Awards

We’ve been nominated for 11 awards by Cornwall Drama Association for plays performed in 2018/19!

Raise the Roofs

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.

The Ghost Express

Mandy Rolleston

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.

Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward

20-24 April 2021

Directed by Mandy Rolleston

SYNOPSIS:
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.

A peek behind the scenes.

DIRECTOR

Mandy Rolleston

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.

Improbable Fiction

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.

Exposure

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.

Vice Versa

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

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

Dead Guilty

April 2009

A psychological thriller

by Richard Harris

Strike up the Banns

November 2008

A comedy by Olwen Wymark

Directed by Vanda Trotman

Cast:

Reg John Frankland
Geraldine Aline Turner
Billie Linda Capone
Bunny Richard Robinson
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.

Dying To Meet You

 

April 2008

Directed by Vanda Trotman

Cast

Richard John Eddy
Barbara Janet Jones
Tom Gary Pulfrey
Beryl Sandy Pulfrey
Clive Darren Drew
Gina Melanie Drew
Luciano Colin Gray
Miss Simmons Anne Brims

 

The Odd Couple

November 2007

Directed by Janet Jones

Cast

Mickey Anne Brims
Renee Avril Plunkett
Vera Janet Jones
Sylvie Melanie Drew
Olive Aline Turner
Florence Vanda Trotman
Manolo John Eddy
Jesus Darren Drew

Lettice & Lovage

Cast

Lettice Douffet Vanda Trotman
Lottie  Schően Janet Jones
Miss Framer Kay Ray
Mrs Bardolph  Avril Plunket


Laying the Ghost

November 2004

Directed by Janet Jones

Cast (in order of appearance)

Freda Deacon Avril Plunkett
Mrs Kidd Mary Druce
Margot Buchanan Aline Turner
Sadie Jess McGroarty
Lady Buchanan Vanda Trotman
Leo Buchanan Brian Plunkett
Superman Guy Watson

with Pip Dandy, Rob Druce & Lloyd Jones