what a cracking night in the theatre we offered with "Stones
in his Pockets". The combination of Rod's enthusiasm, imagination,
thorough planning and attention to detail really paid off.
In addition, we were treated to lovely, warm and inventive
performances from Dave and Jimmy and Jess's gorgeous playing.
The simple set worked well and was subtly lit by Ian, with
evocative and witty slides from Dik. Richard stage managed
attentively. The commitment shown by Rod and the whole cast
and crew, can be measured by the fact that they rehearsed
every night in the week prior to opening (not possible,
I know, for plays with larger casts). Having seen two rehearsals
and two performances, I can testify to the effect this had
on the standards on display. Congratulations to all concerned!
The final production
this season is Chris Carpenter's take on "A Midsummer- Night's
Dream". Judging by the ideas discussed in planning and the
work already started on the set by The Golden Hammers (especially
John Ellam and Wendy Morris) this will be a beautiful and
rollicking end to the theatrical year. We wish Chris and
her large cast and crew all the very best!
And now some
announcements for the future. Starting 2019 in February
we have Michael Palin's comedy 'Weekend', directed by Vicky
Whitehill. March will see our Youth Theatre with the possibility
of a smaller main-house production the week after. Late
April sees John Scampion's production of the recently released
'King Charles III'. June is still to be announce and in
July we have the musical 'Yank!', a World War 2 musical
love story, with a moving and evocative score. Details of
these productions appear elsewhere.
Our new Box
Office system is up and running, so no excuses not to be
booking for the next - and future - Talisman productions.
Enjoy the summer.
/ Stephen Duckham