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Highbury Flyer

Issue - 31                                                                                                   26 July 2021

Flyer News

Originally the Highbury Flyer was born out of a desire to provide some small entertainment to our loyal members during lockdown and closure, and the absence of being able to provide our usual range of plays, films and other activities.  Now that things are getting back to normal, and with plans coming into place for a full bill of entertainment for next season, the Flyer will soon be retired as the emphasis changes to promoting live events at the theatre.

There has often been a small section What's happening at Highbury, when odd events were able to take place and for background activities, but as you will have seen for the last few issues that has become much more prominent.  Certainly when the new season starts, there will be more of a place for something that focusses on broadcasting what is actually happening at the theatre, and less on the other content that the Flyer has been bringing.  Comedy and entertainment will be provided by shows and films, quizzes and other social activities will be organised as before, and art will once more be hanging in the foyer to be appreciated in detail.

Coming up is the opportunity to reduce the emphasis on YouTube videos, Google and Zoom meetings, and get back to live entertainment, and the social interactivity that coming to an event encourages.

What's Happening at Highbury

Deep Cut

Philip Ralph's play concerns the death of 18-year old Private Cheryl James who was one of four young soldiers to die at Deepcut Barracks between 1995 and 2002 and traces her parents’ struggle to establish the truth behind her death.

Highbury Players were due to present Deep Cut when theatres had to close their doors for the first lockdown.  We have created an alternative presentation of the production which is an audio recording of the play, accompanied by images from the final dress rehearsal.

This was first shown in June and we are delighted to have a second chance to present it.  We would like to invite you to join us on 4 August at either 2:30pm or 7:30pm and listen to the story and see what the play would have looked like.

Some of the comments we received after the first showing were: 

“A wonderful, innovative piece of theatre last night!  I could have sat and watched for another hour or more, it was so gripping."

"I wasn't sure what to expect with Deep Cut, indeed I wasn't certain I wanted to see it.  However, I have to say it was amazing."

Tickets available at £5.00
(plus £2.00 membership if applicable)

Book Tickets - Deep Cut
Please note that due to current Covid arrangement, it is essential to book in advance.  It will not be possible to turn up on the night and buy a ticket.

If you find the event sold out, it is always worth checking back later to see if more tickets have been released.
Confessions of a Comedy Writer
An Audience with David Tristram

We were planning to spend a delightful evening listening to the confessions of that marvellous comedy playwright David Tristram on 6 August.  However, the need to continue operating Covid-19 restrictions means that this is being postponed.

Please look out for future announcements about the re-scheduled date.

Membership Note

If you were a member before Covid came along, i.e. the 2019/2020 season, or became a member during the 2020/2021 season, this has now been extended to 31 July 2022, meaning you will still be able to purchase tickets at member prices. Contact the box office - - if you need to know your membership number.

If you are not a member, purchasing a ticket with the additional £2 membership fee will also allow future purchases at member prices until 31 July 2022.

Highbury Online Art Gallery

This time we feature a collection from different artists.  They have featured previously in the Flyer but worthy of a revisit.

Carol White - The Path to Peter Port

We came across this view on a walk to St Peter Port. It seemed to fit the bill for an Art Circle Exhibition 'Looking Through', so I took a photo and worked on the acrylic painting when we returned home.
Anne Whitlock - Far From Home

The eagle was study started over a year ago when I was still able to go to classes and which I finished using Karisma art grade coloured pencil crayons. The subject was found in an RSPB magazine.
Deborah Hodgson - View from Ilam Park

For those keen walkers in the Peaks, this view may well be recognised as that being from the National Trust tea room at Ilam Park which proves a great starting point for a walk around Dovedale.
David Taylor - Settling pools in front of the mine at Arsenic Valley

The industrial landscape has always interested me, in particular the dereliction that changes and transforms once rural setting such as those in Cornwall and its coastline.  This is from a valley near St Just's, leading on to a beach next to Cape Cornwall which was once a scene of tin mining
Margaret Fairhead - Bridge over the Caledon Canal.

The picture is worked over a hand-painted fabric surface in manipulated machine stitching using a variety of fabrics, threads and techniques to provide a rich textural surface

For all information on exhibiting your work at Highbury please email
Sheila Knapman

Player News

Well Euro 2020 is over, and well done to the England team for getting to the final, even if they did perform true-to-form when it all came down to penalties.   There is a huge amount of pressure on a team player who has to take the responsibility of winning a major tournament onto their own shoulders, and I have enormous respect for anyone who has to do that.  However, just an observation.  The news reports all showed the disappointment of that last miss, but I think it was lost before then.  Surely, the whole point of taking a penalty is to get the ball in the back of the net, and if the goalkeeper saves it that shows skill from both players.  But if you are going to hesitate, look indecisive, then bounce it off the post, the goalkeeper might just as well be sitting in a deckchair enjoying a nice glass of Chianti.

Speaking of football, I am going to horrify a legion of football fans by saying that I didn't watch the match, just the penalties, and was blissfully ignorant of what was going on just around the corner.  When someone showed me a video taken locally of two coaches, and said "Look, they're on their way to Wembley", my first (and only) thought was that it was nice of them to lay on coaches to take the fans to watch the match.  I failed to take much notice of either a) that it was Saturday or b) that there was a police escort.  It was quickly pointed out that these was not fans, rather the England team leaving their training ground just three miles up the road from where I live.  Well there must be hundreds of St George's Parks in England - he is the Patron Saint after all.

And finally, the lockdown has been lifted.  I would run down the street cheering were it not for the fact that little seems to has changed.  Tune in to BBC breakfast and the presenters are still sitting at opposite ends of the sofa, and interviews are still being done with microphones on long sticks. The 2020 Olympics are being held behind plastic screens and with no crowds.  The pingdemic has struck and supermarket shelves are once again emptying fast.  This is not a criticism, it is simply a statement that Covid didn't pack its bags and go home at midnight on 18/19 July.  Taking a quote from Hill Street Blues, "Let's be careful out there".

Richard Irons, for Highbury News - tentatively released into the wild

The Highbury Mini Quiz

As promised, another set of film and TV links but all the answers are actresses this time.

  1. Shakespeare in Love, Paddington, Downton Abbey
  2. Downton Abbey, The Current War, The Imitation Game
  3. The Imitation Game, Atonement, Pride and Prejudice
  4. Pride and Prejudice, Little Voice, The Witches
  5. The Witches, The Addams Family, The Royal Tenenbaums
  6. The Royal Tenenbaums, Sliding Doors, Shakespeare in Love
  7. Shakespeare in Love, Notes on a Scandal, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  8. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Gnomeo and Juliet, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
  9. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Billy Elliot, Mama Mia! Here We Go Again
  10. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Moonstruck, Mermaids
  11. Mermaids, Little Women, Girl Interrupted 
  12. Girl Interrupted, Atonement, Howards End
  13. Howards End, Saving Mr Banks, Nanny McPhee
  14. Nanny McPhee, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Death on the Nile
  15. Death on the Nile, All About Eve, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane

And from last time.

  1. The Crickets were the backing group for Buddy Holly
  2. Crickets chirp by stridulation (rubbing their wings together)
  3. 'The Cricket on the Hearth' was written by Charles Dickens
  4. Jiminy Cricket appears in Pinocchio
  5. James Mulgrew is also known as Jimmy Cricket
  6. The cricketer's almanac is Wisden
  7. Cricket St Thomas is a parish in Somerset
  8. The musical 'Cricket' was written by Sir Tim Rice
  9. HMS Cricket was Insect Class
  10. The youth cricket and disability sport charity is The Lord's Taveners

Funny Bone

A man and a woman had been married for 60 years when they decided to move house.  As the man was emptying his wife's wardrobe he finds an old shoebox with two crochet dolls and about £60,000.  He shows the box to his wife and asks what it was for.

"When we were married, my grandmother told me the the secret of a happy marriage was never to argue.  She told me that if I ever got angry with you, I should keep quiet and crochet a doll."

The man was so moved that he had to fight back the tears of joy, as there were only two dolls in the box.

After recovering his composure he asked.

"That explains the dolls, but what about all this money?"

"Oh." She said, "That's the money I got from selling the other dolls."

And Finally

As if you needed any proof that cats are more agile than dogs.

Obstacle Course

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