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84 Charing Cross Road

Ben Newton

Our Spring production for 2022 will be:

84 Charing Cross Road

By Helene Hanff

(Arranged for the stage by Julian Boose-Evans)


84 Charing Cross Road is the true story of Helen and Frank that spans 30 years across the Atlantic ocean. As time travels on, Struggling writer Helene connects with Frank and his Book shop associates through letters and parcels exchanged via Airmail. Their friendship begins as professional and courteous and very soon becomes a love story. Not a love for each other, but a love for literature.

Based on a true story, it was made into a film starring Judi Dench and Anthony Hopkins!

We will be looking for actors to play the following roles:


The Characters:

Helene – older woman (30-60ish age range in play)

Frank – older man (30-60ish age range in play)

Cecily – Younger woman (20’s)

Bill – (20’s/30’s)

Megan – (20-30’s)

There are a few more smaller parts that include voice over characters and characters which actors can double role for.

They are: Maxine, Mrs Todd, Pilor, Alvin and Mr Marks


Auditions will be held in the Eynsford Village Hall on the following dates:

6th Feburary, 17:30

8th February, 20:00


Here are the audition pieces as well as the audition form:




Helene and Frank

Maxine and Megan



Audition Form


To give you a better idea of what’s involved, Jen has kindly recorded a video to explain a bit more about it!

If you are interested please contact me on:

[email protected] or [email protected] 

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Dick Whittington

Ben Newton

It’s panto time again! Join Dick Whittington and his Cat, as they journey to London Town to seek their fortune. They must battle the dastardly King Rat, whilst trying to win the heart of his sweetheart Jenny.

With a lovable collection of sailors, rats, pirates – as well as Silly Tom and his foolish mum, this promises to be a clssic night of fun for all the family.  So book your tickets now!

As always, Riverside Pantomime aims to be a fun afternoon/evening for everyone. Feel free to call the Box Office to discuss larger bookings or specific requirements.

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Prometheus and the Godfather

Ben Newton

Riverside’s Radio play gives us a closer look at the seedy underbelly of the life of the Gods.

Lorraine Slipper – Prometheus
Vanessa Eliot – Hera
Kirstie McMillan – Zeus
Anna Brown – Epimetheus
Dan O’Brien – Apollo
Michael Barker – Man
Ferne Haxby – Woman
Andrew McMillan – Secretary
Jacob Friett – Producer
Lord New Dave Byrne – Director

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Ben Newton

Riverside Players present Artnet by Eric Coble.

Katie Aitchison – Joanne Frida
Clive Cheer – Chief
Sarah Hill – Claudette Monet
Shari Newton – Sally Dali
Matt Frieacre – Andy Warhol
Kerry Chesher – Leanne Da Vinci
Kim Frieacre – Paula Picasso
Ferne Haxby – Mona Lisa
Jacob Friett – Sound Technician
Kirstie McMillan – Director

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Brief Encounter

Ben Newton

Enjoy the Riverside Players stylings of the classic radio drama: Brief Encounter!


Kirstie Mcmillan as Laura

Daniel O’Brien as Alec

Benjamin Newton as Fred

Ferne Haxby as Mary

Lorraine Slipper as Narrator

Clive Cheer as Condutor

Lord Dave Byrne as Foley Artist

Jacob Friett as Sound Technician

Katie Aitchison as Director/Announcer

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

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Blackadder II: Review

Ben Newton

SOCIETY                   Riverside Players             

PRODUCTION          BLACKADDER II            

DATE                         25TH October 2019    

VENUE                       Eynsford Village Hall   

REPORT BY              Janice Boyns-Redway 

The string of lights on the approach to the Village Hall were welcoming and the foyer decs. were noticeably in-keeping with this production of Blackadder11, one of Britain’s most popular TV comedies ever made. It is set in the Elizabethan era and is ‘peppered’  with sarcasm; cynicism; satire and humorous quotes, which to this day, remain ‘etched’ on the minds of eager followers.  

 The stage layout was innovative and enabled the actors to seamlessly move between scenes. The lighting focused the eye effectively on the duel set and the lower level of stage. The increased space worked well, allowing for spontaneity of free movement. The ‘negative’ space was used intelligently and the whole area was impressively arranged, in-keeping with the performance. The design lent itself to partially playing in-the-round, with some of the audience sitting to the side. Everyone accommodated this formation well, addressing the whole audience most of the time. The severed heads were suitably gruesome along with many other impressively thematic props. 

 Blackadder [Geoff Hillier] demonstrated his character convincingly by being the sly, self-centred, suave and sarcastic nobleman.  He was a real cynic, had clarity of speech and was perfectly cast. Lord Percy [Michael Barker] offered a ‘constipated’ personae which epitomised his role. A little more voice clarity was needed here as with Queen Elizabeth [Lorraine Slipper], she was however a Miranda Richardson clone and added a different comic dimension. Baldrick [Jason Down] offered another convincing performance as a bumbling side- kick who was not far from the real thing. Nursie [Ferne Haxby] fascinated the audience with her unusual facial expressions and she also made a good job of producing this production. Lord Melchett [Richard Gissing] was another of the actors to have offered a performance true to his character and was natural in the way that he did it. Lady Farrow and Lady Whiteadder [Julia Bull] gave spirited performances with energy and flair. Mr Ploppy/Lord Whiteadder/Guard [Paul Friett], Mistress Ploppy/Freddie Frobisher/Guard [Tony Fish], Young Farrow/Simon Partridge/Prince Ludwig [Matthew Frieacre], Geoffrey Piddle/Executioner [Lee Bentley], Mrs Higgins [KirstyAtkinson/Naomi Morgan] and Mr Higgins [Matthew Wintour] all demonstrated ‘textured’ characters, some of whom were “repulsive” individuals which suited this production admirably. Mathew’s performance as the Prince was powerful and the brylcreamed hair added to the image. Singing Wanderer [Karen Friett] added another dimension with her powerful  renditions. All showed great enthusiasm and off-stage acting maintained consistency. Noone ‘fell’ out of character. The bar staff did well in remaining discreet and they did not detract from the performance The pace throughout moved smoothly and the prompt was satisfyingly underused.Well done for continuous focus.  

 Congratulations go to the Director and all supporting crew. There were some novel and thematic touches ie the drinks’ names and the   programme on parchment .The costumes were typical for the genre; they were well presented and colourful. The innovative layout accommodated the on-the-side seating well but the smoke machine was sited too close to seating. Baldrick’s teeth could have been a little less white and Mistress Ploppy’s hair was in need of dressing as it looked very wig like. The show could have benefitted by offering a slightly toned down exuberance, without compromising its style. Less is more. The parchment listings could be confusing for the uninitiated but overall, it was a fitting tribute to this iconic show. Congratulations go to everyone involved for their expertise and skills whether they be learning lines, the ability to engage with an audience or a good level of understanding of some acting techniques. 

As it was so well cast, it was an enjoyable evening and one which left the audience thinking they were seeing the ‘real thing.’   

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Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood: Reviews

Ben Newton



Eynsford Village Hall 

Director – Lorraine Slipper 

Musical Director – Peter Nicholson 

Choreographer – Heidi Phillpott   

Sunday 19th January 2020 (12.30 performance) 

You can always rely on Riverside Players to produce a fantastic family pantomime and this year’s production was no exception. It was almost like writer and director Lorraine Slipper had put a tick against a check-list on how to write the perfect pantomime. We had a hero, villain, love story, comedy, ghosts, delightful dance routines, audience participation, trendy songs and of course a fantastic Dame Trott in the shape of Matt Frieacre. Not forgetting the ‘Babes’ Arthur (Finn Prior) and Sarah, (Lily Deal). All the cast were splendidly costumed. 

The band, a quartet of guitar, keyboard, bass and drums, I thought was going to be too loud, but in fact it wasn’t and I could hear all the vocals. Lighting and sound enhanced the whole experience as did the well thought out and designed scenery.  

The story is set in Medieval England and King Richard is away fighting in the Crusades. The rather comedic Sheriff of Nottingham (Jack Barker) and his villainous sister Malevola (Ferne Haxby – what wonderful facial expressions!) hatch a plan to ‘lose’ the Babes in the woods, but of course Robin Hood (Jen Armstrong) and her, sorry – his merry men are there to thwart their plans, with a bit of help from the Forest Spirit (Kerry Chesher). Who is the mysterious stranger keeping an eye on things? Why it’s none other than King Richard (Jason Down) come back to claim his rightful place. The Babes are saved, Robin marries Maid Marion, Dame Trott gets her man (The Sheriff) and all the baddies are put where they belong. What other possible ending could there be to the story?   

All of the cast played their parts as individuals,  to make this show gel. The production relies on panto traditions and talent.The script is funny and entertaining for the kids with enough topical jokes to keep the adults amused. 

Two of my grandsons came with me this year and the 8yr old was joining in with the “It’s behind you” at the top of his voice. I asked the 11yr old what he thought was the best bit, his reply “I got two chocolate coins!” Typical!  We all had a lovely afternoon’s entertainment, thank you and well done. 

Doreen Grierson 

NODA representative 

District 7 


And, from one of our audience members…

Brilliant panto. The musical direction was brilliant with small band accompanying but brilliantly put together. In my opinion no more needed! It was well balanced and the instruments blended well. The vocal arangements were simple and effective with good harmonies and strong voices! A strong dance number in the second half highlighted the talents of both the choreographer and some of the younger performers. The babes are cute with some great cutting asides about the ‘hideous’ audience and the main characters well established. It was nice to see a traditional set up with the principal boy and the ever so slightly confusing dame. The quick too and fro for some of the characters made the audience laugh and the sheriff is now to blame for my two children singing ‘lovely’ every chance they get! Thanks for that. One of the many highlights of the show was the interval number. It was well put together and simply staged. Well done to all involved creating that! The other stand out moment was the fight sequences. A mixture of boxing, sword play and kung fu were chorographed well and added a lot of comedy especially with the constantly drunk friar. It made me laugh and smile. My kids loved it so much they made me come twice!
 truly well done! Xstar-struck

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Songs for a New World

Ben Newton

Riverside Players are proud to introduce a new director and show for July 2020! 

Performance dates are: 17th, 18th, 24th and 25th July 2020 

“Songs for a New World” created by Jason Robert Brown is a unique piece of musical theatre. It is more of a song cycle than a story. The show unites a group of performers who all have one thing in common-they stand at moments of transition, a time of decision. We have all had that feeling – do we turn left or right. 

The music speaks directly from the performer to the audience. It is almost visceral as it is about an emotional reaction to the lyrics and the melody. 

We are looking for a group of people who will work together to stage this show. To bring to life both the emotion and the decision making process of the performance. Actors and singers who can work together as a team, seamlessly and unselfishly supporting one another from the opening to the closing. 

In order to achieve this we are holding an informal workshop, where we will introduce you to some of the numbers and ideas for the show. We will also be having a sing along before the main auditions. 

Dates for your diary:

  • Initial Workshop: Come and play some games, sing some songs and get introduced to the opening sequence from this show. We are looking to see how everyone works together. Everyone is welcome.
    Tuesday, 25th February 19:30 – 22:00
  • Sing-a-long: Come and sing through the whole show and see which role may suit you! We will be running through the entire show with the MD and director.
    Tuesday, 3rd March, 20:00 – 22:00
  • Auditions: Open to everyone. Sunday, 15th March 17:00 – 20:00
  • Auditions: Open to everyone. Tuesday, 17th March 20:00 – 22:00

For the auditions, please prepare a song from a modern musical composer.
If you would like suggestions, please get in touch and we can offer some ideas.
If you would like to perform something from this show we would love to see it.

We would also like to hear you speak a short piece of prose directly to an audience. We are looking for how you communicate naturally with the audience.
(This does not need to be from memory)

All of these will be taking place at the Eynsford Village Hall – feel free to get in touch if you have any questions.

Everyone is welcome.

Trisha Gough 


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