The Vicar of Dibley

October 2013


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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The Vicar of Dbley
24th-26th October 2013Go to next showGo to show indexGo to previous show
Church of St John the Baptist, Rowlands Castle

Vicar of Dibley 2013
Vicar of Dibley 2013

Ian Clark

Musical Director
Phil Woods

Church Personnel

Rev. Geraldine Granger - Samantha Spivey
Alice Tinker, Verger - Nadine Darnley

Parish Council

David Horton, Chairman - Kerry Applin
Frank Pickle, Secretary - Graham Cranmer
Hugo Horton - Mark De Salis
Owen Newitt - Mike Powell
Jim Trott - Tim De Salis
Letitia Cropley, Organist - Jayne Green
Woman - Hilary Glanville
Children - Finlay Hughes,
Amy Winter,
Imogen and Tallulah Green

Members of the Choir of St Barnabus

Kaye Lee-Wright   Pat White
Julie Johanssen   Sarah Winship
Tricia Roberts   Stephanie Clark
Claire Jarman   Lou Bundy
Hilary Glanville   Suren Johanssen
Peter Lindsay   Peter Gerrish
Ian Clark

Show photographs taken by Steve Day.

Vicar of Dibley 2013
Vicar of Dibley 2013
Vicar of Dibley 2013
Vicar of Dibley 2013


Can I say how much I enjoyed your production of The Vicar of Dibley when I was in the audience on Thursday evening? Please pass on my thanks you all your singers and actors, and all members of your company. Although not an actor myself (at least in the sense of the stage!), I can very much appreciate the hard work that goes into productions, but everyone I spoke with enjoyed their evening, so it was well worth all the efforts. Congratulations to you all - I wanted to be there on the last night as well, but I was at a concert in Petersfield.

Can I thank you as well for the sensitive way in which you managed the script and how well the church looked on Sunday morning. You must all have put in a lot of late work to restore the space, which is very much appreciated by our church family. Thank you so much.

Revd. Trevor Filtness
Vicar of St John the Baptist, Rowlands Castle

An excellent production of the stage version of this popular television series with good characterisations from all the cast! The setting was simple but effective. There were particularly good portrayals from Samantha Spivey as Geraldine and Nadine Darnley as Alice. As with the TV show, though, all the fun was provided by the supporting cast. Stern councillor David Horton was played with plenty of stiff upper lip by Kerry Applin, aghast that his son Hugo (Mark De Salis) was set to wed barmy Alice, Tim De Salis as Jim, Graham Cranmer as Frank Pickle, secretary, and Jayne Green as Leiticia Cropley, the organist. All of these famous characters were well executed but farmer Owen Newitt, played by Mike Powell, delivered my personal favourite and, I'd say, the most accurate interpretation of these characters on stage.

The stage crew, with help from the cast, were very efficient in what was not an easy show to keep going with many scene changes in a difficult, tight situation. The script doesn't particularly translate very easily as the scenes are quite short and don't flow into one another particularly well - but the success of this piece can only rely on how well the actors impersonate these recognisable characters and Director Ian Cark was certainly aware of that factor! Doing one thing we were always taught not to do: imitate the original. Being a huge fan of the TV programme, it was evident how each player had studied the madcap bunch of characters; from the delivery and vocal inflection of the sentences to the length of the pauses, the blocking, each of the characters' gestures and mannerisms had all been studied and every details was exact to the show, which added to the comedy.

The whole was a worthwhile attempt at a piece that is so well known that an audience has very high expectations of how each part must be played. They were not let down by this company.

Together with the production, there was some superb singing between the scenes from the Choir of St Barnabus, under musical director Phil Woods, with Jill Race on the piano, giving us all a very entertaining time.

John E. Thomas, NODA Rep
26th October 2013

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

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