Goldsmith Players

Evening of Entertainment

We enjoyed a wonderful evening on 3rd November when the Goldsmith Players, the church Choir, ukulele group, band and others offered a mix of engaging, moving and amusing items to entertain an appreciative and responsive audience, with proceeds going to support our Operation Christmas Child shoe-box appeal.

Thank you to all involved.

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Posted by gdjjennings in 2017, Choir, Goldsmith Players

Palm Sunday 2016

On Palm Sunday, worship at our morning service was led by the Goldsmith Players, our drama group. The service was a presentation of drama, hymns and incidental music shaped around extracts from the one-act play “No Name in the Street” by Edmund Murch. It concluded with a reflection by our member, Mark Hodgson, who is a nationally accredited lay preacher.

We are grateful to the Goldsmith Players for such a well-prepared and acted presentation and for providing a thoughtful beginning to Holy Week this year.

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Posted by gdjjennings in 2016, Easter, Goldsmith Players

A little entertainment 2015

The Goldsmith Players joined the Belgravians to present an evening of entertainment for members of the congregation.

The evening was well-supported and the audience enjoyed a range of short, humorous sketches, recitations and musical numbers, ending with a short selection of items from Les Miserables from the choir.

Thank you to everyone involved.

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Posted by gdjjennings in 2015, Belgravians, Choir, Goldsmith Players, Photographs, Report

Goldsmith Players Autumn Production 2014

The Goldsmith Players marked the centenary of the start of World War 1 by performing the play “The Shadow of the Valley” by C. H. Hawkins which is set in a trench somewhere in France, April 1916. They followed this with a family comedy, “The Dear Departed” by Stanley Houghton.

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Here is the review of the productions published in our newsletter:

THE GOLDSMITH PLAYERS

 As part of our recognition of the 100 anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War the Goldsmith Players have revived ‘The Shadow of the Valley’ by CH Hawkins.   Set in a trench in France in April 1916 two soldiers sit, wrapped in blankets discussing their deprivations during a lull in the fighting.   They talk about home and are surprised to find themselves in parallel situations.   They feel the same horrors and futility of the war; both have a young family, they were even born only one day apart and share similar hopes and dreams for the future.   The ‘voices from home’ projected in the background feature the wife of one of the soldiers telling her mother-in-law of the frustrations of managing on her own with a baby in wartime and she reads out an emotional letter she has written to her husband.

 During preparations for the next attack, there are reports that soldiers have seen an angel in the sky and interpret it as a good sign although the officers are not convinced.   Before ‘the action’ recommences the Padre offers comfort and strength to the combatants.   The Sergeant blows his whistle and, the soldiers stand up.   They discard the blankets, put on their helmets, pick up their rifles and prepare to fight – to reveal the British soldier and the German soldier facing each other!

 The Dear Departed by Stanley Houghton takes place in Amelia Slater’s parlour.  That morning she found her elderly father, Abel Merryweather, dead in bed.  Although distressed and proudly wearing mourning attire, she wanted to claim some of his valuable possessions for herself before her sister Elizabeth and brother-in-law Ben arrived.   She enlisted the help of her son Victor to collect Grandad’s clock for the mantelpiece and amongst other things she brought his dressing mirror downstairs, placing it on a table remarking that it looked as though it had been there for years.   Husband Henry has reluctantly accepted his father-in-laws slippers.   When Amelia’s sister and husband arrive in deep mourning clothes there is a tension between them over the suitability of each other’s dress.   Elizabeth then notices the clock and the mirror, and is loudly accusing her sister of taking things that were rightly hers, when the door opens and in comes Abel Merryweather enquiring what on earth was going on!   The sisters try to explain but Abel could see only too well what had happened whilst he was in a very deep sleep and announced that he was leaving them all and going to marry the landlady at the local pub!

 All the players gave excellent performances and the stage sets were constructed with care and great attention to detail.   Many thanks to everyone involved on stage and behind the scenes, in creating these superb productions.   Thank you all for two very enjoyable evenings of entertainment.

 

Posted by gdjjennings in 2014, Goldsmith Players, Report

Goldsmith Players Autumn Production 2013

The Goldsmith Players autumn season comprised the established pattern of two one act plays.   The first, a moving story entitled ‘The Bishops Candlesticks’ by Norman McKinnel was set in the kitchen of a bishop’s cottage in France.

The bishop lived with his widowed sister who bemoans that he has given almost all his savings and possessions to charity.   In spite of their impoverishment the Bishop is a noble and kind hearted soul and even gives away his sisters silver cruet to pay for a poor lady’s rent.   They now have just a pair of treasured silver candlesticks left.

In a dramatic final scene the bishop’s house is entered by a desperate escaped convict, drained of humanity who then steals the bishop’s candlesticks.   He is soon captured and taken to the Bishop who denies that a crime has occurred and dismisses the police.   The Bishop in a further act of charity gives the candlesticks to the convict who becomes overwhelmed by such generosity.   The Bishop insists that the man takes the gift and wishes him on his way in a final deed of compassion, leaving himself impoverished.

The second play, ‘Miss Pringle Plays Portia’ was a comedy set in Muldon Village Hall.   The recreation ground had been let to the village for their use over many years by the owner.   On his death the land was bequeathed to his nephew, Montague Watson, who wanted it for a caravan site.   A public meeting was arranged to plead with Mr Watson to save the amenity. There seemed no alternative other than to appeal to his good nature.   The comedy reached a climax when Watson’s good nature was tested after he was showered in water as he tried to repair the old water boiler. Despite protests and heckling his resolve hardened.

He was outwitted by Ms Portia who convinced Watson that the land should be given back in its original condition and was also persuaded to pay the villagers double their wages to carry out the work.   After Mr Watson had signed a contact, Ms Pringle disclosed that the land had originally been a gravel pit!

Again we were treated to very entertaining evening with brilliant performances by all the players and great stage sets.

 

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Posted by gdjjennings in 2013, Goldsmith Players, Report

Goldsmith Players Autumn Production 2012

Our in-house drama group the Goldsmith Players presented their autumn entertainment on 8th & 9th November.

The plays, “Ripples on the Lake” and “Vin Extraordinaire” and the humorous sketch  “Do It Yourself” were very well received by the appreciative audiences and congratulations go to everyone involved in preparing and presenting such an enjoyable production.

 

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Posted by gdjjennings in 2012, Goldsmith Players

Goldsmith Players Easter 2012 production

 

The Goldsmith Players presented “Weekend Wonder” on Palm Sunday evening (1st April 2012).

This engaging, thought-provoking and entertaining production comprised a balance of readings, drama, monologues (taken from “Moment of Pointed Light”) and songs with some recorded music used to provide continuity links between items.

The presentation ended with the short one-act play “The Interrogation” by Margaret Wood.   This play retells the Easter story through the device of an imagined investigation undertaken by Caiaphas when it is discovered that the tomb has been opened and Jesus’ body is not there. Temple guards are questioned, as are the women who went to Jesus tomb early on the Sunday morning.

This play was, in fact, the first one performed by The Goldsmith Players when they formed the group in 1998.

 

Goldsmith Players "The Interrogation" Palm Sunday 2012

Goldsmith Players "The Interrogation" Palm Sunday 2012

 

Goldsmith Players "The Interrogation" Palm Sunday 2012

Goldsmith Players "The Interrogation" Palm Sunday 2012

Posted by gdjjennings in 2012, Goldsmith Players, Photographs, Report

Goldsmith Players Autumn 2011 production

The Goldsmith Players presented two one act plays for their autumn season, No One Knows Everything and Hell and High Water

The first play, by Leonard Morley, was a comedy with a double twist set in the home of the village carpenter, Elijah Pollard.   The comedy drew upon the uncomfortable relationship with his authoritarian housekeeper with whom he was tricked into a proposal of marriage.  Elijah however enjoyed the last laugh by revealing that he was already married a circumstance of which even his sister was unaware.   A gentle comedy, well-acted and thoroughly enjoyed by the audience.

The second play, Hell and High Water, was a genteel farce that took place in the dining room of Summerville House.   Lord Charles Summerville and his family were partaking of their ritual evening meal in fraught conditions as the room was rapidly filling with water from a burst pipe.   Despite complaints from family members Lord Charles insisted that the meal should proceed.   Beacham the butler continued to perform his duties impeccably coping with the rising water level by wearing wellies, swimsuit, and finally a wet suit!   A tremendous performance by the cast was enhanced by the sound effects and atmosphere produced by the special lighting.

Thank you to everyone involved for these excellent productions.

Posted by gdjjennings in Goldsmith Players, news, Report