Someone Who'll Watch Over Me

 

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Woodford Players' programme for Someone Who'll Watch Over Me April 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 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 Welcome to the Woodford Centre for the start of another season of plays. We have a programme of contrasting and varied styles of drama to entertain you in the year ahead. "Someone Who'll Watch Over Me" is a thoughtful and thought provoking piece about the hostage taking phenomenon in the Middle East during the 1970's and 1980's. It provokes a roller-coaster of emotions from bleak despair to insane anarchic hilarity. Directed by Sue Mooney, one of our committee members, this play opens our season. In June we intend to stage “Last Tango and Last Panto in Little Grimley” , two one-act plays as part of a theatre supper evening, these are both fast-paced hilarious comedies about an amateur dramatic society which is on the skids. Our November production "Celebration" is a warm hearted comedy from the ever witty pens of Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall. It’s about a large “Northern” family set in the 1950's and which I am sure you will all enjoy. All of these productions are the result of a team effort. One of our members has calculated that it takes 10 to 15 people to put one actor on the stage. These " behind the scenes" members range from tea makers to scene shifters, lighting and sound, continuity, set builders more tea makers, painters and set decorators, costumes and wardrobe, props, publicity and front of house and did I mention.....tea makers? We are always keen to welcome new members, we are a warm friendly bunch and we have fun! If you are interested in joining us look on our website or please feel free to ask any one of us, front of house, backstage or actors this evening. We are here to entertain you so sit back and enjoy. 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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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 Prostate Cancer UK is our chosen charity for 2014. £1 from every ticket sold to this production and “Celebration” in November 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 Geoffrey Lawrenson for rusty pipes and shackles All our advertisers and those who have assisted with our publicity.

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Director’s Notes The play takes place “somewhere in Lebanon” I don’t like watching the news on television. There’s always terrible things happening to men, women and children in all parts of the world. I can’t do anything about it. Watching it only makes me feel useless. So, I use this excuse to switch off. A lot of people do this too. The real reason is, that if we look at it, it might become real. and if it’s real, it could happen to someone – anyone, we might know. So, please don’t switch off tonight as we embark on a journey that explores the daily crisis endured by hostages whose strength comes from communication, both subtle and mundane, from humour, wit and faith. With great thanks to Tom, Derek and Steven, my three “hostages” for their dedication and professional attitude to performing this challenging piece of theatre and to Woodford Players for having the courage to let me direct, it has been a privilege. Sue Mooney “Hostage is a crucifying aloneness. It is a silent, screaming slide into the bowels of ultimate despair. Hostage is a man hanging by his fingernails over the edge of chaos, feeling his fingers slowly straightening. Hostage is the humiliating stripping away of every sense and fibre of body and mind and spirit that make us what we are. Hostage is a mutant creation filled with fear, self-loathing, guilt and death-wishing. But he is a man, a rare, unique and beautiful creation of which these things are no part.” Brian Keenan — Hostage 1986 - 1990 It’s April 1986...         Brian Keenan is abducted by Islamic Jihad Two others are soon jailed with him. After four and a half years of abuse he shared his story with the Irish playwright Frank McGuinness The result is one of the most amazing pieces of theatre you will ever see…… Compassionate Tenderly tragic Uproariously funny Three men, three nationalities, a single cell.

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Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me Production Team Director Technical Director and Lighting Design Stage Manager Production Manager Continuity Set Design Sue Mooney Trevor McKelvey and Matt Mascarenhas Hazel Dove Pat Snowdon Carol Ackers Sue Mooney Trevor McKelvey, Derek Snowdon, Tom Dawson, Derek & Carolyn Manton, David Trevor, Graham Ackers, Wilson Young, Melloney Lenk Matt Mascarhenas, Pat Snowdon, James Cawley We are indebted to Geoffrey Lawrenson for his advice and help and for the production and manufacture of the steel tubular fabrication so necessary for this set. Graham Scurfield and Matt Mascarhenas Pat and Derek Snowdon Tom Dawson and Jude Craig Jude Craig Ian M Butterfield and Angela Rezzano Graham Ackers, Pat and Tom Helicon, Bill Cross, John Lomax, Tracy Seville, Nikki Lees , Barbara Bennett, Monica Wickham, Margaret Roberts, Alan and Lindsay Statham, Sylvia Arnold. Heather and Malcolm Braddock Teresa Dawson Set Construction Team and Stage Crew Sound Engineer Properties Publicity Programme Design Photography Front of House Team Ticket Secretaries Refreshments

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Derek Snowdon - Michael Derek once again treads the boards in Someone Who'll Watch Over Me. Normally backstage, Derek helps his wife Pat with props. He also helps with set building and occasionally he is stage manager. His appearances in the past have included "walk on" parts and some song and dance. He has taken major roles in The Madness of George III, The Diary of Anne Frank and Quartet and was recently nominated for best male supporting actor in a drama by NODA ( along with his co-actor Carol Ackers who was nominated as best female supporting actor) for Blind Date which was presented last year as part of the entertainment for one of our successful theatre supper evenings. This play was later entered for the Greater Manchester Drama Federation's one act play festival and came second in its category. Derek was elected chairman of Woodford Community Players last year, and finds his recent retirement from a long career in medicine is far from dull! Steven Maylott - Adam Tom Dawson - Edward Tom feels he has found the role of Edward probably the most challenging of all the roles he has undertaken as a member of Woodford Players. In Tom’s own words, “The play itself is a roller coaster ride of emotions and becoming Edward has, on occasions, kept me awake at night as I struggled to come to terms with the horror of the situation in which all three men find themselves. I find myself in awe of their various attempts to deal with the day to day pain of being separated from their loved ones and the resilience and sheer bloody –mindedness required to inject some hope into a situation that so easily could drive most of us completely insane”. This is Steven’s first appearance for Woodford Players. Steven is delighted to reprise the role of Adam in this fantastic play as he played the part in 2012 for Guide Bridge Theatre. Steven’s other appearances on stage include Krogstad in Ibsen’s The Doll’s House, Andy in Brassed Off, Charles Bradford in The Day After The Fair and McCann in Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party. Steven has thoroughly enjoyed rehearsals and is very much looking forward to getting on stage “for real” at Woodford. We welcome Steven to Woodford’s stage and hope that this will be the first of many appearances for the Players.

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We will be presenting the hilarious Last Tango in Little Grimley and Last Panto in Little Grimley around a lovely two course supper. Membership of the Little Grimley, local amateur drama society has dwindled to four, the audiences aren’t much bigger and the rent money is due. It’s time for dramatic action! ”There’s only one thing that sells tickets these days”, declares Gordon, the Chairman –“Sex”. But how will the locals react to the promise of a sizzling sex farce? All is revealed in David Tristram’s hilarious comedy of an Am-Dram society in trouble. Following the success of their previous show, the Little Grimley Amateur Dramatic Society move to a new level of chaos with “Last Panto in Little Grimley” which sees Gordon, Margaret, Joyce and Bernard tackle the Christmas pantomime with predictably hilarious results. Tickets will be on sale from mid-May onwards. Tel: 0161 292 2420 Celebration is a wonderful comedy from the ever witty pens of Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall. One family with two events and as the saying goes, “Weddings and funerals, there’s nothing like them for bringing out the best and worst in people”. Set in the early 1960s this funny play introduces us to a very Northern family facing two very different situations. Tickets will be on sale from the beginning of October. 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.

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