Haxby Players - History
Reviews of 2001 Plays 'Alfie' & 'Funny Money'
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Haxby Memorial Hall - Redevelopment Group
Review of Arsenic & Old Lace April 2002
Review of Comfort & Joy by Mike Harding - Autumn 2002
Review of Revengers Comedies by Alan Ayckbourn - Spring 2003
Review of Pack of Lies - Autumn 2003
Review of "And Then There Were None" April 2004
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Review of Happiest Days of Your Life -Oct 2004
Review of "Harvey" by Mary Chase - Spring 2005
Time of My Life by Alan Ayckbourn - Autumn 2005
Review of - Fatal Encounter by Francis Durbridge Spring 2006
Rewiew of "Ice Is Slowly Melting" Autumn 2006
Review - The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 Spring 2008
Autumn 2008 - The Memory of Water
Review of Pack of Lies
Pack of Lies
by Hugh Whitemore
On 29th October - 1 November 2003, Haxby Players presented on this powerful moving fictional account of the events leading to the arrest of the Kroger's - Russian Spies arrested in l961 in a London Suburb. Review - By Jackie Love
‘Who is lying to who?’ noted the programme for Haxby Players latest production, Pack of Lies by Hugh Whitemore, and directed by Dave Hudson. Everyone, it would seem! The play began by presenting us with the mundane existence of a suburban London family: Bob (Ron Jevons), the husband and breadwinner, settled in his homely existence; Barbara (Brenda Sanger) his dutiful and house proud wife and their daughter (newcomer Victoria Clamp) just beginning to show the first signs of teenage rebelliousness.
Punctuating this domestic simplicity were visits from their friends and neighbours, Helen and Peter (Brenda Riley and Robin Sanger) with their brash ways and tales of childhood Canada. Then, from M I 5 entered Stewart (Andy Love), a gentle but persuasive character, who inveigled himself and his surveillance team Thelma and Sally (Geraldine Jevons and Sheila Barnett) into the household. Is this where the lying began? From this gentle beginning slowly emerged an unbelievable but true story of Russian spies.
Brenda Sanger gave a tremendous performance of a woman slowly breaking apart as the full realisation of the betrayal of her friendship emerged. Geraldine Jevons too gave a wonderful performance in a particularly poignant scene, shared by Brenda, the agony of where her loyalties lay were clearly etched in the discomfort she portrayed. There were solid performances from diehards Ron, Sheila and Andy, the outrageous Brenda Riley and Robin Sanger and a confident acting debut by Victoria Clamp and directorial debut by Dave Hudson. The overall production needed a little more pace and the direct to audience segments were curiously lacking in emotion, but that aside this was yet another high quality production by the Haxby team, stage managed as ever by the reliable expertise of Geoff Taylor.
Cast & Director
|From left to right :-|
Sheila Barnett, Robin Sanger, Brenda Riley, Andrew Love, David Hudson (Director), Brenda Sanger, Ron Jevons, Victoria Clamp, Geraldine Jevons.
Mr Stewart explains the predicament to the Jackson family
|Ron Jevons, Andrew Love, Brenda Sanger and (newest Haxby Players' Member) Victoria Clamp|
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