Actors’ Spotlight

This week the actors’ spotlight falls on Sophie Foster who plays Blake Price’s first wife and Amy Vernon who plays Blake’s second, fifth and seventh wives!  How can Amy play all these wives I hear you ask?  Sorry I can’t tell you.  You’ll have to watch the play to find out how and why!  Sophie has been with the Twyford and Ruscombe group (Twyrus) for three years and has been in every panto since as well as having had a speaking role in Lady Windermere’s Fan.  Sophie brings energy and drama to her role.  Watch out for the fireworks with Blake!  Amy has been involved in a lot of productions at school and with Stoke Row Amateur Dramatic Group and has just finished her first panto with Twyrus.   Amy makes an excellent bimbo and that shows just how good she is at acting!

Sophie concentrating on line learning

Amy is shocked at one of her lines

Character Building Rehearsals

Another week of rehearsals and it’s amazing how fast time flies when you’re focusing on it’s End!  This week the cast have been doing a great job of concentrating on the development of their characters and the changes that occur over the more than 35 years that the play spans.   A couple of the characters barely change or age in those 35 years.  You’ll have to see the play to find out why!

End of Time Set Up

Thanks to our experienced stage manager Mike Brooks and team we already have the flats up at the group’s headquarters which will really help the actors learn their moves on and off stage.  This photo is a sneak preview of the set albeit with bare walls and no doors.  As you see it’s an indoor lounge set but that’s all I can give away as you’ll have to come and see the play to view the finished product.  Twyford and Ruscombe group has a well deserved reputation for producing impressive sets so you can be sure End of Time’s staging will be worth seeing!  Don’t expect to see this white sofa though. We’re searching for a chaise or something similar as this sofa proved too small for the passion scenes!

Woman in Mind Review

Wokingham Theatre last week presented Ayckbourn’s Woman in Mind, a play based on a woman’s mental collapse.  This challenging subject matter was deftly handled by the group with accomplished and confident performances from all actors and an impressive garden set which incorporated not one life-like tree but seven!  Rachel Pearson, who had the greatest challenge playing the Woman in Mind, gave a moving performance of great subtlety with fine comic touches.  Lighting and sound added to the drama by reflecting the changes between fantasy and reality.  I loved the choice of “Mad World” as the theme music, not the pop version from Tears for Fears (which anybody else who was a teenager in the early 80s will remember!), but the haunting version by Michael Andrews and Gary Jules.  Congratulations to all cast and crew and especially to director Steve Hall who not only built an engrossing production but also stepped in to play one of the major parts with great skill and presence.

End of Time – Actors’ Spotlight


Rebecca has been with Twyford and Ruscombe Theatre Group (Twyrus) since 2009 and has played a number of parts including Nanny Ogg in Wyrd Sisters and Judith in Cold Comfort Farm.  Rebecca is very dramatic having studied Theatre Arts Education and Deaf Studies as well as Performing Arts.  We’re looking forward to using her great comic skills to the full in this comedic role.

As a professional artist Sally started at Twyrus in 2007 scenery painting and soon progressed to small parts in Wyrd Sisters and Lady Windermere’s Fan.  Dora is Sally’s first major role and we’re sure her characterisation of the part will be colourful and well drawn.  Many thanks to Sally for some of the art works presented in the play and for the fantastic poster design.

Mental Block!

It’s the end of week one of End of Time rehearsals and Acts One and Two are blocked!

In other words the actors now know their entrances and exits and roughly where to stand in the area of the rehearsal room we’re calling the stage!  

Why mental?  Mental in the sense of very good of course.  Both rehearsal ran smoothly with some fine acting shining through already.

The biggest laugh was seeing two housekeepers rowing across stage – you’ll have to come to the production to find out why!  Have a look at my next post to find out more about the actresses playing housekeepers Flora and Dora.

End of Time Auditions Report

I am pleased to report that last night’s auditions for End of Time were successful and we have a great cast of actors who I am sure will do a fantastic job.  Take a look on the End of Time page for a cast list and for more photos from the auditions.  All the best wishes to Caroline and Rick from the original one act cast who were not able to audition this time – we will miss you.  Rehearsals start next week so keep an eye on this blog for rehearsal updates and for a few extra surprises as well!

Snow White and the 7NPTP

Congratulations to everybody at Twyford and Ruscombe theatre group for last week’s successful and fun panto.  As co-director I really enjoyed working with the Principals and seeing it all come together.  I heard somebody in the audience call it the best panto Twyrus have done!  Anyway, it was great fun and I didn’t even need to get “short” tempered with the 7 Not Particularly Tall People!  Many thanks to cast and crew for the lovely basket of Golden Royal Delicious apples which I am enjoying!

A tasty apple!


End of Time Auditions

The End of Time is fast approaching!  Don’t panic – it’s not world destruction just the auditions for my play End of Time which is to be performed by Twyford and Ruscombe theatre group between 17th and 19th May 2012!  Come along to Group HQ on Thursday 19th Jan at 8pm for the auditions.  There are good parts up for grabs!