Trivial Pursuits

A play by Frank Vickery. Synopsis by Samuel French.

A summer evening's barbecue is the setting for a meeting of the Trealaw and District Operatic Society. Next season's play is to be announced but Nick, the society's business manager, has promised a different show and the plum roles to four different people. As the evening progresses each character's foibles and talents are revealed: Joyce, once talented and well meaning, is a lush; Teddy is alternately sweet and strident; Derek is pathetic but lovable. The complex relationships between players emerge as moments of pure slapstick and farce alternate with ones full of real drama and pathos. Not every hitch is resolved, but at the end of this exploration, by turns ironic and serious, of the joys and heartaches of amateur theatrics, the society is intact and its members ready for another season of testing the magic and artifice that is theatre.


The show was performed by the Horsehay Amateur Dramatics Society, Horsehay, Shropshire

from 25th to 27th November 2021.


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Photos courtesy of Alan Foster

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Production Team:

Director - Edward Davies
Set Design & Decor - Edward Davies
Set Construction - Alan Foster, Gerald Parkinson
Lighting and Sound - Ray Canister
Prompt - Chris Candlin
Front of House -Gerald Parkinson, Ellie Windsor,Sheila Hood, Chris Brown, Rona Sheldon, Liz Davies, Suki White, Mike White, Lisa Kane, Eileen Woolley, Mary Richards, Rich Harris
Special thanks :

Caroline Killen at Creative at the Keys for the piano accompaniment, Frank Jones for the supply of the television aerials, Jessica's costume by Triple C Costume Hire (



Teddy - Alex Edwards
Joyce - Shirley Gladwin
Mona - Karen Brittle
Pearl - Jane Parkyn
Roz - Jen Edwards
Jessica - Emily Walker
Derek - Richard Astle
Nick - Andrew Reed
Deidre - Rachel Aitchison
Eddie -Kane McCabe