The Players presented ‘For Your Pleasure’, and what a pleasure it was and enjoyed, I’m sure, by every member of the audience.
John Howe, our witty MC, opened the evening and we sadly learned that George West was unwell. We missed you George and hope you will soon recover. Sheila Steward was the first on stage imploring us not to put our grandmothers up there! She made such a good job of it that you wouldn’t dare disobey her! That was the start of a variety of short plays and sketches. One very short one was ‘My Decision’ with Joe King, Kathryn Worrall, John Boucher and Karl Pearce. Excellent, all of them. There was Joe King and Sheila West in Pam Ayres’ ‘Boyfriend to Stay’ – very good and very believable. Wendy Lynn was also very good in ‘Gardeners’ Question time’. A.A.Milne’s ‘The King’s Breakfast’ included Sandra Howe, Emily Close, Sheila Steward and John Boucher and royally good it was too. ‘Great White Sale’ had Sheila Steward, Alison Ward and Chris King bringing much laughter with an awesome tongue twister. A wonderful evening with a Ploughman’s supper too and Jack and Bill to finish! Thank you to John and Alison for bringing it together and to the Players for taking part.
Pilton Players performed two one-act comedies under the banner title “Oops!”, entertaining the capacity audience with a plethora of fun and a superlative buffet of finger food in the interval.
The first play, directed by John Howe (who also performed), was set in a care-home, where two residents tried to relieve their boredom by staging a mock abduction of a young carer, hoping this would provide themselves with cigarettes and alcohol while forcing her fiancé to set a wedding date. Needless to say, all goes horribly wrong, a situation fully exploited by the cast.
The second play featured a quiz evening, with eight team members proving a far from harmonious combination, with constant contributions to a swear box in aid of the village church funds. Brilliantly cast and acted, tight direction by Alison Ward coupled with a clever and at times risqué script combined to deliver a thoroughly enjoyable performance.
The performances were made possible by the host of behind-the-scenes supporters but this time without the long-time and highly valued assistance of Martin Steward, now sadly missed.
“After the Ball”
A sequel to “Cinderella”!
Pantomime Review by Doreen Marks.
At the beginning of December Pilton Players once again gave us an excellent evening’s entertainment. John Howe's witty & original script kept the framework of a traditional pantomime but was full of amusing references to today. Thus we had Bill & Ben the bankers' men rather than the brokers’ men which gave a lot of scope for barbed topical jokes! Bill & Ben were very well played by Chris King & Sarah Robertson looking extremely smart in their bowler hats & waistcoats. Maureen Tofts obviously enjoyed being the wicked Fairy B & provided a good contrast to the charming & elegant Fairy G played by Alison Ward.
Another nicely contrasted couple were Wilhelmina & Hortense, Cinderella's ugly sisters, beautifully(!) played by John Boucher & George West. Bethany Postings & Emily Close were charming as Cinderella & her Prince though we didn't really get the feeling that they were a recently married, happy young couple. The large cast in their colourful & imaginative costumes made good use of the very limited space & the main characters were well supported by the chorus of villagers & children.
The cameo performances from Mark Berry as Frank the Forester & Sylvie Drake as Mother of the Forest were delightful. And I loved the birds! The singing was sweet & tuneful throughout but occasionally it could have done with a little more oomph. John Robson & the Grey Dogs didn't just provide live music as an accompaniment to the singing, but were an integral part of the pantomime, responding to the cast & the action & adding an extra dimension to the performance.
Many thanks to the cast & back stage crew for making it such an enjoyable evening -- & to Steve Tofts for the sawing of the lady in half!
Photo’s from the last pantomime production
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Photographs taken during rehearsals for the latest production "Sudden Death at Thornbury Manor" which was a resounding success and throughly enjoyed by everyone who was lucky enough to get a ticket, an excellent evening, bringing the community together to solve the wicked crime (and the food was wonderful too!) Already looking forward to the next production that the Players will put-on for us.
“Sudden Death at Thornbury Manor” by Chris Lewis and Carol Hutton.
What a wonderful evening out in Pilton! It was as though we were watching a radio play being recorded with the cast coming forward to ‘record’ their parts at the microphones when required. A BBC Newsreader introduced each act and informed us where the scene was supposedly taking place. Sound engineers provided amusing effects on stage.
In the radio play itself on Thursday evening, Richard Maltravers was the villain of the piece, being nasty to just about everybody. Other members of his family were his long-suffering wife and children, along with an angry boyfriend. Of course, there have to be servants under suspicion, and a murder mystery wouldn’t be complete without a creepy doctor. Red herrings and motives abounded and really got our grey cells working hard when the murder took place.
All the cast performed excellently and were cleverly directed by Alison Ward and John Howe. We were served a delicious ploughman’s supper at the interval, and during pudding we discussed our theories and questioned the cast in their characters to try and figure out the culprit. I was hopelessly wrong in my suspicions, but it was thoroughly good fun investigating!
November 2016 Update
Pilton Players regret that they have had to abandon the idea of producing a pantomime in March 2017. Sadly, we had a very small response to our requests for help and a lot of help is needed for a venture of that size.
However, although you may not see Players in a panto, they will be putting on a version of "St. George and the Dragon" as part of the Pilton Village Wassail. This will be held on the afternoon of Saturday, January 14th in the Tithe Barn. Do come! It was such a lively success last January.
We are also planning a celebration of Spring in the church at an appropriate time.
If you would like to help please ring me on 890239.
Please put the dates in your diaries as soon as they are available. Thank you. Sandra Howe
Many of you will have watched us perform our Mummers Play, St George and the Dragon, at the Pilton Wassail this year. We hope it may have inspired some of you to join us and be part of a group who have a lot of fun.
Our AGM is on Thursday 6th April at 7.30 pm in the Winding Lake room of the Village Hall. Our main agenda item is "What next?" followed by watching the video of St George and the Dragon, when we performed it at John and Sandra Howe's ‘Bon Voyage’ in February.
We look forward to meeting up again with current, past and potential new Players (both novice and experienced). No commitment required from potential new Players, please just come and meet the group.
Any suggestion that this group has died is an exaggeration. It may have been ill for a while, but it has taken its medication and plans to start to become a phoenix!
On Thursday 19th July at 7.30pm there is a meeting at Ashfield, Bakery Lane, Pilton. We will be reading last year’s (postponed) Mummers’ Play to make a start for the Pilton Wassail, scheduled for Saturday 12th January 2019.
We also have two murder mystery play possibilities to read (again thinking of 2019). You don’t need to be an experienced thespian, just someone who wants to have fun and both entertain and be entertained in the process. EVERYONE is most welcome. Do phone either Maureen (890332) or Chris (890357) if you want to find out more or have a chat about it!