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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The Golden Pathway Annual (Burrows)

The play is a series of connected sketches following the life of Michael Peters from the age of 2 to 23. It is a nostalgic look back at the period from the end of the Second World War to the 1960's, but it is much more than that. Every scene is brilliantly written; the majority being hilarious, and the rest genuinely touching.

The play has a large cast of thirteen and, through a series of mostly comic sketches, tells the story of a boy growing up between 1945 and 1968.

For some, it will evoke nostalgic memories of the era in which it is set, but everyone will identify with the timeless and universal struggles of growing up; it is an enterprise of self-knowledge both painful and funny. For Michael Peters, The Golden Pathway Annual seems to be the perfect companion, but as he grows up, he discovers the many contradictions that can wear out an adult.


Officer             Ian Miller

George            Gordon Cummings

Enid                Jennifer Scott-Reid

Michael            Charles Harris

Chicken           Ian Miller

Collins              Ian Miller

Vadia               Chris Fryer

June                Kerri Millership

Miss Jones        Sue Clatworthy

Owen              James Benson

Roger               Chris Fryer

William              Kerri Millership

Lady                 Judy Curry

Mademoiselle     Siobhan Brunwin

The Head          Jim Ford


Director             Ken Kemp


Clavering Players took this production to the Cambridge Drama Festival in April 2008. The Festival took  place within The Mumford Theatre with Jill Colby as adjudicator.

Here are the awards Clavering Players were nominated for, and won.

Sound – Nominated

Costume – Nominated

Lighting – Nominated

Stage Presentation – Nominated

Best Cameo Role – Winner (Judy Curry)

Best Actor Ages 18 or  under – Winner (Charles Harris)

Best Actress – Nominated (Jennifer Scott-Reid)

Best Actor - Nominated (Gordon Cummings)


A REVIEW by Alex  James

(The Herts and Essex Observer)

'Golden Wonder'

Nostalgia, memory and the experience of growing up provide a rich seam for drama writers to mine  - but it takes something special to translate them to full effect for an audience; especially when all you've got  to work with is a handful of amateur players, two wooden chairs, one or two other basic props and a single, metaphorical painted backdrop, as in 'The Golden Pathway Annual'.

But the Clavering Players are skilled theatrical alchemists and they managed to turn this paltry list of ingredients into a stunning feast for the senses which will stay with me for a long time.

The mixed metaphor is rather appropriate considering some of the unsettlingly surreal  scenes  that ensued in the on-stage representation of the subconscious of a young boy born shortly after the end of the Second World War. Lighting and faultless performances – all the more noteworthy considering the dialogue-heavy nature of the script - combined to make watching this production a heady experience.

The play, a series of connected sketches, deals with the path to adulthood taken by only child Michael, who we follow from infancy to his early twenties guided by the titular annual, to which his parents, George and Enid - anxious for their son to avoid their humdrum, impoverished existence - subscribe in 1951.

Charles Harris was the star of the show in every sense, portraying Michael at various stages during his youth and displaying a sublime  sense of comic timing which went a long way to helping the production capture the perfect balance of wistfulness and humour.

It is possible to perform 'The Golden Pathway Annual' with far fewer than the eleven actors utilised by the  Players, but several still had the chance to display their versatility, most notably Ian Miller, who opened the play as an Army officer, appeared a few scenes later as a hilariously panic-stricken chicken, then immediately afterwards, as the annual salesman.

Gordon Cummings was note ­perfect as downtrodden George and provided some of the best scenes in his  confrontations with Michael, capturing the heart of the story perfectly as an ageing father who has learned he has no choice but to settle with his limited lot in life while his ambitious, idealistic and naive son is still coming to  terms with the harsh realities of a changing world.