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CVP is an energetic non-professional drama company based on the Herefordshire / Worcestershire border a few miles from Great Malvern.

Here you can read about our past productions, book for the next one and learn how to contribute as an actor or behind the scenes.

CHRISTMAS TREAT FROM CVP

Bah Humbug!  It’s clear that Christmas 2020 is going to be rather less festive than usual.   In past years, Cradley Village Players have been on hand to add a little cheer to the winter months. Three years ago, for example, we staged Meg Monk’s lively production of Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol.  Our version, by Welsh-born playwright Gary Owen, added topical references to streamline and update the original for a younger audience while keeping its central story intact.

Sadly we can’t perform this or any other play in the flesh this year.  But the wonders of digital technology mean you can see it again if you came last time or for the first time if not.  Just click on this link and you can view (but for copyright reasons not download) our video recording of the production.

‘A rousing family show, with belly laughs and cheering songs, that also presents the dark side of Dickens’s tale with tremendous boldness’ one reviewer said of the original.  ‘While some sections are bleak enough to make us all want to mend our ways, Owen does’t linger over evidence of Scrooge’s miserly behaviour, opting to focus on the events that made him what he is: a single-minded, workaholic entrepreneur who might make the decisions on Dragons’ Den.  A hugely likeable show that melds history with our modern world’.

Former Worcester Cathedral Lay Clerk Kit Williams played Jacob Marley, and retired local GP Bruce Herriot was Ebenezer Scrooge with a cast of thirty talented adults and children in the roles of Tiny Tim, the three Christmas Ghosts and all of Dickens’ other wonderful characters.  Music and lyrics by Adrienne Quartley and Michael Cryne were accompanied by Wynne Harries.

Enjoy!

David Robertson

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