Beyond a Joke, Postponed until October
Jane and Andrew’s pleasant country house is accident prone. Six people have already died there in unfortunate and embarrassing accidents. When daughter Sally’s young man Geoff arrives for the weekend unaware of the house’s reputation, he mistakenly deduces from conversational confusion that the deaths were due to sinister circumstances. A body is discovered in the cupboard and a visiting vicar passes peacefully away in the garden just as Geoff’s parents call unexpectedly. Jane and her sister-in-law persuade Andrew to keep up appearances by hiding evidence, which involves trundling around with bodies in wheelbarrows. Geoff is nearly convinced that he is mistaken, unaware that one of the bodies has been mistakenly stowed in the boot of his parents’ car.
At the Village Hall, Compton (10 miles north of Newbury). Click here for a map.
Online via the web site (no booking fee), or 07554 842207.
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 Mary Warrington - contact her by .
Reviews of Bothered and Bewildered
20th to 23rd November 2019
Review from the Newbury Weekly News.
Between past and present
Tour-de-force portrayal of dementia
Compton Players: Bothered and Bewildered, at the Village Hall, from Wednesday, November 20, to Saturday, November 23
Loss and love were studied onstage in The Compton Players' moving, funny and ultimately heartbreaking performance of Bothered and Bewildered.
The play centres around widow and mum Irene and her worsening dementia.
Her daughters Beth (Brenda Prior) and Louise (Mary Warrington) rally to support her, but struggle to cope both practically and emotionally as they lose their mother before their very eyes.
While the subject matter was important and doubtless painfully familiar to many, the play was not a gloom fest thanks, in part, to the addition of Barbara Cartland, Irene's favourite author and her imaginary companion.
Ann Griffiths clearly had fun as bombastic Barbara, bedecked in shimmering pink and delivering not very helpful, but often amusing, pearls of wisdom with an air of total confidence and authority.
Liz Saxton was an absolute triumph as Irene. The whole cast did a good job, but it was her utterly convincing portrayal of a woman living between the present and the past that was most discussed by the audience as we left.
Of the more minor roles, Alan Johnson was every bit the doctor as well he should be (according to the programme he has worked in this field).
The put upon sisters were also very watchable, they had great chemistry and jostled along like real siblings.
The piece was very well paced and although props were kept to a minimum and wardrobe was fairly basic it was all quite sufficient.
One small criticism would be that the black paint around the stage itself could do with a fresh coat.
Really, given that this was an amateur performance in a small village hall, Bothered and Bewildered was quite exceptional and the whole cast and crew involved in this should be very proud of themselves.
It isn't often that these subjects are tackled in such a measured way raising awareness without being preachy or overdramatic, and raising laughs to balance the seriousness of the theme.
Bothered and Bewildered, 20th to 23rd November 2019
The Ladykillers, 10th to 13th April 2019
The Promise and Murdering at the Vicarage, 14th to 17th November 2018. See the review in the archive.
Perfect Wedding, 25th to 28th April 2018. See the review in the archive.
Richard III, 12th to 14th October and 19th to 21st October 2017. See the review in the archive.
Bracken Moor, 9th to 12th November 2016. See the review in the archive.
Blue Remembered Hills, 20th to 23rd April 2016. See the review in the archive.
Seal Cove, 11th to 14th November 2015. See the review in the archive.
A Tomb With a View, 22nd to 25th April 2015. See the review in the archive.
Scaramouche Jones, 6th December 2014
Poppy Field and Spare the Rod, 19th to 22nd November 2014. See the review in the archive.
The Invisible Man, 14th to 17th May 2014. See the review in the archive.
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)