Acorn Antiques

June 2015


Acorn Antiques 2015 Mack & Mabel 2014 Masquerade 2013 Titanic The Musical 2012

Acorn Antiques 2015

It was Curtain Up! on a new era for Denmead Operatic Society as we presented "Acorn Antiques The Musical", by Victoria Wood - our first show under the new name of Curtain Up! Productions at the Petersfield Festival Hall from 25th-27th June 2015.

Mack & Mabel 2014

Mack and Mabel, the story of the relationship between early film producer Mack Sennett and his star Mabel Normand, was presented at the Petersfield Festival Hall from 15th-17th May 2014.

Masquerade 2013

This was an exciting new venture: presenting our very own show, written especially for us by Ian Clark, at the Park Community School in Havant from 29th May to 1st June 2013.

Titanic The Musical 2012

To mark the one hundredth anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, we presented this spectacular musical at the Park Community School from 6th-9th June 2012. It was a great success and we won a NODA Accolade of Excellence for the production.

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What's next?

We are reprising our 2010 production of 'Allo 'Allo at the Petersfield Festival Hall from 9th to 11th June. This is the stage version of the hilarious BBC TV series of the same name, set in France during the second world war. Click here to find out more about the show and buy your tickets.

2015 John Westbrook Award

As Hilary Westbrook, John's widow, could not attend any of the Acorn Antiques performances due to prior commitments, she delegated the nomination of the John Westbrook Award for 2015 to Val Sykes. Val chose to award the trophy to Mandy Clowes, saying: 'When there are not so many people on stage, each member of the supporting cast is clearly visible and it is extra important to give it everything. Mandy was always fully involved om each scene she was in, acting and reacting to others very well. I loved the three backing "beehive" singers number and she was clearly really enjoying it,'

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Mandy Clowes receives 2015 John Westbrook Award

Mandy Clowes was awarded the 2015 John Westbrook Trophy for her performance in Acorn Antiques. Read more >>

Acorn Antiques  The Musical!
25th-27th June 2015Go to next showGo to show indexGo to previous show
The Festival Hall, Petersfield

Acorn Antiques 2015

Ian Clark

Musical Director
Darren Alderton

Dance Captain
Sophie Dulake

The People of Manchesterford
(in order of appearance)

Manchesterford Soloist - Hilary Glanville
Mr Furlong - Peter Forsdyke
Christine - Tricia Roberts
Minchin's Lass - Caroline Smith
Lucy, The Lollipop Lady - Jayne Green
Mr Watkins - Graham Cranmer
Derek - Ian Clark
Miss Willoughby - Diane Chelu
Postman - Steve Day
Miss Babs - Sue Applin
Hugh - Ryan Richards
Mimi - Sophie Dulake
Miss Berta - Kaye Lee-Wright
Mrs Overall - Nadine Darnley
Mr Clifford - Kerry Applin
Father - Tim De Salis
Miss Cuff - Hilary Glanville
Miss Wellbelove - Amanda Clowes
Tony - Mark De Salis
Miss Bonnie - Samantha Spivey
Bev - Hilary Glanville
Debra - Amanda Clowes
Evelyn - Stephanie Clark
Customers - Pat White, Sarah Winship

The Band

Keyboard/MD - Darren Alderton
Keyboard - Dan Lacey
Reeds - Spencer Bundy
Violin - Emma Walker
Percussion - Sam Sanders
Bass - Toni Kent
Trumpet - Matthew Tarrant
Trombone - George Lewis

Show photographs taken by Steve Day.

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It was curtain up on a new era for Denmead Operatic Society as they presented their first show, under their new name Curtain Up! Productions.  

“Acorn Antiques – The Musical!” is based on the parodic soap opera of the same name from Victoria Wood’s “As Seen on TV” series from the 1980s. It makes fun of badly produced soap operas with wobbly sets, poor continuity, low production values and improbable plots. Characterisation is key in this show and their previous experience with productions of The Vicar of Dibley, ‘Allo, ‘Allo and He-De-Hi, set the company in good stead. Under the able direction of Ian Clark, they carried it off convincingly, no doubt helped somewhat by the stunning set, which was easily transformed from street scene to antiques shop interior by the slick stage crew, and even featured a working stair lift!

Nadine Darnley captured the essence of Mrs Overall with her downtrodden appearance, shuffling gait and Brummie accent. Sue Applin and Kaye Lee-Wright were well paired as the twins: up-tight Miss Babs and the desperate-for-love Miss Berta (respectively), with Sam Spivey perfect as the hard-nosed business woman and long-lost sister, Miss Bonnie. Sophie Dulake and Ryan Richards both shone as the stereotypical YTS-types, Mimi and Hugh, maintaining their characters well throughout.

With the three sisters reunited, they only have to find their mother, secure a husband for one of them and locate the hidden money in order to save the ailing antiques business from rampant globalisation and evil loan shark Tony, convincingly portrayed by Mark De Salis.

The musical numbers ranged from big, brassy, toe-tapping dances involving the whole cast, to softly sentimental solos. Berta’s solo “Remind Him” was beautifully sung and acted by Kaye Lee-Wright. Sue Applin and Sam Spivey also enchanted us with their individual numbers. I must also mention “Gent’s Duet”, touchingly sung by Ian Clark and Graham Cranmer.

An excellent eight-piece band, under the direction of Darren Alderton, produced a tremendous sound but, thanks to a good sound engineer, never overwhelmed the cast in volume, allowing us to hear every one of the clever words in the songs.

Acorn Antiques is a challenging piece and Victoria Wood, Julie Walters, Celia Imrie and co. are a hard act to follow, but Curtain Up! carried it off with pizazz and aplomb. Victoria Wood said her intention was to give people a “lovely, happy night in the theatre” and that’s exactly what Curtain Up! Productions gave us.

Mark Donalds, NODA Rep

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Curtain Up! Productions is a Registered Charity - No. 1021763

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