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Crescent Theatre

Crescent Theatre

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Sheepcote Street, Birmingham, West Midlands B16 8AE

The Crescent is an institution in the West Midlands amateur theatre community. Celebrating its 100th year in 2022 - 2023, the Crescent is still committed to producing the finest amateur theatre possible. We stage over a dozen shows a year, producing new and thought provoking works alongside classics of all types.

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Recently Posted Shows

Blue Apple

Blue Apple

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Animal Farm

Author: George Orwell

Animal Farm


Venue: Theatre Royal Winchester, 21-23 Jewry Street, Winchester SO23 8SB

Box Office: www.theatreroyalwinchester.co.uk or their Box Office Tue - Sat, 10am - 1pm T: 01962 840 440 E: boxoffice@playtothecrowd.co.uk

In auditorium 12, 13, 14 July. Livestream 14 July. Surtitles.
Tiered tickets prices £10-£16. Groups/members £14. Livestream £14

Blue Apple looks at George Orwell’s Animal Farm through their own particular lens to tell this thought-provoking story as only this unique theatre company can.
Join Manor Farm’s inhabitants when they take over and remake it in their own image. Sing along with ‘Beasts of England’ and obey the seven commandments. Comrades, you will laugh and you will cry… You’ll think that letting pigs run society is a really, really bad idea!

Posted 26/05/2023

Recently Posted on the NoticeBoard

Bridge of Lies

BBC One's Bridge of Lies - Call for new applicants

We are actively casting for BBC One’s Bridge of Lies with Ross Kemp.

We are looking for fun, confident and daring teams.
If you have bags of personality and can take on the Bridge, then apply now by emailing tbolcasting@stv.tv

Bridge of Lies Casting Team

Posted on 26/05/2023


Recently Posted Off/Back Stage Requirements

East Norfolk Operatic Society

Maddermarket Theatre, Norfolk

Production: Oklahoma!
Author: Lynn Riggs, Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers, Agnes de Mille

Show Dates: 8th May 2024 to 11th May 2024

Applications are now open for Stage Director, Musical Director and Choreographer for the East Norfolk Operatic Society May 2024 musical production "Oklahoma".

This production will perform at the Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich, from Wednesday 8th May to Saturday 11th May 2024, with the production going into the theatre from Sunday 5th May 2024.
The company rehearses on a Tuesday evening at the Church Hall, Wroxham, Norfolk, 7.30-9.30pm, from autumn 2023. Additional rehearsals are on Thursday evenings from February 2024 or as required

The deadline for applying is June 6th, with planning to follow over the summer and auditions towards the end of October 2023. Previous directing experience is helpful but not essential.

To apply, get in touch with enos.secretary@gmail.com, detailing whether you would like to be considered for Stage Director, Musical Director or Choreographer.
East Norfolk Operatic Society welcome your ideas on how to bring this iconic show to life, whether staying close to tradition or adding a twist.
Please also use this email if you have any queries regarding the company, remuneration or the production itself.

Posted 25/05/2023

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Silchester Players

Silchester Players

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July 2023

Small Chesterfield sofa


Small Chesterfield sofa to loan for autumn production. Loan from July to first week in October.

Contact Alan Birdsworth alanbirdsworth@hotmail.co.uk

Posted 24/05/2023

Recently Posted Auditions

Garden Suburb Theatre

Garden Suburb Theatre

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Hampstead Garden Suburb Free Church Hall (small hall), Northway, London, NW11 7AG

The Tempest by William Shakespeare

The Tempest by William Shakespeare

Sunday, 18 June 2023 at 19:30
SHOW WEEK: 02 - 08 OCTOBER 2023 With 4 performances 05 - 08 October

'Hell is empty, and all the devils are here.'
In a dystopian near-future, zombies are creating a storm.
In a twisted take on Shakespeare's "The Tempest," waves of zombies are now crawling the globe, and instead of trusting science and technology, the popularist government of Milan exiled their leading mind - and rightful Duke - and erected a wall to keep out the waves of undead.
After all, everyone's tired of experts, right?
But now the walls have fallen.
From an abandoned bunker, Prospero uses his 'magic' (i.e science, technology & engineering) to control zombie hordes and exact revenge on those who wronged him. He is aided by Ariel - a lovelorn science wunderkind - who takes her own journey into finding her inner strength.
The King of Milan and his court wander the wastelands seeking sanctuary, whilst the city guards wander the wastelands seeking..well..whatever they can find.
But love blossoms between Miranda (a strong-willed teenage zombie slayer) and Ferdinand (the Soldier-Prince of Milan).
The Tempest.with zombies' will be an ambitious, fun, immersive schlock-horror rollick that's an homage to zombie films and pop culture. We'll be using everything we can to scare the audience and get everyone's Halloween season off to a bang. Whilst we're playing it totally straight, don't be surprised if the audience has a giggle!
The script has been abridged to keep up the pace, and some characters have been merged.
This is all about being bold and translating Shakespeare into something a bit more understandable, so have fun with it.
.and remember to always double tap.

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link to story breakdown

PROSPERO - Exiled Scientist, rightful duke, gun-toting survivalist Daddy. (Male, Age - 40-60. No combat required but lots of ladder climbing)
MIRANDA - Prospero's daughter & teenage zombie slayer (Female, 20- 30. Will use stage combat)
ARIEL - A 'junior' scientist who once worked for Sycorax Industries, now servant to Prospero. (Female, may be required to sing but not to a high standard. No combat) 20-40.
CALIBAN - a decrepit Martin Skrelli tech-bro, reluctant servant to Prospero (M/F/NB, Age 30+)

The Court
FERDINAND - Prince of Naples and soldier (M/F/NB, age 20-30. Will use stage combat)
ALONSO - King of Naples (M/F/NB, age 40+, no combat)
ANTONIO -Duke of Milan and Prospero's brother. The popularist minister. (M/F/NB, age 30+, minor combat)
SEBASTIAN - Alonso's brother and soldier (M/F/NB, age 30+)
GONZALO - Councillor to Alonso and friend to Prospero. (M/F/NB, age 30+)

City Guard
(The city guard is the first line of defence, but made out of people seen as 'dispensable' - drunks, scoundrels and criminals. It's where people go if they don't want to go to prison, so think The Black Watch in G.O.T. But they're also the 'Blitz spirit' comedy roles, so we're going for Dog Soldiers with Shaun Of the Dead sense of humour.)
TRINCULO - (M/F/NB, age 20+, Will use stage combat)

STEPHANO - (M/F/NB, age 20+, Will use stage combat)

Open to anyone and everyone! Must be comfortable with learning stage combat and physical expression (i.e - moaning and groaning). Preferably be comfortable with wearing contact lenses, but not suitable for anyone with skin sensitive to heavy make-up, including liquid latex & glue. You will be taught how to do zombie make-up, so be willing to experiment with it.

Please audition for any part you are interested in and don't feel limited by these descriptions. The indicated age ranges are deliberately vague, and the gender implied by a name is that of the character, not necessarily of the actor. The GST is committed to casting without regard to race, colour, religion, national origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, body shape or disability.

You do not need to prepare any specific pieces before the audition, as we would like to see you act on your feet. But please familiarise yourself with the characters you would like to audition for; reading the play is a good start
To express an interest in the audition and to let us know you are coming along (and which roles you are interested in), please fill out this form. You do not need to be a member of GST to audition, but you will need to join if cast.
audition registration form

If you have any questions about this production, please email us.

If you are interested in being involved in this production in a non-acting role, e.g. helping backstage or with our publicity, or in joining GST as an audience member to get free tickets to this and all our productions, please email us for more information.

Posted 23/05/2023


Recently Posted Events

New International Performing Arts Institute

Laubegg Castle, AUSTRIA
More about venue: www.physicalityinacting.com/laubegg-castle

New International Performing Arts Institute

International Physical Theatre Lab & Conference

Thu, 20.07.2023 - Sat, 29.07.2023

The program includes intensive physical theatre workshops, lectures and forums with world-known teachers - Ostrenko Brothers and the program of IUGTE annual International Conference with performing arts academics and practitioners from all around the world! Fill out the application form and explore physical acting as your primary creative tool.
To register, visit: www.physicalityinacting.com/austria-2023-july-conference

The approach of the Ostrenko brothers is centered on fusing theory and practice to produce pioneering performances. It endeavors to equip performers with a comprehension of their aspirations while simultaneously giving directors valuable insights on how to present a novel production or scene deviation derived from classical source material.
The primary benefit of this method is that you will receive hands-on guidance to get results as quickly as possible, using both traditional and modern methods of careful study of physical actions.

At the conference, participants can engage in practical workshops, presentations, lectures, discussions, and works in progress with performing arts teachers from around the world. The program spans an entire day, with intervals for meals and breaks between presentations. A comprehensive daily schedule will be provided to all registered attendees. The language of the conference will be English.

To access further information, kindly visit the conference website: www.iugte.org
The official arrival day for the group is July 20 from 13:00. The first group meeting is at 17:00. The departure day is July 29 at 9:00.
July 20:
From 13:00 - Group arrival and check-in.
16:40-17:00 - Coordinator meets the group. Short tour around the Castle.
17:00-18:00 - First group meeting and introduction.
18:00-19:00 - Dinner.
July 21, 22, 23, 24:
7:30-8:30 - Warm-Up.
8:30-9:00 - Breakfast.
09:30-12:00 - Practical training with Ostrenko brothers.
12:00-13:00 - Lunch.
14:00-18:00 - Practical training with Ostrenko brothers.
18:00-19:00 - Dinner.
19:30-21:00 - Creative diary: evening lectures, discussions and creation.
July 25:
7:30-8:30 - Warm-Up.
8:30-9:00 - Breakfast.
09:30-12:00 - Practical training with Ostrenko brothers.
12:00-13:00 - Lunch.
14:00-16:30 - Practical training with Ostrenko brothers.
18:00-19:00 - Dinner.
19:00 - IUGTE Conference opening and first meeting.
July 26, 27, 28:
Conference program: practical workshops, presentations, works-in-progress, lectures and discussions. The conference program will run a full day with breaks between presentations and breaks for meals. The registered participants will receive a detailed daily schedule.
July 29: 7:30-9:00 - Breakfast
9:00 - Check-out and departure.
Costs for participants:
Tuition Fee for 10 Days: 440
To register, visit: www.physicalityinacting.com/austria-2023-july-conferenceContact details:
Email: info@nipai.org
Website: www.physicalityinacting.com

Posted 22/05/2023


Latest Review

The Circle by Somerset Maugham

Reviewed by: Elaine Chapman @ElaineC_reviews

Review date: 6th May 2023

Artistic Director Tom Littler's first production The Circle is now performing at the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond. The round Theatre layout offers challenges for a director and producer with setting the stage to allow an almost 360-degree visibility to the entire audience. However, after last night's press night, I felt this has been achieved perfectly.

Jane Asher stars in The Circle playing the disgraced Lady Catherine Champion-Cheney who's invited to stay in the Country estate owned by her estranged son of thirty years Armold Champion-Cheney (Pete Ashmore) and his wife Elizabeth Champion-Cheney (Olivia Vinall). Reunions after this many years are undoubtedly going to have conflict.

Lord Hughie Porteous (Nicholas le Prevost) dry quick witted humour is an absolute "hoot" and although he appeared grumpy at times I could see the spark of life which would have enticed Lady Catherine away from her former husband Clive Champion-Cheney (Clive Francis).

Somerset Maugham's story The Circle first arrived on the stage in 1921. Some of the outdated ideals and attitudes from that era no longer exist in modern-day England. However, reading the experiences and career path Muughm had taken the rich tapestry of characters would have undoubtedly crossed his path during his lifetime.

Quintessential Englishness and a reminder of colonial days are reawakened within this adaptation of The Circle. Littler has created a respectful and absorbing production which I have thoroughly enjoyed.

Watching the Bridge card game fascinated me. I discovered that after talking to Littler the entire game is timed to perfection, and each card is accurately played during the narration by the cast involved. The scene is perfectly delivered, and it was hard to believe that you weren't watching a real game of cards.

There's nothing to dislike or criticize about The Circle, and it certainly has an established, acclaimed cast who has a powerful onstage chemistry. For a taste of days gone by Englishness, I highly recommend putting this on your "to watch" list.

For further information on The Circle and future productions at the Orange Tree Theatre, please use the link below.

Five Stars.


See the full review here theatreandartreviews.wordpress.com/


Posted on 08/05/2023


Recently Posted Publishers

Off The Wall Plays



Off The Wall Plays is a publisher of stage and screenplays that are a little different from the norm. We have a great selection of scripts for all ages and of all genres from writers around the world.

Contact: admin@offthewallplays.com or offthewallplays@gmail.com or via our website or social media

Hertfordshire, (9 Woodlands Close WD6 1SX)

Recently Posted CostumeSwap

The Wardrobe

Unit 9, The Wardrobe, Hartley Park Farm Selborne Alton Hampshire GU34 3HP

Costume sale of 11,000 items

Sun 14th May 2023. 11am - 2pm

Please book an appointment by emailing Richard Stride rwstride@gmail.com

Posted 02/05/2023

Recently Posted Scripts & Playwrights

Scripts by Peter Travell

Peter Travell

Actor, Director, Producer involved in amateur theatre for 40 years.

Peter has also published several childrens' books on Amazon

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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.
M/F 7, F 3, M 3, Chorus 6

Published by Upstage Publications https://upstagepublications.co.uk


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

Published by Upstage Publications https://upstagepublications.co.uk

Recently Posted Articles

Passion Plays



What does a donkey, a Centurion and basket of bread all have in common? They are all found in a Passion Play and you might see them in your local town or city this coming Easter!

Free, live performances of the Easter story take place each year across the UK. Events from the last week of Jesus Christ’s life are retold by local actors working with professional theatre companies to create compelling live theatre that is free for everyone. For many people, they are the best way to experience the story at the heart of Easter. Whether you know the story very well, or know nothing at all, you can experience it in through drama and music as it unfolds on the streets around you.

Historically, the word ‘Passion’ was originally used to describe the intense anguish and suffering of Jesus on the cross and the word is used for the plays that focus on his death. Today, Passion Plays dramatize Jesus’ life, including his teachings and miracles, as well as his resurrection to show the context in which his death took place.

Passion Plays are examples of unique open-air theatre. People doing their shopping or taking a stroll in the local park have been surprised at the sight of people dressed in flowing robes and sandals or as Roman centurions with sword and spear. Or others have witnessed a scuffle on the high street that turned out to be actors in modern dress dramatizing a scene from the Easter story.
Whether you are familiar with the Easter story or not, watching a Passion Play is a way to experience the full story. You might be familiar with Pontius Pilate washing his hands like Lady Macbeth or Judas who betrayed his friend for 30 pieces of silver, but how do they fit into the full story? Seeing it enacted in familiar spaces is a unique and moving experience and many people come back year after year.

“It was so moving. It just brings everything to you. It blew me away!”

“I brought my brother who is usually quite critical of religious things but he said it was very impressive.”

“I’m not religious but what an amazing day…a wonderful project bringing a diverse community together.”

“It was the first time I thought of Jesus as my friend.”

“First Class! Thought provoking and challenging is the best way. I did not want it to end.”

Some people get so much out of the plays that they want to take part in them and being in the large community casts is a unique and rewarding experience. Whether they have had prior acting experience or always dreaded being on the stage, they work with professional actors and directors to learn new skills, meet new people and overcome any fear of speaking in public!
What is not commonly known is the fact that England once had a long and rich history of Passion Plays. Plays about the death and resurrection were performed within the medieval Mystery Play cycles that were performed in York, Coventry, Lincoln, Chester and other places around the country. Every Easter people who were often illiterate could see the story of Easter take place in elaborate productions that used expensive costumes and fake blood for the crucifixion as well as fireworks and a flaming hell mouth for the resurrection and the defeat of the devil.
There were also additional scenes, such as the ‘Harrowing of Hell’ which attempted to dramatize what happened on Easter Saturday between Jesus’ death and resurrection. Since the Bible hints that Jesus descended into hell and set free the devil’s captives, the imaginative creators of the ‘Harrowing of Hell’ scenes had great fun showing the devil getting his just deserts in the bowels of hell.
Unfortunately, the Mystery Plays came to an end during the religious upheavals of the Reformation when the plays were thought to be too Catholic because they were performed on a Catholic feast day. By royal proclamation, all dramatization of religion and politics was banned and the Mystery Plays were no longer performed in public.
Today, however, Passion Plays are enjoying a resurgence and can be found performed across the UK every Easter. The Medieval Mystery Plays began this resurgence when they were publicly performed during the Festival of Britain in 1951, and today they are performed regularly in York, Chester and Lincoln.

Find a Passion Play near you this Easter and experience the Easter story for yourself.
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Recently Posted Performance & Rehearsal Space

Rutland Open Air Theatre

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Tolethorpe Hall, Little Casterton, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 4BH


Contact: 01780 754381

Excellent venue with a very professional feel

Posted 15/02/2023

Recently Posted Musicians Required, Music Services, Music Swap

Witham Amateur Operatic Society - WAOS

Witham Amateur Operatic Society - WAOS

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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.

Contact: Email: trevordrury@waos.org
Mobile: 07974000011

Posted 05/02/2023

Recently Posted Suppliers & Services

Bristol One Act Drama Festival



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.

Contact: via our website

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


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,


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Recently Posted Script Swap details

Eileen Norton



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


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


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