“All The Fine Young Men”

Red Spider Company


With generous encouragement from Sarah and Philip Marsh, Red Spider Company launched on Friday 6th November its ambitious new musical drama written and researched by members of the Company to commemorate next July the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the Battle of the Somme. Some 60 invitees to Combe Trenchard enjoyed their hospitality, samples of the music and a scene from the play and heard presentations on aspects of the project.


The production in mid-July 2016 will present the fortitude, heroism and tragedy of six fictional young men from West Devon and the communities and families from which they came, in the face of the cataclysm that was the First World War.   This will be in a real sense a community project in which the involvement of as many local performers, musicians, organisations, schools, colleges, companies, creative groups and individuals as would like to join us will be warmly welcomed.


We hope that the project will be of interest and relevance to local people of all ages. Ways in which people can get involved will be developed and announced as our preparations get under way. We intend to hold a number of workshops led by professionals in the first part of next year to encourage participation in the project. Sponsorship from local companies and organisations who wish to lend their support and in the process promote their own activities will also be warmly welcomed.


To follow our progress and register your interest, please get in touch with our Production Secretary, Dee Nicholds via email  dee.nicholds@hotmail.co.uk or follow us on Facebook; www.facebook.com/redspidercompany








Play Reading Night Tonight at 7pm

Next play reading club night is Tuesday 17 November 7.00pm at the Blue Lion Pub Lewdown

Everyone welcome

“The Browning Version”

Anthony Richards Artistic Director of the Common Players will be directing and performing in ‘The Browning Version’ by Terrence Rattigan with members of the Cygnet Theatre Exeter. Follow this link

Murdered To Death

Flicking through some photos, I noticed that we have never really celebrated the success of “Murdered to Death”. The first in the ‘Inspector Pratt’ trilogy of spoofs of the Agatha Christie ‘whodunnit’ genre which Red Spider Company produced and performed at the end of June 2015. A lot of laughs and great memories…here are a few pictures taken before going on stage.

Nick Watkinson as Inspector Pratt and Richard Weare as the Constable


 Cheryl Anderson as Joan


 Mandy Kenyon as Dorothy and Maureen Cook as Mildred

Luke Taylor as Pierre and Lorna Wilkinson as Elizabeth

 Martin Perry as the Colonel and Beverley Rafferty as Margaret (his wife)

and who could forget Keith Rattray as Bunting

that’s more like it!




Date for the Diary – Sunday 13th December 2015

Please add this important date to your diary

Sunday 13th December – Read through and casting call for ‘Jack Frost and the Stolen Rainbow at Lewdown Victory Hall 2.00-5.00pm.

Everyone welcome!

The production is scheduled for Friday and Saturday 19-20 February 2016

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