Amazing Love

Some Oxford Phab members performed in the Musical “Amazing Love“, while others came to watch. All those who took part, and hopefully those who watched, found it inspiring and uplifting.

It was written by Jack Godfrey, a member of Wesley Memorial Church, and who came to Phab from time to time – and tells the story of John and Charles Wesley.  This might not sound like the most promising material for a musical, but the Wesleys had an exciting life and Amazing Love features a fire and a storm at sea, both accompanied by appropriate special effects, as well as scenes at Oxford University and the Colony of Georgia. We also learnt the less widely know “Tale of Jeremiah‘s Wife”.

Here we see, in the background, Oxford Phab members Penny, John, Sarah, Mary and Karen. Note the simple, but effective 18th century costumes.

In the background are Mary, Sarah, Karen and John from Oxford Phab looking on as John Wesley talks to Sophie Hopkey.

Here John (on the upper level), Mary and Sarah are joining in the finale.

Up in the gallery Simon was running a Followspot to illuminate principle characters, and helped with the setting up and taking down of the lighting rig.

This video was shot during the setting up of part of the Fire! scene. The production version of the scene used more fire effect lighting systems and a smoke machine.

Rehearsing for the musical and thinking about some related issues led to the article Amazing Love, Demographics and Mass migrations on my blog.

 

The Graeae Theatre Company gave us lots of Reasons to be Cheerful

We went – in our lovely minibus – to the Milton Keynes International Festival to see the Graeae Theatre Company performance of Reasons to be Cheerful.

This is a selection of hits by Ian Dury, arranged and performed by Graeae, with British Sign Language interpretation, and captioning and images related to the lyrics, all woven into a rocking performance.

DSC00393Here we are arriving at the festival.

And seated in the Spiegeltent before the performance

DSC00398All good things come to an end and finally we had to leave, getting the minibus home about 1am.

 

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat

We went to see Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat at the New Theatre. A very enjoyable performance, and particularly impressive as we saw the performance which started at 8pm, and could not get into the theatre until 7:30 as the cast had been doing an early evening performance !

 

Murder Mystery Evening

Phab were invited to the Wesley Memorial Open Doors Murder Mystery evening.  This included a meal, being prepared here.

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The hall was set up.

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Tables were labelled with the names of famous detectives.

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We are Oxford after all – we also had Lewis,  as well as Rebus and so on from other places.

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Here is the Hall filled with aspiring detectives.

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The players in action

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Enjoying the meal.

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The Inspector reveals the result, which was a surprise to my table,

We alway enjoy joint activities with the church.