Kilworth Cats!

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Off to Kilworth Theatre today with Ann, Janet, Jo and Carol to see the theatre’s production of ‘Cats‘. Am I the only person to have never a ‘Cats’ production before? Quite possibly!

Last time we were here was back in June, to see Joseph – and today was just as busy! West End quality without the prices! 😁

The story, is, as you probably guessed, is about cats! But these are no ordinary felines! The Jellicle Cats appear on just one very unique night of the year – the night of the Jellicle Ball. They each they tell their stories to Old Deuteronomy, their well-respected cat-leader, who must choose one of them to ascend to the Heaviside Layer and be reborn into a whole new Jellicle life.

Thanks Wiki! 😁

As always, with all Kilworth’s productions, they’re super-professional and every member of the cast looks like they’re having fun. Tonight was no exception and although we only knew a few of the tunes (all in the second-half), it was a very worthwhile experience.

And if the acting and the singing is always top-notch here, then the set design is right up there too! Kilworth’s interpretation for this production was that of an Underground Station – and it looked very (very) convincing with incredible attention-to-detail everywhere.

Being an outdoor performance, the weather that had postponed our outdoor cinema trip yesterday was on everyone’s mind. We needn’t have worried though, apart from the occasional gust of wind and a single clap of thunder (that I thought was a sound effect! Doh!), today’s matinΓ©e wasn’t hindered at all.

I think overall, it wasn’t my favourite Musical (mainly because I didn’t know many of the tunes) but the sheer professionalism of all concerned – cast, crew and orchestra made it a production worth seeing. πŸ‘

It was back to ours afterwards to help with the leftovers from last night’s banquet – every little helps! 😁

Joseph – And the Pub of Many Burgers

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We headed for Kilworth Theatre today to see their latest outdoor production
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Joseph

Running from 26th May until 5th July 2019, this production was back by popular demand. Given the track record here, we knew we were in for a treat!

Starring Jacob Fisher in the titular role; Carole Stennett (Narrator); Matthew McKenna (The Pharaoh) and Craig Armstrong (Jacob/Potiphar) with supporting cast: Rhianne Alleyne; Alexander Archer; William Atkinson; Ashley Birchall; Nicholas Collier; Hywel Dowsell; Nia Jermin; George Lyons; Owen McHugh; Ben Oliver; Matt Overfield; Marianne Phillips; Holly Prentice; Molly Rees Howe; Billy Roberts; Heather Scott-Martin and Lashane Williams

We picked-up Jo, Janet and Carol and enjoyed a hassle-free journey there. Thirty-five minutes later we were soon in our seats at the Bar ordering our drinks!

“Just the one to quench our thirst…”

As always with Kilworth, it was very well supported, and I think I only saw a few empty seats.

Well supported!
The Stage was set…

It turned out to be a really good performance – great songs (of course!) and great energy from all concerned – maybe a few too many sprogs in the production for my taste though! 😁 The resident Orchestra were outstanding – as they always are! Boy! George Dyer and his eleven-strong band of musicians certainly knew how to belt out a tune!


Pub…

Next stop was the oft-visited Tollemache Arms in Harrington.

The Tollemache Arms, Harrington

We were early, but they were able to seat us straight-away!

Madames who Munch!

Collectively, we opted for Shared Platters to start…

Shared Platters

…and then we all did our own thing. Jo and Janet chose the Fish & Chips, Carol, the Sea-Bass and Ann, the Roast Chicken…

A Burger too far…

I chose their ‘Red Lion’ Burger – a monster of a creation, featuring TWO burgers plus about every other filling known to man including cheese, bacon, gherkins, tomato and lettuce. I can see now why the guy on the adjacent table capitulated halfway through and left with his as a takeaway! None of us could manage Dessert… not even Teas or Coffees… and that’s a first (for me!) 😁

We dropped the Girls back at J & J’s and we spent the evening admiring the Garden and enjoying a rather large G&T each! πŸ‘πŸ˜Š