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Sat 7th July 2007
"Battling Billy" workshop
LODDON players were put through their paces on Saturday afternoon when professional actor/director Maurice Thorogood and playwright Luath Grant Ferguson visited Sherfield on Loddon for a workshop entitled "Battling Billy". Battling Billy is a play about William Cobbett - Farnham's most illustrious son,, political journalist, MP and defender of the poor and is one of the productions by the New Farnham Repertory Actors' Company; directed by Maurice Thorogood. Maurice is a member of their Management Committee and their main aim is to re-open the Redgrave Theatre in Farnham. Luath Grant Ferguson said: "The session was useful - we certainly found it fun". Chris Horton from the Loddon Players said: "There was a bit of everything: breathing and voice coaching, improvisation, singing and as it's a period piece we all had a go at writing with a quill! We weren't sure what form the workshop would take but it was thrilling and beneath all the fun there was much to learn. We're looking forward to seeing Battling Billy when it's performed in Farnham in September."
Director Maurice Thorogood (fourth from the left) and Playwright Luath Grant Ferguson (far right) and the Players at the end of the workshop.
Director Maurice Thorogood (fourth from the left) and Playwright Luath Grant Ferguson (far right) and the Players at the end of the workshop.

The Players try their hand at writing with a quill.
The Players try their hand at writing with a quill.

The Players enjoy a session of improvisation with Maurice Thorogood.
The Players enjoy a session of improvisation with Maurice Thorogood.
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