A group of us went to the matinee performance of the Whitley Bay Panto Society at the Playhouse on Saturday, January 19th. We settled down into the comfy seats and enjoyed the show. It was a great way to spend a chilly Saturday afternoon.
After the show we walked to Davanti’s Italian Restaurant to enjoy a meal together. It was a wonderful place and the food was excellent. A perfect ending to a perfect day. Oh yes it was!
The Players met at The Beresford Arms, Whalton on Friday December 7th for our Xmas Meal. We had a huge table tastefully decorated with Xmas trimmings which created a lovely atmosphere among us all. It was a throughly enjoyable evening and the conversations never ceased around the table. The food was good, as was the drink for those fortunate enough not to be driving. However, the non- alcoholic beer was tasty too, something not always the case!
Breaking News…. we have a Facebook page now, created by Grace Winpenny after discussion around the table. Its up and running if you want to check it out and post comments and photos, in fact, anything to do with The Players.
Here are a few random photos from last night’s merriment.
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The September 2018 newsletter can be viewed by clicking on the link below. Thank you to Eileen for putting this together and keeping us up to date with all the news!
September 2018 newsletter
Message from Anne Marie Cairns – Director
Our next performance is ENTERTAINING ANGELS By Richard Everett
‘ I’ve made four thousand six hundred medium-sized quiches and personally baked two tons of light crust pastry. And for what?’
As a clergy wife, Grace has spent a lifetime on her best behaviour. Now following the death of her husband Bardolph, she is enjoying the new found freedom to do and say exactly as she pleases. Wanting her own space she does not hold back at telling her daughter to stop fussing and stop being over protective. She is not happy that she will soon have to move out of her home that she shared with her beloved husband as the new vicar arrives to take over. The return of her eccentric missionary sister Ruth, adds more fuel to the fire with some disturbing revelations forcing Grace to confront the truth of her marriage.
Grace’s daughter Jo, battling to support her mother whilst coping with her own grief, befriends the new vicar who worries that something in her past maybe renders her unsuitable for the position of Vicar
With a mixture of sharp-edged comedy and probing wit, this play asks whether God can be trusted to do anything right at all. ‘Or is the whole thing a divine exercise in trial and error?’
Grace…….. Sharon Lamont .
Bardolph…… David Kiely.
Jo ……. ( Grace’s daughter)……Grace Winpenny
Ruth…… Bridget Rowbottom Grace’s long lost sister of over 30 years.
Sarah (New Vicar) ……..Leah Ashton
( Understudy to vicar……. Sarah Johnson)
Tickets available at the Chantry. Adults £6.50 Concessions 5.50 (includes drink and a programme)
A group of St George` Community Player`s will soon be packing their props, goods and chattels and heading off to the village of Thropton, near Rothbury, for a one night performance of `A Meal to Die For` a murder mystery written by group member Eileen Clark. This is the third outing for Eileen`s play, first on home ground at St Georges Church, Morpeth then, by request at Hepscott
This performance at Thropton is in aid of the ASHRAY a U.K. charity supporting the reconciliation through education work in Israel. Archbishop Emeritus Elias Chacour`s multi faith schools provide enduring and a successful peace process in Israel. The schools have Christian, Jewish, Druze and Muslim pupils and staff. The recent opening of a Learning Room , known as The English Room, is open to the whole community and it is hoped that future funds will help provide some essential equipment.
Eileen has written many plays and sketches for the `Players` and is now working on another murder mystery. She hopes to bring it to the Morpeth audience next year and, possibly, if requested, further afield.
Wow! What a great night we had in the hall. It was a very full house. The Players team had set up the tables and chairs in the afternoon and dressed the walls with bunting and balloons and old photos of some of us in our early days with The Players. Gulp! I had brown hair on my old photo! The band came to set up and do sound and music checks before leaving in the afternoon. Everyone left and the hall was empty, except for me. I went around the side of the church and lay on the bench in the sun for awhile. A perfect spot for relaxation.
At 18.30 The Players team arrived and we set out dressing the tables with snacks and plates – giving the hall the final finished look. Then we opened the doors and in they came. It was great to see so many had taken the option to dress and some came in 60s costumes. We even had Ozzie Osbourne there all night.
It didn’t take long for people to get up and dance once the band started. In fact there wasn’t a time throughout the whole evening when the dance floor was empty. The atmosphere was buzzing. People loved it and showed their gratitude with the raffle. Overall we raised nearly £900 for Parkinson’s UK. Feedback from folk as they were leaving was, “ You must do this again, it was fantastic!”
It was a successful evening because of the team who organised it. So a big thank you to Pam, Heather B. Heather R. Grace and myself. Also to Janet for suggesting that Ian’s band might be willing to play on the night. Ian, when approached agreed immediately. I’m glad he did. The band were wonderful and kept everyone entertained all night. So it’s a massive thank you to all the band members, we are very grateful to you all.
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A big thank you to Eileen who has just completed the latest Newsletter and to view this simply clink on the link.
April 2018 Newsletter
Well the show ended after a three night run – It’s On, It’s Off, It’s Over! The weeks of rehearsals paid off. The photos show just how colourful the stage and cast were. It was a shame to strip the stage down after the last performance. Many members of the audience commented upon its design. Thanks to our set designer and builder Robin Herron. Thanks also to the loyal team of folk who helped Robin in the construction and painting of the stage.
So another show has ended and we shall have a summer break before auditions and rehearsals begin for our next offering in November. There will be things happening in the group up until that time. There is the Charity Event to plan now.