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Theydon Bois Drama Society

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A Murder is Announced

Author: Agatha Christie

A Murder is Announced

UK
Essex


Venue: Theydon Bois Village Hall, Coppice Row, Theydon Bois

Box Office:Details: Ticket price - £10.00 - available online from TicketSource or by phone: - 01992 919038

Thurs 24th - Sat 26th Oct 2019 8:00pm


Posted 20/09/201

 

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Andrew Allan



UK
Sedbergh in NW England (near Kendal)

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Audrey

Audrey

TOO LATE THEY'VE ALREADY GONE !! ------ FREE to a good home!3 Audrey II plants for Little Shop of Horrors

There's a hand-held one in a flowerpot, a larger one with room for one operator, and a huge one that requires 2 or 3 operators. They're all beautifully made, with working mouths and are all getting squashed in our props store when they should be eating people!

Collection from Sedbergh in NW England (near Kendal).

Audrey Audrey

Posted 19/09/2019

 

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How To Spend It Well at Christmas

ITV’s popular prime time series ‘How To Spend It Well at Christmas with Phillip Schofield’, is back for a third series.

It’s a successful seasonal consumer show, in which Phillip Schofield invites celebrity guests, experts, and members of the public to help him conduct a series of inventive tests and experiments using a selection of presents and products available for Christmas 2019.

We are currently looking for some fun, chatty participants aged 18 and over to take part in the series to help us test the latest gifts and gadgets on the market. Therefore, we were hoping you could pass the attached flyer on to anyone who might be interested in taking part.

We are looking for members of the public filming will take place 25th of September in West London.

If you're interested please email:christmas@rdftelevision.com today.

Posted on 19/09/2019

 

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Upham Players

Upham Players
https://www.uphamvillage.org.uk/upham-players/

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Upham Players was founded in 1978, and is a friendly village drama group, based in Upham, Hampshire. We perform a variety of theatre, from pantomimes and murder mysteries, to well-known plays and variety shows! We have been thriving for over 40 years, and welcome any new members who wish to join the team!

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

 

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Jaquish Mackenzie



Canada
Queen Anne Public Library, Calgary, Alberta

TV project

Contact: Please call (403) 701-3770 to book your time and audition details.


Auditions will be held on October 3, 2019, from 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Looking for actors, both male and female, to audition for an upcoming TV project.
Untrained and amateur actors are welcomed.
This is an unpaid opportunity for actors looking for portfolio work.

Posted 17/09/2019

 

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Tullie House

Tullie House
www.tulliehouse.co.uk

UK
Tullie House Museum, & Art Gallery Trust, Castle Street, Carlisle CA3 8TP

Contact: 01228 618718

Tullie Talks Lunchtime Lectures

Tullie Talks Lunchtime Lectures

1 October
Free entry. Talks start at 1pm in the Lecture Theatre

Phantasmagoria
By Professor Robert Williams
Just in time for Halloween, Robert Williams from the University of Cumbria Institute of the Arts is back to talk about the cultural history of ghosts and recent art projects, following his work in Pennsylvania and the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris.

Posted 16/09/2019

 

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Foxfinder by Dawn King

Reviewed by: Kev Castle @CastleKev

Review date: Friday, 13 September 2019

The play was written in 2011 by Dawn King, a writer that I have not heard of before, and a play that I have not heard or seen before.

Set in the upstairs performing space of the Lace Market Theatre, the story takes on an even more intimate feel. With the majority of the scenes also set in the farmhouse kitchen, the wooden beams of the theatre made this even more realistic.

Set on a remote farm, the action takes place within the farm house kitchen belonging to Sam and Judith Covey, who are reeling from a personal loss, failing to meet the production targets on the farm, they receive a visitor by the name of William Bloor.

Bloor is a “foxfinder” whose job is to hunt out infestations of foxes, who are blamed for just about everything, including the poor performance of the farm and its’ produce. Rumour is spread that these “foxes” may have supernatural powers.

Bloor starts to investigate the Coveys, their farm and neighbours, prying into every crevice of their personal and professional lives. We soon discover though that Bloor also isn’t quite as perfect as first thought, and he has weaknesses of his own.

Malcolm Todd (Samuel) plays a really interesting character as, depending on how you look at the way Samuel is played, he could be playing along with the foxfinder to hunt out the foxes, or he could be more intelligent that what he is first given credit for. has he spotted a crack in Bloor's armour with him being so young, and is trying to lead him up the garden path by siding with the foxfinder. A clever character with whom the audience could be divided by his actions.A brilliant character role for Malcolm to get his teeth into.

Kareena Sims (Judith) pulled out her emotional side of her acting ability in Judith. Kareena portrays so much emotion in her face; you feel her frustration, her tiredness, her anger, her fear, but also her Grace. She has been pushed to the edge and is on the brink of doing something that Judith would seriously regret, when something stops her. I can only imagine that this is one role that would drain an actor due to the passion needed to play this character with the respect that is deserved.

Emily Kelsey (Sarah) is another actor who brings the emotions of the characters to life. The look of complete fear when she is being interrogated by Bloor was enough to chill your bones.

AJ Stevenson (William Bloor) gets to play one very interesting character in Bloor. His delivery of the script is perfectly detached and, at first I thought emotionless, but after a while the emotion oozed out and you realise that here is a man who has been brain washed into believing what has been drilled into him. And this makes the character dangerous. Bloor is 19 years old and we discover through his conversations with Judith that his life has been flawed since childhood. AJ's delivery is exact and deliberate and when Bloor visits Sarah, his whole approach is quite evil and calculated.

It's a very tense play and you could feel that tension. It's also a very emotive play as we discover the history of the characters, but it also has some lovely comic moments to relieve the intensity.

Director Chris Sims has amassed the best cast for this style of play and to be able to make an audience absorb that tense, and uneasy feeling, takes something special. It made me wish for the interval to come to break that unease, but then I couldn't wait for Act two to see what happened next. The ending was one that I didn't quite expect either.

The set is designed by Mark James, and the set changes were done smoothly, veiled by some very interesting and appropriate folk music, adding to the location feel.

Lighting Design by David Billen and Sound Design by Gareth Morris. This in particular painted mind pictures of the rural landscape beyond the theatre walls.

If you like intelligent, tension filled theatre, then this is the one to book your ticket for, if there are any left for Saturday. A powerful start to this new season's programme.

"Foxfinder” is at the Nottingham Lace Market Theatre until Saturday 14 September



See the full review here kevcastletheatrereviews.blogspot.com

 

Posted on 14/09/2019

 

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Headgate Theatre

Headgate Theatre
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Headgate Theatre, Colchester, Essex

 

Headgate Theatre

Headgate Theatre Volunteers Required

Are you interested in VOLUNTEERING at the Headgate Theatre in any of the areas below?

Then come and join us for our OPEN DAY on Sunday 22nd September, between 10am and 3pm and get involved!

- LIGHTING AND SOUND
- STAGE MANAGEMENT
- SCENIC ARTISTS AND PROP MAKERS
- COSTUME OR FRONT OF HOUSE

There will be the chance to meet with sound/light technicians and take part in making some panto props, amongst many other things.

We are also open as part of the town's Heritage Open Day, so you can come and see our wonderful theatre and buildings!

Please spread the word!
We look forward to seeing you at the theatre.



Posted 13/09/2019

 

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Lucy Daniel Raby

Lucy Daniel Raby



Location: UK

http://www.lucydanielraby.co.uk/

Nickolai of the North

Nickolai of the North

Have you ever wondered who filled Santa’s stocking when he was a boy? Or why he carries out his Christmas mission every year? All is revealed in this two act Christmas play with music. A refreshing alternative to panto, it tells the magical story of Santa’s childhood. When villainess Magda destroys his home at the North Pole, young elf Nickolai is rescued by a flying reindeer. We follow his adventures as he grows up amongst humans, realizes he is different and returns to the North Pole to seek his destiny – and ultimately save the world’s children from Magda’s evil. Lucy has adapted the book and lyrics from her successful children’s book of the same name, with 16 sensational songs from established composer Geoff Tinniswood, including score, backing tracks and vocals. Containing traditional seasonal ingredients such as heroes, villains, witches, fairies, reindeer, wolves and goblins, ‘Nickolai’ is a sparkling family show that provides a fabulous opportunity for ensemble work.

Cast Size: 24 speaking characters with 9 leads and possible doubling.

Running Time: approximately 2 hours plus interval

Themes: family, childhood, destiny

Genre: Christmas family entertainment with music

Script, lyrics, sheet music, backing tracks and cast recordings available

The script has been published by Lazy Bee Scripts, and the full script is available for perusal here:

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RASA AUR DRAMA THEATRE

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10 questions with scriptwriter NEHA KARGETI on writing SUCHITRA KRISHNAMOORTI starring play EK HAAN!

August 24, 2019
Deepak Sinha

Panache Media has announced a new theatrical production titled Ek Haan starring seasoned actor and TV host Shekhar Suman and singer, actor, author Suchitra Krishnamoorti in the lead. The play is based on the story of the notorious life and times of the most influential writers of his time, Saadat Hasan Manto, showcasing the socio-political and emotional turmoil of the pre and post-independence era. RASA AUR DRAMA TIMES speaks to the writer in this interaction on writing the script for the MANTO play!

Q1.) Manto stories are so well known! Why should the audience listen and watch and watch MANTO stories again?

NEHA KARGETI: Manto’s work is a reflection of the soul of our society. It presents a clear picture of the world we are living in, without prejudice and bias, just like a mirror. Times change and so does the world, but the issues we are facing in today’s time are still the same: inequality, gender bias, religious hatred, hypocrisy, materialism, and division of the society based on prejudice, capital, power and religion. Manto’s stories touch the very nerve of the system we are a part of and provide a much-needed perspective. A perspective that is not only liberal and secular but also very human at the core! These stories are and will always be relevant. Manto’s voice needs to be heard..again and again..


Q2.) It seems that you have not adapted one single story of Manto, but many and with your understanding. Could you tell something on it! Which stories and maybe why!

NK: Manto’s writings have always been considered very serious and hard- hitting. This fact distracts us from the wide range and variety of his work. Randhir was sure, from the very beginning, of the three stories we have adapted. The objective was to include stories that are widely acclaimed and well known along with the ones that bring out a side to him that not many people are aware of. So, the main story (that is a blend of fact and fiction) brings out his personal ideologies and emotions, while the three sub-stories bring out three very different sides of his work: Toba Tek Singh explores the affect ‘partition of India’ had on people and the confusion and pain it caused, through the story of a mental patient in a Lahore asylum. Kali Shalwar explores the life and emotions of a prostitute, Sulatana, who has the same problems as any other woman or a man for that matter: financial difficulties, loneliness, love ,and betrayal. ‘Akal Dadh’ explores the monotonous life and arguments between a long-married couple that seems rather funny when you see it from an outer perspective. And finally, the climax (main story) reveals a side of him that is rather unknown.


Q3.) How long did it take to adapt the script?

NK: The first draft of the script took a few weeks of research and a few days of writing. However, it was a long process to reach the final draft from the first one, as ‘Ek Haan’ is not just an adaptation of Manto’s stories; its a fictional story starring Manto himself. So, everything that comes out of his mouth had to match Manto’s sensibilities. That was the biggest challenge. The script kept evolving as I kept getting more and more familiar with Manto. In fact, I did a final round of re-writing after the actors came on board.


Q4.) What are somethings writers could keep in mind during adapting/translating a work of literature? As the writer, Jerry Pinto once put it " Translation is like taking a ship loaded with salt across the sea, which is constantly eroding! Take as much as you can ." Any thoughts?

NK: The most important thing while adapting someone’s work is to first understand the very soul of it. A lot is lost in translation when you are actually ‘translating’. But when you are adapting something, you can always borrow the soul and use your own body and your own fresh perspective to present it to the world. Try to row a boat in a freshwater river rather than sailing a ship in the sea.


Q5.) So, Did one of you write the script separately and then put it together. Or together you sat and completed the script in one year!

NK:We wrote it separately and I then put it together after receiving Neeraj’s invaluable inputs through Randhir. In fact, I only got a chance to meet Neeraj on the day of our preview (first) show!


Q6.) Can both of you speak about your writing experience in more detail for Rasa Aur Drama Times readers?

NK: It was a wonderful and overwhelming experience. In fact, more than anything else, its been a great learning experience for me. I think it is very important for writers to read and understand other writers and their work. Thanks to Randhir, I got an opportunity to write a play on one of the most legendary writers the world has ever seen. While reading and researching Manto’s work and life, I feel I got one step closer to the ultimate craft of writing and the art of storytelling.


Q7.) What are the sources that you generally use while researching a literary script?

NK: The biggest source is Manto’s collection of short stories. Through his stories, Manto has said almost everything that he felt and experienced. The rest of the information comes from his old interviews, the writings of his friend ‘Ismat Chughtai’ and of course, many online news articles!


Q8.) Any tips on scriptwriting?

NK: Every story is different and there are a hundred different ways to express the same story. Hence, as a writer its important to be clear about what you want to say, how you want to say it and how can you make it as effortless as possible. Know that less is more, avoid spoon-feeding and always aspire to create something new and original! It is also essential to keep in mind the medium one is writing for: Cinema, digital platform, television or theatre, as different mediums require a different approach to writing.


Q9.) What creative freedom remains for the actors after a script is closed and frozen. As writers does it interest you?

NK: Yes, I was very deeply involved in the rehearsals and the preparation the actors went through for this play. Shekhar Sir’s impeccable command on the language and excellent sensibility proved out to be the biggest asset for ‘Ek Haan’. He is a perfectionist who doesn’t allow any loose ends in a script or performance so it keeps you on your toes both as a writer and as an actor. He sticks to the script and is always interested in understanding the writer’s perspective. Thus, when he improvises, even a small gesture has a deep meaning and a huge impact. On the other hand, Suchitra mam’s high-spirited attitude, her deep understanding of various emotions and her melodious voice, breathed life into the entire play! Her improvisations, especially in ‘Kali Shalwar’ and ‘Akkal Dadh’, added just the required quirk.


Q10.) What is writing to you in two lines! Rasa Aur Drama Times would love to hear that!

-Writing, for me, is a way to connect with my inner self; for my inner self to connect with the world; and for the world to connect with the divine!



Posted on 24/08/2019

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Rees Astley Performing Arts Insurance

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We specialise in Performing and Creative Arts Insurance across the UK and have thousands of policyholders under our Performing Arts Scheme including individual performers and groups. We know what we are doing and we can help drama groups!

The core products under our facility are:
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Attic Studio. Liverpool



UK
Merseyside

Contact: 07778310227 or Peter@a2online.co.uk

 

Donate Free/For Sale or Hire

Variety of Props and Scenery

We have number of cut out flats painted as trees/forest professionally painted and joiner made, roughly 8ft x4ft 10 or 12 of.

FREE OF ANY CHARGE. Must collect. Suitable for panto etc.

We are downsizing and have an abundance of props to sell, hire, give away free. Contacts ASAP please when they go they're gone.




Posted 09/07/2019

 

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Name: Barns Green Players
Barns Green Players

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From nfranciselectrical@btinternet.com

Hi we are staging a comedy play written by one of our members. In it, we want, desperately, to use rain and have created a prototype rain machine which works but we have been told by the village hall insurers that they will not entertain any water on stage.

Have any other groups successfully used rain in the past? If so can you contact me to advise on how you did it and how you convinced the insurers it was safe?
OR how can we create the effect of rain?

Really looking forward to hearing from you.

Neale – Chairman Barns Green Players

Peter's response:

Hi Neale,

Thanks for posting your question. I shall make sure it gets published 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.

Personally I have no experience in this area other than to say I’ve seen Singin’ in The Rain performed with both water and a projected rain storm. The real water won hands down.

Best Wishes,

Peter

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Kay Crawford

UK
Contact: kaycrawford@talktalk.net

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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

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Comedy Plays

Comedy Plays
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All genres of play and panto. Download full scripts on line or read 10 page extracts from each script free of charge. Script submissions from new playwrights encouraged.

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ODEUM

India
Crystal point mall, 213, 2nd Floor, link rd above star bazaar,
Andheri West, Mumbai - 53

 

Theatre Available

Contact: IRFAN HAMID 9820187443


A new entertainment venue 100 seater auditorium for
• Stand up Comedy
• Kids Plays
• All Genres Plays
• Dance shows
• Business events
• Presentation
• Learning space
• Non commercial movies
. Drama Workshops
Or any kind of events.



Posted 07/01/2019

 

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Mandy Gunter

UK
Telford, Shropshire


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Wanted

Does anybody have multiple copies of Same by Deborah Bruce that they would be willing to sell?
We would like to perform in the Wellington Drama Festival but the cost of purchasing 9 scripts is quite prohibitive as we would not recoup the costs from the performance. Thanks :-)

Oct/Nov 2018

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Make-Up Artist Work Experience Required


I am a make-up lecture at Sussex downs college in Lewes. currently seeking work experience for my make-up group. They are all very passionate about theatrical make-up and I was seeking if by any chance they could have the opportunity in working together with the art performance in delivering make-up and gaining experience within the make-up industry in theatrical

yours sincerely

Nelia Mici
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Sussex downs college, Lewes
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