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Coming March 2020: Duets by Peter Quilter

Coming March 2020: Duets by Peter Quilter.

A gloriously funny examination of the chaotic world of love, relationships and why the grass is never greener.

Duets is a hilarious tribute to the strength and madness of the human heart. Four sets of characters, four crucial moments. Jonathan and Wendy are on a blind date and hoping to get it right this time even though they’ve never got it right before; Barrie is not really interested in women but Janet sees that as no reason to stop trying; Shelley and Bobby have decided to holiday in Spain to finalise their divorce whilst drowning in cocktails; Angela is marrying for the third time to the dismay of her brother Toby and amidst a barrage of bad omens and a dress resembling a parachute.

Box Office details:  Worcester Live

Abigail’s After-show Party

Many thanks to all our wonderful audiences who gave us a warm reception every night with Abigail’s Party, and well done to our cast and crew! Feedback was really positive and we had a great week. The review from our sterling NODA area rep, Bruce Wyatt, is now online at https://www.noda.org.uk/show-reports/abigails-party-1571131052

We will be bringing news of our next show, in March 2020, soon – stay tuned!

Abigail’s Party: Meet the Cast – Julie Sadler

Julie Sadler plays Angie in Abigail's Party

Julie Sadler plays Angie in Abigail’s Party

Find out more about the cast of our forthcoming production, Abigail’s Party.

Julie has been in numerous plays with the SJP’s, too many to mention, but some of her favourites have been the dramas of Day After the Fair, The Little Foxes and Edge of Darkness and the comedies of Don’t Just Lie There Say Something, How the Other Half Loves, ‘Allo ‘Allo, Season’s Greetings & Outside Edge to name but a few among particular highlights have been fulfilling a lifelong ambition to play Annie in all 3 plays in Alan Ayckbourn’s The Norman Conquests.

She has also directed for the SJP’s, both comedies & dramas, of which she says, “my favourite production for the SJP’s has to be One Man Two Guvnors as I invested so much of myself in that show as I directed it, played the role of Dolly, designed the set and did the front of house photos – I consider it my greatest personal achievement with the SJP’s and I was so lucky to have the most amazing cast who realised my dream and brought it to life.”

Julie joined the SJP’s after completing her degree and returning to Worcester.  “The SJP’s were recommended to me by a friend, Paul Clarke, who I’d previously been in drama groups with at both Tech and at the Arts Workshop and who was a member of the SJP’s. I joined the group and Paul left it 2 weeks later as due to his work he was moving away from Worcester.”

Julie plays the character of Angie in Abigail’s Party, of which she says, “this is the second time I have played this role for the SJP’s.

“I would describe Angie as looking up to Beverley and having just bought her first house with her husband Tony, Angie is aspiring to achieve the same material comforts which she see that Beverley & her husband Lawrence have.

“Angie is incredibly tactless, however, I think this is born of naivety rather than malice and her mouth definitely works faster than her brain as she has a tendency to speak/ask questions before thinking about what she is saying/asking. However, although Angie appears meek & childlike and only interested in the mundane and commonplace, much to the annoyance of her husband, she comes into her own at the end of Act I and Act II where it is revealed that underneath Angie’s apparent silliness is the tough, practical reliability of an experienced working nurse.
She is great fun to play as she says things that most of us would only every think and never voice!!”

Tickets for Abigail’s Party are available from Worcester Live Box Office

Our Next Production – Abigail’s Party

For the 2nd production in our 70th anniversary year, the St John’s Players are maintaining the theme of 70 and have appositely chosen the 1970s classic, Abigail’s Party by Mike Leigh.

It will run from 9 – 12 October 2019 at the Vesta Tilley Studio, Swan Theatre, Worcester.  Tickets are now available from Worcester Live Box Office.

British suburbanites Laurence and Beverly are entertaining their new neighbours, Angela and Tony, as well as Susan, whose teenage daughter, Abigail, is having a party to which Susan has been dis-invited. Over drinks and snacks, clichés and fatuous small talk abound. The tension escalates as the marital strain between Beverly and Laurence surfaces. Susan’s anxiety over Abigail’s party accelerates as rock music and God-knows-what permeate the room. As Beverly and Angela offer some supremely tactless remarks, reality breaks through the smugness as the evening climaxes with a tragic incident.

A dark, thought-provoking play interspersed with black comedy.

No admission once the performance has started.

An amateur production directed by David Scott.

By special arrangement with Samuel French Ltd a Concord Theatricals Company.

Announcing The 39 Steps

Launching their 70th year in style, St John’s Players will bring you their unique interpretation of the multi-award-winning, critically acclaimed West End smash-hit “39 Steps”.

Join us for an evening of adventure-comedy as we delve into the top-secret world of international espionage – including such mysteries as:

What are the 39 Steps? What is the secret of Altnashellach? And more to the point how do you pronounce it? How on Earth will we stage a cross-country chase of planes, trains and automobiles all in the confines of the Vesta Tilley Studio?

With a handful of actors playing dozens of roles, prepare yourself for thrills and laughs aplenty.

Tickets will be on sale soon through Worcester Live – follow us for the latest news!

Directed by Adam Bullock
John Buchan and Alfred Hitchcock’s “The 39 Steps” adapted by Patrick Barlow from an original concept by Simon Corble & Nobby Dimon. By arrangement with Edward Snape for Fiery Angel Ltd. An amateur production by special arrangement with Samuel French Ltd.