. . . this
green and pleasant land.
Left to right: Lawrence (Paul Goldsmith); Marie (Amanda Oelrichs); Brenda
Hulse (Georgette Vale); Chris (Heather Carpenter); Ruth (Leanne Neave);
Jessie (Barbara Tilley); Cora (Marianne London); Celia
(Tabi Paternoster); Annie (Alison Burton)
Other members of the cast were: John
(Alan Carpenter); Rod (David Atkinson);
Lady Cravenshire (Marie Steveson); Elaine (Rowena Atkinson); Liam (Pete
Producer: Alan Carpenter
Stage Manager: Jac McAlister
Set Design: David Paternoster
by Sue Dupont
WYMONDHAM PLAYERS - CALENDAR GIRLS
Director Louise Casson
Central Hall, Wymondham. Wed.17th April
Louise Casson, as Director, certainly chose the
right group of friends for the six girls at the heart of this play:
the friendships and the relationships in this team were outstanding
for their strength; I know that you all work together on other productions
plus socially mixing (even to going on holiday together!), and this
feeling of oneness and support and love in the group was the overall
vibe over the footlights and is essential as the lynchpin of the production.
Personality plus and drive and enthusiasm plus feelings: Heather Carpenter
as Chris has it all and the love for John and Annie, a performance to
watch and be inspired by throughout.
As Annie, Alison Burton showed this great relationship in her friendship
with Chris and was led into the calendar project by this friendship;
her scenes with John (Alan Carpenter) were thoughtful and moving, the
love shone through with the tragedy, he played the role of John with
dignity and hope and sympathy and all had a lump in the throat as he
walked off stage.
The others in the ‘calendar team’: truly extrovert golfing
behind the buns and gin Celia from Tabi Paternoster, the single-mother
Cora with guilt personality from Marianne London, the retired school-teacher
Jessie (Barbara Tilley) with the clever one-liners of humour, and the
over-willing, almost ‘puppy pleasing’ Ruth of Leanne Neave;
they crafted their characters and honed the bonds that bound the group
to bring out the mix of sadness and state of mind and the contrast with
the almost hysterical humour of the piece.
Each person in this team showed the hidden psyche and soul behind the
circumstances that made up the woman.
In charge of the WI, Amanda Oelrichs as Marie certainly had the strength
to try to control this team.
Georgette Vale nobly stood in from dress rehearsal to play her own role
and another as substitute for sickness and managed to separate Brenda
Hulse and Lady Cravenshire into two characters.
And the men of the company gave good character studies for husband Rod
in business trouble with the shop (David Atkinson), a willing but shy
photographer Lawrence from Paul Goldsmith, and an ebullient marketing
man Liam by Peter Harrold, the parts were not large but were well portrayed.
As expected from Wymondham Players and David Paternoster the settings
and dressings were to a high standard, and how hard the props team worked.