All The Fine Young Men…A New Production from Red Spider Company


A musical drama commemorating the sacrifices made by the men and families in and around Lifton & Lewdown in World War 1 staged at the 100 year anniversary of the Battle of the Somme

14, 15 & 16th July 2016 Lewdown Victory Hall Doors open 7.00 for 7.30 p.m.

An exhibition associated with this project will be on display in the Victory Hall on Saturday 9th July and in local libraries throughout June Tickets at £7.50 from Tel: 01726 879500 More details at

Produced by the Red Spider Company in collaboration with the Heritage Lottery Fund

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!




Murdered to Death at Lewdown Victory Hall

 Red Spider will perform Murdered to Death at Lewdown Victory Hall on the 25th26th and 27th of June. Murdered to Death is a who-dunnit spoof written by Peter Gordon.


Red Spider Christmas Production 2013

Red Spider is putting on another production at Christmas this year, at Lewdown Victory Hall, 6th & 7th December 2013 from 7.30pm. It will be an innovative production led by Suzi Clayton, Jeff Boxall and Cheryl Anderson. There will be music and singing and we would like it to involve everyone who wants to take part. There will be two acts and included in the ticket price will be a mince pie and a glass of mulled wine.

The Elf from Somewhere Else will be based on the idea that some people move into an old property which is an old baronial hall from mediaeval times. They decide to hold a Christmas house warming party and the events that follow focus on their attempts to put together a programme of entertainment for their guests but their preparations do not run smoothly as they try and hold auditions etc. All sorts of would-be entertainers emerge with ideas, some brilliant and some totally unsuitable. There are mishaps, accidents and some unexpected inhabitants of the house who want to play their part as well as the evening party unfolds.

To find out you will have to buy a ticket from Pam Ingham 01566 784824 or Mary Jordan 01837  871220. The cost will be £8 per adult and £5 up to 12 years.


The production will be different in that there will not be one large set script. The aim is to have many different smaller scenes which will be worked out by actors themselves (with help from others, if necessary) as they develop the part they wish to play. It is not the intention to have lots of lines to learn from a script– rather that the actors should work out what they want to say and invent their lines themselves. The individual scenes will be ‘stitched together’ by the directors with assistance from those among us who enjoy writing scenes and have ideas to present. It’s a mixture of X Factor/The Voice plus the Canterville Ghost/Noel’s House Party plus Christmas Revels with the Lord of Misrule!

We are attempting to draw on the talent which we feel is in Red Spider and which, as yet, has not be brought out. Whilst not everyone can write a full length play many people have the ability to work out scenes and put together a sketch length piece.

I would like a list of names of those who want to be part of this production. Please email to and start thinking what you would like to do. Remember we need both actors and also all the usual helpers and backstage people who make any performance happen. We think this could be a very amusing and interesting production!

Red Spider is meeting at the Lifton Hall Hotel on Wednesday 11 September for a play reading and we would like to outline the structure of the production on that date and know who wants to be involved so that ideas can be worked on. So please let me have your replies before then. I will come asking if I think you’re hiding your light under a bushel!!

A Double Bill at The Lewdown Victory Hall June 2013

We have two comedy plays for your entertainment starting Thursday 6th  June 2013, playing again on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th with the curtain going up at 7.30pm on all three evenings at the Victory Hall, Lewdown.

During the interval we will be serving a FISH & CHIP SUPPER and you get all this for just £11 each!

Our first play is “WIFE REQUIRED” by Falkland L. Carey and Philip King. This is a farce in One Act, set in the 1950’s. Our second offering is “NONE THE WISER” by Anthony Booth and is set in a convent in the early 1970’s. Again this is an hilarious comedy and of course it will not be “CONVENTional”?

Book your tickets early as we are limited for space and we wouldn’t want you to miss the delightful supper and great entertainment! Ring Mary Jordan (01837 871220) or Pam Ingham (01566 784824).

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