Production 121 There was an Old Woman

There was an Old WomanBy David Woods

Performed on Thu 11th to Sat 13th December 1986 at The Kilshawe Theatre

 

 

The Cast

The Cast

Cocky Linda Gray
Mother Shipton Doris Cohen
Grandmother Dot Smith
Jill Sue Watson
Gareth Gary Wilde
Gary Gary Libby
Dawn Dawn Gibbons
Jane Jane Knight
Nathan Nathan Sewell
Josh Joshua Sewell
Claire Claire Bridgland
Abigail Abigail Archer
Jack Jessica Robinson
The Great Boon Christopher Sewell
The Giant Alex Thomson
Pickard Andrew Spencer
Beale Mike Rivarno
Lisa Lisa Fishlock
Ben Ben Draper

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Previews/Reviews

Previews/Reviews

There was an Old Woman

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It really is fun to go to one of The Guild Players traditional Christmas shows. The Players don’t offer Panto; instead they present a charming festive show for the young‑at-heart. And so it was this year with There was an Old Woman, another play by David Woods, described – quite rightly – as an exciting, magical, musical fantasy. The ingredients were a handful of nursery rhyme characters, some songs and an entirely uncomplicated story. Kath Thomson, who has the gift of being able to blend the talents of old and young into a pleasing whole, directed the show. Seasoned members of the Players took parts alongside some of the youngsters from The Junior Guild and everything went with a robust swing. There was a spirited performance from Linda Gray as Cocky, the Chicken. Her wisdom, more than once, saved the day. It was an essential Christmas show character and one, which Linda enjoyed to the full. Doris Cohen fluttered here and there as the Old Woman and had everyone in the audience wanting all to end well for her. Dot Smith was Grandma, a benign if short‑tempered grandma as only Dot can present. Sue Watson and Jessica Robinson were Jack and Jill and they were excellent. Especially nice was Sue’s song – Tomorrow. Alex Thomson, that Players cornerstone, was the Giant. He assumed a not too frightening attitude for the very young, which was nice. The two tiny giants were Gary Wilde and Joshua Sewell, and they both entered into the spirit of the play very well. In the circus interlude, there were captivating clown performances from Andrew Spencer and Mike Rivarno, two exuberant young men who could build up a first-class knockabout act. Lisa Fishlock and Ben Draper were good in this scent too. The children from the Shoe were Gary Libby, Dawn Gibbons, Jane Knight, Nathan Sewell, Claire Bridgland and Abigail Archer. Finally there was a brilliant contribution from Christopher Sewell as the Great Boon, a magician. Christopher was happily cast as a man who really could work magic. He worked really hard and much of the success of the show was due to him. Marian Thacker was the pianist and Musical Director and she contributed in no small measure to the happy story book atmosphere.

Tony Arnold

Production Team

Production Team

Director Kath Thomson
Set Design & Construction Bob Marshall & Sid Jones
Backstage Bob Gray, Kath Thomson, Gill Watson, Julia Hill & Andy Spencer
Costumes Gill Watson, Christine Eyden & Helen Lee
Prompt Glenys Cresswell
Sound Christopher Sewell
Lighting Nick Tigwell
Front of House Alan Creswell & Brenda Smith
Pianist and Musical Director Marian Thacker
Box Office Pam Jones
Bar Bob Marshall
Refreshments Mary Harrison & Christine Eyden
Raffle Pam Jones & Sid Jones
Make-Up Roger Brown

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