The Maskers' Studio Theatre
13 Sept - 18 Sept 2021

Performances at 8pm.

Telephone bookings 0333 666 3366 (booking fee applies to phone bookings)

A Double Bill - two plays in one evening!

These plays contain some strong language.
Recommended for ages 14 years and older.

The Maskers wish to thank Jane Tomlinson for the use of her painting
"Spring garden patrol, Eynsham" as the art work for 'Yards Apart' publicity.
More of Jane's art can be found at

Yards Apart - Neighbours, but can they be friends

Sharks in the Custard - A biting comedy

Yards Apart

Mark is retired and spends his days pottering around the garden (which he loves almost to the point of obsession), avoiding the neighbours and scaring off the local cats with his BB gun. When his neighbour Viki literally crashes into his world he's eager to send her packing and return to his quiet, solitary life. But Viki and Mark are destined for a collision course that pits equally entrenched opinions against each other.

Can these two lonely people overcome their differences and help each other when it counts?

Sharks in the Custard

Liz, Vera and Mair enjoy their cleaning work in the art gallery. It gives them a few hours of peace and quiet every day, away from the noise of the hectic outside world and the unhappy chaos of their home lives. They banter and tell stories. And they also crack jokes about the works of art in their care, in particular the avant-garde art. But they all agree they wouldn’t want to work anywhere else.

However, rumours of government cut backs threaten to upset their cosy regime and they find themselves up to their necks in shark-infested custard!

Directors & Casts

Yards Apart

The Director of this production is Mary Stone
Mary is delighted to be presenting her one-act play, Yards Apart, for its world première at Maskers. It will be the fifth show she has directed, following: Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons (2019), God of Carnage (2016), Colder Than Here (2013) and the NODA award winning Last Train to Nibroc (2011). Mary has also directed for The Chesil Theatre's 10x10 festival, produced several shows and worked backstage in a number of roles from Stage Manager to Lighting Operator. Mary used to tread the boards too, and had roles in Entertaining Angels, Kindertransport, Blood Wedding, An Inspector Calls and Habeas Corpus all at The Chesil Theatre. Mary has also written comedy sketches, short plays, a short film and has had a short story published in an online anthology of horror stories!

Mark is played by Eric Petterson

Viki is played by Anna Hussey
Anna joined Maskers over 2 years ago and has been involved both on and off stage. Debuting with Maskers in Wyrd Sisters as part of the ensemble in 2018, Anna has contributed backstage and helped with marketing in 2019 before returning to the Maskers’ stage for 100 to play Nina in October.
Anna has been involved with local dramatic groups since 2014 and started off exclusively in costume. The acting bug grabbed her in 2016 when she performed in A Midsummer Night’s Dream as Snout the Tinker with the Curdridge Players. She has also performed with SUP in And Then There Were None as Mrs Rogers, contributed to their war memorial performances of For the Fallen and has just finished a production of The Railway Children where she played Mother.
Anna is over the moon to be cast in Yards Apart as it’s an exciting new production and gives her the opportunity to explore and build on the character of Viki with Mary and Colin, as well as exploring themes about perceptions, beliefs and tolerance.

Sharks in the Custard

The Director of this production is Jez Minns
Jez is not a complete newcomer to directing. In his younger days he directed some adventurous, large-cast shows for an amateur company in Warwickshire. However, this is his first time with Maskers and he has been amazed by the professionalism and expertise of everyone involved. Normally an actor, Jez was last seen in the Maskers’ Christmas show, The Flint Street Nativity, in which he played the seven-year-old bully-boy, Bradley Jerrams.

Liz is played by Jill Desborough
Jill has been a Masker since 2014 and has enjoyed acting in a variety of roles. Highlights include The Jungle Book (Hamptworth) and The Killing of Sister George (Studio) and several Christmas Shows. While acting remains her first love, she has recently branched out into backstage roles, including stage managing last year's Christmas Show and directing Quartet.

Vera is played by Allegra Carlton
Allegra has played a range of character parts in numerous productions in Southampton for local amateur companies over many years. Highlights have included Rossignol in Marat/Sade (Nuffield Theatre), Aunt Betsy Trotwood in David Copperfield (Nuffield Theatre), Miss Prism in The Importance of Being Earnest (Nuffield Theatre) and Lady Catherine de Bourgh in Pride and Prejudice (Mottisfont). She has also been involved in costume design and wardrobe in a considerable number of productions for Maskers (recent shows include Great Expectations, The Importance of Being Earnest, Don Quixote and Quartet). She is delighted to be cast in Sharks in the Custard, where her East Yorkshire origins are standing her in good stead.

Mair is played by Jane Russell
Jane is delighted to be taking part in her second production for Maskers – a completely different challenge to that of Mary in The Flint Street Nativity – and she has enjoyed working with fellow Maskers to bring this one act show to life. Although having performed in over 25 productions with both RAODS and EOMS since rekindling her love of acting in 2012, playing the part of Mair in Sharks in the Custard is the first time that Jane has had to master a Welsh accent: an interesting challenge but the perfect opportunity to binge watch Gavin and Stacey!

Bridget is played by Kate Grundy-Garcia
Kate has been a Masker for many years now and has more recently been in Antigone and Comfort Me with Apples, also performed at the studio. She looks forward to playing a small but compact role this time in Sharks in the Custard.

Guest 1 is played by Clare Minns
After many years performing with Southampton Operatic Society, being directed by her son is a new experience for Clare - but a very enjoyable and rewarding one.

Guest 2 is played by Graham Buchanan
Graham is a founder member of Maskers and is still actively involved with the company both on and backstage.

Atlas Cleaner is played by Albie Minns
No lines. No mistakes.

Creative Team

Production Manager
Meri Mackney
Assistant Director (Yards)
Hazel Slawson
Stage Manager
Kathryn Salmon
Set Design
Adam Taussik (both) & Jez Minns (Sharks)
Set Design Contributors & Constructiuon
John Hamon (Sharks), Jez Minns (Sharks), Clive Weeks, Meri Mackney
Set Dressing
Lighting Designer
Clive Weeks
Lighting Operator
Sound Designer
Jamie McCarthy
Sound Operator
Wardrobe & Costumes
Sheana Carrington (Sharks)
Jo Fox (Yards), Adam Taussik (Sharks)
Rehearsal Prompt
Chris Baker (Sharks)

Ticket Information

Tickets £12

No concessions

Poster, Flyer & Programme

Available after the performance

For the Maskers

Technical Manager:- Jamie McCarthy;   Lighting Consultant:- Clive Weeks;   Sound Consultant:- Jamie McCarthy;   Marketing Director:- Peter Court;   Marketing Team:- Angela Stansbridge, Clive Weeks, Robert Osborne, Meri Mackney, Paul Baker;   Front of House Manager:- Chris Baker;   Box Office Manager:- Chris Baker;   Photography:- Clive Weeks;   Bar Manager:- Meri Mackney

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