Venue: Maddermarket Theatre, St John's Alley, Norwich NR2 1DR
Box Office: 01603 620917 or www.maddermarket.co.uk Tickets: All £16.50 with Friday night only student rate £10.
3rd May 2023 to 7th May 2023
‘Iolanthe’ is Gilbert and Sullivan at their best. Gilbert's hilarious satire on the House of Lords and the role of women in politics is complemented by Sullivan's sparkling music, making this one of the most popular of the G&S cannon. ENOS's exciting new production moves the action forward to the Roaring Twenties, promising a magical evening of melodious merriment.
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We commence rehearsals for our October show, Crazy For You, in May. We are looking for a Musical Director to work with us. We are based in Witham, Essex. We are a multi award winning society, having recently celebrated our centennial, having performed in the impressive Witham Public Hall for 100 years. We pride ourselves on being a welcoming society, with fun being as important as producing a quality show.
If you are at all interested in providing MD services for Crazy For You, or any of our future productions, let's have a chat.
Set roughly in the Victorian age.
Dame Hilda Owl has two sons Terry and Freddie. Terry is a schoolteacher and is engaged to Tabitha (Tabby) Kat. Freddie is a bad lot who ran away to escape gaol.
A Mr Fowl is the new Squire. It is none other than Freddie Owl who is now rich. He means to evict his mother from her cottage and marry Tabitha.
Terry and Tabby elope to Bong Island to get married where they meet the Pigg sisters. They discover that Periwinkle was recently married to Freddie Owl who stole her money and ran away. They confront Freddie, who is then arrested by the local village Constable. The Constable then asks Dame Hilda Owl to marry him. Cue celebration.
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Set roughly in the Victorian age.
Marmaduke Muffet, a rich man and the owner of a pickle factory, has a daughter, Molly who is in love with Peter Piper (Chief Pickle Blender). Widow Black and her son Jethro Black arrive in the village. The widow has a magical pendant necklace, which makes old men fall in love with her. She sets her sights on Marmaduke.
Darren and Davey Rotter are two market traders who fall in with Jet who cons them into getting Peter sacked. Dazzer and Davey discover Widow Black’s secret. With the help of Peter, Polly, Molly and Willy they expose her evil plan.
Peter and Molly marry. Marmaduke retires. Peter takes over as MD of the Pickle Factory. Widow Black is made to be the Cleaner and Tea Lady while Jethro becomes the Odd Job Man.
M/F 2, F 3, M 5 Chorus 4
The Bristol One Act Drama Festival is a preliminary round of the All England Theatre Festival showcasing some of the finest amateur performances in and around the Bristol area.
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We are looking for a family based in South London (ideally near Wandsworth, Battersea and Richmond areas), who would be interested and available to film a short feature with us over the next couple of weeks.
This is a drop-in event so no tickets are needed An immersive exhibition screening showing ways to do less harm to the planet. Meet key players in the climate emergency, often forgotten and left out. Look up, think, and act, before it’s too late. This project was created by Blue Apple’s Special Assignments Company to share their perspective on climate change. Through workshops, performers created and produced a film for a live and interactive public screening event. It aims to engage people in the climate crisis conversation, promoting discussion about access and equality. This is an exhibition style screening, so drop in at any time it is playing. Free entry.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.”
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Posted on 10/08/2022
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Reviewing Six Plays in One Day can feel like an endurance test at times. Beginning at 2 pm and finishing at 9 pm. The range of performances kept my interest alive. Produced by Threedumb Theatre with Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts sponsoring the day hosted at The Space Theatre.
Permanent Tenants by Louis Gale an interesting idea where five housemates are killed by carbon monoxide poisoning due to their negligent landlord. The cast of six were still reading off script. With all the stage directions and prop details read out too, the production is quite a way off being finished.
The audience were informed at the end that it was destined to be a television, theatre and various other productions a long the way. Their best way forward if this piece is going to be developed would be to decide on a performance platform. Strict editing and good direction would be advised. At times, the performance descended into a disorganised shouting chaotic situation, which is one area in which good direction would help.
Chicken Pasta by Katie Read facing the “Big C” at any age is a frightening prospect. When George is a personal trainer who eats healthy, never smoked, and drinks in moderation, he has to live with the terminal bowel cancer under the age of thirty life is cruel.
Married to Cat the ups and downs of everyday life are marred by the ticking time bomb which is ever present in their lives. Potentially, the subject matter should leave the audience with at least a lump in their throat, sadly that part was missing for me.
Ophelia by Hannah Roze-Lewis advertised as a work in progress. Delivering every line with a smile Roze-Lewis describes the horrendous circumstances surrounding Ophelia’s friend Emma going missing. The damage caused by males and phone cameras, violation of privacy, and the heinous behavior of exploiting obscene images on the “darker side” of the Internet.
Unstitching by Ruby Shrimpton facts and upbeat entertainment from the world of Eurovision song contests past and present. Shrimpton’s analysis of the sometimes deemed “rigged” voting system left me looking at the contest in a different light.
There’s a platform on the Fringe Festival circuit where Upstitching will be welcomed and thoroughly enjoyed. The Eurovision Song Contest has a large following, and if the advertising is targeted correctly, Shrimpton could be playing to full auditoriums.
At Eternity’s Gate by Joseph Winder is based on Vincent Van Gogh. His brother reflects on living in the shadows of the famous artist. Selling his artwork, trying to live his own life, and the pressure he felt from his brother’s demands. An interesting insight into the brothers’ relationship.
Although, at times, it felt slow and would benefit from editing. Covering the floor of the stage with papers and props left the majority of the audience at a disadvantage from not being about to see what he working through or looking at.
Pill by Rebecca Phythian, the contraceptive pill was created to liberate women and allow them to control their bodies against unwanted pregnancies. Studies have shown that for some women, the risks to their physical and mental health issues are far too high.
Phythians’ pent-up frustration and anger directed towards the doctor during her appointments and their refusal to listen to her concerns reflected some of my own experiences with health professionals.
The information and facts delivered through Pill are more of a public information production. Colleges and Universities were the younger generations of women who could be affected by the concerns raised during this performance.
New showcase work is always unchartered territory. Out of all the pieces today, the two that stood out are Ophelia, Roze-Lewis has an incredible stage presence and delivery. The piece is well-written, compassionate, and disjointed to represent the fragility and destruction mental health creates. One actor to watch in the future.
The second is Pill, although I don’t necessarily see this work appealing to Fringe Theatre audiences on its own due to being thirty minutes. It would have a future in touring Colleges and Universities raising awareness among young women, and creating a platform for discussion around what they are putting into their bodies. It might help others recognize symptoms they are suffering from and, in some circumstances, save someone’s life. I make sure that I question everything I am offered by doctors, especially side effects, and I feel more patients should do the same.
New artists and new work benefit from showcase events like these. Giving the artists a safe platform to perform and audiences to watch up-and-coming creatives under one roof.
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Hi there everyone, I am gathering props for Billericay Operatic Society and am after a few props for our next show, Sunshine on Leith. Does anyone have a hospital screen, hospital bed, but not a full length one and a heart monitor ( obviously a fake one), that we could borrow?
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Name: Sheila Spatcher
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.
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.
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