Look Out for ‘The Ladykillers’ at the Dolman

October 26, 2015
Unsuspecting Mrs Wilberforce (Ruth Ferguson) is the target of ruthless villains Professor Marcus (Gareth Baskerville), Major Courtney (Richard Dymond), Louis (Wayne Fenton) and Harry (Luke Bowkett). (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

Unsuspecting Mrs Wilberforce (Ruth Ferguson) is the target of ruthless villains Professor Marcus (Gareth Baskerville), Major Courtney (Richard Dymond), Louis (Wayne Fenton) and Harry (Luke Bowkett). (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

A sweet little old lady is pitted against a gang of criminal misfits who will stop at nothing – including murder! That’s the plot of Newport Playgoers’ next production, ‘The Ladykillers’.

This classic black comedy, based on the much-loved 1955 film of the same name, tells how Professor Marcus and his gang, posing as amateur musicians, rent rooms in the lopsided house of sweet but strict Mrs Wilberforce.

Misfit crooks Harry (Luke Bowkett) and Professor Marcus (Gareth Baskerville) are plotting do away with Mrs Wilberforce (Ruth Ferguson) even as they take tea with her. (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

Misfit crooks Harry (Luke Bowkett) and Professor Marcus (Gareth Baskerville) are plotting do away with Mrs Wilberforce (Ruth Ferguson) even as they take tea with her. (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

The villains plot to involve her, unwittingly, in Marcus’s brilliantly conceived heist job. The police are left stumped but Mrs Wilberforce becomes wise to their ruse and Marcus concludes that there is only one way to keep the old lady quiet. With only her parrot, General Gordon, to help her, Mrs Wilberforce is alone with five desperate men. But who will be forced to face the music?

 ‘The Ladykillers’: Gareth Baskerville (Professor Marcus, Richard Dymond ( Major Courtney), Wayne Fenton (Louis), Luke Bowkett (Harry and David Livingstone (One Round).  (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

‘The Ladykillers’: Gareth Baskerville (Professor Marcus, Richard Dymond ( Major Courtney), Wayne Fenton (Louis), Luke Bowkett (Harry and David Livingstone (One Round). (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

The play is based on one of the most famous Ealing Comedies which included Peter Sellers, Herbert Lom and Alec Guinness in the cast. The stage version has been entirely reworked, by comedy writer Graham Linehan who scripted classic TV shows Father Ted and The IT Crowd.

‘The Ladykillers’ is at the Dolman Theatre from Tuesday 10 – Friday 13 November at 7.15 pm, with a matinee performance on Saturday 14 at 2.30 pm. To book tickets call 01633 263670 or visit www.dolmantheatre.co.uk.


Playgoers introduce Signing for Deaf and Hard of Hearing

May 27, 2015

Following the success of a trial run, Newport Playgoers will be using signing for theatregoers who are deaf or hard of hearing at their next production, ‘Nunsense’ – as well as for at least six of their next season’s productions.

Signing expert Gaye Hampton is pictured (second from left at the back) getting in the mood by donning a habit and joining the cast of Nunsense in rehearsals. (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

Signing expert Gaye Hampton is pictured (second from left at the back) getting in the mood by donning a habit and joining the cast of Nunsense in rehearsals. (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

The signing will be done by Gaye Hampton from the Sign Language Studies Centre which provides deaf, deaf blind and disability training and consultancy services to both individuals and organisations at their centre in Newport or in-house across the UK.

Gaye, who is profoundly deaf herself,  is committed to improving communication and access for all deaf, deafblind and disabled people.

Gaye has a keen interest in the entertainment world and is working with Claudia Barnes, chairperson of Playgoers’ Artistic committee, to develop a project where the Dolman theatre becomes more accessible to deaf people by provision of an interpreter for some of the productions throughout the year.

The signing symbol which will be displayed on posters and the website when signing will be available for a Playgoers perfromance

The signing symbol which will be displayed on posters and the website when signing will be available for a Playgoers perfromance

As well as June’s production of the musical romp ‘Nunsense’, signing will be used at the Thursday evening performance of  six of next season’s plays including ‘The Ladykillers’, ‘The Graduate’ and ‘The Haunting’.

‘Nunsense’ is at the Dolman Theatre from 17 – 20 June at 7.15 pm, with a matinee performance on the Saturday at 2.30 pm. There will be signing for the deaf and hard of hearing members of the audience at the Saturday night performance. For more information or to book tickets call 01633 263670 or visit www.dolmantheatre.co.uk.