The Vicar of Dibley 2

December 2014


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 >>

The Vicar of Dibley - The Second Coming
4th-6th December 2014Go to next showGo to show indexGo to previous show
Church of St John the Baptist, Rowlands Castle

Vicar of Dibley 2 - 2014
Vicar of Dibley 2 - 2014

Ian Clark

Musical Director
Jill Race

Church Personnel

Rev. Geraldine Granger - Samantha Spivey
Alice Horton (nee 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 & Celebrity Cook - Jayne Green
Vet - Hilary Glanville
Woman - Julie Johanssen

Members of the Choir of St Barnabus

Kaye Lee-Wright   Pat White
Tricia Roberts   Stephanie Clark
Diane Chelu   Amanda Clowes
Megan Brand   Valerie Sykes
Sophie Dulake   Bronwyn Mason
Hilary Glanville   Ray Hunt
Sarah Winship   Suren Johanssen
Julie Johanssen   Dennis Mason
Joy Day   Peter Gerrish
Peter Lindsay   Brian Youngman
Ian Clark

Show photographs taken by Steve Day.

Vicar of Dibley 2 - 2014
Vicar of Dibley 2 - 2014
Vicar of Dibley 2 - 2014


One of the most satisfying moments for directors is to hear the audience laugh at a comic scene they have set, and director Ian Clark must have been thrilled to hear the spontaneous laughter from the whole of the audience throughout the production. This was an excellent script, full of humour, and it was very well executed by a talented cast who had all obviously worked hard to portray the much loved characters from the TV series, all of whom were clearly identifiable.

The Vicar, Geraldine Granger, confidently played by Samantha Spivey I particularly liked mainly the interaction she had with all the other members of the cast. Kerry Applin took the role of the irascible Council Chairman, David Horton, who disliked women priests and all the other council members too. Mark De Salis played the love-struck Hugo Horton who was infatuated with Alice Tinker, the simple minded Churchwarden who loves the Tellytubbies; this role was brilliantly executed by Nadine Darnley. Jim Trott, (he of no,no,no,yes fame!) was superbly played by Tim De Salis who not only mastered the accent but also the gait of his character. Jayne Green played Letitia Cropley, well known for her knitting and exotic recipes.  The part of Frank Pickle, the pedantic Council Clerk was convincingly played by Graham Cranmer. In particular  Mike Powell whose comic timing was always spot on, was hilariously outrageous as the disgusting character of Farmer Owen Newitt; the farmer full of passion for his cows which he later tries to transfer to the Vicar. He milked his part to the full with the audience constantly roaring with laughter at his antics on the stage.

In between each of the many scenes we were entertained by the excellent members of the company choir who sang various carols. They were a superbly balanced four-part choir and it gave a very good Christmas feeling to the whole performance. This fantastic team effort was appropriately acknowledged by loud and sustained applause. Well done!

John E. Thomas, NODA Rep

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

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