The Vicar of Dibley - Postponed

The Vicar of Dibley: auditions and show dates postponed

Dear members and friends,

In light of the guidance issued by the government yesterday, we have made the decision to postpone this week's auditions.

We do currently plan to put on the The Vicar of Dibley at a later date, and we are, initially, pushing back our timescales by a month. This would mean that auditions would be around the end of April, and the show would be around the end of June (dates, of course, TBC).

We also hope that, within a month, we will have more clarity on the COVID-19 situation.

Thank you to everyone who applied to audition for The Vicar of Dibley, and we very much hope that you will be able to audition at a later date.

We will, of course, continue to monitor the situation, and we will keep you all posted.

In the meantime, keep well and stay healthy.

Many thanks for your understanding,

Cygnet Players

Shrek NODA Review

What a show week that was! We had a fabulous, record breaking week putting on Shrek The Musical, and we hope everyone had as good a time as us.

Our NODA representative, Des Wilby, came along on the Saturday and had some lovely words to say:

"Attention to detail was obvious which is only achieved through commitment and dedication.  The entire show ran smoothly with no delays or interruptions to spoil the performance."

"Overall, the pace was fast, the dance routines varied and those performing genuinely looked like they were having fun!"

"Joe McWilliam took on the role of Shrek. This was a huge challenge and Joe certainly delivered in style and gave the audience what was expected.  Joe also has a terrific singing voice which he demonstrated throughout his performance."

"Gemma Louise Zirfas gave a lovely performance as the idealistic and feisty Princess Fiona."

"Adam Walker-Galbraith brought the loveable Donkey to life whilst mixing plenty of nervous energy with moments of tenderness and feeling. Another excellent example of character acting with strong vocals to match."      

Read the full review here!

The Vicar of Dibley - Director, Auditions!

The Vicar of Dibley
(Supported by Wandsworth Arts Fringe through Wandsworth Grant Fund)

We are delighted to welcome Laura Sutherland as director of our May play, The Vicar of Dibley.

Laura is new to Cygnets and excited to be directing The Vicar of Dibley. She recently directed Blithe Spirit for Southfields Theatre Group, and also performed in their productions of Pride and Prejudice and A Christmas Carol. Other directing work includes Guys and Dolls and A Little Princess, plus assorted acting roles over the years. Laura trained at Birmingham School of Acting.

The first meeting for The Vicar of Dibley will take place at 7.30 pm on Tuesday 10th March at St Barnabas Church, 146 Lavenham Road, SW18 5EP.

Anyone interested in finding out more about the play (members and non-members alike), please come along to meet the director and hear her talk about her plans for the show and auditions.

The current schedule for meetings and auditions (all at St Barnabas) is as follows:

  • Tuesday 10th March 7:30pm: First get-together
  • Tuesday 17th March, from 7:30pm: Auditions
  • Thursday 19th March, from 7:30pm: Auditions
  • Tuesday 24th March 7:30pm: First rehearsal

Rehearsals will then be on Tuesday and Thursday evenings throughout the rest of March, April and May. There will also be some Sunday rehearsals nearer the time of the show.

The show itself will be performed at St Barnabas Church, from 20–23 May 2020.

See our Auditions page for the audition pieces and more information!

Shrek The Musical : Cast Announcement

Shrek The Musical is based on the 2001 DreamWorks film Shrek and William Steig's 1990 book Shrek!with music by Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire.

Cygnet Players are performing Shrek The Musical at the London Oratory School Theatre from Wed 19th to Sat 22nd February 2020.

Buy your tickets HERE!


All Shook Up Review

We had an absolute blast performing All Shook Up at the Putney Arts Theatre, and judging by the reception from the audience, they enjoyed watching the show as much as we enjoyed performing it!

Des Wilby, our NODA representative, came to watch on the Saturday evening - here are a few of his comments:

"Jamie Miller-Hughes brought both her acting experience, and first-hand knowledge of ‘All Shook Up’, to the roles of Director/Producer. Attention to detail was obviously stressed as the ‘end product’ was both precise and polished.  The entire show ran smoothly with no delays or distractions and the ‘full house’ witnessed a superb show."

"Barry Lattimore-Quinn took on the hugely demanding role of Chad. Barry’s dancing skills and athletic movement were perfect for this high-energy role and character.  This was a hugely challenging role but one Barry looked to be greatly enjoying.  Overall, Barry delivered an excellent performance."

"Jessica Laing gave a superb performance as Natalie/Ed.  Jessica has a fabulous singing voice, which was repeatedly demonstrated throughout the show, together with maturity, apparent ease and great humour. A fabulous, all-round performance."

"The quality of the music was excellent and the timing was spot on".

"Congratulations to everyone involved at Cygnet Players for another first-class production"

Read the full review here.


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