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Compton Players

The Compton Players web site is at comptonplayers.co.uk. Facebook. Twitter: @PlayersCompton.

At the Abingdon Drama Festival on 18/06/2022, Helen Saxton won the Original Playwriting Award for In Her Defence.

Last production

Where

At the Village Hall, Compton (10 miles north of Newbury). Click here for a map.

Box office

Online via the web site (no booking fee).

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 .

Review of The Wind in the Willows

25th to 27th April 2024

Review from the Newbury Weekly News.

Hiss and boo for Compton's weasely villains

The Compton Players’ performance of The Wind in The Willows, adapted by John Morley from the book by Kenneth Grahame, had a joyous element of panto to it, with many a song and dance spread throughout the production of this well-known play and Phil Prior’s direction kept things moving at a brisk pace.

Pete Watt gave a strong and energetic performance as Toad and was supported nicely by George Buckland as Ratty, Alan Johnson as Mole and Paul Shave as Mr Badger.

The Chief Weasel was excellently portrayed as the villain of the piece by H Connolly, resulting in much booing and hissing from the audience.

The ensemble playing various supporting characters and animals were fun and special mention must be made for their can-can dancing and to Maisie Saxton Browne, a young member making her debut as Portly, the young otter.

It can be a risk for an amateur group to launch into song, and in this case there were obviously some more experienced singers in the cast who kept the numbers swinging when others faltered a little. Eric Saxton as the magistrate was in marvellous voice.

The cast and crew put together a lovely set with painted 2D props portraying Toad’s caravan and the car he steals from an unsuspecting couple, and the cast were able to make good use of the space during chase scenes.

Dobbin the horse could have benefited from an actor at his rear end, however the contraption rigged up must be given its due.

Sound and lighting were well executed and unobtrusive, although it would have added to the ambiance to have some music playing before the show and during the interval.

It should also be acknowledged that some stereotypes are becoming less acceptable in modern times and as such, the scenes with the gypsy women could perhaps be reconsidered in future.

The audience responded with vigour throughout, booing the villains and laughing with the heroes.

The show was very well received by young and old and I look forward to finding out what the Compton Players have planned for their next performance.

LOUISE SHORE

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