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Footlight Productions

Footlight Productions
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Fiddler on the Roof

Author: Book by Joseph Stein. Music by Jerry Bock. Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick.
Original production directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins

Fiddler on the Roof

Victoria

Venue: Sacred Heart College Performing Arts Centre, Aphrasia Street, Newtown Victoria 3220

Box Office: www.trybooking.com

Friday 13 January 2023 - Saturday 28 January 2023

Journey with milkman Tevye as his views on life, love and tradition are continuously challenged by his daughters who are forging their own paths in life. Meanwhile, there is unrest in his community as the winds of change blow through his tiny, close-knit village.
Featuring the Broadway classics Tradition, If I Were a Rich Man, Sunrise Sunset, and Matchmaker Matchmaker, Fiddler On The Roof is an inspiring and uplifting musical that celebrates the very essence of faith and family.

Posted 27/11/2022

Latest Review

Not Now

Reviewed by: John Chapman @johnchapman398

Review date: 23rd Nov 2022

If nothing else, lockdown provided time and space to discover a wealth of acting, directing and writing talent that might otherwise have passed me by. In the latter category I “discovered” the work of David Ireland the appropriately named Belfast playwright whose most well-known piece https://wp.me/p7LeCU-wI Cyprus Avenue shocked audiences with its pitch black hilarity and violence in a stream from the Royal Court. A later and equally disturbing play, https://wp.me/p7LeCU-2Fq Sadie, then popped up as part of the BBC’s Lights Up festival. These two compelling dramas meant that the writer’s work has been high on my “to see” list now that normality has more or less been restored. Not Now currently playing at the pocket sized Finborough, which has championed some of Ireland’s other work, has many of the same concerns of the earlier plays but is much briefer and far less shocking. However, it is a perfectly formed little gem which shows that the writer is more than able to approach difficult subjects through a different lens and confirms his status as a major modern dramatist.

Set as ever in the writer’s native Northern Ireland the piece, once again, questions the whole notion of identity and its associated politics through two related but quite different characters. Young Matthew is hoping to get into RADA and is up bright and early to practise his audition speech, the opening monologue from Richard III. It’s clear that Matthew’s characterisation approach is heavily influenced by Olivier’s famous portrayal and his over exaggerated stance and vocal choices do not bode well – he’s having a particular struggle with inflecting the opening word “Now”. Uncle Ray thinks that he is being helpful with his suggestions for improvement – principally that his nephew should use his native brogue and Irish charm to win over the, what he calls RADAR, audition panel. The problem is that Matthew regards himself as British and doesn’t want to come across as something that he isn’t. As Ray points out there’s not much point in trying to be an actor then.

This opening section is playfully hilarious even when it is examining some sobering subject matter such as the sectarian strife and one family’s involvement in and reaction to the past troubles. Set against the background of the funeral of Matthew’s father/Ray’s brother the day before, the play gradually starts to expose a dark family secret about the departed. The sexual insecurities of the protagonists are also made manifest and shared as another aspect of identity comes under the microscope. There’s a tenderness evident in this middle sequence as the two men come to a better understanding of each other and realise there is as much that they share as that which divides them. The play returns to comedy for the coda but this is more about a sense of hope for the future and a celebration of who the two men are.

The pair of actors do a superb job in bringing the nephew and uncle quickly to life and sustaining believable characters throughout. Matthew Blaney is all gangly limbs and nervous glances as the aspiring actor and there’s real depth to his shock and surprise as he finds out the hidden past of first his father and then his uncle. Even better is Stephen Kennedy as the plain speaking painter and decorator who exudes a deal of confidence which actually masks deep seated insecurity. Kennedy has expert comic timing and makes the running gag of misremembered names a thing of joy. The moment when he confuses George Michael and George Clooney brought a huge wave of laughter from a capacity audience.

There’s a simple but effective kitchen table setting from Ceci Calf though that does mean that the centre of the traverse stage doesn’t get used that often. I could also have wished that director Max Elton might have moved his two characters around a bit more as they both seemed mostly rooted to one end or the other – unless that was some deliberate ploy to suggest the divide between the generations and their respective outlooks. These though are very minor points in a production that zipped by in just fifty minutes and said just what it needed to say and didn’t really need to say any more. David Ireland’s clever construction and insistence on brevity along with brace of assured and persuasive performances would be hard to better. Go see (that is, if you can get hold of a ticket!)

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Posted on 27/11/2022

 

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Lazarus Theatre Company

Lazarus Theatre Company
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London

HAMLET

We are on the look out for a fantastic Stage Manager to join us for Hamlet, rehearsals in December the run in Jan. If you are or know of a fab SM please do check out and share.
Details in the more info link below.
www.lazarustheatrecompany.co.uk/contactus



Posted 26/11/2022

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Youth Group Bursary

The guild launch their youth group bursary for those entering drama festivals. The application form can be download from godauk.org




Posted on 26/11/2022

 

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Eldorado Musical Productions

Eldorado Musical Productions
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Scout Hall, Metrogas Car Park, The Footway off Avery Hill Road, SE9 2EX

Christmas Sing-A-Long

Christmas Sing-A-Long

Wednesday 14th December 2022 at 7.30

We're so pleased to announce our band is back again this year for a night of festive fun. There will also be some fabulous stalls and games which is a great chance to catch up and meet everyone, please bring your family and friends to join in the fun.
More details at our Facebook Event

Posted 24/11/2022

 

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SMAD (Sea Mills AmDram)

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The Rock Centre, Ridingleaze, Bristol, BS11 0QE

Sea Mills Am Dram was created in May 2009 by a group of people desperate to have fun, and entertain local people with plays, pantos - in fact, anything that took their fancy. With only limited resources they decided to take it into their own hands and create their own new group.
So SMAD was created.
Meeting on Tuesday night 7pm til 9.30pm they are always looking for new members and would love some fresh faces to come along.
If you are interested and want to come for a closer look, head along to The Rock Centre, Ridingleaze, Bristol, BS11 0QE.
Contact: seamillsamdram@gmail.com or call 07502788111

Recently Posted Auditions

Loca Theatre Co.

Colaiste Eamann Ris, Cork City, Ireland

'Jane Eyre' and 'The Incident at the Villa'

We carry out auditions and rehearsals every Saturday We carry out auditions and rehearsals every Saturday in Colaiste Eamann Ris, Cork City between 12.00pm and 2.00pm

Loca Theatre Co. is currently casting for two one act plays('Jane Eyre' and 'The Incident at the Villa').
Lorca is a small, friendly amateur drama group, funded by UCC, The Arts Office, City Hall and The Education and Training Board, Cork.

If you are interested, please contact me at lorcatheatre@yahoo.com or at 086 - 7341519

Posted 21/11/2022

 

Recently Posted Scripts & Playwrights

Sean Guy

Plays by Sean Guy

My name is Sean Guy and I'm an emerging playwright who recently won the NT Literary Awards for my murder-mystery play "Under the Table"!
My plays consistently sellout to Darwin audiences, but I'm excited to get them out into the wider world! They're mostly comedies, with big ensemble casts that are great fun for both actors and audience. I've attached a PDF with some very brief details about my three main plays - but I have others, including some suitable for smaller casts!
Novelist - Playwright - Screenwriter
Mobile: 0417 740 899
Sean Guy Author www.facebook.com/seanguyauthor/
Sean Guy Author www.seanguyauthor.com/plays/short-plays
Location: Darwin Australia

All genders listed are highly variable. With slight variations to the script any combination of genders can work for the above plays. The playwright is very happy to work with companies to adapt the script as required.

Production enquiries
Interested in performing any of these plays? Please email me at seanguyauthor@gmail.com

Under the Table

Under the Table

Under the Table

A short play for children to perform.
Winner of the 2022 NT Literary Awards: Brown’s Mart Theatre Category
Cast: 6 3M, 3F, variable Duration: 1h 15m Genre: comedy/ murder mystery
A raunchy murder-mystery that plays with the tropes we’ve come to expect from Agatha Christie. When a dinner party goes wrong, and a wealthy property mogul is caught with his pants down (literally), an intrepid sergeant and a useless deputy must unravel the case. Doing absolutely nothing to help are three suspects, all of whom have very clear motives, and one dead body that won’t shut up.

Last Call

Last Call

Three scenes occur simultaneously on stage: a shambolic book club, a first date, and a comedic scene in which Death himself walks into a bar and asks three strangers whom he should kill. Each scene unfolds with humour, tied together by fourth-wall breaking monologues by the minor characters... until the halfway point.
Mistaken identity and half-understood truths finally lead to death and heartbreak, with almost all of the comedic character-stereotypes from the first half of the show being reversed and subverted.
Cast: 10
Roles: 5 female, 5 male (variable)
Duration: 1 hour, 15 minutes
Genre: tragicomedy
Notes: variation script exists which includes a significant role for a deaf actor.

King Paddy

King Paddy

Cast: 10 5M, 5F, variable Duration: 1h 15m Genre: tragicomedy
Micronations are a sexy modern thing. No one knows that better than grumpy sexagenarian Patrick Gardener. But did he really set up his independent nation just so that his moody grandkids would have to call him King, or is there more to the story? A handsome young reporter is determined to find out, but he needs to do it before the micronation is attacked by bandits, or he might not get that date with King Paddy’s grandson…
Notes: Strong queer themes. Contains a character (F) in a wheelchair.
This project was made possible by the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund, which supports the arts in regional and remote Australia.

The Therapist

The Therapist

Following a devastating break-up, a young woman goes to a therapist for a recovery session. Unbeknownst to her, this particular therapist specialises in roleplay sessions, and has a wildly over-eager assistant ready to jump in.
Cast: 3
Roles: 3 female
Duration: 30 minutes
Genre: comedy

The Green Affair

The Green Affair

In this Wilde-inspired play, Lord Winterbury has taken a shine to Lady Applegate’s attractive young maid, despite her increasingly obvious protests… but none of the three are quite understanding the other’s hints.
Cast: 3
Roles: 1 male, 2 female
Duration: 30 minutes
Genre: comedy

The Leaving is in the Forgetting

The Leaving is in the Forgetting

One woman is visited by a memory – a man who resembles many people from her past: at times her father, at times her husband, at times a childhood imaginary friend. Over the course of an hour the two discuss the woman’s life, trying to reach the root of her trauma before the memory she is terrified to face finally breaks through.
Cast: 2
Roles: 1 male, 1 female
Duration: 60 minutes
Genre: drama

Recently Posted Sets & PropSwap

Queens Park Govanhill Church

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Mobile Tiered Seating Stands

Free to anyone who can collect and remove soon!
We have a set of mobile tiered seating stands for halls available for anyone who can use it providing they can collect it soon.
Please contact. lynnflower345@btinternet.com

Posted 16/11/2022

Recently Posted CostumeSwap

Selina Wilkins

UK
Wokingham

Selina Wilkins

Selina Wilkins

FREE SUITS

I am in the process of clearing out wardrobes of elderly family members.
We have the following:
a complete morning suit (tails, waistcoat, pinstrip trousers)
another morning tails jacket
a black lounge suit (the trousers have the black ribbon down the side.). Would anyone like them? For free? Do you have a use for them? I'm thinking country house drama, posh wedding, funeral directors attire.
A simple yes please and we can bring to you.
kind regards,
Selina Wilkins
pashwilkins@gmail.com

Selina Wilkins Selina Wilkins


Posted 13/11/2022

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Stage-Write Plays


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Queensland, Australia

PLAY SCRIPTS FOR THE MODERN ERA
Online scripts & plays - Something for everyone!
Stage-Write Plays, an online publishing website based in Queensland, Australia, showcases original stage plays and musicals. You can look for a vast range of stage plays of different genres. They have a remarkable team of writers who have written exceptional plays to entertain the readers.
They offer you a standard performance packages that include the complete script, piano, vocal scores, and SFX soundbites to support your theatrical performance. SFX sounds are the special effects that enhance a play’s visual and dramatic effects.
The website also provides a hassle-free way to decide which play and music suits your requirement by offering a free ready-only sample of the play with two audio song sampes. The sample script is a generous 50% of the full version, which is helpful for the reader to choose a play. The script samples are encrypted and cannot be printed. The sample tracks are rehearsal tracks which serve as a reference for you to imagine how they could sound as a part of full production.
You can easily search for a play by title or by the name of the writer. The website also has an Easy-Choose search feature. You can select from the options according to your preference based on options like genre, age group, and duration number of cast. You can contact us via email or use our live chat option. We encourage and welcome your feedback regarding our website and plays.Please contact me at admin@stage-write.com.au or leave a review on our website.

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Mainly Military & Battlefield Partnerships

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Costume, weapon and prop hire

I run 'Mainly Military' (MM) costume and prop hire for the First and Second World Wars. The link to the web site for the larger business 'Battlefield Partnerships' is https://andyrobertshaw.wordpress.com

I can costume productions such as 'Journeys End', 'Accrington Pals, 'Dads Army or anything set on the Western Front or from Dunkirk to the fall of Berlin. I have both British and German uniforms, equipment, 'safe' weapons and props. I was consultant on various big screen productions, 'War Horse', '1917', etc, and am happy to act as military adviser or even provide a 'boot camp' in a replica trench system in Kent. See IMDB entry www.imdb.com/name/nm1579398.

Contact: Andy Robertshaw andy@andyrobertshaw.com or via our website

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Stewarton Drama Group

Stewarton Drama Group
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Stewarton Drama Group - Acting Up for 50 Years!

Dear Friend of Stewarton Drama Group

We’d love you to join us at our Open Evening next Wednesday 17th August at 7.30pm as we launch our 50th Season of Drama ! More details below:

Stewarton Drama Group start their 50th season on Wednesday 17 August 2022 with an Open Evening for those over eighteen in the local area who are interested in any aspect of drama or theatre arts. On the night, there will be an opportunity to chat to group members, browse the photo gallery, see a slide show of group highlights and enjoy an informal reading of short comedy play.

The Group hopes to recruit new members and new patrons as they build back after two years of challenges brought by the pandemic. Throughout this period, they have maintained their momentum, by performing monologues and short comedy sketches on Zoom to local audiences, and in the past year, they’ve performed short plays in their own small theatre in Stewarton, to invited audiences of patrons and friends.

The Group are now very excited to build up activities in the months ahead, keeping quality local theatre alive and accessible.

In its 50th season, the Group is also acknowledging the contribution of Ismay McKenzie, founder member and first SDG President. Ismay performed in many plays and pantomimes, but she also produced many plays. One of her favourites, was the very funny one-act comedy, ‘The Devil His Due’, by Seamus Fail, which she first produced in 1984. So, aptly, the Group’s first production in season 2022-23 will be ‘The Devil His Due’, produced by Nancy McPherson, the current President. After an informal reading of the play at the Open Evening, the casting will take place the following evening, Thursday 18 August at 7.30pm. The production will be staged on 20, 21 & 23 October 2022 - more details coming soon !

If you’re interested in reading for a part, or taking on any of the many jobs such as building scenery, painting the set, collecting props, operating lighting and sound, managing costumes, doing make-up - or just coming along to join in the fun, you will be made very welcome.

Drama Group President for Season 2022-23, Nancy McPherson said:

"Stewarton Drama Group has connected very well with the local community over its 50 year span. Now more than ever, we value those connections and the friendships we’ve forged over the years. We are lucky to have our own small theatre in Corsehillbank Street, as well access to the larger theatre in Stewarton’s Area Centre. This has given us flexibility in planning our varied programmes. We have also built up a remarkable store of sets, costumes and props - not to mention experience in all aspects of the theatre.

"So, with all this to share, we’d love to meet you if you’re interested in participating. Please don’t hesitate - come along and meet us at our informal Open Evening on Wednesday 17 August in our Premises in Corsehillbank Street Stewarton, next to the tennis courts.

“If you’d like more information please email us at stewartondramagroup@hotmail.co.uk or follow us on Facebook at Stewarton Drama Group by clicking the ‘LIKE’ button at the top of the page to receive all our news updates.”

Best wishes
SDG Publicity Team



Posted on 10/08/2022

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The Dunmow Players

The Dunmow Players
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Great Dunmow, Essex

Dunmow Players

COULD YOU BE OUR NEXT MUSICAL DIRECTOR?

Legally Blonde The Musical

We are so excited to be bringing Legally Blonde to Great Dunmow but are still on the lookout for a musical director!
We rehearse on Mondays and Wednesdays and are looking to start this show September/ October time.
This is a paid role so if you or anyone you know might be interested then please get in touch!

Contact: via our website or social media



Posted 18/06/2022

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Recent Post from one of our readers - 18/11/2021
Name: Sheila Spatcher


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From spatchersheila@gmail.com

I am looking for.my cousin Janice Parfitt. I know she used to be a member of a amateur group and she was a lead in quite a few productions.
If anyone knows her please could you ask her to contact me. I would appreciate it.

Peter's response:

Hi Sheila,

I'm afraid I don't have any knowledge of your cousin.

I will post your query in the #Advice section of www.dramagroups.com asking anyone who is able to help to contact you directly via your email address.

I wish you luck in your search and would be interested to hear if you are successful in tracking your relative down.

Best Wishes,

Peter

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Recently Posted Performance & Rehearsal Space

Thundersley PCC

UK
Benfleet Essex

 

Available

Contact: 07763352857


Large church hall with excellent stage for hire. Flexible arrangements by negotiation.
Please call for further details. Robert Watersone email Treasurer@thundersley.org

Available: Sundays

Posted 15/10/2021

 

Recently Posted Script Swap details

Eileen Norton

UK

Available

I have a number of copies of well known plays, (in good condition) looking for a home. These include Noel Coward, ‘ Private Lives’ and Chekhov ‘ The Cherry Orchard’ and various others.

Do you know of any group that would like them? If so, please get in touch, my email is: elnorton49@gmail.com

Posted 03/05/2021

Recently Posted Theatrical Makeup

Make-Up Artist Work Experience Required


Hi.

I’m Amanda. I’m currently doing make up artistry at West College Scotland. I am in my first year level 6.

I am looking for any work experience I could do. Anything at all would be great. Any local groups who need makeup artists for their productions do please get in touch.

Thank you

Amanda
amandalindsay@live.co.uk




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