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Issue - 30                                                                                                 28 June 2021

What's Happening at Highbury

Although the Government has thwarted our plans to open fully, we are not going to let that get in the way of a good show.  We will instead be continuing to run with the now familiar Covid precautions still in place.

Some dates for your diary:

29 June - 3 July:     Lockdown in Little Grimley
10 July:                   Film - Mission: Impossible - Fallout (Cert.12, 2018)
12-17 July:              Disturbing and Delightful

Please note that due to current Covid rules, 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.

Lockdown in Little Grimley
by David Tristram

They're back ... and now they're taking on Covid!

As long ago as 2007, Highbury audiences were in hysterics watching the four hapless members of the Little Grimley Amateur Dramatic Society attempt to stage 'The Last Tango', 'The Last Panto' and 'The Fat Lady Sings'. 

Now, with the onset of a global pandemic, they attempt to support themselves and the wider community with yet another doomed production.  The original Highbury cast (maybe a bit creeky now) bring the four am-dram characters back to life in a laugh-out-loud one hour(ish) play set at the beginning of the first lockdown and designed around Covid-secure social distancing ...  There's nothing to fear here, we're all sanitised!  Fun for those who remember these characters and hysterical for those who didn't see their last outing.

Tickets available at our 'welcome back' price of £7.00
(plus £2.00 membership if applicable)

Last few tickets remaining

Book Tickets - Lockdown in Little Grimley (all dates)
Confessions of a Comedy Writer

If you are not lucky enough to get a ticket for Lockdown in Little Grimley, what about a unique, illustrated talk with David Tristram, the writer of the Little Grimley plays.  He also created Doreen Tipton and Inspector Drake, as well as writing indie films, novels and children's books.
Planned for August - look out for more information coming soon.

Mission: Impossible - Fallout (Cert.12, 2018)

The sixth of the franchise, is directed by Christopher McQuarrie and stars Tom Cruise.

A breathtaking mega stunt-fest of a race against time after a mission goes wrong.

Mission: Impossible – Fallout is the highest- grossing film of Cruise's career, and the highest- grossing film in the franchise, surpassing Ghost Protocol.  It received critical acclaim for its direction, screenplay, cinematography, action sequences, stunts, musical score, and acting, and is considered by many critics to be the best instalment in the franchise.

‘Fast, sleek, and fun, Mission: Impossible - Fallout lives up to the 'impossible'’
‘...spectacular and eye-popping!’

(duration 147 minutes)

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

Book Tickets - Mission: Impossible - Fallout

Disturbing and Delightful
by Ian Appleby

The disturbing element is an adaptation of that famous and multi layered ghost story 'The Turn of the Screw' by Henry James.  Peter Quint and Miss Jessel threaten the children.  Is the governess their saviour or is she  a woman, paranoid, hallucinating, disturbed and dangerous?

The delightful element is 'What Happened to Algy?' an amusing tongue in cheek sequel to 'The Importance of Being Earnest' where Gwendolen and Cecily venture forth in search of Algernon who has mysteriously disappeared!

Tickets available at our 'welcome back' price of £7.00
(plus £2.00 membership if applicable)

Book Tickets - Disturbing and Delightful (all dates)

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

Maureen Wigley

Maureen is a member of the Sutton Coldfield U3A art group led by Betty Blight, which has exhibited at Highbury.

‘The water lily was growing in the pond in our garden.  The man in the shed was a picture on a magazine. The seagulls I photographed on holiday on Devon. ‘

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

Player News

A couple of weeks ago I had to go to our Telford office to get my laptop repaired.  As usual there was trouble on the roads with the A38 closed due to an accident.  I had plenty of time and wouldn't be able to do anything until the next day when I got it back, so I decided to take the cross country, scenic route.  In less than 5 miles I came across another road completely closed for repair, followed by three sets of temporary traffic lights and two more road repairs without.  With all this going on, I'm thinking that we should have the best maintained roads in Europe - apart from Monaco where every year they close off the streets, completely resurface and weld the manhole covers down.  Coming back I was quickly reminded that this is not the case, with potholes that can swallow an entire wheel, and sometimes two wheels at the same time.  Is it too much trouble for the council to throw some tarmac into a hole and squash it down?

Returning to the big occasion, everything went according to plan and my aunt celebrated her 100th birthday.  There was a cake, flowers and a big hat with 100 on it.  Before the event we were told that the TV cameras were coming round to film the occasion so I eagerly tuned in to the local news to see it.  A few days later having seen nothing, I enquired and found out that the TV cameras were in fact mobile phones and the event was put up on Facebook.  When I spoke to my father he was hugely disappointed as, in common with most people of his age (and probably everyone in the care home), Facebook is a album containing photographs of people's faces.  Fortunately I was able to visit with my own mobile phone and show him  the end result.

And some good news.  The Government’s green list of countries that can be visited without isolating upon return has been extended.  It now includes the Cayman Islands for those with lots of money stashed away (there is a particular sense of purpose there I think), the Pitcairn Islands, South Georgia and the British Antarctic Territory - wrap up warm.  Basically, if it's British, we will let you back in.  There are some others closer to home but with the ever looming threat of suddenly changing to amber at short notice, together with a suddenly added cost, I just hope the rain stays away here.

Richard Irons, for Highbury News - at home

The Highbury Mini Quiz

With the European Championships quite literally kicked off, this time questions are (loosely) related to cricket or crickets.

  1. Whose backing group was The Crickets?
  2. How do crickets make their characteristic chirping noise?
  3. Who wrote 'The Cricket on the Hearth'?
  4. Jiminy Cricket appears in which film?
  5. James Mulgrew is known by what professional name?
  6. What is the name of the cricketer's almanac?
  7. Cricket St Thomas is a parish in which English county?
  8. Who wrote the musical 'Cricket'?
  9. HMS Cricket launched in 1915 was what class of navy gunboat?
  10. Who are the UK's leading youth cricket and disability sport charity?
    (according to their web site) 
And from last time.

1. Bartholomew Roberts - Pirate
Black Bart was the most successful pirate of the Golden Age of Piracy, capturing over 400 ships and adopting an early version of the skull and crossbones flag.

2. Calico Jack - Pirate
John Rackham was known as Calico Jack, a nickname derived from the colourful calico clothes that he wore.

3. Henry Morgan - Fake Pirate
Henry Morgan was a privateer, commissioned for maritime warfare by the monarch and looted in the name of his country rather than for personal gain.

4. Christopher Moore - Fake Pirate
Christopher Moore was co-founder, and the first voice to be heard on Radio Caroline.

5. Edward Teach - Pirate
Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard, was captain of the Queen Anne's Revenge and used lighted splints under his hat to create a fearsome image. 

6. Anne Bonney - Pirate
There were very few female pirates as most believed that having a woman on board ship was bad luck. Anne Bonney dressed as a man, while sailing with the crew.

7. Charles Vane - Pirate
Captain Charles Vane was known for his cruelty and ill treatment of his crew, eventually leading to his downfall.
8. Woodes Rogers - Fake Pirate
Rogers was a Privateer who became governor of the Bahamas, where he set about ridding the colony of pirates.

9. Mary Read - Pirate
Mary  dressed as a man and called herself Mark Read, initially to join the British military, but later moved to the West Indies and became a pirate.

10. Hector Barbossa - Fake Pirate
Fictional captain from The Pirates of the Caribbean.

11. Captain Charles Johnson - Fake Pirate
Captain Charles Johnson was the author of the 1724 book 'A General History of the Robberies and Murders of the most notorious Pyrates'.

12. Redbeard - Fake Pirate
Character from a series of Belgian comic books.

13. Captain Richard Phillips - Fake Pirate
Richard Phillips was the captain of the MV Maersk Alabama that was boarded by Somali pirates in 2009.  He was played by Tom Hanks in the 2013 film.

14. Benjamin Hornigold - Pirate
Hornigold's second-in-command was Edward Teach, before Teach went on to captain his own ship.  He was careful not to attack British ships, resulting in him accepting a king's pardon and becoming a pirate hunter.

15. Red Rackham - Fake Pirate
Although John Rackham was a real pirate, The Treasure of Red Rackham was the twelfth volume in the Adventures of Tintin. 

16. Morgan Adams - Fake Pirate
Morgan Adams was played by Geena Davis in the film Cutthroat Island.

17. Stephen Bonnet - Fake Pirate
Although there was a pirate named Stede Bonnet, Stephen Bonnet is a fiction pirate and smuggler from the TV Series Outlander. 

18. Patchy the Pirate - Fake Pirate
With a name like Patchy the Pirate he would not have lasted long before being caught. He is the friend of Spongebob Squarepants.

19. Olivier Levasseur -  Pirate
Levasseur was known for speed, ruthlessness and verbally attacking his opponents, hence his nickname 'La Bouche'.  He was also responsible for one of piracy's greatest hauls, when in the 1720s he captured a Portuguese treasure ship worth one million pounds (around 210 million today) - and this treasure is still missing.

20. William Kidd - Depends on your point of view
Like Henry Morgan, Captain Kidd was engaged by the crown as a privateer, but the English political climate changed and he was accused of piracy and ultimately arrested.  However, French passes that were not mentioned at his trial question his guilt as a pirate.   

Funny Bone

A man buys a lie detector robot that slaps people when they lie, and decides to try it at the dinner table one evening. The robot sits quietly as they make conversation, until he asks his son.

"What did you do today?"
The son replies "I was at school of course." and the robot immediately slaps him.

Thinking he'd made a good investment he then asks "Ok, so you weren't at school, where were you?"
"I was at a friend's house."
The robot sits quietly on the table.

"What were you doing?"
"We played on his new Xbox S for a while, then watched a film."
" Oh yes, what film was it?"
"Kung Fu Panda."
The robot slaps the son again.

"OK, OK, it was an erotic movie."

The father looks long and hard at his sun the says " When I was your age I didn't even know what an erotic movie was."
The robot turns round and slaps the father who looks embarrassed.

The mother by now is laughing and says "He's certainly his father's son."
The robot turns round and slaps the mother who, seeing the shocked expressions on the faces of both father and son, calmly picks up the robot and throws it in the bin.

And Finally

You may have seen snooker trick shots, but what about ping pong trick shots?

Ping Pong

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