One Night

Haddenham Players annual Variety Show


Haddenham Players delivered their Annual "One Night Stand" with a twist this time — an entire evening themed around Musicals – and we had some real talent on show.  

The show was ably Produced and Directed by Hannah Austin, who also celebrated her birthday during the show. This is the 3rd such event Hannah has delivered for The Players and they get better each year.  This year saw the return of many local favourites and included a variety of different performances. 
Hannah Austin, Cassy Childs, James Kershaw and Stuart Taylor all sang once again to an outstanding standard. This year joined Zoe Platt who also provided top-quality performances, all met with rapturous applause by those in attendance.  
Opening the second half, The Haddenham Hand Bell Ringers were in fine fettle and delivered a medley of tunes which held the room spellbound and in awe of their technical proficiencies and skills. 

Players stalwart, Sarah Wood, offered some lively readings of "Gus the Theatre Cat" and "Mr. Mistoffelees" from Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats (1939) by T. S. Eliot and latterly "Cats" the musical; and Mary Pritchard, a long time resident of the Village, gave us a personal account of her work in the Theatrical Arts & Dance world over the decades. It was an honour for the Players to provide a stage for such a well-recognized and much loved community member.
Tom Langton and Robin Nash, both performed for the first time for the players too. Combining with an apt poem about musicals and then singing, with Tom performing with his guitar. An amusing poem called "I Hate Musicals" was also delivered by another 'new to the stage' performer, Roberta Silva, who provided humour and gentle wit. 
Coupled with the always uplifting finales of an ABBA Medely this truly was one night at the musicals. 

By James Kershaw and Mike Sullivan


Once again Haddenham Players provided an evening of much mirth and high quality entertainment in their 'One Night Standing' variety show at the village hall on Saturday evening, from comedy of the 1940s to current stand up, from duets to solo performances, the accomplishment of the participants shone through. 

The evening was put together and directed by Hannah Austin and was amusingly compered by Mike Sullivan. It opened with a musical conversation between Hannah Austin and Cassie Childs about what might be possible and then burst into an opening number by the whole cast that ably set the scene for a lively and entertaining evening. 
The four singers, Hannah Austin, Cassie Childs, James Kershaw and Stuart Taylor, were remarkably competent and sang in the style of many of the professionals in West End musicals. The musical sketch by the four singers about unrequited love made some of us realise for the first time that we were quite boring and probably quite lucky to find a spouse!

In the middle of the evening the Haddenham Hand Bell Ringers played several pieces, giving us a chance for a bit of a sing-along, and then finished with an interesting simulation of church bell ringing. Their concentration was palpable and the result most entertaining. 

During the interval, Mike Sullivan made a presentation to Tom Chisholm in recognition of his many years as a thespian, as both an actor and a director, and his outstanding support for and participation in the Haddenham Players. 

After the interval Graham Stoney and Mike Sullivan reminded us of Flanagan and Allen with some period wise-cracks and an opportunity to sing about arches and rabbits, which we did with considerable enthusiasm. The poems by Rebecca Taylor were witty and entertaining and her accompaniment on the key board demonstrated her versatility.

The whole event had the ambience of quiet confidence and good organisation whether on the stage or in support. It showed the depth of talent amongst the players. Well Done.

By Graham Tyack for


One Night Stand, Haddenham Players' latest production, played to a full and appreciative audience in the Village Hall on Saturday night 22nd October 2016. The review was a most entertaining showcase of local talent produced by Hannah Austin. Hannah has a long association with the Players as an actor but this new departure into production was a great success. 

Ably compered by Adrian Ripley, the variety show certainly lived up to its name, with something for everyone, young and slightly older! Adrian's amazing memory act started the show and he followed it later with a stunning rendition of Nessun Dorma. 

Stalwarts of Haddenham drama and poetry scene, Mary Pritchard and Sarah Wood, delighted us with their amusing readings of funny and, in Mary's case, saucy poems! Sarah and Hannah also gave us some lovely acting snippets in 'Commercial Break' and 'Maggots'. In complete contrast, Dee Pizzo gave a heartbreaking speech from Nina Bawden's thoughts on losing her husband in the Potters Bar train crash in 2002.
Haddenham Handbells, and the duo Tim Armitt and Gus Orchard, led the way on the music front, the former playing a trio of well known songs and the duo reprising their much-loved Flanders and Swann songs. Village newcomer Cassy Childs sang with great confidence and her duet with Hannah Austin was a delight. 

All in all, an evening of good old fashioned entertainment using local talent. Well done Haddenham Players and Hannah Austin! 

By Margaret Watkins for