“Two Purple Gloves” by Michael Park featuring Libby Campion and Richard Hughes.
Doreen Beverley Stonehewer
Doris Janet Gillett
Mr. Lomax Jamie Stonehewer
Directed by Janet Gillett & Jamie Stonehewer
Mother Helen Drakeford
Daughter Shirley Knauf
Grandmother Rochelle Shapiro..
Directed by Shirley Knauf
“The Kingfisher “ by William Douglas Home
Director Wendy Smith
Hawkins Richard Hughes
Cecil Geoffrey Stansfield
Evelyn Wendy Smith
The Witching hour
The Cook...Shirley Knauf,
Madam Mandrake....Pauline McKay
The lady of the house...Janet Gillett
Man....Richard Hughes &
The March production of the Dinner Theatre was a special affair as it marked the 35th Anniversary of the founding of the group.
The production was the comedy Father’s Day by Eric Chappell.Henry, played by Henry Cooper, was very successful as lonely divorced man, suddenly jolted out of his quiet existence by the appearance of his estranged son, Matthew, played by Jamie Stonehewer. Jamie had another surprise for him, he had brought along his pregnant punk girlfriend, played by Beverley Stonehewer, and was suitably bewildered by his father’s lack of understanding. The final visitor was Henry’s ex wife, Sue, played by Janet Gillett and the dynamics between the family members was expertly portrayed.
Peter Bramall gives psycho-killer Peter Cadman a piece of his mind in "The Mozart Man".
Wendy Smith, the village shrew, makes Mike Lloyd, the village big noise, realise the consequences of his ill-gotten winnings in "A Husband for Breakfast"!!
Iris (Pat Blaker) and Lilian (Wendy Smith) give Carolyn (Ann Ellis) a hard time in "A Slight Inconvenience".
Liz (Eileen Cooper) saying something dizzy and testing the patience of her boss Carolyn (Ann Ellis) in "A Slight Inconvenience".
Mike Lloyd (Graham - left) and Peter Cadman (Director) take a bow after Mike's rendering of "A Chip in the Sugar".
Dottie (Wendy Smith) carring for her friend Rose (Jean Fenton) trying to bring some joy as eviction to a nursing home looms in "Watching the Magpies"
Lovebirds (if only they knew) David (Henry Cooper) and Edwina (Pat Blaker - centre) give sound advice to Angela (Jean Cooper) at the end of the over-60s holiday in "A Field Full"
Mrs Rogers (Rosaline Brothers) tells Mrs Phillips (Wendy Smith), the day care centre voluteer, how her fellow revolutionaries intend to enjoy themselves in the future.
Russ the Rat Catcher (Jamie Stonehewer) sends out "charming" signals from his electronic invention...
And Tessa the Teacher (Beverley Stonehewer) picks them up!!!
Over tea and cakes Arnold (Michael Baker) sweet talks Jennifer (Ann Ellis) into joining him on a cruise while his niece, Sandra (Dee O´Sullivan) looks on disapprovingly and sees her inheritance disappearing!
Pamela (Kay White) and Kate (Jane Scott) reminisce about their past with some surprising revelations
Tom (Jamie Stonehewer) explaining to Valerie (Beverley Stonehewer) why they should start an affair in potting shed. Is she being convinced or resisting temptation?
Man (Henry Cooper) having his peace on a park bench disturbed by the arrival of Woman (Jean Fenton).
Members of the Thespa board and other hangers-on wearing their latest charity shop bargains loosely follow a script as they perform Robin and His Hoodies in the annual pantomime.
Lady Winsome (Ann Ellis) giving James (Michael Baker), the chauffeur, the sack.
James (Michael Baker) berating Joe (Jamie Stonehewer), the gardener.
"House Husband" Walter (Peter Cadman) explaining his scheme to escape to Marrakech leaving bemused partner Vivien (Dee O'Sullivan) behind.
Walter's dreams must wait for another day as he contemplates that there may be "nowhere like home" with partner Vivien!
The surviving members of the "Proscenophobia" company assess the cruel circumstances that led to the demise of two of their companions
Ruby (Jean Cooper) and Griff (Henry Cooper) work out how to come to terms with their son's revelation that he is gay in "The Drag Factor" written by Frank Vickery.
Left to right: Rosie (Jane Scott), Marilyn (Beverley Stonehewer) and Agnes (Janet Norton) resolve life's issues against the background of the park "Ladies" in Cherry Vooght's "Night Song".
More words of wisdom from the "Lady of Letters" - Jean Fenton portraying the character of Alan Bennett's Irene Ruddock
Terry (Mike Lloyd) tries in vain to get the better of "Mother Figure" Lucy (Jane Scott standing), while his downtrodden wife Rosemary (Pat Blaker) adapts to whatever hand life deals her.
Gaston (Geoff Stansfield) selling his villa to wealthy Annabel (Wendy Smith)
Jayne (with a "Y" - Pat Blaker standing) cements her rapport with the mischievous Emily (Janet Norton) while anxious Nurse (Kay White) looks on.
Mary (Wendy Smith left) breaks bad news to her twin daughters (not identical) June (Ann Ellis) and Ruth (Eileen Cooper)
Entertainer, Sid Wright, recounting memories of his long and varied musical career under the watchful gaze of hostess, Margaret Spencer-Brooks
Experienced actress, Maggie Festoon (Janet Norton), has fun at the expense of a less experienced performer Pascaline Holbein (Pat Blaker)
Peter Darrell (Michael Baker) and his wife, Robyn (Ann Ellis) confront Jane Valentine (Jean Fenton) who has just happily told them that she has murdered her husband, David (Henry Cooper - not visible as he is moribund!!)
Minister (Henry Cooper) on the rack being interviewed by newcomer to the Thespa stage, Michael Barnes.
Minister (Henry Cooper) heeding advice from his Political Adviser (Jamie Stonehewer, while the haughty Civil Servant (Michael Baker) stands by.
Taking a bow in Whitehall: left to right Michael Barnes, Michael Baker, Henry Cooper, Jamie Stonehewer, Geoff Stansfield and Ann Ellis.
Star of Radio and MC for the Christmas Evening: Peter Cadman
Star of Yorkshire Radio: Ann Ellis
Star of Radio Manchester: Jean Fenton
Star of Radio Berkshire: Janet Norton
Star of Rustic Radio: Mike Lloyd
Star of Home Counties Radio: Margaret Spencer-Brooks
Star of Radio Tropical: Michael Baker (I think!)
Mrs Morgan (Veronica Wright) and Gladys (Janet Norton) enjoy a chat on the Promenade at Cold Sands
Detective Mr Frute (Peter Bramall) and Mrs Morgan (Veronica Wright) discover love!!
Lord Melbourne (Peter Bramall) presents a list of suitable suitors to the young Queen Victoria (Beverley Stonehewer) - she is not amused!!
Willie Mossop (Geoff Stansfield) thought that he was betrothed to Ada Figgins (Pat Blaker, centre) but learns that he is in fact spoken for by Maggie Hobson (Janet Norton). He is a worried man!!
Ladies at "The Play Reading" discussion their next production: left to right Ann Ellis (Margaret), Dee O'Sullivan (Rachel), Jean Cooper (Jean) and Margaret Spencer-Brooks (Mrs Prentice)
Henry Cooper (B.S.) contemplates the ratings war with hapless assistant with Geoff Stansfiel (Broun)
Lady Bracknell (Janet Norton) holds forth.
The Reverend Chasuble (Michael Barnes) and Miss Prism (Margaret Spencer-Brooks) plan a walk in the garden together.
Cecily Cardew (Dee O'Sullivan) entertains Algernon Moncrieff (Peter Cadman) under the watchful gaze of Merriman, the Butler (Jim Fenton)
Cecily Cardew (Dee O'Sullivan) and Gwendolen Fairfax (Pat Blaker) compare notes about their respective suitors
Algernon Moncrieff (Peter Cadman) and Jack Worthing (Mike Lloyd) discuss their respective intrigues and loves
Billy (Michael Baker) may look simple when he is feeding the ducks (in the play of the same name) , but he will plan and execute the perfect murder as businesswoman Clare (Ann Ellis) is soon to find out to her cost!
Jean Fenton and Peter Bramall act out their marital frustrations over a cup of tea and the daily newspaper in "Countdown" by Alan Aykbourn.
Janet Norton begins unveil to Michael Baker that their adulterous relationship has come to an end and that she is "dumping" him in "Norma" by Alun Owen.
Travers (Michael Baker) explains to Beatrice (Ann Ellis) why she is "happy" and should stop complaining in "The Border" by Graham Swannell.
Sir Cecil (Michael Barnes) invites Evelyn (Margaret Spencer-Brooks) to take tea with him after she drops in to his house en route home from her late husband's funeral in "The Kingfisher" by William Douglas Home
Hawkins (Michael Baker) offers Sir Cecil an evening aperitif before he embarks upon another round of courtship with Evelyn
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