All and Sundry Shows in 2022

Every year All and Sundry try and put on a broad range of shows to capture the the interest of our members and our wider audience. From Dazzling Pantomimes to gritty drama we hope there is something for everyone

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Macbeth

Crescent Theatre, Birmingham

Wed 09 Mar to Sat 12 Mar

All & Sundry proudly present Shakespeare's masterpiece 'Macbeth'. Often referred to as 'The Scottish Play' such is the curse of the mention of the tyrannical, brutal and paranoid King of Scotland as his obsession with power descends him into madness. Three witches predict that a brave, heroic general named Macbeth will become king of Scotland thereby instigating a tragic and bloody chain of events. Acting upon the prophecy and encouraged by his wife, Macbeth slaughters King Duncan who at present resides on the throne and thus becomes King of Scotland fulfilling the prophecy. Once upon the throne he becomes a paranoid, tyrannical ruler who’s forced to commit more and more murders as he descends into madness.

Cast

Macbeth
Alan Feeney
Lady Macbeth
Ruth Cattell
The Witches
Laura Cooney Suzanne Lane Phoebe Devenney
Banquo
Rob Capper
Macduff
Matt Field
Ross
Graham Forbes
Duncan/Siward/Old Man
David Goode
Malcolm
Tony Madden
Donalbain
Alex Johnson
Fleance/Young Macduff/Young Siward
Phoebe Devenney
Lady Macduff
Suzanne Lane
Porter
George Cochrane
Hecate
Sarah Pitts
Doctor
Peter Whitten
Gentlewoman
Laura Cooney
Servant/Messenger
Ken Messenger
Captain/Seyton
John Edwards-Bick
Murderers
Matt Field Peter Whitten Ken Messenger


Creatives

Director
John Edwards-Bick
Stage Manager
Brian Wiggins
Lighting and Sound
Simon Wicks
Wardrobe & Props
Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford
Specialist Props
John Thompson
Set Design & Construction
John Edwards-Bick
Poster Design and Programme
Graham Forbes
Photographer
Roy Miles
Fight Director
Matt Fearnley
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Whine of Duty

Cobham Theatre Studio, Bromsgrove School

Wed 01 Jun to Sat 04 Jun

Danny Boyce has recently taken early retirement from his job as a detective, to set up a guest house in downtown Cheltenham with his wife Sandra. When crimes are committed in the town, he can’t resist sleuthing and suspecting his guests, much to his wife’s chagrin. This new comedy by the author of Fifty Shades Of Beige is a cross between Fawlty Towers and an Agatha Christie who-done-it.

Cast

Danny Boyce
Mike Richardson
Sandra Boyce
Joy Williamson
Brian Dooley
Neil Lane
Alice Watt
Zena Schtyk
Elaine Rodgers
Laura Cooney
James Rodgers
James Ralley
Alan
Dave Healing


Creatives

Written and Directed by
Roger Goddard
Assistant Director
Ken Messenger
Stage Managers
Lynn Hubbard Graham Forbes
Lighting and Sound
Simon Wicks
Artwork and Graphics
Graham Forbes
Photographer
Roy Miles
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Bromsgrove Standard Ryan Smith 28th Sep, 2022 IN A play that emphasises more than any other the importance of a review’s every word, All and Sundry’s gripping production of the adult comedy ‘Silly Cow’ has more than earned a fiercely rave one. The play follows the self righteous and brash tabloid journalist Doris, played by Joy Williamson, who with the help of those around her, and a dose of manipulation on her part, attempts to brush off backlash against her theatre and TV reviews while furthering her career. Williamson perfectly portrays Doris as a woman who believes her own delusions and revels in her warped logic, while showing just a hint of the vulnerable woman behind the bravado (and not doing the reputation of us newspaper folk any favours). The blasé way she recalls an unexploded bomb ‘almost ruining her big story’ leaves you both engrossed in her obsession for a big career and appalled by her lack of morality. There’s more than a hint of social commentary in the comedy and the play uses Doris’ shy, ‘by the book’ assistant, Peggy as a good contrast to her mentality. Tanith Garcia is mesmerising in the role and captures the complexities of Peggy’s character masterfully. Mark Ewins wonderfully encompasses the essence of an archetypal sleazy media editor through Sidney, crafting an authentic character by analysing every detail down to the shifty body language. Meanwhile Graham Forbes brought an endearing charm to the awkward, straight-laced accountant Douglas, and his deadpan delivery made for some unexpectedly hilarious moments. And a special mention for Matt Field’s turn as Doris’ young boyfriend Eduardo, whose infectious energy and commitment to his character’s quirky adolescent mannerisms was a breath of fresh air. The impeccable groundwork laid out by the play’s first half had me both perplexed and intrigued- I didn’t know what was coming but I knew it’d be a ton of fun – and it was. But nothing could’ve prepared me for the genius post interval shenanigans that left the audience enthralled, disorientated and roaring with laughter. One particularly tasty piece of character centred humour involves Doris and Peggy bickering while ordering a pizza, while the latter’s sudden outburst to Eduardo in defence of her boss left the audience in hysterics. The show has a recommended age limit of 18 and over and – during these times of often over-sanitised comedy TV shows, films and theatre productions – definitely provides some of the non-PC humour we all used to enjoy. ‘Silly Cow’ is truly critique proof and you can watch it at Droitwich’s Norbury Theatre from 7.30pm every evening until Saturday, October 1.

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Silly Cow

Norbury Theatre Droitwich

Tue 27 Sep to Sat 01 Oct

Doris Wallace has everything a tough tabloid columnist could want: a toy boy with a regular supply of Colombian, a pretty personal assistant who might share her libidinous preferences, and the prospect of her own television show. Being sued by an actress for libel is a petty annoyance, but Doris puts her in her place by revealing her ample cleavage as she flirts with the judge and spouts populist bravado. She is ready to celebrate her victory in court when things begin to go wrong. This is a hilarious play by the author of 1998's Lawrence Olivier Award-winning Popcorn.

Cast

Sidney
Mark Ewins
Doris
Joy Williamson
Peggy
Tanith Garcia
Douglas
Graham Forbes
Eduardo
Matt Field


Creatives

Director
Mike Richardson
Stage Manager
Neil Lane
Lighting and Sound
Norbury Theatre
Artwork and Graphics
Graham Forbes
Photographer
Roy Miles
Production Assistants
Hannah Grindy Lynn Hubbard
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Hook's Revenge (Return to Neverland)

Cobham Theatre, Bromsgrove School

Fri 16 Dec to Fri 23 Dec

All & Sundry's annual extravaganza returns with a brand new family pantomime. Captain Hook has long since been defeated by Peter pan and banished from Neverland but now he’s returned even more nasty than before and he is determined to wreak his revenge on Peter. To help him in his task, he enlists the help of two of the nastiest pirates ever to sail the seas. Hook is still wary of the ticking crocodile and has hired Australian crocodile hunter Croc Fundee to capture the beast. Meanwhile, Peter Pan enjoys another day having a lie-in after binge-watching the latest Netflix series. It seems that since defeating Hook and his pirates, Peter has become bored and no longer bothers to join in adventures with Tinkerbell and The Lost Boys, In fact, he doesn’t even bother to fly anymore because it’s too tiring. Peter discovers Hook has returned, but because he hasn’t flown in ages, he has now lost the ability to fly. In order to regain the power of flight, he must travel to the Neverlandee tribe’s sacred cave and drink from the magical spring. Peter and his friends travel through the Neverland Jungle, beset with a wild gorilla to reach the cave, however once inside, Hook dynamites the only entrance sealing Peter and his friends inside, along with the crocodile. This version of Peter Pan has Peter’s feet firmly on the floor, but will that enable Hook to finally defeat his once airborne adversary?

Creatives

Director
Alison Berrisford
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