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Lets be Social!

Jen Armstrong


Social events are one of the many ways we can keep in touch between and during shows. We are endeavouring to create a more active social calendar for the group.

September:

Sunday 3rd – Summer Social, Bring your own BBQ with games and lots of laughs. Rounders is a must with the inevitable Doughnut game!

Saturday 30th – Meet your cast and Production team for Panto!

October:

Saturday 14th – Drinks and the Bells. If you are involved in Panto or just want to catch up we will see you there from 7.30.

Saturday 28th – Its all just a lot of Hocus Pocus! Family friendly movie for the first half of the evening with the Sanderson Sisters and Thackeray Binx. Halloween themed party games and food for afters.

November:

Saturday 11th – Details to be confirmed

Saturday 25th – Details to be confirmed

December:

Sunday 17th – Christmas Social with music, food and maybe a couple of games! It’s Christmas so let’s PARTY!

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Stardust Update…

Jen Armstrong


Performance dates have been confirmed!

Ziggy will touch down October 20th and 21st a Eynsford Village Hall

Any other updates will be posted on this page. As soon as we know you will too!

Major Tom out,

Your Committee

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Ziggy Stardust has Arrived!

Jen Armstrong


Ladies and Gentlemen! 

The Stardust has arrived! 
Take your helmet and put your protein pills on! 

Riverside Players presents an Evening of David Bowie in Eynsford Village Hall on October 20th and 21st

We need YOU – we need your tonsils, we need your magnetic stage presence, in or out of costume and make up. Whether you’re a knock-off Bowie impersonator, or fancy trying a rap version of Life on Mars, bring your particular brand of stage magic to help us celebrate the life and work of the Man who sold the World. This is an evening all about performing!

Auditions;

Saturday 2nd September 2pm Eynsford Village Hall

What to prepare;

Something to sing. Doesn’t have to be a David Bowie number.

Bring some dots for me to play (or let me know in advance) or a backing track if you’re more comfortable with that.

If you can’t make 2nd, please let me know and we can arrange something in advance (nothing after 2nd, please!)

What to expect;

Whatever you make it! Your performance is entirely up to you, whether you want to sing solo, do a duet, form a choir, accompany yourself on a 24-course late Renaissance theorbo, the stage is yours!

The more imagination we put into this project, the better.

Over and out,
Ground control



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Reviews

Jen Armstrong


NODA Rep Doreen has sent us a lovely review of our summer production of Bugsy Malone. She came with her grandson and thoroughly enjoyed herself. Well done to all involved! and Thank you Doreen Grierson for your lovely review.

THE RIVERSIDE YOUTH GROUP
BUGSY MALONE
Eynsford Village Hall
Director – Naomi Morgan
Musical Directors – Matt Friett, Dale Wills, Jen Armstrong,
Choreography – Catherine Barritte

Friday 18th July 2017

The musical “Bugsy Malone” with music by Paul Williams was adapted from the 1976 film of the same name directed by Alan Parker, featuring a cast of children usually up to the age of 17years. The story is based on the mob rivalries of 1920’s prohibition America as Fat Sam and Dandy Dan battle it out for supremacy. Cue gangland war, a love story and plenty of splurging. Bugsy remains a favourite production for amateur youth groups and schools.

This was an enjoyable production directed by Naomi Morgan with some talented young performers who worked well together and all appeared to be enjoying themselves. It would be impossible to name everyone who took part in this production as they all contributed in their own way to the success of this production. However I think it would be nice to mention a few of the leading players for their hard work. Kemp Booyse gave a creditable performance as Bugsy but he must remember to look up and not rush his dialogue. Matilda Grimes as Blousey could have been a little more ‘sassy’ but she had poise and a lovely singing voice. William Gough was excellent as Fat Sam. It is not easy for youngsters to look and act old, but William gets the physicality of his character spot on. Emily Weaver and Gabriel Wolfe gave good characterisations as Tallulah and Dandy Dan and there was a nice comedy duo from Captain Smolsky – Harry Tait and his side-kick, O’Dreary – Eva Hayes. Freya Flury-Chauhan performed and sang well as Fizzy.

Maintaining an American accent is difficult for a lot of people but considering their age they did well. I did find it difficult to hear some of the dialogue at times but I am sure the art of projection will come with experience. The scenery and lighting fitted well and there was always a smooth transition between scenes. Costumes were good and depicted the era. The band, led by an exuberant Dale Wills on keyboard, accompanied the cast well and choreography by Catherine Baritte added to the production and suited the age of the performers.

It is obvious that a lot of hard work had gone into this production so congratulations to all including back stage crew and front of house. I brought my 8 year old grandson with me who left with a big smile on his face having been ‘splurged’. That says it all!
Doreen Grierson
NODA representative. District 7

 








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Sorting out the Barn

Jen Armstrong


Sarah, Ben and ‘New’ Dave with some others have spent a long day sorting, clearing and reorganising the barn!

For the next clear-out we would love some more volunteers!

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NODA award for Excellence

Jen Armstrong


Riverside players have been the proud recipients of the 2016 NODA award for excellence for District 7. Congratulations to everyone involved! it was a spectacular show and brought Riverside back to the era of the classic family friendly pantomime.

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Riverside Awards

Jen Armstrong


Every Annual General Meeting We have our own little awards ceremony. The awards are chosen and given by the previous ‘Riversider of the Year’. These awards are accompanied by a few unfortunate souls who have been asked (usually in the pub) to help with the entertainment for the evening.

The 2017 awards:

Presented by 2016 ‘Riversider of the year’ Peter Nicholson

Riverside Awards 2017!
Guitar Hero Award—Ian Slipper (Accepted by Lorraine Slipper)
The Duracell Bunny (for the most energy seen at a Get In) – Dale Wills
Stepping up —Katie Aitchison and Steve Fenlon
(Miranda)              (Granillo)
Always There—Sarah Hill
Newcomer—Dave (New Dave) Byrne
Riversider Of The Year—Clive Cheer and Vicky Adams-Salmon

 

These two awards are nominated by the general members of the group. Caroline Frost is awarded by the committee and the Susie Fenlon is awarded by popular vote during the AGM itself.

Caroline Frost Award for creativity– Ian Slipper (Accepted by Lorraine Slipper)

Susie Fenlon spoken word award – Vanessa Elliot








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Meet your new Committee members!

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After a lovely evening which was our AGM (4th June 2017) , we have some new committee members to introduce:

Ferne Haxby

Jen Armstrong

These two members ran unopposed and joined the previous co-opted committee members  who are now elected:

Sarah Hill

Matthew Friett

Clive Cheer

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