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2019 Highlights

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Weekend Festival

Riverhouse Arts Centre

18-26 October

2019

Performances & Readings

The Hipdeep Family Plot

Inspired by traditional folk stories and the writings of Heinrich Hoffman and Edward Gorey, pupils from Hinchley Wood School presented this  harrowing, moving, ridiculous and sometimes-in-questionable-taste-but-always-entirely-true story of the most maladjusted and constantly mis-adventurous family this woe begotten world has ever seen; The Hipdeep Family!

Oh So Funny presented

The Extraordinary Time-Travelling Adventures of Baron Munchausen

An audience of young children and their parents discovered how the Baron invented Morris Dancing, how his actions saved the Isle of Skye from sinking beneath the waves and why every fourth child in Bruges is named after him in a show that delighted adults and children alike with its wonderful joie de vivre and other pretentious words!

Double-Bill:

Journey’s Other End

By R C Sherriff & David Lawson Lean

A sold out performance for the premiere of R C Sherriff’s proposed sequel to Journey’s End, with David Lawson Lean, using the scripted scenes, notes and research that Sherriff undertook, to adapted this fully-realised radio play sequel to Journey’s End.

An Evening With Cecil Hepworth

By Patricia Jones

The audience were invited to step back to the turn of the 20th century, when the films produced alongside the River Thames were the envy of the world; and meet Hepworth's stars - Alma Taylor, Chrissie White and Henry Edwards  in a performance that included a screening of Hepworth's world-famous innovative film, "Rescued by Rover,"  the film that changed the whole history of filmmaking and marks the point when it can be said that British cinema, and Walton, unquestionably led the world.

The Next Stage: New Shorts

Staged readings of new plays by Elmbridge writers including

Rabbit by Lottie Armitage &

Life’s Too Long by Peter Shaw

Double-Bill:

Lost and Found

A new play for radio by Howard Schaverien

Another sold out performance for a new play in which Jean’s grief at the loss of her parents further strains her emotional state when she finds a receipt in their files that leads her to question who she really is. At a meeting with a solicitor she learns the truth.

Quick Fix Theatre present

The Scold’s Bridle

Innovative Elmbridge theatre company Quick Fix Theatre premiered their new play, inviting the audience to step back to 1965 and join the members of the Walton Women’s Society as they prepare to perform a new play marking the anniversary of the gifting to the town of a macabre relic: a scold’s bridle - a medieval punishment device. But not everything goes to plan and before the end of the opening night the real bridle mysteriously vanishes never to be found! Inspired by a real-life Walton mystery,

this new touching comedy caper was devised and performed by 

Quick Fix Theatre.

The Festival was rounded off by the premiere of  

Enigma Theatre's new play,

D.R.A.M. written and directed by by Stephen Alexander

A comedy of amateur dramatics – and dramatic amateurs.

In the little-known Shropshire village of Muchleymarsh, the local amateur dramatic society (D.R.A.M.) has long been a staple of the community. None of the villagers seem to notice, however, that D.R.A.M. is probably the worst theatrical group in England – or at least the West  Midlands. When Kay, the chairwoman’s daughter, is forced to step in and direct their next production, she finds she must battle with difficult egos and a host of quirky characters, and face just as much drama offstage as on. 

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