Thursday, 2 February 2017

February open meeting

1st Feb at "Peepo" pizza restaurant on Bridgnorth High Street was a great start to the new year, with new folk welcomed and the previous year's activities reviewed. Officially it was the AGM, but having read reports and with the current officers raucously re-elected it was on with the fun. The Three Muskateers - le Panteau had parts for everyone - and a giant mollusc to boot. With time running out and Peepo shutting up shop it was resolved to continue the "performance" as a rehearsed play reading with supper later in the year. Warning for those of a gentle disposition: the innuendo is not suitable for children! Hoh hoh he hon!

Next meeting and play reading at the library in Listley Street on Wednesday 7th March.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Auditions "Quartet" Thursday 15th Dec

7.30pm at Birchmeadow Centre, Broseley
A read through for those interested in taking part in the Spring production of "Quartet" by Ronald Harwood. Four retired musicians, two men, two women - you may have seen the film version. David Bowgett directs.
Expressions of interest if you can't come to David Bowgett  Halifaxdavid@hotmail .com
Performance dates 31st, 1st April 7th ,8th April

Christmas social

Brilliant evening with good company, good food and entertainment. Can't wait for January club night on the 4th (not sure where it is to be held, but think the Library room is booked).

Friday, 7 October 2016

October -" Quartet"

Thanks are due to David Bowgett for bringing a couple of different play scripts to our October club night at Bridgnorth libray. "Quartet" by Ronald Harwood was a delight, with the four characters, residents in a retirement home for musicians, beautifully scripted. It is a play we could really get our teeth into and I look forward to seeing David direct it for Bridgnorth Players.  "Stevie" is a three hander by Hugh Whitmore based on the life of poet Stevie Smith (1902-1971) and it cleverly illuminates her character and poetry.

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Hobsons Choice

Hobsons Choice by Harold Brighouse was the club night play reading for September. It is a great story and great script and first performed in 1916. We'd love to put it on, but need to knock a few years off our collective ages. A Farndale version perhaps?

Speaking of which, I hope some other BP members got to see the Bridgnorth Musical Theatre Co's "Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild "Macbeth"" at the Castle Hall. It was an absolute hoot! They performed on the stage with lovely new curtains to boot. I enquired how they got their lighting set up (lighting bar at great height) - the answer is that they employ a company to provide all the lighting, instal and remove it. Mmmm.

October's club night play reading on Wednesday 5th at the Library, Listley Street is "Quartet" by Ronald Harwood.

Shakespeare Review review

The summer 2016 production involved lots of people and was well received. It is a great collection of Shakespeare spoofs with music (thanks Julian Brown) and songs.
Good point: lots of members involved; Cons: difficult to get everyone together to rehearse and few non actors left to cover all the production team roles, such as organising poster distribution. Good point: an excellent stage manager in newcomer, Liz Roseblade; Cons: with so many actors it must have been like herding cats! Congratulations Liz for all you did.
Castle Hall had plenty of space, but being the layout of the set on the flat imposed limits on the seating layout. 3 rows and the audience have a view, any more and they don't.
Shakespeared out - next production is "Dancing at Lughnasa" by Brian Friel late November 2016.

Thursday, 23 July 2015


"Arsenic and Old Lace", a wonderful comedy and our proposed play for the autumn has had to be set aside for the time being. We love the play, the actors who auditioned are raring to go, but we just do not have enough MEN, even though Ralph, bless him, offered to take on the non speaking role of a corpse and Geoff, with new knees, was keen to tackle Dr Einstein.
So, will it be a different play to suit those available, or a one act, or two for that matter, or shall we focus on the forthcoming rehearsed play reading on Dec 6th and leave learning lines till the spring?