Players’ stage is set thanks to duo’s efforts
AFTER a two-year, Covid enforced absence, plans for The Castle Players’ 2022 summer production of Shakespeare’s madcap tale of mistaken identity The Comedy of Errors in the grounds of The Bowes Museum are finally taking shape.
And it’s all thanks to the efforts of two new members of the group – retired doctor Rob Pearson and retired electrical engineer Ernie Redfearn.
They have transformed a series of computer aided design drawings and virtual animations into concrete reality.
The pair’s ingenuity is helping create an ambitious stage set for this year’s production, which, as the evening progresses, will transform the grounds of The Bowes Museum into a giant “magic lantern” – glowing in a range of colours as the play draws to its dramatic conclusion.
The ambitious setting is the centrepiece of this year’s production, which also includes a specially designed and built raised stage, with live six-piece band and full lighting and sound systems to ensure audiences can sit back, relax and revel in the excitement that only live outdoor performance provides.
Director, Gordon Duffy-McGhie, said he was staggered by Rob and Ernie’s endeavours.
“It’s been amazing to watch this dynamic duo in action.
“Whatever we’ve thrown at them they’ve responded magnificently.
“The design drawings have changed numerous times, but throughout the entire process, pencils behind their ears, both Rob and Ernie have worked with precision, enthusiasm, and endless good humour.”
Mr Duffy-McGhie added: “In fact, they’re so industrious, I’ve been relegated to making the teas.
“Rob and Ernie really do sum up what The Castle Players stand for – big-hearted, community-spirited folk, giving up their time and expertise to help bring Shakespeare to life for one – hopefully glorious – week of the year.”
Performances of The Comedy of Errors, in the grounds of The Bowes Museum, run from Tuesday, July 5, to Saturday, July 9, with curtain up at 7.30pm.
Tickets, which are limited to 300 per night, can be bought online at www.thewitham .org.uk, by phone on 01833 631107, or in person by visiting The Witham, Barnard Castle.