Video Library & Recent Plays
Below is a list of our recent productions and shows, both "home grown" and "imported".
Several of our home-grown shows have been recorded on DVDs which are available for just £5 each.
The Pirates of the Coronation
Trafalgar - the Death of Nelson
Jack and the Beanjar
An Island Story (£7 - off island orders/deliveries £8.50)
To obtain copies, simply email your order to email@example.com
(2018) 4 April - AN ISLAND STORY - FILM NIGHT AT THE BRAYE BEACH HOTEL
As part of the 2018 Heritage Festival the Alderney Theatre Group has organised a special evening at the Braye Beach Hotel:
A 2-course dinner followed by the screening of “An Island Story” in the hotel’s private cinema. This unique and highly acclaimed emotional musical was written and produced by Ray Parkin and performed by the Alderney Theatre Group.
It tells the tragic story of the island's evacuation
(2018) 6 April: MUCH ADO ABOUT HISTORY QUIZ NIGHT AT THE GEORGIAN HOTEL
As part of the Alderney Heritage Festival,the Alderney Theatre Group organised an evening of historical entertainment - an interactive theatrical quiz which was preceded by supper.
(2018) Jan 25-27 SLEEPING BEAUTY AND THE BEASTS by Lee Flewitt
Once upon a time…..
…… a kind, slightly mad professor, three mischievous witches busy casting mad spells on an innocent Guernsey princess, a beautiful Alderney girl and a poor little lamb are thrown into the pot.
Will the dashing Guernsey prince and his motley crew who sailed in from the bigger island, or the arrogant - but nice - self-styled local hero protect the island and its people from three dangerous prowling beasts?
What will happen next? Will Alderney ever be safe again?
This hilarious pantomime, written by Lee Flewitt and directed by Charlotte Newton, was performed by an 18-strong cast which included several new faces with great talent. It also featured the Panto Choir - 9 beautiful voices directed by Alex Flewitt.
The cast, in order of appearance: ANDRÉE GAYDON-SMITH, BEVERLEY HOPE-SMITH, MARIA IVES, LUCIE EASTON, LEE FLEWITT, BEN TURNER, BOBBIE ALLEN MACNIVEN-YOUNG, PHIL HATCHER, JAKE WOODNUTT,TIM BUTLER, BARBARA FEATHERSTONE, LESLEY CHAPMAN, JENNY ROWLEY, BARRIE PIMM-SMITH, CANDY OSBORNE, SARAH PEPPER and MOIRA SLEEMAN
Special sound and visual effects were introduced to the stage by Ronnie Cairnduff.The set was designed by Charlotte Newton and Trevor Sanders.
Each of the three nights was a total sell-out with a waiting list. But for those unable to see the panto or wanting to see it again, plans are to release a DVD of the show and to screen SLEEPING BEAUTY AND THE BEASTS at the Alderney Cinema in Spring and Summer 2018.
To view a large selection of photographs on our Flickr site CLICK HERE
The Alderney Theatre Group would like to thank the States of Alderney, Guernsey Arts Commission and Geraldine Whittaker for their sponsorship support.
Did you know?
Since 1995, Lee Flewitt has written and produced no less than nine hilarious and highly acclaimed pantomimes, performed here in the Island Hall—and many of you will no doubt remember them:
Carry on Camelot (1995), Peter Pan (1998), Aladdin (2000), Gladiator (2003),
Dick Whittington (2006), Jack and the Beanjar (2009), Pirates of the Coronation (2011), Alice in Blunderland (2012) and Beauty and the Beasts (2018).
All feature on this page.
Lee Flewitt became a published playwright in 1999 with his one-act play "Is There Anybody There?", which is being performed on stages across the UK.
In 2015 Lee published his first novel, "oDd", now available from Amazon, at the Alderney Bookshop, at the airport or directly from Lee. Just call/text 07781 119 522 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The novel is part one of the "oDdyssey" trilogy, which will continue with "oDder" and "oDdest".
Lee Flewitt: Alderney’s most prolific author!
STOP PRESS: DVD JUST RELEASED!
A multi-camera production of this stunning and hilarious pantomime - recorded live at the Island Hall on 28 January 2018 - has just been released.
Pick up your copy for just £4 at Shirley's in Victoria Street.
If you are not on the island, please email email@example.com with your request and we can send you a copy for £4 + £1.20 for postage@ package
(2017) 11 Nov Cautionary Tales for Daughters by Tanya Holt 2017
If you’ve seen any of the ShooShooBaby cabaret shows performed here in Alderney, you knew you were in for another big treat guaranteed to brighten up the grey November days:
“Cautionary Tales for Daughters” was performed by Tanya Holt who is part of the hilarious ShooShoo double-act and was accompanied by pianist Jenny Gould.
Tanya’s 20-year career as a singer and musician has taken her all over the world. She has toured extensively as a cabaret artist and compere and this latest show has already received raving reviews across the UK media.
Told through comedy, live music and original animation, “Cautionary Tales for Daughters” are new musical tales of the hapless, feckless and foolish and stand as stark warnings to us all!
Meet Cherry the Amazing YoYo Girl, an obsessive dieter, caught between gluttony and vanity; Chanel the Labelled Girl, whose criminal obsession with designer clothes leads to her grisly demise; and fickle Princess Sylvia who only realises she could have had anything and anyone, when it’s too late. Arabella Dair learns that youth, good looks and cheesecake are soon gone, but cyberspace goes on and on. Be careful what you share folks! If you are considering a tattoo, you might what to think before you ink, or at least wait until you’ve seen the show.
Writer and composer, Tanya Holt, artfully includes a wide range of influences and modes of song in this astonishing show. A gloriously mocking 80s power ballad is followed by a bitter-sweet Dolly Parton in fragmented meltdown and an arthouse cantata on white goods, performed to a projected backdrop of a 1950’s ballroom dancing couple, is given a Peggy Lee swing
Real life stories submitted by the public cast a playful and sometimes painfully honest light on the challenges of growing up in the 21st century. As part of the performance the audience get to anonymously contribute their own words of caution or advice, some of which is put into song.
“Cautionary Tales for Daughters” was hosted by the Alderney Theatre Group and sponsored by The Fort Group and Farm Court Guest House.
photos of the Alderney performance are now published on Flickr.
(2017) 13 April: A Potful of Poetry
As our special contribution towards this year’s Channel Islands Heritage Festival, on Thursday 13 April the Alderney Theatre Group served diners in the Georgian House with generous helpings from their Potful of Poetry.
Recited by thespians – some of which are also self-confessed secret poets –the audience was treated to a potpourri of serious and not so serious poems, dittis, a rap and two videos - written by local and visiting poets and songwriters.
The presenters, in no particular order, were:
Linda Aldis, Robin Whicker, Andree Gaydon-Smith, Lee Flewitt, Moira Sleeman, Ronnie Cairnduff, Tess Woodnutt, Nigel Soane-Sands, Barbara Featherstone and last but not least, Roger Featherstone.
NOW ON A CD: You can listen to all 23 poems at your leisure. We have just released a CD (produced by Ronnie Cairnduff) on sale for £3 at the Visitor Information Centre in Victoria Street. If you are not on the island, please email your order to firstname.lastname@example.org (a small postage charge will be added)
For more photos, CLICK HERE
2017 (13 February) JUNGLE BOOK by the ODD SOCKS
Making the Jungle great again!
(article by Peter Annereau in the Alderney Press)
Since Rudyard Kipling wrote "The Jungle Book" in the 1890s, the story of Mowgli has taken on many guises. None has been as high octane as that performed by madcap strolling players Odd Socks who paid a return visit to Alderney on Monday 13 February, to delight a receptive island audience of 30 to 80-year olds going on eight and a half!
The strength of the wolf is the pack, they declared, as the audience mimicked being alert and set to pounce, and made suitable animal noises and boos not heard since the last Alderney pantomime.
As with the group's previous shows on Alderney, there was much audience participation and banter, especially with the fiery tiger Shere Khan who relished the thought of eating Ridunians.
It was an evening of culture, but not as we know it!"
Just take a look at the photos taken that night:
or visit their website oddsocks.co.uk/theatre
2016 (15 December) SHOO SHOO BABY’S CHRISTMAS PARTY
If you’ve seen any of their four previous shows, Shoo Shoo Baby’s Christmas Party was the party you didn’t want to miss. Hilarious and full of surprises, this effortlessly funny musical double act by Tanya Holt and Anna Braithwaite, accompanied by Jenni Gould on the keyboard, entertained the audience with fresh new arrangements of well-known Christmas songs.
Some were played with a musical saw, while other tunes required the audience to hum along with the kazoos handed out earlier that evening.
Shoo Shoo Baby’s versatile repertoire, delivered in superb harmony with their unique musical wit, hit all the right notes with the audience: a perfect ending to Homecoming Day celebrations and a great start to the Christmas festivities.
To view all photos taken during the show CLICK HERE
More about ShooShooBaby CLICK HERE
2016 (21 February) THE LEGEND OF KING ARTHUR by THE ODDSOCKS
Hilarious - and as ever - had the audience in stitches.
More details to follow shortly
to view images of this show and their previous show "ROGER RADIO",
or visit their website oddsocks.co.uk/theatre
2015 (14-16 December): AN ISLAND STORY
A unique musical written and produced by Ray Parkin to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the evacuation of Alderney and the 70th anniversary of the Homecoming. This is the biggest production ever undertaken by the Alderney Theatre Group. It tells the tragic story of the island's evacuation in 1940 and the subsequent return of the islanders in 1945/46 to a devastated island.
Featuring: Robert Whicker, Andree Gaydon-Smith, Moira Sleeman, Ben Turner, Daisy Doardo, Tess Woddnutt, James Lancaster, Martin Batt, Jenny Rowley, Candy Osborne, Victoria McAllister, Barry Pimm-Smith,Richard Matimong, Martin Smith, Nic Clarke, Amber Castle, John Russell,Frank Venton, Nick Hogg Gail Gregg and children Heather Syer, Holly Jenkins, Niamh Kelleher, Amelie & Florence Carpenter, Luke & Erin Atkinson and Regbecca & Chloe Faulkner.
Director: Charlotte Newton, Technical & Stage Director Ronnie Cairnduff. Musical Director: James Sear; Sound & Lighting Director: Mark Guillou. Music was performed live by AN 8-strong band, conducted by James Sear
For photos of the show please
CLICK HERE. To see photographs of the rehearsals CLICK HERE
Plans are for AN ISLAND STORY to be staged in other locations in the Channel Islands and possibly the UK.
A DVD featuring the last night's performance (Wednesday 16 Dec)- produced and edited by Ronnie Cairnduff is on sale at the Visitor Information Centre in Victoria Street, at the Alderney Centre, Richards Newsagents, Jean's Stores, Movies and Music and the Airport Buffet. Price £7. For off-island deliveries, please email your order to email@example.com
AN ISLAND STORY was sponsored by R.A. Parkin, The Guernsey Arts Commission, the States of Alderney, The Alderney Theatre Group and Channel Seaways.
2015 (3 & 4 August) THE TEMPEST by THE RAIN OR SHINE THEATRE COMPANY
Performed in the Island Hall Gardens during Alderney Week 2015
More info CLICK HERE
2015 (19 April) OFF THE HOOK : TV Stand-up Comedian DYLAN MORAN
Full house for an extremely entertaining and very funny evening
More information shortly
2015 (30 & 31 January) "GREAT EXPECTATIONS" by the RAIN OR SHINE THEATRE COMPANY
details to follow
for more information CLICK HERE
2014 (27 & 28 August) THE BOUNCERS
A unique home-made production performed in the Georgian House
a little bit funny, a little bit tragic - starring Julie Turner, Tess Woodnutt and Bobbie Allen McNiven-Young
A fictionalised vision of island night life. You'll see what happens during the course of this night-time circus, where girls dance, and lads prance, hoping for the chance of a quick one round the back. You'll experience the thrills, the spills, the chills, and throughout it all, the bouncers, with their late night, fatuous philosophies.
2014 (August ) TREASURE ISLAND by Rain or Shine Theatre Company
performed during Alderney Week 2014 in the Island Hall Gardens.
When their ship is stranded at sea on a windless day, Captain Jim Hawkins and his loyal crew while away the time telling old sailors' tales. And Captain Jim's tale is always the most popular...
With a host of wild characters and events, this tale of buccaneers, greed, courage, betrayal and pieces of eight had both humour and brutality.
2014 (31 Jan & 1 Feb) THE SNOW QUEEN - performed by THE RAIN OR SHINE THEATRE COMPANY
And so the story goes: Once upon a time, a naughty goblin made a magic mirror that only reflected wickedness and ugliness in people, but it was broken in to billions of pieces, and scattered around the world by the wind.
Many years later, two inseparable friends, Kai and Gerda are happily playing, when Kai gets a splinter from the mirror in his eye; he becomes mean and nasty, attracting the attention of the ice cold Snow Queen. When he disappears without trace, Gerda must go on a long and dangerous quest to find him.
More CLICK HERE
2013 (1 March) ROGER RADIO by THE ODDSOCKS
performed in the Island Hall. Extremely funny!
more photos of this show and the more recent "The Legend of King Arthur"
or visit their website oddsocks.co.uk/theatre
2013 (1 Feb) THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS by RAIN OR SHINE THEATRE COMPANY
A very entertaining and delightful performance to a full house in the Island Hall
More information CLICK HERE
2012: (12,13,14 & 15 December) ALICE IN BLUNDERLAND - Panto
...another hilarious Pantomime, written and produced by Lee Flewitt and performed by a 20-strong cast, featuring the first ever Panto Choir under the baton of Alex Flewitt
Amazing special effects!
View the images on our Flickr Site CLICK HERE
2012 (23 March): HENRY BLOFIELD
Henry Blofield - Raconteur par excellence!
Prickly and earth-shatteringly funny: The pompous and celebrities were unceremoniously kicked into touch and Elf an Safety' shaken until the pips squeaked.
Wonderfully entertaining anecdotes of Ian Fleming, Noel Coward, John Arlott and Alec Guinness.
2011 (9-12 February) : THE PIRATES OF THE CORONATION - A Panto!
Written and produced especiallly for Alderney by Lee Flewitt
PART 1: THE QUEST FOR ONE EYED JACK'S TREASURE
Once upon a time on an island not so far away, there lived an evil pirate admiral.
His vessels - The Belle Vue, The Campania, The Marais and The Coronation were the scourge of the English Channel. No ship was safe from them. If it had sails, then every month was January.
Starring, in alphabetic order: Hilary Bentley, Polly Burke, Tim Butler, Daisy Doardo, Alex Dufour, Andy Dufour, Paul Durston, Barbara Featherstone, Alex Flewitt, Lee Flewitt, Maria Ives, Moira Knight, Sarah Pepper, Isabel Picornell, Edward Rowe, Ilona Soane-Sands, Julie Turner and James Varley
To view/download more photographs of this highly entertaining production, please CLICK HERE
2010 (8 November) JOHN SHUTTLEWORTH: "A MAN WITH NO MORE ROLLS"
Extremely funny evening with TV personality and comedian John Shuttleworth
more to follow
2010 (29 & 30 October): IS THERE ANYBODY THERE?
An incredibly scary play performed utterly convincingly by a splendid cast.
Lee Flewitt, author, producer and director of the play:
starring in order of appearance: Andree Gaydon-Smith, Barbara Featherstone, Alex Flewitt, Phil Hatcher, Robin Whicker, Tess Woodnutt, James Varley, Bonnie Flewitt
Reprised thriller goes with a bang and bumps in the night!
Amateur drama groups rarely have an opportunity to perform original material but, with a talented playwright in the company, Alderney Theatre Group can do their own thing, which is, after all, the island way of doing all sorts of things.
Lee Flewitt, author of the annual pantomimes poking fun at island characters, wrote a one-act thriller that was performed by the group in 2010 and has since been performed around the world and even translated into Danish.
Set in a Whitechapel parlour at the time of the Jack the Ripper murders, IS THERE ANYBODY THERE tells of creepy events surrounding a seance attended by, among others, Dr. Watson, Sherlock Holmes' celebrated side-kick.
to view more photos of this please CLICK HERE
2009 (9-12 December ): JACK AND THE BEANJAR Panto
written and produced by Lee Flewitt with an 18-strong cast, plus a bird!
starring, in order of appearance: Alex Rebanks, Piper Collins, Julie Turner, Ilona Soane-Sands, Daisy Doardo, Edward Rowe, Joe Stanley, James Varley, Moira Knight, Hilary Bentley, Tim Butler, Sarah Pepper, Lucy Casado, Sarah Whyte, Tess Woodnutt, Nigel Soane-Sands, Lee Flewitt and Paddy Campbell. Plus musical quartett Eric Pye, David Stanley, Alex Birch and Rea Gregg.
It takes all sorts to make a panto a cow of many parts, a scheming villain, an old hag, a king and queen, a princess, an ugly giant, rollicking songs and props that go bump on the night. They were all there in Alderney's pantomime.
In true Alderney tradition, no pebble was left unturned or local celebrity spared a mention in Lee Flewitt's script which moved the show along at a good pace interspersed with apt musical numbers, rewritten for the occasion.
There are over 60 photographs of the performance on our Flickr site
2009 (6 November) : ShooShoo Baby: FROM BERLIN TO BROADWAY
This was Shoo Shoo Baby's 4th performance in Alderney and, as everytime, they were a big hit with the audience.
In their latest show, the Shoo Shoos illustrate cabaret's scandalous and illustrious past with music from Marilyn Monroe to The Velvet Underground and Eartha Kitt to Elvis. Expertly assisted from the piano by Michael Roulston, they gamely took their audience from the revolutionary ferment of Gay Paree and the smoky subversion of Berlin to the Cockney sing-alongs of the London music hall. The show colourfully climaxed with a tribute to the Rat Pack in cabaret's glittering jewel in the crown, Las Vegas.
Shoo Shoo Baby performed to a packed Island Hall ,and everybody thoroughly enjoyed this great show. More info www.shooshoobaby.co.uk
2009 (2 & 3 October) : A NIGHT A THE THEATRE - WITH 2 PLAYS
Alderney Theatre Group and Alderney W.I. claimed the stage for a night at the theatre.
In the past, the Alderney Theatre Group and the Alderney W.I. have teamed up to celeberate the 60th anniversary of the Alderney Theatre Group in 2009- a perfect opportunity to bring back this popular Night at the Theatre tradition.
a 1-act comedy by Noel Coward, performed by the Alderney Theatre Group and directed by Robin Whicker
Trapped by convention, a Victorian family mourns the death of Papa, a wealthy ship owner. Gathered together in the drawing room on the evening of the funeral, they face a world without his dominant presence, but through the benign influence of Burrows, the family butler, gradually come to recognize that play (rather than playacting) is the key to happiness.
Starring Andree Gaydon-Smith, Donald Hughes, Piper Collins, Alex Rebanks, Mike Gaunt, James Varley , Daisy Doardo and Robin Whicker who directed the play
HOME FROM HOME
a 1-act comedy by Peggy Cannam, performed by the Alderney W.I. and directed by Mary Robertson
HOME FROM HOME is about five women- all in their seventies - who are all residents in the Resthaven Home for the Elderly. They are waited on by Janet, a younger woman.
But, as you will soon discover, all is not sweetness and light. One particular lady dominates the lives of the others until Janet threatens to hand in her notice. There follows the distinct possibility that the Home may have to close. How the matter is resolved makes a fascinating thirty minutes of theatre.
Both serious and amusing, this play , directed by Mary Robertson was performed by a 6-strong cast featuring, in alphabetic order: Shirley Goodman, Eileen Kelly, Lin Maurice, Mary Robertson, Jan Walker and Ann Wheeler.
Prompt: Jane Barker. Make-up: Pat Raymond
2009 (29 & 30 May): TWO AWARD-WINNING PLAYS performed by the Guernsey ORCA TRUST
This year, after a long absence, we had the pleasure of welcoming a Guernsey production company to Alderney.
The Orca Trust, winner of the 2008 Adjudicator's award at the British All-Winners Play Festival, Gaiety Theatre, Douglas (Isle of Man), performed two plays on both consecutive nights:
One serious play "LAUGHTER IN THE SHADOW OF THE TREES" by James Prideaux, followed by
a light-hearted comedy by David Tristram: THE EXTRAORDINARY REVELATIONS OF ORCA THE GOLDFISH
2009 (3 & 4 Aug): THE TAMING OF THE SHREW by the RAIN OR SHINE THEATRE COMPANY
As every year for the past ten years, the Rain or Shine Theatre Company's performances was one of the highlights of Alderney Week. Their unique adaptation of Shakespeare's play entertained and delighted the audience.
Traditionally - each performance was preceded by a pre-theatre picnic.
more information CLICK HERE
2009 (2 & 3 August): "THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST" performed by the RAIN OR SHINE THEATRE COMPANY
Outdoor performance in the Island Hall Gardens
more details CLICK HERE
2009 (16 April) : Play Reading of George Bernard Shaw's ARMS AND THE MAN
You could be forgiven for suggesting that performing a Play Reading is for those who can?t remember their lines. Not so. Imagine somebody reading a book to you and, instead of having to imagine the characters and personalities portrayed, a cast of actors does it for you. For the cast it means just a handful of rehearsals before the actual performance takes place with few props, but possibly a few costumes to set the scene.
On Thursday 16 April 2009, immediately after the AGM, members of the Alderney Theatre Group were treated to a play reading performance the Alderney Theatre Group who chose George Bernard Shaw's comedy ARMS AND THE MAN, a satire about war and love, set during the 4-month-long Serbo-Bulgarian War that occurred between November 1885 and March 1886.
Brilliantly read and enacted by the 7-strong cast: Alex Birch, Lee Flewitt, James Varley, Tess Woodnutt, Rupert Street, Moira Sleeman, Steve Waddicor
2008 (25 November) : THE HISTORY OF THEATRE by the RAIN OR SHINE THEATRE COMPANY
Traffic of the Stage Theatre Company, in association with The Rain or Shine Theatre Company presented THE HISTORY OF THEATRE Show - a light-hearted journey looking at theatre throughout the ages, starring Jillian O'Dowd, Meg Meagher, James Reynard and Andrew Cleaver.
Very clever, very entertaining with audience participation
2008 (2 September) Comedian David Benson: THINK NO EVIL OF US: MY LIFE WITH KENNETH WILLIAMS
The other side of the coin..Mention the name Kenneth Williams - one of Britain?s most entertaining actors, brilliant raconteur and mimic, and automatically the CARRY ON films and that famous " Oooh?. Matron!?" catch phrase spring to mind. And you'd be looking forward to an equally hilarious evening of entertainment with David Benson's award-winning solo show 'Think No Evil of Us: My Life with Kenneth Williams
The show was funny, shocking and disarming.
The following morning, David headed off for his first ever performance in Guernsey and he hopes to be back in Alderney with a different show in the not too distant future. Again, expect the unexpected.
2008 (4 & 5 August) : THE WINTER'S TALE by the RAIN OR SHINE THEATRE COMPANY
During Alderney Week, on Monday 4 and Tuesday 5 August, The Rain or Shine Theatre Company which has been ocming to Alderney for many years, performed a superb adaption of Shakespeare's "The Winter's Tale" in the Gardens of the Island Hall.
2008 (8-10 May): ABIGAIL'S PARTY
The greatest TV play of all time written by Mike Leigh - was performed live on stage at the Alderney Cinema in May 2008, starring Alex Birch, Tess Woodnutt, Steve Waddicor , Julia Turner and Lee Flewitt.
Extracts from the Alderney Journa's review by editor James Varley: "... and a fine show it was too. Waddicor, who also directed the black comedy, excellently portrayed his character, a workaholic estage agent with an interest in finer things in life, while Birch cleverly portrayed Beverly, a middle-class, middle-minded tom Jones fan locked in 1970s suburbia.
Angela Beverly's new friend was played by Tess Woodnutt and her performance stole the show. Lee Flewitt took on the role of Tony, Angela's husband and his subtle style fitted in well alongside Birch and Woodnutt. Sue, the mother of Abigail, was played by Julie Turner and her performance was also well-received.
The play was aided by an impressive set and numerous props which looked as if they'd been plucked right from 1977." (Alderney Journal No. 897 - 24 May 2008)
More photos are on our Flickr page. Please CLICK HERE
2007 ( 22 November): ShooShoo Baby: "DELICIOUS "
Shoo-ing Stars brighten up grey November sky.
The Island Hall was absolutely packed on Thursday 22 November, as an appreciative audience was treated to the world premiere of ShooShoo Baby's latest cabaret show DELICIOUS. For the third consecutive year, Shoo Shoo Baby has brought a brand new show to Alderney.
The terrific duo, Tanya Holt and Anna Braithwaite, this time accompanied by singing and dancing pianist Michael Roulston, gave their slickest and most entertaining performance ever.
2007 (6 & 7 August ):THE TWELFTH NIGHT by THE RAIN OR SHINE THEATRE COMPANY
Rain or Shine's adaption of Shakespeare's TWELFTH NIGHT, performed during Alderney Week in the Island Hall Gardens, was hailed a great success.
More information CLICK HERE
2007 (19 April): AN INSPECTOR CALLS
Police investigation at the Georgian House
On Thursday 19 April 2007, the Georgian House Orangerie was the scene of an investigation into the tragic death of a young girl and the investigating inspector was quick to point the finger at members of a highly respectable family from Yorkshire.
The play-reading of J.B. Priestley's AN INSPECTOR CALLS was performed by a 6-strong cast who had the audience spellbound. And an unexpected twist at the very end of the performance took everybody by surprise.
The play, set in 1912 and first performed in 1946, was performed by John Russell, Andree Gaydon-Smith, Alex Harrisson, Gary Marriner, Steve Waddicor and Robin Whicker.
2006 (December): Visiting Performance FROM BERLIN TO BROADWAY by SHOOSHOO BABY
They were back for another Channel Islands exclusive here in Alderney with their latest cabaret show "From Berlin to Broadway". The fantastically glitzy and glamorous singing trio, Shoo Shoo Baby, combine dry humour, rich harmonies and pulse-racing costume changes in their colourful cabaret shows. No theme tune, jazz standard or pop song is safe from their tongue-in-cheek treatment or quirky interpretation.
What made it so special is the reference to local Alderney issues, like the incinerator, and with plenty of audience participation, it was a very lively evening.
Needless to say, the show was a sell-out and they've promised to be back in 2007 with their brand new show "DELICIOUS ". More details on CLICK HERE
2006 (9-11 November): NATIVITY
A comedy written by Jonathan Hall and produced by Steve Waddicor
Miss Grantham doesn't have long to organise the School nativity play. But Joseph is more interested in kiss catch, they're down to two wise men, the innkeeper thinks he's Doctor Who, and the donkey's head keeps falling off.
A nostalgic visit to Christmas as it used to be. Did you desperately want an Action Man or a Barbie Doll, an Etch-a-Sketch or a Space Hopper? Did you Watch with Mother or listen to Slade or the Osmonds' Did Father Christmas let himself in the back door with a magic key?
For anyone who just couldn't wait for them to light the last candle on the Blue Peter advent coat hanger thingy.
It's a comedy, it's a love story, it's very funny and it poses the question: Do we ever grow up???
Starring (in alphabetic order) Alex Birch, Lee Flewitt, Alex Harrisson, Steve Waddicor and Tessa Woodnutt.
2006 (August) A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM by THE RAIN OR SHINE THEATRE COMPANY
Performed in the Island Hall Gardens during Alderney Week
more information CLICK HERE
2006 (8-11 February): DICK WHITTINGTON - The Panto
Written and directed by Lee Flewitt and performed by a 36-strong cast of the Alderney Theatre Group, this pantomine was an absolute hit with the audience.
The tale of Dick Whittington is loosely based on fact, like most of the stories one hears on Alderney. He did journey to London and become Lord Mayor, and he did establish several charitable institutions which exist to this day.
This was home-grown entertainment at its very best - great music, fantastic dance routines, and a very funny script with insults, innuendos and double-entendres flying, leaving few of Alderney's politicians and other prominent residents unscathed.
more photos: CLICK HERE
This pantomime was sponsored by Lloyds TSB. The programme was sponsored by the Belle Vue Hotel.
2005 (8 December): ShooShoo Baby: WINTER WONDERLAND
Full house for one of today's slickest and sexiest Christmas cabarets at the Island Hall. The trio - Tanya Holt , Anne Braithwaite and Craig Schneider - delighted the crowds with a sparkling performance of a vast repertoire of Christmas songs , as well as unknown gems from the 1940's, some pop songs, dance even tap dance routines.
2005 (2 July & 4 August): TRAFALGAR - THE DEATH OF NELSON
A one-act drama and re-enactment of the Battle of Trafalgar, written by Charlotte Newton to commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar, directed by Charlotte Newton and Gail Gregg and performed by the Alderney Theatre Group.
Two open air performances of this spectacular drama - on staged in the Inner Harbour and one on The Butes - attracted hundreds of spectators and received enthusiastic reviews.
more photos of both performances are on our Flickr Site. Please CLICK HERE
Both Trafalgar performances were sponsored by Wave Telecom. The programme was sponsored by Fairline.
Details of performances during the year 2004 to follow
2003 (21 Jan-1 Feb : GLADIATOR - The Panto
Written by Lee Flewitt - directed by Charlotte Newton
Little was known of the history of Alderney during the days of the Roman Empire's occupation of this part of Europe, when the Roman's were at war with nearby Gaul on the French mainland and used our small island as an offshore prison camp where they built a great games arena, akin to the Coliseum in Rome or Beau Sejour in Guernsey. This was where enemies of the Roman state met their bloody ends. Such was the savagery of the local games that word eventually reached the ears of the Roman Emperor, a jaded tyrant named Julian Stentorius, and a Royal visit was secretly planned which prompted the rise of a unifying influence among the queens of Riduna, who began to stir up revolution in the hearts and minds of the local people. The pantomime was based on hysterical facts, and the rest, as they say, is mystery.
more photos on our Flickr Site. Please CLICK HERE
This pantomime was dedicated to the late Ken Thompson.
Details of performances during the year 2002 to follow
2001 "SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN OTHERS" Panto
details to follow
1991-2000 PERFORMANCES BY THE ALDERNEY THEATRE GROUP
January: "Scrooge" Panto
December: "Batman" the Panto
"Princess and the Pirate"
December: "Saturday Swamp Fever" Panto
January: "Carry on Camelot" Panto
December: The BBC Clothes Show "Cinderella" Panto
"Iron Magnolias" - performed by the W.I. written by Barry Hillman
"Is There Anybody There"
"Peter Pan" - Panto
"Aladdin" - Panto
1981-1990 PERFORMANCES BY THE ALDERNEY THEATRE GROUP
Summer: "I'll get my Man" by Dorothy Reynolds & Julian Slade, performed by the Jersey Amateur Dramatic Club
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"Costa del Packet" by Anthony Booth
"Snow White and the Six Dwarfs" Panto
"Close Encounter of a Panto Kind" Panto
1971-1980 PERFORMANCES BY THE ALDERNEY THEATRE GROUP
January: "Double Yolk" by Hugh & Margaret Williams
Spring: "Tea and Trickery" by Maurice McLoughlin
June: "Boeing-Boeing" by Mark Camoleti & Beverley Cross
December: "Toad of Toad Hall"
February: Play Reading
March: One-Act Play & Supper
June: "Portrait of a Murder" by Robert Bloomfield
August: "Edwardian Music Hall & The Great Stromboli" - Alderney Week
October: 1-Act Play and Supper
3 One-At Plays "Picture Business" by James Pattinson
"Murder at the WI" by S.N.Kay and
"The Laboratory" by David Campton
Jersey Eisteddfod " - 2nd class award for "The Laboratory"
March: "1-Act Plays and Melodrama" performed by the Jersey Amateur Drama Club
May: The Man Most Likely to"
Summer: "All for Mary"
November: "Nasty Things, Murders" by Arthur Lovegrove
Spring: "Grande Dame" by Alan Melville
Summer: "Wait until Dark" by Frederick Knott
September: 3 One-act plays"The Recce" by Falkland L. Cary"
"Home is the Hunted" by R..F. Delderfield and
"Green for Danger" Bby Philip Johnson
April: "Silver Jubilee (1953-1978) "The Rats" by Agatha Christie
"Thriller of the Year"
"Gaslight" by Patrick Hamilton
1961-1970 PERFORMANCES BY THE ALDERNEY DRAMA CLUB
June: "A Song without Words"
December:Christmas Old Tyme Musical Hall
"A Doctor's Invention"
February: "Murder at the Festival"
April: "The Grass is Greener" by Hugh & Margaret Williams
January: "A Clean Kill" by Michael Gilbert
July: "White Sheep of the Family" by L. du Garde Peach & Ian Hay
March: "Home at Seven" by R.C. Sherriff
April: "Pools Paradise" by Philip King
May: "Plantiff in a Pretty Hat" by Hugh & Margaret Williams
1-act Play Festival in Guernsey "The Inheritance"
March: "Dial 'M' for Murder" by Frederick Knott
1-act Play Festival in Guernsey "The Rats" by Agatha Christie
August & September: Son et Lumiere "The Tempest" by William Shakespeare
"Blithe Spirit" by Noel Coward
May: "See how they run"
December: "Alice in Wonderland"
Summer: "Lucky Strike" by Michael Brett
January: "Charley's Aunt" by Brandon Thomas
February : The Bridegroom Rose Early" by Michael Brett
March: "Sganerelle" by Moliere
June: "Make me a Widow" by David Ellis
October: "No Return" by Kathleen Palmer
1954-1960 PERFORMANCES BY THE ALDERNEY DRAMA CLUB
February: First 3-act play in 30 years! "Fools Rush in" by Kenneth Horne
August: "If this be Error" by Rachel Grieve
April: Play Night at the Lyceum
"Wife Required" by Falkland Cary and Philip King
"The Monkey's Paw" by W.W. Jacobs
"The Warming Pan" by W.W. Jacobs
August: "Crime by Persuasion" by Cyril J. Burton
"All is not Gold" by Frank Vosper
"The WArming Pan" by W.W. Jacobs
December: "Triangle Drama", "The Park Bench" and "The Perfect Pair"
February:3-act comedy "Haul for the Shore" by Jean McConnell
August: "It Wont' be a Stylish Marriage" by A.P. Dearsley
May: "Dark Road" (1-act play) by Kathleen Palmer
"Mr. Twemlow is not Himself" (1-act comedy) by Philip Johnson
June: "Dark Road" by Kathleen Palmer - performed in Guernsey
December: Edwardian Evening
July: "Widows are Dangerous" by June Garland
May: "Ladies in Retirement" by Edward Percy and Reginald Denham
December: "The Inheritance"
June: "The Cat and the Cream" by William Dinner
August: The Withering Look
December: Variety Show & Concert
1949-1953 Performances by the SATURDAY CLUB, the founders of the ALDERNEY THEATRE GROUP
Entertainment/talent shows - singing, dancing, games and solo performances
"Have a go" evening of entertainment
August: Play Night at the Lyceum "Anticlockwise"
"El Dorado" by Bernard Gilbert
"The Fell Arrest" by Lesbia Scott presented by "The Guild Players"
March: Play Night at the Lyceum
"Dark Brown" by Philip Johnson
"The Man in the Bowler Hat" by A.A. Milne
"The Bugginses Picnic" by Mabel /Constanduros and Michael Hogan
1953 OFFICIAL START OF THE ALDERNEY DRAMA CLUB
April: Play Night at the Lyceum
"Wow Wow" by Basil Charlton
"Green Grow the Cabbages" by Philip Johnson
"an African Angle" by Garden Peach