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Guilsborough Music and Drama Society

Guilsborough Music and Drama Society

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The House Of Frankenstein

Author: a comedy horror by Martin Downing

The House Of Frankenstein


Venue: GUILSBOROUGH Village Hall, The Green, off High Street, Guilsborough, Northamptonshire NN6 8PT

Box Office: https://www.wegottickets.com/gmads or 01604 740549
Tickets: £10 - £15 for gala night

13-15 November 2019 7:30pm
Charity Gala performance 16 November 2019 7:00pm

An entertaining spoof horror. In a grim castle in the Carpathian Mountains Baron Frankenstein and his weird household host various mysterious and menacing denizens of the night who beg him to rid them of their vices. Despite Frankenstein's best endeavours mayhem ensues.....

Posted 14/10/2019


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The Palace Theatre Group

The Palace Theatre Group

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The Palace Cinema, Longridge, Preston PR3 3RR

For young people ranging from 7-16 years old
The Palace Theatre group has been set up by former Drama Teacher and Director of Expressive Arts, Claire Snowdon.
Over the past 10 years she has seen how the use of drama can have such a positive impact on young people and in some cases, transform their lives.
Join our new and exciting theatre group where young people come together to have fun and work creatively in a safe space. If you want to engage in a variety of performing arts activities to discover your full potential and expand your skill set then look no further-
The Palace Theatre Group is the place for you!

Contact: thepalacetheatregroup@hotmail.com via our website or social media


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The Signalman by Charles Dickens

Reviewed by: Elaine Chapman @elainec46302904

Review date: 12th Oct 2019

The Signalman adapted by Martin Malcolm to a fifty-minute Fringe Theatre production is a well scripted and moving credit to the original story written by Charles Dickens.

Tim Larkfield in the role of The Signalman delivers an impressive performance as he slowly mentally battles with the spirit that keeps appearing on the track. He attempts to work out what the mystery figure is trying to tell him as each time he appears a major incident occurs.

The harrowing effect this plays in the mind of the Signalman becomes all-consuming and he is left questioning what is real and what is all in his mind! Especially when the warning bell often rings without any reason and he is the only one who hears it.

I was completely taken aback by the phenomenal acting ability of Helen Baranova in the role of the crossing sweeper called Jo. To be able to perform a role in a two-man production with no written script assigned to her character this relied solely on her physical performance in order to bring the part to life. Everything she said was spoken through her eyes, from fear, warmth and a complete understanding of the whole situation as it was explained to her by the Signalman certainly captivated me.

The stage is dressed predominantly by the signal box a simple open structure which dominates the right-hand side of the stage. The perfectly timed train sound effects and lighting changes allows you to suspend your disbelief and imagine you can visualise the steam trains going through the tunnel as interpreted in detail by the Signalman.

Director Sam Raffal has utilised all the space available in the Bread and Roses theatre to breathe new life into this haunting and spine-chillingly classic tale. This is one of those fringe productions where you leave feeling really pleased to have been in the audience. Another brilliant example as to why Fringe Theatre should have bigger audiences.

Four Stars.

Tim Larkfield- The Signalman
Helen Baranova- Crossing Sweeper aka Jo
Adapted by Martin Malcolm
Directed by Sam Raffal.


See the full review here theatreandartreviews.wordpress.com


Posted on 14/10/2019


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Costume Hire company

Bailey Hall, Christ Church Halls, Redford Way, Uxbridge
(off High Street by ‘The Good Yarn’ pub)

Costume Sale

For Sale

Saturday 9 November 2019
10 am – 4 pm

Vintage & Fancy Dress Costume Sale

Local Costume Hire company closing down after 30 years trading
Lots of accessories including Masquerade masks, jewellery, bags, gloves, fans, male and female hats, feather boas. Also mannequins, full length mirrors

Posted 14/10/2019


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Tullie House

Tullie House

Tullie House Museum, & Art Gallery Trust, Castle Street, Carlisle CA3 8TP

Contact: 01228 618718

Tullie Talks Lunchtime Lectures

Tullie Talks Lunchtime Lectures

5 November
Free entry. Talks start at 1pm in the Lecture Theatre

By Gail Jefferson
Well known in her field, Gail Jefferson will speak on the history and progression of forensic imaging and the lessons she has learned from personal experience.
She has been involved in Disaster Victim Identification Training in Dublin, presented to Australia Forensic Radiographers and co-authored an International Radiography text.
This talk covers her experiences from the Lockerbie Air Disaster to the present day and allows the audience to explore this specialist field of Forensic Imaging from a truly personal perspective.

Posted 16/09/2019


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City Theatre

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Casting Call for Actor & Singer age 28 to 42

City Theatre is staging a brand new musical show in February called Pirate's Rock 2 The souls of The Lost and we are seeking an actor to play the part of the 'Rogue Pirate' Manson Kidd.

Rehearsals are every Tuesday & Thursday 7:30pm till 9:30pm a The Hope Street Theatre, Liverpool

Ideal for someone confident, committed. A team player. Like a challenge.

If you would like to be part of the community theatre venture please contact us for more information!

email citytheateliverpool@gmail.com

Posted on 14/10/2019


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Andrew Allan

Sedbergh in Cumbria

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Free to a good home (this isn't some sort of pyramid selling scheme), preferably a theatrical group.
About 7ft tall, on wheels.
It's quite light. Was made for a production of Joseph...
Collection only from Sedbergh in Cumbria.

Posted 09/10/2019


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The Manifest Theatre Group

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The Manifest Theatre, Manningtree, Essex

Sherlock Holmes in The Seven Wooden Figurines

Sherlock Holmes in The Seven Wooden Figurines by Tom Hitchcock

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Auditions: Thursday 24th October 2019 - 8pm
Production dates 27th,28th,29th February 2020

Cast needed....
Sherlock Holmes = 40-70
Dr Watson = 30-60
Sir Cuthbert = 40-60
Lady Veronica = 40-60
Clive = 18-30
Emily (maid) =18-30
Peter Reichenbach = 40-60
Wooster (Butler) = 50-80
Estelle (Cook) = 40-55
Witgar (Gardener) = 40-60
Lady Arabella = 25-35
Sir Montgomery = 40-60
Inspector Lestrade = 40-70
Ages are all approx as can be made up or down dependant on cast
Rehearsals will be Mondays and Wednesdays at The Manifest Theatre in Manningtree
Any questions please don't hesitate to contact the director Lea on lea.friend86@Yahoo.com
Look forward to seeing you all there!!!

Posted 07/10/2019


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Headgate Theatre

Headgate Theatre


Headgate Theatre, Colchester, Essex


Headgate Theatre

Headgate Theatre Volunteers Required

Are you interested in VOLUNTEERING at the Headgate Theatre in any of the areas below?

Then come and join us for our OPEN DAY on Sunday 22nd September, between 10am and 3pm and get involved!


There will be the chance to meet with sound/light technicians and take part in making some panto props, amongst many other things.

We are also open as part of the town's Heritage Open Day, so you can come and see our wonderful theatre and buildings!

Please spread the word!
We look forward to seeing you at the theatre.

Posted 13/09/2019


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Lucy Daniel Raby

Lucy Daniel Raby

Location: UK


Nickolai of the North

Nickolai of the North

Have you ever wondered who filled Santa’s stocking when he was a boy? Or why he carries out his Christmas mission every year? All is revealed in this two act Christmas play with music. A refreshing alternative to panto, it tells the magical story of Santa’s childhood. When villainess Magda destroys his home at the North Pole, young elf Nickolai is rescued by a flying reindeer. We follow his adventures as he grows up amongst humans, realizes he is different and returns to the North Pole to seek his destiny – and ultimately save the world’s children from Magda’s evil. Lucy has adapted the book and lyrics from her successful children’s book of the same name, with 16 sensational songs from established composer Geoff Tinniswood, including score, backing tracks and vocals. Containing traditional seasonal ingredients such as heroes, villains, witches, fairies, reindeer, wolves and goblins, ‘Nickolai’ is a sparkling family show that provides a fabulous opportunity for ensemble work.

Cast Size: 24 speaking characters with 9 leads and possible doubling.

Running Time: approximately 2 hours plus interval

Themes: family, childhood, destiny

Genre: Christmas family entertainment with music

Script, lyrics, sheet music, backing tracks and cast recordings available

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


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10 questions with scriptwriter NEHA KARGETI on writing SUCHITRA KRISHNAMOORTI starring play EK HAAN!

August 24, 2019
Deepak Sinha

Panache Media has announced a new theatrical production titled Ek Haan starring seasoned actor and TV host Shekhar Suman and singer, actor, author Suchitra Krishnamoorti in the lead. The play is based on the story of the notorious life and times of the most influential writers of his time, Saadat Hasan Manto, showcasing the socio-political and emotional turmoil of the pre and post-independence era. RASA AUR DRAMA TIMES speaks to the writer in this interaction on writing the script for the MANTO play!

Q1.) Manto stories are so well known! Why should the audience listen and watch and watch MANTO stories again?

NEHA KARGETI: Manto’s work is a reflection of the soul of our society. It presents a clear picture of the world we are living in, without prejudice and bias, just like a mirror. Times change and so does the world, but the issues we are facing in today’s time are still the same: inequality, gender bias, religious hatred, hypocrisy, materialism, and division of the society based on prejudice, capital, power and religion. Manto’s stories touch the very nerve of the system we are a part of and provide a much-needed perspective. A perspective that is not only liberal and secular but also very human at the core! These stories are and will always be relevant. Manto’s voice needs to be heard..again and again..

Q2.) It seems that you have not adapted one single story of Manto, but many and with your understanding. Could you tell something on it! Which stories and maybe why!

NK: Manto’s writings have always been considered very serious and hard- hitting. This fact distracts us from the wide range and variety of his work. Randhir was sure, from the very beginning, of the three stories we have adapted. The objective was to include stories that are widely acclaimed and well known along with the ones that bring out a side to him that not many people are aware of. So, the main story (that is a blend of fact and fiction) brings out his personal ideologies and emotions, while the three sub-stories bring out three very different sides of his work: Toba Tek Singh explores the affect ‘partition of India’ had on people and the confusion and pain it caused, through the story of a mental patient in a Lahore asylum. Kali Shalwar explores the life and emotions of a prostitute, Sulatana, who has the same problems as any other woman or a man for that matter: financial difficulties, loneliness, love ,and betrayal. ‘Akal Dadh’ explores the monotonous life and arguments between a long-married couple that seems rather funny when you see it from an outer perspective. And finally, the climax (main story) reveals a side of him that is rather unknown.

Q3.) How long did it take to adapt the script?

NK: The first draft of the script took a few weeks of research and a few days of writing. However, it was a long process to reach the final draft from the first one, as ‘Ek Haan’ is not just an adaptation of Manto’s stories; its a fictional story starring Manto himself. So, everything that comes out of his mouth had to match Manto’s sensibilities. That was the biggest challenge. The script kept evolving as I kept getting more and more familiar with Manto. In fact, I did a final round of re-writing after the actors came on board.

Q4.) What are somethings writers could keep in mind during adapting/translating a work of literature? As the writer, Jerry Pinto once put it " Translation is like taking a ship loaded with salt across the sea, which is constantly eroding! Take as much as you can ." Any thoughts?

NK: The most important thing while adapting someone’s work is to first understand the very soul of it. A lot is lost in translation when you are actually ‘translating’. But when you are adapting something, you can always borrow the soul and use your own body and your own fresh perspective to present it to the world. Try to row a boat in a freshwater river rather than sailing a ship in the sea.

Q5.) So, Did one of you write the script separately and then put it together. Or together you sat and completed the script in one year!

NK:We wrote it separately and I then put it together after receiving Neeraj’s invaluable inputs through Randhir. In fact, I only got a chance to meet Neeraj on the day of our preview (first) show!

Q6.) Can both of you speak about your writing experience in more detail for Rasa Aur Drama Times readers?

NK: It was a wonderful and overwhelming experience. In fact, more than anything else, its been a great learning experience for me. I think it is very important for writers to read and understand other writers and their work. Thanks to Randhir, I got an opportunity to write a play on one of the most legendary writers the world has ever seen. While reading and researching Manto’s work and life, I feel I got one step closer to the ultimate craft of writing and the art of storytelling.

Q7.) What are the sources that you generally use while researching a literary script?

NK: The biggest source is Manto’s collection of short stories. Through his stories, Manto has said almost everything that he felt and experienced. The rest of the information comes from his old interviews, the writings of his friend ‘Ismat Chughtai’ and of course, many online news articles!

Q8.) Any tips on scriptwriting?

NK: Every story is different and there are a hundred different ways to express the same story. Hence, as a writer its important to be clear about what you want to say, how you want to say it and how can you make it as effortless as possible. Know that less is more, avoid spoon-feeding and always aspire to create something new and original! It is also essential to keep in mind the medium one is writing for: Cinema, digital platform, television or theatre, as different mediums require a different approach to writing.

Q9.) What creative freedom remains for the actors after a script is closed and frozen. As writers does it interest you?

NK: Yes, I was very deeply involved in the rehearsals and the preparation the actors went through for this play. Shekhar Sir’s impeccable command on the language and excellent sensibility proved out to be the biggest asset for ‘Ek Haan’. He is a perfectionist who doesn’t allow any loose ends in a script or performance so it keeps you on your toes both as a writer and as an actor. He sticks to the script and is always interested in understanding the writer’s perspective. Thus, when he improvises, even a small gesture has a deep meaning and a huge impact. On the other hand, Suchitra mam’s high-spirited attitude, her deep understanding of various emotions and her melodious voice, breathed life into the entire play! Her improvisations, especially in ‘Kali Shalwar’ and ‘Akkal Dadh’, added just the required quirk.

Q10.) What is writing to you in two lines! Rasa Aur Drama Times would love to hear that!

-Writing, for me, is a way to connect with my inner self; for my inner self to connect with the world; and for the world to connect with the divine!

Posted on 24/08/2019

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Rees Astley Performing Arts Insurance

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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!

The core products under our facility are:
• Public/Products Liability.
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• Material Damage.

Contact: 01686 626019 or Beverley Cooper bcooper@reesastley.co.uk or via our website or social media


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Recent Post from one of our readers - 26/03/2019
Name: 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,


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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 for:


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

Posted 03/04/2019

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Comedy Plays

Comedy Plays

Whitton. DN15 9LH

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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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
• Stand up Comedy
• Kids Plays
• All Genres Plays
• Dance shows
• Business events
• Presentation
• Learning space
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. Drama Workshops
Or any kind of events.

Posted 07/01/2019


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Mandy Gunter

Telford, Shropshire

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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

Posted 05/10/2018

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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

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Nelia Mici
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