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Programme for Quartet performed by Woodford Players in November 2013

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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 Farnworth Little Theatre, Bolton. 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 This is my first opportunity to address you as Chairman of Woodford Community Players. I have been involved with the Players for more years than I decently remember and I have been struck by the way the standard of drama presented has steadily risen over the years. This, of course, has been under the careful guiding hands of my predecessors, to whom I am most grateful. We have always been adventurous in our choice of productions and hopefully we will continue to be so. We have an eclectic programme of future plays which I hope will interest, attract, amuse and even challenge our audiences. I have a wonderful dedicated and talented committee to guide me and I sincerely hope that under my Chairmanship the Players will continue to develop and prosper but above all entertain you. I am delighted to welcome David Carlile into Woodford’s fold. David has directed “Quartet” for us and on behalf of Woodford Players I extend my thanks to him for taking on the task at short notice and for doing such a splendid job. I must also extend my thanks (as ever) to all the support teams (lighting, sound, set building, Front of House, tea making, props, publicity, wardrobe) that go into making a production possible, they work incredibly hard and we can’t do it without them. As for all of you attending tonight’s performance I hope very much that you enjoy “Quartet”. We have had enormous fun in rehearsals and should it inspire you to get involved in any way with Woodford Players then please just get in touch. We would be delighted to hear from you. 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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Director’s Notes Sir Ronald Harwood, CBE, FRSL (born as Ronald Horwitz in Cape Town, South Africa, 9th November 1934) will also be known to many of you as the author of the stage play, the Dresser, and his film adaptation of the same, for which he was nominated for an Oscar in 1983. In 2003 he won an Academy award for his screen adaptation of the Pianist. As recently as 2007 he was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. A career, which has produced twenty one stage plays, ten books, and sixteen screenplays includes our presentation this evening, Quartet which opened in London in 1999. This warm, sometimes ribald and bitterly honest play about the onset of old age is set in a retirement home for elderly musicians and singers. Here reside, Wilf, Reg and Cissy, three opera stars of past renown who often worked together. Into their close companionship enters Jean, who bitterly resents having to live in such a home. Like a stone cast into still water, her impact sends ripples of discontent, misunderstanding, confusion and self- questioning by Reg, and to a degree Wilf. Secrets of all their past lives come flooding out. How will they cope with each other? I hope you enjoy tonight’s performance. I have thoroughly enjoyed being in the company of this quartet of fine actors and actresses, who have brought an eager, thoughtful and skilled approach to Harwood’s words. With the fine backing of set builders, properties, sound, lighting and wardrobe, life has been breathed into four disparate characters whose fortunes and varied outlook on life make us reflect on our principles and life’s accomplishments. I am sure front of house has provided you with the same warm welcome I have received as Director. And now sit back and relax into the lives and thoughts, tears and laughter of Wilf, Cissy, Reg and Jean as they welcome you into their home. David Carlile has been acting in and directing amateur theatre productions for over thirty years. Originally at the Guild theatre in Wilmslow, he has performed at Heald Green, Cheadle Players, Brookdale Theatreand Club Theatre Altrincham. He led a church theatre group, directing pantomimes, performing street theatre, and acting in sketches in church services and HMP Styal. He enjoys writing and is proud to have his version of Alice In Wonderland , performed at Club Theatre. David gained GMDF Best Actor award for his role as Gordon in Neville’s Island and was very proud to have gained a Best Director by GMDF for Humble Boy, both at Brookdale. Recently he has directed musicals, plays and youth productions. David is pleased to have been invited by Woodford to direct Quartet. He always tries to uphold a sentiment expressed by an old friend, Syd Mence who always looked for that ‘piece of magic’ in any production. He hopes you will find a touch of magic tonight as you watch Quartet. Woodford Community Players gratefully acknowledges the vital support of the following: Christ Church Woodford for rehearsal facilities Heald Green UR Church for rehearsal facilities Mary Law for “Italian” tuition. Mark Wilkinson for help erecting the raked seating All our advertisers and those who have assisted with our publicity.


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bookshop café and events Independent Bookseller of the Year Stockport Business Awards ‘Independent Retailer of the Year’ 228 Moss Lane in the centre of Bramhall Village 0161 439 1436 www.simplybooks.info A Note from The President As your new president I feel most honoured to be following in the “hallowed” footsteps of Derek Blunt, now our President Emeritus and founder member of Woodford Community Players. Having been a member myself since 1954, appearing in 63 productions to date, I have seen many changes during the past 60 years during which time the Society has gone from strength to strength. This is due, in no small way, to the efforts of the hard working committee and numerous enthusiastic volunteer members. I am very pleased to welcome Derek Snowdon as our new Chairman and trust he will enjoy his term of office. Finally, for tonight, thank you , the audience for your continued support of our productions. Heather Braddock -President Woodford Community Players.


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Derek Snowdon—Reginald Derek has been involved with Woodford Players for over 30 years, and is now the Players’ newly elected Chairman. Derek has been one half of the hilarious “Heinz und Fritz” duo in When The Lights Go On Again. This was followed by Dr Willis in The Madness of George III, Mr Dussell in The Diary of Anne Frank and Jonathan in the one act play “Blind Date” which the Players took to the GMDF One Act Play Festival. Derek is very much looking forward to getting on stage and playing “Reggie”. Tom Dawson—Wilfrid Wilf is an ageing, sex obsessed ,baritone who spends his days lusting after Cissy and tormenting Reggie. Tom has played a variety of roles over the years for Woodford Players and has won best actor awards for his portrayals of Inspector Pratt in Murdered to Death and King George in The Madness of George III. Carol Sutcliffe—Cissy Carol as Cissy is a new arrival at Woodford, her first appearance for us being the Mother Superior in our studio production of Agnes of God in July this year. She first trod the boards at seventeen for Alderley and Wimslow Operatic Society. She is currently a member and Hon Secretary of Manchester Athenaeum Dramatic Society. Janet Mullen– Jean Janet returns to Woodford as the operatic diva Jean. Janet’s last appearance was in our production of Calendar Girls as Jessie which has become one of her favourite roles others being Queen Mary in Crown Matrimonial and Madam Arcati in Blithe Spirit. Regulars will also remember seeing Janet perform in in When we were married. The Diary of Anne Frank and A Chorus of Disapproval. Derek Manton – Bobby This is Derek’s first acting role, but not ,we hope, the last! When not treading the boards Derek involves himself backstage set building, taking photographs, making tea and helping out front of house during the run of the play.


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Quartet Production Team Director Technical Director and Lighting Design Stage Manager Production Manager Continuity Set Design Set Dressing Set Construction Team and Stage Crew David Carlile Trevor McKelvey Hazel Dove Pat Snowdon Heather Braddock Trevor McKelvey, David Carlile, Derek Snowdon Pat Snowdon, Jude Craig Trevor McKelvey, Trevor Jones, Derek Snowdon, Tom Dawson, Derek & Carolyn Manton, David Trevor, Graham Ackers, Wilson Young, John Lomax, Jude Craig, Pat Snowdon, Bill Cross, Brian Richardson, Monika Wickham, Hazel Dove Graham Scurfield, Matt Mascarenhas Pat and Derek Snowdon Derek and Carolyn Manton Jude Craig, Pat Snowdon Tom Dawson and Jude Craig Jude Craig Ian M Butterfield and Angela Rezzano Graham Ackers, Nikki Lees, Brenda Mercer, Tracy Seville, Monika Wickham, Zoe Watson, Pat and Tom Helicon, John Lomax, Lindsey and Alan Statham , Bill Cross. Heather and Malcolm Braddock Susan Hulme, Carol Ackers and Teresa Dawson Sound Engineers Properties Wardrobe Publicity Programme Design Photography Front of House Team Ticket Secretaries Refreshments


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Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi (Oct 1813 – Jan 1901) was an Italian composer primarily known for his operas. Verdi dominated the Italian scene after Bellini, Donizetti and Rossini. His works are frequently performed in opera houses throughout the world and, transcending the boundaries of the genre, some of his themes have long since taken root in popular culture, as "La donna è mobile" from Rigoletto, "Libiamo ne' lieti calici" (The Drinking Song) from La traviata, "Va, pensiero" (The Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves) from Nabucco, the "Coro di zingari" from Il trovatore and the "Grand March" from Aida. Rigoletto was one of Verdi’s greatest masterpieces and premièred in Venice in 1851. Quartet -The action takes place in a residential home for retired musicians in the present time. Act I A June morning Act II Scene 1: The following day Scene 2: Three weeks later early morning Scene 3: October early evening Our Nominations and Awards Carol Ackers, having won “Best Actress” in the NODA district finals for her portrayal of “Annie” in Calendar Girls, then went on to win “Best Actress” in the Regional Finals. Many congratulations to Carol. Our GMDF nominations were: Carol Ackers - Best Actress for her portrayal of “Annie” in Calendar Girls Outside Edge -Excellent realisation of both indoor and outdoor areas of the set.


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Woodford Players would like to acknowledge the following private patrons Chris Fryer, Graham Ackers, Robert Cowan, An ugly duckling like this…... George and Jessica Bray, Dorothy Corware, PAUL BROOK MCSD CONCEPT CREATIVE DESIGN WILMSLOW Please contact us for a no obligation quote Tel 01625 526 Mob 07837 658 672 Graham and Emma Rivers, Terry and Margaret Simms, Stephen Mills, Sue Scurfield, Paul Brook, Bill Waters, Richard Garner Michael and Sarah Trotman. ..can become a beautiful swan. If you would like to become a patron of Woodford Players or receive our newsletters, please email us at: admin@woodfordplayers.co.uk or speak to any of our Front of House stewards. www.woodfordplayers.co.uk


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Woodford Community Players. A personal view by Tom Dawson. I consider myself very fortunate to be associated with the Players and as with most things in my life it wasn’t planned. I happened to be in Bramhall library and saw a notice that Woodford Players were looking for people to help in their next production. I took a chance and turned up at the Christ Church Annexe in Woodford on the specified night to find they were reading a play, I joined in and by the end of the evening I had a part in a murder mystery. Over the past ten years I have appeared in a number of plays on stage, helped build and paint sets, served teas in the interval and met and become friends with an incredibly talented bunch of people who love being part of the theatrical experience. It can be hard work at times but we have an incredible amount of fun and satisfaction from the reaction of the public to our performances. I am extremely grateful to all at Woodford for the opportunity to be a part of the Woodford team. I would therefore like to take this opportunity extend an invitation to you to come and spend an evening with us. If you enjoy theatre, are interested in lighting, sound, set design, costume, props, publicity, directing or wish to try your hand at treading the boards then come and say hello. There were 5 actors on stage in tonight’s performance but it took over 30 fantastic people’s talents and efforts to enable them to perform for you tonight. We hope you enjoy the play and look forward to speaking to any of you who wish to join us, you don’t need to live in Woodford very few of us do! Go on take a chance I did and it worked for me. Best wishes, Tom Dawson (aka Wilf ) After Show Poems We are absolutely delighted to have our afore-mentioned President Emeritus’ collection of “After Show Poems” on sale. Derek has penned a poem after each show for more years than he would probably like to remember and they have always been brilliant. They are a wonderful reminder of some great productions. Derek admits to penning many of the lines on the very last minute! All we can say is that whenever it was he penned those lines, they were always fantastic and they will be much missed in the future. Two volumes of Derek’s poems will be on sale in the bar area during the run of the play and each volume is £2.50. Many thanks to Derek for all the wonderful poems. Judith Craig Couture Bridal, Evening and Occasion Wear Hand Made To Measure Divine Bridal Gowns and beautiful evening dresses hand made in glorious silks and other fine fabrics. Whether your dream dress is a candy floss creation, short and sassy , slinky and chic or straight out of the 1950s, we can create it for you. 379 Chester Road, Woodford, SK7 1QQ 0161 440 0118



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