Members of the NQSC began 2017 by plunging into rehearsals for a special one-off
entertainment evening to pay tribute to one of the world’s most popular writers.
The Jane Austen Evening was comprised of a delicious buffet, entertaining readings
interspersed with music of the period and was rounded off with country dances and
a lively game of musical chairs.
The company then prepared for their annual appearance at the Great Central Railway
War Weekend with a 1940’s Evening on 27 May. The ‘rations’ provided were delicious,
the audience played a popular war-time game called ‘Beetle’, the 40-minute tribute
to ENSA (Entertainment National Service Association) performers went down a storm
and everyone joined in with a very raucous Lambeth Walk. Visiting Lindy Hoppers taught
us some dance steps and a good time was had by all.
The following weekend, the cast of fourteen took their ‘ENSA’ show to the War Weekend
at the Great Central Railway. ‘Gracie Fields’, ‘Tommy Handley’ ‘Noel Coward’ and
others wowed the crowds with comedy and song. Performing two shows per day on three
different stages the cast and crew turned in professional performances despite explosions
and passing steam trains! The weather stayed mainly fine and, once again, it was
a weekend to be remembered.
Rehearsals for the main event this year are now underway and ‘Comedy of Errors’ will
take place over the August Bank Holiday weekend in Stafford Orchard.
We would like to express our thanks for support since 2002 by the following:
Awards for All Lottery Grants ; Charnwood Arts; Charnwood Borough Council Arts Awards;
East Midlands Airport Community Grants; Rawlins Academy; Quorn Parish Council