STEPPING OUT

Posted 13th May 2016.

Written by Richard Harris.

Directed by Karim Hyatt.

Performed 17th to 22nd November 2003

at Gasperich Parish Hall.

A Pirate Productions production.

“Stepping Out” by Richard Harris was written in 1985 and won The London Standard’s Best Comedy award in 1986. Also written as a musical and adapted for the screen with Liza Minnelli as Mavis and Julie Walters playing Vera, it is surprising that there has not been more written about either play or author.

The story is about 7 women and 1 man who meet in a local parish hall to learn how to dance. Taught by Mavis, an ex-professional dancer,and accompanied by a grim pianist called Mrs. Fraser, the 8 dancers try to escape their everyday lives, even if it is only for a little while. All goes well until Mavis offers them a chance to perform in front of a real audience.

Like all good comedy, this play has a bite to it. Harris has successfully been able to combine the comic with the tragic, some lines even managing this combination in the same sentence! All the characters are believable. They are not fake soap opera figurines, they’re real and for the duration of the show you will be transported in to their very ordinary North London world of which we only see a very small part. Because both characters and setting are so familiar, there is a sense of community even before we come to know each individual in more detail. It is the hidden ‘unfamiliar’ aspects that slowly emerge from each character, coupled with the intensely easy-to-relate-to ‘familiar’ features that make this play eminently watch-able and enjoyable.

I came to this production at the last-minute which was a bit hairy. Fortunately, John Brigg already had the lighting plan. It was a bit tense but we put on a good show.

21st ANNIVERSARY CABARET DINNER

Posted 29th April 2016.

Directed by Steve Preston.

Performed 18th to 20th September 2003

at Gasperich Parish Hall.

A Pirate Productions production.

€25, including apéritif, 3-course meal with wine and coffee,

plus a great show with a variety of musical and other entertainment.

A DOG'S LIFE

Posted 29th April 2016.

Written by Pam Valentine.

Directed by Kumar Motiani.

Performed 29th May to 1st June 2003

at the Kurtheater, Bad Homburg.

A New World Theatre Club production for FEATS.

This compassionate drama features four dogs in cages in a shelter: Ben, a tramps mongrel; Fritz, an intimidating German Shepherd; Fifi, an overweight poodle and Ginger, a lively pup. The play depicts the moment when a woman comes to the shelter to choose between these four dogs - a choice that literally means life or death to old Ben. 

This was my third production for the FEATS and was full of surprises.

We saw the world through the eyes (and paws) of Ginger, Ben, Fritz and Fifi the residents of an animal shelter. Witnessed the sit routine and saw who found their release in this happy/sad production from the New World Theatre Club.

VOICES INTERNATIONAL LIVE

Posted 29th April 2016.30, 2015

Directed and conducted by Peggy Jenks.

Performed Sunday 18 May 2003 at 19:00 & Sunday 25 May 2003 at 16:00

at The International School of Luxembourg, Merl.

A Voices International production.

There were a total of between 60 and 75 singers.

Repertoire: Songs from musicals, films, and operas – from the ’40s through modern-day.

My first time lighting a chior. Boy oh boy did I screw this up. Big black holes centre stage meant filling in with a follow spot was the only quick fix. Resulting in an over lit centre distracting the audience from the rest of the chior. I know what to look out for in future.

HOW THE OTHER HALF LOVES

Posted 13th May 2016.

Written by Alan Ayckbourn.

Directed by Fran Potasnik.

Performed 12th to 15th March 2003

at Gasperich Parish Hall, Luxembourg.

A New World Theatre Club production.

This fast-moving, funny play was performed on the stage of the Gasperich Parish Hall. The cast consisted of 3 men and 3 women.

CINDERELLA

Posted 13th May 2016

By Rachel Parker, Steve Preston & Neil Johnson.

Directed by Steve Preston.

Performed 22nd to 25th January 2003

at the Château de Bettembourg.

A Pirate Productions production.

Pirate Productions presents ….the pantomime Cinderella at the Château de Bettembourg. Performance dates were 22nd – 25th January 2003 with a Saturday matinée.

Traditional English pantomime where a young girl finds her true love. “Cinderella” is a series of comic vignettes, dancing and familiar songs. For those not familiar with this style of theatre it could be described as caricature, where everything is exaggerated in a very silly way. Suitable for adults and children, this production of “Cinderella” had something for everyone.