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Oct 18, 2017
Category: News
Posted by: Teresa

We are looking forward to welcoming our audiences to our annual pantomime which, this year, is 'Robin Hood & the Babes in the Wood', directed by Jennifer Scott-Reid. Rehearsals are well under way and we can promise you there will be a lot of fun (if rehearsals are anything to go by!)

For more information, please click on the 'Future Productions' tab in the header above. You can book your tickets at: www.eventbrite.co.uk Don't be late and miss out! We look forward to seeing you.

Oct 6, 2017
Category: News
Posted by: Teresa

The spring production of 'Last of the Red Hot Lovers' directed by Sandra King was a great success, thoroughly enjoyed by enthusiastic audiences and received an excellent NODA review. Well done team!

Aug 2, 2016
Category: News
Posted by: Teresa

We are thrilled to announce that our festival production 'The Extraordinary Revelations of Orca the Goldfish' by David Tristram, came a very close runner up with just one point dividing us and the winning team from Woking.

Out of eleven entries, we thought it was a great result. Not only did we get the NDFA Council Trophy for runner up but also the John Scowen Award for Comedy and the Audience Appreciation award when all audience members who bought season tickets get to vote on their favourite production of the week. Thanks to all members and friends who supported us during this festival period.

Clavering Players Website
 

A Warwickshire Testimony (De Angelis)

Moving backward and forward from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present day, 'A Warwickshire Testimony' considers universal themes through its focus on the members of a British family in the industrial midlands.

Witty, fresh, deeply felt - April De Angelis' snapshots of village life show a century of change and demonstrate the truth of The Guardian's statement that 'There is no denying the sheer exuberance of De Angelis's writing'.

 

Cast:

Dorothy (Margery’s daughter)            Jennifer Scott-Reid

Tom (Dorothy’s husband)                  Richard Westbrook

Edie                                               Charlotte Foster

Margery (Edie’s sister)                       Emma James

George (Margery’s husband)              Peter Simmons

Edie (As an old lady)                         Jean Schofield

Gladys (Edie and Margery’s mother)     Sylvia Martinelli

Lady de Broke (Squire)                      Pat Truelove

Pregnant Woman                             Alison Howells

Hilary Betteridge                               Alison Howells

Dead Soldier                                    Gordon Cummings

Diggie                                             Gordon Cummings

Sandra (Edie’s assistant)                    Julia Simmons

 

Director                                           Peter Simmons

 

A Review by Toby Allanson

(The Herts and Essex Observer)

'Players Feel its Time for a Change'

Given the looming prospect of Stansted Airport expansion, 'A Warwickshire Testimony', a moving mediation on the trauma of change, was an apt choice by The Clavering Players.

April de Angelis’ play leapt backwards and forwards in time, between 1918 and 2000, as it charted the life of Edie, played as a young woman by Charlotte Foster and, in her old age, by Jean Schofield. Within that framework, Thursday’s production at Clavering Village Hall managed to encompass numerous themes: including the threat posed by developers to a rural way of life; the impact of two world wars; and the painful loss of children. The latter came as quite a shock when it reared its head towards the end of what had really been quite a gentle act one and proved the most emotive thread of the story.

Jennifer Scott-Reid, as the grieving and slightly unstable mother Dorothy, did well and always gave the impression she was a woman on the edge. Richard Westbrook, as her husband Tom, was also strong, although the less said about the wig, the better. Peter Simmons oozed pathos as George, convincingly  portraying his character’s journey from carefree youth to the resigned disappointment of middle age.

The most heart-stopping moment was provided by Gordon Cummings, in the role of the troubled Diggie cursed by the ability to see into the future. The horrors he foresaw on the edge of the quarry sent shivers down the spine. Foster and Schofield deserve tremendous credit for their performances in the Edie roles, the glue that held the production together. Director, Peter Simmons’ use of still images accompanying audio  scenes were powerful and his choice of music entirely fitting. While the play started as a battle against change and the idealisation of a bygone age, it finished with the characters embracing the future; accepting that nothing can stay the same; and that nothing is ever as good as we remember.