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

Ring Round the Moon (Anouilh/Fry)

'Ring Round The Moon' is a translation of the French play 'L’Invitation au Chateau' by Jean Anouilh.When the play was first presented at the Globe Theatre in 1959, The Times described Jean Anouilh as ‘a dramatist widely accounted the most original of the group now ruling the Paris theatre’.

Anouilh was a theatrical poet, not a poet of words; he was a poet of words acted, or scenes set, of players performing.  Sadly, he was a classic example of the writer who became too successful with his audiences to please the so-called theatrical ‘intellectuals’.

Christopher Fry, who wrote the translation of the play for an English audience, described the play as ‘a charade with music’.


Joshua                      -      Tony Phillips

Hugo                         -      Keith Nuttall

Frederic                     -      Keith Nuttall

Diana Messerschmann  -    Lisa Makin

Lady India                  -     Carole Tedman

Patrice Bombelles      -       Trevor Osbourn

Madame Desmortes   -       Alison Howells

Capulet                      -     Sylvia Martinelli

Messerschmann         -      Gordon Cummings

Romainville                 -    Brian Carter

Isabelle                      -    Issy O’Beirne

Her Mother                 -    Jennifer Scott-Reid

A General                   -    Ron Edney

The play was directed by Patricia Truelove


REVIEW by Colin Spiro

Individuals shine in tale of twins.

Like an unwilling car on a winter’s morning, the Clavering Players’ latest production had to overcome a stuttering start before the cast settled down and warmed to the occasion; perhaps, the theatrical equivalent of WD40 should have been administered beforehand.

To take on a play involving identical twins posed unique problems and this may well have contributed to the slow start, but once 'Ring Round the Moon' was up and running, the production purred with confidence and clarity.

That it ignited so successfully was largely due to a timely and much needed injection of energy and enthusiasm from Carole Tedman and Trevor Osbourn - Lady India and Patrice Bombelles respectively.Prior to that, Keith Nuttall had, understandably, struggled to establish his dual presence as the twins Hugo and Frederic.

To me, the essence of good theatre is belief in the characters portrayed, but unfortunately, this production suffered through too many of its leading lights being either stilted or too ready to ham it up.However, these should not detract from the overall vivacity of the production, which did include some praiseworthy individual performances.

In particular, Tony Phillips gave a splendid rendition of the crumbling butler Joshua, and Gordon Cummings was in fine fettle as the melancholy millionaire.

Issy O’Beirne also shone as the unexpected belle of the ball, but my own favourite was her irrepressible mother, played by Jennifer Scott-Reid.Her grating portrayal brought to mind a rather unusual cocktail of Alison Steadman in Abigail’s Party and Michael Crawford’s 'Frank Spencer' character.

Overall, the two and a half hour play was an enjoyable evening.

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