Ambitious plans for Players' golden show

June 30 2017

ACTORS are pulling out all the stops to mark the 50th anniversary of the Oldland Players.

ACTORS are pulling out all the stops to mark the 50th anniversary of the Oldland Players.

They will be marking the special event with a colourful and exotic outdoor production of Around the World in 80 Days.

Taking place later this month at a hilltop setting, the Players say this is their most ambitious production to date.

The show is about Victorian gentleman Phileas Fogg and his valet Passpartout who take a wager that they can travel around the world in 80 days but are being chased by a policeman trying to stop him.

The show, based on the classic Jules Verne tale, is being masterminded by artistic director Kit Muffett and technical director Gordon James.

Kit said: "It's a celebration of 50 years of doing community drama - and it's going to be big! We have 25 cast members playing over 121 different characters and have been rehearsing since January.

"During the production, we travel around eight different countries, boarding five different boats, two trains and an elephant!

"It's very colourful. We arrive in Suez then we go to India with all the beautiful Indian costumes. Then, when we get to Hong Kong, everyone will be dressed in Chinese costume and so it goes on. There will even be a rickshaw, elephant and hot air balloon on stage. People will be very interested to see how we are going to represent the elephant and hot air balloon - it's not that easy!

"It's probably going to be the biggest thing around here for a long time. There's an awful lot of work which has gone into this and our backstage crew have been building, sewing and making things like it's going out of fashion."

To mark their anniversary, the Players have invited past members back to take part in crowd scenes, with some coming as far a field as St Ives and Blackpool.

The Oldland Players will have plenty of chairs on hand under their all weather audience covering, but you are also welcome to bring blankets, picnics and deckchairs.

Around the World in 80 Days takes place from Wednesday July 12 to Saturday July 15 at 7.30pm at Cully Hill Farm, Ryedown Lane, Oldland Common, BS30 6JG.

For tickets, call Fran Kirwan on 0117 932 9743.