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T h e P h o e n i x P l a y e r s p r e s e n t . . . W h o d i d i t ? i n I s l e h a m !

our local drama group gave two performances of their latest production ‘The Fat Lady Sings in Little Grimley’ at the Lodge Hotel in Soham on 2nd May and at the Comrades Club in Isleham on the 4th May. Both audiences obviously enjoyed this hilarious comedy, which starred Roy and Anne Pallett, Carolyn Bird and John Bedford. Y

Our next production is a zany spoof whodunnit called ‘Whodidit?’ that we intend to perform in the Village Hall around the middle of July. Exact dates for performances will be announced nearer to the time. Some people have questioned whether Isleham is really ready for an off-beat show like this. Well, we’re not going to let the doubters win – so come along, enjoy the show and prove them wrong!

Phoenix Juniors drama workshops We also have decided to reorganise the way that our Junior section is run. For the past two years, the Juniors have met on Monday evenings during term-times. However, we find the problem with this is that it is difficult to put on productions when the group only meets once a week. Experience shows that any production needs to be rehearsed at least twice a week in order to attain the necessary standard for public performance. However we are well aware that during term-time

children have many conflicting pressures on their time

  • including homework of course! We do not think it is

realistic to expect any child to be able to spare the time to attend Phoenix Juniors twice weekly during term-time on a regular basis.

Consequently we have decided to concentrate activities by the Phoenix Juniors into various workshops during the spring and summer holidays and also at half- term holidays. Typically a workshop would last for three days and we would aim to give the children instruction on many aspects of amateur theatre, including acting, prompting, make-up, set design, sound effects, dance and choreography. Workshops would almost certainly be held in the Village Hall, and would last about seven hours per day. At the end of most workshops, there would be a short performance by the children, to which parents would be invited. We do not aim to make money out of this, but simply to give sound tuition on drama and to cover our costs. Provided that there is sufficient interest, the cost of a typical three-day workshop should be no more than about £20.

We hope to encourage more of the village children to take part in amateur drama. If you are interested, please contact Doreen Speirs on 01638 780783. Doreen will shortly be making arrangements for our first workshop to be held during the summer holidays.

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