Go And Play Up Your Own End
It can’t possibly be 20 years, can it? Well, that’s what I’m told. It’s the twentieth anniversary of Go And Play Up Your Own End. Some of you may well have seen it, some of you haven’t and the ones who haven’t are probably the ones who’ve been telling me for ages that they want to see it!
Well, we’ve sort of compromised. Karen Heard, who played the role of Dirty Reen - that’s one of the characters by the way - said to me wouldn’t it be a good idea if we did a concert version to mark the twentieth anniversary. Well, we contacted some of the other people who’ve been in the show and they thought it was a good idea as well so here we are. This concert version will be very much like the original version of the play with all the songs, written by Harvey Andrews, that we made famous.
20 years ago the show had its world premier at what was then the Solihull Arts Complex, now the Core Theatre. It did so well that it was taken to the Birmingham Hippodrome where it sold out for a week. Subsequently we went to The Rep, The Alexandra Theatre and Birmingham Town Hall so every theatre in Birmingham had its own production of Go and Play Up Your Own End.
Some of the cast who played in the original version are coming back including Don Maclean, Karen Heard, Maggie O’Hara and David Wheeler. We’ve also got with us somebody who was in one of the versions and that’s the West End musical star Dave Willetts. Dave’s coming in to play the part of my dad, Bert,
if you saw it and you loved the show come and see it again. If you haven’t seen it you’re in for a treat!
Go And Play Up Your Own End In Concert.
By Malcolm Stent & Don Maclean
When best mates Danny and Jack enlist in 1914 they’re under age. But youth, enthusiasm and a burning desire to serve their country, prevails. They want to be part of the ‘Pals Battalions’ – the brainchild of Lord Kitchener,who knows that friends and workmates recruited together, will fight better together.
The boys’ families aren’t happy, but like the rest of the country, Danny thinks it will all be over soon – and he goes to war, promising to ‘win’ a medal for his mum.
Through retrospective narration, rousing and poignant songs, trench humour and haunting music, the play tells of Danny and Jack’s fight for survival, tempered by their love for each other and their dreams of returning back to their families.
adapted by Alfred Shaughnessy from Reginald Arkell's book
Old Herbaceous is a gentle,warm-hearted look back at the life and times of Herbert Pinnegar, a former head gardener at a big country house.
Sat in his ramshackle old greenhouse the retired Bert tells stories about his life as a gardener, how he first became fascinated by horticulture at the village flower show, how he got his first job, and he twinkles with delight at his memories of M'Lady at the Manor. He gives gardening tips and even cookery suggestions and through his eyes the audience is drawn into a world that brims with olde worlde charm and fond memories.
Red Wine & Canvas
by Terry Roueche
Guests are at a gallery opening of an exhibition by monochromatic artist Bernard Surio. One of his works is called “Dancing Woman with Red Flowers”. In their reactions to his painting they show conflicting points of view. Is it a monochromatic masterpiece or a canvas full of red blobs?
Women force issues and explore emotions with men. Men have to adjust to their relationships and their understanding of their immediate world. Strangers, husbands and wives reveal their relationships – some beyond hope of salvation, others just blossoming.
Second Best Bed
by Avril Rowlands.
When Shakespeare died, he famously left his wife Anne only one thing – the second best bed. The wake has finished, the mourners have all gone home, leaving Anne to remember her life with the most talented playwright the world has ever seen. Or was he? Did he write the plays? His widow would know if anybody did. Wouldn’t she?
‘An impressive cast…. this brilliant production is a wonderful tribute and a moving celebration of the fortitude of those who came back from the most disastrous conflict in human history. There’s laughter aplenty, but I’m not ashamed to admit to shedding tears in the second half. This show deserves a nationwide airing.’ Phil Preece, Lichfield Live
The Second Best Bed
A staged reading performed by Maureen Beattie “Wonderful performance from Maureen” “An excellent production, much enjoyed..” Redditch Advertiser
A joint production with Danson Productions. “A production so warm and welcoming that it could have been a fireside chat with my late grandfather!” Malvern Gazette
My Wrong Mr. Right/Pick’n’Mix/Animal Passions
“This comedy triple bill cleverly extracted laughter while revealing a darker, emotional and thought-provoking underside to an unsuspecting audience…………………Mouthpiece has once again triumphed in another polished and professional production”
“..Beautifully crafted, lovingly staged and expertly performed” Worcester Evening News
by Alex Jones.
Teenage couple Tom and Lucy are on the run. Offered shelter by a mysterious stranger, they hide away in a shadowy ancient house. As the candlelight licks the walls, Lucy becomes convinced she'd been in this room before - hundreds of years before... A spine tingling supernatural thriller that hurtles Tom and Lucy between their twentieth century present and their civil war past lives.
Blackpool & Parrish
by David Belke.
Harry Blackpool is the representative of all that is Evil on the planet Earth. Rachel Parrish represents the Good. After two thousand years of rivalry they are ready to pass their roles to their children. With the Apocalypse due tomorrow at tea time, is there any way to save the world? And doesn't humanity get any say in the matter?
Blackpool and Parrish
“The company go from strength to strength with their third offering – the British premiere of David Belke’s play…....As punters mingled with cast and crew in the bar after the show, many waiting to be seated in the adjoining restaurant for their post-production meal, there was a real buzz going around this rural pub venue that many larger venues would envy.” Redditch Advertiser
‘Brilliant audience feedback. Great performances dealing wonderfully with the subject matter’ Emma Bangham: Programme Manager, Number 8
‘We have received such great feedback about your wonderful production, as you said we would!’ Jenna Harvey: General Manager, StratfordArtsHouse
‘Hats off to Festival Drayton Centre for bringing back Malcolm Stent with his latest piece of theatre with such impeccable timing.’: John Hargreaves
‘Warm-hearted in terms of the characters, some of the dialogue is as chilling as the execution of the hard, cold facts’: Birmingham Mail
‘Hardly a breath or a shuffling bottom in the theatre from start to finish’
‘The horrors of war contrasted with the love and wonderful aspects of the human soul that will always be displayed in the most incredible adversity.’
‘Beautiful…. Moving…… A masterclass in compelling theatre’
‘On a par with the West End’s ‘Oh What A Lovely War’’
Other Past Productions
Strictly Missionary, Mothers and Mistresses, The Mysterious Mr. Love, Ugly Art, Ten Times Two, Love & Loss, Humbug & Mistletoe, When Eve Ate The Apple, Take Your Place, Pop Goes The Century, With A Little Bit O’Luck, The Cheeky Chappie, 30 Odd Years, Brummie Spoken Here!, It Seems Like Only Yesterday, Between the Worlds,Travellers Tales, Mind The Horse Road, Notes on Comedy