The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Town Womens Guild Dramatic Society’s production of ‘A Christmas Carol’
by David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin Jr.
7th - 12th December, 2009
The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Town Womens Guild Dramatic Society ladies mount an assault on the classics with their stage version of A Christmas Carol. Here they present a dizzy array of characters from the Dickensian favourite under the ever-battling leadership of Thelma and Mrs Reece. Of course, no Farndale evening would be quite complete without those wayward touches of ingenuity for which the ladies are so justly famed, so, in truly sparkling form, Mrs Reece engineers some novel audience participation while bravely contending with the chattily-intrusive PA system.
|Mrs Reece||GILLY ROGERS|
|Members Children||AMY WOZENCROFT
At this time of year productions of “A Christmas Carol” are commonplace but I do hope that no member of the audience has come expecting to be entertained in the traditional style. This is “A Christmas Carol” as you have never seen before. Anyone who has already seen one of the “Farndale Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society” productions will understand what to expect, but for those who are unfamiliar with this intrepid band I should perhaps explain.
We are apparently watching the members of a small, women’s only dramatic society perform their own adaptation of the Dickens’ classic. Aided and abetted by their male Stage Manager. As in any close knit society, there are personality clashes and rivalry and at times the relationship of the actors becomes the action. Nevertheless, what they lack in stage skills they more than make up for with their enthusiasm and determination. Regardless of the disasters that befall them, in stiff-upper-lip fashion they refuse to admit that everything is working against them. The show must go on!
It is often said that great skill is required to portray incompetence successfully. Fortunately we are blessed with a very able cast who excel by performing amazing feats of mediocrity. Unlike the characters they are portraying, the “real life” actors have worked together to achieve a real ensemble production.
The Daily Express critic, reviewing the original production of this play, wrote that, “Not since the Monty Python mob dressed up as The Batley Townswomen’s Guild and re-enacted the Battle of Pearl Harbour with their handbags have I tittered so much at such a deliberately dire show”, while The Guardian critic referred to “Hilarious moments of delightful inventive silliness...” We hope that you will just sit back and enjoy this silliness.
Director: ROSEMARY GRAINGER