2017-2018 Season

Banbury Cross Players has selected a first rate series of plays for its 2017-2018 Season.
2017 2018 Brochure
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:

People by Alan Bennett
People by Alan Bennett

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.

Following auditions, the cast is:

Dorothy June Ronson
June Hilary Beaton
Iris Brenda Williams
Lumsden Dave Candy
Bevan Dave Robinson
Bishop Terry Gallager
Iain Alex Nicholls
Brit Hana Ayers
Theodore Dave Smith
Bruce Bruce Walton
Louise Kate Groves
Nigel Jem Turner
Lesley Jayne Ryman

Tickets for People are on Sale now at The Mill website

Just before the production in April 2018 Director Ray Atkinson published several articles via Facebook.
They can also be seen here:
Pretend England

Warm Hot Getting HotterWarm, 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

Warm, Hot, Getting Hotter by Lou Treleaven

Paul and Kathy set off for a pleasant evening in a pleasant restaurant. What could possibly go wrong?

3 April 2018, 7.30pm at The Mill

Age ranges aren’t crucial but as a guide:

Kathy (30+) trying to break up with her husband
Paul (30+) Kathy’s arrogant husband
Tim (40+) Paul’s bluff ex-boss
Trish (40+) Timothy’s kind but shallow wife
Waiter (M or F) (50+) unruffled

The Cripple of Innishmaan
The Cripple of Innishmaan by Martin McDonagh

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.
Following the auditions, the cast is:

Mammy Lynn Cowley
Doctor Andrew Whiffin
Kate Clare Lester
Bartley Jonas Bal
Billy Jo Deakin
Helen Clare Primrose
Eileen Janice Lake
Johnnypateenmike Nik Lester
Babbybobby Dave Candy
Also on the team.
Production Manager Jane Shanahan
Costumes Jane Shanahan
Props Terry Andrews
Lighting John Hicks
Sound Lily Blundell
Set design Chris Garrett
Music James Plester
Stage Manager Liz Riley
Assistant Stage Manager Zac Lacey-Rousou

Tickets on sale now

The Cripple of Innishmaan – Advance Publicity …

My Boy JackMy Boy Jack by David Haig

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 was performed at The Mill Arts Centre, Banbury 7-10 February 2018. Directed by Helen Watson and Kerrie McCormick.

Season's GreetingsSeason’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 was performed at The Mill Arts Centre, Banbury 8-11 November 2017. Directed by Trish Thompson.