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Piddle Valley


The Piddle Valley Players hail

from further down the Piddle

Valley and are a well-respected

amateur dramatics group

The Piddle Valley Players is a very friendly group and always welcomes new members. We rehearse on Thursday evenings from 7pm and some Sunday afternoons, from September to February at Piddletrenthide Memorial  Hall.  Some of their productions, including their recent “Guys and Dolls”, are held in Buckland Newton Village Hall. For further information, please contact our Director, Holly Royle on 07775 436075 or holl-yr@hotmail.com Tuesday 19th to Saturday 23rd February 2019, 7.00 pm, Buckland Newton Village Hall.  The Piddle Valley Players present “Oklahoma!” by Rodgers and Hammerstein (an amateur production by arrangement with R&H Theatricals Europe).  £10.00 including refreshments.  Tickets from Old Chapel Stores, Buckland Newton and Piddletrenthide Post Office from January. Broadway comes to Buckland Newton - Piddle Valley Players -Guys and Dolls For five nights the audiences were transported to a fifties New York, innovative scenery moved us seamlessly from Mission Hall to Night Club to Havana and back. The hall was set up as a night club with subtle lighting, chequered tablecloths, dice and red hearts on the tables. Local talent blossomed, as ever, under the expert direction of Rachel Olley. We knew Holly Royle could sing but boy can she act - her high pitched, squeaky New York accent as Adelaide was brilliant and of course her singing was excellent. Her backing troupe of Annie Lock, Alice Goddard, Emily Knights and Nicky Edmunds was step and pitch perfect. John Aspinall as Sky Masterson was a revelation - he took on the part and made it his own (who needs Marlon Brando) and Hattie Olley as the subject of his attention was superb. Her singing and acting were so good and she looked to be having a great time, especially in Havana! Pete Lindsley took on the Frank Sinatra main role and, as we have come to expect, delivered a high quality performance. From the drama of Luck Be A Lady (John Aspinall and the gamblers on fine form) to the poignancy of More I Cannot Wish You (Suzie Thorpe charming the audience) the Piddle Valley Players did themselves proud. The costumes were many and spot on - from the guys in their suits and hats, the Cuban dancers, the nightclub entertainers to the mission outfits. With a great live band on the stage the action took place in the centre of the hall so everyone had a good view. During the interval cast members served excellent rum and lime daiquiris along with authentic New York bagels with the traditional cream cheese and smoked salmon - delicious. This was Rachel's last PVP production as she has moved away but as a swansong it was perfect. Her vision, passion and theatre sense will be sorely missed but hopefully the foundations and infrastructure she has helped build over the years will enable the guys and dolls of the Piddle Valley Players to go on. Well done the PVP! Many thanks to the wonderful audiences of Buckland Newton and The Piddle Valley for the very generous contribution to our raffle this year during this year's production of Guys and Dolls.  We are pleased to announce that thanks to the help of Sally Dangerfield (loyal to us every year) we donated £67 to each of our chosen charities Ducks and Drakes, EDP (Alcohol and dependency recovery), Combat Stress, Friends of Dorchester Hospital, and Piddletrenthide Memorial Hall. I'll also take this opportunity to thank Buckland Newton for letting us use their village hall for this special celebration production. We are always looking for new members to join us, so please contact us via Facebook or the Piddle Valley News online page for more details. The shows must go on!  Many thanks.  Rachel Olley on behalf of the Piddle Valley Players
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