~ ARCHIVE 2008 ~


Sailing By

by Anthony Chew

Jean and Arthur sit on the platform at Brompton Road Underground Station, waiting while the trains sail by. In fact, the trains haven't stopped there since 1934; perhaps they never will. As they wait, they contemplate life, death, their relationship, and a word which mayn't be spoken. But who is the shadowy figure who stalks them?

This was an original play by Anthony Chew, performed for the first time at the Rhoda McGaw Theatre in Woking, as Byfleet Players' entry for the 50th Woking Drama Festival. The performance was on Thursday October 2nd 2008.

The play was also performed at the Spelthorne Drama Festival at The Riverside Arts Centre, 59 Thames Street, Sunbury-on-Thames, Middx, on Tuesday 14th October 2008.

Cast and Crew



~ At Spelthorne Drama Festival, the part of DEATH was played by Steve Packwood

~ Peter Chidzey was assisted with sound design and operation by Michael Stainer

The Nerd

by Larry Shue

"Byfleet Players serve up winner with The Nerd" ~ A review from the Byfleet News & Mail

PLAYS written for the American stage by an American. playwright, with possibly. the exception of Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams and Edward Albee, are very difficult to perform for an English audience. When the lead is so very American then it is even more difficult to be readily acceptable by an English audience again. The Nerd by Larry Shue is such a play performed by the Byfleet Players last month.

What a great pleasure to report that on both points the players' production came up trumps. The cast's accents were just enough to be accepted as American and not so full as to be unintelligible.

It would be totally wrong to single out individuals for their performances, they all were perfect and how lovely not to hear a single prompt in an amateur performance. I must, however, mention Bob Wells as the title character The Nerd. He created a perfect character. in every way, making us, the audience, embarrassed but never being embarrassed himself.

His performance was a total joy. Another difficulty easily overcome was the appearance of a youngster on stage. As Noel Coward once said,
never appear on stage with children or animals; I think The Master would have been impressed.

The Byfleet Players should feel very proud of this production. The director Nick Daborn did a first class job. What a great pity that Byfleet village did not support this group more as they missed a truly excellent production. - Alan Mercer

"The Nerd" was performed from the 21st to the 23rd August at Byfleet Village Hall with the following cast and crew:

Tansy McGinnis ~ Karen Bray
Axel Hammond ~ Martin Gardner
Willum Cubbert ~ Michael Stainer
Thor Waldgrave ~ Jason Maddox
Clelia Waldgrave ~ Becky Lozeron
Warnock "Ticky" Waldgrave ~ Wilf Hashimi
Rick Steadman ~ Bob Wells

Stage Manager ~ Maria Holden
Stage Crew ~ Julian Ratcliffe
Stage Crew ~ Tony Richardson
Director ~ Nick Daborn
Lighting/Sound ~ Peter Chidzey
Set construction and design ~ The Company
Front of House Manager ~ Brian Davis

With special thanks to Christ Church Dramatic Society, Staines for the loan of several set items

Little Red Riding Hood

a pantomime by Paul Reakes

Paul Reakes' version was a delightfully silly rendition of this tale, with an off-the-wall twist in that, having been bitten by a werewolf, Prince Rupert had an unfortunate tendency to metamorphose into a wolf whenever a full moon was due. The version contained all of the usual stock characters, but with an additional comic dimension in the form of a sprightly old (rather drunken) grandmother. The programme contained the following notes on the origin of the tale:

The story of Little Red Riding Hood is one of many tales written by the brothers Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, who lived in Germany at the beginning of the 19th century.

Their famous collection of Tales for Pupils and the Home (Kinder- und Hausmärchen,1812) brought together for the first time in print, more than 200 stories handed down through generations by word of mouth. The earliest known printed version, however, was written in 1697 by Charles Perrault. This was a brutal cautionary tale, more sinister and overtly moralised than the subsequent version recorded by the Brothers Grimm, and Red Riding Hood came to a sticky end after foolishly misplacing her trust in the predatory wolf. Her safe redemption and triumph over the wolf was a feature added in later versions.

Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm began collecting stories from contacts in their own immediate circle � including Dortchen Wild, whom Wilhelm married, as well as from other sources variously placed in German society: among them a veteran soldier, a pedlar, an innkeeper�s daughter, and a destitute old woman in the alms house in Marburg where the Brothers Grimm were attending university. Little Red Riding Hood was among the very earliest stories they wrote down and collected in the first edition, which appeared in l812. The book�s success took the brothers by surprise, but thereafter Wilhelm in particular dedicated his energies to it, continued to add material and to revise, edit and polish existing tales from the earlier versions, until by l857, in the seventh and definitive edition, the tale of Little Red Riding Hood and many others were considerably altered, many of their harshest features softened or removed, and the concise, even abrupt, oral character of the founding transcripts much embellished and rendered smoother.

Numerous subsequent versions have appeared over the years, including one based on Freudian analysis! The tale was one of Charles Dickens� favourites: in The Christmas Tree, he wrote �Little Red Riding Hood was my first Love. I felt that if I could have married Little Red Riding Hood, I should have known perfect bliss.�

Cast and crew

Rosie Rumple � Red Riding Hood ~ Becky Lozeron
Roxie Rumple � Rosie�s mother ~ Alan Arlington
Reggie Rumple � Rosie�s Brother ~ Nick Daborn
Grannie Grabbit � Rosie�s grandmother ~ Helen Imison
Gertrude ~ Karen Bray
Count de Cash ~ Tony Richardson
Cringe � the Count�s footman ~ Nikki Tait
Cower � the Count�s footman ~ Maria Holden
Prince Rupert � disguised as Tom Timsbury ~ Clare Groome and Julia Stevens
Sternum � Rupert�s valet ~ Bob Wells

Directors ~ Tina Knight, Pauline Francis, Wilf Hashimi...and members of the cast
Pianist ~ Bill Eldridge

For the Byfleet Players ~ Helen Imison, Kate Ferris

For the Susan Robinson School of Ballet ~ Susan Robinson
Dancers ~ The Susan Robinson School of Ballet
Stage Manager ~ Wilf Hashimi
Prompt ~ Trysh Harris/Lianne Dempsey
Set Design & Construction ~ Georgina Baglow
Costumes ~ Marlene Davis & Pauline Francis
Properties ~ Jill Hawker
Lighting Operator ~ Peter Chidzey
Lighting Assistant ~ Robert Ive
Sound Effects ~ Kate Ferris
Front of House Manager ~ Brian Davis
Refreshments ~ Joan Gardiner
Publicity ~ Nikki Tait
Box Office ~ Phase TV, Byfleet

With special thanks to

- Georgina Baglow
- The Susan Robinson School of Ballet


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