Pregnant Pauses and Laughs Galore in ‘Family Planning’

July 28, 2010
Newport Playgoers in rehearsal for 'Family Planning' by Frank Vickery

Elsie (Lillian Hynes) has her ironing interrupted by gin-drinking nymphomaniac Maisie (Nicky Davies)

Playgoers’ new season is all set to start with ‘Family Planning’ by Frank Vickery.

I popped into rehearsals  to see how it was progressing and managed to snap some of the cast in action. They looked as if they were having a marvellous time working with first-time director Rosemarie Chick.

This comedy about how a young girl, Tracy (Abbie Thomas) deals with telling her family that she is having a baby, looks set to be a successful curtain-raiser to the new season in September.

“I play Maisie, a love-starved nymphomaniac who has only had sex once,” said Nicky Davies who also appeared in Vickery’s ‘One’o’clock from the House’ which kick-started last season with laughs galore.

It’s not only the plot that has some wonderful  twists and turns. The wise old Gran, who is confined to bed and is onstage throughout, is played by a man – Playgoers stalwart Julian Powell.

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Stage is Set for another Exciting Season from Newport Playgoers

July 21, 2010

Newport Playgoers Society finished its 86th season in style – with a best actor award and a successful run at Cornwall’s cliff-side Minack Theatre – and is now looking forward to staging its next season of eight productions at the Dolman Theatre. 

Steve Saunders is congratulated by the director of 'On Golden Pond', Caroline Drewett-Mansell

 The highlight of the Society’s recent AGM was the awarding of the prestigious Webley Prize for the best performance of the season. This year it was presented to Steve Saunders for his portrayal of the grumpy old retired professor, Norman Thayer, in the moving drama about family relationships, ‘On Golden Pond’.

  “I was really pleased and proud to be voted the winner of this award, especially as I was up against some very tough competition from some of South Wales’s finest amateur acting talent,” said Steve. “It was a marvellous production despite all the problems we faced such as having to battle our way to rehearsals in heavy snow.”

  The Webley Award is given by Playgoers each year in honour of Thomas Webley, the Society’s first President, who was Principal of Caerleon College, which is now the University of Wales, Newport.

Alex Wilson, Mel Edwards and Steve Drowley pictured during rehearsals for 'Le Bourgois Gentilhomme'

In July, Playgoers took their production of Molière’s acclaimed farce, ‘Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme’ to the marvellous Minack Theatre in Cornwall. The most famous outdoor theatre in the UK, Minack is carved into the granite cliff overlooking the spectacular panorama of Porthcurno Bay, and provided the perfect setting for this production, which proved a great hit with holiday-makers and locals alike.


July 21, 2010

Welcome to the Newport Playgoers blog.  Here you’ll find all the latest news  about productions at the Dolman Theatre.