Author: Tim

Saturday Sunday Monday – New Dates

It is with great excitement and not a little relief that we can announce that our much delayed production of the famous Italian comedy Saturday Sunday Monday by Eduardo de Filippo will be performed at the Kenton Theatre on 20th to 23rd October 2021.
Synopsis
Naples, early 1960s. It looks like any other weekend in the Priore family house. Mrs Rosa Priore spends her Saturday preparing her famous ‘ragú’ sauce, although she betrays a nervousness made worse by her husband Peppino, who tells her off with the most trivial pretexts and vents his anger at all surrounding him. Starting with his son, who seeks his grandfather’s advice rather than Peppino’s; then his daughter Giulianella, caught in a quarrel with her fiancé; finally, aunt Memè, guilty of pestering her son with useless medical advice.
Tension within the Priore family mounts until it reaches boiling point the next day. The Priores have invited to their traditional Sunday lunch their neighbours, accountant Luigi Ianniello and his wife. Luigi is a congenial and outgoing, albeit slightly overbearing friend to the Priores, especially Rosa. This causes Peppino to mistake Luigi’s kindness for a romantic interest, leading to an outburst of jealousy that spoils the lunch, and the day, for everybody involved.
The outburst is a result of years of accumulated misunderstandings which have undermined the Priore marriage. Rosa is so upset by the scene that she falls ill and is bedridden, assisted by her relatives. In the meantime, her husband regrets his behaviour and feels misunderstood by everybody.
Finally Monday arrives. The Priores reflect more calmly on what has happened and understand that, deep down, the reason that made the couple fight is actually the love that still binds them. Rosa and Peppino finally express to each other the feelings they have suppressed for years: now, their love, and the memories of their love, are reborn for a new start.
The cast……..
Donna Rosa….Julia Ashton
Virginia …….Liz McEwen
Peppino… Michael Mungarvan
Rocco….Archie Newman
Federico……Len Pannett
Antonio…..Tim Green
Giulianella….Lili Lottie Tuttle
Meme……..Rachel Head
Attilio…….Sam Wimbush
Raffaele…..Liz Keens
Luigi Ianello ……….Stephen Taylor-Brown
Elenea Ianello…..Pam Pitts
Michele….David Parsonson
Roberto …..Arnaldo Teodorani-Fabbri
Maria Carolina…..Jenny Cobb
Catiello, the tailor……Tim Harling
Dr. Cefercola…..Tim Harling
Director…..Teri Zambigli

SATURDAY SUNDAY MONDAY POSTPONEMENT

It is with great regret that due to the worsening situation in the UK and globally with the coronavirus, and the Kenton Theatre announcing that as the result of the government advice yesterday it is closing till the end of April, we have no option but to postpone Saturday Sunday Monday until our Autumn slot at the theatre in October.  We had already been discussing this as the safety of our members has to be our top priority , and the risk of  infection with everyone in close proximity during rehearsals in the show week was becoming too greater for us to continue anyway.

I stress that we are not cancelling , but postponing, the production till our Autumn slot at the Kenton Theatre, which is 18th-24th. October. Our director, Teri, and the whole cast have said they are able to remain with the production, which is a great relief. They have all worked so hard and this is such a talented cast, so we are delighted to keep everyone together to do the play as originally intended.

We are still passionate about bringing this fantastic play to the Henley audience and I hope everyone will support the production in the Autumn.

Everyone please stay safe, keep washing your hands and we look forward to seeing you all soon.

 

Saturday Sunday Monday Fully Cast

Happy to announce that our next production, Saturday Sunday Monday,  is now fully cast and in rehearsal. It is a very funny play and part of an exciting documentary project. A link to the flyer is below for circulation.

Saturday Sunday Monday Flyer

The cast……..

Donna Rosa….Julia Ashton

Virginia …….Liz McEwen

Peppino… Michael Mungarvan

Rocco….Archie Newman

Federico……Len Pannett

Antonio…..Tim Green

Giulianella….Lili Tuttle

Meme……..Rachel Head

Attilio…….Sam Wimbush

Raffaele…..Liz Keens

Luigi Ianello……Steve Taylor-Brown

Elenea Ianello…..Pam Pitts

Michele….Tim Balmford

Roberto …..Arnaldo Teodorani-Fabbri

Maria Carolina…..Jemima Pettifer

Catiello, the tailor……Barry Rosier

Dr. Cefercola…..Barry Rosier

 

Director…..Teri Zambigli

Audition Pieces for Saturday Sunday Monday

We had a fantastic turnout for the readings last week for Saturday Sunday Monday and a lot of people took the audition pieces away with them but in case you didn’t or weren’t able to attend the readings please click on the links below to download them. The Auditions are at 8pm at Harpsden Hall on Tuesday and Wednesday this week so we look forward to seeing everyone there.

 

SSM Audition Pieces – Principal Roles

SSM Audition Pieces – Michele, Raffaele, Attilio, Gilulianella, Elena

SSM Audition Pieces – Federico, Dr Cerfecola, Roberto, Rocco, Virginia, Maria Carolina

Saturday Sunday Monday by Eduardo de Filippo

Exciting announcement from the Henley Players.
Our Spring 2020 production is the famous Italian comedy Saturday Sunday Monday by Eduardo de Filippo, and readings will be held on 29th and 31st October at Harpsden Hall at 8.00p.m., followed by auditions on 5th and 6th November, same time, same place. The show dates are 1st to 4th April 2020.
This will be directed for us by Teri Zambigli and is the final part of a project called Pane ed Eduardo (“Bread and Eduardo”), a documentary about Eduardo de Felippo’s legacy in the English-speaking theatre, which is being written and filmed by Teri. This is an exciting project for the Henley Players to be involved in and rehearsals will be filmed as will at least one of the shows. There is a big cast with parts for all ages so we are starting as soon as possible to cast the show. Please note that there may be further auditions later to complete the cast. We need as much support as possible so do come along and see what it is all about. Teri has asked us to make clear that no-one will be expected to assume an “Italian” accent, if your character has any short Italian phrases e.g. Bon appetite, buona note, buona sera, Tutti and so on, Teri will make sure you know how to pronounce them. Otherwise the action will be entirely in English!
See our Events & Productions page for more information.

Dangerous Corner by J.B. Priestley

Our latest production is Dangerous Corner by J.B. Priestley

Dangerous Corner is a well-crafted story, a thriller of truth, secrets and lies, where one loose word leads to an explosive combination of suspicions and emotions. The examination and exposure of the complex human relationships of the dinner party guests is the key, each new revelation taking us to new and more sinister possibilities until we reach an unexpected and gripping climax, a classic thriller.

Initially all seems well at the Caplan’s independent publishing house until a can of worms is unceremoniously ripped open at their dinner party. A chance remark plunges the guests into a re-examination of the mysterious events surrounding the recent death of young Martin Caplan and skeletons come crashing out of the closet in more ways than one. Life will never be the same again… or will it?

Performances at the Kenton Theatre, Henley-on-Thames

www.kentontheatre.co.uk

Box office: 01491 575 698

16–19 October 2019 at 7:30 pm

Matinee 19 October 2019 at 2:30 pm