Madhatters Theatre Club

 


Productions 2008 to 2011


Among our productions 2008 to 2011 have been:
 

Full list of past productions
Recent Productions
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December 2011

We put on a production of Alan Ayckbourn’s Way Upstream 2 to 4 December 2011 at Malorees Junior School (Review).

To prepare for this we ran open rehearsals and sing-along music at St Mungo’s. Staff and residents were inspired to come to our performances at Malorees.

 


Kinnan & Asli - sound and light
for Way Upstream


Anneta, stage manager
for Way Upstream

August 2011

After three months working in the new St Mungo’s Pound Lane Centre, we put on an evening of music and comedy with residents and for residents, as well as visitors from outside.

The show featured three short comedies and lots of sing-along blues and country and western. The three comedies started with a very funny play about the Battle of Trafalgar. We also performed a short Russian play, about a burglar who also goes in for blackmail, and a Victorian melodrama featuring murder, suicide, adultery and poisoning. Victorian costumes added colour to the drama.

St Mungo’s laid on refreshments and a kind Dollis Hill green grocer donated bananas and grapes to help the party go with a swing.


Everyone joined in singing well known songs such as ‘What shall we do with a drunken sailor?’ and ‘Bunch of thyme’
 


Lord Nelson tries to deal with modern health and safety rules. The play was dressed up with eye-patches and bell bottoms and of course included the famous line: ‘Kiss me, Hardy!’

November 2010

We staged Chain Reaction, a very funny new farce about estate agents,

When Cascara and Figge, Estate Agents serving the nation since 1927, find themselves in the grip of a failing house market, they resort to very dubious practices to drum up business. They didn't bargain for the efforts of their customers, the local police and even their own staff in bringing them back onto the straight and narrow. A farcical set of events leading to a Chain Reaction with hilarious results makes for great entertainment for all the family.

Programme
Review

Photo (right) characters Derek Cascara and Jane Howarth


October 2009

We put on a special Halloween performance for the local tennis club on Coles Green Road, NW2. 70 people packed into the club house, all dressed as ghosts and witches. Very scary! At the request of the tennis club, we put on a repeat of Andrew Sachs’ tragic melodrama, The Wages of Sin. This is a very funny play, with two murders, a suicide, an accidental death, plus a bit of adultery. Not surprisingly, it went down a storm.

Cathy once again took the lead as Lady Priscilla Fortune Mint, with excellent support from Joan as the chair and Martin as the bent butler. We’re especially grateful for the help of Michael Fay and Michael Toohig, who stepped in to take the parts of Lord Fortune Mint and Mr Brown. They both managed to die very dramatic deaths. The Halloween poems and songs also went down a storm, especially the all-join-in Twelve Nights of Halloween, based on a well known Christmas carol. Many thanks to Martin for his hard work in finding these poems and songs and congratulations to Lina, who made her Madhatters stage debut with two very scary poems. Special thanks to Janet and all at the Tennis Club for their hard work in organising the party.
 

July 2009 - Gladstone!

2009 is the 200th anniversary of the birth of William Gladstone, four times Prime Minister of the UK, who spent many happy summers enjoying the rural peace of Gladstone Park, Dollis Hill. Michael Redston and Amy Bonsall (picture left) wrote us a play and Sian Thomas directed it. This was a very jolly romp with music and dancing, played out in different parts of the attractive pleasure garden of Gladstone Park. Actors from the local Madhatters Theatre Club played supporting roles to the professionals and our very own Martin Redston and Jess Abbo designed and painted the scenery.

Review1 Review2

 

May 2009
Boom and bust - The Recession Revue

A celebration in drama and verse of the theme of boom and bust - the big topic of the moment.

Photos © PP 2009
More photos by Phil
Photos by Simon
Review

November 2008

An Evening of Melodrama

We performed two short Victorian melodramas:

The Wages of Sin
and
Black-eyed Susan

Review



Chris


Pirates including
Madhatters

May 2008 Treasure Island
This was a completely up-dated and localised version of the classic children's novel, ably adapted by Michael Redston and Amy Bonsall. Amy also directed it, with the help of Sian Thomas. This was a jolly romp played out in different parts of the attractive pleasure garden of Gladstone Park in Dollis Hill. Actors from the Madhatters Theatre Club played supporting roles to the professionals, notably as the incompetent pirates.
Review

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