Banbury Cross Players has selected a first rate series of plays for its 2017-2018 Season.
We launch with our Season Preview on 26 September where you will once again get the opportunity to see our award winning play The Allotment by Gillian Plowman.
This will be followed with the directors’ presentations of their plans for each of the plays for the season. This event is free to attend so please come along whether you regularly see our plays or are yet to see us for the first time.
The plays for the season are:
Season’s Greetings by Alan Ayckbourn
Petty (and not so petty) squabbles abound. Christmas presents are rifled. Mechanical toys are set off. Hilarious highlights include a drunken game of snakes and ladders, a chaotically incompetent puppet show and a midnight love scene.
One of Ayckbourn’s classic early works with themes still familiar today. This farcical comedy about four days in the life of a dysfunctional family is a great way to start your countdown to Christmas!
Season’s Greetings will be performed at The Mill Arts Centre, Banbury 8-11 November 2017. Directed by Trish Thompson. Tickets are available from the Box Office.
My Boy Jack by David Haig
1913 : an introduction to 15yr old Jack Kipling, his defective vision, how he is desperate to get away from home, and how his father is determined to send him to war. A bitter family conflict is triggered leaving Rudyard – a renowned patriot – devastated by the warring of his greatest passions – his love for children (particularly his own) and his devotion to King and Country.
1915 : Jack does go to war – aided by his father’s influence – and is declared Missing In Action. We see Rudyard’s guilt at having helped Jack enlist.
1924 : Rudyard is interviewing soldiers from Jack’s regiment. One recalls his last moments – leading a charge against the German trenches, continuing the attack while the others dropped off in fear, killed by machine gun fire as he reached enemy lines. Kipling takes bittersweet solace knowing that his son died heroically.
A powerful and moving account of the anguish at the heart of a man whose storytelling continues to delight millions the world over.
My Boy Jack will be performed at The Mill Arts Centre, Banbury 7-10 February 2018. Directed by Helen Watson and Kerrie McCormick.
Dorothy’s inheritance is an old, run-down mansion she can’t afford to maintain. The play follows various attempts by her and her sister to resolve the issue. These include “gifting” to the National Trust; selling to a property developer, and film-making (of a less than salubrious nature where Dorothy is clearly aware of the comings and goings in the four-poster bed). Underground rumblings from a disused coalmine, the discovery of a large number of (still full) chamber pots and an untimely visit from the Bishop make for a show full of fruitful conflict.
People completed its National Theatre tour in 2015 and BCP are one of the first amateur companies to perform this entertaining, funny and touching play where Bennett successfully blends satire with nostalgia to produce a thought-provoking piece of theatre.
People will be performed at The Mill Arts Centre, Banbury 25-28 April 2018. Directed by Ray Atkinson.
Warm, Hot, Getting Hotter by Lou Treleaven will be performed in various drama festivals (yet to be decided) and other venues around June 2018. Directed by John McCormick
In 1934, on a small island off the West coast of Ireland, the arrival of a Hollywood film crew (who we never see) on a neighbouring island gives local youngsters the chance to escape the island and head for the USA.
Local disabled orphan, Billy, able and bright, and in love with local girl Helen, is cared for by two aged aunts. He is derided by the locals (and his aunts) as no-one understands him. His aunts protect him from discovering his parents tried to drown him at birth. Billy, desperate to audition, to break away from the bitter tedium of his daily life, persuades a local fisherman to take him to the neighbouring island by telling him he is dying of TB.
Billy is cast in the film and goes to the USA. He discovers Hollywood alone is no better than Innishmaan alone so returns home. Helen finally agrees to go out with him. Ironically, at the end of the tale, he ‘gets the girl’ only to discover he really does have TB.
The characters are funny, alcoholic, vicious, bigoted and cruel, and all crippled – one physically, others emotionally. This bleakly comic tale, with vivid images of all aspects of human life, where truth is uncovered gradually, successfully plucks at your heartstrings with deep, dark and powerful humour.
The Cripple of Innishmaan will be performed at The Mill Arts Centre, Banbury 11-14 July 2018. Directed by Chrissie Garrett.