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Starburst Theatre Company


Farnborough

 

Starburst Theatre Company is an active part of the community. It strives to produce quality theatre whether it be the thrill of a musical or the fun of pantomime while raising money for Starburst Charity helping local children with special needs.
We produce two main shows a year. A musical in the summer and a pantomime at Christmas. For more information about our current show please click the link on the left.
If you are interested in joining us please click on the "Join Us" link. We are always looking for new people to help out whether on stage or back stage.
All profits from our productions go to Starburst Charity which allow the Charity to grant wishes to local children with special needs.
07011 000782 info@starburst-foundation.org.uk

 

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Actor Sense

UK
Derry/Londonerry

Contact: To book a place contact Liam on 00353 831940040 or email actorsense@icloud.com.

Acting Monologues Workshop

Sat 29th November from 12 – 3.00pm
Echo Echo Studio, Magazine St, Derry

ActorSense is running an acting skills development workshop for drama students and amateur actors on Monologues.The workshop will focus on performance of a prepared monologue with observations, comments and teaching during a developmental forum.

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CLAIRE BOOKER

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The Devil and Stepashka

A very gripping and haunting production

Little Red Hoodie
Part of a set of three plays entitled 'Retold' with new feminist angles on fairy tales. It's actually my first all-woman play. Quite dark, quite striking.

Both plays produced by Goblin Baby Theatre Co.
CLAIRE BOOKER
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Website: www.bookerplays.co.uk
Blog: www.bookerplays.wordpress.com
Tel: +44(0)20 8673 6147

Posted on 13/08/2014

 

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Little Waltham Drama Group



UK
Essex


Memorial Hall, Brook Hill, Little Waltham CM3 3LN

Tues 20th - Sat 24th Jan 2015 7:45pm
Matinees Sun 18th & Sat 24th Jan 2015 2:30pm


Box Office:
01245 361816
Tickets £9 Conc. £7 (except Fri & Sat eve)
Author: by Lynne Jones & Simon Sladen
Directed by Hannah Walker % Louise Louth
Beauty & The Beast




Posted 20/11/2014

 

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Sylvia Stickings

UK


Contact: ssupersylv@aol.com Wanted

I am looking for some scripts for Say Who You Are by Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall.
I am hoping to direct this play next year but the play is out of print and I wondered if any society would have some tucked away in their library of plays?
I have permission to photocopy the one copy I have but I thought I would see if anyone had any copies first.

Nov 2014 onwards

Posted on 06/11/2014

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Dugout Music Studios Ltd



UK
Fareham,Hampshire
Contact: geoff.webb@dugoutstudio.com or Tel. 01329 829809

Studio / Rehearsal Space for Hire



Music, band and solo practice. Recording services. Small drama group rehearsals.
We are a rehearsal and recording facility with two rooms available for hire. Rooms are approximately 35sq metres. Equipt with PA and microphones, portable seating. Completely soundproof. Kitchen and toilet facilities available. Car parking. Free wi-fi access.
As Required / Available
7 days a week 10am - 6pm Evenings possible if block booking days.

 

 

Posted 17/10/2014

 

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Alan Smith

Cash For Cloisters

A play peppered with songs, rather than a musical Arthur C Throovest [nom de plume, Alan Smith]


Publishers: The Throovest Foundation, 6, Chantry heath Crescent, KNOWLE, West Midlands B93 9NH
throovest@gmail.com
Synopsis:
Gordon Timpson, the principal of Cloisters, a secure mental institution, has it in mind to raid the Brussels coffers of a few million on the pretext that a market garden in the grounds will benefit inmates, local community and environs. Timpson intends to lie about most things in order to maximise his bid. His intention is to abscond with all the cash. One of his charges, Arthur Drinkwater, as well as the establishment nurse, also have designs on ill-gotten gains. None of them realise that the plot is being monitored, however. The scam is ultimately foiled.

Gordon Timpson: Cloisters Principal
Arthur Drinkwater: An inmate
Edwina Jones: Establishment nurse

In the pit:
Either piano or piano D/B and drums

Extras, optional: 3 musicians appearing from time to time on set. They accompany songs together with pit band. These might be banjo, sousaphone, accordion, but could include clarinet, trombone, guitar... The ideal ensemble should allow for 2 of these to be be able to sing [as chorus].
Hence, banjo, guitar & accordion are preferable because these instruments allow musicians to sing and play simultaneously.

All music and backings are available as MP3s if live music isn't possible, although this would not be preferable for a premiére.

production notes (1)
The play takes place in the Manager's office of Cloisters - historically, a Victorian institution which is now a secure psychiatric unit. Brick walls and metal casements are the only decoration. There is an old 'phone on an older desk which has a classroom style chair behind it. A metal filing cabinet stands adjacent. The whole ambiance is one of neglect. A window opens to the 'garden' stage left. A broken blind is in the up position, revealing a slag heap in the far distance and razor wire in the near distance. The door to the office is centre back. Drinkwater wears smart black trousers and a blue shirt throughout. Although there is a 1950s feel to everything, modern accoutrements and equipment are included in the props which serve to add to the surreal and wacky flavour the piece engenders.

production notes (2)
A model of the set exists. Most essential props are built and available at no cost.

production notes (3)
This play may also be translated into a photo story and a photo comic strip for the web. A collaboration with the local press can enhance publicity for a stage production. Throovest Foundation can produce this if required.

production notes (4)
The author's perception and interpretation of a production would embrace a texture of absurdity rather than avant-garde; experimental, rather than pioneering. It is seen as a play, peppered with songs and not as a musical as such. Thus, it is ideal repertory as well as studio. A live theatre production might take on certain unusual characteristics. The whole of the theatre could be the institution and the audience might be temporary inmates. Thus, some of the dialogue could be directed towards the audience, either individually or collectively. Smiles and nods could occasionally be part of Drinkwater's persona. Songs can be sent up and delivered with pseudo seriousness or angst. Some might work sung from the auditorium.

As this is a new work, the author would be happy to input into an initial production if this is deemed helpful.

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Tally Ho Conference & Banqueting Centre



UK
Birmingham
Contact: For more information contact our team call 01216268390 or email: info@tallyhouk.com

Available



Tally Ho Conference & Banqueting Centre is situated in the heart of Birmingham with easy access from major motorways and Birmingham New Street Station. The suite of purposefully designed rooms can be tailored to suit all needs each posses the latest dedicated audiovisual technology coupled with virtually unlimited layout. All suites are situated on ground floor level allowing easy access for disabled guests and all benefit from natural daylight.
The flexibility of the Centre, coupled with the expertise of our management team provides the ideal platform for a successful event, such as Business Meetings, Conferences, Exhibitions, Day Delegate Rates, Seminars, Outdoor Events, Lectures and Networking Events.
We pride ourselves in providing a highly personal service from the moment you make your first initial enquiry through to the big day itself, enabling you to relax with complete peace of mind knowing that our professional team will be taking care of every detail.

Please call for availability

 

 

Posted 07/11/2014

 

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Grosvenor Light Opera Company


UK
London

Ruddigore


Contact: admin@gloc.org

 

Deadlines for applications are the 28th November 2014

Ruddigore – Director needed!

GLOC is looking for a Director for their summer performance of Ruddigore; Or, The Witch's Curse. Could it be you?
More details can be found on the GLOC website click here - or by emailing Laura at admin@gloc.org
Shortly after The Mikado became the greatest hit of their careers to date, W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan set about creating a new and original comic opera which was a pastiche of the popular Victorian theatrical melodrama. The result was Ruddigore.
Robin, the Baronet of Ruddigore, afraid of the family curse, has run away to be a farmer and fallen in love with a girl. But his rival in love reveals his true identity, meaning he must return to the family castle to replace his brother and fulfil the curse, committing a crime a day: "Each lord of Ruddigore, despite his best endeavor, shall do one crime, or more, once every day, for ever." Back in the gallery of Castle Ruddigore, Robin is surrounded by pictures of the former Baronets. His ancestors’ paintings come to life and torture him for his lacklustre criminality until he agrees to a major crime. Everything seems to be going wrong until Robin comes up with an ingenious solution to the curse.


Posted 27/10/2014

 

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Starburst Theatre Company



UK
The Wavell School, Farnborough, Hampshire GU14 6BH

Hairspray

Contact:
If you would like more information please email hairspray@starburst-foundation.org.uk.

Sunday, 1 February 2015 at 09:30–18:00

Noda Award winning Amateur Dramatics group Starburst are staging Hairspray in July 2015.

If you are interested in being part of what promises to be a great show then come along to our open auditions on Sunday 1st February.

You must be 14 or over (on July 9th 2015) to be able to audition.
If you "like" our FaceBook show page you will be kept up to date with whats going on, you could also come along and see our forthcoming Panto. Or follow us on twitter @starburstshows

Posted on 21/11/2014

 

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Film Shoot - Buckinghamshire - Hair&Makeup

Hi
I am writing from a London based organisation called Creating Freedom.
We are founded by an award winning actor/director. We are producing a short film filming at Nether Winchendon House in Thame from this coming Sunday till next Thursday Nov 27th.
The film is a murder mystery and we are looking for a Hair and Makeup person to come on board for 4 hours on Sunday, Tues, Wed and Thursday. It will be a fun shoot! It is set in the 1960s and we are filming at a really prestigious location.

The film will then premiere in London next year and be taken on a film festival circuit.

Creating Freedom work with prisoners & people with mental health & other issues to create brilliant theatre & film and give people the tools to transform their lives. In this instance we are working with adults with learning difficulties from the local community.
I can be contacted on 07913 826409 or via my email.

Julia Berg, Producer julia@creatingfreedom.co.uk

 

Posted on 21/11/2014

 

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Rob Heslop
Graduate of Creative Music Technology BA(hons)
My name is Rob Heslop and I am a recent graduate of Creative Music Technology BA(hons), aged 22 with a strong multi-arts background - my forte being composition and music production.
Throughout university I have had a keen interest in arts productions and performances and have composed for classmates as well as performing arts groups.
I now work at Wreake Valley Academy, Syston, as a Music, Performing & Visual Arts Technician assisting with recording music and drama performances and supporting the development of musical compositions for GCSE & A-Level students.
I am writing today to offer my services as a composer and producer for any forthcoming projects which might require a soundtrack, soundscape or any sound-design.
I have included a dropbox link to a recent short composition of mine that combines composition, production and sound design to demonstrate my ability;
Dropbox Link
If there are any opportunities for me to get involved please do not hesitate to contact me, Rob heslop robheslop10@gmail.com

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Harlequin Costume Hire

UK
Bristol

Contact: Bristol Commercial Valuers & Auctioneers, Baynton Road Salerooms, Baynton Road, Ashton, Bristol BS3 2EB.
Tel: 0117 953 3676 For Sale by Auction

20/11/14

Harlequin Costume Hire has unfortunately stopped trading, but all the costumes are up for sale at Dreweatts (bcva auctions) on 20/11/14.
Over the years we have accumilated and large selection of quality costumes from wholesalers such as TABIS, Le Picole Cose, Sandroy etc and also some unique individual costumes (such as our spider and a dragon!) and some theatre quality costumes.
I have shown some photos of the types of costumes available at the auction but there are many more up for sale.
If you google bcva auctions and click on web site, at the bottom of the page there is a sales calendar heading and link to view the catalogue (20/11/14) online, then click on the link 'shop fittings.fixtures and stock etc' section (our lots are 141-223). There are some photos online but not many so it really would be best to pop down and have a look (viewing 19/11/14).
Some of the costumes cost several hundred and there is a good chance to grab a bargin!
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Posted 16/11/2014

 

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The Tamworth Pantomime Company


UK
Staffordshire

Contact: via Facebook

 

Wanted

Nov/Dec 2014

market barrows, doctors bag and marching cymbals - desperately needed


Posted 21/11/2014

 

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Recent Post from one of our readers - 07/10/2014
Name: Gill Jackson
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Message: Group Insurance
Hi there,
My name's Gill Jackson and I am looking for information regarding a policy for an adult amateur drama group I’m involved with. We meet weekly in a local village hall, they have their own insurance, we stage two/three productions a year anything from Panto to Stoppard. Members are aged between twenty – seventy, we also store some equipment, lighting and backdrops etc.
I would appreciate any information you can supply to enable a purchase of a suitable policy for the group.
Kind Regards,
Gill


Peter's response:

Hi Gill,
I’m afraid I can’t advise you directly as I’m not qualified to offer advice on insurance. My own group does have such a policy which is I believe quite inexpensive and I would think any local insurance broker would be pleased to advise you and arrange suitable cover.

What I can and will do is to place your query in the Advice section of the www.dramagroups.com website in the hope that a qualified person will make contact with you directly.

Do let me know how you get on.

Best Wishes,

Peter

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G. Wizz Promotions

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Our pantomime scripts are original, imaginative, adaptable, popular, and above all successful, to inspire the performers and bring out the best in them. They are suitable for presentation by both large and small amateur groups, with traditional story lines, comedy, excitement, adventure, and a good mix of songs and action - in fact, all the vital ingredients to delight and entertain your audiences.
Now there are nineteen… scripts that is… in the G. Wizz Promotions catalogue. The latest addition is a version of the Charles Perrault classic, ‘Sleeping Beauty’. It’s a fantastically frisky frolic, with oodles of fadoodle, and it’s up and about now.
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Axis Youth Productions

Autumn 2014 Newsletter
Dear All
I hope that you have had a lovely summer, although at the current time of writing this it feels like autumn has arrived already!

The Addams Family
Last term was at times a tricky term and we ended up with a smaller cast than we have had in a while due to many reasons. However what a cast and show week it was!

The help given from those parents and other friends who were able to help was simply amazing and truly appreciated, whether it was a few hours or several days. The cast really pulled together with many of the senior members coming in earlier to help and once again a special thank you to Jade Stygall for all the extra help that you gave. I know various members were excited and pleased with themselves that they had managed to actually paint some set some in block colours and others in more detail ;-)

A big thank you to Ricky for coming in and playing Gomez with only a few weeks to go. Ricky fitted right into the group who I know made a big effort to also make him feel welcome. Ricky faced a few difficulties during the rehearsal process as did a few of our cast members; your professionalism and will to carry on is never unnoticed and always highly thought of.

I think everyone will agree that the company looked fantastic in their make-up and wigs etc. Thank you to Hannah Parsons (one of our longest standing members, yet to fully escape) for doing the make-up. Hannah has now just finished her course at Brush Strokes, Shepperton Studios; a well-respected course. So if you ever want prom make up, or theatrical etc call on Hannah. Thank you too to Amy Milligan whom I know enjoyed making up the girls in her room; they looked great!

I would also like to congratulate the members of our cast who took their GCSE’s during the rehearsal process and who got excellent grades, some got several if not all A’s and many got A*’s as well. Proving once again that it is possible to do your exams while doing a show. Congratulations also go out to our other members/supporters, Reece Webster, Issy Hooke and Charlotte Evans for their excellent results too. Well done to anyone else who also took exams.



Winter Term
This term will be a busy one, in which a few of our members will be off taking part once again in Evita, this time in London. Some members will also be found in Pantomime at Windsor Theatre.

AYP however will be found at The Cecil Hepworth Playhouse (Walton on Thames, Dec. 18th – 20th. As some of you know, we will not be doing a pantomime as such again this year, nor a matinee. We will be doing instead another show based along the lines of A Kickin Christmas. This show too was lots of fun and the first show that AYP have ever done like that at Christmas. Our new Christmas show (yet to be named) will be a fully inclusive affair…… I would like to give members who may not always play lead roles etc the chance to do more in this show if they wish. As we discovered at our fundraiser we have a lot of talent in AYP that it is not always possible to showcase….. I would like this forthcoming show to provide opportunity for everyone with singing, dancing, acting and whatever other talents may develop. Like A Kickin Christmas I plan to have some close harmony singing and also a scripted work along the lines of a pantomime, which were very popular last time.

If you haven’t taken part in an AYP show for a while, now is the time to come along. We won’t be holding a casting day, but will see who comes along and go from there, building the show around the various different talents that we have, ensuring there is something for everyone! I am pleased to announce that Jade Stygall will be assisting me with the production side of this show, however if there is anyone else who would like to be involved more with the choreography, music, script writing, please do contact me.

Rehearsals and Dates
Rehearsals start on Sept. 14th from 2-5pm and will be held at Feltham Community College. The course fee will be £125.00 for the term working out at less than £2.00phr and is for ages from 7 to 21.
However if fees are paid by Sept. 21st then they will be £110.00. We will still offer help with payments where needed, as always please do come and speak to us, we don’t want anyone to miss out.
If paying the full £125.00 then we will require two instalments one on Sept. 21st £50.00 (as we are aware that there is often a lot to pay out in September). The following one will be due by Nov. 2nd.
Please do feel free to tell all your friends about the forth coming show, new members are always very welcome.

All that remains is for me to say enjoy what is left of the summer and that I look forward to seeing you all in Sept.

Kind regards
Frances Oldbury
Company Director
AYP
Susan Wynne

 



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