Dramas & Plays

“In the beginning…” was our first production in 2011, in the Town Hall. In a one hour re-enactment, using the notes taken during the Parliamentary Enquiry in 1847, we presented the lighter aspects of the enquiry as evidence of the need for a new cemetery was presented to a parliamentary commissioner, G H Whalley. The venue has tight fire regulations resulting in some Friends not being allowed in. They were not happy! So we were asked to put the production on again during Heritage Weekend in September – two more performances were well attended.

The success of the first production inevitably led to another play “The Tragedy on Enborne Road”in 2014, telling the story of a young man who shot his fiancée and then killed himself. At this stage we decided to call our thespians ‘The Resurrection Players ‘, moved the venue to the Phoenix Centre on Newtown Road and avoided the riots of the first production by using the Corn Exchange for ticketing. Despite there being 120 seats available we sold out on the May performance and had to do it all again later in the year. By now we had learned our lesson.

The third production in 2015 “Residents Resurrected” was held in October using the sexton and the Grim Reaper as links between four monologues and one duologue, the Grim Reaper calling up spirits on Halloween. This time we put on three performances at the Phoenix Centre but later three of our characters, William Corden The Younger (Painter to Queen Victoria), Sarah Louisa Hopson (whose baby died in the Workhouse) and Herbert Finn (master at the Phoenix Brewery) reprised their roles in the cemetery in June.

Our fourth production is to be called ‘Passive Resistance’ but it isn’t written yet!


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Past events

Below are all the plays we have done in the past with pictures, audio files and videos where available.

 

In The Beginning

First performed: 26/05/2011
Author: Ros Clow

“In the beginning…” was our first production in 2011, in the Town Hall. In a one hour re-enactment, using the notes taken during the Parliamentary Enquiry in 1847, we presented the lighter aspects of the enquiry as evidence of the need for a new cemetery was presented to a parliamentary commissioner, G H Whalley. The venue has tight fire regulations resulting in some Friends not being allowed in. They were not happy! So we were asked to put the production on again during Heritage Weekend in September – two more performances were well attended.

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The Tragedy on Enborne Road

First performed: 16/05/2014
Author: Ros Clow

The success of the first production inevitably led to another play “The Tragedy on Enborne Road”in 2014, telling the story of a young man who shot his fiancée and then killed himself. At this stage we decided to call our thespians ‘The Resurrection Players ‘, moved the venue to the Phoenix Centre on Newtown Road and avoided the riots of the first production by using the Corn Exchange for ticketing. Despite there being 120 seats available we sold out on the May performance and had to do it all again later in the year. By now we had learned our lesson.

© FNRC

Residents Resurrected

First performed: 30/10/2015
Author: Ros Clow

The third production in 2015 “Residents Resurrected” was held in October using the sexton and the Grim Reaper as links between four monologues and one duologue, the Grim Reaper calling up spirits on Halloween. This time we put on three performances at the Phoenix Centre but later three of our characters, William Corden The Younger (Painter to Queen Victoria), Sarah Louisa Hopson (whose baby died in the Workhouse) and Herbert Finn (master at the Phoenix Brewery) reprised their roles in the cemetery in June.

© FNRC

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