Summer Variety Show

Summer Variety 2018 – Best of British

Rehearsals for our 2018 Summer Variety “The Best of British” are well under way, which if you attend I am sure you will enjoy. Lots of songs, lots of comedy, and a thoroughly good two and a half hours of quality entertainment, as one would expect from the Otterbourne Drama Group.

Dates as follows, Saturday the 2nd and 9th of June 2018, with two performances on both days at 1430 and 1930.

Our Box office is now open, please click here to purchase tickets. Just like the Pantomime you can choose where you want to sit and pay for your tickets online.

Summer Variety 2017 – Otterbourne’s Musical Extravaganza

Once again, Otterbourne Drama Group have produced a brilliant summer show. As always, comments received have been that it was the best summer show ever. This year has really produced the Talent and quality, which is now expected from our audiences.

Thanks must go to Charlie Oldham who has been re-vamping our sound system in the Chamberlayne Suite. Charlie is still working on the system so the quality of the sound should continue to improve. It is difficult to use individual names, but an exception must be made for our 4 year old Lottie, and our ladies who performed Cell Block Tango, it was fortunate that our new defibrillator remained in it’s case on the wall!

All in all everyone who took part must be congratulated on pulling off a spectacular show from the Director to the cast, the crew and the front of house, and not forgetting our Tea ladies.


Daily Echo Review

Starting with Grease and ending with Mama Mia, director Kevin Warne chose his material very carefully ensuring everyone had a moment in this very well lit and costumed show. With contributions from as young as four year old Lottie Crosskey, the cast of the children proved their worth – particularly in their “Thriller” number. Amongst the adult contingent, a very risqué and difficult “Cell block tango” was very well done along “Flash bang wallop” and  “Bali Hai”.  Direction and sound were excellent allowing  strong performers to shine, noteably Nicky Williams and Beth Warne, guitar accompaniment by Jack Hobbs to Sarah Bishop’s “Will you still love me tomorrow” was particularly appreciated by the Otterbourne audience as was the genial patter of host Terry Revell, coping masterfully with the unexpected firework interruptions.

Photos to follow.

Summer Variety 2016 – It’s Showtime

And what a show it was, with so many positives from the audiences, this was a fast and slick show with some brilliant numbers, especially those performed by our “Kids”. This year for the first time saw us using three flats on each side of the stage, so no moving curtains to distract the audience, and by using the flats it seemed that the stage was twice its normal size.

This was the first year that we have given two performances on two separate Saturday’s and cut out the Friday nights, this meant two matinees which is what our patrons seemed to want. So we turned the Chamberlayne Suite into a night club, with tables of 8, tablecloths and candles, which all looked very impressive.

Special thanks must go to Kay and Kevin Warne, Kevin who produced and directed the show and Kay who amassed and made the majority of our costumes, which were very colourful and quite outlandish at times. All in all a brilliant show all round. Well done everybody, from the stage, front of house, stage hands and the lighting and sound technicians

Daily Echo Review

Shows like this give every member the stage to entertain their local community, with all four groups contributing to the 31 numbers.

The Children were delightfully endearing and confident in delivering favourites from Annie and Oliver, additionally; Eleanor Watts held the audience spellbound during her “ les miserable’s” solo. The standout numbers from the young Adults featured Sarah Bishop and Holly Williams with their Chicago excerpt a highlight, as was Beth Warne’s solo from Grease. Nicky Willaims and Barbara Hancox combined well for the Ladies on “Sisters” and later when Nicky Willaims joined Paula Crosskeys and Barbara Thomas for Abba’s Supertrooper. The men played a lesser part but closed the first half in comic style with their Full Monty number.

Terry Revell linked the show and credit is due to Kay Warne for the numerous quick change costumes.

Alan Johns

Curtain Call
The Daily Echo



Previous Years

Please click on each show below for reviews and pictures from previous variety shows performed by the Otterbourne Drama Group.