A Genteel Evening with Red Spider Company: November 2005

A featured and varied programme of songs from those long standing associates of Red Spider Company, the Pack Horse Singers. This was followed by a three course meal and the venting was rounded off by a performance of ‘Genteel,’ a delightful comedy by Evelyn Hood. The production was staged on a weekend otherwise notable for the worst snows in this part of Devon for many years. Unlike many other local events, the production was not cancelled and the Spiders were rewarded by a superb level of attendance by their faithful followers.

Read More»

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.

© Copyright Red Spider Company - Designed in the UK by Rees Kenyon