On February 4th the Players hosted a Red Carpet Film Premiere at Ceddesfeld Hall to present Almond Productions latest short film ‘Sceptic’. The film, made with support from the Players, and starring several of its members, was directed by Carl B Harrison and Walter Howell, after Carl approached Walter with the idea of taking on a different kind of project for the group. It tells a dark and thrilling tale of a young investigator who meets with three students who are suffering from paranormal activity and decide to hold a séance.
The resulting occurrences provide the audience with plenty of shocking, ‘jump out of your skin’ moments. The evening was very well attended by local people as well as members of the production team, who all volunteered time and effort in to developing this wonderful short film.
Almond Kellacher, the producer, commended the hard work of Carl and his team, who put an enormous amount of effort into the film, Carl and Walter also gave presentations, thanking the audience and the efforts of Viv Jacobs in organising such a wonderful event.
The film has been submitted to the Newcastle International Film Festival 2018 , Almond said ‘We are going to send the film to as many appropriate festivals as we can afford and hope it will get shown far and wide.’ John Finlayson's photographs of the evening, include pictures of the writers Jonathan Frank and Clive Tongue, who now live in Hollywood and have recently worked on the upcoming horror film Mara, while Jonathan wrote the screenplay for action film ‘Final Score’, starring Pierce Brosnan.
From the 8th to 10th March the Sedgefield Players present their production of Gail Young’s ‘Bothered and Bewildered’. This beautifully poignant play tells the story of Irene, an elderly widow suffering from Alzheimer's, who has visions of Barbara Cartland. Her daughters Beth and Louise struggle to deal with their mother’s deteriorating health and increasingly difficult behaviour.
In a world where dementia and managing the effects of mental health are becoming a part of day to day lives, the play looks at this difficult subject with pathos, humour and a touch of class (and Barbara Cartland!) Tickets are available from the usual places or can be booked through the Players website www.sedgefieldplayers.co.uk.