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Winners Again at 65 Years Young

Author: Norma Phillips
Secretary of
Teesside Musical Theatre Company


More awards for TMTC and celebrating 65 years in musical theatre

The multi awarding winning Teesside Musical Theatre Company, as well as celebrating 65 years in musical theatre this year, have also won the National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA) Region 8 Adult Performance Award for their 2016 production of “Jesus Christ Superstar”. This award was presented at the NODA North Youth and Performance Awards on 10 September 2016 where TMTC’s young and talented member, Emily Bashford, won the “Rising Star” award for her performance in Teesside Musical Theatre Youth Company’s production of “Scrooge – The Musical”. Hannah Smith was also nominated for the adult performance award for playing the role of Mary Magdalene so beautifully in “Jesus Christ Superstar”.

Added to previous performance awards for “The Producers” in 2014 and the programme award last year for “Carousel”, there are so many reasons why a TMTC production is the obvious choice when planning an evening at the theatre. It will always be an evening of spectacular entertainment.

As part of their celebrations, Teesside Musical Theatre Company are performing a concert entitled “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” to be performed at Teesside High School, Eaglescliffe, on 27-28 October 2016 at 7.15 pm. The concert will include hit songs from the shows and a spectacular finale from their upcoming 2017 production of “Spamalot” being performed at Middlesbrough Theatre on 15-20 May 2017. Teesside Musical Theatre Company were proud to be the first theatre company in this area to be granted a licence to perform “Spamalot”, and this will undoubtedly be the most amazing and hilarious production which will appeal to everyone who wants to leave the theatre feeling happy and thoroughly entertained.

Tickets for “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” only cost £10 for adults and £8 for under 14s and can be ordered from Jacquie Kelly on 01287 635259 (Mobile: 07712 485211). Jacquie will, of course, also be happy to discuss booking enquiries about “Spamalot”. It’s never too early to reserve your seats.

Members of Teesside Musical Theatre Company and their families and friends will also be getting together to celebrate the great achievement of 65 years in musical theatre at a dinner dance at Eaglescliffe Golf Club on Saturday, 29 October 2016.

Posted on 16/10/2016

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Gloria Smith



Donating costumes

August 2016

I have a great many evening clothes plus some Vietnamese silk traditional outfits which I can no longer wear due to becoming disabled.
Please advise if these will be of any use as costumes.

Posted 30/08/2016


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Patcham Methodist Church


Contact: Sheila Carey


Wanted on Loan

Sunday 18th December 2016

Loan of old wooden handcart required Brighton area

I am contacting you on behalf of Patcham Methodist Church, Brighton to inquire if anyone in the area might have an old style wooden handcart that we could borrow/hire for Sunday 18th December 2016. We are putting on an open-air community Nativity and require it to be sturdy enough to actually be pulled up a hill and to carry a sound speaker on it.

Posted 20/10/2016


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International School of Screen Acting

International School of Screen Acting

The Old Lab, 3 Mills Studios, Three Mills Lane, London E3 3DU


We provide TV film and acting classes through a one or two year course, for those aged 18+. We also offer one week crash courses and classes throughout the summer for those wanting a taste of our film acting school. We teach a range of film acting styles, where you will learn skills such as camera techniques, screen combat, method acting and screen-writing through our workshops. We will see your potential talent and capture it to help you gain employment in one of the most challenging industries.
Phone: 020 8709 8719


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Sussex Youth Theatre

Worthing, Sussex

Contact: via our website


Course commences Friday October 21st

for students (ages 7 - 18) interested in furthering their skills in acting, voice, communication and presentation.


Posted 12/10/2016


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The Byfleet Players

Byfleet Surrey

Dates Required: 3rd - 7th January 2017


Sound and lighting help required

We are a small drama group called the Byfleet Players in Byfleet Surrey. We are putting on a Pantomine at the Byfleet Village hall.
We require someone who maybe would like to join our group or just help out as a one off. We would be happy to pay them for their time but we are on a limited budget.
We would require them for our dress rehearsals 3rd & 4th January 2017 at 7pm to 10pm. Our performances are 5th,6th Jan evening performances starting at 7:30 and 7th Saturday two performances 2:30 & 730.
This is at the Byfleet Village hall in Byfleet.
We have stage lights and a sound system but additional equipment would be great.
Basically we just need someone who would be happy to be involved with us and help us produce a great show.
If someone was interested we could arrange to meet and show them the hall and what we have available.

Contact: Karen Skilton

Posted 07/10/2016


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Katya Gorrie
Katya Gorrie

Moscow Drug Club



Katya Gorrie

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Posted on 23/09/2016


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Headgate Theatre Productions

Headgate Theatre Productions



Venue: Headgate Theatre, 14 Chapel Street North, Colchester CO2 7AT

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Box Office Opening Times: Mon-Fri 12.30-4.30pm Sat: 10.00am-1.00pm
Tickets £11 Concessions £10/£9

Di and Viv and Rose

Author: Amelia Bullmore

Di and Viv and Rose

Wed 9th November – Sat 12th November @ 7.45pm, plus matinee on 12th at 2.30pm
Aged 18, three women join forces at university. Life is fun. Living is intense. Together they feel unassailable. The play is a funny and thoughtful exploration of friendship’s impact on life, and of life’s impact on friendship.
“Funny, universal and wise …It’s a play that will last” – The Times “Impossible not to like” – The Guardian

Posted 21/10/2016


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Wilburton Theatre Group

Wilburton Theatre Group


NODA Review 15 April 2016
Wilburton Theatre Group
Directed by Emily Starr
Assistant Director Bryannie Quarrie
Musical Director Maria McElroy

Big Fish 12-chair is the new, small-cast version for 12 actors of a short-lived Broadway musical featuring music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa based on the novel by Daniel Wallace and follows on from the Tim Burton’s film of the same name.

Read more....


Posted on 02/05/2016


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Alexander Vargas


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A Proper Caper And No Mistake
I stumbled on an article in 2009 about a play called "A Proper Caper And No Mistake" by Anthea Roberts that was performed by the Buckfastleigh Drama Group. The story sounds absolutely fascinating and I was reaching out to see if there are any hard copies available of the play. Or even a digital copy. I would love to purchase one for reading.

Date Req'd: ASAP

Posted 24/04/2016

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MCPS represents our members’ mechanical rights, whenever a piece of music is reproduced as a physical product.
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Schools Plus based at Virgo Fidelis, Croydon, UK

We have a venue that may be of interest to any groups that want to use it to rehearse or have it as a permanent venue.
Contact: Kevin Jones



Posted 05/07/2015


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Joe Cushnan
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29 Sparken Dale , Worksop, Nottinghamshire S80 1BL

Shaking Hands
Shaking Hands

Shaking Hands
I am a freelance writer, originally from Belfast but now living in England, and I have written a 45-minute drama for radio - 'Shaking Hands'. The play is fiction based on some facts from my life. It is mostly a two-hander.

The synopsis: This play was written as a 45-minute radio drama. It is fiction, based on several facts from the author's life. A 60-year-old son tracks down his 89-year-old father to question him on why he left the family home, a wife and seven children. In the quest to find out about the 'missing years', the son finds it hard to suppress simmering anger and the father clings to hope of reconciliation. The script is adaptable for the stage and would be useful for student actors to practice their skills.
In 1960, my father left our Belfast home, his wife and seven children and vanished. The next we heard about him was in 1982 when we were told he had died at 57 in Clapham, London.

I am investigating his "missing" 22 years and in tandem with that project this play has come out of my imagination.

This is a link to a background piece written by me and published in the Belfast Telegraph in 2015:
In mid-2015, I sent the play to BBC NI radio producer, Heather Larmour, who declined it because a daughter/father drama had already been commissioned. She said:

“Thank you so much for sending ‘Shaking Hands’, it’s a very thoughtful, emotional and intelligent script which I very much enjoyed reading. I thought your treatment of the relationship between father and son was very interesting and viscerally drawn - you really could feel the anger and frustration and hopes and vulnerabilities of the characters as they negotiated the stages of the meeting. Although I was secretly hoping for a happy ending, I also very much admired how you left the piece, with no resolution possible given the past, but perhaps some understanding for the characters. Unfortunately however, we have recently had a piece commissioned, which tackles the story of a daughter tackling her father about the secrets of his past, and although the two pieces are of course very different, we just felt that the subject matter was too similar at the moment and that Radio 4 would be unlikely to be looking for another piece in the same territory.”


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Crossley Club

Lightwater, Surrey GU18 5RA


Crossley Club Contact: or 01276 473889


Hire or use for free if applicable

Crossley Club in Lightwater is a fantastic village venue, ideal for touring theatre or small productions - we would welcome amateur dramatic groups to use our facilities to host their plays and training/rehearsal. We have a downstairs main area with stage and PA system, and an upstairs dance studio that can be used for a variety of requirements.

Availability: Vvarious dates throughout the year
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Posted 12/10/2016


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Banbury Cross Players

The Mill Arts Centre, Spiceball Pk Rd, OX16 5QE

The Tempest by William Shakespeare

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Thursday 1 December 2016, 8pm


Posted 17/10/2016


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Actors wanted for a 6-minute drama short

We are currently second-year students at Liverpool John Moore’s University, studying Media Production. We are making a 6-minute drama short and are looking for actors to be involved.
The film has two main roles, for one male and one female. The film will be set in 1982 and portrays two Liverpudlian characters (actors need to be able to speak in a Liverpudlian accent), 18-year-old Peggy and 21-year-old Billy, the scene shows soldier Billy's heartwarming love for Peggy but this is jeopardised by Peggy's confession.
The film will be unpaid, however, this will really help build on the actors/actress portfolio and can be used in their showreel. Further information can be provided, such as the script and more details about the film, for those interested.
Auditions will be held at the Aldham Robarts Library this week and next week in Liverpool and time slots can be provided.
Please let us know if you are interested with your availability and we can organise auditions from there.

Posted on 20/10/2016