a full length comedy in which Ken decides to make some money as a clairvoyant. What could go wrong? The play has been produced on the professional stage and critically acclaimed as being ‘light and funny with parts that are really worth playing.
Looking for a great comedy to produce? This one has had successful runs on the professional stage abroad but has missed out in the UK due to the pandemic. It's great fun. Have a look.
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Actors needed for Short Film
My name is Saskia. A group of myself and fellow university students, from the University of Hertfordshire, are going to be creating a short film based in Portsmouth. We are looking to cast some extras for filming on the 21st April 2021 and I have come across your website and notice you have acting club/schools registered with you. I was wondering if any of the actors on your in those clubs would be interested. Actors will need to be 18+.
The filming is based in a 17th century village and the extras will be playing villagers/locals. We are looking for all age ranges. These are not payed roles but we will provide food and drink during the filming date.
If you are interested in the opportunity or would like further information please do not hesitate to make contact.
Interested actors please respond to this email with a head shot (if you do not have one please provide us with a recent picture) and your name and contact details.
Welcome to the April edition of my yearlong campaign supporting the creative industry. If you are new to these articles and would like to read the back story from January then visit my website. Also don’t forget that all these articles are accompanied by a YouTube Video, to watch this month’s click here. If you would like to find out how you can get involved in this project or indeed if you’re a media outlet reading this and would like to more information to publish then visit my website.
Reaching Out into Community
It’s been over a year now since the industry was closed due to coronavirus. So this year I wondered how many took to the internet to promote World Theatre day of putting theatre in the minds of locals as we prepare to reopen our doors.
April is a writer’s months with an event called Camp NaNaWriMo. How many of you are using this event as an excuse to reach out to local writers, both professional and wannabes as in encouragement, to show appreciation to writing craft. On the 21st and 22nd April we have World Creativity Day, I would love to hear how you will be encouraging your creative community to celebrate.
2025 Trust Fund Update
The 2025 Trust Fund will be a national charity connected to The New Greatest Show on Earth Project. Like any other charity there will be a board to govern and makes strategic plans to guide the Trust. From the middle of 2023 to the beginning of 2024, I will be recruiting trustees for the board.
During the summer of 2024 the board will begin to recruit member of local task groups who will be the first point of contact for all applications. The application process for grants will be two stage, first it will be the local task groups, made up for a cross section of local community, who will decide who to award the grants too, stage 2 the main board would check to ensure the application does cover the criteria with enough appropriate evidence.
The main board will also focus on finding inspiring stories of individuals and groups that could be awarded specials grants and bursaries.
If you buy Community Logo items from my online shop all profits go towards the Fund, plus you can donate here
Community Spirit in brief
For those interested in being part of the Bridgewater (Somerset) Community Spirit event, whether this be part of organisation or on the day help you can now sign up through our website: www.aticket2ride.co.uk/registation There is still time if you want to sign up to volunteer for the Bridgwater event or indeed create a partner Community Event where you are. Head to the website for details - www.aticket2ride.co.uk/community
If you missed the livestream in March, you can watch on my YouTube channel, link at the bottom, you can download the PowerPoint by clicking here.
Lighting The Beacons
The second phase of The Greatest Show on Earth Project is called, Lighting the Beacons, the focus is on venues and theatres. As explained in this month’s video, Resetting the Stage workshops are the bridge between the first phase, Community and this second phase, you can find out more about the workshops by clicking here. I am introducing Lighting the Beacons now as it will be theatres themselves have struggled through closures due to the pandemic, with some already gone into administration. This format of this programme is a tour, so it will introduce logistics side of the project, which is an area focused on much more in the final phase of this project. More information about Lighting The Beacon will be available on my website from September.
Theatre Through the Years – Puritans and the Plague
The longest closure was after the English civil war when the Puritans took government, they made public performances illegal on moral and economic grounds. Though ‘illegal’ performances still went on, so the Puritans placed fines on spectators for attendances. When the monarchy was restored in 1660 the ban was lifted on theatres and performances.
Then a year or so before Shakespeare wrote Romeo and Juliet the great plague of London struck 1665. This saw the closure of theatres for 14 months and took the lives of around 10,000 Londoners.
Many play writes, actors and artists fled London to tour. It was also through these times of closure that writers like Shakespeare turned to writing poetry. The Kings Men were eventually able to perform at Hampton Court, and were paid £103, plus £30 compensation for their financial loss due to closure.
From the 18 years of Puritan rule to the Plague of London we learn that as an industry there are always things we can do, even in the face of adversity. Still after all those years of closure theatre and arts came back bigger and stronger like never before, in new and better ways.
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Auditions: Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 May Audition Recalls: Sunday 16 May Rehearsal Intensive Week (compulsory): Mon 23 - Sat 28 Aug, 10am-6pm with regular rehearsals Fri, 7pm-10pm & Sun, 11am-5pm Show Week: Wed 27 - Sat 30 October with technical and dress rehearsals on Mon 25 & Tue 26 October
Auditions: Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 May Audition Recalls: Sunday 16 May Rehearsal Intensive Week (compulsory): Mon 23 - Sat 28 Aug, 10am-6pm with regular rehearsals Fri, 7pm-10pm & Sun, 11am-5pm Show Week: Wed 27 - Sat 30 October with technical and dress rehearsals on Mon 25 & Tue 26 October For more information and to sign up as a youth theatre member, please visit, www.camtheatrecompany.co.uk/get-involved
I was wondering if this chair would be any good sorry about the photo. This would make a excellent throne. The eggs cross over and are covered in velvet. It is free . I live in Gravesend. I think it would make wonderful prop.
We are very excited to be bringing this Rodgers & Hammerstein Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece to Retford in July, with our glorious orchestra. Proudly showcasing the talents of local musicians and singers with a passion for musical theatre, 'South Pacific' will be a night you will remember for a long time to come!
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I'm Yujia Huang, a production design student from National Film and Television School. We're now working on a short film project. We're looking for the costumes in the picture and wonder if we could source some of them from anyone's costume collection.
This project is based on an oil painting called “Roman Place with a public writer”.
A play tackling big themes with optimism, and a little far-fetched dramatic license beyond the Edge is described as ‘an optimistic school drama about climate change’. It follows the events after a bridge collapse on a road in rural Devon during a geography field trip. The play focuses on two teachers; the prickly Mr Mungo and the fiery Miss Fiel and their charges.
The students are feisty Dulcie who is continually pursued by the over-confident Jag, Jimmy who is troubled by a recent bereavement, and Myra who feels lost without the information she needs about her birth family.
The play begins as the characters are stranded with limited supplies and no phone reception. The teachers set about reassuring the students that help is on the way.
We then see the development of each character as Mr Mungo reveals his feelings about his failed marriage, Myra discloses how lost she feels without knowing her background and Jimmy divulges that his difficulties with their predicament stem from his father drowning in the same river that has collapsed the bridge.
Meanwhile, Jag continues to pursue Dulcie in a stereotypically oafish, teenage way until she reveals that she might like him if he was himself. All of this action is underpinned by the theme of climate change, which Miss Fiel strongly believes is the reason for the extreme weather conditions that have caused their situation. Although Mr Mungo is not a denier, he is, at first, unwilling to accept that he could be part of a solution. As the play comes to an end and rescue is on the way, Miss Fiel reveals that she is actually Myra’s birth mother who had been forced as a teenager to give up her baby.
This play raises many issues that secondary students can relate to, and as a performance I feel my students would be able to identify with the characters and the themes. For study, there are a lot of duologues in the play that would lend themselves to exploration at Key Stage 3 and 4, as well as opportunities for off text work based on the characters and themes.
The conclusion is far-fetched, but the optimism of the suggestion that we can all do something to help with climate change is clear.
Alicia Pope did a degree in English and Theatre & Media Drama at the University of Glamorgan followed by a PGCE at UWE in Bristol. She is currently in her eleventh year of teaching.
Rachel is a London based vocal coach and founder of The Sing Space,. She is fondly named, "the voice whisperer," by the singers she works with, due to her rigorously technical yet accessible approach to singing training which is based on the belief that you must understand your instrument in order to set it free and allow you to give yourself over to the music.
She works with recording artists and West End performers and has been studying the voice for over 20 years. As a performer, she spent 10 years playing leading roles in the West End and internationally. She is also the founder of The Sing Space , a busy voice studio, which matches singers with some of London's top coaches.
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I am trying to find info on a distant relative. I have a newspaper cutting saying she belonged to the West Sussex players. She played in The Queen and the Rebels, I think early 60’s, and Witness for the prosecution in 1959. Her name is Elizabeth Marriott.
Is there any kind of archive for past plays/actors and actresses in amateur dramatics? Or could you point in a direction where I might find more info, would love to know what other parts she played.
I'm afraid I don't have any information on the West Sussex Players and I don't know of any archive for actors / actresses appearing in amateur theatre. Certainly in the early 60s there wouldn't have been digital records. I have found a website http://www.westsussex.info/theatre-groups.shtml West Sussex info which contains a section on theatre groups. I couldn't see the Players listed but they may have someone on staff who might remember?
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.
At Create Studios, we have 5 bespoke studios available for hire, which is perfect for Drama Groups/Dance groups. We have many rehearsals take place at our Studios, and our welcoming staff are always happy to help and go the extra mile for those in the Creative Industry! If you have an event coming up in the future,or would like somewhere to rehearse and perform shows etc, Create Studios might be the perfect place!
We're located in Clarendon Park, Leicester. Create is somewhat like a tar-dis as you don't realise just how big it is until you walk inside!
With our bespoke studios, we have great working spaces for freelancers and groups to use for their creative purposes. Additionally, we have had an influx of musicians booking in with us as we offer a great music room for lessons and rehearsals in Studio 2, as well as larger choirs who rehearse in our larger studios for events.