All The Fun Of The Fair

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Moving away from the 1930s, where productions over All-The-Fun-of-the-Fair the pastfew years have been set, ‘All the Fun of the Fair’ is a modern jukebox musical love story with a book by Jon Conway, based on the songs of David Essex. It has successfully toured the UK twice in recent years and well as running for a limited season at the Garrick Theatre in the West End.

Set against the backdrop of a travelling funfair, ‘All the Fun of the Fair’ is a brand new, action-packed musical inspired by David Essex’s debut album ‘All The Fun Of The Fair’ and underscored by a helter-skelter of hits such as Winter’s Tale, Hold Me Close, Gonna Make You a Star, Me and My Girl Nightclubbing, Silver Dream Machine and Rock On. The show follows Levi Lee, a recently widowed father with a rebellious teenage son. There is a gypsy future teller who is in love with Levi, and tells him there is danger and mysticism in his future. Dodgems and motorbikes, crafty cons and candy floss, fairground horses and fights, as well as unrequited love, romance and rock and roll bring out the carnival atmosphere in this world of fairground life.

As well as featuring upbeat music and dancing, the show has parts for all ages. Initially there will be an introduction/ read through on WEDNESDAY 10th JUNE at 7.30pm in The Phoenix Hotel ballroom (side entrance, immediate turn left, through doors, up stairs, turn right, then through double doors). Auditions for principal parts will probably be held the following week – date to be confirmed. Normal rehearsals will be on a Monday/Thursday with dance rehearsals on Wednesdays.

‘Allo,’Allo! on stage

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The final rehearsals are approaching and the cast is getting excited! Props have been assembled, costumes are made or hired and the show is virtually ready for the road. Everyone is getting into character especially Rene who, by the look of his photograph, doesn’t know which way to turn!

Don’t miss this great production:
Wednesday 25th – Friday 27th March, nightly at 7.30pm at The Guildhall, Chard.

'Allo, 'Allo! rehearsal pic (640x529)

MORE Dad’s Army and Wartime Concert

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To mark the 100th Anniversary of the outbreak of WW1, CLOS took a novel approach. Rather than putting on a concert dedicated to the tunes of the First World War, the society decided to stage MORE Dad’s Army using genuine BBC scripts of Mum’s Army and The Floral Dance – and to use the well-known characters from this classic comedy to produce a concert party tribute within the show.

Mum's the word!

Mum’s the word!


The performance was part of the Membury & Yarcombe & Chard Royal British Legion 100 Year Anniversary and members of the cast also provided the background entertainment for the Mayor’s reception on November 11th 2014 at The Guildhall.

Me And My Girl 2013

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Me and My Girl 1Me And My Girl, starring Chris Williamson as Bill Snibson and Silvey Webber as Sally Smith, was a tremendous success in its run at The Guildhall, Chard in October 2014.  Directed by Nick Lawrence, it was nominated for Best Musical Production in the prestigious Rose Bowl Awards.