Our Summer 2011 production was the hilarious comedy by Frank Vickery 'Trivial Pursuits'. This was directed by Jan Stapleton performed from Thursday 30th June - Saturday 2nd July.
The travails, intrigues, and egos of the Trealaw and West Amateur Theatrical Society (note the initials) form the basis of Frank Vickery's sharply observed comedy about amateur drama. Such a comedy depends for its success upon immediately credible characters, pace, the support and interaction of the cast rather than plot development. Jan Stapleton's production had all of these qualities to provide an excellent evening of entertainment for an appreciative and substantial audience.
An experienced and very capable cast, slick and pacy direction, an impressive set by Wayne Brewer and his team, provided plenty of laughs.
The outstanding acting performance came from Tim Driscoll as Teddy, the society's 'drama queen.' ably supported by Iain Campbell as Nick, the devious director and Siān Williams as his supportive and deceived wife Roz.
Jayne Edwards as Mona, the society's 'diva,' Karen Claridge as the stressed Treasurer Pearl, Becky Church as Jessica, the bitchy, ambitious and glamorous new member, Bill Pithers, excellent as the depressive Derek, and Tracy Richards as his long suffering, almost ex wife, Deidre.
A great performance from Linda Coombes as Joyce, the society's fading and drunken former 'star' and a lovely cameo from Dai Williams as the television obsessed bore Eddie, complete with authentic 'Brum accent.'
Hilltop continue to impress and improve as it approaches its tenth anniversary. Here's to the next ten years
Review by Tom Dyer
Teddy Tim Driscoll
Joyce Linda Coombes
Mona Jayne Edwards
Pearl Karen Claridge
Roz Siān Williams
Jessica Becky Church
Derek Bill Pithers
Nick Iain Campbell
Deidre Tracy Richards
Eddie Dai Williams
Producer/Director Jan Stapleton
Producer/Assistant Director Rhys Stapleton
Assistant to the Director Anne Morris, Roz Jones
Stage Manager Wayne Brewer
Lighting/Sound Wayne Brewer
Set Design Rhys Stapleton
Set Painting Rhys Stapleton, Wayne Brewer & Tracey Fox
Stage Construction Wayne Brewer & Rhys Stapleton
Properties Lynne Newbury & Anne Morris
Wardrobe Sue Gambarini
Marketing Rhys Stapleton
Business Rhys Stapleton
Programme Rhys Stapleton
Bar Manager Iain Campbell
Front of House Manager Susan O'Halloran
Front of House Staff Sue Gambarini, Roz Jones & Members of Hilltop
Box Office Sue Gambarini