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Naughty Boy by Eddy Brimson

Reviewed by: Elaine Chapman @elainec46302904

Review date: 19th Aug 2019

Best-selling writer and comedian Eddy Brimson brings to life Joe in his one-man play Naughty Boy at the Edinburgh Fringe this year. From my understanding, it has been set in a psychiatric hospital. Where nurses are serving the wards rather than prison officers in the environment in which he is now living in.

Much of the dialogue is lyrical and you become entranced by the beauty of the words explaining some of the most horrendous events that take place during Joe’s lifetime. The imagery and descriptions of the cat which is run over are very intense but beautifully bought to life at the same time.

One such event that happens in a Tube station changes Joe’s life for good. The stabbing of Keith, Joe’s long-standing mate fuels anger and hatred. The scene erupts as the group Joe is with become part of an angry and violent fight. Resulting in Joe attacking and possibly pushing the bloke referred to as “Ratty” under the train! Whether he did or not is for the audience to decide. The matter of fact tone and excitement in the voice of Joe is in danger of sounding like this happens every day.

Through the eyes and words of Joe violence is freedom. Pure abandonment as the fighting and chaos fuels adrenaline and awakens his spirit. The danger is through his eyes and outlook on life violence is acceptable and as much a part of his life as doing the weekly shop! Making him a truly dangerous man.

The wonderfully interwoven words and imagery Brimson use moves the play along at a fast pace. Taking you on a moving journey. Joe’s behaviour is both disturbing and concerning as he normalises the darker side where parts of society exist and one in which we hope never to meet.

Joe describes the world in a brutal but accurate analysis. We are all naughty at some time during our lives and guilty of something! Just how far do you go through? We brush shoulders with every character described within the play at some point during our lives we just don’t realise it or know who these characters are.

With some alarming scenes, Naughty Boy is not for the faint-hearted. It is certainly worth the gritty and emotional rollercoaster ride though. After all “the world does not owe us a living” and it’s definitely a tough ride at times!

Five Stars

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Posted on 20/08/2019

 

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Urgent Casting Call for Children for 'An Inspector Calls'

I'm the Associate Director of the national tour of Stephen Daldry's 'An Inspector Calls', which plays at The Mayflower Theatre, Southampton on 17th-21st of September. We are looking to give three children the opportunity to be a part of Stephen Daldry's An Inspector Calls which plays at the Mayflower Theatre on 17th-21st September.

We'd like one boy, height 4ft-4ft3, of about 7-9. He spends the most time on stage and should be excellent at following instructions, confident enough to be on stage alone for extended periods of time and have a very good memory. An inquisitive innocent look is best with a fun-loving streak.

We're also looking for one boy, height 4ft10-5ft, of about 10-12. He should look as if he could believably bully the smaller boy, but in a playful, rather than overtly violent, way.

Finally we're looking for a girl, height 4ft9-4ft11, of around 10-12. She should be able to bully and tease the older boy convincingly. The girl should be fun-loving and inventive but not overly starry.

All children should be very innocent and childlike without a trace of adult about them. They should also be able to appear as a convincing part of 1912 Britain. The characters are underprivileged children able to take enjoyment in lost objects and their strange environment. It's a dark and scary setting so they should also be able to seem inquisitive and scared at times. We particularly encourage applicants from a diverse background.

None of the children are required to speak but all are on stage for a significant length of time performing to a musical soundtrack so good visual acting is important. We're looking for children keen to be involved who are good at following instructions.

Dates and Times
We'll be rehearsing the children on Monday 16th Sept at 4pm-8pm and Tuesday 17th from 12pm, ready for the performances on Tuesday 17th - Saturday 21st at 7.30pm plus Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday matinees at 2pm. Children will be called each performance 45 minutes before the start of each show.

Once the children are cast, I will liaise with parents to sort licences with the council.

These are volunteer roles but provide a fantastic opportunity for children to gain experience of a large-scale professional production.

Call for Chaperones
We're also looking for two licensed chaperones to work with us on the above dates.

If you have a child that fits the above casting, please email me by Wednesday 21st August with their name, height, age and a recent photograph. Please make the subject of your email AIC Children - Southampton.

charlotte.e.peters@gmail.com

I look forward to hearing from you.

Kindest regards

Charlotte

Charlotte Peters
Theatre Director
Currently:
Director - How Love Is Spelt at Southwark Playhouse for Brickdust
Director - Normality at The Other Palace
Associate Director - War Horse UK & International Tour
Associate Director - An Inspector Calls UK/US Tour
www.charlottepeters.co.uk Posted on 20/08/2019

 

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CIT Musical Society

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Dublin

 

CIT Musical Society

We are now opening applications for
• Musical Director
• Stage Manager
• Production Manager
for our production this year. The positions are open to both professionals and CIT Students!
If you are interested in applying please send your CV and any other relevant information to musical@citsocieties.ie with the subject FAO Kayme.
Closing date for applications is Monday 2nd September.
Best of luck to all applicants!



Posted 19/08/2019

 

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She Loves Me

Author: Joe Masteroff, Jerry bock and Sheldon Harnick

She Loves Me

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Wales


Venue: The Paget Rooms, Penarth

Box Office: 02920708037

11th, 12th, 13th and 14th September 2019

The award-winning Concept Players continue their celebration of the company’s 25th anniversary, after bringing the classic musical My Fair Lady to Penarth in March, by presenting the romantic comedy, She Loves Me, at The Paget Rooms this September.
Based on the 1937 play Parfumerie by Hungarian playwright Miklós László, this heart-warming musical takes place in the 1930s, where Maraczek's Parfumerie shop clerks, Georg and Amalia, often do not see eye to eye. However, both have replied to a lonely-hearts advertisement in the newspaper looking for a pen pal, with neither realising that they are each other's secret admirer! Will their love continue to blossom once their identities are finally revealed? The endearing innocence and old-world elegance of this charming musical has been keeping audiences spellbound for more than 50 years.
Adapted a number of times for the big screen, this wonderful tale was the basis of the Tom Hanks Meg Ryan film You’ve Got Mail and this musical adaptation has had numerous award winning revivals in London and on Broadway recently.
Concept Players have been entertaining and intriguing audiences for a quarter of a century and recent productions such as Evita, The Pirates of Penzance, Blood Brothers and Merrily We Roll Along show off their wonderful attention to detail and just how diverse and imaginative their productions can be. So book soon to see SheLoves Me as it is not to be missed.

Posted 19/08/2019

 

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Dorking Green Room Theatre, Rear of Dorking Halls, Dorking, Surrey RH4 1AA, RH4 1SG

An Evening With Alan Bennett Open Meeting/AUDITIONS

An Evening With Alan Bennett - Open Meeting/AUDITIONS

Contact: If you have any questions please message our Facebook page, we look forward to seeing you then!


Auditions: 3 Sep at 19:30 & 5 Sep at 19:30
Production dates: 23nd-26th October


AUDITIONS for An Evening With Alan Bennett directed by John Taylor will take place on the 3rd and 5th September at 7.30pm in a read through style at the Green Room Theatre, behind Dorking Halls.
This show will consist of three “Talking Heads” monologues and a one ace play.
”Talking Heads” monologues:

• Her Big Chance (about 30 mins)
Lesley, in her late 20’s or early 30’s is an aspiring, and somewhat naive actress who is hopeful of hitting the big time.

• A Chip in the Sugar (about 30 mins)
Graham is a middle-aged man who lives with, and looks after his mother. He is closer to her than perhaps he would admit and resists anything which might affect the status quo.

• A Lady of Letters (about 26 mins)
Irene Ruddock, Miss, is an ordinary middle-aged and rather lonely woman who is not slow to put pen to paper when she feels she should register her disapproval .

One act play (about 32 mins):
• Say Something Happened.
Somewhere in the north of England, Mam and Dad, a couple in their sixties, comfortable with their life and routine, and working, as such couples do, as a team.
June Potter, a young woman from the Social Services Dept., tasked with assessing the couples’ vulnerability.

You do not need to have anything prepared for the auditions.

Posted 16/08/2019

 

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Stage Door Productions

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Barony Theatre, Bo’ness

Stage Door Productions is a Pantomime Production Company based in Bo’ness, Scotland with the mission of making theatre magic!

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Rees Astley Performing Arts Insurance

We specialise in Performing and Creative Arts Insurance across the UK and have thousands of policyholders under our Performing Arts Scheme including individual performers and groups. We know what we are doing and we can help drama groups!

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Hastings LitFest

UK
Upstairs at The Jenny Lind Inn, Hastings, Sussex

Contact: https://hastingslitfest.org/workshops/writing-for-comedy/

Workshop 8: Writing for Comedy

Saturday 31 August 10.00 to 17.00

Led by John Knowles

John Knowles will lead a day-long workshop exploring comedy writing for the theatre and taking your script from page to stage. The workshop will focus on duologues in particular, and in developing characters as well as looking at some rules (yes, there are some) and simple joke-writing techniques. The workshop will include plenty of hands-on exercises and an opportunity to have your work read by two professional actors. The Workshop is suitable for writers aged 18+ at all stages of their scriptwriting journey.

The day will be split into two key areas:

Morning session: 10.00am-12.45pm
Duologues, development, voice and character.

The workshop will explore the challenges of writing duologues, finding your character’s voices (mining your characters and taking a view). We’ll be looking at character outlines and backstories.

Break for Lunch 12.45pm – 1.45pm

Afternoon session: 1.45 pm – 4.30pm
The afternoon session will be focused around actual writing and creating comedy scenes which will be read/performed at the end of the session. We will also be looking at techniques for joke writing (if you want a gag fest) and a quick look at some sitcom rules.Places are limited to 12 participants so early booking is recommended.

We regret that this venue does not have disabled access. Nearest parking (pay & display) is The Bourne car park and there is more space at Rock-a-Nore car park on the Stade (10-15 minutes’ walk).

Tickets £65, students £55, available below (limited numbers)

Posted 13/08/2019

 

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David Edkins

The King Arthur Show

Location: Birmingham UK

David Edkins

The King Arthur Show a traditional Pantomime

All is peaceful in the Kingdom of Camelot. No naughty knights have tried to take over for ages. King Arthur is enjoying the quiet. If only the queen would let him bring his horse into the castle for a nice warm by the fireplace. One day, however, the evil Mordred plays a nasty trick on the wise, wonderful wizard Merlin then tries once more to take Arthur’s throne away from him.
Do our heroes stand a chance against the forces of evil? With the help of a baby dragon, a man whose name is definitely not Wayne, the Lady of the Lake, who assures us that she can still fit into her swimming costume, and a large dose of traditional British Pantomime fun, our heroes intend to do their best to restore normality to the Kingdom.
But beware the Questing Beast!

The script has been published by Lazy Bee Scripts, and the full script is available for perusal here:

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Two quotes from the professional appraisal from Lazy Bee Scripts follow:
"This script does a great job of delivering the characters we expect, the storyline we want and the end result we’re hoping for, along with the bad jokes, the routines and the audience interaction that makes it a proper pantomime."

"It’s beautifully done, and a lot of fun."

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Banbury Cross Players

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Banbury Charities benefit from Theatrical Success

Banbury Young Homelessness Project have received a surprise donation of £500 from local theatre company Banbury Cross Players as a result of a win at the Lighthorne Festival of One-Act Plays.
BCP have taken part in the Festival since its inception in 2013 and, this year, were overall winners with their production of Mike Bartlett’s Contractions. Mike Bartlett is a prolific, award-winning writer across many genres including Doctor Foster and King Charles III. Contractions started life as a radio play and was then transposed for stage. Director, Chrissie Garrett, says of the play “It’s a dystopian piece, taking the audience through a roller coaster of a ride. It asks what lengths people will go to in order to conform. It demonstrates how big business could take over your life and, ultimately, be responsible for all decisions you make. I was convinced the first time I read the play it would a winner. I am delighted to have finally taken top honours at Lighthorne for BCP”.
Director of the Festival, Rod Chaytor, says “Banbury Cross Players were the very first group to sign up to the idea of a Lighthorne Festival when we first began to canvass quality local theatre groups back in 2012, and we will always be grateful for that initial support. They are one of only three teams to have entered every year since its inception in 2013. It was an absolute delight to see them take the Trophy this year and with a production which merited it, one hundred percent. The two actors performed their roles brilliantly. It was a great show. We are thrilled BCP have been selected for the National Drama Festival Association’s British All-Winners Finals and will be there to support them.”
The Prize at the Lighthorne Festival is the largest in Amateur competition and is shared between the winning group and a charity of their choice. Director Chrissie Garrett says “I had no hesitation in choosing BYHP. Our decision to support this local charity was quickly and easily made as both director and actors have worked alongside the staff and young people that BYHP support. We are so impressed with the dedication and work of this local charity that we want to enable it to reach even more vulnerable local young people.”
As a pre-cursor to the performance at Lighthorne (and also the Oxford Drama Network Festival in Abingdon), the cast and crew went to Adderbury Library where they performed a preview. “The play was very well received” says Chrissie, “and the audience engaged in a question and answer session afterwards. This proved very useful for the cast who were able to refine their performances in readiness for the two festivals”. Profits from the Preview performance were donated to FOCAL (Friends of the Community of Adderbury Library).

Liz Wingrove, Chair of FOCAL said “Contractions was FANTASTIC. With around 30 guests watching the two female actors unravel their extremely dark story-line, we were all mesmerised, not knowing which way this extraordinary drama would play out! 45 minutes of suspense with the added bonus of being able to discuss with the cast and director what we had just witnessed. Brilliantly performed by the actors.”
This wasn’t quite the end of the story for BCP and their production of Contractions. As a result of the win at Lighthorne, they were invited to perform at the National Drama Festivals Association All-Winners Final on a much-larger professional stage at the Rhoda McGaw Theatre in Woking, Surrey in July. Competing alongside 14 other winning companies from Drama Festivals nationally, BCP were delighted to come home with The Sydney Fisher Trophy – chosen by the backstage crew for the company they most enjoyed working with - as well as The Amateur Theatre Trophy Adjudicator’s Award for cast members Nicola Dixon and Almira Brion. Adjudicator Jill Colby, a member of the Guild of Drama Adjudicators, said “They both had to be so different, but also a team, working off each other, which they did brilliantly. It was impossible to separate the two actors. It had to be a joint award.” The awards were collected onstage on Saturday July 20 2019 by the play’s technician, Robin Williams, from the hands of NDFA Patron and theatrical knight Sir Derek Jacobi.

“This has been a fabulous team production” says Director Chrissie Garrett. “I am so proud of what members of BCP have achieved. We are delighted to have been able to support the work of BYHP as well as Adderbury Library. We hope these contributions will help.”
You will have the chance to see this award-winning production at Banbury Cross Players’ Season Preview Event at The Mill Arts Centre, Banbury on 24 September 2019. The evening will also include presentations from the Directors of shows for what will be Banbury Cross Players 75th Anniversary Season.
For more details of Banbury Cross Players and what they are up to locally, see their website at www.banburycrossplayers.org.uk



Posted on 30/07/2019

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Posted 28/07/2019

 

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Merseyside

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Variety of Props and Scenery

We have number of cut out flats painted as trees/forest professionally painted and joiner made, roughly 8ft x4ft 10 or 12 of.

FREE OF ANY CHARGE. Must collect. Suitable for panto etc.

We are downsizing and have an abundance of props to sell, hire, give away free. Contacts ASAP please when they go they're gone.




Posted 09/07/2019

 

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Name: Barns Green Players
Barns Green Players

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From nfranciselectrical@btinternet.com

Hi we are staging a comedy play written by one of our members. In it, we want, desperately, to use rain and have created a prototype rain machine which works but we have been told by the village hall insurers that they will not entertain any water on stage.

Have any other groups successfully used rain in the past? If so can you contact me to advise on how you did it and how you convinced the insurers it was safe?
OR how can we create the effect of rain?

Really looking forward to hearing from you.

Neale – Chairman Barns Green Players

Peter's response:

Hi Neale,

Thanks for posting your question. I shall make sure it gets published in the #Advice section of the www.dramagroups.com website and its associated Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages within the next 24 hours. I shall ask people to contact you directly if they can help or advise.

Personally I have no experience in this area other than to say I’ve seen Singin’ in The Rain performed with both water and a projected rain storm. The real water won hands down.

Best Wishes,

Peter

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Kay Crawford

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Vocal scores and libretti

I am doing a big clear out at home and I have a bundle of scores and libretti from various shows etc from my days in an amateur operatic club. I am attaching a list and I am happy to pass these on.

SCORE AND LIBRETTO for:
LILAC TIME
CALAMITY JANE
ANNIE GET YOUR GUN
WALTZES FROM VIENNA
VIVA MEXICO
LA BELLE HÉLÈNE


SCORE for:
A WALTZ DREAM
THE MERRY WIDOW
OKLAHOMA
ORPHEUS IN THE UNDERWORLD
MY FAIR LADY
LAND OF SMILES
A WALTZ DREAM
GYPSY LOVE
THE GONDOLIERS
THE DESERT SONG


LIBRETTO for:
THE DANCING YEARS
THE MIKADO
THE NEW MOON


Irving Berlin - Golden Years
The Best of Jerome Kern
Song Album - Carousel

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All genres of play and panto. Download full scripts on line or read 10 page extracts from each script free of charge. Script submissions from new playwrights encouraged.

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ODEUM

India
Crystal point mall, 213, 2nd Floor, link rd above star bazaar,
Andheri West, Mumbai - 53

 

Theatre Available

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A new entertainment venue 100 seater auditorium for
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• Kids Plays
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Mandy Gunter

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Telford, Shropshire


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Wanted

Does anybody have multiple copies of Same by Deborah Bruce that they would be willing to sell?
We would like to perform in the Wellington Drama Festival but the cost of purchasing 9 scripts is quite prohibitive as we would not recoup the costs from the performance. Thanks :-)

Oct/Nov 2018

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Make-Up Artist Work Experience Required


I am a make-up lecture at Sussex downs college in Lewes. currently seeking work experience for my make-up group. They are all very passionate about theatrical make-up and I was seeking if by any chance they could have the opportunity in working together with the art performance in delivering make-up and gaining experience within the make-up industry in theatrical

yours sincerely

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