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Celebration Programme November 2014

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Greater Manchester Drama Federation The Greater Manchester Drama Federation (GMDF) is recognised as one of the leading associations representing amateur theatre in the North West of England. The GMDF's affiliated network alone makes it one of the largest regional organisations of its type and it's Full Length Festival, is probably the largest drama festival to be held in Europe. Entries into this Festival are adjudicated by four adjudicators throughout the season and their awards across various categories of drama are announced at our prestigious Awards Evening during the summer. We also hold a long established, annual, high quality, week long, One Act Play Festival which, next year, will be held at Altrincham Little Theatre. Details are on our website. GMDF aims include:  To provide a central organisation through which the membership can take co-operative and concerted action in all matters which concern non-professional theatre. To involve and encourage at all times, in every facet of the theatre, the youth drama movement in the Greater Manchester area . To promote 'live theatre' to the general public in, thus providing a cultural activity of acknowledged value in this modern era of increased leisure time .   www.gmdf.org NATIONAL OPERATIC and DRAMATIC ASSOCIATION Serving Amateur Theatre since 1899 Inspiring theatre Our vision is that amateur theatre is successful and sustainable, providing a range of opportunities for people to develop their skills and enjoy taking part, at all levels. Mission We are here to support the education and information needs of individuals and organisations with high quality services and products that contribute to the success of amateur theatre, as well as encouraging appreciation of the sector by participants and audiences alike. We aim to:    Help amateur societies and individuals achieve the highest standards of best practice and performance Give a shared voice to the amateur theatre sector. Provide leadership and advice to enable the amateur theatre sector to tackle the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. www.noda.org.uk

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Chairman’s address Welcome to the Woodford Centre for the last play in our 2014 season. We have had a successful year starting with our April production of “Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me”, which, I think you will agree, was a gripping, emotional rollercoaster of a play. This was followed by our two one-act plays which we presented at a very successful theatre supper evening in June. We also performed these plays at the Greater Manchester Drama Federation One Act Play Festival and the Wilmslow Theatre Guild One Act Play Festival. I am pleased to tell you that two of our actors won awards at these events. Bill Cross won the Best Comedy Actor award at The GMDF Festival and John Lomax won the award for Best Actor (senior) in a Drama at the Wilmslow Festival. Many congratulations to Bill and John. Tonight we present for you a comedy about an extended Northern family comprising the Lucas, Broadbent and Fuller clans. We follow them over a period of six months during which time they celebrate a marriage and mourn the death of one of the family elders, and, in fact, celebrate his life. Thus the play is about two celebrations. The cast is the largest we have put on the stage for some years and a lot of hard work has gone into this production, not least by our long suffering director John Lomax. (Organising actors has been likened to herding cats!) As ever, we are always on the lookout for new members to act or to help backstage or “Front of House”. We are a very friendly and welcoming society so please don’t delay, join us! You can get details from any member of the “Players” or from our website, www.woodfordplayers.co.uk. We look forward to welcoming you. So let us take you back in time to the early 1960s to a far-from-grim “somewhere up North”, where you can sit back and enjoy your evening. Best wishes Derek Snowdon Chairman www.woodfordplayers.co.uk By kind permission of Samuel French Ltd Woodford Community Players are members of Greater Manchester Drama Federation www.gmdf.org and National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA—serving amateur theatre since 1899) www.woodfordplayers.co.uk Woodford Community Players Registered Charity no: 1110155

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Do you want to get up into the air? Does flying and doing adventure activities appeal to you? Are you aged between 10 and 14 years or 14 and 18 years? Yes? Then why not “check it out”? You or your parents can contact Air Scout Leader M C Pedley, on Tel: 0161 439 4402 or email: airscoutinginbramhall@gmail.com Bramhall Air Scouts—Meetings Air Scout Troop 10.5—14 years Wednesdays 19:25—21:00 hrs Shackleton Air Scout Explorer Unit 14—18 years Tuesdays 19:15—21:15 hrs The Hangar, Leewood Hall, Benja Fold, Off Ack lane East, Bramhall, Stockport SK7 2BY Prostate Cancer UK is our chosen charity for 2014. £1 from every ticket sold to our 2014 productions will be donated to Prostate Cancer UK. Prostate Cancer UK is dedicated, through research and support, to the fight of helping more men survive prostate cancer and enjoy a better quality of life. www.prostatecanceruk.org Woodford Community Players gratefully acknowledges the vital support of the following: Christ Church Woodford for rehearsal facilities Mark Wilkinson for help erecting the raked seating Bramhall Air Scouts for the loan of trestle tables and folding chairs Geoffrey Lawrenson for assistance with all sorts of much needed and vital items All our advertisers and those who have assisted with our publicity

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Director’s Notes When I first read "Celebration" I was immediately transported back to my childhood in 1960s Wythenshawe. I can recall so clearly the weddings and funerals I had attended when young and it is those memories that I have tried to recreate in the play you will be watching tonight. Each of the characters is so believable and some of them I can relate to members of my own family (sorry Mum and Dad and Aunty Madie!) - so my apologies if I have inadvertently influenced the cast with my family’s traits and mannerisms. On another level this has also been an interesting and challenging play for me as it is the first time I have both directed and acted in a production. The play has a big cast and I should like to thank everyone for all their hard work and enthusiasm during rehearsals. I should also particularly like to extend a warm Woodford welcome to Jack Hay, Vicky Kwartnik and Nikki Baker who will be joining us on stage for the first time this week. Inevitably, no production can take place without an army of backstage people and I am, as always, indebted to all those hardworking individuals who have contributed to bringing Celebration to the Woodford stage. I should particularly like to thank Carolyn and Derek Manton who attended every rehearsal, provided continuity and, I think, played every part! So, thank you for supporting us tonight and enjoy the play. Keith Waterhouse & Willis Hall Born into working class families within a few weeks of each other in Leeds, they did not meet until the age of 12 at high school despite living in the same neighbourhood of Hunslet. Keith Waterhouse worked in an undertakers’ shop and wrote articles about the local area in his spare time. After his two years National Service in the R.A.F. he became a reporter on The Yorkshire Evening Post, eventually joining the Daily Mirror as a correspondent in the United States and the Soviet Union. He also wrote speeches for the Labour leaders Hugh Gaitskill and Harold Wilson. Willis Hall tried his hand at journalism when he left school at 14. He then became a member of a trawler crew sailing out of Hull before joining the army, being posted to Malaya where he wrote plays for the schools’ department of the local radio station. On his return to Britain he worked for B.B.C. radio as a playwright. In 1958 he was asked to write a play for the Edinburgh Festival. This eventually became The Long and the Short and the Tall, a drama about the war in the Malayan jungle. Their first collaboration was on Waterhouseʼs novel Billy Liar published in 1959. Hall had contacted Waterhouse, saying that the book contained a play “that was screaming to be let out”. The resulting stage version in 1960 starred Albert Finney as the fantasist Billy, trying desperately to bring some fun into his life as an undertaker’s assistant by engaging in fantasies that embarrassed and dismayed his family. It was also made into a film starring Tom Courtenay as Billy. They continued to work together for many years producing Celebration (1961), All Things Bright and Beautiful (1962), Squat Betty and the Sponge Room (1963), Say Who You Are (1965), Whoops a Daisy (1968), Children's Day (1969), Who's Who (1972) and, more recently, The Card (1994). They also wrote the film scripts for Whistle Down The Wind (1961), A Kind Of Loving, West Eleven and Man In The Middle (1963), Pretty Polly (1967) and Lock Up your Daughters (1969). They both continued to write until their deaths, Willis Hall in March 2005 and Keith Waterhouse in September 2009.

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Celebration Cast and Production Team Christine Lucas Rhoda Lucas Edgar Lucas Jack Lucas Irene Howes Lilian Howes Frank Broadbent Arthur Broadbent Stan Dyson Bernard Fuller Edna Fuller Alice Fuller Lionel Fuller Margo Fuller May Tommy Director Technical Director and Lighting Design Production Manager Stage Manager Continuity Set Design Set Construction Team and Stage Crew Sound Engineers Properties Set Dressing Wardrobe Publicity Programme Design Photography Front of House Team Ticket Secretaries Refreshments Vicky Kwartnik Sue Mooney Bill Cross Peter Thompson Catherine Eaton Barbara Bennett Derek Snowdon Tom Dawson John Lomax Jack Hay Janet Mullen Heather Braddock Alan Statham Nikki Baker Pat Helicon Tom Dawson John Lomax Trevor McKelvey Pat Snowdon Derek Manton Carolyn Manton and Carol Ackers John Lomax Trevor McKelvey, Derek Snowdon, Tom Dawson, Derek and Carolyn Manton, David Trevor, Pat Snowdon, Monica Wickham, Pat Helicon, Janet Mullen, Ian Willis, John Lomax, Jude Craig, Bill Cross Graham Scurfield Pat and Derek Snowdon, Carolyn Manton Pat Snowdon Jude Craig, Pat Snowdon, Brenda Mercer & Lisa Gibson Tom Dawson and Jude Craig Jude Craig Ian M Butterfield and Derek Manton Graham Ackers, Tom Helicon, Tracy Seville, James Cawley, Monica Wickham, Margaret Roberts, Lindsay Statham, Sylvia Arnold. Heather and Malcolm Braddock Teresa Dawson

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Tickets for our theatre supper evenings will be on sale in the New Year. Please telephone 0161 292 2420. Tickets are £20 each This lovely, award winning comedy by Richard Harris, introduces us to the ever patient dance teacher, Mavis and her eclectic bunch of eight pupils made up of seven ladies and one man. Over a period of several months the play follows the group’s progress along with Mavis and the redoubtable Mrs Fraser on the piano in not only the world of tap dancing classes but in the stories that unfold about each of the very different characters. Tickets will be on sale from the beginning of March 2015. Fantastic family night out, hot two course fork buffet, fizz on arrival and at midnight, brilliant DJ, children’s food and entertainment. It’s not fancy dress but what a great opportunity to put on the glitz and the glam! There will be a prize for the best dressed couple. All details from Ian & Ben on 0161 440 9888 or nye@cocktailstars.com www.woodfordcom.com

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