ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT by Tom Guest

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Players’ latest success

The Sedgefield Players most recent production, Gail Young’s ‘Bothered and Bewildered’ has been another success with excellent audiences in attendance. The poignant and sad story of Irene, beautifully portrayed by Jean Hewling, and her ongoing battle with dementia, brought a tear to many an eye. ‘A fabulous performance by all and well worth going to see this heart warming production’ - Nicola Brister.

The pathos is offset as Irene has visions of the world famous writer Barbara Cartland (Elizabeth Flanagan). Barbara’s often hilarious interruptions help Irene to cope in world where everything is changing and she is beginning to forget who she is. Past memories of the boy she loved and the child she gave away (played in memories by Sarah Legender and Tom Guest) come back to haunt her and her biggest secret is never fully revealed. Her daughters, Beth and Louise (Sarah Atkinson and Jacqui O’Meara) have the difficult decision of deciding their mother’s care and the scenes between the two actresses are beautifully played. Granddaughter Shelley (Jessica Sadler) can’t understand their decision to put her Nan into care, until she spends an evening looking after her and realises how difficult she has become. The cast is rounded off by Rosemary Jones, Sue Hutchinson and Ian Thurgood as the efficient but caring NHS consultants, doctors and police officers that Irene comes into contact with.

‘I have just been to another brilliant production by Sedgefield Players - anyone living anywhere near who has the chance to go - please do!! Laughter and tears in equal measure, and so well acted. Well done all- an amazing production on a topic dear to my heart - dementia.’ - Judith Edgoose
The production has been a pleasure from start to finish with laughs a plenty, and the odd shiny eye, in the rehearsal room. Set design by Garry and Viv Jacobs brought the different areas of the difficult staging to life while the lighting and sound designed by Adam White was perfect for the changing sequences and the fast pace of the play. Operators Richard Flanagan and David Jasper were excellent on the night, keeping the show running alongside the ever important (though rarely used!) prompt Annette Lawson. Many thanks too to all who helped front of house and on the bar for making the production run so smoothly. The players next outing will be to Richmond in April to compete in the first round of the All England Theatre Festival with their production of Bertolt Brecht’s ‘The Jewish Wife’, which won a number of prizes at the Sedgefield Festival in September. The play is part of a larger play ‘Fear and Misery of the Third Reich’, which the Players will be presenting in June, with a new and experimental twist to the space at the Parish Hall, which is sure to be interesting. Tickets will be available soon and the Players hope to see you there.


Music at Sedgefield Folk Club & Sedgefield Folk Festival

We are coming to the end of our winter season at Sedgefield Cricket Club, and the final event will take place on Friday 13th April. It is a fund raising night for the Festival featuring many local artists such as Broadband, Pipe Dream, John Wrightson Band, Trish McLean, Ann Lamb, Ray Thom and Trevor Bond.

Another fund raising night will take place at the Parish Hall on Friday 18th May with a welcome return visit of Kieron Goss, the wonderful entertainer from Ireland. Support will be provided by John Wrightson Band and John Weighell. Tickets are £12.

The Festival this year during the first weekend in September promises music for all tastes and features Marty Craggs and the Unexpected Visitors, Los Capitanes, Whisky and Wine, John Wrightson Band, Marske Fishermen's Choir, Grannie's Attic, Jack Burness, Jez Lowe, Goat Roper Rodeo Band,, Ray Thom, Stony and Real Time.

All the usual supporting events will take place, apart from the World Spoons Championship which will no longer be held because our main man, Bert Draycott, sadly passed away last year. We will honour his memory with a special event led by Ray Thom and there will also be a memorial to a very special funny man, Martin Nesbitt, led by Michael James Ward. The whole event will be co-ordinated by Ernie Gilchrist and Alterego. Festival tickets go on sale from 1st May. Please order from the Festival Office on 621347.

Joan Edmundson

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