Faringdon Dramatic Society
Cider With Rosie, 9th to 11th November 2017
Cider with Rosie was adapted for the stage from the autobiography of Laurie Lee. It is a wonderfully evocative and poignant account of Lee’s childhood in the village of Slad, Gloucestershire, England, in the period soon after the First World War. It chronicles the traditional village life which disappeared with the advent of new developments, such as the coming of the motor car, and relates the experiences of childhood seen from many years later. Laurie Lee’s gentle and beautifully touching story recounts the defining moments of his adolescent life, recalling glorious outings, frozen white winters, long hot, hazy summers, tyrannical teachers, erratic family life and of course that first cider-fuelled encounter.
Faringdon Junior School, Gloucester Street, Faringdon SN7 7HZ (Parking in Gloucester Street Car Park).
Tickets available online or from 'The Gifted Magpie', 6 London Street, Faringdon.
Review of Steel Magnolias
12th to 14th June 2014.
Review from Mike Lacey.
The play takes place in Truvy’s beauty parlour (originally a car port, we are told), in 1980s Louisiana. The set conveyed this very well, with its hairdressing chairs and basin, along with pictures of current hair styles (Farrah Fawcett-Majors et al). The rear elevation gave a nice contrast to the rest of the set. Surely it is usual to have a mirror in front of each hair-dressing station and I would have liked the actors to make use of this on the ’fourth wall’. This may well have helped Shelby (Yvonne Kelly) project her voice out to the audience more rather than have her face sideways on which spoilt an otherwise very good performance. There was little use of the hair washing basin so no hair washing was done and maybe with the use of a bucket and a small pump these could have been achieved.
This play has many funny and emotional moments which the cast in the main got over very well although I did think that M’lynn (Amanda Linstead) looked a little cheerful on her entrance after the death of her daughter. Throughout this performance the actors kept up their American accents well. The costumes were right for the period but Ouiser (Jo Webster) could have done with a hat, and been a little more eccentric.
Annelle’s (Laura Coleman) hairdressing skills were good, from putting rollers into M’lynn’s hair, to pulling strands of Clairee’s (Joan Lee) hair through a cap, ready for highlighting. This character was well portrayed.
Although there was a lot of good direction and nice interaction between characters the show needed more pace, with the actors picking up on their cues more quickly, this would have been archived but overall the play was funny and moving and a job well done.
So Long Leonard, 9th September 2017
My Friend, Miss Flint, 10th to 13th May 2017
Arthur's Adventures or Merlin to the Rescue, 28th to 29th January and 3rd to 4th February 2017
Agatha Crusty and the Village Hall Murders, 10th to 12th November 2016
Side Effects, 18th to 21st May 2016
Happily Ever After, 30th to 31st January and 5th to 6th February 2016
Living Together, 5th to 7th November 2015
Office Hours, 8th to 9th May 2015
The Snow Queen, 30th to 31st January and 6th to 7th February 2015
Reflections 1914-18, 6th to 8th November 2014
Steel Magnolias, 12th to 14th June 2014
The Scarlet Pumpernickel, 24th January to 1st February 2014 (Fridays and Saturdays)
Wife After Death, 7th to 9th November 2013
A Midsummer Night's Dream, 12th to 15th June 2013
Jack and the Beanstalk, 25th to 26th January and 1st to 2nd February 2013
Present Laughter, 1st to 3rd November 2012
Best of British, 11th to 12th May 2012
Cinderella, 27th to 28th January and 3rd to 4th February 2012
London Suite, 21st to 22nd October 2011
The Odd Couple, 19th to 21st May 2011
Dick Whittington, 28th to 29th January and 4th to 5th February 2011
Heroes, 11th to 13th November 2010
Cold Comfort Farm, 24th to 26th June 2010
Aladdin, 29th to 30th January and 5th to 6th February 2010
Our Town, 12th to 14th November 2009
Beauty and the Beast, 30th to 31st January and 6th to 7th February 2009
Candleford, 6th to 8th November 2008
Peter Panto, 25th to 26th January and 1st to 2nd February 2008
The Importance of being Earnest, 28th to 30th June 2007
Pirates of the Faribbean, 26th to 27th January and 2nd to 3rd February 2007
Noises Off, 8th to 11th November 2006
The Cherry Orchard, 11th to 13th May 2006
Dreamers, 27th to 28th January and 3rd to 4th February 2006
Educating Rita, 10th to 12th November 2005
Idle Chatter: Shoppers, Cupboard Love, Theatrical Digs and Albert, 19th to 21st May 2005
Snow White, 27th to 29th January and 4th to 5th February 2005
Dancing at Lughnasa, 11th to 13th November 2004
Shakers, 2nd to 4th July 2004
Arsenic and Old Lace, May 2004
How Clarence Earned His Wings, 30th and 31st January, 6th and 7th February 2004
Separate Tables, 6th to 8th November 2003
Much Ado About Nothing, 18th to 20th June 2003
Wind in the Willows, 31st January, 1st, 7th and 8th February 2003
Cabaret, 14th to 16th November 2002
Brush Up Your Shakespeare, 14th to 16th June 2002
Babes in the Wood, 25th and 26th January, 1st and 2nd February 2002
Daisy Pulls it Off, November 2001