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Drayton Players

The Drayton Players web site is at www.draytonplayers.org.uk.

We are looking for cast and crew for our November production of Ayckbourn's Absurd Person Singular. Auditions are at Drayton Village Hall on Sunday 27th August, 18:00 to 20:00 and Monday 28th August, 15:00 to 18:00.

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Where

Drayton Village Hall, Lockway, Drayton, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 4LG (see map).
As always the Drayton Snug Bar will be open from 7:00 each night.

Box office

For tickets please phone 01235 200350 or from Vickerys Store in Drayton.

Review of The Boy Friend

15th to 17th and 22nd to 24th February 2007

From the Oxford Daily Info.

Musical with fabulous 1920s toe-tapping tunes

Drayton Village Hall, Drayton, nr Abingdon, Thu February 15th - Sat February 24th 2007

Drayton Players have another success on their hands with The Boy Friend.

Deidre Jones, the director, suggested that they chose The Boy Friend because the Players had many talented teenagers, some of whom came to take part in My Fair Lady and had stayed. It was an excellent choice for their well-honed acting, singing and dancing skills.

It is Kate Green who takes on the lead character of Polly Browne, who is studying at Madame Dubonnet's Finishing School in Nice. Polly is a role that Julie Andrews played many years ago and Kate sings, dances and acts the part superbly. Polly has led a very sheltered life and invents a boy friend to fit in with her flapper class mates.

It is obvious from the very start that the era is the 1920s, from the striped blazers, straw hats and long necklaces. Very soon we see Bobby (played by Jason Green) and his partner performing an impressive Charleston.

When Stephen Hosking appears on stage as the handsome English messenger delivering a dress to Polly, there is obviously immediate chemistry between him and Polly. However, he does not immediately tell Polly who he is.

There are a number of very lively chorus numbers and the costumes throughout are excellent. For example, the beachwear in Act 2 is as distracting as you would expect of 1920s beachwear.

There are some pastiche characters such as Lord Brockhurst, who has a lustful eye and his wife, Lady Brockhurst - "the dragon". Georgia Alison played the flirtatious Mme Dubonnet well and the duet with Peter Jackson as Percy Browne was excellent.

When Polly and the messenger, whose name we eventually find out is Tony, again meet up in Act 2 they sing a romantic duet All we want is a room in Bloomsbury and it is obvious that both have strong tuneful voices.

Although the story line is predictable, there are one or two surprises, such as what happens when the gendarme appears.

Highlights in the third act included Anton King as Lord Brockhurst singing It is never too late to fall in love and Pepe and Lolita's very acrobatic Carnival Tango. In fact, throughout the show the dancing is lively and the whole production is of professional standard.

Unfortunately, the cast is too numerous to mention them all. It was good to see such a wide range of ages of cast members on stage. They must have had great fun throughout rehearsals (learning the Charleston, for example), but have worked hard to pull off such a polished performance. Do try to see this musical, but make sure you get there early, as it is popular and although there is a large car park, it was nearly full 15 minutes before the performance.

ARTHUR DANGERFIELD

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