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Schools Plus based at Virgo Fidelis, Croydon, UK

We have a venue that may be of interest to any groups that want to use it to rehearse or have it as a permanent venue.
Contact: Kevin Jones virgofidelis@schoolsplus.co.uk




 

 

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Turner & Thom

Turner & Thom
www.turnerandthom.co.uk

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The Old Stables, Sandydown nr Stockbridge, Hampshire SO20 6BY

 

Contact: Hannah Taylor
01264 811076
hannah@turnerandthom.co.uk

Open Air Theatre Space Available



We are a company called Turner & Thom, based in Sandydown between Winchester and Stockbridge. We consist of a Lifestyle boutique where we sell Homewares, Glasswares, Toys, Clothes and much more. We are also home of Margaret Turner Fine Jewellery, a goldsmith who has built her company over the last 40 years. At the studio we also boast a Yoga studio where we host classes and workshops and a large woodland area where we will be hosting outdoor cinema events as well as other outdoor workshops. We are also in the process of opening our Kitchen Cafe where we will be offering Teas, Coffees and Food of the highest quality.

Our Woodland space is an excellent venue for performing arts, we have had performances of Shakespeare’s Midsummers Night Dream performed by The Pantaloons and it was very well received here by the community. We have ample parking and can offer more hands to help with events if required. I have attached a photo of the woodland but we would be very happy for you to come and view the venue and get a real feel for it.

Turner & Thom



Posted 06/03/2017

 

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Canterbury Shakespeare Festival

Canterbury Shakespeare Festival
www.canterburyshakespeare.co.uk

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Kent

Canterbury Shakespeare Festival 2017 Acting Auditions

Canterbury Shakespeare Festival 2017 Acting Auditions



Contact: info@canterburyshakespeare.co.uk


7 April to 9 April at 18:00

CSF is proud to be hosting auditions for its third year of Shakespeare productions. Come along to the University of Kent to get involved. You will not need to prepare anything, just bring comfortable clothes and water.

Auditions will be held in hourly slots. There will be four slots on Friday 7th April, starting at 18.00, 19.00, 20.00 and 21.00 hrs. They will continue through Saturday from 12.00 - 16.00 hrs, with recalls being held both on the Saturday and the Sunday (12.00 - 16.00hrs). You will be contacted separately via email if you are required for any recalls.

Unfortunately, you must be 18 or over to audition for the festival.

The shows will run between Friday 4th August and Sunday 20th August (inclusive), beginning with our first full-scale production on the Friday.

Here is a list of the productions:B
Julius Caesar', directed by Elliot Huxtable - full-scale production
'A Midsummer Night's Dream', directed by Stephanie Randlesome and Luke Anthony - full-scale production
'Othello', directed by Tom Houlton - full-scale production
'Cymbeline', directed by Elizabeth Mae Hagen - full-scale production
'Shakespeare's Thatcher', written & directed by Ciaran Barata-Hynes - experimental production (NO AUDITION)
'Claudius', adapted & directed by Ollie Graveson & Aimee Vient - experimental production

Our upcoming audition event page - Facebook

Audition Locations:
Friday 7th April 18.00-22.00 - Cornwallis Building; Seminar Rooms 5-9.
Saturday 8th April 12.00-16.00 - Eliot College Cloister Rooms, located at the bottom of Eliot College surrounding the courtyard space.
Sunday 9th April 12.00-16.00 - Eliot College Cloister Rooms, located at the bottom of Eliot College surrounding the courtyard space.
There will be memebers of the CSF team around to show you where you to go. There will also be signs up to help you locate us.

We look forward to seeing you at this year's auditions. It promises to be our best year yet!

Posted 21/03/2017

 

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PANTO PARTY NIGHTS...


Fancy working with a former bluecoat entertainer? Want to raise money for your group? If so read on! I’ve had a meeting with a local social club and instead of forming a panto company I’m keen to work with an established group.

“Christmas is coming the Goose was rather fat, for Panto Party Nights just call Matt”

At Christmas time many companies have Christmas do’s and I thought it would be a great idea to have an evening where they could eat, drink, dance AND see a panto! (a shortened version) I want the panto to be educational (they’ll be heard to mutter on the way out ‘that taught me a lesson!) seriously I want them to say that it was a fun night out, very professional and great value for money!

The pantomime that I have penned is Cinderella (In my opinion THE best pantomime) and it’s a shortened version but it has all the essential ‘ingredients’ singing, dancing and comedy and during the ballroom scene the audience could be guests at the ball! It could work in a similar way to a murder mystery (scenes in between courses) or after the meal.

I envisage us holding two possibly three panto party nights at a local Social Club- Dec 1st/2nd or 8/9 or 15/16. (It’s a totally unique idea, will require promoting, people committing their time and we want a Full House!)
To promote the night I was thinking of possibly a launch at the club for the press? They could take pictures, meet the cast, see a snippet of the show and run an article about us! We would also need to promote it via social media, posters etc.

I'm based in Kings Heath and the party nights will be in south Birmingham.

These are my thoughts/ramblings and I hope you like the idea, If so I would welcome the opportunity to meet with you all and answer any questions that you may have..Oh yes I would!

I look forward to hearing from you.

Regards,

Matt Franks
Matthew Franks Matthew.Franks@gordonfrankstraining.co.uk




Posted on 22/03/2017

 

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The South Devon Players


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Brixham theatre & film team, of local people, win national arts award

The South Devon Players Theatre & Film Company are excited to announce that on the evening of March 19th, 2017 at an awards ceremony at the Sage conference centre in Newcastle, they were presented with the Epic Award for England. Laura Jay, one of the founders, and Michael Mirsadeghi, who is the head of editing, and cameraman of the Players current 6th Century Arthurian feature film Mordred, travelled to Newcastle to collect the award on behalf of the team, but as Laura feels it important to point out, this has been earned by efforts and collaborations of the entire team, not by any one person.

There is growing recognition in the media and in public policy of the importance of everyday participation in creativity. The Epic Awards shines a spotlight on the incredible achievements of these groups each year.
Winning groups are those that demonstrate the four Epic qualities – Engagement, Partnership, Innovation and Creativity.

Matt Hancock MP, Minister of State for Digital and Culture in the UK stated ""The fantastic work of the South Devon Players shows what can be achieved by the ingenuity and determination of arts groups."

This is wonderful recognition for a group which was founded by local Brixham performers, 11 years ago, on the proceeds of a carboot sale, and has grown into a vibrant theatre & film team, who perform newly researched historical shows around Devon, and whose film work is gaining recognition and awards abroad.
In addition the Players work hard to promote the skills of local creatives, with workshops and training, networking events, and involvement with other local organisations.

The award will stand next to the Torbay “Creativity In The Community” trophy won in 2010.

The group are currently in rehearsals for their summer stage show, a steampunk theatre production telling the story of the mysterious Victorian killer known as “Jack The Ripper” and also busy fund-raising for the final few days of filming their 6th Century Arthurian feature film, Mordred, the trailer for which is already selected for screening at international film festivals, in Hollywood, New York, Barcelona, as well as at Torbays very own English Riviera film festival. The crowdfund – as well as more information about the film, is at igg.me/at/Mordred2017b/x/12578926 all assistance in promoting the crowdfund and the project is much appreciated.



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Bishop Challoner Catholic Secondary School

Bishop Challoner Catholic Secondary School
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Hampshire

Contact: Rachael.dennett@bcs.hants.sch.uk

Wanted - Hire/Sale

10-20th July 2017

Production: Grease
We are looking for ‘Grease’ costumes and props to hire or buy for our summer production. T-Bird Jackets/Black jackets – Pink Ladies Jackets/Pink Jackets, clothes/dresses to suit the era would be fantastic!


Posted 21/03/2017

 

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BWS Drama Department



UK
Manchester

Contact: denise-cochrane@hotmail.co.uk

 

For Sale


Feb 2017

Hairspray Props & Costumes

We've just finished our school production of Hairspray and have a number of props for sale...
GIANT Hairspray Can on castors to reveal opening for Grand Finale Tracy Turnblad bed on castors to turn with the Hardy Har Hut on reverse
3 x record stands all on castors
We also have full costumes including Grand Finale full sequinned Edna & Tracy Turnblad costumes
Please contact for full details & photos
We would prefer to sell as a complete package but will split into costumes & set if necessary
We are looking at offers @ £400 for everything (the Hairspray Can alone cost £180 so we're trying to recoup some of our expenses for our next production)


Hairspray


Posted 22/02/2017

 

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VG Plays

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

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Ember Players

Ember Players
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Ember

 

The Ember Players is one of Surrey`s leading amateur theatre groups. We stage two productions a year, always aiming to provide variety for our audiences and fresh challenges for our casts and crews. Since our inception in 1949, Ember Players have notched up over 200 shows ranging from Pinter to panto, Shaffer to Shakespeare, “Amadeus” to “`Allo `Allo!” There have been musicals, one-act play festivals, historical and contemporary drama and many, many comedies. We currently stage our productions at the Cecil Hepworth Theatre in Walton on Thames and for our more intimate offerings at The Ember Sports Club in Esher.
It takes all sorts to make a show – and you don`t have to be a Tony award-winning actor. Of course we`re always delighted to welcome new performers – but contributions are equally valuable backstage, front of house – or supporting our productions in other ways. Perhaps you`re considering learning a new skill – or extending an existing one. How do set or costume design appeal? What about scenery construction, prop-making, make-up, lighting or sound? Maybe there`s a play you`re bursting to direct (we`d give you lots of help and support).
The Ember Players is part of the Ember Sports Club. Our clubhouse has a subsidised bar, ample rehearsal space and storage areas for props and costumes. The sports club also has tennis, bowls and croquet sections. We offer a varied social programme which includes barbecues, play readings, theatre trips, quiz nights, local walks and the occasional murder mystery evening. Our summer barbecue took place indoors this year – but who cares about the weather if you`re having fun? If you`d like to discover a new `you` and make new friends as part of a committed, creative team, then we`d love to hear from you.
Contact: info@emberplayers.co.uk or Steve Clunn steveclunn@btinternet.com Tel: 07721 367910

 

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Charnwood Arts

UK
Loughborough’s Queen’s Park, Leicestershire

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PICNIC IN THE PARK - AN INVITATION TO TAKE PART



Saturday 10th June, 2017

The 37th Charnwood Arts Picnic in Park

As an arts group, we’d like to invite to promote your work through an activity and/or workshops, or book a stall space to exhibit and share what you do with the people of Loughborough. This year, we would like to dedicate an area in the park to the visual and we’d love to know if you would like to contribute to that in some capacity. We hope that you might use this as an opportunity to promote your group and engage more people in the arts and crafts.

Local performers are also welcome to apply to be part of the entertainment. We need buskers, jugglers, walk about entertainers, brass bands, Morris dancers, steel bands, acoustic groups, choirs and storytellers.

Details are as follows. If you require further information please do contact us:

• Standard space allocated for each stall is 8ft frontage but this can be expanded - just let us know
• You will need to bring your own stall / table / small tent / matting / chairs
• Set-up can begin from 9am and must be finished by 11am
• Stalls are offered free of charge but any donations on the day would be appreciated
• We are sorry to say that there will be no electricity supplied on the day
• You are allowed on to the park to offload (weather permitting) but then all vehicles will have to be removed.
• Parking is available locally in the Bee Hive Car Park.

If you are interesting in participating in this event, please could you return the attached application form as soon as possible.

Many thanks
Terry Allen
Administrator
Charnwood Arts
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Posted 18/03/2017

 

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KYDS


UK
Tiptree, Essex


Dates Required: March 2017

 

Production: Joseph


We are currently looking for a Musical Director. Fee negotiable.
Please email a CV to alex@kyds.org.uk if you are interested.


Joseph



Posted 05/03/2017

 

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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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Chorus Theatre

Chorus Theatre
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Leicestershire


Venue: The Hop Loft, The Susan-in-the-Rushes, Loughborough

Box Office: 01509 8225588 or office@chorustheatre.co.uk
Tickets: £4.00

Last of the Luddites

Last of the Luddites



Fri 24th & 25th March 2017 7:30pm
Sun 26th March 2017 3:30pm



Posted 21/03/2017

 

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Recent Post from one of our readers - 01/02/2017
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Scenery Painting

Hi!
I have recently been involved in scenery painting with our local Am Dram group here in East Yorkshire. My friend and I ( we are amateur artists) think we made a decent job of it, but would like to undertake a course to improve, if one exists for the likes of us!
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Debbie

Peter's response:

Hi Debbie,

I'm afraid you've stumped me, I don't know of any such courses. I’ll place an entry for you in the #Advice section of the www.dramagroups.com website and on our Facebook, Google+ and Twitter pages and ask people to contact you directly if they can help.

I hope you get some good advice. Do let me know how you get on.

Best Regards,

Peter

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Cambridge University Gilbert and Sullivan Society - CUGSS

Cambridge University Gilbert and Sullivan Society - CUGSS
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HMS Pinafore

see Review by John Elworthy of Ely Standard on 11 February 2017

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REVIEW: Cambridge University Gilbert & Sullivan Society offer a stylish performance of HMS Pinafore

There’s a lovely line in their programme notes explaining the plot of HMS Pinafore that reads ‘ it all works out in the end, hip, hip hooray!’
It does and indeed did quite satisfyingly on the opening night of the Cambridge University G&S Society’s production at West Road Concert Hall.

Jam packed with those studying everything from engineering to the classics, chemistry to languages, and from heart biology to behavioural science, you wonder how they find time, but grateful they have, for the subtleties, nuances and pure indulgence of a Gilbertian outlook.

The appetite for such light opera may have waned but the Cambridge audience – of an unsurprising large number of middle aged and older theatre goers who indeed looked capable of ‘whistling all the airs from that infernal nonsense Pinafore’ – were happy to feast on the increasing rarity of a G&S classic.

Musical conductor Tristan Selden was rightly being congratulated by his orchestra members on his robust performance as I passed them during the interval – his was a stylish and at times delightfully frenzied journey that allowed the production to get into gear. G&S is about delivery and pace – the cast responsible for the former, the musical director for the latter. Both got it right.

Tiffany Charnley as Josephine was captivating, charming and ever so slightly coquettish to ensure Max Noble, as her suitor Ralph, was never to going be dissuaded from the challenge of courtship and marriage above his class.

HMS Pinafore was first staged in the late 19th century at a time when class was a dominant force in the British way of life and challenges to it a pre-occupation of satirists into which the G&S tradition was conceived and flourished.

Coincidentally alongside the impish drama of G&S this week class and society at Cambridge was being played out in real life by the university student filmed burning a £20 note defiantly in front of a homeless man on the city streets.

William Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan would not have approved for Pinafore, and their other productions that came before and went after it, used literary devices and parody to challenge, and mock, the status quo.

HMS Pinafore has a shorter run than some years but brevity in performances has not stunted enthusiasm, production values and an outpouring of genuine zest and affection for a much loved and valued tradition.

Class is indeed alive and well – and being teased, tantalised and tormented with nicely.

You have limited opportunity to catch this show – take it if you dare.

 

Posted on 11/02/2017

 

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Alexander Vargas

UK

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A Proper Caper And No Mistake
I stumbled on an article in 2009 about a play called "A Proper Caper And No Mistake" by Anthea Roberts that was performed by the Buckfastleigh Drama Group. The story sounds absolutely fascinating and I was reaching out to see if there are any hard copies available of the play. Or even a digital copy. I would love to purchase one for reading.

Date Req'd: ASAP

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The Aston Academy of Magic

The Aston Academy of Magic
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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.

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