Abigail’s Party: Meet the Cast – Barry Ellis

Barry Ellis plays Lawrence in Abigail's Party

Barry Ellis plays Lawrence in Abigail’s Party

In the first of a new feature, we get to know a bit more about the members of our repertory who are currently busily rehearsing our forthcoming production, Abigail’s Party.

Barry has performed regularly for St John’s Players over the past 9 years, including :- ‘Allo, ‘Allo, Bedroom Farce, Up Pompeii, One for the Road, Absurd Person Singular, The Opposite Sex, Vicar of Dibley, Takin’ Over the Asylum, April in Paris, One Man Two Guvnors, Season’s Greetings and The 39 Steps.

Barry has also been a member of other theatre groups, including the Swan Theatre Amateur Company (STAC). Barry joined St Johns Players at the suggestion of Christine King – his on-stage wife in this production.

Barry is very pleased to be part of St John’s Players’ production of Abigail’s Party.

“It’s a play I’ve wanted to perform for a number of years and I think it is particularly suited to the Vesta Tilley studio. The audience will feel like they are part of the gathering in Laurence and Beverly’s lounge.”

“My character, Laurence, is a hard working estate agent, who aspires to the finer things in life – and wants to be sure that everyone knows it. If only his wife and more recent incomers to the area could be more like him.”

“I’m really looking forward to sharing St John’s Players’ production of this 1970s classic with audiences in the Studio – and having an excuse to sport a dodgy bright shirt and facial hair !”

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.

Casting Call!

Are you, or do you know, an actor interested in amateur dramatics in the Worcester area?

We are looking for an amateur actor aged between mid to late 30’s to mid to late 50’s for St John’s Players’ next production which is about to start rehearsal – “Yes, Prime Minister”, written by the writers of the original television series Antony Jay & Jonathan Lynn.

We are looking for someone to play the role of Jim Hacker, the Prime Minister.  The synopsis of the plot is as follows: 

The UK is in crisis: debt is spiralling, unemployment is on the rise and the fragile coalition cabinet, led by Prime Minister Jim Hacker, is at breaking point.  But salvation may exist in the form of a complex pipeline deal with the oil-rich country of Kumranistan that would entitle the government to a multi-trillion pound loan.  When the Kumranistan Foreign Secretary makes a shocking request of Jim’s Private Secretary Bernard Woolley, moral considerations collide with the economic future of the nation.  But how will Jim and his team – Bernard, Cabinet Secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby, and Special Adviser Claire Sutton – reconcile the two?  Political machinations, media manipulation and an appeal for divine intervention ensue.

The play will be performed at the Vesta Tilley Studio at Worcester Swan Theatre 19th – 24th March 2018.  Rehearsals are on Tuesday & Thursday evenings.  If you are interested please contact the Director, Dave Scott on 01905 358811