Today’s Flashback Friday celebrates the work of Newport Playgoers, one of South Wales leading amateur dramatic societies since 1924. I’ve had the privilege of reviewing several Playgoers presentations at the Dolman Theatre over the last decade or and am looking forward to the societies return in the future.
This list is by no means and shouldn’t be interpreted as “a best of.” I cannot honestly say I have reviewed every spresentation from the society, but I have enjoyed many, including these!. There are some shows that have also recently featured in our Flashback Friday feature under other categories such as Dad’s Army, The Diary of Anne Frank, Death On the Nile and Fawlty Towers, so I have not featured them here..
Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
“A thought-provoking piece of theatre..”
The Titfield Thunderbolt by Philip Goulding
“The audience are also pulled into the action too as the cast and props move freely within the theatre, bringing excitement, interaction and fun to the proceedings to a point one small child shouted “again!” when one fun filled scene came to an end.”
The Hypochondriac by Roger McGough
“John Sheen’s production of The Hypochondriac stirs up images of a comic verse costume drama performed by the late Ronnie Barker with a cast of regional accents akin to Allo Allo.”
Role Play by Alan Ayckbourn
“Ayckbourn¹s skilful writing delivers some wonderful scenarios situated around a dinner party from hell and with the skilful cast of The Newport Playgoers at the helm made this thoroughly entertaining and enjoyable production.”
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by David Edgar
“Strong soundscapes bring echoes of Victorian London via whistle-blowing Policeman, steam trains and the London docklands successfully into the mind’s eye, while the casts Victorian era costumes add further authenticity to the production.”
This Flashback Friday is dedicated to Newport Playgoers own Richard Dymond (1951-2020)