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THE HOUSE OF VON RIMMER
During 2017, I am hoping to offer all sorts of communities and groups, the opportunity to raise much needed funds for their own worthy causes.
To this end I would like to offer my original Comedy Stage Play - THE HOUSE OF VON RIMMER - FREE of royalties and performing rights or any other monetary payment, and wondered if you, or any group you know, would consider it for production.
Why? Because I want to bring light and love in to the lives of others and give something back. The best way I know to do this, is by example. All profits should go back in to the performing group's own organisation for own improvements or good causes. It is also free to perform as many times as required during 2017.
If this is of interest to you, or anyone you know, please contact me direct at email@example.com and I will forward the following 3 files as PDF files.
A brief description of the story is:
A Troll upsets The House of Von Rimmer by stealing the family fortune. The vampire Prince Otto, and his werewolf wife Christina, employ 2-ghoul investigators to search for their missing son (a bat), who returns 10-years later and restores the fortunes to The House of Von Rimmer, and gives come-uppance to the Troll.
Things which may be of interest are;
It is a family show.
It is new and has never been performed.
It is intended for the community in order to help raise much needed funds.
Youth/Young Theatre and School participation is actively encouraged.
It has the potential to become a musical with lots of opportunities for creativity, music, song and dance.
Budget was in mind when writing the stage play and there are only 2 sets.
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Lightwater, Surrey GU18 5RA
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Crossley Club in Lightwater is a fantastic village venue, ideal for touring theatre or small productions - we would welcome amateur dramatic groups to use our facilities to host their plays and training/rehearsal. We have a downstairs main area with stage and PA system, and an upstairs dance studio that can be used for a variety of requirements.
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Salvation Army Headquarters, Weaver Street, Winsford CW7 4AA
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Performance: 21st - 24th June, 2017
Our next show is 'Calamity Jane' which we will be performing at the Memorial Court, Northwich on 21st - 24th June, 2017.
Rehearsals are underway for Calamity but if you would like to come and join us for this show come down to a rehearsal at the Salvation Army Headquarters, Weaver Street, Winsford CW7 4AA. We meet on a Monday night from 7.30 pm.
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My name is Brieana and I'm a third year student at MMU studying Film and Media. I'm trying to put my graduate film together at the moment and I'm in need of a few actors that might interested in taking part in my short film / coming-of-age drama. The planned shooting dates are for the 5th-9th of March and will take place in the afternoon and evening.
The basic premise of the story is that a group of friends come together for a dinner party one evening, however the moment the first guest arrives everything starts going wrong.
The roles we need to fill are:
- Klaire (protagonist)
Klaire is 22. Now at the end of her Event Management degree she begins to question whether the path she has chosen is the right one for her. Always trying to control and make a situation perfect, she is the most vulnerable, sensitive and doubtful of her friend group.
Jonny is 22. Seemingly intelligent but turns out to be a bit of a jerk. He’s out to impress even if that means making his pal the butt of the joke.
- Zoe (minor)
Zoe is 19, and Jonny’s new younger girlfriend. A first year student who is too sweet and naive to see through Jonny’s confident facade.
Location: West Didsbury
Brieana Turner firstname.lastname@example.org
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Brixham theatre & film team, shortlisted for national arts award & semifinalists in Los Angeles Cinefest film festival - In one day!
Some days just keep on getting better and better.
The day started pretty normally, until an email arrived from Voluntary Arts England. We, that is, the South Devon Players Theatre & Film Company, are shortlisted for the Epic Awards 2017. This is a national award for creative organizations - voluntary, CIC, etc, who do work considered to be especially adventurous in their community. We are delighted and very proud that we are are one of 32 organizations around the UK who have made the shortlist.
Making the shortlist this year was especially down to our film production Mordred, which we have been working on, sometimes alongside other projects, for the past year.
If anyone would like to vote for us, for the Peoples Choice Award - the link is at www.voluntaryarts.org
This was exciting news. We had just told oursouth devon players members the great news, when another email pinged into the inbox. This one, was from Los Angeles Cinefest, a US based film festival, to tell us that the trailer for our film Mordred, has been selected as a semifinalist in that film festival. Alongside the other recent success of being selected as a finalist in the Thanksgiving IndieBOOST 2016 Competition, in which the trailer was given a rating of 9.5 out of 10, in terms of acting, cinematography, technical and creative aspects.
The team are running a crowdfund to raise funds for the final few scenes needed, which will be filmed in 2017.This will be launched on Friday Febuary 10th. (the link will be on our website www.southdevonplayers.com).
“I am what you made me become!” is the tagline of the film, spoken by Mordred.
Set in a heavily researched backdrop of early 6th Century Devon & Cornwall, and researched from many early Celtic sources, as well as later medieval texts, Mordred tells the tale of King Arthur’s illegitimate son, and how two equally honourable men were brought to war.
Once the majority of principal filming was completed, our main editor, Michael Mirsadeghi, put together the official film trailer with a haunting soundtrack created by German film composer Michael Klubertanz. The team decided to submit the trailer to several international film festivals during the autumn.
This production not only showcases very heavily researched Dark Ages history of Devon and Cornwall (the southwest peninsula of the UK) , linked to some of the very earliest and less known Arthurian legends, but also equally to showcase the amazing skills by local actors, filmmakers, and other production creatives. Since there are very few opportunities, we decided to make our own and that is how The South Devon Players Theatre and Film Company started, back in 2006. Now, years later, we have been able to branch into filmmaking, as well as theatre, reaching a much wider audience for our team.
Contrary to the usual glamourous medieval settings for many Arthurian adaptations, with knights in gleaming plate armour, and ladies in stunning court dresses; this is a very different production. Set in the early 6th Century, this drama is set within a very different landscape.
Following the departure of the Romans from Britain, the Southwest again became the Celtic kingdom of Dumnonia - what is now the southwestern peninsula of the UK comprising Devon & Cornwall. At this point in history, the Saxons were raiding along the coast, much as the Vikings did, centuries later. Set against this backdrop, Arthur and his warriors, fight to defend Dumnonia, against invasion.
The timeline for this film came originally from the entry for the year 537AD in the Annales Cambriae;
537 The battle of Camlann, in which Arthur and Medraut fell: and there was plague in Britain and Ireland. “Medraut” was the name that in later legend, became Mordred. We went with the later name “Mordred” simply so that it would be more recognisable to modern audiences.
The Southwest is linked to a wide number of legends connected with King Arthur, and as we researched, we found yet more old stories, both of Mordred, and and of other, Mordred-like characters who almost never appear in modern adaptations of the legend. Piecing these together, against this dramatic, ever-changing landscape of the Dark Ages, and using peripheral history of the times – for example; as the Saxons began to expand their kingdom of Wessex, Cynric, who was the first king of Wessex, is also an important character in our drama – we created our own version of the legend, with a lot of the backdrop which would have existed in the time it is set.
After months of research, rehearsing and training, the cast are really excited to begin filming at last!
The group running it, The South Devon Players Theatre & Film Company, from Brixham in South Devon, also founded by Laura Jay, has a proven track record over 10 years of producing historical theatre and film, working from the early days of raising £80 from a carboot sale and using the backroom of a pub for rehearsals.
large cast ranges from Julie Tetley playing Gitta; Morgan le Fay's maid and co-conspirator, and thirteen year old newcomer Reece Whitehouse playing King Arthur’s “legitimate” son, Duran, in their first ever major acting roles (in fact the first ever role for Reece), through our more experienced actors Rich Sandford who stars as Mordred, and Guillaume Rivaud, who plays King Arthur, right over to “Iron” Mike Mitchell, who, after holding 5 “Mr World” and 2 “Mr Universe” titles with the World Fitness Federation, went on to the world of acting and has appeared in films such as Gladiator, Braveheart, Skyfall, Apocalypse Z – and the TV soap Emmerdale.
The South Devon Players have an unusual raison d'etre; exemplified, in this project. The group, which started out as an amateur dramatics theatre group, specialising in historical and mythological drama, are a group of local career-orientated actors and creatives, who are unable, for various life reasons, or lack of resources, to move away to large entertainment hubs such as London, to make careers there.
It was considered very important to make sure that we were not making “just another King Arthur film”, and to find a unique adaptation. While novels have been written from Mordred's point of view, to our knowledge, this has never been transferred to film. That, coupled with spanning Devon and Cornwall, and delving into earlier and less known legends, has created an all new version of the legend.
Not that creating a production of this scale is easy. While grants were applied for, we found ourselves turned down by arts grants seeing this as a heritage project, and heritage grants seeing this as an arts projects, therefore cast and crew members are involved in a wide range of fundraising activities, ranging from small amounts from tombolas and face painting at fetes, and selling on ebay, through to a film/ scifi/ fantasy convention, grant applications, cabaret shows, ebook publications and more.
For costumes and props, It was also a case of keeping one eye on the history book and the other on what reclaimed fabrics and items can be remade, and adapted. We have to thank so many people who keep an eye out for second hand things that we can do this with.
This is an ambitious project, taking not just every ounce of creativity on screen, but also in the planning and logistics behind-the-scenes.
Posted on 08/02/2017
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Kitson Hall, Kitsonn Road, Barnes London SW13
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Having completed our successful panto run of Cinderella we have a beautiful coach for sale. Offers around £100 would be considered. Must be able to collect.
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Castleford, West Yorkshire
Encore Theatre Company is always keen to encourage new members to take an active role in the Company’s activities. Anyone interested in joining Encore Theatre Company can be sure of a warm welcome. For further details please contact Encore on 01977 556554.
Encore rehearsals are held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at Ackton Pastures School, College Grove, Whitwood, Castleford. Rehearsals for each production normally commence in February and September respectively each year.
Currently the Company stages two productions in each calendar year, in June and December, at either the Castleford Phoenix Theatre or the Theatre Royal Wakefield.
Our current membership comprises people of various ages, who find their involvement enjoyable and rewarding. However, depending on the choice of production in a particular year, we may have to restrict applications from new members under 16 years of age.
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Introduction to Acting
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The Embers Group, Manchester offers a relaxed, fun and supportive introduction to Acting through its new 6 week evening class block.
Starts Tues 28th Feb - £15 per 2 hr class.
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Copdock near Ipswich, Suffolk
Dates Required: Spring 2017
Dead Guilty by Richard Harris
After some weeks of read through's and deliberations, the Brook Players of Copdock near Ipswich have selected the thriller 'Dead Guilty' by Richard Harris for our Spring production, as things stand we have virtually no one to help with backstage work, therefore we are putting out an appeal for anyone who would like to do this to get in touch, the tasks concerned are not by any means complicated and the rehearsals so far have been great fun! Anyone interested please email me on email@example.com or telephone Sandie on 01473 403116 Any help would be greatly appreciated and anyone with an eye on acting as well would be kept in mind for our Autumn show..
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Venue: Castleford Phoenix Theatre, Crewe Road, Castleford WF10 3JT Box Office: Tel: 01977 664566
Jesus Christ Superstar
Author: by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice
7 Jun, 8 Jun, 9 Jun, 10 Jun at 19:15
Jesus Christ Superstar is a rock opera based on the last week of Jesus’ life and was the first musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice to be produced for the professional stage. |
Celebrating 45 years since Jesus Christ Superstar first hit the stage, Encore Theatre Company are thrilled to bring this breath-taking musical to Castleford Phoenix Theatre.
With a legendary score including I Don’t Know How to Love Him, Gethsemane, Hosanna and Superstar, ETC’s outstanding cast, crew and production team are sure to make this an unmissable show!
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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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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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A Proper Caper And No MistakeDate Req'd: ASAP
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.
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We are based in the village of Marston Moretaine and can provide individual one to one or group tuition on magical entertainment and presentation.