Past Productions

 
Hansel and Gretel

In the quiet town of Pleasantville there reside two rival bakers, who both claim to be ‘the best baker in town’. Ma Kipling and Barry Bagel. But the question of who truly is the best is about to be settled once and for all, when ‘The Great British Bakeoff’ comes to town. But bad-boy Bagel isn’t about to play fair and instructs his two henchmen, Gary and Baldi to steal the secret recipe for Ma Kipling’s ‘Fabulous Featherlight Fairy-cakes’. Meanwhile, Ma Kipling’s estranged nephew and niece, Hansel and Gretel turn up out of the blue, having escaped the clutches of their wicked stepmother. But it’s a case of ‘out of the frying-pan and into the fire for them, as they end up being kidnapped by Gary and Baldi as a backup for them failing to get hold of Ma’s secret recipe. They are taken to the woods and then left stranded there when a wolf appears and the kidnappers run away. Hansel and Gretel then spy a little cottage in the woods and go to it seeking help. To their astonishment, they discover it’s made of gingerbread and the hungry pair can’t resist breaking of a piece and eating it. Thus rousing the owner, who happens to be a witch. Ma Kipling along with her daughter Ulrika and shop-boy Oswald set off to find Hansel and Gretel, assisted by Prince Oliver who has arrived to take part in a presentation at the Bakeoff. Two inept police officers, Flip and Flop are also involved in the search, but prove to be about as useful as chocolate teapots. In a hilariously funny scene, Barry Bagel finally gets his hands on Ma Kipling’s secret recipe, in return for telling her where Hansel and Gretel are. And things are brought to a head in the final scene, which is a clever parody of ‘The Great British Bakeoff’.

 

 
Calamity Dame

The inhabitants of Big Gulp are desperate for the Railroad to come through their town and put it on the map, but the Indian Chief wants the land protected to save the legendary Big Gulp Bunny, whose access to the Feeding Grounds would be disrupted by the train line. The scheming Frankston Frugal of the Railroad company arrives with his legal documents and gets everyone to sign, but are they giving away more than they know? Calamity's beautiful sister knows the truth and must enlist the help of the Sheriff, the Chief, Calamity and the BGB himself to defeat the villain.
 

 

 

60 Diamond Years

In the beginning….

On Sunday evening in June 1953 a group of young people met in the new orchard house in Pratts Bottom, the home of Vikki & peter Purnell, to discuss the possibility of forming a drama group in and for the village. The original ideas were from Lou Lfe and his sister Pamela and Bernard and Evelyn Rice, who all lived in the village. With six years of war and five years of austerity and shortage, the feeling was that we wanted to start a society for our community which would be worthwhile and enjoyable. The idea took off and new members joined and our first production was in April 1954 a comedy/thriller called ‘High Sprits’ We made a stage form trestle tables borrowed curtains form the WI and had bare essentials for lighting and sound. Despite our primitive start we survived and went on to do more ambitious productions, learning trade and making new friends. Though the years we have tried all sorts of plays, festival plays, comedies, thrillers, classic dramas, music halls and our spectacular pantomime every January! We have enjoyed play reading, poetry evenings and tripes to Chichester festival and have supported many village events as well as our own social evenings.

 

“As present I look back on those 60 years with great affection and thanks to all those, past and present members who have helped to make the original idea into such a long lasting reality”. Vicky Purnell, President

 

 

In the beginning….

On Sunday evening in June 1953 a group of young people met in the new orchard house in Pratts Bottom, the home of Vikki & peter Purnell, to discuss the possibility of forming a drama group in and for the village. The original ideas were from Lou Lfe and his sister Pamela and Bernard and Evelyn Rice, who all lived in the village. With six years of war and five years of austerity and shortage, the feeling was that we wanted to start a society for our community which would be worthwhile and enjoyable. The idea took off and new members joined and our first production was in April 1954 a comedy/thriller called ‘High Sprits’ We made a stage form trestle tables borrowed curtains form the WI and had bare essentials for lighting and sound. Despite our primitive start we survived and went on to do more ambitious productions, learning trade and making new friends. Though the years we have tried all sorts of plays, festival plays, comedies, thrillers, classic dramas, music halls and our spectacular pantomime every January! We have enjoyed play reading, poetry evenings and tripes to Chichester festival and have supported many village events as well as our own social evenings.

 

“As present I look back on those 60 years with great affection and thanks to all those, past and present members who have helped to make the original idea into such a long lasting reality”. Vicky Purnell, President

 

California Suite

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Conservative middle-aged businessman Marvin Michaels is the Visitor from Philadelphia, who awakens to discover a prostitute named Bunny, unconscious in his bed after consuming a bottle of vodka. With his wife Millie on her way up to the suite, he must find a way to conceal all traces of his uncharacteristic indiscretion.

 

The Visitors from Chicago are two affluent couples who are best friends. Stu Franklyn and his wife Gert and Mort Hollender and his wife Beth are taking a much-needed vacation together. Things begin to unravel quickly when Beth is hurt during a mixed doubles tennis match and Mort accuses Stu of having caused her injury by lobbing the ball.
 

 

 

 
 
Taught A Lesson
 
Treasure Island

Jim Hawkins is a young boy who lives at his parents’ inn, the Admiral Benbow, near Bristol, England, in the eighteenth century. An old sea captain named Billy Bones dies in the inn after being presented with a black spot, or official pirate verdict of guilt or judgment. Jim is stirred to action by the spot and its mysterious, accurate portent of Billy’s death. Hastily, Jim and his mother unlock Billy’s sea chest, finding a logbook and map inside. Hearing steps outside, they leave with the documents before Billy’s pursuers ransack the inn.

Jim realizes that the contents he has snatched from the sea chest must be valuable, so he takes one of the documents he has found to some local acquaintances, Dr. Livesey and Squire Trelawney. Excited, they recognize it as a map for a huge treasure that the infamous pirate Captain Flint has buried on a distant island. Trelawney immediately starts planning an expedition. Naïve in his negotiations to outfit his ship, the Hispaniola, Trelawney is tricked into hiring one of Flint’s former mates, Long John Silver, and many of Flint’s crew. Only the captain, Smollett, is trustworthy. The ship sets sail for Treasure Island with nothing amiss, until Jim overhears Silver’s plans for mutiny. Jim tells the captain about Silver and the rest of the rebellious crew.

Landing at the island, Captain Smollett devises a plan to get most of the mutineers off the ship, allowing them leisure time on shore. On a whim, Jim sneaks into the pirates’ boat and goes ashore with them. Frightened of the pirates, Jim runs off alone. From a hiding place, he witnesses Silver’s murder of a sailor who refuses to join the mutiny. Jim flees deeper into the heart of the island, where he encounters a half-crazed man named Ben Gunn. Ben had once served in Flint’s crew but was marooned on the island years earlier.

Meanwhile, Smollett and his men have gone ashore and taken shelter in a stockade the pirates have built. Jim returns to the stockade, bringing Ben with him. Silver visits and attempts a negotiation with the captain, but the captain is wary and refuses to speak to him. The pirates attack the stockade the next day, and the captain is wounded. Eager to take action, Jim follows another whim and deserts his mates, sneaking off to hunt for Ben’s handmade boat hidden in the woods.

After finding Ben’s boat, Jim sails out to the anchored ship with the intention of cutting it adrift, thereby depriving the pirates of a means of escape. He cuts the rope, but he realizes his small boat has drifted near the pirates’ camp and fears he will be discovered. By chance, the pirates do not spot Jim, and he floats around the island until he catches sight of the ship drifting wildly. Struggling aboard, he discovers that one of the watchmen, Israel Hands, has killed the other watchman in a drunken fit. Jim takes control of the ship, but Israel turns against him. Jim is wounded but kills Israel.

Jim returns to the stockade but finds it occupied by the pirates. Silver takes Jim hostage, telling the boy that the captain has given the pirates the treasure map, provisions, and the use of the stockade in exchange for their lives. Jim realizes, however, that Silver is having trouble managing his men, who accuse him of treachery. Silver proposes to Jim that they help each other survive by pretending Jim is a hostage. However, the men present Silver with a black spot and inform him that he has been deposed as their commander.

In a desperate attempt to gain control of his crew, Silver shows them the treasure map to appease them. Silver leads Jim and the men to the treasure site, but they are shocked to find it already excavated and the treasure removed. The men are angered and near mutiny again. At that moment Dr. Livesey, Ben Gunn, and the others fire on the pirate band, which scatters throughout the island. Jim and Silver flee, and are guided by the others to Ben’s cave, where Ben has hidden the treasure, which he had discovered months before.

After spending three days carrying the loot to the ship, the men prepare to set sail for home. There is a debate about the fate of the remaining mutineers. Despite the pirates’ submissive pleas, they are left marooned on the island. Silver is allowed to join the voyage, but he sneaks off the ship one night with a portion of the treasure and is never heard from again. The voyage home comes to a close. Eventually, Captain Smollet retires from the sea, and Ben becomes a lodge-keeper. Jim swears off treasure-hunting forever and suffers from nightmares about the sea and gold coins.

 
When we are Married

Twenty-five years ago, the Helliwells, the Parkers and the Soppitts were married on the same day and by the same person. They have now gathered at the Helliwell home to celebrate their silver wedding. These staunch West Riding chapel folk have summoned the new organist to reprimand him for courting an unidentified maiden. To their consternation, he tells them that he recently met the person who conducted the triple wedding ceremony, and who was not authorized to do so. Pandemonium breaks out when these pillars of society believe they have been living in sin for 25 years. Period 1900.

 
Three Short Plays
 
Cinderella

Once upon a time, there was a beautiful girl named Cinderella. She lived with her wicked stepmother and two stepsisters. They treated Cinderella very badly. One day, they were invited for a grand ball in the king’s palace. But Cinderella’s stepmother would not let her go. Cinderella was made to sew new party gowns for her stepmother and stepsisters, and curl their hair. They then went to the ball, leaving Cinderella alone at home.

Cinderella felt very sad and began to cry. Suddenly, a fairy godmother appeared and said, “Don’t cry, Cinderella! I will send you to the ball!” But Cinderella was sad. She said, “I don’t have a gown to wear for the ball!” The fairy godmother waved her magic wand and changed Cinderella’s old clothes into a beautiful new gown! The fairy godmother then touched Cinderella’s feet with the magic wand. And lo! She had beautiful glass slippers! “How will I go to the grand ball?” asked Cinderella. The fairy godmother found six mice playing near a pumpkin, in the kitchen. She touched them with her magic wand and the mice became four shiny black horses and two coachmen and the pumpkin turned into a golden coach. Cinderella was overjoyed and set off for the ball in the coach drawn by the six black horses. Before leaving. the fairy godmother said, “Cinderella, this magic will only last until midnight! You must reach home by then!”

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