Rough Justice

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by Terence Frisby

With the scorching summer fading into the distant past, we look forward to a more temperate climate with everything that comes with it; bonfire night, Christmas and of course, the Tettenhall Amateur Players autumn production.  This November we shall be performing in the splendour of the Great Hall at the Mount Hotel in Tettenhall.  We are so delighted to have secured this booking and we have no doubt that the setting will enhance our production of ‘Rough Justice’ by Terence Frisby.  We shall be performing over three nights: Monday, 28 to Wednesday, 30 November and hopefully the World Cup will not interfere too much with our dates!

James Highwood, the host of a popular television programme called ‘British Justice’, is on the stand at the Old Bailey, accused of murdering his mentally disabled child.  He refuses his solicitor’s plea to obtain legal representation and conducts his own defence, admitting responsibility but pleading manslaughter.  His claim that the jury alone is responsible for the verdict brings him into conflict with the judge, while his battle to have his intentions understood bring him into conflict with the prosecutor, a well-known Catholic pro-lifer.  There is also the question of whether Highwood actually killed his child after all.  This adroitly written courtroom drama starred Diana Quick and Martin Shaw in London’s West End.

Tickets are priced at £15 and are on sale at The Mount Hotel and on TicketSource. 

The Mount will be offering a pre-show supper each evening, so why not make a full evening of it?! There is an excellent menu on offer but it is advisable to book in advance. Telephone: 01902 752055.

The Shakespeare Revue

Shakespeare Revue

by Christopher Luscombe and Malcolm McKee

Following our very successful production of ‘Codpieces’ by Perry Pontac last autumn we are continuing with the Shakespeare theme and will be performing The Shakespeare Revue compiled by Christopher Luscombe and Malcolm McKee this spring (Tuesday, 22 March to Friday, 25 March).Shakespeare meets showbiz in this cabaret style review.  It includes songs and sketches by Alan Bennet, Noël Coward, Stephen Sondheim, Fry and Laurie, Monty Python, Victoria Wood and many more.The revue was a one-off charity event for the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1993 (to accompany the Bard’s birthday celebrations) and went on to come a huge hit at the RSC, the West End and throughout the world where the show regularly tours.

Fast-moving, irreverent and entertaining – this unexpected gem will undoubtedly brighten up your spring evening!

Once again, we will be at The Codsall & Wergs Garden Centre and the show will be in the round with cabaret-style seating.  Seating is limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

Venue:

CODSALL & WERGS GARDEN CENTRE: Wergs Hall Rd, Codsall, Wolverhampton WV8 2HJ

Tickets are priced at £12 and are available from:

Booking Agent – TicketSource: 0333 666 3366 (Mondays to Friday, 9:00am to 7:00pm and Saturdays 9:00am to 5:00pm) £1.50 telephone service fee applies.

LOCO: 11 High Street, Tettenhall, Wolverhampton, WV6 8QS

On-Linewww.ticketsource.co.uk/tettenhallamateurplayers

Telephone: 07854 723539 (evenings and weekends)

Enquiries: 07854 723539 or E-mail: info@tettenhallamateurplayers.co.uk

We’re in the news…

TAP to perform at The Mount Hotel

We are so excited to let you know that we will be performing our next production, ‘Rough Justice’ by Terence Frisby in the Great Hall at The Mount Hotel (Monday, 28 November to Wednesday, 30 November). ‘Rough Justice’ is an emotive courtroom drama and the ambience of the performance space will add to the intensity of the play. Tickets will be on sale shortly and we would advise that you book early.

Wolverhampton drama group receives cash boost

Having received a fantastic grant from Persimons Homes as part of their Community Champions scheme, the Express and Star were interested to find out more about why we were chosen for this funding. Read the full article here.

Don’t Dress for Dinner

by Marc Camoletti

Our next production is a comedy by Marc Camoletti and adapted by Robin Hawdon entitled “Don’t Dress for Dinner”. 

We are delighted to announce that this production will be staged at St Peter’s School in Compton in the Haywood Theatre.  This is a purpose built theatre with raked seating for an audience of up to 160.  We are really excited to be performing at this venue and we hope that you will come and support us. 

It is set in France and takes place in Bernard and Jacqueline’s weekend retreat outside of Paris.  Bernard has arranged a very special dinner party whilst his wife is visiting her mother, with old friend Robert joining him for a very private dinner engagement.  The trouble with private dinner parties is that they don’t remain private for very long, especially when subterfuge and deception are the main courses!

This is Tettenhall Amateur Players’ fourth mainstream production.

The 39 Steps

Adapted by Patrick Barlow

Based on an original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon

Based on the Book by John Buchan

The 39 Steps is a melodrama adapted from the 1915 novel by John Buchan and the 1935 film by Alfred Hitchcock.  The original concept and production of the story was by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon.  Patrick Barlow re-wrote this adaptation in 2005.  The play won the Olivier Award for Best Comedy in 2007.

This blissfully funny show follows the incredible adventures of our handsome hero, Richard Hannay, complete with stiff-upper-lip, British gung-ho and pencil moustache as he encounters dastardly murders, double crossing secret agents, and, of course, devastatingly beautiful women.

Nothing has been cut from this hilarious and spectacular version of Britain’s most spell-binding thriller – legendary scenes include the chase on the Flying Scotsman, the escape on the Forth Bridge, the first theatrical bi-plane crash ever staged and the death-defying (or nearly!) finale at the London Palladium!