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Poppy Field and Spare the Rod, 19th to 22nd November, 19:30
This autumn's production features two original one act plays, written by Compton Players' H Connolly.
Mrs Kingsley... A women who's hard to like but impossible to ignore, runs the reception area with a rod of iron which includes Daniel the very accommodating caretaker. Thrown into her totalitarian world is Poppy, a young work experience girl whose wry sense of humour and fun irritates her prickly dictator, and Tom, a lost soul who's valiantly trying to justify his life's work so he can lift the monkey from his back.
Spare The Rod
In the summer of 1965 the world was a changing place; for the first time women had the pill and a chance to plan their own destiny. Teenagers had pop music, money in their pockets and a desire to look and sound different from the austere outlook of the war generations. Schools were also changing with the abolition of the 11 plus being considered and the forming of new comprehensives, bringing about a clash between the young teachers who wanted to lead them into the bright new light and the old Edwardian guard determined to protect and keep what they held true. This is a village school's story of that time.
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 .
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.
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)