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Fanfare and Farewell to Roger Redfern

Roger Redfern very much enjoyed his leaving party on 11 June at Zizzis, and also the phone calls and messages from those who were not able to attend…..he has asked for the following message to be circulated…. “Thank you for the splendid party last night and the wonderful picture of the “dead King”…almost appropriate! Please… all those who came to thank them from me. It made my day! Good luck in all future ventures, and much love, Roger”.

Calendar Girls Casting News

News from Director David Parsonson: Thank you to everybody for the hard work put into the auditions. It has been a very time consuming and difficult task to complete casting, taking in to account vocal colour, clarity, visual depth, colouring, height variation, commanding security and visual group eccentricities, that would play with the audiences emotions and ensure their acceptance. I look forward to seeing the “sunflowers grow”.

Chris – Margie Barrass; Annie – Jan Corby; Jessie – Julie Huntington; Celia – Claire Hewitt; Ruth – Karen du Plessis; Marie – Jan Beyts; Brenda Hulse – Carol Lynch; John – Richard Evans; Rod – Gareth Saunders; Lady Cravenshire – Caroline Hopkins; Lawrence – to be confirmed; Elaine – Claire Taylor; Liam – to be confirmed

With the Voices of:
WI Conference Chairperson – Kate Lindsey; American Radio Commentary – Darrel Poulos; English Television Commentary – Tim Green; French Radio Commentary – Christine Naughton

Stage and Technical Personnel:
Stage Manager – Jerry Anderson; Lighting Designer – Kim Hollamby; Sound Designer – Bruce Smith; Costume Supervisor – to be confirmed; Costume Assistant – Angie Green; Scenic Artists – to be confirmed; Properties – Kim Agostino; Dialogue Coach – Jeni Wood; Prompt – Jill Richardson; Hair – Hayley Wilkinson; Make-Up – to be confirmed; Stage Crew – to be confirmed; Dressers – to be confirmed

And the Winner Is…!!!

2012 Henley Drama Festival Awards

Class I – Open (i.e. best play) goes to THE TRAIN OUT OF CLOON, written and directed by Caroline Bowder and performed by The Henley Players

Class V – Best Original play goes to THE TRAIN OUT OF CLOON

Nominations: Best Actress – Liz McEwen; Best Actor – Tim Green; Best Supporting Actor – Bill Port

Caroline Bowder richly deserved these awards. It was her first experience of directing a play and considering the enormous, last minute problems she had she did an amazing job. Our heartfelt congratulations got to her, her cast and crew and once again The Henley Players can be proud of a great achievement at this year’s festival.

We all wish her similar success at Wallingford, on Wednesday 13 June.

Kate Lindsey, Chair, The Henley Players


SPRING PRODUCTION 2012…..THE BROWNING VERSION and HARLEQUINADE by Terence Rattigan, directed by Graham Fyffe, 13th -17th March, 2012. Please see ‘Events’ page for readings and auditions.

This will be a SPARKLING duo of plays, with GREAT parts of folk of all ages, so please don’t miss out!

‘Bedroom Farce’ nominated for NODA award!

Great news! The Henley Players have been nominated by the regional NODA representative for the Redhead Drama Award for their production of Bedroom Farce. Congratulations all round… another accolade for this very successful show!

The winner of the award and the runner-up will be announced at the London Regional Conference on Sepember 18th: this is at the Wyllyots Theatre, Potters Bar. Please contact Jenny Haywood if you are interested in attending the ceremony.

If you would like to read the NODA report for this show, please click here.

‘Pack of Lies’ is Pack of Talent!

Director Kate Lindsey and the committee of The Henley Players are thrilled to have a top-flight cast for our autumn production of Pack of Lies.

Bob Jackson – Peter O’Sullivan
Barbara Jackson – Jenny Haywood
Julie Jackson – Grace Plant
Helen Kroger – Margie Barrass
Peter Kroger – James Taylor
Stewart – Richard Evans
Thelma – Morna Towers
Sally – Marilyn Shah

Kenton Kudos for our Festival Play

Our festival offering Roman Fever picked up one of the most prestigious prizes – that of best actress. This rather modest play, in comparison with some of the entries, certainly won the heart of the adjudicator for its acting, so much so that she felt she couldn’t separate the award between Liz McEwen and Jenny Haywood and therefore, and extremely unusually, nominated both of them to jointly share the award. So, we are doubly delighted. As director of the play I can’t tell you how proud I was on Saturday watching Liz and Jenny step up onto the stage to receive their prize. They had both worked their socks off in a very short space of time – just seven rehearsals. And let’s not forget Peter Dayton, whose lovely cameo appearance, also drew words of praise from the adjudicator for looking so smart and convincing as the head waiter.

Kate Lindsey, director.

Do come along and support this production at the Wallingford Corn Exchange, 13-17 June.

Festival Fever – Roman Fever!

Our festival entry, Roman Fever, by Hugh Leonard has been cast and rehearsals are proceeding apace. We have a very experienced cast as follows:

Mrs Slade – Liz McEwen
Mrs Ansley – Jenny Haywood
Head Waiter – Peter Dayton

This is a lovely short piece based on an Edith Wharton short story; it has a real twist that will really keep you guessing! Come along and support this production at The Kenton Drama Festival and the Wallingford Corn Exchange Drama Festival.

The 40th Kenton Drama Festival runs from 4-7 May 2011

The Wallingford Corn Exchange Drama Festival runs from 13-17 June

Good luck to all involved!

Pack of Lies

Two readings will be held for our autumn production of Hugh Whitemore’s Pack of Lies. The first will be held on our regular monthly club night at Zizzis on Monday 9th May, the second at Harpsden Hall on Thursday 26th May. Auditions to follow on Thursday 2nd June, also at Harpsden Hall. All meetings to start at 8 pm. For more information, please contact contact Kate Lindsey.

Also, if you’d like to get involved in helping out with this production in any non-acting way, we’d love to hear from you!