Cast Announcement

Posted by on Dec 7, 2016 in Uncategorized |

After two weeks of auditions, John and his team are pleased to announce the cast for our Production of One Man Two Guvnors, which will be performed on Wednesday 31st May – Saturday 3rd June.

The Cast is as follows:

 

Charlie Clench – Mick George

Pauline Clench – Sophie Bryant

Harry Dangle – Philip Hargreaves

Alan Dangle – George Horn

Dolly – Christine Ayres

Lloyd Boateng – Harold Liberty

Francis Henshall – Keith Badham

Rachel Crabbe – Rachael Bowie

Stanley Stubbers – Tom George

Alfie – Brian Coffey

Gareth – Alan Baldwin

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Production News

Posted by on Dec 1, 2016 in Committee Announcements, News, What's On |

We are delighted to announce that we will be performing the West End and Broadway hit comedy “One Man, Two Guvnors” by Richard Bean next year.  The shows will take place on 31st May and the 1st, 2nd and 3rd June.  Watch this space for casting news and Box office details

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The Adventures of Mr Toad – Our NODA Review

Posted by on Oct 31, 2016 in News, What's On |

Our NODA (National Operatic and Dramatic Association) Representative Richard Fitt has just posted the following review of last week’s show, of which we are rather proud, so we thought we would share….

“My first visit to Barton Players as a NODA representative and what a pleasure it was!

Kenneth Grahame’s iconic and timeless children’s masterpiece, The Wind In The Willows has been adapted from the later play (1908), Toad Of Toad Hall by A.A. Milne and turned into a musical by Piers Chater Robinson and tells the light-hearted story of the wayward Mr Toad’s addiction to the new-fangled Motor Car, his brush with the law, his escape from prison dressed as a washerwoman and the recapture of Toad Hall which had been taken over by the evil Weasels!

What a pleasure to find a village hall which provides a proper raised stage, good visibility and acoustics for the audience. And what an excellent job Barton Players had done with the scenery to adorn it. Even before the appropriately green curtain had opened the proscenium had been well decorated with cut out trees and foliage setting a wooded scene by a riverbank. And once the curtain opened we equally impressed with the excellent job Set Builder Keith Bowie and his team had done. Gloriously painted by Kirsty Badham it transported you straight into Kenneth Grahame’s world. The small touches such as Mole appearing from a hole to side of the stage and little container hanging over the front of the apron so Mole could dip his hand in the river were very well thought out and cleverly done.

The makeup by Julia Wright and Debbie Radcliffe was equally impressive, the four main characters, Toad, Badger, Ratty and Mole and not to forget The Chief Weasel must have spent hours in the makeup chair easily equalling the best I’m seen for a production of Toad. If I may make a small criticism I felt some of the minor characters could have done with a little more make-up, as the contrast between the extremely well and heavily made up major parts was a little too stark. The weasels particularly needed to look a little bit more like their leader.

Costumes by Ann Holloway, Viv Morris and Christine Ayres didn’t let the side down either. All the characters were carefully thought out and perfectly attired.

With an excellent array of props by Ann Osborne, a special mention must be made of the two main props, the horse drawn cart and the absolutely splendid motor car itself complete with working headlights designed and build by Keith Bowie. a man obviously of immense talent whom I note was also responsible for the excellent lighting (remind me to get his phone number!). Perhaps a little over the top with health and safety over the choice of swords, but hey, who cares, it was all great fun

Directed by (its tells us in the programme) by Barton Players youngest ever director, Rachael Bowie (the talent obviously runs deep in that family), her eye for detail was top notch and the whole play cracked along at a pace and with great enthusiasm.

The sound by Matt Atkinson and Adam Bowie didn’t let the side down either, with microphones that actually produced a clarity of sound without feedback. One or two other societies could learn a thing or two from that. Only once did the clarity drop when Mole’s face mic dropped below his chin, soon resolved.

The main Characters were very well cast with good singing voices to match, An innocent Mole (John Murphy) kicked us off with ‘Hang Spring Cleaning’ and was soon joined on stage by Ratty (Gill George) in resplendent blazer and boater together with the enthusiastic chorus for a rousing rendition of ‘Messing About On The River.’   The entrance of Badger (Ian Bass) was impressively stern and then the whirlwind that is Keith Badham as Toad added a new dimension. He just owned the stage, as of course his larger than life character demands, and he certainly did that. Not far behind him was Mick George as Chief Weasel, another larger than life character with a beautiful voice who with his band of young weasels gave us some wonderful renditions of ‘Weasels Reign’ and ‘Toad Has Gone To Prison.’

The Horse, played by Sophie Bryant and George Horn, fresh from initial bar duty, was almost the star of the show, and certainly made a stab of stealing the scene with some deft and humorous choreography by Becca Pountney during ‘Lets Jump Aboard’ not to mention an excellent chase scene after the cart had been run off the road. It was well planned and well executed with aplomb and great humour.

Of the minor characters, I loved the knitting scene in the court room by the magistrate played by Debbie Radcliffe, who can obviously not only knit but also had a splendidly powerful singing voice. Clare Coffey was a very foxy clerk of the court and Philip Hargreaves the archetypical red-faced policeman given the run around by Toad who also played a splendid fishing hedgehog.

Clearly all involved had put in a great deal of hard work and thought into this production and were enjoying every minute of it, which gave us the audience a splendid evening’s entertainment from the wonderful opening safety notice, involving threats to throw mobile phones into the river right up to the curtain call. This was village hall amateur theatre as it should be, great fun and thoroughly entertaining.  Rachael and her team can be proud. Poop! Poop!”

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Friday – Toad Box Office Update!

Posted by on Oct 28, 2016 in News, What's On |

At this stage, we still have some tickets available for tonight which can be booked online only.  We anticipate that there will be tickets available on the door tonight.  If this changes we will update the website!   Doors open at 7.00pm for a 7.30 Curtain up….Amazing reactions from our excellent audiences so far, so please don’t miss this show.

There is limited availability for the matinee performance, so we strongly suggest you book online now, or phone 07595 053251 to secure your seats.

Saturday might has availability but tickets sales remain buoyant, so don’t miss out!

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Thursday Box Office

Posted by on Oct 27, 2016 in News, What's On |

We will have tickets available on the door for tonight’s performance.  Doors open at 7.00pm and Curtain up at 7.30pm.  Our opening two nights have been extremely well received, and we are all having a fantastic time.  Why not jump aboard and join us for the remaining performances of “The Adventures of Mr Toad”!  You can still book online for the next few hours by clicking on the http://bartonplayers.co.uk/?page_id=116box office tab

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Wednesday – Toad

Posted by on Oct 26, 2016 in News, What's On |

Tickets are available on the door for this evening’s performance of The Adventures of Mr Toad.  The doors open at 7.00pm for a 7.30 start.  £10 full price £8 concessions.  The opening night was excellent, so don’t miss out!

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