Feb 6, 2019
Category: News
Posted by: Keith Nuttall


'ALLO ALLO' directed by Jennie Scott-Reid , to be performed on Friday 31st May, Saturday 1st June and Sunday 2nd June, at Clavering Village Hall

Clavering Players Website

Hang Up (Minghella)

Anthony Minghella was born in 1954 on the Isle of Wight of Italian  parents. Until 1981 he lectured in drama at The University of Hull. His stage  plays are 'Child's Play',' Whale Music', 'A Little Like Drowning', 'Two Planks  and a Passion', 'Made in Bankok' and 'Love Bites'.

'Hang Up' was commissioned by the choreographer, Jonathan  Lunn, to accompany a duet for himself and Lauren potter for London Contemporary  Dance Theatre. The play was subsequently broadcast on Radio 3 through the enterprise  for Robert Cooper.


The Cast.

He  - Ian Miller

She - Donna Briant

Director - Richard Westbrook


A review by Toby Allanson

(The Herts and Essex Observer)

'Players' Bazaar Feels

Bit Like Cheap Cast Offs'

It was two for the price of one with the Clavering Players  and the productions of 'Bazaar and Rummage' and 'Hang Up' felt like an  'everything must go sale'.

First up at the village hall on Thursday was Anthony  Minghella's 'Hang Up', a short one act telephone conversation drama detailing the  painful end to a doomed relationship, directed by Richard Westbrook.

The two performers Ian Miller as He and Donna Briant as She,  built the tension nicely. They did not rush the dialogue and there was an awkwardness  to the performances that successfully conveyed the knife-edge the couple were  walking.

The problems came when the production called for some  emotional fireworks. Miller and Briant's performances were too controlled,  there was not enough of the chaos that must accompany a break up. They simply could  not let themselves go.

Briant was back in Sue Townsend's 'Bazaar and Rummage', a  comedy drama about a jumble sale organised by a group of agoraphobics and their  social workers, again directed by Westbrook.

As with 'Hang Up', The actors, Jane Presland as Fliss, Juli  Salvi as Gwenda and a WPC, Glynis Cheers as Bell-Bell and Briant as Katrina,  entertained, but seemed stuck in third gear. The production trundled along nicely,  but lacked the necessary emotional shifts the script called for.

The exception was Jennifer Scott-Reid, who stood out with a  larger then life performance as the foul-mouthed Margaret. Hers was a genuinely  funny and touching portrayal of a woman coming to terms with personal demons.

The Clavering Players remain a tremendous outfit and,  hopefully, next time around, will be back to serving up top of the range  material rather than last season's cast-offs.