Review of NO WAY BACK - Virtual Theatre Company
must be any number of saviour-hearted organisations from both the world
wars getting unintentionally overlooked in all the commemorating. One
of these is – or rather, has been until now – the splendid VADs. Voluntary Aid Detachment,
which strikes my ear as strangely formal and bloodless by comparision.
Yet the words are an accurate enough description. The young women
formed a detachment, even if they could hardly have been more attached
to their work; they were all volunteers, and my goodness didn’t they
aid. High time they got themselves memorialised in the words and music
of a stage show. Thanks to director John Drewry and his Virtual Theatre
Company’s team of some dozen players, singers and technicians, this has
now happened and Memories of War has been mobilised.
Where better to catch the crack troupe than at the home of the Second
War’s star player, Winston Churchill. Here, in the Mulberry Room in the
grounds of Chartwell, Drewry and his team have just completed a
well-attended three-night run. It’s a game of two halves, first one
devoted to First War, second to Second. “No Way Back,” as the first half of the show is called, draws much of
its humour, and its poignancy, from the spectacle of genteel shire
girls and daughters of the manse turning up for duty as they might for
the onerous game-playing at country house weekends. Naturally this world
was far more complex and, since the government of Lloyd-George, far
more threatened than it liked to let on. The resulting strange English
composite of grit, wit, feigned insouciance and moral backbone is
beautifully evoked here by Suzanna Rickmann, Marie Kelly, Diana Scougal
and the Drewrys John and Eunice.
Review of ON THE HALLS 19 March 2014
Marie as Britannia.
Testimonials GOLR Spring Luncheon, Royal Garden Hotel, Kensington 17th May 2009"Thank you so much for the wonderful harp playing in the foyer before the luncheon. I heard the lovely notes across the foyer and it transported me away! And you looked so terrific and playing so beautifully as well" Queen Ratling
Hi Marie,Thank you soooo much for your fabulous entertainment. They all loved you and have been singing your praises ever since! The looks on all their faces, the way you got them all up singing and dancing, was a joy to see. I'm attaching a few photos as a memory for you and, thanks again, for making such special memories for all of us. Lorraine.