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Theatre 28

An Amateur dramatic group providing a source of entertainment for the local communities. A fun group with strong bonds of friendship formed through participation in community organised theatrical events. This long established group strives for and achieves excellence and continues to deliver outstanding performances to the public.


Contact Jeff Kimberley - 0121 777 7310

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OH YES WE WILL----OH NO WE WON’T

Feb 2013


It is very easy when there’s a nice fire and it’s cold and wet outside to think that we shouldn’t go out at all--- but we went to the production by Theatre 28 of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs-- and Jane and I were so glad that we did. We have grown to expect excellence from T 28 and we were not disappointed!


From the start of the production, very well directed by Jeff Kimberley, the audience was entertained, amused, startled and at some points astonished by the amount of people who all seem to be involved at the same time.   In every production of T28, I am amazed at the way in which often very young children have been organised and managed to speak their lines with real conviction.   In total, if you add 7 dwarfs to 5 chorus, spirits and animals; you have 12, often very young people.  They all did brilliantly and should be thanked for what must have been a lot of hard work.-----and what about the Chase!!!


As to the older members of the cast, it  is always difficult to pick out individuals in a very good team effort.  I thought Queen Avarice (Elizabeth Connolly) was excellent and very frightening.  Edna Bucket (Graham Watkinson) was great as was Slurp (Jordan Stanley).


Perhaps special mention for two of the younger members of the cast.  The first was Joseph Hyde as Merlin of the Mirror.  Throughout the performance, when he was asked questions, he somehow avoided laughing, a very clever result – – and then he ended up with possibly one of the funniest pieces of the whole pantomime when, following  Freddie Mercury  of Queen,  he showed an unexpected  use for a vacuum cleaner.  It brought the house down!!!


And then there was Chuckles (Matthew Sherwood).  I have never seen someone so young doing the role of a stand-up comedian so well (even though, I confess, I had to have some of his jokes explained to me!).  He not only had this stream of “pantomime” jokes but also managed to remember them!


The actors get a lot of the credit, perhaps quite rightly but don’t forget all those people who give so much time to things like costumes, set design, sound and lighting and business management.  T28  always gives the impression of being an entirely united team, one of the reasons why they are so successful.


They are also a very brave company. Their next  production in October is back in Solihull Arts Complex----an expensive staging-- so lots of support please. Look at the T28 Facebook page www.facebook.com/Theatre28 . For those who would like to join , contact Jeff Kimberley  (0121 777 7310)


OH YES WE WILL-----OH YES WE CERTAINLY WILL (GO TO THE NEXT PRODUCTION)!!!!!                                                                 Brian Cove


What the Papers Say (well - the Church Magazine)


THE VICAR OF WHERE?   -  A LOVELY SURPRISE!!

(17th - 18th October 2014)


A lot of us (good numbers!!) went to see 'The Vicar of Dibley'  performed by Theatre 28 at the Solihull Arts Complex last week.  Before I went, I kept thinking back to the very successful television series of 'The Vicar of Dibley' and wondering how the company could ever follow that.


GOOD NEWS.  They didn't attempt to follow anything and as a result produced a special and very enjoyable entertainment which had a life entirely of its own.  Somehow, despite the fact that the characters were the same, and part of the plot was known already (the wedding), they managed to keep us involved and interested in the action and wondering what was going to happen next - particularly in the second Act when everything speeded up.


The main part, that of the Vicar, was played by Caroline Watkinson.   A brilliant performance which made us forget the overpowering performance of Dawn French in this demanding role.  The Vicar must lead in this play, something which is not easy with an amateur company, but Caroline managed to do this highly effectively.


The main supporting role, that of the chairman of the parish council, was played by Phil Palmer.  He was utterly convincing and in some of his more dramatic statements reminded me repeatedly of certain politicians (a compliment?!).


Space does not allow me to comment on all the remaining six , well cast,  individual performances.   All need great praise.  They managed, apparently very happily, to make what could have been a very boring script, both interesting and funny, something which is very difficult to achieve, particularly with such things as parish council meetings!!  Thank you all very much.


Nearly always when I do a review about a production by Theatre 28, I end up by commenting on the role of young people in this company.   A very small part for the four concerned but as someone said, 'weren't they lovely'.


A test for a comedy must be whether or not the audience were laughing.  This we all did repeatedly and this was good.  Perhaps some of the loudest, but kindest, laughter came from an entirely unscripted line from Hugo (Jon Meadows) commenting on the dislodgement of a wig worn by one of the other members of the cast!!!


So, a very good event, well directed by Margaret Hyde, with a cast who, obviously enjoying their roles, produced a performance to be remembered.   Who is Dawn French?

Brian Cove