Performances of “Learned Friends” and “Arrows of Desire” to take place in London, Oxfordshire, Staffordshire and Cumbria. See dates page for details.
“FROM THE PILLORY TO THE PRISON CELL”
A new, illustrated talk charting the history of judicial sentencing from the 16th to the 20th centuries. Suitable for schools, U3A, Probus and WI. Bookings now being taken for 2017. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Three exciting dates for two new plays.
May 22nd By popular demand “Learned Friends” returns to Old Shire Hall, Warwick following its sell-out premiere last November.
11th June “Arrows of Desire” is Lighthorne Drama Group’s entry in the Lighthorne Festival of One Act Plays
21st July 7.00 pm “Learned Friends” at The Blue Orange Theatre, 118 Great Hampton St, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham B18 6AD as part of Birmingham Fest, a performing arts festival celebrating the second city’s arts and theatre.
“Learned Friends” an “intelligent legal cliffhanger” Leamington Spa Courier. Prosecution and Defence counsel await the trial of a high profile football manager. Irregularities in the trial emerge which threaten careers, friendship and the true course of justice. Loyalty is weighed against professional integrity and the scales are closely balanced.
In the magnificent and ancient Old Shire Hall, Northgate St, Warwick CV34 4SP on 22 May members of the audience will sit in the magnificent hall to witness early scenes set in a Crown Court robing room before moving to the perfectly preserved C18 courtroom to fill the well of the court, occupying seats formerly used by jurors, police officers, social workers, etc.
Performances at 3 pm and 6.30 pm. Tickets £14 (£12 concessions) from The Royal Spa Centre and Town Hall Box Office located in the reception of Leamington Town Hall CV32 4AT. Open 10-5 Mon, 10-2 Tue-Sat. Tel 01926 334418. www.royalspacentreandtownhall.co.uk (£!.50 booking fee and £1 admin charge for credit/debit card bookings)
21 July 7.00 pm Blue Orange Theatre, Great Hampton Street, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham B18 6AD. For details go to www.birminghamfest.co.uk
“Arrows of Desire” is a new one-act comedy set within West Nippleton Women’s Institute. President, Sally Brown, holds century-old WI traditions dear but numbers are dwindling. Federation has passed a controversial amendment to the constitution and West Nippleton WI looks poised to change forever. Will Sally hold her ground or will an unexpected visitor who bears bad tidings, challenging opinions and a Cupid’s arrow change her mind? Cast: Ginny Davis and Sharon Baylis. Director: Victoria Pritchard
Lighthorne Festival runs from 8-11 June. “Arrows of Desire” will be performed on Saturday 11th June at Lighthorne Village Hall, Lighthorne, Warwickshire CV35 0AR Tickets: email: email@example.com telephone: 01926 651239 from 2nd May only.
It would be fantastic to have support at this festival so do come if you can. All festival details are on www.lighthornefestival.org.uk
First performed with live songs from Hilary Lester under the title Confessions of a Stay at Home Mum at the Bridge House Theatre, Warwick on October 10th 2007.
For more information about hiring this script, please contact Ginny.
Fest Magazine ****
Prize-winning writer Ginny Davis presents Ruth Rich, a discontented stay-at-home mother-of-three. In an attempt to reassess her life, Ruth decides to record all of the gory details in a diary – what ensues is a series of amusing anecdotes about her family and home life. Until, that is, the flirtatious, BMW-driving, single Dad turns up, and Ruth`s entries become rather more raunchy.
The character which Davis creates has similarities to the ‘Slummy Mummy’ of Fiona Neill’s wildly successful column in The Sunday Times. Yet Davis’ dry wit and perceptive observations are sufficient to give a tried-and-tested formula some refreshing originality. Davis is able to colourfully and compellingly evoke the various sticky situations that Ruth finds herself in, and her animated delivery ensures that the show maintains pace until the very end.
Davis introduces an entertaining cast of characters, including a bumbling workaholic husband, an obstreperous 13-year-old daughter, and an insufferable mother-in-law. The star of Davis’ one-woman show, however, is the larger-than-life character of the ubiquitous Timmy’s Mum, whose acts of domestic-goddess one-upmanship, immaculate wardrobe, and 34DDs provide Ruth with a frequent source of exasperation.
This show is probably enjoyed best by the midlife, middle-class Mum who will be able to laugh knowingly at Ruth’s trials and tribulations. Yet Davis’ talent for describing the surprisingly comic side of everyday domestic life ensures that the one-woman performance has enough substance to entertain pretty much everyone else as well.”
“This one woman show is easy to watch and raises more than a few chuckles of recognition. ”
“Ginny Davis is charming as the put-upon wife and mother in this one-woman show about the trials of everyday life. A sort of Bridget Jones`s Diary for the 40 plus generation.A knowing performance from Davis with canny observations about family life.”
“Ten Days That Shook The Kitchen is a gentle exploration of what it means to be a mum and housewife in 2008.
Told in diary format , Ginny Davis plays Ruth a slightly desperate housewife, struggling to keep her balls in the air- difficult children, a stressed husband- and all whilst trying to keep up appearances with the other mums.
The show was performed with subtle, wry humour by Davis and was greeted with nods of recognition and chuckles from the audience. It is clear that the play struck a chord with mum`s and parents alike.
In terms of style, the piece would have benefitted from some more formal variation. It stuck very rigidly to diary entry followed by a musical interlude and grew a touch repetitive towards the end.
But otherwise this was a pleasant and gentle hour in the theatre, performed with ease by Davis”.
Reviewed by DS 10/08/08