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The White Rabbit is safely tucked up in his burrow, the Mad Hatter has stopped drinking tea, the Queen of Hearts has re-taken possession of the crown jewels while Alice and Nora Knowitall have safely returned from Wonderland (or Slumberland or Blunderland as Tweedledum and Tweedledee would have us know it). Our year has got off to a very good start with Alice in Wonderland playing to almost capacity audiences. After a long spell of Covid disruption we were delighted to be back on track performing the pantomime which Silchester has come to expect in January every year. As ever our backstage team came up with some creative solutions to meet difficult technical challenges. When Alice and Nora fell through the rabbit hole audiences were delighted to see the innovative use of projection onto the proscenium and curtain depicting the long descent into Wonderland. Here they are just before meeting the White Rabbit: A person and person on a stage  Description automatically generated with medium confidence

Our year has got off to a Lloyd Webber & Connie Fisher. C of course ONTACT US Of course once the action reached Wonderland we met all the famous characters from the Lewis Carroll story including the Mad Hatter, the March Hare and the Dormouse. Here is the Mad Hatter in serious conversation with the King of Hearts. test.webp

Once again we received a very favourable report from the National Operatic and Dramatic Association. This included the following: The entire cast had great comic timing and kept the action going throughout the evening. With topical and local humour delivered with a light touch, this was a memorable evening and fun for all. Congratulations to Sarah Oliver and her production team for their able support in bringing great entertainment to Silchester in another captivating show.

Auditions have now been held for spring production of Present Laughter to be performed In Silchester Village Hall on 12/13 and 19/20 May. This is a classic Noel Coward comedy. It centres on actor Garry Essendine who is about to depart on a tour to Africa when his world is suddenly thrown into chaos. Plagued by adoring fans and facing the consequences of his own actions, Garry’s life becomes a farce. The play was first performed in 1942, when Noel Coward himself took the lead. It has subsequently seen numerous revivals and is always a popular box office draw. Watch our website for forthcoming ticket sales.

Although the cast has been selected as ever we would welcome anyone who wishes to be involved in the production in any capacity. We always need people to help with scenery, sound and lighting. In particular, we are looking for volunteers to help our Front of House team. Both before a play begins and during the interval there is usually great demand for refreshments. These are much appreciated by our audiences, but we would value additional servers. If you would like to join a friendly local group and help in any way, please e mail our secretary, Sarah Oliver : [email protected]