A CHERITON PLAYERS PRODUCTION
HE’S BACK. OH DEAR.
THE NAME’S BOND. TREVOR BOND.
By Simon Tytherleigh Adapted by Helena Gomm www.thecheritonplayers.org.uk
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From our Chair Regular visitors to Cheriton Players’ shows will know that what you are about to see tonight is somewhat of a departure from our normal format. Yes, it is comedy, for which we are well known. Yes, there are familiar faces on stage, and yes, we have a sell-out. In fact we sold out for this particular show nearly three months ahead of the first night, which is going some, even for us. Perhaps one of the reasons for that sell-out is the fact that Diamonds Are For Trevor is part traditional stagework and part filmed. Something that has caught the imagination of many people and has obviously attracted a great deal of attention both locally and wherever our film crew pitched up over the summer. To actually witness a car reverse up to us whilst filming on location near West Meon with two attractive ladies asking, with all sincerity, “Is this a real Bond movie?” is proof that there is a fascination, both with this oldest of misogynistic film genres, and with the possibility of a glimpse of someone famous. This production (it’s difficult to know whether to call it a play or a film) has been huge fun from the reading of the first, original script presented by Helena Gomm back in the early spring, through the film making work in the summer and early autumn, to the more familiar stage rehearsals, and it has pulled in a lot of expertise and experimentation in the making: model making, exploding science centres, slo-mo filming, editing, sound recording, location hunting, TV ‘walls’ and the support of an amazingly flexible cast and crew. Plus, of course, Helena’s vision and attention to detail. I won’t repeat what she has said further into the programme, but we have an awful lot of people to thank for helping us to get this production off the ground and that, of course, includes our loyal audiences who have booked early to avoid disappointment. Thanks for coming, and we hope you enjoy our first foray into the not-alwaysglamorous and rather different, slow world of film making, as we attempt to seamlessly meld two very different forms of entertainment into one for you this evening. A note for your diaries: our next production is to be Murder Weapon, a highly tense mystery thriller on Wednesday 13th - Saturday 16th May 2020. Tickets will be on sale in the new year, so don’t delay in getting yours! David Cradduck
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From the Director This production of Diamonds Are For Trevor (affectionately known as DAFT) is really the result of a chance visit to friends in Devon. As we sat drinking in their garden one summer’s evening, they regaled me with tales of how the Bradninch Players had put on an extraordinary show, part filmed and part staged – and written by a local playwright, to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012. Of course, this was also the same year in which the opening ceremony of the London Olympics inextricably linked Her Majesty and her corgis with the exploits of her most famous secret agent. My interest was piqued, but Cheriton Players didn’t have anyone with filming skills amongst the membership at the time, so an initial suggestion that we might consider it for a future production came to nothing. It wasn’t until I saw Cheriton’s production of Fallen Angels, in which a delightful black-andwhite film produced by Jim Glaister was screened to cover a major scene change, that I realised the skills might now be available to do DAFT. I visited the original author, Simon Tytherleigh, who generously agreed that not only would he give me permission to do the show (supplying me with the original script and DVD), but that he would allow me to make changes to it, to bring it up to date. After all, the original villain had been the banker Fred Goodwin (aka Fred the Shred), and who cares much about him now? Working on DAFT has been a joy from beginning to end. Jim Glaister, who directed the filming, brought not only technical expertise to the project but also good ideas and added humour. He also brought the talents of his band, Hornblower Down, who performed and recorded the incidental Bond themes. As producer, David Cradduck made things happen in a way that
leads me to suspect he may have been a fixer for the mob in a former life. Fabulous filming venues, posh cars, explosives experts ... you name it, David can seemingly supply them at the drop of a hat. Add to that the team of actors and helpers who made up the film crew â€“ equally willing to turn up to a chilly and soggy Hayling Island beach at an ungodly hour on a Sunday as they were to swelter on a sun-drenched Bramdean Common; prepared to don wetsuits (and much worse) to go in the sea; to stand in the rain operating sound equipment and clapperboards, or just to sit patiently in a car in the pouring rain, waiting for the five minutes out of the entire day when they were actually needed on set. They were all absolute troupers. In addition, the generosity of people unconnected with Cheriton Players who were happy to let us use their cars, their driveways, their premises and even their dogs for filming was overwhelming. We started doing the filmed sections in July. By September, the filming was mostly done and while Jim got stuck into the editing, the rest of us started work on the staged portions of the show, which has, in many ways, been just as much fun. I am immensely grateful to everyone who has been involved in this show in whatever capacity. I would particularly like to thank the Cheriton Players Committee for the leap of faith they took in agreeing to take on something so different from their usual productions, and those who had the vision and commitment to make it happen.
DIAMONDS ARE FOR TREVOR BY SIMON TYTHERLEIGH ADAPTED BY HELENA GOMM 19th–23rd NOVEMBER 2019
Vicar on bicycle
Grumpy Old Lady
Grumpy Old Lady’s dog
TV Producer’s voice
Title Sequence Dancer
Burly Chassis Body Double
The Filming Team
Director of Photography/Camera/Editor
Jamie Herdman, Craig Robertson
David Cradduck, Helena Gomm
Paul McTaggart, David Cradduck,
Jan Conway, Matt Dowsett
Drivers/cars supplied by
Mike Dowsett, Bill Airey
Melissa Simm, Steve Wall
Extra camera operator
Extra crowd editing
Music Burly Chassis
Backing Group, Vocals & Arrangement
Jim Glaister and Hornblower Down
Sound Recording & Mixing
The Stage Team
Jamie Herdman, Graham Arnott
Peter Reay, Dave Wright, Paul Hellard
Front of House Manager
Paul McTaggart, David Cradduck, Jim Glaister
Cheriton Players is a small friendly theatre group always keen to encourage new members to join us onstage, backstage and front of house. If you are interested in joining the Players, please get in touch through the website www.thecheritonplayers.org.uk or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org You can also join our mailing list through the website to receive our regular newsletters and details of future productions. We would love to hear from you!
Our grateful thanks to: Jim Glaister for his unending support, expertise and and input. Hornblower Down and Charlie Hellard for producing two monthsâ€™ worth of music in one week. Bill and Shirley Airey for allowing us to use their fabulous E-type and pitching in so readily with everything. Mike, Cherry and Matt Dowsett for allowing us to use their equally lovely Ford Anglia and also for contributing ideas and help. Andrew Sellick for use of the driveway at Warnford Park. West Meon Village Shop for allowing us to film in the cellar. Residents and neighbours at Cheriton, Langstone and West Meon. Jim and Yvonne Noble for inviting us to film in their house and workshop. Simon Jenkins of Gatleyâ€™s Pet & Aquatic Centre, Liss for allowing us to film in their fish tank. Graham Silk and Paul Hellard for allowing us to film on their land. Peter Mills of Sutton Manor Farm, Bishops Sutton, for agreeing to us setting off explosives in his field. Graeme Pick and Ben Ward for generously letting us film at Winchester Science Centre. Martin Murphy of Langstone for allowing us to park on his drive. Hayling Island Sailing Club for allowing us to park on their premises. Chris Moses for his technical and pyrotechnic expertise. Fran Welby for her dressmaking skills. And everyone else who took part in, or supported this production in any way! Please refrain from taking flash photography and turn off all mobile phones. In the interests of safety, and access for performers and FoH staff, please keep aisles and walkways clear.
Helena Gomm (Director) Helena Gomm’s secondary school only performed musicals and – as she can’t sing a note in tune – she was always relegated to making props. Expecting it would be much the same when she joined West Meon Theatre, she was surprised to find herself cast as Gwendolen in The Importance of Being Earnest. She has regularly appeared on stage for West Meon Theatre and for Cheriton Players ever since. In 2013, she made her first foray into directing, with Neville’s Island for West Meon Theatre. This was followed by Night of January 16th, a courtroom drama involving 18 actors.
Jim Glaister (Director of Photography) Jim is an actor, filmmaker and musician. Normally found acting, backstage or making promo videos at the Chesil Theatre in Winchester, Jim was introduced to the Cheriton Players when he was asked to make a short film for last year’s production, Fallen Angels. Unsurprisingly, he was asked back to play a more integral filmmaking role this year. His filmmaking efforts have been rewarded twice at The Winchester Short Film Festival – once in 2012 and again in 2013. He is a member of local band Hornblower Down, who have provided the music for Diamonds Are For Trevor.
The first production that Helena directed for Cheriton Players was Cash on Delivery (the one with the belligerent, radio-controlled washing machine). Since then, she has directed The Game’s Afoot for Cheriton and The 39 Steps for West Meon Theatre.
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Past Productions A Very International Variety Show Fallen Angels
April 2019 November 2018
The Browning Version/A Matter of Taste
The Game’s Afoot
(Another) Murder in Cheriton!
The Even Greater Cheriton Variety Show
Cash on Delivery A Month of Sundays Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime
November 2016 March 2016 November 2015
Third Week in August
The Great Cheriton Variety Show
An Inspector Calls A Bolt from the Blue Season’s Greetings Murdered to Death Clerical Errors Alice Blithe Spirit Don’t Dress For Dinner Together4Christmas
December 2013 April 2013 November 2012 May 2012 November 2011 June 2011 November 2010 April 2010 December 2009
VARIETY SHOW, APRIL 2019
Black Comedy Oliver! Don’t Utter a Note Forty – Not Out! Murder in Play Confusions An Evening’s Entertainment
And then there were None Cat on the Fiddle Love’s a Luxury She Stoops to Conquer Key for Two ‘Bless ’em All’ Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime Pardon Me, Prime Minister Variety Music Hall Murder in Company Worzel Gummidge
Parallel Lines Table Manners A Christmas Carol Out of Order Idol Talent The Noble Spaniard Jungle Fantasy The Real Inspector Hound &
March 2000 November 1998
After the Ball is Over
The Champion of Paribanou
March 2001 November 2000
Murder in Cheriton!
May 2002 December 2001
The Ghost Train ’Allo ’Allo
Move over Mrs Markham
Ten Times Table Habeas Corpus
April 1998 November 1997 April 1997 November 1996 April 1996 November 1995 May 1995 November 1994 April 1994 November 1993 April 1993 November 1992
My Fair Lady
May 2007 January 2007 November 2006 April 2006 December 2005 April 2005 January 2005 November 2004 May 2004
Two One-Act Plays Lock up Your Daughters Haul for the Shore Best of Old Time Music Hall Tons of Money The Late Mr. Larrington Merry Christmas Music Hall Man Alive The Wind in the Willows I’ll Get My Man
April 1991 November 1990 May 1990 February 1990 November 1989 April 1989 December 1988 April 1988 December 1987 May 1987
Past Productions Music Hall Laughter in the Dark Salad Days
Jan/Feb 1987 December 1986 April 1986
The Proof of the Poison
Gala Music Hall
Charley’s Aunt Music Hall Small Hotel Beyond a Joke Music Hall Play On! Present Laughter Old Time Music Hall And So To Bed Here We Come Gathering Music Hall
May 1985 February 1985 November 1984 May 1984 February 1984 November 1983 May 1983 February 1983 November 1982 April 1982 February 1982
Book of the Month
Pride and Prejudice
Music Hall The Full Treatment Fish Out of Water Music Hall A Friend Indeed Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime Music Hall Jam Tomorrow White Sheep of the Family Old Time Music Hall Love Birds Running Riot Jubilee Revue Your Obedient Servant Person Unknown Old Time Music Hall The Importance of Being Earnest Wolf’s Clothing Old Time Music Hall Love’s a Luxury
Jan/Feb 1981 November 1981 May 1980 February 1980 November 1979 April 1979 January 1979 November 1978 April 1978 Jan/Feb 1978 November 1977 May 1977 January 1977 November 1976 April 1976 January 1976 November 1975 April 1975 Jan/Feb 1975 November 1974
SALAD DAYS, APRIL 1986
Sailor Beware Old Time Music Hall See How They Run Doctor in the House Old Time Music Hall Quiet Weekend Who Lies There Old Time Music Hall Pools Paradise Something to Hide Old Time Music Hall Beside the Seaside Trap for a Lonely Man
April 1974 January 1974 November 1973 April 1973 January 1973 November 1972 April 1972 January 1972 November 1971 April 1971 January 1971 November 1970 February 1970
Sleeping Partnership Dear Delinquent Goodnight, Mrs Puffin A Pig in a Poke Wanted One Bod
February 1969 November 1968 May 1968 February 1968 November 1967
Still Life & Speaking Terms
The Happiest Days of Your Life
See How They Run
The Bride and the Batchelor
Breath of Spring
One Man Banned
Haul for the Shore
Friends and Neighbours Here We Come Gathering
March 1962 November 1961
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The official programme for the Cheriton Players' production of 'Diamonds Are For Trevor', November 2020.