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Warnock - Hope Street Theatre

Reviewed by: Donna M Day - North West End

Reviewed 11th July 2019

Warnock, written by Barry Levy, is an exploration of the shortcomings of the care and justice systems and what happens to people when things go wrong. Directed by Peter Sebastian, it tells the story of 16 year old Sasha Kilpatrick (Rebecca Bryan), a young homeless girl who has been in and out of the Warnock Youth Detention Centre.

The play begins with Sasha and her close friend and companion, Dodge (Johnny Sedgwick) waking up on a beach in Blackpool. That evening they go to do their latest job, the robbery of a local warehouse. Unfortunately their accomplice does not show up and the warehouse is crawling with security staff. Dodge manages to escape but Sasha is caught and returns to Warnock.

When she arrives she meets Michelle Glover (Eleanor Bate) a seemingly apprehensive girl whose sister, Kerry (Chloe Dwerryhouse) is already serving time at Warnock and Laura Riley (Kayla Lundstram) who has been found guilty of murder, despite protesting her innocence. The girls in the detention centre develop a close relationship as they navigate life in Warnock.

While some of the prison staff are trying to create an environment of education and development for the girls in their care, others are taking advantage of the situation to further their own interests. Warnock is a toxic environment, especially for Sasha who is abandoned and alone in her cycle of reoffending and reimprisonment.

It quickly becomes clear that some of the prison staff are aware of the bad behaviour of some of their colleagues, but the word of the inmates will not be taken as serious evidence, meaning that they are turning a blind eye to what is going on while they build their case. Can they fix things before it’s too late?

The characterisation of the prison staff is interesting combining those who are passionate about helping such as Mr Hughes (Joe Gordan) to those who feel they are beyond help such as Mr Abbott (Colin Jones). These characters serve as representations for the extremes of either side of the spectrum. Jones’ portrayal is particularly cold and menacing and his ability to change the entire tone of a scene through subtle facial expression and tone of voice deserves praise.

The play is presented in the half round, an interesting technique which creates a goldfish bowl effect for the audience. However, the seating is quite far back from the stage and a smaller half round or thrust layout could have added more intensity to the show. Consideration needs to be given to blocking as the actors frequently tended to direct their performance towards the back of the stage, meaning that facial expression and lines were lost for the entire audience. Thought also needs to be given to vocal projection as a whole, as on occasion dialogue was barely audible.

Scenery is created through a combination of naturalistic and symbolic projections on the back wall. These create a sense of place and add to the emotion of some of the scenes. There were some long gaps between some scene changes which may have been intentional in an attempt to add tension, but caused the play to lose pace.

Bryan’s performance as Sasha is powerful, combining the sense of a streetwise and confident young girl, with a lost soul who just wants to be loved. The emotional complexity and realism of the portrayal is admirable.

Sedgwick’s performance as Dodge and Keefy Steve playing Mr Norris Anderson, provide some light comedy relief to the show. Gemma Rowlands (Samantha Westwell), a Del Boy like character selling various items within the detention centre is a lovely addition to the story. These characters add lighter elements to the show which add a feeling of roundness of the play.

Warnock is a dark story, brilliantly performed by an evidently close and hardworking cast. While the tension and drama could be improved on in some parts of the play, when emotions are high the performances skyrocketed right up until the breathtaking ending.

See the full review here northwestend.co.uk

 

Posted on 16/07/2019

 

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The Lichfield Players

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The Nightingales

The Nightingales

UK
Staffordshire


Venue: Studio, Litchfield Garrick, Castle Dyke, Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 6HR

Box Office: lichfieldgarrick.com/whats-on
Tickets: £14 (£12 students)


Tue 16 - Sat 20 Jul 7:45pm
Sat Mat 2:30pm

It's the 1950s and this charming comedy introduced the Nightingales, members of a theatrical family who perform more at home than they do on stage. A very funny and touching showbusiness comedy bursting with one-liners and lovable characters.

Posted 14/07/2019

 

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Dauphine of Bristol

UK
Bristol

 

We have been in business over 40 years suppling make-up and theatrical historical wigs.

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The Price is Right- ITV Game Show- Contestants Needed!

Hello,

I am a Casting Producer at Talkback TV. We’re bringing back The Price is Right to ITV this summer and looking for groups of 5 or more to play for big prizes and money!

We’re filming in Manchester in August.

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Stephen Lewthwaite

Posted on 12/07/2019

 

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Tockwith Players

Tockwith Players
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Tockwith, North Yorkshire

We are a local amateur dramatics society based in the village of Tockwith, North Yorkshire. We put on various shows throughout the year: plays, music and pantomime

Mission
Giving every person the opportunity to achieve his/her fullest potential and participate in and contribute to all aspects of the Arts.
We are here to educate and delight through original, character-centered drama.
To present public, amateur performances suitable for all ages and groups within the Community which is beneficial to the Community, providing recreational and leisure facilities, which are in the interest of the social welfare of all groups in the Community.

Contact: tockplayers@gmail.com or via our website or social media

 

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Attic Studio. Liverpool



UK
Merseyside

Contact: 07778310227 or Peter@a2online.co.uk

 

Donate Free/For Sale or Hire

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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Tyldesley Little Theatre, Lemon Street, Tyldesley, Manchester M29 8HT

CASH ON DELIVERY by Michael Cooney

CASH ON DELIVERY by Michael Cooney

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Audition: Tuesday 9th July 7:30pm
Performance: 1st - 5th October 2019


We will be looking for 5 men and 5 women aged 16+.
Eric Swan (aided by his Uncle George and unbeknown to his wife, Linda) has pocketed thousands of pounds through fraudulent DSS claims. When Norman Bassett (the lodger) opens the door to Mr Jenkins, the DSS Inspector, deceptive mayhem follows — as do the undertaker, bereavement counsellor, psychiatrist, Norman's fiance, a corpse, the ominous Ms Cowper and a rather rebellious washing machine!

Posted 08/07/2019

 

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Greenwich Theatre


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Greenwich Theatre, Crooms Hill, London

Greenwich Theatre Summer Open Day

Greenwich Theatre Summer Open Day

Saturday 13 July 11am - 3pm

AS PART OF OUR 50TH CELEBRATIONS, JOIN US FOR OUR FIRST EVER SUMMER OPEN DAY

This year Greenwich Theatre Limited is celebrating 50 years of working with and promoting theatre makers of all kinds from the small to the large scale. We took the crumbling shell of a Victorian music hall, redesigned, rebuilt and re-presented it back to the people of Greenwich.
As part of our celebrations we will be hosting a Summer Open Day. The day will be jam-packed with lots of exciting things to do such as; costume and props sale, backstage tours and 50th memberships on sale. Grab a tea, coffee, ice cream, cold one and join us for this exclusive opportunity for you to visit and experience the theatre like you've never done before.

Our Open Day Events include:
Costume and Props Sale
We invite you to come and have a rummage through the rails for some of the finest costumes in town.
Backstage Tours
We are offering exclusive backstage tours throughout the day, led by our excellent theatre team.
Buy a Brick Campaign
Simply design and draw on your brick to play a part in protecting the legacy of the last 50 years.
Exclusive Theatre Footage
Explore recently rediscovered footage of the building in 1968-69
50th Memberships on sale
Sneak preview of our Autumn Season
Meet the Artistic Director
Tea / coffee / ice cream sale

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Posted 05/072019

 

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RASA AUR DRAMA THEATRE

RASA AUR DRAMA THEATRE
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Director Gurleen Judge on art, lighting and production of DEKHO MAGAR PYAAR SE! [ India]

June 24, 2019
Deepak Sinha

Theatre Director Gurleen Judge juggles between her roles as light technician, designer, director, writer and a teacher. Gurleen is a self-taught theatre wala and takes pride in it. She chats with Rasa Aur Drama about lights, casting, scripts, and gender in this email interview; just before her show of DEKHO MAGAR PYAAR SE at Gyaan Adab Centre, Pune! Gurleen has done lighting for plays like The Hunger Artist, Tennesse Williams The Two-Character Play, Dohri Zindagi, Atul Kumar's Khwaab Sa, Manav Kaul's Peele Scooterwala Aadmi and Chuhal!

Rasa Aur Drama: Light Design and direction across plays like The Hunger Artist , The Two-Character Play, Dohri Zindagi, Postcards from Bardoli, Peele Scooterwala Aadmi and Chuhal?
What's so exciting about the direction and light design. We kind of see some perspective there?
Gurleen Judge: Jennifer Tipton often says that ninety-nine and forty-four-hundredths of the audience do not pay any attention to the lighting, but one hundred percent is affected by it. Nothing can be truer. Theatre is a visual medium after all and lighting, the image and the movement / breath with which the light moves, defines and is in turn defined by the rhythm of the piece. Light design continues to hugely influence my ideas of making theatre in a very fundamental way.
Through directing I’m able to express my most urgent need to talk about whatever it is that is plaguing my mind at that time. I also write but a performance piece allows for more abstraction.


Q2. What kind of script interest you?

Gurleen Judge: Good scripts. With urgency and grit.


Q3. Do you like to train your actors or would you be happy to fit an actor to a role ? Could you tell us something about the acting and script translation to action with the wonderful Vikrant Dhote in Dekho Magar Pyaar Se?

Gurleen Judge: Training is part of the rehearsal process but I do look for certain qualities before I cast. These change as per each show and what I think is most needed keeping in mind the vision of the play. Vikrant had already worked out the idea for the piece. We were interested in developing it together with the audience in a way and we kept editing the script through shows too.


Q4. The city Pune has witnessed a play like Saggherr Loadhii's Hijra and now DEKHO MAGAR PYAAR SE?
Are playwrights and plays like Mahesh Dattani's Bravely Fought the Queen, On a Muggy Night in Mumbai , Do the needful , Dekho Magar Pyaar Se changing or affecting the dialogue around gender, identity and prejudiced-social-construct ?

Gurleen Judge: I think it’s impossible to gauge or estimate the consequences of a piece of art. It’s a subliminal process, even if one person, maybe even a decade from now, is affected by it, that is a ‘change’ for me. All I know is that I continue to be influenced by theatre - as an audience as well as when I’m making a play. My worldview has evolved from the theatre in a way. So yes I hope and believe in the possibilities of affecting status quo. However, I see it as part of a larger process, where the society is undergoing a change in general and one can’t really identify the starting point of that process.


Q5. How did the idea of the piece Dekho Magar Pyaar Se actually come to you?

Gurleen Judge: Vikrant has developed it over a few workshops and then through Gender Bender grant . I just hopped onto the wagon :-)


Q6. Could you talk about the four stories in the play?

Gurleen Judge: Lot has been written about the four stories so I won’t go in detail - but I think what interests me most about the piece is the journey it undertakes to investigate the contours of “masculinity” and “maleness” in this Alpha -Male patriarchal world. What it means for people inside this boundary, what it means for people at the edge and outside and how does one negotiate it in an every-day manner.


Q7. What extracts of the landmark 2009 judgment on section 377 by the High Court could you have referred in the play?

Gurleen Judge:

See the full interview here



Posted on 26/06/2019

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Avril Furness



UK
Heaton Mersey

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Wanted

November 2019

Camel Costume


We are an amateur dramatic group based in Heaton Mersey, and we need an adult 2-man camel costume.

The dates we require are November 9th - 23rd this year.

If anyone knows of one that we can hire please contact me.


Posted 26/06/2019

 

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Alan Lowe

Alan Lowe

Two of the plays have songs. "Another Saturday Night" has been produced on the amateur stage in Malawi, the Philippines and in Nevada, USA. (I kid you not!) the other three have not been produced. (As yet.)

Apartment 3, Quay West, 91, South Promenade, Lytham St. Anne's FY81NW

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Musical Play - Another Saturday Night

Plot Synopsis.
The play begins in the sixties when two young lovers are forced to part. We then move to the present day and the interior of a Singles Bar where a group of middle aged people are gathered. They include divorced people, single people, separated people and a widow. With the aid of pop songs we learn of their troubles, their hopes and their dreams. Will one couple resolve their differences and come back together? Will two singles become a couple? Will the widow succumb to the lothario and will the two youngsters we met at the beginning finally rekindle the love they once had? With songs and laughter (and a few tears) all is resolved at the end. (Or is it?)

21 Songs.
I Will, Love Hurts, Oh Carol, As Usual, You were always on my mind, There goes my heart, Bobby’s Girl, It started all over again, A forever kind of love, Big Spender, Shut up and Kiss me, Another Saturday Night, My eyes adored you, You’ve got a friend in me, They can’t take that away from me, The Wanderer, You got what it takes, December 1963, I won’t send roses, Dream Lover, Crying, Rip it up.

The Rehearsal Room

Plot Synopsis.
Set in a rehearsal room, a society gather to rehearse for a concert they plan to put on to raise funds. There are numerous speaking parts which should keep any group happy. The story concerns "unrequited love" problem children, theft, surprise discoveries and the usual frictions found in any large group. It allows the group to sing around 20 Richard Rogers songs, from " Manhattan" to "Do-Re-Me" and almost everything in between!

20 Songs.
With a song in my heart. Mountain Greenery. Manhattan. Sand and Water. People will say we're in love. Oh what a beautiful morning. I remember it well. Oklahoma. Getting to know you. June is busting out all over. When the children are asleep. I'm in love with a wonderful guy. It might as well be spring. If I loved you. It's only make believe. Climb every Mountain. It's a grand night for singing. This can't be love. Shall we dance. Do-Re-Mi.

The Ticket

Plot Synopsis.
The play centres on a a church hall where a rummage sale is about to take place. At first it is just that but in their search through the clothing a lottery ticket is discovered and it appears to be the "Big Winner". There then ensues arguments and discussions on who has a claim to it, the person that found it, the person whose trouser pocket it was found in or should it be handed in a lost property? During these arguments and discussions friendships are tested and in some cases destroyed. It seems the only way this can end is badly.

Waiting for a train

Plot Synopsis.
The play is set in the Waiting Room of a railway station where a diverse group of people are stranded having missed their train for one reason or another. A disheveled man is seated on the floor in one corner when the others start to come in. Three middle aged ladies are followed ten minutes or so later by two middle aged men and two older ladies. They discuss the disheveled man believing he maybe the man the police are looking for concerning an assault earlier in the day. Is he the man? is he dangerous? We discover the shocking answer at the end.

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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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claire catterson

Casting Call

We're looking for Teenagers & Kids based in or around the Essex area to appear in a new campaign for a well known Shopping Centre!!


Boys & Girls
14 - 16 years old & 4 - 6 years old

28th, 29th, 30th May 2019

Location Essex

Email hello@clairecatterson.com ASAP and include:-
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Fully paid work.




Posted on 18/05/2019

 

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Sawston Youth Drama (SYD)


uk
South Cambridgeshire

 

WE NEED A MUSICAL DIRECTOR

Dates Required: as of September 2019

Talented Musical NODA nominated Youth Company based in South Cambridgeshire needs a Musical Director (Paid Position)

Contact: mark@sawstonyouthdrama.com


Posted 14/05/2019

 

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Kay Crawford

UK
Contact: kaycrawford@talktalk.net

Available
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

Posted 03/04/2019

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Comedy Plays
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UK
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.

Contact: jude@comedyplays.co.uk or via our website

Royal Holloway, University of London



UK
WPTS - Williams Building, Royal Holloway, University of London TW20 0EX

Family Guy

Family Guy

Contact: Please email: isaac.sims.2018@live.rhul.ac.uk or Ayazabadne99@gmail.com


Wed 28th March 2019 6:00pm

My name is Aya and I'm a first year Film Production student at Royal Holloway, University of London. I'm directing and producing two short films in May 2019
A short thriller/horror film about a family and a killer that is still at large on the streets.
Martin - male 30s, tall, central and improtant role. looking for a confident and expressive actor
Sarah - 30s, tall, confident and charismatic, looking for an actress to brind tension to the film.

Posted 21/03/2019

 

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ODEUM

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

 

Theatre Available

Contact: IRFAN HAMID 9820187443


A new entertainment venue 100 seater auditorium for
• Stand up Comedy
• Kids Plays
• All Genres Plays
• Dance shows
• Business events
• Presentation
• Learning space
• Non commercial movies
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Mandy Gunter

UK
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

Nelia Mici
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