BACK ON THE BILLING!
16 – 20 NOVEMBER, 2021.
Written by Noël Coward. Directed by Mandy Rolleston.
For their next independent production, Gweek Players will be performing ‘Blithe Spirit’, Noël Coward’s celebrated comedy about a novelist, Charles Condomine, and his second wife, Ruth, who, thanks to eccentric medium Madame Arcati, are literally haunted by his first wife, Elvira.
When she appears, visible only to Charles, and determined to sabotage his current marriage, life – and the afterlife – get rather complicated.
There is a Licensed Bar retailing a range of alcoholic and soft drinks.
Tea and Coffee are also available.
Your ticket price includes a choice of dessert which you can select when you arrive at the Gweek Village Hall and will be served during the interval.
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BLITHE SPIRIT – Ticket Holders
Your tickets for the original date are currently being held in order to be transferred to the new date on the same weekday in November 2021. We very much hope that this will still be convenient for you.
If you’re unable to attend on the new date, please contact CRBO at http://www.crbo.co.uk or call 01726 879 500.
Blithe Spirit is set at the house of writer, Charles Condomine, and his wife, Ruth. One evening, Charles invites local eccentric medium, Madame Arcati, to hold a seance at his house. He asks along his friends, Dr and Mrs Bradman, intending to gather character inspiration from Madame Arcati for his latest book. Despite initially thinking the seance has been a failure, it soon becomes clear that Madame Arcati has unwittingly brought back Charles’ first wife, Elvira, to haunt him. Once in his house, Elvira is unable to leave and, as she cannot be seen or heard by Ruth, she causes all kinds of mischievous trouble between the married couple. When Elvira unwittingly causes Ruth’s death in her attempts to bring Charles over to be with her, Charles becomes haunted by both of his now-deceased wives. Frustrated by their odd situation, the threesome call on Madame Arcati once more to send Elvira and Ruth back to the other side. Intensely funny and character-driven, Blithe Spirit combines farce, emotion, and wit to great effect.
Theatre has always been part of my life. At the tender age of 4 years old I was a ‘ruby jewel’ in the pantomime Aladdin directed by my mother, and my sister played Aladdin. All through my growing up years I was either acting or dancing in some form or other. When I moved to Cornwall I became involved in many operatic productions and summer seasons for FAODS, followed by being a producer for Duchy Opera on tour, and treading the boards as well. It was in the early 90s myself and my dear friend Frances Mills formed our own theatre company, PALOS. We had 10 wonderful years of varied productions and venues. Cabaret, Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Noises Off and Chorus of Disapproval at Falmouth Arts Centre; Vivat Vivat Regina, Pygmalion, Our Country’s Good at Trelissick Gardens; The Lion in Winter, The Lark in Truro Cathedral for The Three Spires Festival. All this was funded by my credit card! We never made money but always managed to cover our costs. I am not known for doing things by halves and believe in doing things to the very best of our abilities with commitment and most importantly FUN! I look forward to meeting you all and putting on the play Blithe Spirit.
We’ve been nominated for 11 awards by Cornwall Drama Association for plays performed in 2018/19!
Our ‘Raise the Roofs’ events took place on the 20th and 21st July at Gweek Village Hall and the Tolmen Centre respectively.
The events were a huge success thanks to an enthusiastic team of volunteers and performers. A fantastic total of £518.44 was raised for Gweek Village Hall and £691.66 for Constantine WI Hall. A lot of fun was had by cast, crew and audience alike for these brilliant local causes.
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Theatre has always been part of my life. At the tender age of 4 years old I was a ‘ruby jewel’ in the pantomime Aladdin directed by my mother, and my sister played Aladdin. All through my growing up years I was either acting or dancing in some form or other. When I moved to Cornwall I became involved in many operatic productions and summer seasons for FAODS, followed by being a producer for Duchy Opera on tour, and treading the boards as well.
It was in the early 90s myself and my dear friend Frances Mills formed our own theatre company, PALOS. We had 10 wonderful years of varied productions and venues. Cabaret, Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Noises Off and Chorus of Disapproval at Falmouth Arts Centre; Vivat Vivat Regina, Pygmalion, Our Country’s Good at Trelissick Gardens;The Lion in Winter, The Lark in Truro Cathedral for The Three Spires Festival. All this was funded by my credit card! We never made money but always managed to cover our costs.
I am not known for doing things by halves and believe in doing things to the very best of our abilities with commitment and most importantly FUN!I look forward to meeting you all and putting on the play Blithe Spirit.
Directed by Margaret Ray.
Described by Lynne Walker (The Independant June 2005) “as insanely topsy turvey as Twelth Night” and Ayckbourn himself “A children’s play for Adults” this is an entertaining satire on literary styles which has the sole intention of being fun.
This production saw sell out audiences and received fantastic feedback from friends and supporters. Delivered with ultimate professionalism and style, this was Margaret Ray’s first outing as Director and she wowed the cast, creative team and viewers alike with an outstanding production.
The writer of Exposure, Frank Whately, is known personally to Director, Sandy Tyndale-Biscoe, and intrigued him by describing a play he’d written about the 19th century photographer Eadweard Muybridge. The play had been well received at the 2003 Edinborough Fringe, but the publishers Samuel French had rejected it as they considered it technically too demanding for amateur production. This, of course, was an irresistable challenge to anyone associated with Gweek Players, winners of the Cornwall Drama Association technical award for our production of The 39 Steps.
In a short play, that allows, indeed encourages, improvisation from the actors, Exposure presents, in a chronological melange (Muybridge was hailed as the “man who stopped time”), important events in Muybridge’s life, with time passing, stopping and reversing.
When searching for something to accompany Exposure, Sandy came across Don Nigro’s Charlie and the Siberian Monkey Goddess. As a component of his The Chaplin Plays, this stands well on its own, and is both funny, moving and philosophically challenging.
Gweek Players were thrilled to be the first am-dram company to be given permission to perform Vice Versa by Phil Porter. A hilarious, madcap farce based on the Roman comedies of Plautus, it was first performed by the RSC in Stratford in 2017 when it was a huge hit with audience and critics alike.
“This Racy Roman RIP-OFF is a laugh riot” (The Guardian)
Gweek Players are delighted to have won the District Achievement award at the NODA 2018 awards night for this production.
DIRECTED BY ALINE TURNER
The Memory of Water by Shelagh Stephenson
Directed by Angela Wetherill
14–17 March at Gweek Village Hall
It’s curious how three sisters who grew up under the same roof could hold such varied memories of their own childhoods. This is a poignant yet very funny play about sibling rivalry and relationships as three self-estranged sisters reunite on the eve of their mother’s funeral. Stories clash and secrets are revealed. How could they have grown so far apart? Their mother would wonder where it all went wrong?
“Wild humour and bruising emotion” – Daily Telegraph
Winner of the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Comedy
A psychological thriller
by Richard Harris
A comedy by Olwen Wymark
Directed by Vanda Trotman
|Mr Beamish||John Eddy|
|Mrs Carmichael||Janet Jones|
Reg has invited his pompous boss to dinner; his wife, Geraldine, feels that their marriage is getting dull and is ripe for mischief. Their daughter, Billie, wants to marry the boss’s son.
No-one is prepared for Geraldine’s decision to liven things up by impersonating Reg’s imaginary brother Rollo. Reg retaliates by dressing up as Rollo’s eccentric wife Lilian. When domineering Granny returns unexpectedly the scene is set for a great deal of comic misunderstanding.
This comedy is a rebel’s fantasy; a hostess’s nightmare and an hilarious treat for the audience.
Directed by Vanda Trotman
|Miss Simmons||Anne Brims|
Directed by Janet Jones
|Lettice Douffet||Vanda Trotman|
|Lottie Schően||Janet Jones|
|Miss Framer||Kay Ray|
|Mrs Bardolph||Avril Plunket|
Directed by Janet Jones
Cast (in order of appearance)
|Freda Deacon||Avril Plunkett|
|Mrs Kidd||Mary Druce|
|Margot Buchanan||Aline Turner|
|Lady Buchanan||Vanda Trotman|
|Leo Buchanan||Brian Plunkett|
with Pip Dandy, Rob Druce & Lloyd Jones