PROFESSIONAL THEATRE COMES TO BARROW
The Community Association presents 'the STARS LOOK DOWN'
Derived from the novel by A J Cronin by Alex
Thursday October 9th 2003 at 7.30pm Humphrey
Perkins High School Hall
A live professional theatre performance by
the NTC Performing Theatre Company
'Exciting, dazzling, breath-taking, magnetic,
awe-inspiring’ ‘From A J Cronin's classic novel, Alex Ferguson
has illuminated the enthralling conflict between the young
pitman Davie Fenwick and the coal owner Richard Barras. Centred
on the dramatic events of the Neptune Pit, the play shows
us a gripping conflict that is the making of David Fenwick.’
Tickets bought in advance: £4.50 and £3.50
(concessions) (on the door: £5.00 and £4.00 concessions) from
Grants Newsagents, High Street, and Judith Rodgers 01509 412063
BARROW PANTO GROUP PRODUCTION 2004
As I start to write this news item for Barrow Voice I am trying to remember how many years the Panto Group has been in existence and I
really cannot be sure. I know that there was only one pantomime that I was not involved with and that was Robin Hood and Babes in the
Wood but it must be a fair few years now as I recall moments from different productions but would struggle to put them in any sort of
The group has great fun during rehearsals and we need to get all the laughter under
control in time for the first night. We also reminisce about past performances.
I think my favourite moment was in Aladdin when Abanazar,
having managed to acquire the magic lamp whilst in disguise,
began to drop the lamps he was holding. He reached out to
catch the magic lamp and caught his thumb in the elastic loop
that held the beard to his face. The beard 'pinged' off and
flew across the stage into the orchestra and the lamp, with
a clatter, bounced down the steps and ended up in the front
row of the audience! Not only were the audience in hysterics
but so were all the cast and the orchestra.
For days afterwards I would be walking along with a stupid grin on my face as I recalled the
Next year the Barrow Panto Group's production will be Mother Goose written in its
entirety by the group's very own Judith Rodgers.
It has been written with the same
strategy as last year's plot which means that there will be several mini stories within the
whole story. This approach means that although the theme will focus on Mother
Goose there will not be the necessity for any character to have huge tracts of lines to learn.
There will, however, be all the usual ingredients that make a panto so popular and
successful: audience participation, the goodies versus the baddies and slapstick.
I am sure that by the time you read this initial rehearsals will have started but please don't
be put off if you would like to be involved. If you have a burning desire to 'Tread the
boards' or would like to do something behind the scenes eg scenery painting, costume
making, or prompt, please get in touch with either Sue Rodgers on 416533, Bob Mee on
413510 or me Ginny Willcocks on 413996. You will be most welcome.
Rehearsals take place every Wednesday evening at Humphrey Perkins School, in the
THE CHARNWOOD ORCHESTRA
celebrates its 30th season with a concert in Holy Trinity Church, Barrow on Saturday October 4th starting at 7.45pm
The programme will include Haydn's Symphony No. 8 'the Hen', Schubert's
Symphony No. 5, and Beethoven's Romances for violin and orchestra with Nic Fallowfield
as the soloist.
Charnwood Orchestra in rehearsal in Pithiviers
France May 2003
The orchestra first came together 3 years ago and was originally
known as the Quorn Orchestra! To celebrate the anniversary,
we have arranged six concerts in the locality. They represent
an ambitious and expensive season and reflect how far the
orchestra has come since it was started thirty years ago by
Jo, then Head of Music at Rawlins Sixth Form College, Quorn,
brought local players together to form this amateur orchestra.
It now comprises some sixty players who live largely in the
Charnwood area. Members include students, young mums, local
business people, professionals in many fields including music,
and pensioners. Its present conductor is Nic Fallowfield,
co-leader of Viva, the East of England Orchestra. A few of
us, including myself, are founder members and we well remember
finishing rehearsals early in the summer so that we could
go for a swim in the then unroofed Rawlins swimming pool and
cook sausages on a barbecue.
As well as performing regularly around Leicestershire, we have also made several
successful tours to France and Ireland, which have been very well received. On its two latest
visits to Dublin, the orchestra has had the privilege of performing to a full and
enthusiastic house at Dublin's prestigious National Gallery. Last May, we visited
Pithiviers, the twin town for Ashby where we were feted and fed as though we were the Philarmonia! The orchestra performs a very
wide range of exciting and imaginative programmes and we continue to grow in reputation.
Tickets cost £6.00 and £4.00 for concessions. They can be obtained from Grants
Newsagents, High Street or by phoning Judith Rodgers on 01509 412063. Alternatively,
you can email me on firstname.lastname@example.org. I can send you
the rest of the season's programmes the same way.