Production 176 The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s The Haunted Through Lounge and Recessed Dining Nook at Farndale Castle

Farndale CastleBy David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin Jnr

Performed on Thu 24th to Sat 26th August 2006 at The Kilshawe Theatre

 

 

The Cast

The Cast

Jasmine, Arnold Death & Rev Tombs Caroline Venner
Lottie & Martie Sabrina Smith
Mrs Reece, Lady Madge Graves & Mrs Slaughter Mary Kettyle
Felicity & Crematia Linda Mewes
Producer, Old Yokel & Dr Blood Maureen Mewes
Thelma & June Kate Hibbert

Cast of Farndale CastleMaureen Mewes as Producer, Old Yokel & Dr Blood & Mary Kettyle as Mrs Reece, Lady Madge Graves & Mrs Slaughter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Previews/Reviews

Previews/Reviews

Cast of Farndale Castle

The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s The Haunted Through Lounge and Recessed Dining Nook at Farndale Castle

The Haunted Through Lounge and Recessed Dining Nook at Farndale Castle has one of the longest titles of any play and must surely be one of the funniest. This play within a play has Deal’s Guild Players playing the ‘Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Drama Society’ staging their latest production. Every amateur dramatic society nightmare ensued with unreliable props, missed cues and forgotten lines. Mary Kettyle as Phoebe Reece, stalwart of the Farndale Society, introduced the play and, as Lady Madge, strode confidently through the performance despite the many mishaps and general chaos. Our heroine June, played in an upbeat and glowing way by Kate Hibbert, remained resolutely undefeated by all that was thrown at her. Sabrina Smith, complete with Austrian accent, was very funny as June’s fiancé Marty. The combination of her expressive face and her struggle with the English language was very entertaining. Linda Mewes played the ever more fraught maid, Crematia, with relish and showed that she has a great sense of comic timing. One of the funniest scenes involved Maureen Mewes as Dr Blood, whose rummaging in her medical bag for unlikely objects with which to treat June had the audience in stitches. Caroline Venner thoroughly enjoyed herself hamming it up as Arnold Death, the beautician/lawyer and the delightfully over the top Rev Tombs. A special mention must be made of the set, lighting and wonderful sound effects which added much to the performance. The play was an excellent choice by director Christine Eyden. The cast obviously enjoyed themselves immensely and the audience fully appreciated all their efforts.

Jenny Trotter
Published in the East Kent Mercury

Production Team

Production Team

Director Christine Eyden
Producer Caroline Venner
Lighting David Thompson
Sound Neil Allen
Props Faye Rye, Lynne Frackleton, Pru Jamieson & Fred Sawyer
Programme/Publicity Duncan Currie, Caroline Venner, Mike Rivarno, Gail Pointon & Angela Jeffery
Set Design and Construction Wayne Pointon, David Carter, Duncan Currie & Mike Rivarno
Prompt Duncan Currie
Costumes/Scones Letti Charge
Photographer Mark Zaretti
Front of House Ann Nettleship, Rebecca Wood & Debbie Pinfold

Sabrina Smith as Lottie & Martie & Mary Kettyle as Mrs Reece, Lady Madge Graves & Mrs SlaughterMaureen Mewes as Producer, Old Yokel & Dr Blood & Kate Hibbert as Thelma & June