Recreation Ground, Ilminster
Marshall Herbert's Family Fun Fair will be providing all the fun of the fair from Wednesday 23 May to Saturday 26 May.
Humble Boy by Charlotte Jones
The Warehouse Theatre, Ilminster
This modern play from 2001 is full of comedy and pathos, veering from beautifully touching scenes to laugh out loud moments.
The play (with some very loose Hamlet inspiration) has the obvious influences and techniques of writers such as Tom Stoppard and Alan Ayckbourn. Set in the garden of a Cotswolds house, complete with beehive, the action takes place over the summer months after James Humble’s funeral. As with all families, relationships can be strained and secrets are kept; some are broken, some renewed, and all against a backdrop of gardening, bees, astrophysics and Glenn Miller.
Humble Boy is an ensemble piece, with a cast of new and old faces on the stage. Some will be familiar to our Warehouse audiences: Chris Williamson, plays Felix Humble - the son and eponymous Humble Boy; Ken Steed plays Jim the gardener; Jo Neagle is Mercy, the family friend; and Kayleigh Partt is Rosie Pye, Felix’s ex. We are also very pleased to have a couple of new members with us: John McGrowther is the amorous George Pye, and Val Wright is Flora Humble, Felix’s mother and Queen Bee of the piece.
As well as our stalwarts in the crew of Brian, Dave and Felicity, we have been joined by Olwen Herridge, Andy Carson and Xav Driver.
So please come and see something by a playwright who may be new to you, be entertained by the hard work of all the cast and crew, and have, as always, a great evening out at your local theatre.
We really appreciate your support.
Doors open at 6.45pm with 7.30pm start
Tickets £10 (£5 Child/Student)
‘Here at the Fair’
Chaffcombe Village Hall
‘HERE AT THE FAIR’ is Mick’s sixth ‘folk opera’. The previous shows (‘A Day’s
Work’, ‘The Voyage’, ‘Tanks For the Memory’, ‘The Navvy’s Wife’ and ‘The Pauper’s
Path’) were all very well received and reviewed (‘A fantastically moving piece of
work’ – ‘R2’ magazine; ‘Another classic’ – ‘Folk North West.)
The scene is set at a country fair in 1850. A group of travelling showmen and women
arrive, and set out their stalls. Using twenty of Mick’s original songs, along with a
little dialogue, monologue and spoken verse, the show tells the back stories of this
group of society’s outsiders, and puts their wandering lives of music, song, dance,
lights and laughter in the social and political context of the time.
With a cast of Mick Ryan, Pete Morton, Geoff Lakeman, ‘Granny’s Attic’ (Cohen
Braithwaite-Kilcoyn, George Sansome and Lewis Wood), Heather Bradford and Alice Jones, this show guarantees singing and playing of the highest quality. To book call 01460 65909/64553 or 07729103359
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