Shakers + Knights in Plastic Armour
A selection by various writers
Sunday 4 July 2004
Faringdon Corn Exchange, Corn Market, Faringdon SN7 7JA
Directed by Rachel Coward
Performances start 7:30 pm. Doors open 30 minutes earlier.
Tickets: £8. OAP £7, under 18, students and FSA £4
A play by John Godber & Jane Thornton
This was Faringdon Dramatic Society’s contribution to the first Faringdon Arts Festival. It was also performed at the Wallingford Corn Exchange Drama Festival in June where it was awarded the Punters Prize for best play chosen by the audience.
“Shakers” is a one-act play set in a trendy cocktail/wine bar in the North of England during Maggie Thatcher’s yuppie 80’s. The characters being four cocktail waitresses; however with each passing scene the actors are also called upon to play the many and varied clientele. The play is a sequence of quick-fire humour interspersed with really quite serious monologues, which starts off very light hearted.
Cast (in order of appearance):
Carol – Debbie Lock
Nicki – Mary Mountford-Lister
Mel – Sarah Varnom
Adele – Lucy Walden
Knights in Plastic Armour
A comedy by Rob Shearman
Set in modern times, the play revolves around six people, who are obsessed historical re-enactors, preparing to re-enact battles fought during the Wars of the Roses.
Every weekend this motley band escapes from the tedium of their daily lives. They meet upon the battlefields of England. They bring their own swords, their own armour, their own packed lunches. And fight out those old battles once again. But they are about to learn that they have other battles to face and that heroism and treachery aren’t only found in history books.
This presentation is a rehearsed reading, with animation. Featuring: John Taylor with Sarah Couzens, Dave Headey, Richard Lock, Karen Whiffen, and Simon Wisbey.
Robert Shearman is best known as a writer for Dr Who.
Production No.146 (1 show was performed over 1 day)