Cinders in Boots: November 2004

Written and sort of produced by Alan Payne, this was a schizophrenic panto-party where the ‘guests’ were both audience and cast and the characters seemed to wander from fairy story to fairy story –but they all lived happily ever after!

Supper with Scrooge: November 2003

A rehearsed reading with a difference. This brief dramatisation by Alan Payne of Dickens’s ‘A Christmas Carol’ in two scenes was presented as the entertainment between the courses of a Christmas supper. The scenery was surprisingly sophisticated and the play so well rehearsed that the ‘reading’ was barely noticeable.

Nuts In May: May 2003

A double bill with two very different comedies. ‘Dress Rehearsal,’ produced by Susanne Clayton, was an deliciously hilarious send-up of ‘Amdram,’ while ‘From Three to Four’ produced by Alan Payne, gave more gentle and more thought provoking humour, touching as it did on hospital visiting time.

Come Into My Parlour: December 2002

This Christmas production saw a return to the mixture of rehearsed readings of poetry and prose, music and mime which had proved so successful in ‘Sounds and Sweet Airs’ It was all very relaxed and great fun. Quintin des Clayes found us a splendid 4-piece quartet (sic), the Singers gave us some stirring stuff and Bill Stuart delighted us with the return of Albert Ramsbottom. There were a host of other memorable vignettes all interspersed with the flowers of Wonderland complaining bitterly to Alice, and Mole and Ratty finding Mole’s old home just in time to lead the field mice and us in some Christmas carols.

Said the Spider: Spring 2002

This revue was another new departure for Red Spider Company. Coming, as it did, just as the community was beginning to recover from a dreadful year, the humour was very well received by a capacity audience in the Victory Hall. All the sketches and some of the songs had been written by Alan Payne, Mike Ingham and Ron Wawman. There were many fine cameo performances but we will long remember Pam and Mike Ingham as two disreputable cleaners while Roy Stacey and Albert Spry were inept guides on the West Devon Drive. This was a red letter day for the Red Spider Singers who celebrated their independence by singing their socks off for their new musical director, Paul Kemeny. Other musical relief from dialogue was provided by the B&Q duo of Barry Albrighton and Quentin des Clayes as well as Bobby Vindennes who nobly accompanied several of the solo singers.

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