Shinfield Player Show Reviews
Many of our shows are reviewed by NODA and the local media:
Shipwrecks! Spirits! Enchanted islands! Shakespeare's magical masterpiece and farewell to the stage is coming to Shinfield Players Theatre.
This was one of the shows that was cancelled due to the pandemic, and we're delighted to finally be bringing it to audiences.
Betty Blue Eyes
Set in 1947 and based upon a play by Alan Bennett called Private Function, Betty Blue Eyes tells the story of a banquet planned in honour of the forthcoming marriage of Princess Elizabeth and Philip her groom. Britain is still in rationing and raising an unlicensed pig is unlawful, but the Town Council set out to secretly raise ‘Betty’. When someone is not invited to the feast, they take matters into their own hands and steal the pig. Chaos ensues and the meat inspector searches for the pig.
Grease - Senior Youth Group Show
Grease - The Musical - Rydell High's spirited class of '59-gum-chewing, hub-cap-stealing, hotrod-loving boys with D.A.s and leatherjackets and their wise-cracking girls in teased curls, bobby sox, and pedal pushers-capture the look and sound of the 1950s in a rollicking musical that salutes the rock 'n' roll era. While hip Danny Zuke and wholesome Sandy Dumbrowski resolve the problems of their mutual attraction for each other, the gang sings and dances its way through such nostalgic scenes as the pyjama party, the prom, the burger palace, and the drive-in movie.
The Beauty Queen of Leenane
Set in picturesque rural Galway in the 1990s, the play revolves around Maureen, a woman of around 40, who is controlled and manipulated by her appalling and semi-dependent mother, Mag.
Dreaming of an escape from what appears to be permanent drudgery, Maureen’s chance comes when she spends a night with easy-going Pato Dooley after a party.
But Mag won’t give up her daughter as easily as that...
On a snowy night, Inspector Ruffing is called to a remote house to investigate the headlong plunge of Patrick Roarke down the main staircase. It takes little time for him to begin being led through a bewildering labyrinth of contradictory versions of Patrick's demise, and that of the late Mr. Ravenscroft, by five strong women.
Last Tango In Whitby
A group or friends always go on holiday together each year for a week of drinking, dancing and living it up at the seaside. This year however is a rather awkward difference; Pat is holidaying for the first time since the death of her beloved husband Arthur and the rest of the party are not sure how is the best way to cope with the situation. But Pat is determined that Arthur would want her to try and have a good time and she is going to live up to it.
Inspector Drake & The Black Widow
When oil tycoon John Johnson is found with a huge sword in his back, it looks like a
straightforward case of dying illegally.
But things in Drake’s world are never as they seem:
Why was Johnson badly disguised as his own wife? Why has he eaten a tortoise?
For once Sergeant Plod thinks he knows all the answers. And so he should. After all he’s
relating the events through a series of flashbacks, so he knows how it all ends. But if Plod is
right, the legendary Inspector Drake is about to make a terrible mistake.
Our House tells the parallel stories of how a single decision can change the course of anyone's life. Full of energy and emotion it is a compelling tale which explores themes of love, family, taking responsibility for your actions and dealing with losing the people who shape our lives wrapped around the songs of the 'nutty' Madness.
Youth Group Review
The Shinfield Players Youth Group Review showcased the work of Junior Youth group (8- to 11-year-old), the Middle Group (11- to 13-year-olds) and the Senior Group (14- to 18-year-old) from their weekly sessions.
WHO GOES BARE
Who Goes Bare? by Richard Harris and Leslie Darbon
An hilarious farce where Eddie Manchip tries to run a Health Spa in a large decaying country mansion. He runs from the clutches of a sinister gangster who is bent on collecting the deeds to the property to pay off his gambling debt.