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Performances: Thurs 17th to Sat 19th November 2005.

Location : The Loweswater Village Hall, in the north west of the county of Cumbria, UK.

Occasion : A Tethera Valley Players Production

Details : "Breath of Spring" by Peter Coke.

A comedy in three acts.

Photo: the local press launch day (courtesy of Brian Heard).

10th October 2005 :

The name "Tethera" comes from the Cumbrian for "Three" in our case the three valleys of Lorton, Loweswater and Buttermere . . . and all the players are local, or as near local as they can make it.

We are a local group of amateur players and plan only one event in November each year, a few weeks ahead of the other valley Christmas festivities.


This years play is a "Breath of Spring" - a minor West End comedy - to be performed the 17th 18th and 19th November at the Loweswater Village Hall.

"A great night out" - Loweswater Link.

"Lucky if it ready on time" - Loweswater Sceptic.

Ann has volunteered for a part in the Tethera Valley Players Annual Village Play.

For my part, I have been promoted to the role of Stage Manager - no one else wanted it !

It befalls me to organise, build and decorate the stage set, but life is made a little easier because we have access to a local warm(?) and dry barn where we can build the set and the Cast can rehearse "on stage" which should make things easier.

Laura, Ann, and Ann, following the script and waiting for their grand entrance(s)

Lets make a start - Betty and Ian kick off act one.

This was the basic layout for the set, held together with sticky tape and nails.

The balcony corner

The desk, downstage and stage right.

The doors were stored from last year's production and the bureau was a luck find at the local furniture auction.

25th October :


The stage layout is now confirmed and

the players are starting to introduce props

to add meaning to the words.


John, our director hovers in the background.


31st October:

Press Day and a first chance to dress up for the cameras

and get a little publicity via the local newspaper.

Bee has fainted and Lily offers a glass of water . . . .

Will she be all right ?

You'll have to attend to find out won't you . . . .

1st November:

Time now to start decorating properly.

The set will have to be dismantled from the barn and rebuilt in the hall soon (that'll be fun) following the grand thespian traditions of a "touring company". In our case the company is stable and it is just the set that tours !!

To be continued . . . .

Tickets : From Laura Todd at Corn How (tel: 01-900-85631) or click here to request tickets by email.

Please mark your request "Tickets". Payment by hand or the post please.


Technical note: Pictures taken with a Canon IXUS 400 Digital camera. (All photos are mine unless otherwise stated)

Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.

This site best viewed . . . with a copy of the script and fingers crossed.

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