Mortimer Dramatic Society
The Mortimer Dramatic Society web site is at www.mortimer-dramatic.org.
Third Week in August, 30th to 31st May and 6th to 7th June
By Peter Gordon. When Sue decides to try a 'get away from everybody' caravan holiday, little does she realise that she's booked into the caravan site from hell. She is soon taken under the wing of the expert but inadequate Neville… that's when he's not engaged in battle with his wife or trying to cope with his difficult sister-in-law. Matters become complicated with the arrival of the enthusiastic Tony and his complaining girlfriend, Jenny. When Neville decides that a communal barbecue is the order of the day, things really start to hot up! If you've ever been near a caravan site, you'll recognise them all.
St John's Hall, 22 West End Road, Mortimer Common, RG7 3TF.
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Reviews of Third Week in August
30th to 31st May and 6th to 7th June 2014
Review from the Newbury Weekly News.
Parked up at Mortimer
Mortimer Dramatic Society: Third Week in August, at St John's Hall Mortimer, on Fridays and Saturdays, May 30 and 31, June 6 and 7
Peter Gordon's play, like many comedies and in true Alan Ayckbourn style, points up the sadness and weakness to be found in many people living what appear on the surface, to be typical, ordinary lives.
The setting is a seaside caravan park where Sue, played by Terri Chopping with a calmness and refusal to be harried, arrives to find Neville, a big blustery man, determined to enjoy his annual holiday in spite of his wife Mary's attempts to sabotage it.
Tom Shorrock was believable as the incompetent but well-meaning Neville and Mary Auckland showed us a nervous, uptight woman, who is too busy trying to sort out her sister's life to see what a mess she is making of her own.
Paula Stenson played Lizzy, Mary's sister, with spirit and Ian Beavon was the laid-back, never-fazed Tony. Pippa Roberts was good as a complaining, never happy girlfriend to Tony, but perhaps overdid the facial expressions a wee bit.
It was a very good setting, with the fields and sea in the distance and some real caravan parts that the actors could enter and exit. If it was a shade slow moving, that was down to the playwright more than the Mortimer actors and director, as all the players gave fascinating portrayals of people that you just knew – however much they complained and planned to 'go abroad next year' – were going to return to their caravan park in 12 months’ time.
Full marks to the props and costume people and the rather overworked continuity girl, Jennifer Broom, who had a little more to do than she should have.
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Calendar Girls, 31st May to 1st June and 7th to 8th June 2013
Entertaining Angels, 19th to 20th October and 26th to 27th October 2012
Natural Causes, 21st to 22nd and 28th to 29th October 2011.
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Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, 27th to 28th May and 3rd to 4th June 2011
The Amorous Ambassador, 22nd to 23rd and 29th to 30th October 2010. See the review in the Archive.
The Day After The Fair, 28th to 29th May and 4th to 5th June 2010
Another Opening, Another Show, 15th to 16th, 20th and 22nd to 23rd January 2010
Dead Man’s Hand, 29th to 30th May and 5th to 6th June 2009. See the review in the Archive.
The Cemetery Club, 24th to 25th October and 31st October to 1st November 2008
Hobson’s Choice, 30th to 31st May and 6th to 7th June 2008
A Murder Has Been Arranged, 25th to 26th May and 1st to 2nd June 2007. See the review in the Archive.
A Breath of Spring, 2nd to 3rd and 9th to 10th June 2006
Curtains, 21st, 22nd, 28th and 29th October 2005. See the review in the Archive.
The Real Inspector Hound and Black Comedy, 29th to 30th April and 6th to 7th May 2005
The Shakespeare Revue, 21st, 22nd, 28th and 29th January 2005
The Deep Blue Sea, 22nd, 23rd, 29th and 30th October 2004. See the reviews in the Archive.
Comic Potential, 30th April, 1st, 7th and 8th May 2004. See the reviews in the Archive.
Take Away The Lady, 24th, 25th and 31st October and 1st November 2003.
Local Affairs, 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th May 2003. See the review in the Archive.
Quartet, 18th, 19th, 25th, 26th October 2002. See the review in the Archive.
The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild Dramatic Society's Production Of Macbeth, 10th, 11th, 17th and 18th May 2002. See the review in the Archive.
Abigail's Party, 18th, 19th, 25th and 26th January 2002. See the review in the Archive.
Educating Rita, 19th, 20th, 26th, 27th October 2001. See the review in the Archive.
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