Friends and Neighbours - May 1996

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Friends and Neighbours - May 1996

Post  Mike B on Thu Aug 04, 2011 10:16 am

Friends & Neighbours, By Austin Steele.
Hoghton Village Hall, 10th/11th May 1996


In this comedy, a British bus conductor is elated to learn that he has won the lottery's grand prize. Then he finds out that the prize is a visit from two Russian social workers. The conductor's wife cleverly turns the visitation into a drinking party and the Russians are very happy. They have so much fun that they tell all their Russian friends to stop in to the conductor's house for a rousing good time.

'Friends and Neighbours' was the first ever production by the Hoghton Players, put together with next to no cash and the help of a great many souls. The play was rehearsed over 8 weeks and starred many soon to be back-bones of the players, namely Ian, Paul, Harold and Graham along with Susan, Millie, Jane and the youthful Michael and Stephanie. As it was our first show, we weren't sure what the uptake would be and how much to charge to those that came. As a result, we played to two nights of sell out audiences which as years passed is something we still do today!

Contained within the script is the long and confusing explanation of the game of cricket:

"Cricket is a game between two teams of 11
Anyway one side is in and the other side is out. The first player goes out for his innings and the other team has to get him out. The object is for the side that's out to get the side that's in, out. The side that is out are out on the field and the side that are in are in the pavillion except
for the two players who are in who are not in the pavilion who are out on the field. The bowler, whose team is out bowls to the player whose team is in and tries to get him out. If he gets him out he goes in and another player comes out to go in, out on the field. Then there's the Chinaman!
When all the players who are in are out and are back in the pavilion except for the llth man who is in but is out because he can't play on his own so he is out despite being not-out, the side that is out go out and the side that is in go in except for two players who are in who go out. And that's where we started."

Simple, really.


Gallery


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Cast

Director/Producer - Paul Armitt

Doris Holmes - Jane Collyer Lily Grimshaw - Millie Goodenough Susan Grimshaw - Stephanie Mainey Albert Grimshaw - Paul Heyworth

Wilf Holmes - Harold Eastham Sebastian Green - Michael Broadbent Vladimir Previtch - Graham Brindle Petri Garanakova - Susan McKno


Crew

Prompt - Gill Watson

Back Stage - Bob Collins, Margaret Jones, Sylvia Atkinson Sound - Bill Nutall Lighting Paul Santus

Review:

Luvvies Are Being Served By TV's Mollie
From the Lancashire Evening Telegraph, May 6th 1996

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The first show ever by the Players!

Post  Mike B on Sat Aug 13, 2011 7:50 am

Humble beginnings indeed! I remember doing this the day after my 15th birthday and being ever so nervous in front of the very first Hoghton Players crowd! There were only a few of us in the early days and everyone mucked in - and many are still members today!! Thank you to everyone who was involved with this show!

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