Wallingford Festival 2001
10th to 15th June 2001. at The Corn Exchange Theatre, Market Place, Wallingford.
Sunday 10th June
|Oxford Libra Theatre Company||The Runaway Train by the Company|
|Balancing Act||Witches of East Hannay by Joe Graham|
Monday 11th June
|Chiltern Players Youth Group||The Bodenham Bogey by Jessica Fraser|
|Newbury Dramatic Society||World Premier by Charles Mander|
Tuesday 12th June
|Sinodun Players||Trifles by Susan Glaspell|
|Burghfield & Sulhampstead Players||In the Blinking of an Eye by Jeremy Hilton Davies|
Wednesday 13th June
|Domino Players||Not Quite Sunset by Dorothy Burrows|
|Bartholomew Players||The Bald Prima Donna by Eugene Ionesco|
Thursday 14th June
|The Henley Players||Between Mouthfuls by Alan Ayckbourn|
|Chilton Players||This is a Chair by Caryl Churchill|
Friday 15th June
|City of Oxford Theatre Guild||Extract from Hay Fever by Noel Coward|
|Final adjudication and prize giving|
Editorial, 17th June:
This was on last week - did you go? I only managed to go on the Wednesday, but it was a great evening. Domino Players gave a most moving performance of Not Quite Sunset by Dorothy Burrows, a local author. It was a thought-provoking play in which the reality (or unreality) of what's happening slowly dawns on you as the play progresses. The second play was Eugene Ionesco's The Bald Prima Donna by Bartholomew Players. I've managed to avoid Ionesco up to now, and I shall continue to avoid him in the future. OK, this play's a masterpiece and I'm a philistine. However, the production and the acting were excellent, and of course that's what's being judged at festivals, not the plays themselves.
This is exactly what festivals should be about - exciting new plays, and more outré plays that wouldn't get staged as part of a group's normal season. If these two productions were typical of what was on at Wallingford, I wish I'd gone to some of the other nights.