The Vicar of Dibley

The hugely popular TV series brought to life

The Vicar of Dibley
By Ian Gower from the original TV series by Richard Curtis and Paul Mayhew-Archer
March 21, 2017 to April 01, 2017

All of your favourite characters from the hugely popular TV series - Alice, Hugo, Owen, Jim, David and of course Geraldine, will be onstage to create an evening of laughs.
When the ancient vicar of Dibley dies suddenly, the parishioners are surprised to find that the Bishop has appointed a woman in his place. Geraldine battles to win over the sceptical parish council and celebrate the wedding of Alice Tinker and Hugo Horton.
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Director Lindsay Nash
Nicola Chapman

Back on stage after a break running around after three children, Nicola celebrates her third play at Titirangi after “Social Climbers” and “As you like it.” She’s performed at Dolphin and Waiatarua too, but “living locally it’s nice to be back at Titirangi.” She grew up in the UK watching Dawn French in a variety of shows, “a bit of a heroine of mine!” With a degree in English and Drama from the University of Winchester, she’s relieved not having to practice and perfect a foreign accent. "With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come" – Shakespeare

Ariel Hubbert

This is Ariel’s second show for Titirangi; she featured in “The Wyrd Sisters” last year. Now firmly a westie, she includes in her talents “twirling with fire”, a skill she learnt in Turkey. She’s found it fun, and strangely rather soothing, “to spend the last few weeks in the mind of someone who forgot to pay her brain bill.” Like Alice she adores Dr Who, but draws the line at Teletubbies: there any similarity ends.

Sally McGowan

“Learning the ropes” says Jim in this play, and Sally says this applies to her too. She’s packed quite a lot into her time with Titirangi Theatre, just over a year, with roles in The Wyrd Sisters, last year’s panto, and now a cameo part in The Vicar of Dibley. And she’s been an invaluable PA to the director.

Mark Campbell

Mark has a long history of active, creative work in the theatre, particularly in encouraging young people to explore the arts. For several years he directed a team touring schools in NZ, Fiji and Samoa. Comedy is his special love, both monologues and sketches. He writes much of his own material, and particularly likes developing quirky characters. His latest role was in “Elephants” at Te Pou.

Richard McFadgen

Richard is the sort of theatre person to cherish: happy to be involved both on and off the stage. At Titirangi he’s been a quiet, valuable helper back stage in several productions, as well as playing roles as Doctor Watson in "Sherlock Holmes, the Panto", Gripe (an ugly sister) in "Cinderella, the Panto" and John Clarke in "Calendar Girls". He also played several parts in the "Wyrd Sisters".

Robin Lane

Robin has been acting in amateur theatre since the age of 5, although his debut didn’t go to plan: he walked directly off the stage into the orchestra pit! Since then he’s played a wide variety of roles on stage and screen from appearing on Jono and Ben to playing Javert in Les Miserables. He returns to Titirangi Theatre after making his New Zealand stage debut a few months ago playing the Pantomime Dame at the theatre and is thrilled to be playing the part of Hugo in this production.

Peter Goodier

Peter qualifies as a veteran of Titirangi Theatre: his first show for us was “The Wild Goose Chase” about 40 years ago in Macandrew Hall, the original home of this group. Since then he’s had roles in about a dozen Titirangi plays, plus parts for Dolphin, Playhouse, Waiatarua, and Waitemata, where he played multiple roles in Lindsay’s production of “The End of the Golden Weather.”

Jane Burrage

Jane continues to add to her impressive list of roles at Titirangi, some more eccentric than others. Her last two roles have both been in Roger Hall plays – she especially enjoyed kicking up her heels in “A short cut to happiness,”- but she’s done everything from sweeping the stage to playing one of the leads in “Lettice and Lovage.”

Michael Allen

Michael reckons it was his Yorkshire born mother who got him interested in acting. “Whatever you do, son, never consort with actors! They are a shiftless, idle lot given to alcohol and immoral behaviour.” Impossible to resist! - and Titirangi patrons have rejoiced in his performances over a number of years. He puts into practice the advice in his first UK play: “Keep the Director happy and you will go far!” He says Owen is firmly based on a neighbour in Stanford-in-the-Vale – but he hopes Ned is not reading this.

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