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Were You Anyone Before Dad’s Army?

The missing history of Private Godfrey by Nicholas Ridley


Directed by Graham Pountney with Mansel David as Arnold Ridley

Premiere in Quay Arts, Newport, Isle of Wight
on August 2nd and 3rd
at 7:30pm 
and on August 4th
at 6:00pm

The Minghella Theatre, Quay Arts
15 Sea Street, Newport, Isle of Wight
Friday, August 2nd at 7:30pm
Saturday, August 3rd at 2:30& 7:30pm
Sunday, August 4th at 6:00pm

£19 in advance
£21 on the door
No concessions

Recent Productions

Close Quarter Productions Ltd and Take Note Theatre Ltd for the Tabard, in association with Theatre Reviva! and Holofcener Ltd, present


Playing a limited three week run at the Tabard Theatre

7th – 24th February 2024
Tuesday to Friday 7:30pm, Saturdays 2pm & 6pm

Don’t miss your chance to see this brilliant comedy!


After All These Years

After All These Years is a bittersweet comedy about the passing of time, and memory, and love, and last chances. With plenty of laughs!

Photos from our current performances of After All These Years

Winner of the Outstanding Theatre Award at the Brighton Fringe 2023
The Tabard is proud to welcome the award-winning production of After All These Years, a comedy about the passing of time, love, and last chances.

The Actors

After All These Years stars Jeffrey Holland (Hi-De-Hi!, You Rang M’Lord?), Judy Buxton (Lovejoy, Rising Damp, On The Up), Carol Ball (The Bill, The Trip) and Graham Pountney (Angels, Peak Practice, Doctors).
This production premiered at the Brighton Fringe Festival 2023 where it won the Outstanding Theatre Award. It then transferred to the Quay Arts Centre, Newport, Isle of Wight and then to Jermyn Street Theatre.


Theatre Reviva!

Theatre Reviva! Responds to
The Isle of Wight being an area of Multiple Deprivation

Arts Council England [ACE] assigns the Isle of Wight a ‘Priority Place’ status

Theatre Reviva!

Crowdfunding to Support Advanced Start
– an 8 week pilot programme to help participants get jobs in the Performing Arts, with a job at the end – on JustGiving


  • Young people on the Isle of Wight, trying to start a career in the Creative Arts, are struggling to find ways to step onto the first rung of the employment ladder.  They lack local opportunities that would help them achieve the standards, expertise and attitudes required for professional work.
  • More experienced individuals, reviving their aims to work in the creative, cultural and performing arts, are also struggling to find ways to step onto the employment ladder.


Theatre Reviva! is changing that with Advanced Start:  a solution to the local social challenges of employment in the cultural sector on the Isle of Wight:  We run post-school or college and adult hands-on social, cultural, and paid working experience (economic) initiatives.

These initiatives include performing arts productions, workshops, advanced training sessions, improvisation work, Shakespeare and new-work texts – and paid professional roles.  The vital topics dealt with are communication skills, advanced acting skills, technical and stage management skills; (all at professional levels that participants really need).

Distinctively, Theatre Reviva! delivers this through a Mentoring approach, whereby older professionals are linked to younger participants as they travel through the Advanced Start experience.


Example: Two IOW school leavers.  They graduated from Advanced Start, completed their first paid professional jobs with us and their developed skills, attitudes and newly found confidence, have taken them on to fresh career opportunities. Success!


Why is Theatre Reviva! doing this?   To add value to the cultural performing life of the Island and bring on the development of local performers and backstage crew, helping them enter the labour market both on and off the Island.  Because the Isle of Wight is classed as an area of economic and cultural deprivation, it’s in the UK Index of Multiple Deprivation; and it’s one of the 11 Priority Places selected by ACE in the South West of the country that need cultural support – But it’s not yet reaching the people who need it!  And I’m angry that Arts and Drama in education is still being cut back and suffering from cuts in local and central government funding.  All short-sighted precedents, that signal the arts and humanities are dispensable – impacting the cultural benefits, threatening jobs, creative outlets, economics, health, and wellbeing. That needs to change…


Who are we trying to help?   We want to transform the lives of people who want jobs in the cultural economy of this Island and are struggling to attain the standards required. 


How are we doing this?  

(a) By running Advanced Start workshops for cohorts of participants, which include Stage Management skills, Lighting, Sound, Costume and Design options, in parallel with Drama (building resilience with Acting skills and techniques, Text interpretation, Movement, Voice, Rehearsal etiquette, and working up CVs and photos, to help sell participants to their next employer).  

(b) By taking a Mentoring approach, where older professionals are linked to younger participants as they travel through the Advanced Start experience.

(c) By each cohort working towards a public Theatre Production – where participants are employed as active members of the production team, whether backstage or onstage, earning a wage during the life of the production.  


On graduation from Advanced Start, participants can apply their enhanced knowledge and confidence in their abilities in presentation skills, interview skills and audition & performance and technical skills, into fresh professional job applications (on-line or in-person).

Cohort EMPLOYMENT 2024

Play: Who were you before, Private Godfrey?  ‘new writing’ by Nic Ridley – x 4 actors/2 backstage staff on the IoW.

Play: Journeys End by RC Sherriff – x 4 actors/2 backstage staff on the IoW + SE England tour.

Plays: An evening of 5 Short plays by ‘New writers’– x 6 actors/2 backstage staff required on the IoW.


Drama: Shakespeare’s MACBETH

Musical: GODSPEL

A devised Community-Based Production


What benefits are achieved?   I’ve discussed this with current students and young people who are looking for outlets for their creativity.  Advanced Start understands how education in the Arts helps people aspire to and achieve more in their lives.  There are success stories to tell. We provide a solution to the local social and economic cultural challenges on the IOW by

  • Bridging the gap between learning and the experience of doing things professionally, particularly in Theatre
  • Offering Backstage work/ Sound & Lighting technical skills/Costuming/Music/Acting – all enabling a host of latent skills to bloom and flourish
  • By building confidence, developing resilience, extending communication skills and stabilizing mental health in our participants
  • By helping participants to communicate their own experiences. The Performing Arts in particular helps people appreciate and understand other people’s perspectives, through understanding the creative disciplines involved and interpreting other roles
  • Facilitating participants onto the first rungs of a career in the performing Arts.


Theatre Reviva! is a Community Interest Company, (a not-for-profit company), helmed by Artistic Director Graham Pountney, who holds a Diploma in Creative Producing and is a Fellow of the School of Social Enterprise.  Graham has founded, and been a Director of, three Theatre Companies over the last 30 years, and co-run two vocational Dance and Drama schools. He is a working Producer, Actor and Theatre Director and a partner in Talking Trade Communications, a presentations skills and communications organisation. He brings to Advanced Start the experience of a 50 year career in the performing Arts.


If you believe in the power of the creative and performing Arts to entertain, to change lives, to develop social skills, to build personal confidence in communicating, to break down barriers, to build bridges of understanding between people, to contribute to the economy – then we need your support to help fund our work in this area of deprivation.   Join us in this valuable and necessary cause. Your support will drive forward this initiative and produce beneficial change in so many ways.

THANK YOU –  Just click the link below.

Coming to the South East, Kent and Norfolk in October/November 2024

This year we will be supporting two Veterans and Armed Forces charities: SSAFA – the Soldiers Sailors Airmen & Women’s Families Association, and the British Legion: because it’s the 80th Anniversary of D-Day and the 110th Anniversary of the start of WW1.

Journey's End promotion photo

– the WW1 play –


R.C. Sherriff’s anti-war classic JOURNEY’S END is an amazing play.

Set in an extraordinarily realistic frontline dug-out during the First World War, the story plays out over four days in March 1918, as five British Officers wait for an upcoming attack. Read more…

Journey's End

Who Are We?

We’re a young, professional Theatre Company from Ryde, Isle of Wight.
We serve the local area with revivals of popular, entertaining and thought-provoking theatre!

We use local talent back-stage and on-stage and we’re bringing back into the community an opportunity for audiences to enjoy seasonal, affordable theatre productions.

Come and see our exciting shows!

Where Are We: Our Venues

Minghella Theatre, Quay Arts, Isle of Wight

Minghella Theatre, Quay Arts, Isle of Wight

A brand new theatre opened in September 2021 in the centre of Esher. King George’s Hall,is now a state-of-the-art theatre and performing arts venue.

Esher Theatre, Surrey

A brand new theatre opened in September 2021 in the centre of Esher. King George’s Hall,is now a state-of-the-art theatre and performing arts venue.
Apollo Theatre, Newport, Isle of Wight

Apollo Theatre, Newport, Isle of Wight

Leatherhead Theatre, Leatherhead, Surrey

Leatherhead Theatre, Leatherhead, Surrey

Our Vision

We are reviving seasonal theatre productions in the Isle of Wight, Surrey and  the south of England because we passionately believe in entertaining local audiences, at affordable prices.

We present classic and culturally significant plays – as well as fun, poignant and diverting entertainments.

We are planning to present major shows on schools’ English and Drama curricula – and we’ll be running Technical Skills Workshops for young people in association with Theatrical Youth Training (TYT).

Our productions are always ambitious, popular and often thought-provoking.

Surrey Hills

Forthcoming Shows

Were you anyone before Dad’s Army?

The Minghella Theatre
Quay Arts, Newport, Isle of WIght

August 2nd at 7:30
August 3rd at 2:30 & 7:30pm
August 4th at 6:00pm


Journey’s End

Coming to the South East, Kent and Norfolk in October/November 2024



Graham Pountney

Graham is a Ryde resident, an actor, director, producer and communications skills coach.  He grew up in West Byfleet and East Horsley, raised a family in Stoke d’Abernon and Leatherhead and now lives in Ryde, Isle of Wight with his wife Suki Turner.

With 45 years in the performing media his career has encompassed Weekly Rep and Repetory Theatre in the UK and International touring, working with the Royal National Theatre and in London’s West End.

He founded the British Actors Theatre Company in the late 1980s and was a founder and director of The Original Shakespeare Company in the 1990s performing before Her Majesty the Queen in the opening ceremony of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.

Graham was recently the Associate Artistic Director of the Leatherhead Theatre Rep Company. He has been creating, producing and directing plays, films, workshops, radio programmes and fundraising ‘edutainments’ for many years and continues to work as an actor exploring new characters, with credits in popular TV series (eg Howards Way, Life Begins, New Tricks, Hustle, etc).

Graham Pountney

In 2014 he founded the Surrey Hills Community Radio station, based in Leatherhead.

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