Blue Remembered Hills

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“A quirky drama by British TV dramatist Dennis Potter”
(best known for The Singing Detective).

Directed by Max Hastings

Foster’s award-winning theatre company, FAMDA proudly presented the groundbreaking ‘Blue Remembered Hills’, which was first shown on BBC TV in 1979, starring Helen Mirren.

FAMDA had a stellar cast for this show – Bruce Grainger, Louise Harfield, Max Hastings, Murray Maclean, James McIntyre, Margaret Rudge and John Watson – talented adults who take on the roles of seven year old children playing in the Forest of Dean one summer afternoon during 1943, when Britain was in the depths of World War II.

Loaded with laughs, but with a sting in the tale, this play was staged to invade hearts – and minds!

When: 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24 May 2008

Where: Foster War Memorial Arts Centre, Main Street, Foster.

Cast: The Children (in order of appearance)
……. Willie – Murray Maclean
       Peter – Bruce Grainger
       John – John Watson
       Raymond – James McIntyre
       Angela – Louise Harfield
       Audrey – Margaret Rudge
       Donald – Max Hastings

Production Team:

Director – Max Hastings
Production Manager – Dianne Paragreen
Set Design – Geoff Davey
Original Music – Rob Ellis
Lighting Design – Andrew Oldroyd
Sound Design – Rob Ellis
Costumes – Anda Banikos & Abigail Van Rooyen
Construction Manager – Bruce Crowl
Settings Construction Team – Arie Bos, Bert Fabel, Max Hastings, Larry Giddy,
Ted Hutton, Ross McKenzie, Alan McPherson, Phil Nightingall,
Barbara Partridge, Don Roberts, Dick Straw

Scenic Painting – Geoff Davey
Properties – Geoff Davey, Anda Banikos
Lighting Operators – Andrew Oldroyd, Michael Thomas
Stage Manager – Phil Nightingall
Make-up – Jan Bull, Nicole Cooper, Trish O’Neill
Front of House Managers – Marcella Brennan, Edwin Coad
Ticket Bookings – Deborah Harris – Main Street Revelations
Publicity & Marketing – Linda Giddy, Jennifer Paragreen


Victorian Drama League Judge’s Awards

Ensemble Acting – The cast of Blue Remembered Hills
Pyrotechnic effects – Andrew Oldroyd & Rob Ellis

Victorian Drama League Nominations

Most Outstanding Drama – Blue Remembered Hills, FAMDA
Most Outstanding Director of a Drama – Max Hastings
Most Outstanding Set Design – Geoff Davey
Most Outstanding Lighting Design – Andrew Oldroyd
Most Outstanding Sound Design – Rob Ellis
Most Outstanding Costume Design – Anda Banikos & Abigail van Rooyen

Gippsland Associated Theatre Awards

Most Outstanding Director of a Drama or Comedy – Max Hastings
Most Outstanding Support Actor – Max Hastings
Most Outstanding Lighting Design – Andrew Oldroyd
The inaugural Alby Fisher Memorial Award for excellence in creativity and design – FAMDA for the outstanding creation of the fire effects in the burning barn. (Principally the work of Rob Ellis & Andrew Oldroyd utilising Geoff Davey‘s set).

Photographer:Yianni Banikos


5 Responses to “Blue Remembered Hills”

  1. Beverley Roblin Says:

    I am currently working on BRH as an AS text with a group of Alevel students. One of the questions is based on staging I was just interested how you overcome the complex staging particularly of the last scene

  2. Jennifer Paragreen Says:

    To Beverley Roblin
    The “barn” was covered in a scrim which could be opaque or transparent depending on the lighting.
    The “fire” was created with lighting, sound effects and a smoke machine.
    The best person to communicate with for more details is Andrew Oldroyd. You can get his email address by requesting it through our contact form if you would like to know more.

    Thanks for the question!

  3. Ciara Cooper Says:

    Hell I am an AS student currently working on the technical side (lighting) for Blue Remembered Hills.

  4. Ciara Cooper Says:

    i was wondering if you would give em some ideas, or even tell me how you lit your stage on the last scene when he barn is set on fire.

    anything at all would be an enormous help.

  5. Sean Says:

    I was just wondering, how did you create the hollow on stage?

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