The Vicar of Dibley: Rehearsals underway at the Marine

vicar of dibleyA tongue in cheek view by one of the characters of the Marine Players’ upcoming production of ‘The Vicar of Dibley’

THE last village play was not quite the success we had hoped for. I must take my share of the blame for I now consider that the role of Hamlet was maybe not the part for me, neither being as sprightly as I used to be or indeed given to introspection.

This time around, Mr Horton hit on the wheeze of doing a play based around the arrival of our new vicar and ensuing adventures. I use the word adventures in its loosest possible meaning.

We auditioned likely cast members in a rigorous selection process, which turned out to be neither rigorous or indeed a selection process as is generally meant by those terms.

Jim Trott suggested we play ourselves. What he actually said was: “No, no, no, no, no, no, why don’t we play ourselves?” but that would have been too long-winded to include in this press release.

Oh… anyway, I am pleased to tell you that rehearsals are progressing most satisfactorily. Owen Newitt was initially sceptical, but I am glad to say he is now fully behind this enterprise.

I am one of Owen’s staunchest admirers, in spite of his questionable body odour and even more questionable attachment to his livestock. I cannot fully go into my reasons for admiring Owen so, save to say it involves a wardrobe (closet is such an Americanism).

Letitia Cropley has volunteered to provide the after show catering, we firmly hope there is no repeat of her dish of roast beef with a semolina joux which kept the Radcliffe hospital staff busy for weeks.

In a surprising twist at this week’s rehearsal, both Hugo Horton and Alice Tinker announced they would both be leaving their brains to science. I have it on good authority that the world of science rejected their kind offer and made alternative suggestions, none of which I can mention in a family newspaper.

The vicar herself has shown hitherto unexplored avenues of thespian talent, in fact at one point I was absolutely speechless. Odd that, I am rarely speechless as I am reliably informed by almost everybody.

Please do come to our little show. It promises to be a laugh a minute experience. Although I have to be perfectly honest and say that thanks to my newly calibrated stopwatch I can now reveal that it is actually a laugh every two minutes and thirty-one seconds.

By Frank Pickle (aka David Ruffle)

TRIBUTE: The Marine Players were saddened, like so many others, to hear of the death of Emma Chambers who played Alice in the TV series ‘The Vicar of Dibley’. Hers was a finely tuned creation showcasing her comedy skills and she will be greatly missed. Lorraine Knowles, who is playing Alice in our production, will write a short tribute which will be featured in the show’s programme.

The Marine Players perform ‘The Vicar of Dibley’, a stage play by Ian Gower and Paul Carpenter, based on the TV series by Richard Curtis and Paul Mayhew-Archer, from Wednesday, March 21 to Saturday, March 24 at the Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis. Tickets priced £12 available from the Tourist Information Centre.  

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