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The Bartholomew Players May 2019 production is "And Then There Were None" – a 1943 play by crime writer Agatha Christie.

REVIEW

Our first review is in: https://eynsham-pc.gov.uk/news.aspx?nid=992#news

DETAILS

The Bartholomew Players May 2019 production is "And Then There Were None" – a 1943 play by crime writer Agatha Christie.

The play runs from Wednesday 15th May until Saturday 18th May with a pre-show talk about Agatha Christie on opening night*.

Ten strangers, each hiding a dark secret, are summoned to an unknown house on the uninhabited, totally isolated, “Soldier Island” by an unknown U.N.Owen. During their first evening, a recorded message accuses each of them of a heinous crime. One by one, they begin to die, rather alarmingly, according to the fate described in a well-known rhyme posted on the wall of their bedrooms. One amongst the ten must be the killer. But who is it?

Director Denise Santilli, says “Agatha Christie wrote this best selling crime novel of all time in 1943, creating such an effective plot, that at every step the audience suspects every other individual as the killer. Christie was pleased with the book which was very well received upon publication, and dramatised it herself because she relished the challenge. I have also relished the challenge of “killing off” 10 actors each night, only to have them reappear, thankfully intact, the following night!”

Some people may not realise that Agatha Christie was a local resident in Oxfordshire - she and her husband lived in Winterbrook House, Wallingford where she was also President of the Sinodun Players from 1950-1975. She is buried beside her husband in the churchyard of St Mary’s Cholsey, having died in 1976.

We are therefore delighted to announce that Judy Dewey, Curator of The Agatha Christie museum in Wallingford and a Christie expert, will give a pre-show talk entitled 'Agatha Christie - her life and local connections' on Wednesday 15th May from 6-7pm. Tickets are £5, available as detailed below*.

As usual, we are partnering with a local Charity for our Supper Show, The Windrush Bike Project of Witney, who enable disadvantaged people to participate in cycling and develop bike maintenance skills. They will assist us in organising the evening in return for a share of the profits. We look forward to seeing you!

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

Venue: Eynsham Village Hall, Back Lane, Eynsham, OX29 4QW

Dates: Wednesday 15th May – Saturday 18th May 2019

Doors open: 7.00pm, Performance: 7.30pm

Price: £10.00 (concessions £9.00)

Pre-show talk Wednesday 15th May: Tickets £5

Tickets for Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday nights are available on the door or in advance from:

 

Denise Santilli  07721 744020 

bart.players@gmail.com

Ticketsource

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Doors open: 7.00pm, Performance: 7.30pm

Price: £10.00 (concessions £9.00)

SHOW AND SUPPER NIGHT

As usual, on the Friday performance there will be a special Show and Supper Night where a 2-course supper is served before the performance. Tickets for Friday 17th May must be purchased in advance by 12th May

MENU
 

Lasagne (meat or vegetarian option available)

Garlic Bread

Salad

Carrot cake

Advance tickets only: £20.00

Available from:

Denise Santilli  07721 744020 

bart.players@gmail.com

(not available online)

Doors open: 6.10pm, 2-course supper served: 6.30pm – 7.30pm, Performance: 7.30pm

Price: £20.00

Catering by Juliet Cooke


*PRE-SHOW TALK

Some people may not realise that Agatha Christie was a local resident in Oxfordshire - she and her husband lived in Winterbrook House, Wallingford where she was also President of the Sinodun Players from 1950–1975. She is buried beside her husband in the churchyard of St Mary’s Cholsey, having died in 1976.

We are therefore delighted to announce that Judy Dewey, Curator of The Agatha Christie museum in Wallingford and a Christie expert, will give a pre-show talk entitled 'Agatha Christie - her life and local connections' on Wednesday 15th May from 6-7pm. Tickets are £5, available as detailed below.

Venue: Eynsham Village Hall, Back Lane, Eynsham, OX29 4QW

Date: Wednesday 15th May 2019

Talk: 6.00pm–7.00pm

Price: £5.00


Tickets cost £5 and are available from:

Denise Santilli  07721 744020 

bart.players@gmail.com

Ticketsource

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CAST

Dr Armstrong – Rob Wondrak

Sir Lawrence Wargrave – Gareth Hammond

Emily Brent – Liz Hutchinson

General Mackenzie – Ianto Wain

William Blore – Nick Smith

Anthony Marston – Ed Miller

Philip Lombard – Rory Phillips

Vera Claythorne – Elaine Leggett

Mrs Rogers – Lesley Robinson

Rogers – Steve Ashcroft

Fred Narracott – Joe O’Connor

Directed by Denise Santilli

TEN LITTLE SOLDIER BOYS

 

Ten little Soldier Boys went out to dine;

One choked his little self and then there were nine.

Nine little Soldier Boys sat up very late;

One overslept himself and then there were eight.

Eight little Soldier Boys travelling in Devon;

One said he’d stay there and then there were seven.

Seven little Soldier Boys chopping up sticks;

One chopped himself in halves and then there were six.

Six little Soldier Boys playing with a hive;

A bumblebee stung one and then there were five.

Five little Soldier Boys going in for law,

One got in Chancery and then there were four.

Four little Soldier Boys going out to sea;

A red herring swallowed one and then there were three.

Three little Soldier Boys walking in the Zoo;

A big bear hugged one and then there were two.

Two little Soldier Boys sitting in the sun;

One got frizzled up and then there was one.

One little Soldier Boy left all alone;

He went and hanged himself and then there were none.

SPONSORS

 

We would like to say a huge thank you to all of the generous companies and organisations that have donated to our charity raffle:

Experience Days

Chinnor Railway

Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens

Oxford Bus Museum

REVIEW

Cream teas, pleasant beaches, homicidal lunacy: however will it end? Paul Stammers isn't telling!

Devon – a mellow land of cream teas, pleasant beaches and… homicidal lunacy on a windswept rock. Ten strangers find themselves cut off from civilisation in Agatha Christie’s tense and much-emulated thriller, where the body count puts Midsomer Murders to shame once the arrivals have settled in and poured themselves a peg of whisky or three.

For those who haven’t seen the numerous adaptations, this isn’t really a whodunnit – rather, it’s a macabre entertainment, well suited to TV and theatre rather than the written page. An excellent backdrop and adept use of sound, such as a stentorian gramophone recording that denounces each of the group in turn, makes this a strong and confident production from the outset.

The cast look like they’re enjoying themselves despite the grisly goings on, none more so than Rory Phillips as rakish Philip Lombard, who chortles at the news of another victim falling prey to the killer in their midst. His character’s casual racism – blasé references to deaths of natives in Africa – might get a few people in the audience tutting, but he often steals the show. He flirts amusingly with Elaine Leggett as glamorous former schoolteacher Vera, and who puts in a terrific performance considering she joined the cast only a few weeks ago as a replacement for Amy Stammers.

The characters may not be the most believable, but they are an assorted lot. Gareth Hammond is authoritative and aloof as judge Sir Lawrence Wargrave; Nick Smith is shady as ex-policeman William Blore (there’s a reason why his South African twang is pretty ropy at the start); Rob Wondrak as Dr Armstrong seems curt and decisive in the first act, but soon turns febrile and panicky. Ianto Wain is gloomy as portly General Mackenzie, cutting rather a sad creature.

Liz Hutchinson raises a few chuckles as outspoken religious spinster Emily Brent; Ed Miller is glib and enjoyably selfish as the fast-driving Anthony Marston, for whom everything’s 'wizard'. Steve Ashcroft is (yet again) a stoic butler, supported by Lesley Robinson as his non-nonsense wife Ethel. Joe O’Connor takes an unusually minor role in this production directed by Denise Santilli, appearing briefly as the boatman Fred Narracott.

Although not short, the time flies in this brisk murder spree. So, how does it end? Well, that depends on which of the two finales the Players have chosen to put on. I’m not telling.

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The Bartholomew Players

Eynsham Village Hall

Back Lane

Eynsham

Oxfordshire OX29 4QW

Phone: 07721 744020 

Email:  bart.players@gmail.com

TICKETS

Tickets are available in advance from:

Denise Santilli  07721 744020 

bart.players@gmail.com

Ticketsource

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Tickets are also available on the door

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