Production 117 Outside Edge

Outside EdgeBy Richard Harris

 

Performed on Thu 11th to Sat 13th July 1985 at The Kilshawe Theatre

 

The Cast

The Cast

Miriam Heather Dedman
Roger Barrie Reynolds
Bob Justin Baldwin
Dennis Paul Traynor
Maggie Sue Watson
Kevin Paul Bishop
Ginnie Julia Hill
Alex Andy Russell
Sharon Vanessa Sewell

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Previews/Reviews

Previews/Reviews

Outside Edge

Cast of Outside Edge

Players in Fine Form

The house full sign went up outside The Kilshawe Theatre, Deal, on Saturday night when The Guild Players performed Outside Edge – a remarkable thing in amateur theatre these days. And there were better than usual audiences on Thursday and Friday. It is likely those audiences will be back for more productions, for they were well entertained. Outside Edge is a light-hearted piece set in a cricket pavilion. The action concerns not the game on the green but the private lives of the participants. Nothing very serious but just enough involvement to raise a laugh. It was a credit to Director Gill Watson and her cast that, despite the humidity of Saturday night, the laughs were plentiful. The heat was so oppressive most of the audience tumbled outside for fresh air at the interval. Yet their attention was held throughout the performance – not an easy task. Gill Watson had many new and young faces in her cast and they brought a new vitality to the Players. It is always pleasing to see young players and the Guild is notable for nurturing of youth. Making a guest appearance was Barrie Reynolds, stalwart of Dover Operatic Society, and he gave a clownish‑style caricature of the club captain, which set the tone for the evening. Honours for the night went to Sue Watson for her hilarious characterisation of a most unusual housewife. Perfect timing for laughs and sheer skill in the depth of the portrayal made her a joy to watch. Heather Dedman, fluttering like a butterfly as the captain’s wife was revealed as an accomplished comedienne, and Vanessa Sewell brought an amusing light to the play. Justin Baldwin, Paul Traynor, Paul Bishop and Andy Russell added to the fun with a series of different characters, each well played and convincing. Julia Hill was attractive and languorous throughout, adding a touch of glamour to the game.

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Success on Sticky Wicket

There was a cricketing theme to The Guild Players production in the Kilshawe Theatre, Deal. The players performed Richard Harris’ award-winning comedy Outside Edge with great gusto and enthusiasm. The setting is a cricket pavilion on match day with the captain Roger, flawlessly played by Barrie Reynolds, having more than just the opposition to worry about. Traumas abound as the action progresses, even Roger’s apparently docile wife Miriam (Heather Dedman) adds to his growing problems. A packed audience enjoyed some excellent performances, including Susan Watson as the formidable Maggie and Paul Bishop, who played her husband with a permanent little-boy lost look. The rest of the cast, Justin Baldwin, Paul Traynor, Julia Hill, Andy Russell, Julia Hill, Andy Russell and Vanessa Sewell all performed well. Although the pace slackened at times, director Gill Watson kept things moving. The production was also helped by an excellent set and back stage crew – it’s not easy to stage a cricket match in a theatre.

Production Team

Production Team

Director Gill Watson
Set Design, Construction & Artwork Sid Jones, Pat Jones Ted Barkway, Tim Barkway, Clem Lee & Bob Marshall
Production Secretary Doris Cohen
Lighting Nick Tigwell
Costumes Kath Thomson
Prompt Pam Jones
Rehearsal Stand-In etc. Dot Smith
Sound Effects Paul Taylor
Make-Up Paul Bishop
Front of House Manager Alan Cresswell
Bar Peter Woods & Helpers
Refreshments Mildred Woods & Helpers

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