The Promise and Murdering at the Vicarage, 14th to 17th November, 19:30
Our autumn production is two plays by H Connolly.
A few hours after Stacey Nash’s funeral, her estranged father sits menacingly and uninvited on the sofa in her front room. He is full of cocaine, whisky, remorse, anger and self-pity, but most of all he’s there because he made a promise.
Murdering at the Vicarage
Godfrey Appleby, or God to his friends, has penned a play for his local amateur drama society. It is a tribute to Agatha Christie and the Players are busy rehearsing it to enter into the local Drama Festival. It is set in the 1920s. As the group battle against the odds to make sense of the play the result is an unintentional hilarious farce.
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 .
Review of Perfect Wedding
25th to 28th April 2018
Review from the Newbury Weekly News.
Marital mayhem ensues in Compton Players' farce
Compton Players: Perfect Wedding, at Compton Village Hall, from Wednesday, April 25, to Saturday, April 28
It's not a good idea for a man to wake up on his wedding morning, in the Bridal Suite, with a naked young woman called Judy in the bed beside him. Worse still when he doesn't recognise or know her and asks her who she is.
This was the opening sequence of Robin Hawdon's play, with Phil Prior as the bridegroom, growing ever-more evasive and confused as the action progresses. Lauren Eeley, as Judy, played it straight while all around her were becoming fairly frantic. Peter Watt, as the Best Man Tom, had his share of becoming frantic, particularly when trying to persuade the chambermaid (a lively performance by Naomi Read) to pretend to be his girlfriend and get his friend off the hook when his fiancée, Helen Saxton, arrives.
However, he does not realise that Judy is locked in the bathroom and he has mistaken the chambermaid for her. And if you think that is complicated, it turns out that the girl in the bridegroom's bed was actually Tom's girlfriend. It is, of course, typical farce, with people swiftly arriving and departing through doors and dialogue moving along at the same pace. If the cast missed something of the brisk, crisp delivery of the lines, they made up for it with some very good acting, stage movement and positioning generally.
Helen Saxton, as Rachel the bride, spending much of the first act slowly applying a mudpack to her face and shouting at her bridegroom, even in difficult situations, was impressive.
As the second act gathered momentum, there were, of course, shocks and surprises all round, not least when the bridegroom's activities began to unravel and the bride's mother, played by Mary Warrington, asked her daughter: "Isn't there someone else you'd like to marry?" The main contestants, Phil Prior, Peter Watt, Lauren Eeley and Naomi Read interact together very well, with fine support from the other actors.
There was a very good set, designed by Eric Saxton, and Tracey Pearce's direction was smooth and fairly well paced overall. Another good touch was that all the seats in the hall had been covered in white material, so the audience got the illusion they were attending a wedding reception.
All this and Elvis Presley singing Fever before the start.
Perfect Wedding, 25th to 28th April 2018
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)