We have had some notable successes at these. In recent years Blue Remembered Hills reached the semi-finals of the All England in 2004, and The Dear Departed won at Leatherhead in 2010.
We have a strong social life as well, with play-readings, theatre outings and other events throughout the year. We welcome guests producers and actors from other groups; indeed a number of our members also support other local groups. We are always looking out for and welcome new members, particularly performers, back-stagers, helpers and organisers who are prepared to assist on the committee.
REVIEW: Natural causes
Christopher Sykes spends an evening at one of the most professional and most entertaining events to be enjoyed recently in the Village.
Black comedy at its funniest and best always beats expectations and that’s exactly what happened at May 2017’s performance of ‘Natural Causes’, written by the talented Eric Chappell and performed by the brilliant Woldingham Players.
Truthfully, you could well believe that this performance was the forerunner of a move to the West End, similar to the way many plays are first trialled and launched in the provinces. Sad therefore that so many Villagers, especially the younger folk who rarely attend these events, and will never know what they missed. Not so the nearly 200 (few of whom were under 50) who attended over its three night run and will never forget.
If I hesitate in outlining the plot it is because it may shock you and my adjectives of admiration will be dashed and disbelieved. Sadly, I cannot water this down so please swallow the idea of an odourless, all-natural poison which causes a painless suicide and is delivered on special request by a visiting ‘consultant’!
Personified by the brilliant Reg Anderson, Vince visits a beautiful country house, acting like a double-glazing salesman, mistakenly assuming that his solution was the final solution for owner Walter, played in a slightly John Cleese way by Joe Crisfield. It wasn’t; he wanted it for his very depressed wife Celia, played by Rachel Rowson, because he was having it off with his secretary Angie, coquettishly played by Harriet Jackson. (Take a shock break now for an Interval, drinks and raffle and delighted chat throughout the Village Hall).
Pretty dangerous to leave poison like that around in sherry glasses because you never know who’s going to drink it or be given it. So naturally, the chaos of near-misses, personal confession and comedy left us all in a fit of giggles and unending surprise. Not least surprising in response to a call from Walter was the sudden appearance of a Samaritan, Withers (“Damn, we are not supposed to mention our name”), played in his often frenetic way by Gary Pollak. He too was so befuddled that the temptation of a shot of sherry would have been a great relief even though he thought he had been done for after downing an orange juice. Fortunately, they all survived except one.
Naughty Vince hung around hoping for a bit of nooky now that Walter and his girlfriend had eloped, but wife Celia was more interested in counting her chickens (money actually). Now totally confused but ready to move on to another client in Slough, Vince inadvertently took a taste of his own medicine and that was the instant ‘Fin’ on an unmissable night!
Once again congratulations to all the cast and many thanks to clever producer Colin Brown, backed up by his plethora of regularly hard-working backstage and front of house team. 175 productions in 90 years is why Woldingham Players is so professional!
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Colin Brown – 01883 652005, moc.n1498732771sm@nw1498732771orbpm1498732771uj1498732771
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