Veryan Players Back to Basics with a Classic Farce
Veryan Players Spring Production on the 21st, 22nd and 23rd March, is Anyone for Breakfast? a comedy by Derek Benfield.
It takes a step back from the Players more innovative recent productions to present a good old fashioned bedroom farce, a lá Brian Rix, in whose company Benfield had begun his acting debut in 1948.
Shirley is doing her friend Jane a favour by letting her use her house for an extra marital fling. Shirley does not know that her husband, Gilbert, who is supposed to be on a business trip is coming home with his girlfriend Helga as their flight has been grounded by fog.
Matters are confused even further when Jane’s husband Roger turns up to spend the night with his lover Shirley thinking that Jane is away at a school reunion party.
A classic door slamming, bedroom swapping farce, where only the audience sees the whole picture of what is going on . . . . . .. or do they?
The play will be performed at 7.30 pm at Veryan Parish Hall. The New Inn will be serving pre-theatre meals from 6pm and they are there for a drink afterwards.
Tickets will be available from the beginning of March from Veryan and Portloe General Stores, by email: email@example.com. or by phoning Dee on 01872 501974.
We look forward to seeing you there.
If you are interested in any aspect of theatre and want to give it a go, please contact us. We are a friendly bunch, who welcome new members either on stage or in any other capacity!
Our techie team are always happy to pass on their experience to people interested in the Lighting & Sound of performances.
Veryan Players were originally formed in 1957. After a period of inactivity, the Players came back to life in 1991 and have been active ever since.
Two to three productions are staged a year, ranging from high brow to farce, mystery to comedy (although not pantomime which we leave to our friends in Tregony, St Mawes and Probus). This allows a rehearsal period of about 12 weeks for each production. Rehearsals are twice a week, mostly Mondays and Thursdays, but not every cast member is always called to every rehearsal. Other roles such as backstage, publicity and front of house involve being available nearer to the time of performance and immediately afterwards.
Performances are usually 3 nights, a Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
People have different reasons for belonging to an amateur dramatic society- obviously we need people to act on the stage (we could do with some more acting members between the ages of say, 18 – 45!) but we also need people to do other things, such as reading through plays and letting us know of any they would like to see us perform. We need more people to help put up the stage in Veryan Parish Hall before each production (and to dismantle it afterwards), to help front of house or backstage during productions, set building, or to simply help with the refreshments during the play intervals. Many hands make light work- although work is hardly the word to use when one is having such a good time. Amateur dramatics is great fun so why not give it a go?
John Veness – Chairman
Graham Webb- Treasurer
Michelle Couch- Secretary
Bob Field- Parish Hall representative
Richard Clarke- Technical
The director of the current production is an ex-officio member of the committee.
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