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Quartet

by Ronald Harwood

Thursday 3rd - Saturday 5th December 7:30pm

Sunday 6th December 2:30pm

Felpham Village Hall

Directed by Julia Webb

Plot: Cecily, Reggie and Wilfred, all former opera singers, reside in a home for retired singers actors and musicians in Kent.

Each year, on the tenth of October, there is a concert to celebrate Verdi's birthday.

Jean, an opera diva, who used to be married to Reggie, arrives unexpectedly to live in the home and disrupts their equilibrium. Is there any chance that these four will ever sing together again?

The gala concert is imminent and all but Jean are keen to recreate the

third act quartet from Rigoletto.

The play eventually moves to an uncertain conclusion when they don costumes as the effects of old age in one of the performers takes hold.

NODA ACCOLADE OF EXCELLENCE FOR QUARTET

On Sunday 10th July 2016 at the NODA South East Region AGM / Presentation of Awards for 2105 Ceremony at the Assembly Rooms, Alton, the Regis players were awarded an Accolade of Excellence for the play Quartet by Ronald Harwood performed in December 2015.

Left to right Elaine Green - Chairman Regis Players, Jose Harrison - NODA Councilor District 9, Julia Webb - Director of Quartet

 

 

 

 
Cast            
Cecily Robson Gillian Lambourn
Reginald Paget Peter Green
Wilfred Bond Bernard Taylor
Jean Horton Jenny Dean
Bobbie Swanson Trevor Roman

     
Production    
Director Julia Webb  
Production Assistant & Prompt Sandy Knight  
Production Manager Elaine Green  
Stage Manager Judy Roberts  
Technical Manager Alex Marner  
Props Judy Watts  

 

 

 

Slideshow of Rehearsal Photos

The Regis Players

 

Quartet

 

Reviewed by:  Jose Harrison on Friday 5th December, 2015

Venue:  Felpham Village Hall

Type of Production: Play

Director: Julia Webb

 

SHOW REPORT


This gem of a play was written by Ronald Harwood whose other works include “The Dresser”.  His script is brilliant, portraying three elderly ‘Thespians’ residing in a home for retired actors and opera singers. When a fourth member moves into the establishment they immediately come up with the idea to perform the wonderful piece from Verdi’s ‘Rigoletto’ at the home’s annual birthday concert on the 10th October. All four characters are very different despite all being ‘Opera Buffs’ who were famous in their younger days and are all finding the ageing process difficult to accept.  Each maintained their very different personalities throughout.

Bernard Taylor as Wilfred Bond was a rather lecherous old man who still liked to ogle the girls, pinch their bottoms and be generally over enthusiastic regarding the sexual interest of life but cleverly gave the impression that it is all a bit of a front being a widower having been happily married for many years. He now wobbles around dependant on a stick eyeing up every female in the building.

Peter Green as Reginald Paget portrayed his character to perfection as a man whose whole life has been about books, music and opera having made a disastrous mess of both love and marriage. He came over as a man on a mission to perform the famous ‘Quartet’ and the one least able to cope with old age and being cooped up in a Residential Home.

Gill Lambourn played Cecily Robson who was definitely ‘away with the fairies’ most of the time. Her performance was a joy to watch. She obviously has a very wide range of talent and must have spent much time studying the vagaries of the elderly whose memory is bad but memories are wonderful.

To complete the cast was Jennie Dean as Jean Horton a very unwilling new resident. Did she move there to be near her first husband? A marriage she obviously regretted but a divorce she seemed to regret even more. She portrayed many emotions all totally convincingly.

The opening Act in front of the curtains was a delight.  It was a garden terrace cleverly set up with many plants and just enough furniture leaving space around to allow for ease of movement. Act two consisting of three scenes is set in the music room covering a four month period. All the scenes were good but the final one was outstanding.  My congratulations to all the cast and to Julia Webb for her brilliant direction.

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