Banbury Cross Players selected a first rate series of plays for its 2017-2018 Season.
We launched with our Season Preview on 26 September which included another performance of our award winning play The Allotment by Gillian Plowman.
This was followed with the directors’ presentations of their plans for each of the plays for the season. This annual event is free to attend by those who regularly see our plays or are yet to see us for the first time.
The plays for the season are:
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 Inishmaan 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 Inishmaan was performed at The Mill Arts Centre, Banbury 11-14 July 2018. Directed by Chrissie Garrett.
|13 July 2018||–||Review – Lance Bassett|
|12 July 2018||–||Review – Sardines Magazine|
|27 June 2018||–||Interview on Puritans Radio|
|17 June 2018||–||The Cripple of Inishmaan Press Release PR1|
|12 June 2018||–||The Cripple of Inishmaan Blog No 1|
|16 Feb 2018||–||Forthcoming Auditions – The Cripple of Inishmaan|
Production photographs, courtesy & copyright Mike Watling
Paul and Kathy Brennon set off for a pleasant evening at a picturesque restaurant. They’ve never been there before but the Chinese was fully booked. He’s has a powerful and important job. He has a Porsche. Life is good. What could possibly go wrong?
Warm Hot Getting Hotter was performed
- Oxfordshire Drama Network Festival in Abingdon 7 June 2018.
- Lighthorne Festival of One Act Plays 8 June 2018.
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 was performed at The Mill Arts Centre, Banbury 25-28 April 2018.
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.
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.