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Review: The Cemetery Club

The Cemetery Club

A poignant and heart-warming comedy.

The Bovey Tracey Players presented ”The Cemetery Club” By Ivan Menchell at Bovey Tracey Town Hall 27″‘ – 30″‘ May.

Coming after the wacky and anarchic ”Sherlock Holmes and the Giant Gnomes”, the Players Spring production is by contrast a gentle and thoughtful observation on the nature of bereavement, grief and the difficulty experienced in moving on after the passing of a loved one.

The play focuses on the lives of Ida, Lucille and Doris, three Jewish Widows in 19805 New York who have formed themselves into the titular club by meeting once a month for lunch before heading off to tend to their late husband’s graves.

The status quo is threatened however when Ida begins a tentative romance with Sam, another local widower.

Directed by Freda Wilson, a stalwart of the amateur theatre scene, this was a polished production well up to the Players usual high standard with a simple and effective set which alternated between Ida’s modest apartment and the local cemetery with lighting and sound restrained as befitted the tone of the play.

Jenny Connelly, as Ida, gave a wonderfully understated performance as a woman desperate to move on in her life but wracked with guilt and the thought of doing so.

Kirsty Munro’s Lucille was entertainingly larger than life but conveyed the sense of heartbreak that was obviously just under the surface.

Margaret White (in her acting debut) was a delight as the prim and ”buttoned-up” Doris refusing to relinquish the memory of the husband she loved so much. Terry Nickels gave a sweet natured and sympathetic performance as Sam and the scenes between he and Ida as their uncertain romance started to blossom were highlights of the production.

And finally Helen Drinkall as Mildred, another of Sam’s ”admirers”, whose appearance was all too brief, was very funny as a gleeful but totally unwitting fifth wheel.

An excellent script, all witty one liners, backhanded compliments, and pithy put downs, was done justice by the cast, maintaining convincing American accents throughout, and engaged the audience right from the beginning through to the bittersweet but ultimately optimistic denouement.

The front of house team was uniformly excellent, as we have come to expect from a Players production and the slick and capable backstage crew ensured everything ran smoothly on stage.

If this is to be, as believed, the Players final performance in the Bovey Tracey Town Hall before it is sadly sold then they can at least take comfort that they are leaving this particular space on a high.

An excellent production and congratulations to all concerned.

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Crutons Win……. Again!

Crutons Win……. Again!

Our annual quiz was won yet again by the Crutons – well done to them. There were 16 number  teams taking part this year and a good time was had by all with chips at half time, as per tradition. This event raised over £200 for our chosen charity, which this year is the Bovey Youth Cafe.

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Next years quiz will be set by ‘The War Babies” Alf Price’s team who were chosen to set the quiz after winning the draw for this – a new way of choosing the setters as the Crutons have won the quiz SO many times! So folks, next year expect questions on country music!

 

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Charity Fund Raisers

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Giant Gnomes Video Evidence

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2015 Sherlock Holmes and the Giant Gnomes

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Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson

A spectacular play written by a local ‘young’ lad called Bim.  This original bit of script writing had them falling about in the aisles.

This funny and original play had all the usual characters including Sherlock and Dr Watson, the evil Moriarty, Mrs Hudson and some more extravagant characters such as Hugh Jarce, Thirsty Kirsty and a cow called Pat!

This was sure to put a smile on any ones face.  Hopefully one day Sherlock Holmes might make a return to solve another dastardly crime.

Photos courtesy of Bim Photography

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Bovey Tracey Players Flag

IMG_2684Proudly presenting the newly created Bovey Tracey Players flag which was thoughtfully designed and made by Su Kaye, Carol Walters, Chris Towle, Emma Rendell and Ann Gillingham.

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2014 Dad’s Army

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Dad’s Army will be on from 15th to 19th October 2014. Don’t miss this classic collection of 3 episodes performed with a large cast production. “Don’t panic” ticket dates will be announced nearer the time.

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2013 It Runs in the Family

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Photos courtesy of Bim Photography

Set in the doctor’s common room of a London Hospital, Dr David Morton is rehearsing his speech for the prestigious Ponsonby Lecture, which could lead to his knighthood, when in bursts an old flame, hotly pursued by her (their?) daughter, who is hotly pursued by the police.

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Additional photos by Nigel Gillingham

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2013 Little Voice

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“John and I have just come back from The Bovey Players production of Little Voice.  There is a 14 year old girl, Orla Harper, playing LV, and she is stunningly brilliant. She has the most amazing voice, and I really think NCS should go to see her!! I had shivers going down my spine, and had tears at the end, so a show for everything and everyone! It is on tomorrow, Friday and Saturday, and I do urge people to go and see it. I think she will be the talk of the town. The rest of the cast are very good too!” Jane Midgley.

Little Voice was probably one of our best plays for a while and a huge success. The above email was circulated by Jane and summed up what most other members of the audience thought. Juliet directed a small but talented cast and what a voice Orla has. We have a star in our midst! Bernie and his crew did an amazing job with the set and special effects as always. It certainly was electric!

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Pantomimes

2013 Aladdin Photos courtesy of Bim Photography
2006 Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves Ali Baba, a Pantomime by Alexa Romanes. All the usual Panto stuff, villains, hero’s, scantily...
2005 The Ozzard of Wiz The Ozzard of Wiz was written by Bim Bollard and James Harper and directed by...
2000 From the King of Prussia with Love James Blonde, a classic Pantomime character played with a suitable sneer by Dave Scott, led...
1994 Babes in the Wood Babes in the Wood was another Pantomime written by Alexa Romanes, unfortunately I only have...
1996 Robinson Crusoe This was billed as a traditional family Pantomime, written by Bill Smale and directed by...
1998 Dracular and the Magic Lamp Surely the best Panto and Panto villain ever, well I would say that wouldn’t I....
1990 Fatman and Blobbin Fatman and Blobbin (And the Exploding Custard Pie machine).Ticket holders were turned away at the...
1992 Cinderella II Cinderella II, (The Undoing of Buttons). I could tell you what I thought but the...
1980 Robin Hood The Players first ever Pantomime written by Patsy Powlesland. This was great fun to be...

Plays

2017 Lone Star LONE STAR by James Maclure Is a gritty comedy – set in the back of...
2016 Allo Allo It has been a sad week with the announcement of the of death of Gorden...
2015 Teechers Its Back to School! – Teechers at The Dolphin 15th – 17th October 2015
2015 Sherlock Holmes and the Giant Gnomes A spectacular play written by a local ‘young’ lad called Bim.  This original bit of...
2014 Dad’s Army Dad’s Army will be on from 15th to 19th October 2014. Don’t miss this classic...
2013 It Runs in the Family Photos courtesy of Bim Photography Set in the doctor’s common room of a London Hospital,...
2013 Little Voice “John and I have just come back from The Bovey Players production of Little Voice. ...
2012 The Long and the Short and the Tall ‘The Long and the Short and The Tall’ by Willis Hall was presented at Bovey...
2011 Fahrenheit & Celsius The recent play performed by the Bovey Tracey Players,”Fahrenheit and Celsius” by James Gillingham, is...
2010 The Memory of Water Shelagh Stephenson’s 1996 play The Memory of Water explores the fractured relationships between three sisters...

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