The Cook, The Reeve, The Wife and Some Others.

Do excuse the delay in getting this post to the blog, it has been a rather difficult fortnight, details of which many of you know and it is not necessary to get into them here. Suffice to say despite some tough days I have been well looked after and am able to get (bandaged) fingers back to keyboard. My current need for convalescence has meant that rehearsals for ‘All the Great Books’ were slightly affected but we got back in business on Monday and continue to get the groundwork down; we will be building on that over the next two months. It was certainly a welcome relief to me to be back in the saddle but more of that anon.

More imminently, of course, is our forthcoming recruitment evening on Sunday. I sincerely hope that some of you reading this have been brought here from our advertising and it would be great if you would follow the blog to keep up to date with events to come as well as share in some of the nostalgia from productions past. Details are in the previous post but it promises to be an enjoyable evening whether your interest be acting, lighting, sound, set design, costumes or refreshments. I certainly look forward to seeing a few of you there.

A little bit behind with the retrospectives, today’s dip into the archive takes us back to the Christmas of 2008 and the second play I had the pleasure of directing, Phil Woods and Michael Bogdanov’s modern reworking of ‘The Canterbury Tales’. in many ways this was a forerunner to last year’s ‘Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged)’ in so much as it was a series of vignettes and sketches connected by a running theme, this being the West Wickham Inaugural Chaucer Storytelling Competition. A carefully orchestrated piece with a smattering of audience interaction, the evening presented eight of Chaucer’s best loved tales in a variety of different formats. With music, dancing, combat, cross dressing and comedy it was a great three day run and each night had a different winner as voted for by the audience and arbitrated by Gill, our Host. With over 40 roles played by a cast of 22 it is amazing to think this was now nearly five years ago but it brings back such fantastic memories of a happy time with a magnificent cast and that, really, is what one really aspires to in this game. Here’s hoping that Sunday’s event will lay the foundations to put on another large casted epic in the very near future.

And with that I will say cheerio and get this leg up but will be back next week with the lowdown from the weekend and another series of photos to bring back warm memories of the great things we do.

Take care until then
M x

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