The Compton Players web site is at www.comptonplayers.co.uk.
The Invisible Man, 14th to 17th May, 19:30
By Ken Hill, based on the novel by HG Wells. The sinister Griffin arrives in the village of Iping with his face swathed in bandages and a manner that is distinctly unsociable. The villagers wonder: was it really an accident that destroyed his face, as he claims, or is he a criminal on the run? There is only one way to find out, and they get what they ask for: the Invisible Man takes off not only his gloves to reveal no hands, but his bandages to reveal no head! Then the pranks - comic and malevolent - truly begin...
At the Coronation Hall, Compton (10 miles north of Newbury). Click here for a map.
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
Our chairman is Tracey Pearce - contact her by .
Reviews of Season's Greetings
27th to 30th November 2013.
Review from the Newbury Weekly News.
Compton's Christmas cracker
Compton Players: Season's Greetings, at the Coronation Hall, Compton, from Wednesday, November 27 to Saturday, November 30
I often think the reason Alan Ayckbourn's plays are so universally popular is because we see ourselves and our friends and families in all those comic lines and awkward situations.
Everyday things like the husband who can't understand why it is so important for his wife to have him pour her drink, rather than the willing volunteer. The frustrated wife who can't persuade her husband to go for a walk with the kids and her even though he promised to go earlier, and the special guest who tries to stay peacefully in the background but can't avoid having his girlfriend in floods of tears, even though he has no idea what has upset her.
Compton Players' production flowed steadily along at an ideal medium pace with some strong performances by Pete Watt as Neville, Brenda Prior as Phyllis, Mandy Clark as Rachel and Andrew Alexander and Naomi Read as Eddie and his wife Patti.
Phil Prior, as the unfortunate author Clive, underplayed nicely as a man putting up with hysterics one minute and a clumsy seduction attempt the next.
There were three very special performances but it should be noted that these actors had both the best parts and the best lines. Jenni Collins was most impressive as Belinda, the frustrated wife of Neville, and Eric Saxton, as Uncle Harvey, relished his role as a grumpy, sarcastic and very funny old boy, who drives everybody mad.
Best of all perhaps was Paul Shave's performance as Bernard, a hopelessly incompetent doctor who bores everybody with an annual Christmas puppet show that has 16 excruciatingly horrible scenes, but thankfully we only had to sit through three. Or was it two? Paul's performance made you think he really was Bernard, a man most people would endure torture to avoid talking to.
A bright, well-made set added to the enjoyment and Tracey Pearce's smooth, skilled direction ensured an enjoyable night out.
Review from the ODN newsletter.
The ‘Season’ is Christmas when families gather under one roof and, after drink has been taken, when all the old grievances surface. The ones we all keep nicely hidden for the rest of the year. Alan Ayckbourn does not disappoint - lots of laughs which turn to guilt when we realise we are laughing at, not with, his characters. Typical Ayckbourn - Is he really so cynical?
Lovely Christmassy set designed by Helen Saxton and generally well acted by the experienced Compton Players - no prompts needed!
The acting honours, however, must go to Eric Saxton as the curmudgeonly Uncle. His superb timing shows Ayckbourn as he should be interpreted. He had obviously studied the text and body language needed - all acting skills learned during his long theatrical career.
Some nice ‘drunken’ acting from the Players - always difficult to play convincingly, and a great puppet theatre designed and built by Dave Hawkins.
Compton Players used an extended stage to make three rooms and a dining area, creating a believable home for the actors to inhabit.
The full house enjoyed a good laugh, getting us all in the mood for Christmas - or not.
Season's Greetings, 27th to 30th November 2013
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)