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Global Productions present

Outside Edge

A comedy by Richard Harris

Roger has enough trouble assembling his cricket team to play against the British Railways Maintenance Division Yeading East, without sorting out the personal problems occurring amongst their various wives and girlfriends. But as the afternoon wears on, tempers begin to fray, wickets are missed and rain stops play.

Outside Edge by Richard Harris is a thought-provoking comedy with some larger than life characters and was so successful that it spawned a popular TV series.

The award-winning Global Productions turn up to bat with this hilarious comedy, fresh from their show-stopping successes here at the Harlow Playhouse, including Noises Off by Michael Frayn and more recently Agatha Christie’s The Hollow.

WINNERS:

Thurrock Drama Festival - JUNE 2011

BEST TEAM

BEST DIRECTOR: Michael Philips

BEST ACTRESS: Elaine Elliott

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Jennifer Dorian

BEST STAGE PRESENTATION

 

Cast List:

ROGER - Richard Holliss
MIRIAM - Elaine Elliott
BOB - Keith Cummings
DENNIS - David Reed
MAGGIE - Susan Macpherson
KEVIN - Chris Millington
GINNIE - Rose Floyd
ALEX - Ocsko
SHARON - Jennifer Dorian

Production Team:

Harlow Playhouse Lighting Design - Oliver Quintrell
Harlow Playhouse Stage Manager/Sound - David Mason
Harlow Playhouse Deputy Stage Manager - Christine Fryers
Minack Theatre Sound & Lights - David Mason
Minack Theatre Stage Manager - Christine Fryers
Costumes - Christine Holliss and Christine Fryers
Set Constructions - David Mason
Assistant Stage Managers - Phyl Baker, Doreen Friend, Michael Friend, David Gillin, Ian Halverson, Christine Holliss, Bob Pamplin
Publicity Officer and Photography - Matt Mitchell
Programme - Richard Holliss
Cover Design - René Andrew

Gobal Productions would like to thank:

Christine Williams
Staff and volunteers of the Harlow Playhouse
Stuart Turner of Essex C.C.C.
Epping C.C.
Cowdall's Printers
Nicky (County Arms)
Staff and vounteers of the Minack Theatre
Mathews C.C.
ZedCapricorn Multimedia services.

Reviews:

CHEATING husbands, burning cars and boozed-up batsmen. It's just not cricket, is it?

But as a gentle satire of suburban middle class mores, Richard Harris's classic comedy Outside Edge is up there with some of Ayckbourn's best-loved work.

Of course, as the playwright himself was at pains to point out, the play has very little to do with the thwack of leather on willow. But as a backdrop for the trials, tribulations and temper tantrums of a hysterical bunch of Middle Englanders, the village green on a lazy Saturday afternoon is hard to beat.

It is the brilliantly simple juxtaposition between this reassuringly cosy setting and the increasingly intolerable characters invading it that drives this most straightforward of comedies, which may have been sparse on big belly laughs but more than tickled the ribs of an audience clearly immersed in a typically engaging performance by the supremely talented team at Global.

True, the play could never be described as taxing on either cast or audience, but without a cast of solid all-rounders and several star turns this could have merely been a pleasant but forgettable foray into satire for beginners.

The indomitable Richard Holliss was once again on sparkling form as increasingly irritable club captain Roger, whose whiter-than-his-whites image and ostensibly perfect marriage to pillar of the community Miriam (another wonderful performance from Elaine Elliott) are both hit for six by eyebrow-raising revelations about a sordid liaison in Dorking.

Playing his role with a straight bat and relying on his impeccable comic timing and easy charm for laughs, Holliss could have stolen the show were it not for two excellent performances from Chris Millington - brilliant as bawdy but cuddly spin-bowler Kevin - and Susan Macpherson, whose outrageous performance as his broad-shouldered, brick-laying wife Maggie drew the night's biggest laughs.

Elsewhere, David Reed was laudably louche as rakish ladies' man Dennis, while the ever-reliable Keith Cummings and an ice-cool Rose Floyd had a simmering rapport as fretful Bob and his acid-tongued wife Ginnie.

Although this was hardly a stretch for such a talented company, especially one with such a flair for comedy, Outside Edge deservedly bowled over the audience with another first-class delivery.

Chris Moss - The Harlow Star
The Guide, 2 June 2011

 

Thurrock Drama Fest: Outside Edge: Wins by an innings!
WITH SOME theatre groups it can soon become apparent that they have just met and are entering into the “Let’s do the show right here”. This is not the case with the Globe Theatre Company. The ensemble are a delight to watch as they are tuned to perfection. Indeed their performance is like watching the inner workings of a clock as each member’s movements work in perfect harmony.
This was a wonderful comedy with the cast clearly enjoying themselves and the audience lapped up the humour as well as the on field and off field shenanigans of village cricket team are played out.
Special mention goes to Sue MacPherson whose Maggie was the pivot of the play. The relationship between herself, resplendent in fright perm and tiger skin and mild mannered Kevin played by Chris Millington was very funny but also touching.
We have been very lucky so far at the festival with four excellent performances. Let us hope the rest of the week can continue in the same vein.
Article from http://www.yourthurrock.com

 

ITS GAME on this week at the Minack where Global Productions are playing the British Railways Maintenance Division Reading East in Richard Harris's cricketing comedy Outside Edge.
Lucky enough to have a fine evening, with no worries of bad light or rain stopping play, the home side opened with confidence and runs and laughs came quickly.
The first glimpse of the cricket bat and pad strewn set-good to see grass again on the Minack stage-with its interior of the clubhouse tells you what to expect and takes you back in time to an age, 30 years or so ago, when such structured sets and the promise of a suitably structured play to follow were in vogue.
But, as dated as it all is ( the name of the visiting cricket team gives you some idea of its age) and despite its characters, situations and jokes having been seen and heard on television if not on stage a thousand times since the play was first produced in 1979, as we're told it "spawned a long-running TV series in the mid-1990s", it is still fun.
Indeed, it says much for the company and its director Michael Philips that this production keeps the laughs coming at a faster rate then either the runs are scored or the cigerettesare smoked.
A first 1X rather than X1, whether battlingt or bowling, making love, the players are on top form but, as good as they all are, my "man of the match" has to be Suzanne Macpherson who, as the muscular, man-eating, leopard coat-clad Maggie ia as sexy as she is strong-armed.
It may be only a game but at the close of play on Monday, the home side was 100 for 6 and set for a certain victory by at least an innings over its visitors.
The Cornishmen
By Frank Ruhrmund

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