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Stewarton Drama Group

Stewarton Drama Group
www.stewarton-drama-group.co.uk

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STEWARTON DRAMA GROUP will open their 45th season of drama on Wednesday 09 August 2017 with an Open Evening aimed at recruiting potential new members and new patrons.

The club is always keen to meet people in the local area who are interested in any aspect of drama or theatre arts and the Open Evening will be a perfect opportunity for people to come along and find out more.

The Group meet on Wednesday and Thursday evenings in their own Premises, complete with a fully functional stage, rehearsal room, costume store, kitchen and lounge, in the Scout Building, Corsehillbank Street, beside the Tennis Courts in Stewarton.

Productions are cast by all interested Group members reading a section of the play script at a casting evening, so that the director can select the right actors and actresses for the parts. The Group then get to work on the technical side of the production where there is always plenty to do building the scenery, designing and painting the set, collecting or making the props, preparing the lighting and sound plans, and choosing the right costumes, music and stage make-up.

Season 2016-17 was a tremendous success for the Group. The season opened with an informal ‘New Members & Patrons Open Evening’ in August, which saw several new members join the club and go on to give their debut performance for SDG later in the year. The group’s annual Pantomime ‘Harry Potter and the Yellow Brick Road’ played to packed houses in the Stewarton Area Centre in December, and later in the season the group performed their memorable production of the hit comedy play ‘Ladies Day’ which delighted audiences in March. In addition to this, the group performed two further “in-house” productions in their Premises in September and May for the enjoyment of their loyal Patrons.

If all of that encourages you to find out more about getting involved next season, the Group are inviting anyone, over the age of 18, interested in local theatre to drop into their Premises in the town’s Corsehillbank Street on Wednesday 09 August from 7.30pm. This will be a great chance to come along, see round the Premises and have a chat with existing members. You will also have the opportunity to find out more about the Group’s planned productions for the new drama season 2017-18 which opens with the murder mystery comedy thriller ‘A Tomb With A View’, directed by Nancy McPherson, which the group will perform in the Stewarton Area Centre on Thursday 05 and Friday 06 October 2017 at 7.30pm.

Alternatively, for only £30 a year you can become a Patron of the award-winning Group and receive two tickets for each of their annual shows in the Stewarton Area Centre as well as a complimentary copy of the Group’s monthly newsletter ‘Cuelines’ and invitations to any in-house ‘Patrons Evenings’ that the group perform within their own Premises.

Drama Group President, Alison Barr said:

“We’d love to meet you if you are interested in any aspect of drama - whether you fancy treading the boards, helping out backstage, building scenery, working on lights and sound, making props or costumes, singing and dancing in our pantomime chorus, or simply supporting the Group by becoming a Patron - please come along and meet us on Wednesday 09 August in our Premises.

“If you’d like more information please email us at stewartondramagroup@hotmail.co.uk or log onto our website www.stewarton-drama-group.co.uk or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/stewartondramagroup by clicking the ‘LIKE’ button at the top of the page to receive all our news updates.




Posted on 22/07/2017

 

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Putney Theatre Company

Putney Theatre Company
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London


Venue: Putney Arts Theatre, Main Stage, Putney, London

Box Office: 020 8788 6943 or Ticketsource

Anna Karenina

Author: by Leo Tolstoy, adapted by Helen Edmundson

Anna Karenina



Tuesday 7th - Saturday 11th November 7.45pm
“I’ve always loved you and when you love someone, you love the whole person, just as he or she is, and not as you would like them to be.” Through the impact of one woman’s decision, Helen Edmundson’s celebrated and ‘exemplary adaptation’ (The Times) of Anna Karenina looks at the cost of love on the human soul. Anna is enchanting and admired but empty – until a chance encounter throws her into emotional turmoil and a scandalous affair. Contrasting with this tale of destructive love is the story of Levin, an idealistic man striving to finding meaning in life. This fast paced and stylish production is sure to intrigue both those new to Tolstoy’s seminal novel and fan’s of one of the greatest works of fiction.
Presented by special arrangement with Nick Hern Books Ltd




Posted 21/07/2017

 

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Crondall Entertainers

Crondall Entertainers
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The Old Gym, Crondall, Hampshire

TEN TIMES TABLE by Alan Ayckbourn

TEN TIMES TABLE by Alan Ayckbourn



Contact: If you would like to join us or want to find out more we would love to hear from you.
Matthew Newberry (Chairman) 01256 765538


Open Auditions start on Monday 24 July - all welcome.
Performance: 20 and 21 October 2017


There are 5 male roles and 4 female roles, plus one male "walk on" part. We are also looking for people to help with backstage roles.
Synopsis
Set in the ballroom of the dilapidated Swan Hotel, a group of local members of the Pendon community are brought together to organise a town pageant based on a lost piece of local history, the massacre of the Pendon Twelve - where the Earl of Dorset crushed an uprising of rebellious workers, led by John Cockle. The committee comprises disparate characters with very different views of what the pageant should be and what it represents.
As the meetings progress, the group becomes ideologically divided with the left-wing side, led by a Marxist Polytechnic teacher, building it up as a political rally. The right-wing side of the committee formulating plans for a violent confrontation in response.
The day of the pageant eventually comes with the two sides firmly entrenched and reflecting the sides of the original event. The pageant ends in chaos, having broadly recreating the original event, leaving no-one better off.

Posted 20/07/2017

 

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Heswall Operatic Society

Heswall Operatic Society
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Ever fancied treading the boards? Seen a show and thought "I'd love to have a go at that!" Well here's your chance......
We are always on the lookout for talented people - from soloists, leading ladies and gentlemen, duets, trios and chorus members. If you have a hidden talent in set design, stage management or costumes - everyone is welcome.
What we all have in common is that we enjoy entertaining our audiences! We are a registered charity and from the proceeds of our shows we have donated to St Johns Hospice, CHORF, Victim Support, Wirral Alzheimer's, Clatterbridge Respiratory Fund, Merseyside Chrohns and Colitis Fund to name but a few. Most of all, we like to have fun and enjoy ourselves - after all, it's our hobby!
New members are always welcome at our weekly rehearsal. Front or backstage, all are needed and welcome. It truly is everyone's scene.
We look forward to welcoming you into our Society. Go on, why not give it a try.
Contact us on 0151 648 3457, 0151 648 5316 or email heswalloperatic@hotmail.com

 

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Arts and Sports

UK
Oxfordshire

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Creating Musical Theatre

Creating Musical Theatre - Workshops



Saturday 2 September 2017 10am - 4.15pm
Steventon Village Hall, The Green, Steventon, Oxfordshire OX13 6RR
£55 (£100 per pair)

Sunday 3 September 2017 10am - 4.15pm
Abingdon School Sports Centre, Faringdon Road, Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX14 1BQ
£55 (£100 per pair)

We are delighted to welcome Lin Marsh and Selina Marsh to give two one-day workshops on Creating Musical Theatre.
In these workshops participants will be taught how to prepare their voices and bodies for performing effectively in musical theatre, and will be taught a selection of pieces through the course of the day, before giving a brief "show and tell" performance to their families at the end of the day.
The workshops will be suitable for anyone, regardless of ability or previous experience, who is keen to learn about the process of performing in musical theatre.
Saturday 2 September 2017: this workshop is for young performers aged 10-14.
Sunday 3 September 2017: this workshop is for performers aged 15+.
Participants will need to wear comfortable clothing and footwear suitable for movement indoors. They will need to provide their own packed lunches, though bottled water, tea, coffee etc will be provided. Places are limited to 30 participants per workshop.

Posted 19/07/2017

 

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The Grand Pavilion

The Grand Pavilion
www.thegrandpavilion.co.uk

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The Grand Pavilion

 

Theatre Space Available

Contact: Lynn Allison FCIM
Direct - 01629 826219
Mobile - 07831 649 647
Restoration café and Box Office – 01629 584 675
Lynn Allison lynn@lynnallison.co.uk



I represent The Grand Pavilion in Matlock Bath (www.thegrandpavilion.co.uk) which was bought from the council in 2013 by a charity run by local people keen to save and restore this historic building. It is a restoration project and all profits go back into the restoration fund.

We would like theatre groups to visit our ‘Little Bit Scruffy’ venue with a view to using it for performances and rehearsals. We have three usable spaces (all insured and with good fire safety systems):

- Grey Room 9.5x9.5m square, high ceilings, triple aspect windows, south facing, polished wood floor - £10/hr
- Nuttall Room 9.5x9.5m square, high ceilings, triple aspect windows, north facing, unpolished wood floor - £10/hr
- Main Hall – very large room with bar and stage. Stage is 6’ high and has large wings left and right and there are 4 changing rooms underneath. Main hall seats up to 400 (flat). We also have 20’ wide staging at 2’high to use with the main stage or instead of the main stage.

Local groups booking a room for a performance will get most of their rehearsal time free of charge.

Contact us for availability

Posted 15/07/2017

 

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The Aston Academy of Magic

The Aston Academy of Magic
www.magicschool.org.uk

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Professional magic shows and group or one to one tuition.

We are based in the village of Marston Moretaine and can provide individual one to one or group tuition on magical entertainment and presentation.

Contact: magicmentors@gmail.com

 

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Copperdollar Studios

Copperdollar Studios
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Copperdollar Studios, 22 Montague St, Brighton BN2 1JX

Contact: (0)7775 502727 or info@copperdollarstudios.co.uk

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Copperdollar Studios are two unique studios situated in the heart of Brighton’s Kemptown on the East Sussex coast. They are available to be hired by the creative community of Brighton and beyond. They are popular with photographers and videographers because of their rustic walls, wooden floors and variation of textured aesthetics that create a rich choice for backdrops. Theatre companies and musicians who need a quiet yet rich shabby chic atmospheric for music videos and band shoots make use of the space, too. They are available from 8am to 10pm, 7 days a week.
Although we can't accept regular small slot bookings, both of the studios can be block booked or rented as a one off which makes them perfect for summer programmes, workshops and training.
The booking rate is reduced by 50% for students.
You can check the studios out on our website and social media platforms


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Posted 13/06/2017

 

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Grant Davis & Johnny Jarman


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johnny@poa8.co.uk

Pieces of After Eight - a musical comedy



Rehearsals for the debut of Pieces of After Eight start next year (2016), but meantime I would like to see it made available to amateur theatre as it was tailored to meet the ever-present spectre of a paucity of male leads and restricted production costs.

See my website which contains all details for a society to stage this production.

We've had our first full production, see a summary of this piece here on YouTube

The basic plot centres around a hotel, run by an embittered man who has several pirates visit him whose families have been holed up on a remote Caribbean island for over 300 years. They come looking for buried treasure at the site of the hotel. The owner’s niece soon falls for the not-so-dashing captain, as he falls for her. A smuggler bringing cheap goods to the hotel for the owner is being close caught. A junior pirate has his sights on usurping the captain’s place and the owner and his wife are on the verge of divorce.

It is a one-set piece, again conceding to expense, and with backing tracks, requires no orchestra.

Anyone wishing to contact the writers to ask questions about staging this piece should contact Grant Davis or johnny Jarman using the contact page on the website poa8.co.uk or by email to myself or Johnny (grant@poa8.co.uk or johnny@poa8.co.uk).

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Support Your Local Amateur Theatre Group

Author: Norma Phillips
Secretary of
Teesside Musical Theatre Company

Contact: nphillips6@gmail.com

We hope that Teesside Musical Theatre Company’s (TMTC) reputation will encourage audiences to buy tickets for the upcoming 2017 production of “Spamalot” being performed at Middlesbrough Theatre on 15-20 May 2017. “Spamalot” was aptly described by the Newcastle Evening Chronicle as “a pantomime for all seasons”, and our production promises to be spectacular and hilarious, appealing to everyone who wants to leave the theatre feeling thoroughly entertained. The only pain you will experience from this encounter with a “python” is the ache in your ribs from so much laughter.

TMTC were excited to secure the rights to “Spamalot” in 2014 to be the first North East Amateur Company to perform the show. However, due to circumstances beyond our control, tickets sales are likely to be adversely affected by the fact that many people may have already seen the show recently in the local area.

True to the “Spamalot” ethos, we are determined to “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life”, and rehearsals are progressing well. Our Committee and Members endeavour to be supportive of each other and work together to ensure the survival of local amateur theatre. Several members of Teesside Musical Theatre Youth Company are also part of the cast, giving them valuable experience in a full scale production and helping to secure the future of TMTC.

For “Spamalot” TMTC also have a Youtube page with amusing videos providing a taster of the production and showing how much fun the cast is having at rehearsals. Visit the page at www.youtube.com and subscribe to receive news of future videos.

We need the support of local audiences to come and join in the fun at Middlesbrough Theatre from 15-20 May 2017 by ordering tickets from our ticket secretaries, Jacquie Kelly (tel: 07712 485211) and Sue Bargewell (tel: 07806 786327) or from the Box Office on 01642 815181. Tickets cost £15 for adults and £10 for Under 14s.

Posted on 28/04/2017

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Ian Curran



UK

Wanted

July 2017

I am starting to produce my own stage productions and I would be very grateful if anyone had any 1960's costumes/fancy dress outfits that I could have/buy for a reasonable price. Trying to produce on a shoestring is hard so any help would be greatly appreciated.
I would also be interested in panto costumes or Tudor/Elizabethan period costumes.
Please email Ian.curran@live.co.uk or call 07732 039 003 with any suggestions. Thank you.


Posted 29/06/2017

 

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Kings Langley Players


www.klp.org.uk



UK
Herts

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For Sale


July 2017

Goose Costumes

Are any #amdram groups out there doing Ben Crocker's Mother Goose #panto this year? We have 2 hand made ride-on geese costumes for sale

Goose Costume for sale


Posted 06/07/2017

 

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VG Plays

VG Plays
www.vgplays.co.uk


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VG Plays www.vgplays.co.uk for scripts for am dram and youth groups all tried, tested and staged worldwide

Most famously: ’The Magdalen Whitewash’.

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Perryway Players & Livewire Amateur Dramatics Society

Perryway Players & Livewire Amateur Dramatics Society
www.perrywayplayers.com

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Gloucester


Dates Required: January 2018

 

Chaperones

Production: Beauty and the Beast


** CREATIVE MINDS NEEDED TO JOIN OUR PRODUCTION TEAM **

We are looking to strengthen our production team by recruiting local volunteers to help out in the extremely important behind-the-scenes roles and duties that are required to put on a production.
If you or anyone you know you can help with the below areas that are needed, please get in touch. Even if you cannot commit to the whole production, helping out on the odd week or two is extremely appreciated.


Contact: If you are interested or would like to apply, please visit our website or social media pages

Posted 27/06/2017

 

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Junior AMDRAM Club

Junior AMDRAM Club

UK
Southam, Gloucestershire

Production: Summer Revue


Contact: Gerry Jones 07823 883203 or gerryjones108@gmail.com

 


Dates Required: Feb 2017 on

Southam Junior AMDRAM Club are performing a summer revue with two choir songs, so we are looking for a singing teacher to help with two choir numbers, so if you are able to help, and live within easy travelling distance of Southam Call Gerry Jones on 07823 883203 or email me: gerryjones108@gmail.com


Posted 21/02/2017

 

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Recent Post from one of our readers - 17/04/2017
Name: Debbie Bell
Facebook: Cynthia Law
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Play Script

Calvary greetings to Yuh all, please I need a drama script on this topic The Full Amour from Romans 13:12

Peter's response:

Hi Cynthia,
I'm afraid I can't help you directly as I'm not aware of any such play scripts.
I'll post your enquiry in the #Advice section of www.dramagroups.com and ask people to get in touch with you via your FB page if they can help.

Peter

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The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Austin

The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Austin
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Pirates of Penzance

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Posted on 17/06/2017

 

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Actors Anonymous

Melbourne, Australia

Contact: Roslyn Gold rosgold@gmail.com

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One Day in '67 by Mitch Torres

Hi there we are a private playreading group in Melbourne and would like to read Mitch Torres play "One day in '67" Could anyone help me in locating a hard or digital copies ?
We have belonged to the Victorian Drama League Library for over 30 years
Thanks so much
Cheers Roslyn

Date Req'd: ASAP

Posted 30/05/2017