Curtain Call – May 2010


The up’s and down’s of a life in theatre

Directed by Jane Nugent, Bettine Manktelow’s comedy depicts an amusingly chaotic day in the life of Alec Partridge, Manager of the Thurlow Playhouse. He has a lot to deal with: Doreta Mason, director of an amateur production of Oklahoma at the theatre, upsets the stage crew with her demands for real horses in the show; Ms Murdstone, the far from genial agent from the Arts Council, arrives to assess the theatre’s eligibility for a grant; the Front of House manager’s flirty ways upset Alec’s secretary Val and, worst of all, Doreta’s husband Clarence, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, appears on the scene, bringing negotiation skills reminiscent of Attila the Hun, to bear on the ever-worsening situation. All ends happily (for most of them), but not before quite a few harsh words have been spoken.

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Curtain Call – written by Bettine Manktelow

Directed by Jane Nugent

Set designed by Steve Burdsall

The cast for Curtain Call (in order of appearance) was:

Character          –               Actor

Val Marshall            Fiona Burdsall
Alec Partridge                  Dan Ellis
Lulu Lynchpin               Jan Meeker
Doreta Mason         Denise Garland
Murphy                             Ian Bandy
Rita                                 Sian Parry
Ms Murdstone          Sheila McCann
Clarence Mason   Steve Lancashire

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The Hawarden Players are just days away from returning to the stage in ‘Potting On’, written by our own Fiona Burdsall!

Here’s a sneeky peek of what can be expected on stage as we return to the allotment first encountered in our 2016 comedy ‘Gone To Pot’

So we are about to find out how our favourite allotment users have fared over the last few years and also introduce you all to some new additions!
The main questions being, can Darren and Anthony manage a weekend without their wives without too much disaster? Will Bunny get her way and make the allotments more ‘exclusive ‘? Will Blodwen get her wicked way with the long suffering Travers? And most importantly, just what are the Timmins sisters up to?
Add to that a poonami, phone a friend and some serious news from a son to his father, and the allotment goers are back in fine form! Now then. Who’s for a nice cup of tea?
Directed by Michael Gilliland, performances of Potting On take place Thursday 27th, Friday 28th and Saturday 29th July 2023, and tickets can be purchased via this link
Alternatively you can get tickets by calling Box Office 01244 543229 or on the door on the evening of performances
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