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St Ives Youth Theatre is sharing a COVID-19 update.
If you’re in secondary education, or know someone who is, get in touch and sign up for an audition.
If you’re unsure about joining right now, we’ll have another round of auditions in the new year. You can still register your interest!
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Posted on 21/09/2020
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A free script available to any Am Dram group that wishes to stage it when this Covid-19 outbreak is over. It is an adult black comedy with 5M and 2F adult players. It has not been staged before and there are no licenses or copyright issues. It is modern, black comedy in the style of Joe Orton. I enclose a synopsis plus an autobiographical piece listing my former writing achievements.
Who is the mysterious Creeper who is terrorising the good womenfolk of Knobswroth? Will Bedfordshire police ever get their man? Is Lisa-Louise Littleworth having multiple affairs behind husband, Rick’s back? And why does Rick spend so much time in their garage and come home late from evenings out?
Could P.C Max Head, with his First-Class Honours degree in English with a minor in Georgian ceramics, fulfil his dream of becoming the Wolf of Threadneedle Street or even Prime Minister!
All these questions and more – may or may not be answered – in Shocked to Fame – the only thing that’s certain is that, when Private Investigator, Amy Dick, starts looking into Lisa-Louise Littleworth’s alleged affairs, she opens up a right Royal can of germs!
Thank you for the opportunity to read your play, which is a well-constructed and hilarious black comedy. You have successfully created a narrative that is engaging and entertaining throughout. Characters are well-developed and believable. They have well-conceived objectives that conflict cohesively and produce good drama, whilst your dialogue has an easy, natural rhythm to it…
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COVID-19 Government Guidance What you can and can't do - FAQ
2.10 When can I gather in groups of more than 6?
If you live in a household with more than 6 people, you can continue to gather in and attend all settings together. This same applies for your support bubbles. All venues should continue to accomodate groups larger than 6 who live together or are in the same support bubble to gather in and use their services and venues.
There are exceptions where groups can be larger than 6 people, including:
- for work, or the provision of voluntary or charitable services
- registered childcare, education or training
- supervised activities provided for children, including wraparound care, youth groups and activities, and children’s playgroups
- providing support to a vulnerable person
- providing emergency assistance, and to avoid injury or illness or to escape risk of harm
- to continue existing arrangements where children do not live in the same household as both their parents
- fulfilling a legal obligation such as attending court or jury service
- weddings and civil partnership ceremonies and receptions – up to 30 people, in a public place
- funerals – up to 30 people. This does not include wakes, other than for religious ceremonial purposes.
- other religious and belief-based life cycle ceremonies – up to 30 people, in a public place. This only covers the ceremonies, and does not include celebrations of these events.
- organised sport or exercises classes or licensed outdoor physical activity. This does not include informal sport or fitness activity with family or friends – this must be limited to a group of 6.
- elite sporting competition and training
- support groups – formally organised groups to provide mutual aid, therapy or any other form of support. This includes support to victims of crime, recovering addicts, new parents, people with long-term illnesses, those facing issues relating to their sexuality or gender, and those who have suffered bereavement.
- protests – if organised in compliance with COVID-19 Secure guidance
Where a group includes someone covered by one of these exemptions, they are not counted as part of the gatherings limit. This means, for example, that a tradesperson can go into a household of six without breaching the limit if they are there for work.
See the full article from GOV.UK here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do
Posted on 15/09/2020
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Quenington Village Hall, Gloucestershire GL7 5BS
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Auditions: Thursday 1 October 7.30pm ~ 9.30pm
Sunday 4 October 2.30pm ~ 5.00pm
Performance dates 19-24 July 2021 at Hatherop Castle
The Tempest shows us the world’s greatest playwright at the height of his powers. Probably the last play that he wrote, it offers exquisite poetry, complex characterisation, deep emotions, supernatural intervention, raucous comedy, and more music than any of his other works. Set entirely outdoors, it is short, entertaining and full of action. It needs no complex scenery or scene changes, but provides extensive opportunities for backstage creativity in props, lighting, sound, special effects, costume and make-up. For many, it is his finest achievement.
Prospero is the central role. But there are ten other speaking roles of various ages, each of 100-200 lines. At least half of these could be women.
Come and be part of it!
If you would like to audition but are unable to make either of these dates we still want you, so please contact firstname.lastname@example.org before the end of September to arrange an alternative.
Audition guidance, some suggested pieces and an audition form are attached to this email and can be downloaded here. Auditions will be conducted in accordance with current Covid-19 requirements at the time, so if you could notify Jonathan at email@example.com if you are intending to audition it would help with planning.
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After The Turn: The Mystery of Bly Manor by Nine Knocks Theatre
Reviewed by: Elaine Chapman @elainec46302904
Review date: 17th Aug 2020
Edinburgh Fringe venue The Space has created a range of online productions that are available between 8th-30th August 2020 during the time in which the Festival would have been taking place. With lockdown taking its toll on the entire Arts and Theatre industry many productions have created online performances.
One of the productions available is After the Turn: The Mystery of Bly Manor which has been written and directed by George Cooper and Ellie Hardwick the writing duo have set their piece five years on from Henry James’s novella The Turn of the Screw.
The television-style documentary production uses interviews from friends and family to piece together the events leading up to the mysterious tragedy surrounding Theodora (Eilidh Gibson). The main focus in presenting the evidence takes the form of video diary entries which she had left behind. These are sensitively presented by her dear friend Marcus Bryson (Brian Weldich).
Theodora Hill was hired as the governess for the two Bly children Miles and Flora while in residence at Bly Manor. The excitement and enthusiasm in accepting her new role are short-lived as a stranger appears unsettling her and causing immense anxiety. The dark and eerie mystery surrounding Bly Manor soon begins to unfold before her.
The gripping short ghost story created by James in 1898 has been captured in this modernised version. The cast brilliantly succeeded in creating the horror and dread first bought to life through the original novella.
It’s extremely tempting with a production of this calibre to write an in-depth review explaining everything that they have achieved. However, I don’t want to spoil anyone’s enjoyment of the chilling performances. Therefore, I would strongly urge you to take the time to watch it while it’s available online.
As creatives have begun to produce work during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is one of the exceptional examples available until August 30th. Nine Knocks Theatre company have shown the wealth of talented actors in their company along with their ability to create a powerful and atmospheric performance without actually being on the same stage.
See the full review here theatreandartreviews.wordpress.com/
Posted on 11/09/2020
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The Society was created in 1971 by a small group of musical theatre enthusiasts. Since then it has grown hugely in scope and membership, and today includes a substantial non-Anglophone contingent. Productions are in English and are performed entirely by talented amateurs - they have earned the Society a reputation for shows of a very high calibre.
English-speaking - Musical Theatre - Geneva-based
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Shrek the musical Set
Panda Players, based in South Buckinghamshire, have a full SHReK The Musical set for sale with various props including Pinocchio's nose. If you're interested, you can find out more details at www.pandaplayers.co.uk
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)
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)
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 Players
Further details can obtained from:
Paul H Lunnon (Set designer, Builder and Painter)
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Opera in the Garden
Venue: Scrooby Manor House, Scrooby DN10Box Office: www.manoropera.org.uk
03 Oct, 13:00 – 17:00
Grounds will open at 12pm
Manor Opera are pleased to announce our first performance, ‘Opera in the Garden’ at the historic site of the Scrooby Manor House.
Bring your own picnics, wrap up warm and come and join us at Manor Opera for our opening concert on the grounds of the Scrooby Manor House associated with the Mayflower Pilgrims.
This will be the first time in history that the Scrooby Manor House has been open to the general public, we can't wait to welcome you on site.
The event has been kindly supported by Bassetlaw District Council, Heritage Lottery Fund & Nottingham County Council.
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Liverpool Theatre Festival 2020
St Luke's Bombed Out Church
11 - 19 September 2020
The inaugural Liverpool Theatre Festival - Entertainment in the Open Air, is coming to St Luke's Bombed-Out Church from 11-19 September 2020. With 12 productions over 9 days, this exciting new festival includes live performances of musical theatre, drama, comedy, cabaret, and children’s shows.
Festivalgoers can be reassured they will be attending a covid safe environment. Capacity has been reduced to ensure socially distanced seating; hand sanitiser stations; temperature checks before entry; masks will be compulsory when moving round the venue; and visitors are encouraged to attend in their social bubble groups. The team at St Luke’s have been successfully running a covid-safe café/bar on site and will provide theatregoers with premium drinks and fresh pizza for attendees, drinks can be purchased on a special app and taken to ticketholders at their seat.
Liverpool is a wonderful pool of talent. A lot of thought has gone into programming the very best productions to suit the festival and a fantastic line-up of Liverpool based performers and production companies are eager to take to the stage providing live entertainment and to welcome audiences. All shows are one-act performances of 60-75 minutes to reduce movement in the venue.
Every effort will be made to ensure that your party are seated together, however due to approved Covid seating configurations, this cannot be guaranteed and members of your party may be seated separately.
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Production: Wizard of Oz
Jazz Hands Glasgow Productions based in Glasgow are looking for a volunteer to become our Musical Director for Wizard of Oz Pantomime.
Monday nights 7pm-9pm at Clyde Community Hall in Ibrox, Glasgow
This is a voluntary position and is a fantastic opportunity to add to your CV
Interested? Then please email email@example.com
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can take payment via paypal/BACS and send out in the post if required.
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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!
Are you a Youth Theatre? Special rates available for any Youth Theatre that uses a Page to Panto Script! We always think that's worth mentioning! Oh yes we do!
Still interested? For more information please visit our website where you’ll find prices and our terms and conditions too or email email@example.com
We Hope To Work With You Soon,
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Make-Up Artist Work Experience Required
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
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
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.
Response from Sian Morris 13/01/2020
All Victoria Wood work is unavailable for amateur production
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CREATE STUDIOS, 120A Hartopp Road, Clarendon Park, Leicester, LE2 1WF
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.
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WantedI'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
Last Tango in Little Grimley