Audiences were treated to three fantastic perfomances of P'tang Yang Kipperbang in the Centenary Theatre; all three nights were amazing thanks to each and every cast and crew member putting 100% effort in. Well done everyone!
As Jack Rosenthal, writer of this magnificent play said 'No one ever forgets their first love...'
England. The summer of 1948. 14-year-old Alan ‘Quack Quack’ Duckworth has two things on his mind: dreams of cricketing victory over Australia in the Ashes; and kissing the lovely Ann Lawton, his classmate and sole object of his awakening romantic yearnings. Unfortunately his love is unrequited, as Ann only has eyes for the class idol, Geoffrey Whitaker. Meanwhile Alan’s English teacher, Miss Land is on a bit of a sticky wicket, in her clandestine partnership with Groundsman Tommy.
Bowled over, on the back foot and more than a little stumped: ‘Quack Quack’ is about to learn a valuable lesson: when it comes to love, there’s always a catch!
This timeless rite of passage tale, started life as a made-for-TV play in 1982, in the early days of Channel 4. It is held in nostalgic high regard by those who remember it fondly from their youth. Adapting it to the stage has been a creatively challenging, but ultimately rewarding process; particularly in terms of creating theatrical alternatives and entertaining workarounds for television’s editing and cinematic freedom. Our hope is that we can capture something of that unequivocal and (perhaps) unequalled ache and bliss of First Love: a common experience of innocent and wistful longing, furtive looks and heart-thumping anticipation, down all those endless carefree days, under summer skies of matchless blue.
This relatively young cast and crew have worked with exceptional effort, energy and commitment to bring this play to life
Alan Duckworth: Charlie Holt
Ann Lawton: Kate Grimsdale
Miss Land: Eve Crutchley
Tommy: Alastair Bennett
Abbo: Myles Newman
Shaz: Jordon Williams
Geoffrey Whitaker: Archie Cusack
Headmaster: Joe Lee
Alan’s mum/ French teacher: Freya Rooke-Moore
Eunice: Jen North
Majorie: Daisy Phillips
Policeman: Harrison Crombie
Botany Teacher: Ellie Thornton
Director: Howard Brown
Stage Management: Simon Platford
Costumier: Janine Kotas
Music: Jade Harris
Set Design: Jeremy Phillips
Set Building: Kelvin Livingstone, Jim Frodsham, Suzanne Mooney, Tony Sammons
Prop Maker: Abbie Jagger
Executive Technical Consultant: Sam Mundy
Lighting and Sound: Ray Newell, Max Swan, Tom Dustow
Follow spot operator: Will Merrington
Front of House: Jolyon Dixon, Adele Wright Stella Clarke, Guy Roberts
School Children: Niamh Gemmell, Charles Gibbs, Elizabeth Lloyd, Millie Stanhope
And special appearances by: David Winterton as the PE Teacher and Jeremy Phillips and Simon Platford as the Workmen/ Caretakers
Make up: Grainne Whitehead, Alex Witton, Beth Hartland-Griffiths, Georgie Benbow, Samy Rowlinson, Chloe Sketchley, Maia Lloyd, Evie Smailes, Elise Nelson, Izzy Reynolds
Backstage: Tom Gittins, Felix de Hamel
Special Thanks: Andy Nicoll, Bernard Crone, Friends of Wrekin and the parents/guardians for ferrying the talent.
Love goes toward love, as schoolboys from their books; but love from love, toward school with heavy looks Romeo and Juliet Act 2 Scene 2
© Miracle Productions ‘’If it’s Entertainment, it’s a Miracle!’’ 2HANDHAMLD 2016