'The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild Dramatic Society's Production of Macbeth'

by David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin Jnr

16-19th April, 2009


Directed by John Covey


Play Venue: Felpham Village Hall (click for details)  






Slideshow of the production
Photography courtesy of Chris Armstead



Further cast details can be downloaded as a pdf here


Mrs Reece {Lady Macduff, Doctor} Sandy Knight

David Rosser

George Peach Trevor Roman
Thelma {Lady Macbeth, Ross} Lucinda Dearlove

Henry {Lady Macbeth, Kings}

Peter Green
Dawn {1st Witch, Duncan, Fleance, Porter, 2nd Murderer} Di Hiblen
Felicity {2nd Witch, Seyton, 1st Murderer, Malcolm, Gentlewoman} Liz McNally
Kate Parry-Jones {3rd Witch, Messenger, Macduff} Chrissie Lester
Minnie {Banquo, Son of Macduff} Rebecca Haig
Pam Renee Kramer
Pianist Carole Rogers




Director John Covey
Stage Manager Elaine Green

Assisted by  

Bob Barnes

Properties Kate Burbidge
Lighting Designed and Operated by Natalie Rowland
Special Effects Mark Rowland

Alex Marner

Wardrobe Rebecca Haig
Continuity Abbi Holdsworth
Photography Chris Armstead
Posters, Programme Peter Green

Assisted by  

Renee Kramer
  Carole Nighey
Front of House

Elizabeth Trett

  Bernard Taylor
Refreshments Margaret Burbidge
  Julia Webb

CompanyFAXReviews/ Feedback:

The Regis Players.

22nd April, 2009.


Broadbridge Farm,
West Sussex.
RH20 3DD.

Dear Margaret and Peter,

Thank you so much for inviting us to see The Farndale ladies version of Macbeth. I have to admit that I am a little ignorant when it comes to the works of the ‘great bard’ so was delighted to finally see a proper version performed by such a talented team. I must admit I feel that the ladies bit off a bit more than they could chew on this occasion and hope that Kate is now repaired and enjoying her bouncing baby boy, Dawn has finally found her specs. and Minnie has found her voice.

On a more serious note, I spent the whole evening laughing and smiling at the various antics and disasters that befell the poor members of this village society. Peter you were superb as Lady Macbeth and Sandy was perfect as Mrs Reece. The simple set worked well, the costumes were fitting and all the performers obviously enjoyed themselves as much as their audience. I really felt part of this production being greeted by the Farndale Ladies and the fact that they all stayed in character from start to finish added greatly to the standard of the play.

We came away from the production wishing that were we more conversant with the story having missed out on Shakespeare since our school days. Quite a while ago!! I am sure we would have been less confused if we had been more knowledgeable.

Well done to you all for giving us such a wonderful evening of disasters and all the best with “Amy’s View”. Thank you Peter for your kind note.

Yours sincerely,

Jose Harrison.
NODA Dist. 9.


It was great.  My sides still ache.  I think I have never seen an amateur performance so funny, possible ANY performance when I have laughed so much. You could have milked a lot more applause with some prima donnas elbowing each other out of the way etc. and you would certainly have got away with it. 

Patrick Hastings 17th April



Letter to Mrs Reece

Dear Mrs. Reece and The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild Dramatic Society,


Thank you for such a wonderful performance of Macbeth. So much better than I remember from my school days!!

I understand that it took nine months of rehearsals to reach that standard and as it's more than that until Christmas would it please be possible for another production of similar quality for the festive season?

Having seen Macbeth twice I'm sure I could fill the hall with my friends and family who also enjoyed Macbeth to the point of tears!

So please, please, please, more, more, more. I'd like to give tickets (bought of course) to my friends and family as Christmas presents. A present that I know they would enjoy.
Once again, thank you for two unforgettable evenings.

Hoping for more,


Zena Wood and Hannah age 7 yrs. who also saw & enjoyed it twice.


P.S. The plates that Hannah won in the raffle are hanging on her bedroom wall & the "homemade" jam has been eaten - lovely"!



Reply from Mrs. Reece




29TH April 2009

Dear Mrs. Wood,


How very kind of you to write so enthusiastically about our little offering for the first round of the Townswomen’s Guild Drama Festival Area Finals. We do try our best, sometimes in very trying circumstances!

However, we were very much encouraged by the accolade delivered at the end of the play by our adjudicator Mr. Greengage and the response of the audience, unusually noisy for a serious play like Macbeth but very welcome nonetheless.

I’m so glad you and your little daughter enjoyed the show so much that you saw it twice – and still want more! I do hope eating all that gorgeous jam didn’t upset her tummy!

I don’t think I’m speaking out of turn if I give you a teeny, weeny hint that there might possibly be a chance of the Farndale Ladies treading the boards of the Felpham Memorial Village Hall again before the end of the year. What a good idea to send tickets to your friends as Christmas presents! We could use that in our publicity.

Thank you so much for your lovely card. I shall make sure all the ladies in the Guild will see it.

Hoping to see you in our audience again soon.

Yours very sincerely,

Mrs. Reece