Recent Shows

As our planned live productions were postponed after the pandemic we presented audio plays as an alternative.

After the incidents with the goats life has returned to normality in the quiet and peaceful in the village of Sodding Titbury – or has it? 

The village’s annual fete is back on but the not so secret resentments return with a shocking outcome. (See Episode 1 below for Cast)

Fete Worse Than Death Episode 2

Life is quiet and peaceful in the village of Sodding Titbury – but is it?  Behind the scenes of this tranquil picture of country life, things are not all as they seem. 

As the village prepares for its annual fete, the villagers’ secret resentments come to the fore and reach boiling point when some very suspicious activity involving a herd of goats bring tensions to breaking point and cracks begin to show in this idyllic rural country village.

Listen below

Fete Worse Than Death Episode 1

Cast

Sam Harvey as Marjorie Alway-Wright
Tony Michael as Reginald Aubrey Alway-Wright
Barry Mercer as Jack Armstrong
Chris Mercer as Rosemary Armstrong
Dave Blacklock as the Reverend John Danvers
John Blunden as Julian Wood
Shirley Pryor as Penelope Shaw
Tim Beckwith as Harry Blackett
Suzanne Thomson as Melissa Craig

It is directed by Tony Michael and was written by Suzanne Thomson.  It was engineered by Alan Pryor and Tim Beckwith, with music composed and arranged by Alan Pryor.

The Wedding. A Suitable Girl Episode 3. An Audio Play released on 23 February 2021

Episode 3 is again a 15 minute comedy set in the near future and where Clive Martin and Charlotte Kemp getting married and Clive asks Alicia, his artificial intelligent virtual assistant, to plan the wedding and to officiate.  However, Clive and Charlotte’s mothers believe that wedding traditions should be observed and decide to organise the stag and hen night.  What could possibly go wrong?

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The Wedding
(We couldn’t meet to record the play so it was all done via Zoom and recorded on mobile phones.)

Ben Tarring plays Clive Martin and Samantha Harvey is Alicia. Chris Mercer is Beatrice, Charlotte’s mother and Shirley Pryor is Elizabeth, Clive’s Mother. Charlotte is played by Suzanne Thomson and Parker by Dave Blacklock. The Lawyer is played by Tony Michael, Tim Beckwith plays George and Barry Mercer is Customer Services.  It’s directed by Tony Michael and was written by Alan Pryor.  It was engineered by Alan Pryor and Tim Beckwith and music composed and arranged by Alan Pryor.

Christmas Greetings (From A Suitable Girl). A Suitable Girl Episode 2 An Audio Play released on 15 December 2020

Episode 2 is again set in the near future where Clive Martin has met Charlotte Kemp through the machinations of his artificial intelligent virtual assistant Alicia. Clive has started a relationship with Charlotte but it’s not going well. Alicia tries to help them get back on track.

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Christmas Greetings from a Suitable Girl.

Ben Tarring plays Clive Martin and Samantha Harvey is Alicia. Santa is played by Tony Michael, Charlotte by Suzanne Thomson and Parker by Dave Blacklock. Tim Beckwith plays George, Chris Mercer is Emily the driver, Barry Mercer is the voice of Customer Services and Shirley Pryor is Clive’s Mother.  It’s directed by Tony Michael and was written by Alan Pryor.  It was engineered by Alan Pryor and Tim Beckwith and music composed and arranged by Alan Pryor.

A Suitable Girl. An Audio Play released on 11 November 2020

As our planned live production were postponed after the pandemic we presented a “radio” comedy as a virtual alternative.

It is set in the near future where our protagonist, Clive Martin, is conditioned by lock down to working from home, only leaves his house when necessary or to see his mother.  His mother is concerned for his health and conspires with his artificial intelligent virtual assistant, Alicia, to change his life style. He is imprisoned in his house and compelled to follow a healthy lifestyle but he tries to rebel.

A Suitable Girl is a Marlborough Players production with Ben Tarring as Clive Martin and Samantha Harvey as Alicia. George is played by Tim Beckwith and Customer Services by Barry Mercer

It’s directed by Tony Michael and was written by Alan Pryor with additional material by Tony Michael.  It was engineered by Alan Pryor and Tim Beckwith and music composed by Alan Pryor.

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Entertaining Angels 20 -22 June 2019

As a clergy wife, Grace has spent a lifetime on her best behaviour. Now, following the death of her husband, she is enjoying the new-found freedom to do and say exactly as she pleases. But the return of her eccentric missionary sister Ruth prompts some disturbing revelations, which force her to confront her husband’s ghost and the truth of their marriage. A funny, touching play, set in an English vicarage garden.

Laying the Ghost 21 – 24 March 2018

The Play is set in Yew Tree House, a retirement home for a group of eccentric, charming and “growing old outrageously” theatricals. The doyenne of the home is Margot Buchanan, whose 70th birthday celebrations are unexpectedly disturbed by a visit from her philandering ex-husband and others…

Bazaar and Rummage 16-18 November 2017

Set in a church hall in Acton London it tells the story of three agoraphobic women who, with the help and encouragement of ex-agoraphobic Gwenda and trainee social worker Fliss, try to break out of their troubled lives by staging a bazaar and rummage sale.

Breath of Spring 29 March – 1 April 2017

A gentle comedy set in London post World War I, four genteel ladies, and a retired brigadier now living as somewhat impoverished gentlefolk in Kensington hit on an idea to make money for charitable causes. After their initial success, they are emboldened to continue with their dubious activities until the arrival of Detective Sergeant Pape of Scotland Yard alters their lives for ever

Seasons Greetings 1 – 3 December 2016

Season’s Greetings is now regarded as something of a classic Ayckbourn play and a very appropriate choice for the festive season. Indeed it has been described as “Ayckbourn’s funniest play”. The humour is often dark and lies in Ayckbourn’s acute observations, his precise dialogue, and his ability to take credible situations to the absolute limit. He certainly does this in “Season’s Greetings”, taking the family Christmas to the brink of absurdity! The result is a comedy which, although it has its dark moments, is warm, acutely observed, and at times familiar.