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I am hoping that some of your readers can help with a feature I am writing for Glamour magazine.

The piece is about women taking up childhood hobbies. One of the ones we're focusing on is acting and singing. I wondered if anyone would be able to offer any advice as to why women (in their 20s and 30s in particular) are getting back into acting through drama groups and amateur dramatics.

The idea is to say why taking up the passtime again is good for you. For example, does acting boost confidence, is learning lines good for your brain...

If you think you can help, please do let me know!

Thanks for your time
Best wishes

Jenny Stallard
Writer and Editor - 07855 760638 - Twitter: @SaintAllard


Posted on 23/10/2014


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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;
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If there are any opportunities for me to get involved please do not hesitate to contact me, Rob heslop

Posted on 16/10/2013

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Shenfield High School


Wanted to Hire

12th – 23rd Jan 2015

Production: Beauty and the Beast
All main cast character costumes and any other ensemble accessories also
Any props/set too! Anything you have we would love to look at!!!

Posted 21/10/2014


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Garden Suburb Theatre


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Dec 2014

Props needed for Frankenstein
• 1 x 'kidney' type or earthenware type dish (to look like medical dish)
• Powder Horn
• Ramrod for pistol
• 2 x plain white cloths (for covering hand in Act 1 and dishes in Act 4)
• Old fashioned flint and steel
• Suture needle/bodkin bent suture type needle (can make out of coat hanger if we need to...)
• Realistic looking (dead) rabbit
• Realistic looking human (or similar) heart
• Knives x 2 (Fake): 6ish inch blade Flat sided knife like a cooks knife plus smaller scalpel looking thing/surgeons knife
• A long shot (ha ha) but if anyone has blank firing:
o Musket with ramrod (Felix)
o Two pistols (Servant)
• old thick lightening conductor wires or cables that we can rip off covering from to look like wires that would run from lightening outside on roof to the monster
• Old garden hose/similar type 'thick wire' looking things that we can make an umbilical cord of wires out of from Monster Bride to machine (about 6 foot of)

Posted 17/10/2014


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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,

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 website in the hope that a qualified person will make contact with you directly.

Do let me know how you get on.

Best Wishes,


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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
Susan Wynne


Posted on 03/09/2014

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BYP Theatre Group



We are a very friendly group who rehearse at St Michaels church hall, Tilehurst, Reading on Sundays. Age ranges from 8 tp 70 years old Everyone is welcome. We perform 2-4 shows a year and our next production is Fame at the Kenton theatre in Henley Contact Steve or Pam on 01189012629 or 07981919757 if you would like to join us for this or any other production


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Greater Manchester Drama Federation

Altrincham Little Theatre, Oxford Road, Altrincham, WA14 2ED

GMDF One Act Play Festival

Contact: Any queries please don't hesitate to contact the One Act play Festival secretary Paul Cohen


1st - 6th June 2015

The 2015 One Act Play Festival

The GMDF one act play festival is the leading North West one act play festival. It is now in it's 55th year - quite an achievement.The festival is held each year at various member theatres and GMDF are very grateful for their hospitality. The festival is not just for GMDF members, it is an open festival and we welcome all applications.
It's also a well organised, fun and friendly festival to enter, we have a Junior section for cast members up tp 14 years (Section A), a Youth section for cast members up to 15 - 18 years (Section B), an Adult section (Section C) and an Original play section (Section D). So as you can see something for everyone.There are awards for best actress, best actor and certificates of merit in sections A, B and C and across all sections there are awards for outstanding actor / actress, meritorious director, best comedy performance, best presentation and an adjudicator's award.
If your society doesn't usually enter the GMDF One Act Play Festival, why not consider giving it a go? You will be made very welcome and at the end of the day it's good experience all round. It's an excellent arena in which budding directors can cut their teeth and brilliant experience for actors who have never taken part in a competetive one-act play festival before.
The provisional entry form and rules are here and the full entry form is here.

Posted on 21/10/2014

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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.
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Tel: +44(0)20 8673 6147

Posted on 13/08/2014


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Clifton Amateur Dramatic Society (CADS)


The Alma Tavern Theatre

26th - 29th November 2014 7:30pm

Box Office: All tickets £10 on line or tel 01179735171 or cash on the door

Author: Peter Quilter

Award winning West End and Broadway playwright Peter Quilter’s four sets of characters deal with critical moments in their lives.
Yet another blind date that may/may not lead anywhere, an offer a man has every reason to refuse, an ill-advised pina colada-fuelled holiday prior to a divorce and a bride-to-be experiencing cold feet unwisely consults socially inept brother.
A gentle opportunity for audience members to reflect on their own relationships, current and past and think ahead to others.
“Quilter’s understanding of human desires and quirks is on show and probed so endearingly. A warm and funny exploration of love and other bruises” – Daily Telegraph

Posted 23/10/2014


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Bedfordshire Drama Group

Leighton Buzzard, Beds

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For Sale – Script Library
Our drama group are getting rid of our script library. We have approx 175 – 200 scripts of all genres on offer, to go as one lot.
Can provide all the details/ titles if you email
The majority of the scripts are in great condition, but some of them have previously been used & are either marked up for a cast member or for lighting etc.
You would need to pick them up from Leighton Buzzard, Beds as far too heavy to send.
If interested, make us an offer!

May 2013

Posted on: 27/05/2013

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Dugout Music Studios Ltd

Contact: 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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Clive Scarff

Vancouver Canada

You've Got Male (comedy)

First you have to picture the set: a man's apartment stage left, a table and chairs representing a coffee shop stage right, and a very large flat screen monitor hanging above.
Dave is trying his hand at online dating, and we can see everything he sees on his computer on the large screen above. Dave provides commentary as he circumnavigates the dating website "Date Club" and we join him on his dates as he meets five very eclectic women at the local coffee shop.
Will Dave find love online? Is Liz really a princess? Will Cathy let Dave get a word in? Why is Dave's mom on the same dating website? And is that woman from Nigeria really in the US Army?
You've Got Male is a highly "produceable" 2-Act play that features one male lead, and five zany female characters designed to be played by one talented comedic actress, or five separate ones. Suitable for professional, amateur, even fringe groups.
For more information and to request a reading of the script contact the playwright.

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Performing Earth Arts Centre

Thornhill Edge, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, WF12 0HD



Theatre & Studio space Available

Hosts monthly open night shows of live theatre, live music, live spoken word and media presentations. The venue, that is also available for other functions, comprises of its own theatre bar and 3 theatre studios, including a 23 seater theatre space with theatre lighting and PA.

As Requied / Available

Posted 14/02/2013


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Tinkers Farm Opera



Contact: Please reply to by the 24th October, indicating your interest.


The show will be run in the week commencing Monday 27th April 2015 at the Crescent Theatre, Sheepcote Street, Birmingham.
Rehearsals are held at Allens Cross Community Centre in Northfield on Mondays for principals and Thursdays for the whole company and will commence in January 2015.

Points to bear in mind:-
We are looking for an innovative production which is very humorous, but with respect for Gilbert’s libretto and Sullivan’s music.
Our budget is necessarily constrained; the appointed producer must work within £3,000, to include costs for scenery, costumes and props but excludes the hire of the theatre and the approx. 15 piece orchestra. This would include any fee you may ask for.
Rehearsals must be enjoyable and fun for the society members as we believe the morale of the society strongly influences the ticket sales, and we need good ticket sales to survive.
You should take into account that the average age of the company is probably above 60 years.
Previous experience is not essential, but you will need to convince us that you can meet our objectives.
We will be responding to enquiries and interviewing selected candidates over the following two weeks.

Posted 12/10/2014


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BYP Theatre Group

St. Michaels Church Hall, Tilehurst



Audition Dates: 26 October and 2 November
Performance Dates: 26 until 30th January 2015

Currently have openings for a couple of male and female leads but would welcome everyone to join us

Posted on 22/10/2014