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The Loddon Players first full length play, performed in April 2006
DAY OF RECKONING by Pam Valentine (click here for more photos).
The Cast Cast in Costume The Crew

Review from the Basingstoke Gazette (Claire Warwick):
Audience reckoned stage play was most enjoyable
Loddon Players presented their second production at Sherfield-on-Loddon village hall.

Building on the success of their initial venture, the group staged their first full-length play, Day of Reckoning, by Pam Valentine.

The story was set in a fictional village hall -a convenient setting due to the actual location of this play. Before the interval we were gently introduced to the cast of characters as they held a fete committee meeting.

In the second act, we moved to the day of the fete when the drama came to a head with some complex problems, strong emotions a bouncy castle that wouldn't deflate!

The packed audience clearly enjoyed the humour of the play. The cast of eight each created a characterisation that helped the piece. For example, Alison Watts (playing Angela Brownlee) with her expressive voice and Jane Torr (Ethel Swift) with her knowing expressions.

Special mention must go to Alexandra Thomas (Gloria Pitt) for her emotional scene that was cleverly portrayed in the second act.

One of the difficulties of this piece would be the static nature, particularly in act one, but this was carefully directed by Chris Horton with movement that helped, rather than hindered, the action.

What next, Loddon Players?

Reviews from the Audience:
"Congratulations on the play this weekend - I thoroughly enjoyed it - can't wait to hear all about your next production! "

"Both Ben and I thought the play was excellent and would like to congratulate you on a great achievement! Your actors were so professional and really brought the characters to life, so jolly well done!"

"Congratulations on the show last night - it ws a very enjoyable evening and you did a great job with a very well written script. You also had some great performances up there, especially the one playing Gloria. I thought her final scene was very moving. "

"Gill and I and others from the players thoroughly enjoyed your production. We thought it was an ideal play to select and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. Congratulations to you all. "

"You've uncovered a real gem in your Gloria"

"The play was great. Well done!"

"Congratulations to you and the cast of Day of Reckoning. It was so well acted - you must be delighted with how well it all went."
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