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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 166 - Wednesday, 26th September 2007
'Poppy Appeal', an excellent play highlighting the dangers of
host of well known local personalities celebrated the launch
of Ian Pauley's latest play, 'Poppy Appeal' at the Royal
Hotel on Friday evening before watching the play's premiere
performance at the Phoenix Theatre.
Appeal' was commissioned by the Lifebouy Charitable Trust,
which is an extremely worthwhile local organization founded
by its current general manager, John Cooper and former Chairman,
David Stevens with the aim of helping adult drug users to
break the cycle of drug dependency and crime.
provides a bridge with the cycle of drug dependency and
crime on one side and on the other, a life of gainful, enjoyable
employment and independent responsible citizenship. This
is achieved by a 'Safe House, where Lifebouy residents live
as rent-paying tenants in a small community free of drugs
and alcohol. Residents are responsible for the daily routine
of cooking, cleaning and maintaining the property while
Lifebouy staff and Occupational Therapists assist them to
create and achieve their own objectives for a drug and crime
free lifestyle. Most of Lifebouy's residents have no birth
certificate, driving licence, utility bills, bank account
or passport and are given help to obtain a legal identity.
. . .
The Lifebouy Charitable Trust: Assistant Manager - Ben Williams,
Jacqui Ramsey, General Manager - John Cooper, former Chair of Trustees
- David Stevens, Trustee - Rosie Dyke, Chair of Trustees - Andrew
Harter, Councillor Jane Pendleton and Trustee - Alex Aldrich-Blake.
All of those who attended Friday evening's premiere of 'Poppy Appeal'.
George Pendlebury, Ursula Stewart, Joyce Thomas MBE DL and Jim Stewart.
Paul Keetch MP with his wife, Claire, Author, Ian Pauley and Mayor
Mayoress of Ross, Councillor Derek Bedford and wife, Meryl. Ref:
Pauley, whose last play, 'Resonant Frequency' at the Phoenix
Theatre was a big success, was commissioned to write 'Poppy
Appeal' by the Lifebuoy Charitable Trust and the remit of
the commission was to highlight the breakdown of communication
and relationships between parents and their teenage children
that encourage the children to embark on a career of drug-taking
that leads to addiction. Everyone is swift to condemn drugs
as a malign influence in modern society, and rightly so,
but few question why people, teenagers in particular, become
addicted; and it is this approach that Ian has adopted for
cast consists of Mum and Dad whose marriage is going through
a rough patch. They have issues that they are not facing
up to that are affecting their daughter Angeline. Angeline
is reacting to the friction and is truanting. As part of
the agreement with her school Angeline is seeing a counsellor,
seeing Ann is Dean. Dean's mother died less than a year
ago for which he blames his stepfather; as a result Dean
has moved away from home and into a squat.
Appeal is a bitter sweet love story about two teenagers
who see the world from a flawed perspective. It is also
about a marriage in crisis with the parents not seeing what
effect their behaviour is having on their child. What I
wanted to do was to write a piece that would contain as
much for parents as it does for teenagers'.
piece is full of drama but Ian has assured he has managed
to squeeze in some lighter moments too.
cast are: Mum
- Amanda Smith, Dad - Gordon Brigg, Ann - Mary Brigg, Angeline
- Jenny Allen from 22nd to 25th September and Dorothy Rayner
from 26th to 29th September, Dean - Alan Christopher from
22nd to 25th September and Jo Malsom 26th to 29th September.
The play is co-directed by Katy Trevethan and Ian Pauley.
'When I was casting and auditioning for the play I was concerned
that there would be shortage of young actors to play the
demanding lead roles,' said author, Ian. 'I could not have
been more wrong. Dorothy and Jenny are 16 while JO, Alan
and Katy are 17. They are all very talented and it has been
a great pleasure working with them."
in the photographs below in various scenes from the play
are Jenny and Alan. The play is not suitable for anyone
under fourteen. Tickets are available from the theatre box
office 01989 564570 hours 10:30 - 12:30 am, 7:30 - 9:30
pm and also from The Market House Heritage Centre 01432
Happy Birthday Sean!
Belated birthday greetings go to Sean Darker, who celebrated
his 36th birthday on Saturday, 23rd September.
We hope you had a lovely day, Sean and look forward to seeing
from Tina and Alan, Christo and Ave.
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