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Willersey Footlights Society

We produce regular stage plays in the Village Hall and are run by a committee with Beccie Williams as the current Chairman
852011 and Mary Gittings as the current Secretary 858601.




We are now shaking off the dust of the past problematic months and gearing up with future events in mind. We know we have many new residents in the village and some of you may wish to share your talents and skills with us. With this in mind, we invite you to come along to our newly polished village hall on Monday, the 4th October at 8pm to exchange ideas and meet the existing team. You will be Very Welcome! If you need to know more about us do look online on the Village Facebook site or just key in Willersey footlights. Any queries just contact our secretary Mary Gittings.



Things are happening:
Well.covid did get in the way a bit, but we are now up and running towards another fabulous Footlights Show on Friday March 31st and Saturday April 1st Tickets were on sale on March 1st contacting Alan Gittings by email on agittings@talk21.com or tel.858601/07734363670 to ensure you are not disappointed.

Well, where do I start? What a fantastic weekend. The curtain has drawn on another Footlights Show. I want to say thank you to everyone who has been involved in this show as I know that I didnít mention everyone I should have in my speech last night. To all our newcomers I hope you enjoyed your first Footlights Show, whether you've come from previous experience or are completely new to the stage you have all embraced the nonsense that we call entertainment and I hope you will be back again in the future. You've brought fresh enthusiasm, musicality, humour and some fantastic scripts and you will always be part of the Footlights family. To our experienced cast thank you for once again doing what you do so well, for welcoming the new members, for guiding them through the chaos and for your continued dedication to our society. To all the front of house volunteers who worked the bar, raffle, filming of the show and box office for giving up your free time to make the nights run so smoothly. To everyone who turned up today to help restore the hall to it's usual state with a full clean up. And finally to the audience who came over the two nights, some who came twice!! (I think that might be a first) Your warm reception for our amateur entertainment always drives us along and your generosity in buying raffle tickets and donations to the charities is humbling. We will upload a recording of the full show to Youtube once we have arranged a cast screening and get together in the near future. So much goes into putting on a show like this and I hope you all take time to recover and reflect on what you have achieved in the coming days. Thank you so much.

We presented      THE      TV      SHOW

This was an amusing take of some of our regular TV shows with plenty of music
Willersey Village Hall Friday March 31st and Saturday 1st April 2023 at 7:30 pm

Tickets - Adults £10, Children (Under 16) £6 from:
Alan Gittings 01386 858601/07734363670, Willersey Garage or The Bell Inn 01386 858405
Pay Bar (Cash only)          Raffle
Proceeds to Charity



Here are some pictures from THE TV SHOW in March 2023.


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Since our last show in 2019 it is with deep sadness that we have to report the passing of our dear Footlighters, Stefan White, Pam McAteer, Daphne Lamb and Mildred Powell. We all treasure those precious memories you have left us with, laughter, kindness and warmth.



Plans were now underfoot for new production to take place in November 2022. With a sideways glance at Covid and our take on it, mixed in with a little romance, the usual song and dance numbers, the show is now coming together. We have happily welcomed a lot of new faces that have joined Footlights. A lot of the old faces are still there, looking a bit older now, Cathy is back as producer, Cissy and Ada are back, making their inspired appearance and doing something interesting with miles of fabric and yards of strong elastic. Tom Jelfs's IT skills are bringing a new look to the show and putting a theatrical twist on things.

Yes you've guessed it, its all going to be its usual irreverent comic based nonsense!



The Company are now putting together ideas and thinking about planning rehearsals. As it stands, we plan to start fully committed rehearsals in September.
We shall keep you informed re our progress and in the autumn tickets for the new show will be available. Anyone out there with a yen to tread the boards we are still looking for help on stage or behind the scenes. So do get in touch you would be most welcome. Contact Mary. Secretary. marys.badger@btinternet.com     Tel: 07711936976     01386858601



The Story of Footlights......So Far!
In the summer of 1985 an appeal was put in the Parish Magazine inviting local organisations to “do a turn at the” forthcoming Harvest Supper. The school Parents and Teachers Association immediately took up the challenge and got busy organising a sketch, and after much ‘we could do better’ the Football Club committee decided to have a go too. The PTA's version of ‘We plough the fields and scatter’ was very entertaining if somewhat risqué for a Harvest Supper, the Football Club's rather pathetic attempt at Barbershop Singing was, at best awful but nevertheless extremely funny. Both attempts at entertaining were to leave the audience in tears, thankfully from laughter.

In the audience were the new postmaster Philip Simpson and his wife Trish, who thought as newcomers to the village they should be seen to support the local event. Well, after going along to what they thought was going to be a rather typical grin and bear it evening, they left having had a jolly good time and still chuckling at what they has seen. A few weeks later Phil met the ‘would be’ Barbershop boys in the Bell Inn and expressed his enjoyment at their performance; he also expressed his desire to join in on any future performances. The truth was that no one would ever ask them to perform again, so it was decided to form Willersey Footlights to put on their own show. Three months later our society was officially formed.

Phil's influence was enormous. As a former professional musician he had been there and done that, but loved the easy go attitude of the local enthusiasts. His bizarre scouse humour was at the root of most of the early Footlights shows. As you can see by our list of shows, we have had a go at most topics all of which have one thing in common; all have been a mixed bag of humorous sketches sprinkled with the odd attempts at trying to be serious. Our audiences who have supported our shows over the years do not come to witness artistically great performances. If so, they would go away disappointed but they do however come to see the cock-ups, the ad-libbing and people totally prepared to be made fools of.

The 23 shows put on by the Footlights have sold well over 5000 tickets and donated more than £16,000 to various charities. (Nearly 100 cast members over the years have performed over 300 sketches and attempted to sing over 100 songs.)



Google youtube willersey footlights to view videos of some of our previous productions.



The Best of British

All those associated with Willersey Footlights would like to express our appreciation for the splendid support we received through tickets sales, raffle prizes and community support for putting on the show. As ever with Footlights performances, profits for the show always go towards supporting a worth cause. This year the village hall refurbishment is being supported, with the amount to be announced when the accounts are completed.
The illustrious Willersey Footlights took to the boards again with performances on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings 25th to 27th April 2019 in Willersey Village Hall. The show “The Best of British” was a miscellany of pure entertainment based on our National treasures. Tickets were available from February 1st and could be obtained from Alan Gittings (tel. 01386 858601 mob. 07734363670) or from Willersey Stores.

Some photographs from Best of British. Click on the thumbnails for a larger vesrion.


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Poster for Best Of British Show by Willersey Footlights in April 2019.

The Shows... 1986 - 2023
    Date           
    2023          The TV Show     
    2019          Best Of British     
    2017          A Christmas Cracker     
    2016          FootLights Through the Ages     
    2014          FootLights at the Movies     
    2013          Anything Goes     
    2011          The Best of 25 Years     
    2010          The Four Seasons     
    2008          London     
    2006          The Lost Secret     
    2005          Footlight Follies     
    2004          The Next Generation     
    2001          The Best of Footlights     
    1999          2000 A Real Oddity     
    1997          The Wafta Awards     
    1995          A Very Rough Guide to Britain     
    1993          As Time Goes By 5000BC to 1993     
    1992          End of the Pier Show     
    1991          Around the World in 80 Minutes     
    1990          Cinderalla 2     
    1989          Hooray for Hollywood     
    1987          39/45 War Show     
    1986          Old Time Music Hall     


A Christmas Cracker


Footlights Presented “A Christmas Cracker”.
Footlights performers were busy rehearsing for “A Christmas Cracker”, a pre-Christmas Spectacular performed on Saturday 25th (7.30pm) and Sunday 26th (3.00pm) November 2017 in Willersey Village Hall. Tickets were available from the Village Stores priced at £7 for adults and £5 for children. However tickets for children for Sunday's matinee performance, which were geared more towards a ‘family entertainment’, were priced at £3.00.

All those associated with Willersey Footlights would like to show our appreciation for the splendid support we received for our recent seasonal offering A Christmas Cracker'. We are delighted to be able to report that as a result we have been able to make a donation of £500 from our proceeds to Campden Home Nursing Trust.


Willersey Footlights Rehersal 2017


Willersey Footlights has a facebook page and also various videos on youtube The Movie (Parody Movie Trailer)
Behind The Scenes of A Movie Trailer - Blend That Film     Before and after: The Movie Trailer - Blend That Film
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A few members of Footlights and others, being Happy!


Here are some pictures from the Footlights through the Ages at Willersey's Queen's 90th birthday celebration.
(Click on the images for a full size version.)

   


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Here are some pictures from previous Footlights productions.
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