Stunning debuts take the spotlight

Happy Campers by Morpeth St George's Community Players
Happy Campers by Morpeth St George's Community Players

There may have been no campfire songs, but there were plenty of praises sung by the audience following the latest production by Morpeth St George’s Community Players last week.

Happy Campers, a two act comedy by Richard James, centred around three families who came together to scatter the ashes of their father/brother Frank. Long-standing tensions did not make for the happiest of reunions as they set up camp in a field.

The players chalked up another success, but without doubt, it was a series of ‘firsts’ which grabbed the headlines.

Congratulations are extended to Brenda Joy and David Kiely, who linked up for the first time as co-producers.

Likewise, Rachel Cairns (Helen) and Matthew Hankinson (Michael) should be applauded after making eye-catching debuts, the latter made a key discovery as the play, performed in the round, approached its finale.

But there was so much more to admire with Josh Beasley, who played the part of the annoying factualist Spencer.

Lara Simpson (Rachel), Bridget Rowbottom (Joan), Sue Elliott (Beth) and Jared Johnson (farmer Wilson) were all excellent.

In November, the group will stage Crusader, the story of Ellen Wilkinson and the town of Jarrow, which is a musical play written especially by Rose Reeve.

Brian Bennett