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45 Minutes To Go

45 Minutes To Go
by Stephen Balchin

where and when | cast | team

 A B O U T


The peanuts aren't out, and the vicar's coming to visit any minute, then a morose daughter turns up to spoil everything. These suburban travails have to be undergone, of course, but, well, doesn't life sometimes seem a bit suspiciously clichéd?

 W H E R E   &   W H E N   &   H O W   M U C H

at the Chingford Assembly Hall
The Waltham Forest Festival

£6 adults
£4 under-16s

sold on the door

Sat 1 April 2006, 7.30pm

TRIPLE BILL
at the Welsh Church Hall

£6 adults
£3 concessions

advance booking only

Thu 6 April 2006, 8pm
Fri 7 April 2006, 8pm
Sat 8 April 2006, 3pm
Sat 8 April 2006, 8pm

C A S T

Jerry

James McKendrick

Penny

Sonja Wardle

Helen

Sacha Walker

Bernard

Jim Killeen

The Stage Manager

Jan Prendergast

 P R O D U C T I O N   T E A M

Director/Producer

Stephen Balchin

Lighting

Peter Raggett

Sound

Tracey Pinniger

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Images by Tim Saward

 P O S T E R

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 A W A R D S  


James McKendrick, Best Actor, Waltham Forest Drama Festival

Second place overall, Waltham Forest Drama Festival

 R E V I E W

Karen Hart: Saturday April 1 saw an end to this year's Waltham Forest Festival of Theatre, and the audience were treated to two first class ensemble pieces, firstly, the Wadham players' touching and tragic performance of The Brylcreem Boys (reviewed last week) and secondly, The Woodhouse Players' performance of the comedy, 45 Minutes to Go. The play concerns married couple Jerry and Penny strong performances from James McKendrick and Sonja Wardle and is set in their living room. It opens with poor Penny rushed off her feet, worrying about where she is going to place the peanuts as she awaits her dinner guests.

In the midst of everything their punkish daughter, Helen a part well established by Sacha Walker turns up unexpectedly, followed by Bernard the vicar a real flair for comedy shown here by Jim Killeen and accurately described by the adjudicator as a tall Mr Bean.' Suddenly it looks unlikely that they will be able to get everything ready with just 45 minutes to go.

This is a most unusual play, starting in the fashion of a typical farce, then suddenly changing into something altogether more interesting when Jerry suddenly realises he is in fact not in his own house, but in a stage set, and everything that has been happening so far is just part of the script.

Enter the stage manager convincingly played by Jan Prendergast to try to smoothe things out, but to no avail.

This most unusual play, written and directed by Stephen Balchin, was a real rollercoaster of ideas and emotions and was a great success, acting as a metaphor for life itself: all of us being limited by time.

This play was awarded the Classified Trophy for Second Team at the presentation, with James McKendrick taking the Arts Council Award for Best Performance by an Actor. Best Actress went to Lindsay Hollingsworth of the College Players. Bananas by the College Players gained the Arts Council Shield for Best Team and The Brylcreem Boys took the Romeril Award for Third Team.

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