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Play Reading Group

 

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The West Grimstead Play Reading Group meet regularly once a month in each others homes.

If you would like to come along and enjoy an evening with us, please contact Gwenneth Doran on 01722 710124 or Lindy Palmour 01722 710019.

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Do come along and join us – you will be very welcome.

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St Georges Day Entertainment

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St George’s Day Entertainment: Following the fayre in the afternoon, the evening’s entertainment began with a presentation by the West Grimstead Play Reading Group of A Potty History of England by Gwynneth Doran and Cecilia Marshall which was very amusing and gave a whole new slant on England’s history! This was followed by a performance of Music for St George’s Day by the Landford Handbell Ringers.

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After the interval George Fleming and the West Grimstead Play Reading Group performed Where’s George? by George Fleming, a light hearted look at England’s patron saint. Britannia (Janice Ford) complains that her husband, St George (Malcolm Read) is always going away to perform heroic deeds instead of doing his duty at home, leaving her alone to face dangers. St George arranges for St Patrick (Pat Hewett) and St Andrew (Jane Toulson) to protect her from the villains Osama Bin Liner (Cecilia Marshall) and Chirac (Gwynneth Doran) during his absence, but they lure the saints to the local pub and get them drunk. Meanwhile a messenger (Betty Barnett) tells Britannia that St George has suffered injuries during his travels, but she is not worried as she has the saints to protect her (not knowing they have been nobbled by the villains).

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The villains disguise themselves as the saints, capture Britannia and tie her to the railway line, but St George returns, routs the villains and rescues her. Throughout the play, the dragon, Fiery Reg (Sharon Finmore-Wooldridge) makes threatening appearances and is covered by two fire fighters (Barry Pritchard and Peter Ford) with fire extinguishers. Barbara Coulson was the narrator, Murray Marshall provided excellent musical accompaniment at the piano, and George Fleming encouraged the audience to join in by raising placards asking them to boo and hiss or clap and cheer as the character prompted.

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The play ended with a rousing rendition of He is an Englishman from HMS Pinafore by Gilbert and Sullivan. A very special Thank You to George Fleming for not only joining with us in A Potty History of England, but for scripting and producing Where’s George?

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