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.

Sounds and Sweet Airs: 2001

After a slow start much affected by foot and mouth the year ended with this very well received programme of prose and poetry readings, the highlight of which was a dramatic interpretation of the trial scene from ‘Alice in Wonderland.’ All the readers did well, but the star of the show has to be David Duttson with, among other tasty morsels, ‘Good Morning, Mr Croco-doco-dile’. The Bridestowe Singers and The Red Spider Singers sang for us and the two choirs came together, under the direction of Ann Tait for one song. Guest artistes, Bobby and Helge Vindennes, played a delightful programme of music by Faure, Mozart, Bach and Tchaikovsky on piano and flute. The evening was promoted by St George’s Church, Thrushelton and was in aid of restoration of the Church.

Kitty Alone: Autumn 2000

Red Spider Company’s production, in collaboration with Wren Trust, of ‘Kitty Alone’ and staged at the Parish Hall, Bratton Clovelly on 19, 20, 21 October was a spectacular success and attracted sell-out audiences at the Friday and Saturday evening performances.

Tim Laycock made a splendid job of adapting and then directing the novel by Sabine Baring-Gould. Music arranged and directed by Paul Wilson.

With a cast of 70, the action took place all around and amongst the audience. A plethora of visual effects and props carried the plot forward in a crowded fairground, through fire, over water, up on Dartmoor and even among a village orchestra practising in the local pub. No mean achievement.

All the cast, from the pensioners at one end to the host of primary school children at the other turned in magnificent performances and it would be invidious to single out individuals for praise.

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Margery of Quither: 2000

The black humour of the Baring-Gould short story, ‘Margery of Quether’ proved the ideal subject for Ron Wawman to dramatise as a shadow puppet play. Children from Lewtrenchard Primary School nobly filled the role of puppeteers alongside adult readers, singers, sound effects and musicians.

Grand National Day: 2000

A break from Baring -Gould, this hilarious present day comedy, written by Mike Ingham, was set in an old folk’s home. Not all the cast were genuine oldies!

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