Readings and Auditions for ‘After the Dance’

Our March 2017 production will be ‘After the Dance’ by Terence Rattigan, author of ‘The Browning Version’, ‘The Deep Blue Sea’ and ‘The Winslow Boy’. Directed by Rachel Head. Venue for readings and auditions: Harpsden Hall, 8:00 pm.

There are five female roles, and eight male, of which two double as party guests, across a range of acting ages.

Readings are on 19 and 25 October. Auditions to follow on 26th and 27th October, same time, same place. Rachel’s synopsis can be accessed here. Audition pieces can be accessed here.

Autumn 2016 production events

The readings for Comic Potential, our Autumn 2016 production, to be directed by Mike Huntington, have been arranged for 26th. and 31st. May at Harpsden Hall, beginning at 8.00pm. These will be followed by two auditions, one on 2nd June and the other on 7th.June, both again in Harpsden Hall from 8.00pm. This is a very funny play (and a little off-the wall, if Mike has his way!), so do come along to the readings and auditions and give Mike every support. The character list and synopsis can be accessed here.


Fresh upon our successes at the Henley Drama Festival at the Kenton Theatre…..the award for the Best Original Play (thanks, Ronnie!) and two nominations for Charlie…Best Supporting Actor and Magic Moment, we now have received two nominations for the main NODA awards for our production of The Accrington Pals.

One is for the Pat Redhead Drama Award for the best play (whole NODA London and South area), for which we won the runner-up prize last year for Quartet, and the other is for the Sybil Conway award for Best Actress for Hannah Roberts for her performance as May Hassal.

Andy Marlow and Jenny Haywood had the equivalent for their performances in Quartet last year, and it is lovely to see Hannah and the Pals carrying on the tradition. Long may it continue!

Cast announced for ‘The LadyKillers’

The Henley Players’ spring (11-14 March 2015) production will be The LadyKillers, adapted from the film version, by Graham Lineham and directed by Jill Richardson.

The casting was very difficult, but we are thrilled to have the winning combination of:
Mrs Wilberforce – Margie Barrass
Constable Macdonald – Ian Beyts
Professor Marcus – Frank Augur
Major Courtney…….Tim Green
Harry Robinson – Jude Mawbey
One-Round – Darrel Poulos
Louis Harvey – Bruce Smith
Mrs Tromleyton – Liz Mcewen
Mrs Wilberforce’s guests – Wendy Huntley, Marilyn Shah and Nansi Diamond

Do come along to this cracking production and bring your friends! Buy ten tickets and get one free!

Cast announced for ‘Accrington Pals’

The Henley Players’ autumn (15-18 October 2014) production will be The Accrington Pals, by Peter Whelan and directed by Jan Corby.

Director Jan Corby describes this play as follows: The play is set in Accrington, Lancashire. The play’s main focus is on the lives of those who were left behind, especially the women, but also the brave male volunteers, which led to the creation of ‘Pals’ regiments from towns and regions in the U.K. In this particular play The Accrington Pals, the men that faced the horror that was the Battle of the Somme (whose battalion’s formal name was The 11th Battalion and whose names are commemorated on the cenotaph which stands in Oak Hill Park, Accrington). The play is poignant and harrowing but often has comic vignettes which portray the everyday life of a town bereft of men.

‘Eva’ – Sabrina Fawcett
‘Sarah’ – Janice Selkirk
‘Bertha’ – Aimee McGoldrick
‘Annie’ – Pam Pitts
‘May’ – Hannah Roberts
‘Tom’ – Harry Petrie
‘Ralph’ – Charlie McMann
‘Reggie’ – Jude Mawbey
‘Company Sergeant Major Rivers’ – Steve Baxter
‘Arthur’ – Andy Marlow

Jan says: “If you would like to help out with this show, please get in touch with me” Jan Corby. We would love to have you involved!”

Quartet Cast & Crew Announced

We are thrilled to have on board for our Spring 2014 production of Ronald Harwood’s Quartet, the following cast and crew (full crew TBC):

Cecily Robson (Cissy) – Jenny Haywood
Reginald Paget – Frank Augur
Wilfred Bond – Andy Marlow
Jean Horton – Caroline Bowder
(Voice of) Bobby Swanson – Geoffrey Atkinson

Director – Bill Bowder
Director’s Assistant/Prompt – Angela Pengilley
Stage Manager – Jerry Anderson
Lighting – Derek Gilbert
Sound – Bruce Smith
Set Design – Bill Bowder/Jerry Anderson/Bruce Smith
Set Painting – Steve Allender
Props – Kate Lindsey, Jo Hunt
Costume – Hannah Roberts
Make-up – Lucia Ercolani
Photography – Ioan Havard
Publicity – Rowena McMenamin, Bill Bowder, Grainne Harling, Kate Lindsey, Jenny Haywood

Giuseppe Verdi. Master of the Human Voice

Georg Briner has kindly written us an absolutely cracking piece on Verdi. Did you know that Verdi was THE superstar composer of his day? Here’s a taster from Georg’s piece: “In the world of opera, Giuseppe Verdi stands as a giant. His works are known and loved all over the world. They were HUGE hits in his own lifetime, as they still are today: Wikipedia counted 2,586 performances of 28 different Verdi operas worldwide in the last 5 years alone, putting him comfortably at the head of the ‘most performed’ league table.”

To read more about the life of this fascinating artist, please access Georg’s full write-up. A translation of the famous Quartet scene is conveniently included.