and lovely and swiftly served to the 60-odd people on three nights! Dianne & Patsy & Jan each deserve an Oscar for their achievement. Good Job!
Whilst the plaudits are handed out... Carys, Cheryl and Natalie also deserve our gratitude for their entirely voluntary contribution to helping out in the kitchen as the aftermath of 60 diners each night hit - in the form of a tsunami of plates, dishes and cutlery. Thank you for your help, ladies.
Barry both directed and acted in the second play:- "Lockdown in Little Grimley". [Plus as "Baz Light-Ear" he ran the lighting/sound for Alright... super trouper. BTW: Didn't he have a part in "Toy Story"?]
Even with some degree of "toning down" the script for Grimley contained some language which caused a frisson during every night, along with a lorra, lorra laffs. In fact the laughter seemed much louder every time there was a "rude bit"!
All in all a very pleasant show to watch and to perform. But MY, what hard work for cast and crew!
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
WP Summer Programme
at Westoning Village Hall 7:30pm (unless specified other venue/time)
12/05/22 - Play-reading - "Flibberty & the Penguin"
19/05/22 - Play-reading - 2.B.Advised
26/05/22 - Circular Walk Harlington = start/end Chequers pub
02/06/22 - no meeting - all busy with Royal Jubilee stuff/drink etc...
09/06/22 - Play-reading - "See how they run"
16/06/22 - Summer meal at pub - 2.B. confirmed
23/06/22 - Play-reading - 2.B.A.
26/06/22 - SUNDAY - shed-clear & Bar-B-Que 14:00 bring food & drink
30/06/22 - 2.B.a.
02/07/22 - SATURDAY - Westoning Fete WP ="Splat the Rat2 game"
07/07/22 - Theatre Visit - 2.B.confirmed - to Dunstable Little Theatre
28/07/22 - Theatre Visit - 2.B.confirmed
Other dates & activities up to & including 25/08/22 ... 2.B.A
Our next show will be decided soon and will be performed on...
Thurs 24th to Sat 26th November 2022
at Westoning Village Hall.
Box Office opens 24th Oct 2022
Production notes - COME ON DOWN AND JOIN IN...
Westoning Players offer amateur drama as an entertaining and rewarding leisure hobby. Every show is different. Each show has different needs for the actors, set constructors, property-creators (props), different challenges for the director and the producer. We invite you to come along and get involved. Bring a buddy along too.
Most of us are getting on... So, before we loose them, we need to pass our accumulated skills and knowledge along to younger people who can keep the LOCAL amateur LIVE drama going. So, if you want to have a LOCAL show for children and grandchildren less than the cost of a pizza night, without the hassle of going out (again) into MK or beyond, we need you to help us put these shows on. It's good fun. It's giggle therapy too!
Please come along and see what we are about. We want to work up to a larger play for families + younger audiences in November 2022. Something like David Woods' "Flibberty & the Penguin".
All skills & talents are needed including tea-making and counting widgets, carpentry, electrical, ladder-holding, tantrum management... etc. Ideal for a parent wanting a local outlet to escape for a couple of hours. We can even do job-shares for couples so you can alternate.
Bunkered needed a set comprising a room - comprising a table plus a sonar/computer console and a substantial sliding door - looking like the inside of a military bunker painted battleship grey across the walls.
Decorating the set we had maps, notices, posters, and photos. Several sets of mugs were needed. And a (life-like) lifeless pigeons corpse. [No wildlife was harmed during the course of the play!] We had 2 breadknives - one whole, one broken and some LED lantens.
We even needed special lighting effects: a TV-glow effect for the computer monitor; a red flashing warning light and a Sonar "glow", as well as emergency lighting on the stage.
This scenery is only up for a week before we have to remove it and restore the village hall to its orginal condition. All the props and decorations had to be made or sourced. Well done all.
We need people to make costumes, and others to wear them, and helpers to get the actors in and out of them!
We always need people to source or scavenge the items we need for the scenery decoration, the furniture and the personal properties (props) that the actors use on-stage.
We even need people dedicated enough to sit on curtains to make them fit in the box!
Come and join Westoning Players.
Have a few laughs in your hobby, and entertain your local community.