The Boundary Players web site is at www.boundaryplayers.co.uk.
Summer End, 14th to 18th May 2013
A comedy thriller by Eric Chappell. Emily Barnes and May Brewer share a room in a retirement home. May is a new comer; Emily's previous room-mate, Bella, died not long ago. Iron-willed but forgetful, Emily is certain that Bella was murdered for her money by Sally, one of the carers, in collusion with the home's ageing sex symbol, Vernon Watts, and she has evidence to prove it - or so she thinks. When her evidence disappears and Bella's sapphire ring is found among her possessions Emily cannot remember enough about her own past actions to stop the finger of guilt pointing at her.
The William Penney Theatre, inside AWE at Aldermaston. Click here for a map. The entrance to the theatre can be found on the A340 Basingstoke to Newbury road, just before the Heath End Roundabout at Tadley. There is ample free car parking next to the theatre.
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Review of Improbable Fiction
12th to 16th February 2013.
Review from the Newbury Weekly News.
Boundary Players: Improbable Fiction, at the William Penney Theatre, Tadley from Tuesday, February 12 to Saturday, February 16
Alan Ayckbourn's comedy Improbable Fiction is a play of two very different halves.
It opens with mild-mannered Arnold preparing his sitting room for a writers' circle meeting. As each member of the circle arrives, it soon becomes clear that they are all searching for inspiration in their chosen field of writing - historical romance, children's stories, crime fiction, sci-fi, musicals and factual information.
The first act revolves around the would-be writers' self-delusion and frustration, both with themselves and each other, but as the act closes and the writers return home, Arnold is plunged into the imaginations of the other authors, and becomes embroiled in an intricate confusion of scenes which continues through the latter half of the performance.
This is a strong formula for a play, as Boundary Players - under director Pat Archer (assisted by Ann Bleloch) and producers Andy and Julie Abbott - ably demonstrated last week at the William Penney Theatre.
One drawback with the plot is that the first act is quite static and relies on the cast to develop their characters and personal quirks in preparation for act two. For me, the pace was a little hesitant initially but picked up towards the interval, and the cast tackled the second half of the play with great gusto. Chris Nunn gave an engaging performance as Arnold, as he was thrown acceptingly from one storyline to another. Dave Stephenson as Clem the sci-fi writer clearly enjoyed each of his contrasting roles, from the overbearing detective to the evil Dudley in the historical drama. Steve Schollar was outstanding as the grumpy Brevis in act one, as well as the doctor and alien hunter in act two.
I particularly liked Alice Grundy's transition from cynical farmer Jess in act one, to the coy narrator in the historical romance, while Claire Humphreys was charming as Isla, Arnold's devoted friend and helper. Sam Walker provided a convincing and lively performance as clichéd crime writer Viwi, with some amusing scenes in act two, while Davina Harris seemed at home with the role of the children's writer Grace.
A very enjoyable comedy with some surprising twists - congratulations to all.
Improbable Fiction, 12th to 16th February 2013
Bazaar and Rummage, 23rd to 27th October 2012. See the review in the archive.
The Farndale (FAHETGDS) Murder Mystery, 8th to 12th May 2012. See the
review in the archive.
Daisy Pulls It Off, 7th to 11th February 2012
Stepping Out, 18th to 22nd October 2011
Tons of Money, 10th to 14th May 2011. See the review in the archive.
Dangerous Corner, 8th to 12th February 2011. See the review in the archive.
The Maintenance Man, 19th to 23rd October 2010. See the review in the archive.
Songs from the Shows, 20th and 24th September 2010
An Evening of Coarse Acting, 11th to 15th May 2010. See the review in the archive.
Silhouette, 9th to 13th February 2010. See the review in the archive.
Party Piece, 20th to 24th October 2009
Going Postal, 12th to 16th May 2009
Rebecca, 10th to 14th February 2009
The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild Dramatic Society's Production of Macbeth, 21st to 25th October 2008. See the review in the archive.
Murder at the Manor, 10th November 2007
An Inspector Calls, 16th to 20th October 2007. See the review in the archive.
Noises Off, 15th to 19th May 2007. See the review in the archive.
Deadly Nightcap, 23rd to 27th January 2007
Alarms and Excursions, 17th to 21st October 2006. See the review in the archive.
Outside Edge, 9th to 13th May 2006. See the review in the archive.
Jekyll and Hyde, 7th to 11th February 2006. See the review in the archive.
The Weekend, 9th to 12th November 2005. See the review in the archive.
The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild Dramatic Society's Production of A Christmas Carol, 26th to 30th April 2005. See the review in the archive.
A Touch of Danger, 25th to 29th January 2005.
Lettice and Lovage, 19th to 23rd October 2004. See the review in the archive.
Out of Sight, Out of Murder, 27th April to 1st May 2004. See the review in the archive.
Bedroom Farce, 27th to 31st January 2004. See the review in the archive.
Deckchairs, 21st to 25th October 2003. See the review in the archive.
The Happiest Days of Your Life, 29th April to 3rd May 2003. See the review in the archive.
How the Other Half Loves, 4th to 8th February 2003. See the review in the archive.
Bonaventure, 22nd to 26th October 2002. See the review in the archive.
Look Who's Talking, 14th to 18th May 2002. See the review in the archive.
The Joyride, by Georgina Reid. 5th to 9th February 2002. See the review in the archive.
84 Charing Cross Road, by Helene Hanff. 6th to 10th November 2001. See the review in the archive.
They Came from Mars and Landed Outside the Farndale Avenue Church Hall in Time for the Townswomen's Guild's Coffee Morning, by David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin Jr. 15th to 19th May 2001. See the review in the archive.
House Guest, by Francis Durbridge. 6th to 10th February 2001. See the review in the Archive.
Lord Arthur Savile's Crime, by Oscar Wilde. 7th to 11th November 2000. Here's the review.
Look No Hans, by John Chapman and Michael Pertwee. 9th to 13th May 2000. Here's the review.