Seal Cove, 11th to 14th November, 19:30
At Seal Cove in Cornwall, the lifeboat station is under threat of closure. James, a reporter from London, is here to investigate the story. Because of a complex legal agreement drawn up 100 years ago, the private lifeboat station is deemed to have been too successful as no lives have been lost. The locals are up in arms, and the case has gone to the appeal court in London. Meanwhile, James gets to know the locals and in particular the mysterious Star, who may not be all she seems…
This is an exciting new play by Dave Hawkins, who has written scripts for several previous Compton Players productions.
At the Village Hall, Compton (10 miles north of Newbury). Click here for a map.
Online via the web site, or 07767 268634.
About Compton Players
Compton Players have been producing plays every year since 1947. We always welcome new members, and we are looking not only for people who want to act, but also those who can construct scenery, or would like to learn how, those who can make or sew costumes, those with a knowledge of electrics and/or electronics, and those who would like to help with publicity, box-office and front of house. We normally rehearse on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and for most productions there are twelve weeks of rehearsals. It doesn't matter if you've had any previous experience or not.
Contact Compton Players
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Review of A Tomb With a View
22nd to 25th April 2015
Review from the Newbury Weekly News.
Death becomes them
Compton Players' homicidal comedy thriller
Compton Players: A Tomb with a View, at Compton village hall, from Wednesday, April 22, to Saturday, April 25
Well, it is described as a comedy thriller, although spoof thriller might be a better description. Norman Robbins came up with his play in 1978 and it remains his most popular work.
All the ingredients for an oddball thriller are in place with the cast; first a homicidal woman who poisons people and buries them in the garden, a part relished by Brenda Prior.
Then there is a brother of hers who thinks he is Julius Caesar and dresses in a toga, slightly underplayed by Paul Shave. Jasmine Gartshore gave a spirited performance as another sister, Emil, and Mark Bailey as the bumbling Lucien was, perhaps, a wee bit over the top in his performance.
Charlie East was somewhat miscast as the unlikely babe magnet, Peregrine Potter; he needed glamming up. Helen Saxton did well as nymphomaniac Monica, and her family were well represented by Liz Saxton as Agatha and Eric Saxton as the lawyer, this last a well studied and observed performance indeed.
Another fine acting performance came from Naomi Read as the nurse, who had to go through more than one change of character during the course of three acts.
Lauren Eeley, as Freda, had a small part and not much to do but she did it well enough.
The production, directed skilfully by Tracey Pearce, flowed along reasonably well, maybe a fraction slower than it should, but well acted, good positioning on stage throughout and yes, even a colourful, slightly creepy setting.
A strange choice of play maybe, but overall this was yet another successful production for the Compton Players.
A Tomb With a View, 22nd to 25th April 2015
Scaramouche Jones, 6th December 2014
Poppy Field and Spare the Rod, 19th to 22nd November 2014. See the review in the archive.
The Invisible Man, 14th to 17th May 2014. See the review in the archive.
Season's Greetings, 27th to 30th November 2013. See the review in the archive.
Murdered to Death, 24th to 27th April 2013. See the review in the archive.
The Happiest Days of Your Life, 28th November to 1st December 2012. See the review in the archive.
Dangerous Corner, 28th to 31st March 2012
Bobby Shaftoe, 10th to 12th November 2011
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, 11th to 14th May 2011
Three Short Comedies, 14th to 16th October 2010
What the Butler Saw, 21st to 24th April 2010
Halloween Murder Mystery, (October 2009)
The Unexpected Guest (October 2009)
Laying the Ghost (April 2009)
A Dog's Life and Jingle Bells, Batman Smells (November 2008)
Puppy Love (May 2008)
Macbeth (November 2007)
Shakers Re-Stirred (May 2007)
Nobody's Perfect (November 2006)
The Entertainer (May 2006)
Dad's Army (November 2005)
Don't Dress for Dinner (November 2004)
The Eighth Dwarf (February 2004)
Three One-Act Plays (April 2003)
Under Milk Wood (November 2002)
'Allo 'Allo (April 2002)
Katherine Howard (November 2001)
It Could Be Any One of Us (April 2001)
Dead Funny (November 2000)
Klondike Kalamity (April 2000)