The Vicar of Dibley

Director: Dave Cornes

Dates: 23rd – 26th – March 2022

The 100-something vicar of the small English village of Dibley has passed on. A new vicar has been requested for a replacement. What they get is Geraldine Granger, a non-traditional, chocolate loving, rock n’ roll playing vicar. That is not what gets the citizens of Dibley in a uproar though. It’s because she is a woman. Still, that doesn’t stop Geraldine from proving her worthiness to the village. After time, the villagers (with the exception of influential David Horton) accept Geraldine as The Vicar of Dibley.

 

 

Cast List

June Brechin as Geraldine (The Vicar).
Kat Lenthall as Alice Tinker.
Ian Pratley as Jim Trott.
Trystan Luxton as Owen Newitt.
Ben Cooper as Hugo Horton.
Tim Phantom as Frank Pickle.
Jayne Massey as Letitia Cropley.
Bill Hinds as David Horton.

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The Vicar of Dibley
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 by Terry Hammond

Coalville Drama Group had them rolling in the aisle!

CDG came up trumps with their recent production of ‘The Vicar of Dibley’. The group’s chairman and director, Dave Cornes, adapted several episodes of the original BBC series to produce two hours of first-class comedy. The play starts with the death of the village’s ancient vicar. Things take a dramatic turn when the Parish councillors are confronted with a female vicar (horror of horrors). Geraldine sets out to win them over against fierce opposition from the chairman, David Horton. What follows is a merry-go-round of excellent comedy capers. The vicar was played by June Brechin, who gave a master class in comedy acting. Her adversary, David Horton, was played by Bill Hinds, who produced a first-class performance; as did Kat Lenthall, as the hapless verger, Alice.

The group demonstrated that they have some very fine actors. Tim Fantom, who played the dithering Frank Pickle, Trystan Luxton, playing off the scale Owen, Ben Cooper as ‘nice, but dim’ Hugo, Ian Pratley playing the eccentric Jim Trott and Jayne Massey as the naughty dark horse, Letitia Cropley, all gave faultless performances. The actors in the supporting roles all gave 100%.

This was one of the best amdram productions I have seen for some years, not least because it showed excellent casting and considerable teamwork, from the backstage and front-of-house.

Well done all. I can’t wait to see Dad’s Army at the end of May.

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