All and Sundry Shows in 2015

Every year All and Sundry try and put on a broad range of shows to capture the the interest of our members and our wider audience. From Dazzling Pantomimes to gritty drama we hope there is something for everyone

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Gallery

A selection of photographs from the show

Reviews

THERE was plenty of anger on the stage but plenty of delight amongst the audience when All and Sundry put on its latest production. John Osborne's Look Back in Anger was one of the first gritty 'realism' plays which broke with tradition and that grittiness certainly came across with this superb staging. Every member of the cast contributed to a fantastic evening which left the audience with a few smiles but, overall, emotionally drained. Anja Parkes played downtrodden wife Alison well, especially with her monologues towards the end of the first act. Tanith Parkes was also excellent as the hard Helena who was mellowed by Jimmy's well-hidden charms. But Rory Dulku stole the show as the 'angry young man' - he made acting look effortless as he dominated the stage with his strong and intimidating performance. There were plenty of stand-alone lines in this production which were delivered impeccably throughout, mostly from Dulku, to give the crowd much-needed breaks from the constant dramatic tension. The chemistry between the characters on the night was as good as you will get and, while the gritty realism ruled, this was also a good advert for naturalism with the amazing acting enabling the audience to suspend its disbelief from the off. The choice of venue and intimacy of it was a master stroke. The set was cluttered with an ironing board and furniture, including a bed, sofa and armchair and that claustrophobia magnified the emotional turmoil conveyed by the characters. As you watched this production, which was beautifully directed by John Edwards-Blick, you had strong feelings about those on the stage, whether you empathised with their characters' predicament or loathed what they were doing. And, as you departed after the final curtain, you were left with a mix of emotions and thoughts of 'what if she had done this' or 'what if he had not have opted for that'. Overall, All and Sundry's Look Back in Anger was all a gritty realism production should be.

Look Back in Anger

Artrix Studio, Bromsgrove and The Room Upstairs, Palace Theatre Redditch

Fri 13 Feb to Sun 22 Feb

A love triangle involving an intelligent, educated but disaffected young man (Jimmy) his upper class wife (Alison) and her best friend (Helena). A Welsh lodger (Cliff) attempts to keep the peace....

Cast

Jimmy Porter
Rory Dulku
Cliff Lewis
Damien Dickens
Alison Porter
Anja Parkes
Helena Charles
Tanith Garcia
Colonel Redfern
Clive Webb


Creatives

Director
John Edwards-Bick
Lighting and Sound
Simon Wicks
Poster Design
Graham Forbes
    

Gallery

A selection of photographs from the show

Reviews

Mrs Wilberforce, played by Sheila Proudfoot, with Harry Robinson (Nick Whitehouse), Professor Marcus (Mark Clayton) and Constable Macdonald (Graham Forbes). Picture by Marcus Mingins 1115014MMR A PLAY about a gang who pose as a group of musicians and dupe an old landlady into carrying out a heist is being staged at Redditch's Palace Theatre. The Ladykillers sees the police left stumped but Mrs Wilberforce becomes wise to the ruse and gang leader Marcus deems there only to be one way to keep the old lady quiet. And, with her noisy parrot General Gordon the only one around to help her, Mrs W takes on the five desperate men.

The Lady Killers

Wed 18 Mar to Sat 21 Mar

This much-loved Ealing comedy, re-written for the stage by Graham Linehan, tells the tale of Professor Marcus and his gang who rent rooms in the lopsided house of sweet but strict Mrs Wilberforce. The villains plot to involve her unwittingly in Marcus' brilliantly conceived heist job.

Cast

Mrs Louisa Wilberforce
Sheila Proudfoot
Constable Macdonald
Graham Forbes
Professor Marcus
Mark Clayton
Major Courtney
Mike Richardson
Harry Robinson
Nick Whitehouse
One-Round
Dave Healing
Louis Harvey
Roger Goddard
Jane Tromleyton
Catherine Stokes
Mrs. Wilberforces friends
Vanessa Morgan Joy Williamson Chris Reynolds Jannet Allen
Voice of General Gordon
Catherine Stokes


Creatives

Director
Mike Jeffrey
Producer
Viatoria Vollans
Assistant Director
Kim Balsom
Stage Manager
Andrew Corcoran
Sound Designer
Simon Wicks
Lighting
Palace Theatre
Back Stage Crew
David Green, Alison Berrisford Vanessa Morgan, Neil Lane Brian Wiggins
Wardrobe
Alison Berrisford, Victoria Vollans Cast Members
Props
Victoria Vollans, David Green
Set Design
Mike Jeffrey, David Green
Set Construction
Andrew Corcoran, David Green Brian Wiggins, Roger Goddard Tony Ingram, Howard Vollans Vanessa Morgan, Mike Jeffrey Tina Cross-Watson, Alison Berrisford Denis Teale, Tony Boardman Malcolm Berwick
Scenery Artwork
Roger Goddard
Publicity
Brian Wiggins
Poster Design
Graham Forbes
Programme
Simon Wicks
Front of House
Alison Berrisford, Martina Ponsonby Victoria Vollans, Cathy Stokes Vaness Morgan, Jannet Allen Joy Wiliamson
Sponsor
Windsor Carpets
    

Gallery

A selection of photographs from the show

Fawlty Towers Part 3

Artrix, Bromsgrove

Tue 23 Jun to Sat 27 Jun

More Episodes on the exploits and misadventures of short-fused hotelier Basil Fawlty, his wife Sybil and their employees, porter Manuel, and maid Polly.

Cast

Basil Fawlty
John Armstrong
Sybil Fawlty
Victoria Vollans
Manuel
Ian Kimberley-Ryan
Polly Sherman
Anja Parkes
Major Gowen
Bob Wilkes
Terry
John Aubry
Roger / Mr Taylor
Malcolm Berwrick
Danny Brown / Ronald
Damian Dickens
Sir Richard Morris / Reg / Mr Carnegie
Ken Messenger
Lady Morris / Quentina
Rosie Evans
Mrs Watson / Virginia
Joy Willimanson
Mrs Wareing / Alice / Mrs Taylor
Zena Schtyk
Mrs Mackenzie / Kitty
Chris Reynolds
Mr Mackenzie / Guest
Andrew Corcoran


Creatives

Director
Mike Richardson
Producer
Victoria Vollans
Assistant Director
Tanith Parkes
Stage Manager
David Green
Sound Designer
Simon Wicks
Back Stage Crew
Jannet Allen, Neil Lane Tim Hull, Brian Wiggins Alison Berrisford, Mark Clayton
Wardrobe
Alison Berrisford, Cast Members
Props
Jannet Allen, Tanith Parkes
Special Food Props
Barbara Treen
Set Design
Mike Richardson, David Green Simon Wicks
Set Construction
Howard Vollans, Roger Goddard Alison Berrisford, Neil Lane Brian Wiggins, Mark Clayton
Publicity
Brian Wiggins, Roger Goddard
Poster Design
Graham Forbes
Photographer
Sara Hayden
Programme
Simon Wicks
Front of House
Ed Loboda. Sian Towler-evans Barbara Treen, Alison Berrisford George Winchester, Margaret Baker Vanessa Morgan
    

39 Steps

The Room Upstairs, Palace Theatre, Redditch

Thu 24 Sep to Sat 26 Sep

This comedy adaptation of Hitchcock's classic movie features Ed Butler (Hugo Horton in The Vicar of Dibley), Damien Dickens (Cliff Lewis in Look Back in Anger), Matt Fearnley (Captain Darling in Blackadder Goes Forth) and Emma Hay (Alice Tinker in The Vicar of Dibley). Join the cast as they play 30 parts in this 90-minute comedy adventure featuring chases on the side of a train and along the Forth Bridge, aerial dogfights, a devilishly dishy hero, a delicious femme fatale, disturbed Scotsmen and a fiendish villain.

Cast

Richard Hannay
Ed Butler
Annabella / Pamela / Margaret
Emma Hay
Clown 1
Matt Fernley
Clown 2
Damien Dickens


Creatives

Director & Producer
Andrew Corcoran
Assistant Director
Coral-Anne Dickinson
Lighting and Sound
Simon Wicks
Wardrobe
Alison Berrisford The Cast
Set Design
Andrew Corcoran
Publicity
Andrew Corcoran Brian Wiggins
Artwork
Rhiannon Winchester
Photographer
Sara Hayden
Programme
Sara Hayden
    

Gallery

A selection of photographs from the show

Reviews

STUDENTS were left captivated last Thursday (October 15) when they were treated to this stunning performance by All and Sundry theatre company. Turned into a play by George S Kaufman, the production came close to winning the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the novel itself, set during the Great Depression in California, has been on the English teaching curriculum for years. As the curtain went up the audience were greeted with the backs of lead characters Lennie Small and George Milton - played by Mike Richardson and John Aubrey. The set was beautiful in its simplicity and the American accents, particularly John Aubrey's, were spot on. But the star of the show was Mike Richardson, who captured the bumbling uncertainty and childlike wonder of lumbering Lennie perfectly. I was blown away by the way Mike adopted Lennie's idiosyncrasies. He walked the fine line between making the audience laugh but not edging in to ridicule perfectly. Director Vanessa Morgan said: "This is my first main production and, without blowing my own trumpet, I am very pleased and quite proud of myself. I was a bit nervous but I had some wonderful help with the lighting and sound and it was great to see my ideas come to fruition."

Of Mice and Men

Palace Theatre, Redditch

Tue 13 Oct to Thu 22 Oct

By John Steinbeck Set against the backdrop of the American Great Depression, John Steinbeck's powerful and gripping masterpiece tells the story of two outsiders in search of the American Dream.

Cast

Lennie
Mike Richardson
George
John Aubery
Candy
Graham Forbes
The Boss
Roger Goddard
Curley
Ian Kimberely-Ryan
Curleys Wife
Sarah Feltham
Slim
Rory Dulku
Carlson
Shaun Knowles
Whit
Roy Watton
Crooks
Robert Denham


Creatives

Director
Vanessa Morgan
Producer
Victoria Vollens
Assistant Director
Jannet Allen
Stage Management
Andrew Corcoran David Green Palace Theatre
Lighting and Sound
Barbara Treen Robert Treen
Back Stage Crew
Ken Messenger Victoria Vollans Cast
Wardrobe
Alison Berrisford Cast
Props
Jannet Allen Cast
Set Design
Vanessa Morgan
Carpentry
David Green
Set Builder
Andre Corcoran
Scenery Artwork
Roger Goddard
Theatrical Scenery
Clifford and Brown
Publicity
Brian Wiggins
Photographer
Sara Hayden
Front of House
Victoria Vollans David Green
Programme
Simon Wicks
    

Gallery

A selection of photographs from the show

Reviews

ALL and Sundry's latest pantomime Dick Whittington provided a truly magnificent evening of festive entertainment which left the audience buzzing and, surely, voiceless from all the booing and cheering. And with quick-fire one-liners coming thick and fast throughout and more double entendres than you can shake a wand at, this show is just as much for the adults as it it is for the children - maybe even moreso - just as the perfect pantomime should be. It's not often the dame has to tell the crowd to "behave itself" so frequently. A hugely talented cast brought a fantastic script to life and delivered a superb seasonal show just in time for Christmas. The carefully crafted choreographies were a joy to watch, particularly the dance in Fitzwarren's shop using giant candy canes and the pre-Under the Sea scene where Sarah, Jack and the council workers are the most unlikely, but pretty impressive, ballet dancers. There was an abundance of comedy from Emma Hay and David Healing as Spade and Shovel and Mustafa and Leak, Max Ponsonby as the hapless and hilarious Captain Bilgewater and Graham Forbes and Ken Messenger as Floribunda and The Sultan. Mark Clayton has made playing the panto dame his own & he must be the first name on the team sheet when daring director Alison Berrisford is compiling her cast. Dave Berrisford as Idle Jack got the crowd going well and, as they stomped their feet and did countless Mexican Waves, they were putty in his hands. Barbara Treen was the fairy those watching loved to love but the performance of the evening went to Ed Loboda as arguably the best villain of all the pantomimes , King Rat. He had the audience booing, hissing and shouting at him loudly for the duration he was on stage and he earned every single reaction with his performance of evil personified. Of the songs, the duet between Dick (Emma Stevens) and Anja Parkes (Alice Fitzwarren) was very touching and the dazzling rendition of Take That's Shine could not have provided a finer finale. But the most breathtaking scenes of the evening were those "Under the Sea". All and Sundry has been excelling on the UV theatre throughout every one of its pantos and somehow have been improving year on year. This one was the greatest to date. It was magical, mesmerising and was, rightfully, given the loudest cheer and applause of the evening that, not only raised the roof, almost ripped it off. Whether you are three or 103, All and Sundry's Dick Whittington is a must see - but book soon, the tickets are going like hot mince pies.

Dick Whittington

Artrix, Bromsgrove

Sun 13 Dec to Sun 20 Dec

A spectacular family pantomime

Cast

Dick Whittington
Emma Stevens
Alderman Fitzwarren
James Ralley
Alice Fitzwarren
Anja Parkes
Sarah the Cook
Mark Clayton
Idle Jack
Dave Berrisford
King Rat
Ed Loboda
Fairy Bowbelle
Barbara Treen
Spade & Mustafa
Emma Hay
Shovel & Leak
David Healing
Tommy the Cat
Laury Wiggins
Captain Bilgewater
Max Ponsonby
Scupper
Catrin Charmley
The Sultan
Ken Messenger
Floribunda
Graham Forbes
Stan the Man
George Andress
The Cabin Boy
Harry Longley
Full Junior Ensemble & Dancers
Rachel Andress
Dani Brennan
Isabella Bush
Kyle Dowling
Cerys Gillard
Lucca Greaves
Daisy Green
Alice Grennan
Zoe Griffiths
Emily Haden
Summer Hasker
Naomi Hill
Harry Longley
Rachel McDonnell
Sophie Smith
Megan Tracey
Ellie Walton
Amy Wicks
Stage Door Dance Academy & Ensemble
Megan Hill
Naomi Hill
Isabella Bush
Lucca Greaves
Emma Stevens
Amy Wicks
Laury Wiggins
UV Puppeteers
Rachel Andress
Dani Brennan
Isabella Bush
Catrin Charmley
Cerys Gillard
Lucca Greaves
Zoe Griffiths
Daisy Green
Alice Grennan
Emily Haden
Summer Hasker
Rianne Hawkins
Megan Hill
Naomi Hill
Rachel McDonnell
Sophie Smith
Megan Tracey
Ellie Walton
Amy Wick
Laury Wiggins
Adult Ensemble & Dancers
Megan Hill
Joy Williamson
Rianne Hawkins
Janine Parkes
Zena Schtyk


Creatives

Director & Producer
Alison Berrisford
Assistant Director & Choregrapher
Martina Ponsonby
UV Choreographers
Sarah Charmley Catrin Charmley
Stage Manager
Brian Wiggins
Assistant Stage Manager
Jannet Allen
Fight Arranger
Emma Hobday (Madcap Theatre Productions)
Sound Designer
Simon Wicks
Lighting
Matt Bird Midland Theatre Services
Fly Team Leader
John Edwards-Bick
Fly Gallery Crew
Dennis Teale Lee Guest Andrew Corcoran Matt Greaves Adrian Hill Roy Watton Andy Berrisford Matt Fearnley
Back Stage Crew
Adrian Hill James McGhie David Green Laura Morgan Tim Hull Neil Lane Tanith Garcia Ian Kimberley-Ryan Dennis Teal Lerry Parkes Lynn Hubbard Roger Goddard Mike Linford Staci Marshall Erren Ball Charlotte Clayton
Pyrotechnics Operator
Jannet Allen
Wardrobe
Alison Berrisford
Costume Alterations
Janine Parkes
Make up
Rianne Hawkins
Props
Alison Berrisford
Carpentry
David Green
Scenery Artwork
Lee Guest
Theatrical Scenery
The Border Studio The Norbury Theatre
Publicity
Brian Wiggins
Poster Design
Alison Berrisford Graham Forbes
Photographer
Roy Miles
Lead Chaperone
Ros Winspeare
Chaperones
Jules Evans Gill Wiggins Valerie Atkinson Staci Marshall Tim Hull Martina Ponsonby
Programme
Simon Wicks