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September 2012


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 >>

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14th-15th September and 21st-22nd September 2012Go to next showGo to show indexGo to previous show
Horndean Junior School, Horndean and Portchester Community Centre, Portchester

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Produced and Directed
Ian Clark

in order of appearance

Gladys Pugh - Samantha Spivey
Betty Whistler - Mandy Clowes
Yvonne Frampton
Tracy Bentwood - Megan Brand
Peggy Ollerenshaw - Nadine Darnley
Jeffrey Fairbrother - Will Donnelly
Fred Quilley - Mark De Salis
Yvonne Stuart-Hargreaves - Ann Dent-Smith
Barry Stuart-Hargreaves - Ian Clark
Ted Bovis - Ryan Richards
Spike Dixon - Luke Brand
Sylvia Garnsey - Claire Jarman
Mr Partridge - Richard Smith
Hilary Bovis - Hilary Glanville
Bailiff - Ray Hunt
Mr Pritchard - Ray Hunt
Radio Announcer - Julie Johanssen

Show photographs taken by Steve Day.

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About the play

In this stage adaptation of the hugely popular TV series by Jimmy Perry and David Croft, Paul Carpenter and Ian Gower revisit the 1950s and Maplins Holiday Camp, with its host of colourful characters.

It's the start of a new season and founder, Joe Maplin, announces that he is setting up a camp in the Bahamas. He needs female Yellowcoats to go and work there and the annual "Miss Yellowcoat" competition will decide who is to go.

Rivalry between the girls is fierce, with Sylvia and Gladys joint front runners to win the coveted yellow sash. Camp cleaner Peggy, meanwhile, is thrilled at the prospect of a vacancy for a new Yellowcoat and convinces Entertainments Manager, Jeffrey Fairbrother, that she is the ideal candidate for the job.

At the same time, Camp Comic Ted Bovis is forced to employ numerous money-making schemes when his ex-wife turns up at the camp with a bailiff in tow, and Yvonne and Barry Stuart-Hargreaves send the rumour mill into overdrive when they overhear Gladys escorting Jeffrey into his chalet late one evening.

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Thanks are due to Jimmy Perry & David Croft for giving us a marvellous insight on how our holiday camps operated many years ago. Denmead certainly brought it all back with some marvellous characterisations in this Paul Carpenter and Ian Gower production. '

Gladys Pugh' was very well acted by Samantha Spivey and really got our chuckleberries going from the very start; 'Peggy Ollerenshaw' was excellently played by Nadine Darnley in typical Sue Pollard fashion despite an injured shoulder whilst Ryan Richards was really excellent as 'Ted Bovis' along with his sidekick 'Spike Dixon' played by Luke Brand. You could sense the tension between the husband and wife ballroom couple excellently played by Ann Dent-Smith and show producer and director Ian Clark.

It was a really excellent production which had the audience in hysterics throughout bringing back my memory as a teenager when I myself was a Butlins redcoat.

John E. Thomas NODA Rep

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

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