Actor’s Hair-raising Role Raises £500 for Charity as He Goes Bald for Vicar of Dibley!

November 11, 2013

A leading light of local amateur theatre has raised £500 for charity by having his head shaved for his role in ‘The Vicar of Dibley’.

Jerry Grummit (centre) is congratulated by the cast of ‘The Vicar of Dibley’ (left to right) John Davies, Peter Bourne, Karen Davies, Ryan Salter, Rachel Fenwick, and Chris Edmunds. (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

Jerry Grummit (centre) is congratulated by the cast of ‘The Vicar of Dibley’ (left to right) John Davies, Peter Bourne, Karen Davies, Ryan Salter, Rachel Fenwick, and Chris Edmunds. (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

Jerry Grummit, who plays snobby David Horton in the stage version of the hit sitcom, had to lose his hair as there are many jokes about his character being bald.

So, he thought he’d use the hair-raising experience to raise money for the Mcmillan Nurses charity.

Jerry Grummit, in his role as haughty David Horton, prior to having his head shaved for charity. (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

Jerry Grummit, in his role as haughty David Horton, prior to having his head shaved for charity. (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

“I thought it was a very worthwhile cause as it provides invaluable support for cancer sufferers and their families,” said 57-year-old Jerry who lives in Blackwood. “So far, through sponsorship I’ve raised £500 and hope to make it even more.”

Jerry, who is an Openreach Works Controller with BT, has been involved in amateur theatre for over 35 years and has played a variety of roles, but admits that being in ‘The Vicar of Dibley’ has been most fun.

“This is my first part with Newport Playgoers and everyone has been so very warm and welcoming I’ve felt really at home.

Jerry Grummit in action onstage with Karen Davies who plays Rev Geraldine Granger. (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

Jerry Grummit in action onstage with Karen Davies who plays Rev Geraldine Granger. (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

“My character is a very stuffy person and much of the comedy revolves around his strait-laced attitude to everything – particularly the arrival of a new vicar who is a woman.”

The play gives audiences a chance to revisit the quiet village of Dibley and meet its many insane inhabitants as the new female vicar, Geraldine Granger, takes up her post.  As with the TV show much of the fun is provided by the eccentric members of. Dibley Parish Council, from dithering Jim Trott to eccentric cook Letitia Cropley.

Jerry (centre) is toasted by the cast of 'The Vicar of Dibley' for his charity fund-raising efforts. (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

Jerry (centre) is toasted by the cast of ‘The Vicar of Dibley’ for his charity fund-raising efforts. (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

‘The Vicar of Dibley’ is at the Dolman Theatre from 13 – 16 November at 7.15 pm, with an extra matinee performance on the Saturday at 2.30 pm. To book tickets call 01633 263670 or visit www.dolmantheatre.co.uk.

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‘Dad’s Army’ brought to life on Dolman stage

January 9, 2013

There’s a treat in store for all fans of the sitcom ‘Dad’s Army’ – the show and its cast of wonderful characters will be brought to life on the stage of the Dolman Theatre next week.

Newport Playgoers present 'Dad's Army'

The Home Guard on manoeuvres: Richard Dymond as Captain Mainwaring, Ryan Salter as Pike, Eammon Corbett as Sergeant Wilson and.Rob Jacob as Corporal Jones. (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

All the favourites will be on parade as Newport Playgoers present three fun-packed episodes of the classic TV programme, including ‘The Deadly Detachment’ in which the bumbling Home Guard capture a German U-boat crew.

Written by Jimmy Perry and David Croft, the show tells of the exploits of the Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard as they defend their quaint town against the might of the Nazi invasion force.

Led by bumbling bank manager Captain Mainwaring (Richard Dymond) and effete Sergeant Wilson (Eammon Corbett) the platoon boasts an unlikely fighting force of the elderly local butcher, Corporal Jones (Rob Jacob), fast-talking spiv Private Walker (Jes Hynes) and mother’s boy Private Pike (Ryan Salter).

Newport Playgoers present 'Dad's Army'

“Hande hoch!” The Home Guard arrest the crew of a German U-boat in ‘Dad’s Army’. Rob Jacob as Corporal Jones, Ryan Salter as Pike, Richard Dymond as Captain Mainwaring and Eammon Corbett as Sergeant Wilson. (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

The show follows on from Newport Playgoers’ success with the stage version of another hit TV series, ‘Fawlty Towers’, last year.

‘Dad’s Army’ is at the Dolman Theatre from 16 – 19 January 2012 at 7.15 pm, with an extra matinee performance on the Saturday at 2.30 pm. To book tickets call 01633 263670 or visit www.dolmantheatre.co.uk.


Dolman’s ‘Dad’s Army’ Cast on Rehearsal Duty over Christmas

December 12, 2012

“Carry on rehearsing”. That’s the message for the cast of  ‘Dad’s Army’ who will have precious little time off this Christmas as they prepare for the play’s opening at the Dolman Theatre in January.

Newport Playgoers present 'Dad's Army'

Richard Dymond as Captain Mainwaring (right) with Rob Jacob as Corporal Jones, Ryan Salter as Pike and Eammon Corbett as Sergeant Wilson. (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

The stage version of the ever popular sitcom features three episodes of the TV show so rehearsals are particularly gruelling for the large cast. However, in true ‘Dad’s Army’ style Newport Playgoers are soldiering on to ensure the show is a big success.

“The script is brilliantly funny and we’re sure our production will be the perfect antidote to the post-Christmas blues,” said Playgoers’ President Richard Dymond who plays Captain Mainwaring.

‘Dad’s Army’ by Jimmy Perry and David Croft is at the Dolman Theatre from 16 – 19 January 2012 at 7.15 pm, with an extra matinee performance on the Saturday at 2.30 pm. To book tickets call 01633 263670 or visit www.dolmantheatre.co.uk.


Dolman’s ‘Dad’s Army’ Cast Saddened by Death of Clive Dunn

November 8, 2012

The death of veteran TV star Clive Dunn has been particularly poignant for Newport Playgoers who are currently rehearsing the stage version of ‘Dad’s Army’ at the Dolman Theatre.

Newport Playgoers rehearse 'Dad's Army'

Playgoer Rob Jacobs (right) who plays Corporal Jones is seen here rehearsing with Eammon Corbett as Sergeant Wilson. (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

Rob Jacobs who plays Corporal Jones, the part made famous by Clive Dunn, said, “Clive was a true TV legend and an inspiration to me. Taking on the role, particularly with the sad news of his death, is even more meaningful.

“I really hope I can do the part justice as a tribute to Clive and his great talent.”

Clive Dunn

Clive Dunn as Corporal Jones in ‘Dad’s Army’

‘Dad’s Army’ is at the Dolman Theatre from 16th – 19th January 2012 at 7.15 pm, with an extra matinee performance on the Saturday at 2.30 pm. To book tickets call 01633 263670 or visit www.dolmantheatre.co.uk.