We are organising a programme of monthly webcast readings for our supporters and Players alike during the lockdown period. We hope this will provide you with some entertainment as well as being some social interaction for our members. Click on the links to replay the recordings.

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Recording 

The Easter Egg by Saki has been adapted for radio by Andrew Stafford – thanks Andrew. The story is about the threat of terrorism to Edwardian order. It wasn’t imaginary. The terrorists – anarchists, Russian radicals, Macedonian irredentists, and so on – could not of course overthrow the governments of the Great Powers by killing presidents and tsars, any more than al Qaeda can overthrow the governments of the USA or even Saudi Arabia. But one of them, Gavrilo Princip, did provide the spark that set off the First World War: the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand near the railway station in Sarajevo served as a pretext to hardliners in Vienna to settle the Serbian question once and for all. The station, a pretty little thing, has survived two world wars and the siege. Private Munro was not so lucky. He was killed on the Western Front in November 1916, one of the 20 million or so victims of Princip’s Easter egg.

  • Announcer:  Olive Smith
  • Lady Barbara: Michelle Hatfield-Spencer
  • Miss Grey: Karen Moyse
  • Burgomaster: Brian Couling
  • Lester : Andy Scott
  • Slavic Lady: Gloria Kendrick
  • Slavic Gent : Andrew Stafford

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Recording Act I 

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Best Laid Plans is a first play by Max Sasim, based on his experience of working in the construction industry and observations of life.

  • Clarissa -Jossy Perce
  • Aaron – Max Sasim
  • Terry – Alan Frost
  • Dougie – Brian Couling
  • Ariadne -Mandi Gowers
  • Audrey – Julia Ashton
  • Richard – Andrew Stafford.
  • Billy – Andrew Pitman.
  • Hermione – Karen Moyse
  • Narrator- Michelle Hatfield Spencer

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Murder In An Ice Cold Manner is one of a series of Murder Mystery plays performed locally by the Marlow Players and is an amateur written play adapted for radio by Gloria Kendrick.

Sir Brian Burrows – Max Sasim

Lady Sylvia Burrows – Jossy Pearce

Lord Guy Stocksley – Brian Couling

Mirabelle ‘ Mimsie’ Baker – Alison Rogers

Ruth Conrad – Wendy Gammond

Catchpole Andrew Stafford

Narrator – Hilary Cox

Director – Gloria Kendrick

Sound and Recording – Brian Couling  and Andy Scott

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Recording Act II link

Recording Act III link

The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People is a play by Oscar Wilde. First performed on 14 February 1895 at the St James’s Theatre in London, it is a farcical comedy in which the protagonists maintain fictitious personae to escape burdensome social obligations. Working within the social conventions of late Victorian London, the play’s major themes are the triviality with which it treats institutions as serious as marriage, and the resulting satire of Victorian ways. Some contemporary reviews praised the play’s humour and the culmination of Wilde’s artistic career, while others were cautious about its lack of social messages. Its high farce and witty dialogue have helped make The Importance of Being Earnest Wilde’s most enduringly popular play.

Lord Algernon Moncrief – Andy Scott

Lane, Butler – Gloria Kendrick

Earnest Worthing, Jack – Max Sasim

Lady Bracknell – Jossy Pearce

Miss Fairfax, Gwendolen Hillary Cox

Miss Prism – Wendy Gammond

Cecily Cardew – Michell Spencer-Hatfield

Canon Chasuble – Brian Couling

Merriman – Gloria Kendrick

Director – Andrew Stafford

Sound and Recording – Alison Edwards  and Andy Scott

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The Dark Lady of the Sonnets is a 1910 short comedy by George Bernard Shaw in which William Shakespeare, intending to meet the “Dark Lady“, accidentally encounters Queen Elizabeth I and attempts to persuade her to create a national theatre. The play was written as part of a campaign to create a “Shakespeare National Theatre” by 1916.

Beefeater – Brian Couling

The Man – Andy Scott

The Lady – Gloria Kendrick

The Dark Lady – Michelle Spencer-Hatfield

Narrator – Wendy Gammond

Director – Andrew Stafford

Sound and Recording – Brian Couling and Andy Scott

The Bear: A Joke in One Act, or The Boor (Russian: Медведь: Шутка в одном действии, tr. Medved’: Shutka v odnom deystvii, 1888), is a one-act comedic play written by Russian author Anton Chekhov. The play was originally dedicated to Nikolai Nikolaevich Solovtsov, Chekhov’s boyhood friend and director/actor who first played the character Smirnov

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ELENA IVANOVNA POPOVA, a landowning little widow, with dimples on her   cheeks   – Karen Moyse

GRIGORY STEPANOVITCH SMIRNOV, a middle-aged landowner  – Brian Couling 

LUKA, Popova’s aged footman – Andrew Stafford

Director – Gloria Kendrick

Sound and Recording – Brian Couling and Andy Scott

An outing for one of our famous ‘Murder Mystery’ plays, normally run in Liston Hall. This is a preview of a new play, which I’m sure we will be able to perform in public sometime in the future. Look for further announcements. Adapted for radio by Gloria Kendrick.

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Cast:

  • Narrator – Olive Smith
  • Headmaster – Andy Scott
  • Professor – Andrew Stafford
  • Rowling – Brian Couling
  • Ida – Alison Edwards
  • Jocelyn – Wendy Gammond
  • Lady Lucrece DeVille – Gloria Kendrick
  • Miss Turner – Hilary Cox
  • Director – Gloria Kendrick
  • Sound – Caroline Law

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Adapted for radio by Andrew Stafford. A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a comedy written by William Shakespeare in 1595/96. The play consists of multiple subplots that revolve around the marriage of Theseus and Hippolyta. One subplot revolves around a conflict between four Athenian lovers, one about a group of six amateur actors who has to act out their interpretation of the play ‘Pyramus and Thisbe’ at the wedding of Theseus and Hippolyta. These subplots take place in a forest, inhabited by fairies who control the characters of the play. The play is one of Shakespeare’s most popular works for the stage and is widely performed across the world.

Cast

  • Bottom, Pyramus: Andy Scott
  • Flute, Thisbe: Hilary Cox
  • Snout, Wall: Alison Edwards
  • Starveling, Moon: David Choules
  • Snug, Lion: Wendy Gammons
  • Quince, Prologue: Olwen Elliott
  • Titania, Hippolyta: Gloria Kendrick
  • Oberon, Theseus: Andrew Stafford
  • Puck, Philostrate: Brian Couling
  • Fairy 1 and Cobweb, Hermia and Helena: Wendy Gammons
  • Fairy 2 and Peaseblossom: David Choules
  • Fairy 3 and Moth: Olive Smith
  • Fairy 4 and Mustardseed, Demetrius: Alison Edwards
  • Sound: Alison Edwards
  • Director: Andrew Stafford

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This month’s webcast production  is written by one of our members, Max Sasim, and many of you will have seen him on the stage in previous productions. In Trivial Pursuits he was the host of a very chaotic summer BBQ for the operatic society! Max also makes a huge contribution in our set construction efforts. It’s a great new play which will be performed by members for you, our supporters. We will introduce the cast so you can get to know them and there will be a short interval just as if we were on stage. We really look forward to you joining us in the audience!

Best Laid Plans By Max Sasim
When Clarissa Howard has an extension built onto her Islington home, she little thinks that in addition to providing constant tea and attention to the builders in her usual overly polite manner, she will have to cope with her hubby being absent through work, her errant brother descending on her out of the blue and other unforeseen events occurring to disrupt proceedings. Not to mention family secrets raising their unwanted heads. Set in the late 1980s, Best Laid Plans is a comic play with a dark underbelly.

Cast

  • Clarissa Howard – Jossy
  • Aaron Fields – Steve
  • Terry Mantel – Max
  • Dougie Burns – Alan
  • Ariadne Burns – Mandi
  • Audrey Dunbar – Karen
  • Richard Davies – Andy
  • Billy Cleland – Brian
  • Hermione Clarke – Alison