Rooted in something real, tangible and local, the production achieves something intangible and universal. This is not just what local theatre should be all about, it is what all theatre should be all about.
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Cast and Crew Theatre Workshop - Canvey Island.
Winner of the NODA East Regional Award for Best Drama !!!
......... I laughed and I cried: the characterisation was incredible, and the story powerful because of its humour and its poignant moments. The writer certainly got the pathos right. And hats off to the performance by the local group, some incredible acting in there.
This story has all the key ingredients that can touch us and change us. This is my aim as I write, I’m sure yours too: to change the way we see ourselves and see life. The idea of capturing human spirit by allowing humour to brush up alongside the saddest and deepest of moments is what has connected us to the great stories and the great plays for centuries. This play is as powerful for taking moments in these women’s lives and allowing us to see them as people; real people. I think we can all find a piece of ourselves in all of these characters.
The play has been touring for a while and all productions raise money for cancer charities which I think is commendable.
If you get the chance to see this or to read this play, you will not be disappointed; it’s everything that is British, that is human and it will touch you… and apt to tell you about on this International Women’s Day. Celebrate life; celebrate the power of the unbreakable human spirit.
Thanks Gail Young and thanks to all those at Cast and Crew for a great Mother’s Day treat: fantastic job everyone! Story telling at its finest.
Tudor Players presented Weston Park Cancer Charity with a cheque for £1000 raised with their production of ‘Cheshire Cats’......
‘Any production that promises to be a cross between a girls’ night out and a real mission to support a cause close to many hearts, with plenty of laughs and a few tears along the way is worth checking out, especially as went enter fun run season, so I was delighted to be in the audience for the opening night of Tudor Players latest production.
Written by Gail Young, Cheshire Cats introduces the audience to five females attempting to walk 13 miles across London in record time in decorated bras and posh new trainers, to raise money for charity, accompanied by a sixth team member who doesn’t seem to meet the physical criteria......All the Cheshire Cats were at their best during their solo poetic monologues direct to the audience, starting with Jen Aspinall’s “Cougar Time” and ending on a moving note and unexpectedly emotional finale with Charlie Russell, that will remind Alan Bennett fans of the final scene of The History Boys.
The audience were left with a real feel of how the Tudor Players women would be if they ever took part in a fun run and with the audience eager to join them, as long as the scary sergeant major of running groups Hilary, brought to life by Edwina Gascoyne was not in charge, though she did also beautifully capture, especially in her own monologue, Hilary’s deep emotions and grief. Edwina and Judith Wade also deserve a very special mention for being brave enough to play Jenga in front of a live audience...........In conclusion ‘ Cheshire Cats’ is the perfect play for a girls night out with strong, likable and genuine, well-written characters, that women everywhere can relate to, brought to life by a talented cast and director. It also, like all great girl’s nights had an amazing soundtrack, mainly on a cat and walking theme, including The Cure’s “Love Cats”, Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Want To Have Fun”, The Proclaimers “500 Miles”, and a warm-up to our next review Madness’ “I Was Driving In My Car”
Lytham Anonymous Players
Director Bob Gemmell has taken a strong cast and minimal set, but created such a deep, moving but often humorous piece of theatre with it. ........The theme of cancer is always going to be a difficult subject to approach, but it is how we, as individuals, deal with that subject. It gives the much-needed publicity and attention that it craves. The script by Gail Young is clever and funny. It is heavily laden with dialogue, but it is a must in this context. We, as the audience, need to understand who each of the characters are and why they are here........The play was full of fun, laughter, joy but also sadness. In dealing with such a difficult topic, there has to be sadness. There is a lot of poignancy in the piece as we grow to learn the truth about the characters and the reasons why they decided to walk the streets of London for this cause. ....The beauty behind this play was not just in the performance itself, but the causes it was dedicated to. Both the Rosemere Cancer Foundation and the Trinity Hospice are two charities very close to the hearts of the Lytham Anonymous Players and it was a fitting tribute that proceeds from these shows will be donated to these two wonderful charities who do so much good.