KATS Presents …
Fiddler on The Roof – 20-24 March 2018
Based on Sholem Aleichem stories by special permission of Arnold Perl.
The committee have chosen to stage a world premiere, an exciting new musical comedy, Pieces of After Eight, penned by our very own Grant Davis.
On an isolated Caribbean island is a town of pirate families, in hiding for over 300 years. Pirate Captain Daniel Lightfoot inherits a treasure map. Intrigued, he travels to England to find the buried treasure which he believes to be in the grounds of the Seaview Hotel.
The hotel is run by world-weary James Riddell, who keeps his hotel afloat by selling smuggled cigarettes and alcohol to his residents. In the care of James and his wife, Pru, is their niece, Samantha.
Unhappy in her marriage, and with the threat of the dashing Captain Lightfoot taking her niece, Samantha, back to the Caribbean, Pru is a desperate woman.
Put a desperate woman in the company of a pirate anxious to wrestle power from Captain Daniel. Add a sprinkling of romance, an undercover excise woman, a Volvo with a faulty gearbox and crumbs of a well-known chocolate mint left under a table and you have Pieces of After Eight.
Grant himself will be directing and we have two superb assistants for him – Christine Bonner and Jules McColl. Music will be directed by Mary Romanos, and choregraphy by Beverley Adams.
If you want to find out more about this fabulous new musical and listen to some of the songs then please visit www.poa8.co.uk
James Riddell (Hotel Proprietor) Bill Fletcher-Neal
Pru Riddell (James’s wife) Christine Bonner
Samantha (their niece) Tara Roberts
Daniel Lightfoot (Pirate Captain) Joe Tapper
Bosun (A Pirate) Bethan Tucker
Simeon (A Pirate) Steve Watson
Nick Christie (A Smuggler) Jordan Davis
Edwina (Undercover Excise Officer) Sarah Montague
Joanie (Hotel Resident) Caroline Sheard
Dennis (Hotel Resident) Kevin Brown
2016 saw the return of the lovely Malcolm MacIntosh to direct the farce – Tons of Money – by Will Evans and Arthur Valentine, revised by Alan Ayckbourn in 1986.
Tons of Money was originally performed in 1922 as the first of the famous ‘Aldwych’ farces but Alan Ayckburn revised it in 1986, and the National Theatre produced this version with Michael Gambon and Simon Cadell.
It tells the story of Aubrey and Louise Allington, who like to live in style with a butler, maid, gardener and cook but are desperately strapped for cash with enormous debts. Aubrey is an unsuccessful inventor and as the play begins, he inherits a fortune. However this will revert on his death to his cousin George Maitland. But cousin George is believed to have died already, so they have the madcap idea of faking Aubrey’s death so that he can ‘resurrect’ himself as his cousin George, and thus avoid paying his many creditors.
However, this being a farce, events naturally do not go according to plan. Complications arise in the form of George’s long lost wife, Jean. Then another ‘George Maitland’ impostor, the butler’s brother, arrives on the scene to claim the inheritance, and finally the real George Maitland turns up.
With Alan Ayckbourn’s stamp on things, there were multiple impersonations, mistaken identities, and a near naked man with just a cushion to protect his dignity – all great fun and done in the ‘best possible taste’!
Oliver – the NODA South West District 4 Achievement Award 2015
Chess the Musical – A Rock Opera
NODA Haslemere Award for Visual Excellence
Fiddler on the Roof
NODA Award for Excellence
Stage Electrics Award for Technical Excellence
Programme Artwork Award