Posts Tagged ‘Witchford Village Hall’

Review ‘5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche’ at Witchford Village Hall on Saturday 25th April 2015

April 26, 2015

Mandy Murrum and Becky GreenThe title of this play made me decide that I didn’t really want to spend an evening with 5 lesbians, so I had decided not to review. However, after the smooth-talking of Director Keith Gallois, I relented and I’m very glad I did, for the acting was superb. If it had been the least bit uncertain, we would have collapsed into a heap of nervous embarrassed giggles, but instead there was outright genuine laughter. It was true comedy at its best. Every time I looked at the audience, a group of people I thought would never have enjoyed this topic, was smiling and thoroughly enjoying the antics on stage. Even when the play was repeated on the same night, there were many people who stayed and enjoyed a second serving. Personally, I found it useful to pick up tiny nuances that I may have missed the first time.

The play presented a group of suppressed ‘ladies’ in America at the time when there was real fear of the atomic bomb and, as the title suggests, the popularity of the quiche. The almost suffocating touchy-feely motherliness of the group of women came across really well and the metaphorical significance of the egg and associated innuendo in the situation were magnificently portrayed.

The actresses to be congratulated are Lucy Short (playing Wren), Kate Lacey (Dale), Becky Green and Sarah Boor (Lulie), Many Morrish and Kirsten Green (Ginny), and Rania Kurdi and Leisha Dodd-O’Brien (Vern).

Also to be congratulated are the Director, Keith Gallois, Producer Carolyn Sellers and technician Dee Ireland. This was a wonderful production that had a professional touch – everything went extremely smoothly, with realistic sound and effective, on cue lighting. The quiche served afterwards also went down very well.

WADS (Witchford Amateur Dramatic Society) has risen again. If you want to be involved in an up-and coming, exciting group – join the members at the Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 12th May at 7 pm at the Witchford Village Hall Committee Room.Lucy ShortKate LaceyKirsten Green

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Review of Jean Martyn in concert at Witchford Village Hall on Saturday 20th March 2010

March 22, 2010

Ely’s Inner Wheel certainly knows how to present a good show. Jean Martyn, keyboard player extraordinaire, wowed the packed audience in Witchford. This internationally renowned performer commanded her keyboard in sparkling style. Fingers flying, feet dancing on the pedal board and a relaxed, smiling composure had the listeners thoroughly entertained.

She demonstrated just how versatile the instrument is, with sounds ranging from honky tonk piano Mrs. Mills-style, to grand piano, full orchestra, jazz ensemble, military band or brass band – your name it, she played it.

The evening started with a rollicking There’s no Business Like Show business after which a series of highly popular and delightfully arranged numbers filled the hall. Pieces included Misty, the theme from the Warsaw Concerto, Young Man, YMCA, Sweet Caroline, The Nutcracker Suite, Imagine, My Way, In the Mood, Climb Every Mountain, Consider yourself and a host of other familiar works that had our feet tapping and our memories stirred.

She interspersed her numbers with tales of her fascinating career including lessons from Johnny Dankworth, being invited to perform at St. Jame’s Palace for Princess Anne, stepping in at the last moment to perform with James Last and his orchestra, accompanying Dame Vera Lynn, and rubbing shoulders with Rolf Harris and Ester Ranson.

A medley of tradition British numbers included The White Cliffs of Dover, The Dambusters, When you’re Smiling, Down at the old Bull and Bush, Roll out the Barrell and A Nightingale Sang in Berkley Square. After a series of popular requests, the evening ended in patriotic fervour, flags waving, the audience in full song with items like Rule Britannia, There’ll always be an England and Land of Hope and Glory.   

Coffee and cakes at interval, assistance from the girl guides and generous and enthusiastic support from the audience, helped make the whole evening a resounding success. Proceeds go towards establishing a haven of peace at the Princess of Wales Hospital in Ely.   

Contacts:

http://www.jeanmartyn.co.uk tel: 01902 850843

http://www.cambridgerotary.org.uk

Inner Wheel, Ely:

the secretary, Mary Spinks 01353 663693 e-mail: jamesspinks2@btinternet.co.uk

Peterborough Theatre Organ Preservation Society http://www.ptops-wurlitzer.co.uk