WHAT OUR AUDIENCES SAY
Visiting Hour (June 2015) Review Written by Trevor Guest (NODA)
This play by Richard Harris billed as “something completely different” is a series of six independent segments all based in a hospital ward. The first segment PLASTER opened on a superb set stage of a hospital ward which was entirely authentic. Eric was immobile encased in plaster recovering from a car crash. His wife Helen (Christine Kislak) was visiting him and questioning his story of why he was parked in the dark and where were his trousers? A very funny opening scene and excellently acted by both. The second segment, a solo piece with an old man in a wheel chair reminiscing about his life, at times happily but often shouting anger at his life in general and his family in particular (a superb monologue by Roy Hodges.) The third segment SHOW BUSINESS has a television crew covering the first quadruple heart transplant with a dozen characters leaving chaos in the ward with hospital staff and family members
was excellently performed and was very funny indeed. The Second Act began with GOING HOME a conversation between two patients Cheryl (Karen Evans) and Trisha (Penny Sant) was very well performed ending in a reluctance to return home. KEEPING MUM was next up when Pauline (Natalie Gardiner) talks about her mother to an elderly patient (Barbara Hinton) but all is not what it seems. The final segment MAGIC a comedy involving six characters visiting patients and doing more harm than good.. The whole evening was a delight and the high quality of performance illustrated the strength of talent in the Company.
Sleeping Beauty -Pantomime (Feb 2015)
"Absolutely fabulous panto -better than the one we saw from a "professional" company! The kids were amazing & the whole cast were spot on"
"Really impressed with the whole evening- sets, the live orchestra, the quality of singing were all wonderful. Lots of audience participation which our family enjoyed tremendously"
"Loved the panto -some great characters especially "Nanny" & the evil Carabosse who really knew how to work the audience! Really impressed with how good the children on stage were too!"
"Great fun with all the usual suspects -fab singing & dancing, corny jokes, larger than life baddies & goodies in the true tradition of panto! Our foreign friends who came with us were delighted & bemused in equal measure!"
A Night At The Musicals (Oct 2014)
" Fantastic show & all live ! Great night out -really impressed with the whole production"
" Have to be honest was not expecting such a polished show from an "amateur" company - you could easily hold your own on the West End - well done!!"
" Thoroughly enjoyed our evening at A Night at The Musicals -lots of songs we knew & some we didn't - the children were marvellous & the quality of singing & dancing went way beyond expectation - your ticket prices are far too cheap for how much the audience get entertained ! We will definitely see your next production!"
"Great evening had by all our party & we sang along too especially the Mamma Mia section!"
Murder Mystery (June 2014) Review Written by Trevor Guest (NODA)
It is always a pleasure to visit The Pepperpot Players-a small group of very enthusiastic and versatile members, and versatile they had to be for this play within a play. Briefly, the plot involved the local Towns Women Guild Hall Dramatic Societies attempt to put on a 'who dunnit' murder mystery but in true comedy style everything which could go wrong does-with hilarious results. The usual red herring trials, lighting faults and acting errors, forgotten dialogue, with actors waiting for prompts, scenery falling apart etc, absolute mayhem all round. As it was a production by the Towns Women's Guild there was only one man in the cast and six women which is unusual in itself. Players taking a number of parts added to the confusion. All seven of them were excellent and the audience loved it. We did deduce who the murderer was and right triumphed in the end. In his programme notes Duncan Tuck (Gordon) playing Inspector O'Reilly, says he 'enjoys messing around on stage and it's simply an extension of being an idiot in real life'. He must have been in his element in this production!
Peter Pan a Panto (Feb. 2014) -review by Gill Richards - Upton News April issue
" Another rip-roaring success by Upton's own Pepperpot Players. The pantomime this year was J.M Barrie's much loved story of Peter Pan, the boy who wouldn't grow up. All the elements were there, a lively band, familiar songs, great scenery and lighting, fab costumes and a brilliant cast with Captain Hook and his evil pirates, the Lost Boys and the Red Indians.
There was much booing when the evil Capt. Hook was on stage - a very elegant H ook I must say, looking more like King Charles II - and we loved it when the crocodile made an appearance & frightened the fearsome Capt.
The Red Indians were led by the squaw Laughing Water and her daughter Tiger Lily. Laughing Water was the "dame" character brillinatly portrayed by Penny Sant and what a voice! She was quite inspirational!
The Lost Boys just wanted a mother and begged Peter Pan to find them one. Peter had already been to London looking through windows and in one house he had made a hasty exit but left his shadow behind when the window was shut. He remembered seeing a family inside and thought he might find a mother there.
He and Tinkerbell journeyed back there but this time Nana the dog was aware of him and barked a lot. Nana was beautifully played (and costumed) by Alarna Taylor. Peter persuaded the three children, Wendy, John & Michael to come with him to Neverland and he would teach them to fly. Tinkerbell, well played by Jemima Wilcox, was jealous and took a great dislike to Wendy which caused much chaos and fun.
The band kept up the pace and the songs were great. We all sang "Wig Wam Bam" together, such fun. There was a woodland ballet with the smallest in the cast dressed up as animals- completely charming. The costumes were outstanding all the way through and a great deal of thanks goes to Trish Rowe.
The scene changes were professionally managed by the team and the lighting was awe inspiring. It takes a huge team to put on something like this and an amazing amount of work so thank you to Kendra and everyone involved, we had a brilliant evening!"
"The Sound Of Music" (Nov. 2013)
"Well what can I say, went to last nights performance which was absolutely fabulous ! Well done everyone. You were excellent ! Thank you!"
"Must be the best show ever Thanks for a fab night", " Excellent night out, extremely entertaining", "Wonderful show !"
"We thought the casting, costumes, scenery, lighting and, of course, the singing and acting were of a very high standard - Well done!"
"The applause will, I hope, have conveyed to everyone involved that their efforts were really appreciated"
"The singing was fantastic & the nuns' choral pieces were especially good", "The Von Trapp kids stole the show!"