I have always been fascinated by anthologies. It is possible to experience a whole range of powerful emotions and experiences within a very simple format. A few people reading and singing poems, prose and songs. I have enjoyed both listening to them and performing in them. I hope you find In Remembrance a suitable piece to honour those who served in the “Great War.”
Sarah-Jayne has loved acting and directing with Maskers. Her fave roles so far include Mrs Robinson in The Graduate, numerous characters and furniture moving in Great Expectations, and most recently the title role in Antigone and Magrat in Wyrd Sisters. She feels privileged to be part of this act of rememberance.
Alan has been an active member of Maskers for many years, last appearing in a variety of roles
in Don Quixote at Hamptworth Lodge. As an ex-Royal Engineer, Alan, thankfully, has never
been in an “active” role. He is honoured to be involved in this tribute to the fallen of the First
World War and other conflicts.
Since the age of three, Jenni has been bitten by the acting bug when she first performed in her
local church nativity play! Over the years she has performed for Maskers and many other local
groups in a variety of settings. Her favourite roles for Maskers include Nancy in Sitting Pretty,
Mrs Pearce in Pygmalion and the Contessa in An Italian Straw Hat. Jenni is delighted to be
involved in the In Remembrance Anthology.
Sheana's involvement with Maskers goes back to 1968...being a founder member. She played Hero in our first production of Much Ado About Nothing, directed The Wind in the Willows at Mottisfont Abbey and Little Women at The Nuffield, costumed many shows and appeared in Antigone in 2017. History and poetry are her favourite subjects, and during rehearsals Sheana has been very moved by the individual testaments.
Eric joined Maskers in 2012. He enjoyed picking up young ladies in Chekhov's The Yalta Game, was Joe Gargery, Wemmick and Drummel, sometimes in the correct costume in Great Expectations, and a particularly bolshie guard in Antigone. Eric was considered weird enough for Wyrd Sisters. He has found the researching of songs of World War I very moving.
Roland joined Maskers this year and made his debut in Don Quixote playing several colourful characters! He is honoured to be involved in this performance to commemorate the so-called Great War. He has found the courage and humanity of those closely involved in the fighting, who felt able to write poetry or songs in times of so much suffering, to be extremely moving.
Philip de Grouchy
Philip has forgotten how many anthologies and readings he has done over the years, though none he can remember directly concerned with Armistice Day. This being the 100th anniversary makes it a particularly powerful and moving occasion in which he feels privileged to take part.
Ros joined Maskers over 30 years ago and has played a variety of roles on various stages, indoors
and out. Her first Maskers play was Have You Met My Rabbit? Other favourite roles include Esmé
in Amy’s View, the title role in Rose at The Gantry, Beatrice in A Servant of Two Masters at the
Nuffield and Angellica Bianca in The Rover at Mottisfont Abbey. Ros’s directing credits with Maskers
are A Day in the Death of Joe Egg at the Nuffield and Humble Boy in the Studio. Increasingly of
late,her acting roles have been ladies of a “certain age”, eg the witch Nanny Ogg in Wyrd Sisters at
the Berry Theatre.
Peter has been a Masker for nearly 30 years, yet this is only the third time he has been bullied (sorry – coaxed!) onto the stage. His main contribution has been in set design – for the Maskers at Mottisfont, the Nuffield, and the Studio. He has also designed productions for Salisbury Playhouse, Motley Crew, Chesil Theatre, Theatre West, Boil & Bubble, Prime Theatre, & Southampton Operatic Society. He and his wife Ros brought their musical nostalgia show, Thanks for the Memory, to the Maskers Studio. Peter is also heavily involved with the Chesil Theatre in Winchester.