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Community performances raise the roof!

28th April 2010

- A performance by local residents –

Over 100 members of the local community were taken on a whirl-wind tour of the past as they turned out to support fellow residents performing a brand new piece of theatre inspired by local history events.    

Alistair Park as Fergus O'Connor pointingWith little more than 6 weeks to rehearse, the cast of local residents, which included six young people, had to pull together as a team, especially as it was the first time many of them had performed in front of an audience.

Three Rivers resident, Sally Findlay, from Woodoaks Farm had a number of roles in the play. She said,

‘I really enjoyed performing theatre within our community, especially as the subject matter was directly focused on the locality; namely the areas of Heronsgate, Maple Cross and Mill End.

I’ve lived in the Rickmansworth area all my life so, when reading out the lines; I knew what I was talking about! I haven’t performed since my youth so it was wonderful to have this chance and it was lovely to have the opportunity to meet new people; who are now friends.’

A number of the cast learnt their lines by heart, including Alistair Park from Heronsgate who played Fergus O’Connor. Community Arts Development Officer, Ricky Manning said:

Alistair was a hit! He really got into the role and inspired the rest of the cast, all of whom showed huge enthusiasm and potential for the full scale project we are planning for 2011. On behalf of the Council and the creative team, I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to the performers for getting so stuck in and for putting on two a fabulous evenings of entertainment for fellow residents.

Thanks also to numerous other residents who have shown support for the project and whose quotes on local history are used in the script. We have applied for funding to develop the project over the next 12 months; watch this space!’ 

For more information contact Ricky Manning, Community Arts Development Officer, on 01923 776611