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Baaba’s Footprints by Susan Hingley

Reviewed by: Elaine Chapman @elainec46302904

Review date: 27th May 2020

I had been due to review Baaba’s Footprints at the Vaults Festival in March 2020, the fast spread of COVID-19 saw me cancel my review diary just before the Theatre’s all shut. For the first time, I didn’t feel safe travelling to London. Now for the new Oncomm category in the Offies franchise, I can now review this production from home. I am not sure I could ever get used to reviewing this way however, for now, it’s my only contact with the Theatre world.

Yu (Eyre Kurasawa) loses her job at 39 leaving her bereft and suffering from an identity crisis as she begins to question her life. The pressure to marry is pushing down heavily onto her shoulders yet she likes her life the way it is and enjoys being single. However, peer pressure keeps telling her it’s time to settle down and get married fulfilling the role that is expected from her. Yet rather than staying and succumbing to others expectations, she chooses to grab her passport and travel to San Francisco.

The choice of country isn’t just a random decision Yu chooses to follow in her Grandmother’s Takako (Tomoko Komura) footsteps. Takako had embarked on this journey at 16 and had been one of the “Japanese Picture Brides” who were married on paper and travelled alone to their new husbands and a new country armed only with their passport, bag of belongings and a photograph of their betrothed.

Throughout the play, there is a strong sense of identity and the inability to settle down where neither woman feels as if truly fit in. I think this story can translate across to anyone regardless of gender, race or sexuality as many people struggle with fitting into the roles that they believe they should be fulfilling.

Susan Hingley’s new play balances the generations and timelines smoothly. Although circumstances between the generations were different the feelings of loss, disappointment and not fitting in are shared across the timeline by both generations.

Hingley’s writing is superb in bringing together a strong well-balanced look at how the characters felt about themselves and their place within the world while at the same time it took account of how they perceived others possibly saw them too. After all, nobody is ever certain about how the outside actually views us.

Baaba’s Footprints is set at a fairly fast pace and watching it on the screen lost some of the Theatre magic ones gets from Fringe Theatre productions. The cameras angle was pretty good but I would have liked to have seen more of the entire stage throughout the performance. I sincerely hope they bring this back to the stage at a later date as I want to experience the whole performance.

Director Ragga Dahl Johansen overlaps scenes smoothly where the audience watch Grandmother’s role as a young wife talking about everyday life while Yu observes silently close by. The two characters never interact as they are in different time periods yet they are close enough to touch each other. A simple yet extremely effective stage direction.

There isn’t a link attached to my article for the production as it’s no longer available on the Online Fringe Festival as it finished on the 24th May 2020. I have attached a link to the Vaults festival page where this premiered in March 2020.

Four Stars.

Baaba’s Footsteps https://vaultfestival.com/whats-on/baabas-footsteps/

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Posted on 27/05/2020

 

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C.O.B.R.A. Music Studios

C.O.B.R.A. Music Studios
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Riverfront Theatre, Newport, Wales

South Wales' Premier Recording Studio and Rehearsal Space, Offering Recording Services to Soloists and Ensembles, located in the Riverfront Theatre, Newport.

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[ Music in Pune ]Native Music on Nukkad Cafe's Live sessions this week!

May 2020
Deepak Sinha

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B.O.S.S. (Be On Stage & Screen) is an acting school based in South West London, founded in 2020 by professional actors: Jennifer Brooke and Samantha Shaw.

B.O.S.S. teaches children of all ages the skill of performance on stage AND screen, as well as offering an exciting insight into behind the scenes. Our classes reflect the technological world we live in by giving children the chance to not only learn to perform in front of a live audience but to bring that performance home digitally.

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Every child is special in their own unique way, at B.O.S.S. we want them to showcase this and love who they are.

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Moonlight Looks Swell On You

Moonlight Looks Swell On You

"Moonlight Looks Swell On You" is a musical written for high school and community theatre groups. It is a romantic comedy set in the 1940s, and features swing music. The show can be performed with a live band, or with digital performance tracks.

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Chestnut Community Centre, 1 - 3 Poplar Close, Brixham, Devon TQ5 05A

Jack The Ripper

Jack The Ripper

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Audition page with updated info at https://southdevonplayers.com/auditions.html


Sun 19th July 12:30pm but audition packs available now

Updated casting info for our theatre show Jack The Ripper.
The show is going ahead, we rearranged how we will cast (now via selftape) & rehearse (via zoom initially), due to Covid19. Paid (profitshare) as always until we can find sponsors/funding sources for full wages)
Shows touring Devon & Bristol
A stage drama about Londons famous Victorian serial killer.
(content advisory that this show contains bloody scenes, and depicts prostitution & opium use)
Directed by Laura Jury (our company founder)

Posted 21/05/2020

 

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Hope you are staying safe & healthy.

My name is Rachel. I am the outreach associate for One on One NYC | Next Level Studios LA. Just to give you a background on us: we’ve been the leading networking studio in NYC and Los Angeles for over 30 years. We offer classes with A-list casting directors and premier filmmakers.

We are reaching out to you because we would like to offer your actors a brand new, very exciting opportunity that has never been available before.

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No matter where you are in the world, membership will include access to our live interactive online classes with A-List casting directors in Los Angeles & NYC. But not only that, membership also includes access to our in-person classes at our coastal studios once the world normalizes.

Our prominent CD teachers, such as Tiffany Little Canfield, Kerry Barden, Jeanie Bacharach, Gayle Pillsbury are just some of the guests we have on a regular basis, and because of our extensive actor-screening process, many teachers don't teach anywhere else besides our studio.

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In an effort to maintain the high caliber of talent that industry professionals associate with One on One NYC | Next Level Studios LA, all prospective members' reels are screened prior to acceptance.
See below on how your actors can apply free of charge and receive $20 credit towards their first class.

Step 1 - Go to this link which will direct them to our website : https://www.oneononenyc.com/online-acting-classes/
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Posted on 20/05/2020

 

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The Crocodile Casting Company

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During the COVID-19 pandemic we are offering affordable casting workshops online. Our workshops are limited to 18 attendees per session to ensure everyone gets an equal and appropriate amount of attention and an in-depth workshop covering everything you need to know about the Commercial Casting process.
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East Midlands Event Services

East Midlands Event Services

Technical Theatre Packages

Lighting and sound packages available for productions after covid-19

We have various packages available with operators if needed.

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Mark Regan



UK

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Mark Regan

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Ceremonial Swords


I have three ceremonial/parade swords for sale (as pictured).
From bottom to top:

-Straight sword, brass handle with leather bound braided grip. Blade 33 inches length, 39 inches including handle. Matching metal scabbard. It has a good weight to it, great condition. Blade blunt. No stamps or makers mark. Possibly adult use due to length & weight.

-Curved sword, brass handle with leather bound braided grip. Blade 23 inches length, 27 inches including handle. Does have metal scabbard but slightly loose fit when housed. Blade condition slightly rusted, handle in good condition. Blade blunt. No stamps or makers mark. Possibly for ladies or junior use.

-Curved sword, chrome metal handle with plastic grip. Blade 27 inches length, 33 inches including handle. Matching metal scabbard. Blade laser etched, made by Wolf-Brown in Spain. Stamped with number "295". Blade condition very slightly marked but overall great condition. Handle condition good, has remants of glue at base of handle. Blade blunt & pointed. Good weight overall. Adult use.
Also comes with a leather carrying pouch as pictured.

Selling as a lot of 3 with the bag.
3 lovely swords which are ideal for theatre use.
All the blades are safe & blunt.
Rare to find a junior size.

If interested, please message markregan82@hotmail.com.
Can take payment via paypal/BACS and send out in the post if required.


Posted 29/04/2020

 

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Fantasy Performers

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Fantasy Musicals Show

Fantasy Musicals Show

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Venue: Theatre at The Casa, 29 Hope Street, Liverpool, L1 9BQ

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Saturday 31st October 2020
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Show starts 7.00pm
Doors open 6.30pm

Fantasy take the stage at The Casa Theatre, Liverpool for an amazing live entertainment show.
Headline entertainment includes a compilation of musical and dance performances from classic musicals (Bugsy Malone, 1950s Hollywood classics, Mary Poppins, Sound of Music, Little Shop of Horrors, Grease and Annie) throughout the evening.

Posted 21/04/2020

 

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Panda Players

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Shrek Shrek Shrek

Shrek Shrek Shrek

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Complete SHReK The Musical Set For Sale - £1,750.00

All set items built to 7ft. (2.13m) high as the height of my workshop shutters and to the best of my research before I started building was the average height of a Luton van.

Below summary of Shrek set.

2 x big walls on wheels can only be stacked vertically on wheels or horizontally. Cannot be transported on edge due to profiles.
H 7ft. (2.13m) x W 4ft. 6in. (1.4m) x D 1ft.2in. (0.36m)

2 x small walls on wheels can only be stacked vertically on wheels or horizontally. Cannot be transported on edge due to profiles.
H 7ft. (2.13m) x W 4ft. 6in. (1.4m) x D 1ft.2in. (0.36m)

Shreks house. Can only be transported vertically non steerable.
H 7ft. (2.13m) x W 7ft. 6in. (2.3m) x D 9in. (0.23m)

The Barn.
Can only be transported vertically. On two wheels non steerable.
H 7ft. (2.13m) x W 8ft. (2.44m) x D 6in. (0.15m)

4 x trees on wheels.
Can be transported horizontally but awkward shape and delicate surface.
H 7ft. (2.13m) x W 3ft. (0.91m) x D 1ft.3in. (0.38m)

Tower.
This a curved wall and would best be transported vertically as being curved takes up a lot of space. Heavy.
H 7ft. (2.13m) x W 6ft. (1.83m) x D 1ft.6in. (0.46m)

Truck base for tower.
Semi-circle on castors. Could be transported either vertically or horizontally. Heavy
H 5in. (0.13m) x W 6ft. (1.83m) x D 4ft. (1.22m)

Rock. Can be transported vertically or horizontally.
H 1ft. 6in. (0.46m) x W 4ft (1.22m) x D 2ft. 8in. (0.81m)

Rose window. Delicate as built from expanded polystyrene. Needs to be locked in position to avoid damage.
H 5ft. (1.52m) x W 8ft (2.44m) x D 5in. (0.13m)

Various small items


Cookie (Gingerbread Man).
H 4ft.6in. (1.4m) x W 2ft. 6in. (0.76m) x D 6in. (0.15m)

4 x books.
H 2ft 9in. (0.84m) x W 2ft. 1in. (0.64m) x D 3.5in. (1.04m)

Any future use of this set must have the following credit in the show programme.

Set designed, built and painted by Paul H Lunnon for Panda PlayersFurther details can obtained from:
Paul H Lunnon (Set designer, Builder and Painter)
Email: paul@paul-h-lunnon.co.uk




Posted 13/03/2020

 

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Page to Panto

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Is your group struggling to find the perfect pantomime script? Perhaps you’ve read a few scripts, but they don’t adhere to the props you have in storage or costumes you already have, well good news we can write one for you! Want a script with eight main characters and a chorus? No problem! Or perhaps you just want a cast of two! No problem! Though we do have a range of panto scripts that are already written, should you wish to read a script to see if you like our style or to use that script! We even provide song suggestions with every script we write!

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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.

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Recent Post from one of our readers - 12/01/2020
Name: Sarah Miatt


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Hi, I hope this is okay to post. You are all my last hope.
I really want to do the stage play of dinnerladies! By Victoria Wood. I know there are two out there. Does anyone know where I can go to ask about the rights? I have tried everything. I contacted David Graeme who is he authors but he’s the wrong David Graeme. Has anyone had any luck tracking down the scripts or the rights for this?
Thanks in advance

Peter's response:

Hi Sarah,

I've had this query before from Thurrock Courts Players and as far as I am aware they couldn't find publishers details either. I shall put your question 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.

Best Wishes,

Peter

Response from Sian Morris 13/01/2020

All Victoria Wood work is unavailable for amateur production



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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.

Posted 20/12/2019

 

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Sarah Flaherty

Ireland


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Wanted

Last Tango in Little Grimley

I'm looking for a copy of Last Tango in Little Grimley to read but cant seem to get it delivered to me as I'm based in Ireland

Posted 22/11/2019

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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 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