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

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Outside Edge (Harris)

Set in a cricket Pavilion, Outside Edge deals with an eventful Saturday   afternoon in the lives of five men and four women. Roger struggles to keep   together his team to play against the British Railways Maintenance Division   Yeading East, while the wives and girlfriends of his players help and hinder to   devastating and hilarious effects.

With its cracking comic script, absence of set changes and a cast almost equally   split between men and women, Outside Edge is not surprisingly a perennial   favourite among amateur drama groups and their audiences

The action takes place at the cricket pavilion before and during a match, with   the pitch being offstage where the audience is sitting.

While the play is ostensibly about cricket, it’s actually about relationships -   and Harris is soon lifting the lid on all manner of angst and extra-marital   shenanigans among the lead characters.



The Cast.

Roger (The Club Captain) – Peter Simmons

Miriam (Roger's Wife) – Jennifer Scott-Reid

Bob – Richard Westbrook

Dennis – Stephen Williams

Kevin – Keith Nuttall

Maggie (Kevin's Wife) – Charlotte Foster

Ginnie (Bob's Wife) – Netti Hayes

Alex – James Kirk

Sharon – Corinne Wilkinson

Director – Gordon Cummings


A review by Rex Walford

'Quintessential Play Keeps you

on the Outside Edge'

In the depths of gloomy February, a white-coated, Panama-hated  and be-sweatered umpire marshalled the front-of house as Clavering Players  entertained their audiences with a play which perceptively captures aspects of  a quintessential English summer pastime - local cricket - though, as producer  Gordon Cummings observed in the programme note, the triumphs are travails of  North Orpington C.C. would strike a chord with anyone involved in a club or voluntary  society of any kind.

Richard Harris' delightful, soft-centred, comedy begins on  the steps of a cricket pavilion just before the Saturday game is due to start. Captain  of the team Roger Dervish (played with unrelenting fervour by Peter Simmons) is  gathering his troops, but beset by last-minute cancelations and the  complications created by wives and girlfriends. Bob, the number 3 batsman  (Richard Westbrook) send Roger distraught by ducking out to see his ex-wife,  but his present wife Ginnie (Netti Hayes) arrives unexpectedly to sunbathe on  the pavilion steps.

Dennis, a carpet-salesman, (Stephen Williams) who apparently  gets everything on discount, is doing his best to ingratiate himself with all  and sundry and surveying the talent. Little Kevin the off-spinner has a bad  finger, but is being solicitously mothered by big fur coated D-I-Y enthusiast  Maggie, who loves him to death - a well-characterised pair of cameos from Keith  Nuttall and Charlotte Foster, who didn't quite have the full physical contrast  ideally needed, but who provided a spirited double-act.

Alex the young public schoolboy (given sharp definition by  James Kirk), brings along a go-go dancer whom he has met the night before but  whom, in the cold light of day, he treats with disdain.

Poor Sharon (a despairingly cheerful Corine Wilkinson),  overcome with social angst, eventually locks herself in the lavatory to escape  the small talk she can't handle. Behind all this Rogers wife potters busily,  preparing the teas as she always has, but harbouring resentment about being  taken for granted and also growing doubt about what Roger did in Dorking last  summer. Jennifer Scott-Reid’s portrayal of the long-suffering Mim was a key  factor in the success of the evening, her anguished body-language often  offering a telling contrast to her even toned demeanour.

This piece was gently and honestly played, and while some of  the performers seemed to lack the experience and skill to deliver and embellish  the delicious comedy one-liners and fully exploit the foibles Harris provides  in his characters, the play worked up vital pace and colour in the  well-choreographed second act.

Ken Kemp's effective set brought much of the action  downstage. The scoreboard was authentically erratic, and a brilliant pastiche  publication accompanied the programme - a 1972 cricket yearbook displaying the  talents of the gallant members of N.O.C.C - which added greatly to the  enjoyment of the evening.