St John’s Players are pleased to announce the appointment of two new Vice Presidents, in recognition of their long support of the group.
Chris Watkins and Pat Rackliff both have a long and active history with St John’s Players and are held in high esteem by the whole company, and despite both having moved out of the Worcester area in recent years, have remained current members who continue to support us and always return to see our productions. We are delighted that they have both agreed to accept this honourary position.
Chris Watkins’ many stage roles include Rebecca (1972), Ladies In Retirement (1974), Shop at Sly Corner (1980), Move Over Mrs Markham (1983), Uproar in the House (1984) and Billy Liar (1987).
Pat Rackliff’s credits include The Hollow (1982), Habeas Corpus (1988), Noises Off (1989), How the Other Half Loves (1990), Sailor Beware (1994), The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Town’s Women’s Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery (2001) and The Cemetary Club (2005).
It was 50 years ago today (20th June 1965) that the Swan Theatre opened, providing an invaluable venue for the performing arts in Worcester to this very day. St John’s Players have been fortunate enough to perform at the Swan for 48 out of those 50 years, and today we perform one show on the Main Stage and one in the Vesta Tilley Studio each year.
To celebrate, we have delved into the archives and found a little gem – the programme from our first performance in the Swan Theatre – Will Any Gentlemen – which ran from 10th – 12th February 1966. Included is a snippet from a newspaper showing the architect’s model for the theatre – found on the back of a review for our previous production, Murder on Arrival, which had been staged at Henwick grove School!
Worcester Live will be celebrating 50 years of the Swan Theatre tonight with A Celebration of Worcester Talent, including contributions from many groups who regularly perform there. St John’s Players will be presenting a special preview from our next production, Takin’ Over the Asylum.
Our next production will be Takin’ Over the Asylum, which will take place Tuesday 10th – Saturday 14th November 2015 on the Main Stage at the Swan Theatre, Worcester.
Set in Glasgow, Takin’ Over the Asylum is a hilarious and profoundly moving adaptation of Donna Franceschild’s cult 1994 TV series set in Glasgow, which starred David Tennant and Ken Stott.
When Ready Eddie McKenna, Soul Survivor and double-glazing salesman, arrives to re-launch a defunct hospital radio station in a psychiatric unit, he turns more than the ramshackle station upside-down. The whisky drinking would-be DJ meets the irrepressible Campbell whose dreams seem untouched by reality, the hyper-organised Rosalie who is fighting a one-woman war against germs, the electronic genius Fergus whose voices tell him he’s a stupid bastard, and the brittle and self-destructive Francine.
As the patients battle with perception and prejudice as much as illness, Eddie, armed only with his soul music record collection, transforms their lives as well as his own.
Featuring a fantastic R&B soundtrack which includes Soul Man, Rainy Night In Georgia and Can’t Get Next To You, the play is funny, heart-breaking and genuinely inspiring in equal measures.
We have now added a gallery of publicity photos for Dangerous Obsession, which runs at the Vesta Tilley Studio, Swan Theatre Worcester, 25th – 28th March 2015. As you see, we have gone for a moody black-and-white theme!
Our next production will be Dangerous Obsession by N J Crisp, which will take place 25th – 28th March 2015 in the Vesta Tilley Studio at the Swan Theatre.
A sunny afternoon and Sally Driscoll is relaxing in her conservatory. A peaceful enough scene, but suddenly a mild looking man, John Barrett, appears at the door. An unwanted salesman perhaps? No, it would appear that the Barretts met the Driscolls in Torquay and Barrett wants to meet her husband again. He seems harmless and straightforward enough, so Sally entertains him until the return of Mark Driscoll.
This simple ordinary man becomes more complicated. He is ‘dangerously obsessed’ with pinning the blame for his wife’s accident on someone. The tale unfolds, revealing conflicting facets of the Driscolls’ lives. These Barrett strips away, until he exits as suddenly as he entered, leaving behind shattered faith, broken trust and a marriage that will never heal.
This play of suspense and underlying menace is ideally suited to the intimate atmosphere of the Vesta Tilley Studio.
We have just had a phenomenal opening night. A massive thank-you to all who came and gave the show such a warm reception. The production will run until Saturday 18th October 2014.
Just a reminder that tickets are available from Worcester Live box office. They can be purchased over the phone on 01905 611427 or in person at the box office at Huntingdon Hall, Crowngate, 10am – 5pm or at the Swan Theatre from 6.45pm on the evening before the performance (We are expecting a very limited number of tickets to still be available “on the door”).
Tomorrow, members of St John’s Players will descend upon the Swan Theatre, Worcester to start work on putting the scenery together ready for the opening night of The Vicar of Dibley on Tuesday 14th October 2014. The show will run until Saturday 18th October.
On Friday 11th October, we were guests of Tammy Gooding at BBC Hereford and Worcester. You can listen on iPlayer from around 2 hours 32 minutes into the show.
Worcester News previewed the show with a wonderful article in the leisure supplement.
We were also out and about on Saturday morning (11th October) with a chance to meet Geraldine, Owen, David and Hugo on Worcester High Street.