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Scaramouche Jones, 6th December, 19:30
By Justin Butcher. The 31st December 1999, midnight approaches and the millennium festivities build towards the midnight climax. During the last hour of 1999, Scaramouche Jones, an aged circus clown prepares to meet his destiny, and recounts the story of his life. Having played the mime for fifty years, he chooses to break his silence and share his extraordinary story in a beguiling, beautiful, heartbreaking 90 minutes of storytelling. From being born in a Trinidadian slum, sold as a slave, becoming a snake charmer’s assistant, feted by an Italian Prince, gypsy traveller, inmate of a monastery, grave digger in a concentration camp, to the rattling eaves of Waterloo Bridge. These episodes of his life have each ingrained on him its own white mask – masks of emotion or environment; layers of the world he carries with him. And now, as each white mask is stripped away, along with his red nose, oversize shoes, clown wig, white gloves and tailcoat, he prepares to face the ‘ravishing nuptial embrace of that last goodnight’.
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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 The Invisible Man
14th to 17th May 2014.
Review from the Newbury Weekly News.
Compton Players: The Invisible Man, at Coronation Hall, Compton, from Wednesday, May 14 to Saturday, May 17
Based on the well-known novel by HG Wells, playwright Ken Hill's play was written as part-drama, part-comedy and part-farce.
Compton Players relished all the aspects of the work with a lively and well-paced production that was full of well performed special effects. You don't often go to a theatre and see a man take off his head bandages and gloves to reveal... absolutely nothing!
Compton Players managed it and also a sequence where one minute you saw him and the next he'd gone.
Then there was a scene where a naked, invisible man ran riot around a room, causing havoc. The actors had to wrestle themselves to the ground or appear to be punched, or groped by the invisible presence and it was all done convincingly.
The cast were all very good in a fine demonstration of ensemble acting. Eric Saxton actually played five parts but was most impressive as Colonel Adye. Tracey Pearce and Naomi Read did well as the Landlady and bar girl and Ellie Selby put in a strong performance as an early feminist. She also had to struggle with an unfamiliar Scottish accent but overall did very well.
Thomas Marvel was played for laughs by H Connolly and very well too. Ian Hickling made a good MC and there were good supporting performances by Charlie East, Nick Roberts and Pete Watt as Griffin, the Invisible man.
Special effects were very impressive, particularly the now you see him, now you don't illusion.
Sound effects, music of the period and lighting were all on cue and all pulled together by director Phil Prior and I can just imagine the work involved pulling that little lot off effectively. Everybody did well, minimal but effective settings were impressive and the pacing was pretty good. All in all, a production for the players to be proud of.
Poppy Field and Spare the Rod, 19th to 22nd November 2014
The Invisible Man, 14th to 17th May 2014
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)