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Alexander Vargas

UK

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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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Mechanical rights royalties are different and are paid to the songwriter, composer or publisher when music is reproduced as a physical product or for broadcast or online.
What’s changing?
The PRS for Music brand now represents our members’ mechanical rights whenever a piece of music is reproduced for broadcast or online. MCPS will continue to represent the mechanical rights for physical products at this stage.

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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 virgofidelis@schoolsplus.co.uk




 

 

Posted 05/07/2015

 

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Tom O'Brien


TomO'Brien

Here are details of all my plays, which are available to drama groups. Any of them can be e-mailed on request to groups by contacting me at tomobrien2004@yahoo.co.uk

I am a native of Co Waterford, but currently live in Hastings UK

My website is www.gorgeousgael.com


www.kathykirby.info (production details)

Plays

MONEY FROM AMERICA – The Tabard, Pentameters, Old Red Lion
JOHNJO – Kings Head, The Old Red Lion, Buxton, Touring.
CRICKLEWOOD COWBOYS (as BOTTOM DOG) - The Tabard. London
JACK DOYLE- GORGEOUS GAEL - Kings Head London
BEHAN’S WOMEN – Pentameters theatre London
ON RAGLAN ROAD – Old Red Lion – New York – Irish Tour.
QUEENIE
PUT YOUR SWEET LIPS…
THE MISSING POSTMAN
OF MICE AND MEN (adaption)
FRIGHTENING THE CROWS
DOWN BOTTLE ALLEY-White Rock, Hastings, Irish Centre, Camden (published by Circaidy Gregory Press 2010)
KAVANAGH - Irish Tour, Winnipeg
I’LL TELL ME MA… Irish Club, London, Pentameters, London
OLIVER CROMWELL’S TOUR OF IRELAND Courtyard, N1 LONDON
FALLING FROM GRACE ( the life/times of Shane MacGowan of The Pogues)
KATHY KIRBY – ICON (Etcetera Theatre, Camden, The White Bear, Kennington
PECKER DUNNE – LAST OF THE TRAVELLERS
MISS WHIPLASH REGRETS…
NO BLACKS, NO DOGS, NO POLES Pentameters London
GILMARTIN - the greed and corruption at the heart of Irish politics

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Hanbury Hall

Hanbury Hall

UK
Spitalfields, London

 


Hanbury Hall
Contact: Helen Skybak
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E: helen.skybak@graysonsrestaurants.com
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Hanbury Hall - Performance Space

I would like to introduce our recently refurbished venue Hanbury Hall.
I am sure you are always on the lookout for new spaces to hold your performances and Hanbury Hall is a fantastic hidden gem in the heart of Spitalfields.


Helen Skybak

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Posted 13/02/2016

 

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Banbury Cross Players


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UK
The Mill Arts Centre, Banbury, Oxfordshire

The Crucible

Open Auditions for The Crucible



Contact:
For further information (or if you are interested but cannot attend the above audition) please contact Director, Chrissie Garrett on 01295 810412, 0755 723144 or chrissiegarrett@btinternet.com

There will be a read through at The Mill Arts Centre, Banbury on 7 June 2016 at 8pm – all welcome.
Open Auditions are on Thursday 30 June 2016, 7.30pm, also at The Mill Arts Centre.
Performance dates are 2-5 November 2016 at The Mill Arts Centre. You do not have to be a member to audition but will be required to join if cast. Rehearsals will be on Monday and Wednesday evenings, commencing 1 August 2016 (consideration will be given for holidays already booked).


Banbury Cross Players announce Open Auditions for their forthcoming production of Arthur Miller’s challenging play, “The Crucible”.
Focussing on the fate of those caught up in the persecution surrounding the 1692 Salem witch trials and originally reflecting Senator McCarthy’s hunt for Communists in 1950s America, its meaning (says Miller) “is somewhat different in different places and moments”. Director, Chrissie Garrett’s vision centres on the themes of hysteria, fear of differences, and hunting out those who think differently, staging the play in modern dress and in a timeless fashion.

Roles available are as follows:Reverend Hale Minister; initially full of conviction and authority, determined to pursue witchcraft but ending the play with sympathy for the accused (any age)
Reverend Parris Selfish, concerned with power and position; not a spiritual man (any age)
Danforth Deputy Governor; powerful character- judge, jury and executioner (any age)
Giles Corey Brave, loyal, and shows moral courage in the face of torture and accusations
(40+ yrs)
Thomas Putnam Bitter, vindictive, narrow-minded, bearing grievances against the people of Salem (40-60 yrs)
Abigail Williams Strong, manipulative, arrogant, quick witted, dominant and very attractive
(16-18 yrs)
Elizabeth Proctor Fiercely loyal wife, calm, unshakable religious belief; cold initially but changes to show love and compassion (40-60 yrs)
Mary Warren Serving girl, easily influenced, subservient, lonely, afraid of Abigail, tries to stand up for herself (16-18 yrs)
Rebecca Nurse Strong character with moral courage, almost saintly (70 yrs)
Mrs Putnam Narrow minded, bitter, vindictive and petty minded (40-60 yrs)
There is an excellent opportunity for four younger actresses (16-20 yrs) to play the roles of Betty, Susanna, Mercy, and the important role of Tituba the slave.
Other smaller/doubled male and female parts are also available.

Posted 26/05/2016

 

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Flick Casting

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Ch4 are looking for a foodie loving male 50 - 65 yrs to go on a date with a lady in the First Dates restaurant!

Call:02033018650




Posted on 26/05/2016

 

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Michelle Chatwin



UK

Contact: michelle.chatwin@nationalgrid.com 07968 365977

Free to recycle

May 2016

Hospital scrubs tops and patients gowns (some unworn)


Posted 25/05/2016

 

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Chesham Bois Catholic Players



UK
Bucks

Contact: Liz and Steve Turner turnerfam4@ntlworld.com

 


For Sale


May 2016

Wooden extending dining table & 8 chairs (2 with arms). Table extends from 1.6-2.1m with central extending leaf section. The matching chairs are in good condition other than a few bumps. We used the table unextended in a production of 'Hay Fever' with a tablecloth as the surface has ringmarks on it. Ideal for another production. Available to look at and collect from Chesham Bucks, HP5. Please see listing on Gumtree for all photographs and measurements.
Gumtree



Posted 26/05/2016

 

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The Pride of Teesside

Author: Norma Phillips
Secretary of
Teesside Musical Theatre Company

Contact: normaphillips3@hotmail.com

A follow up to my article "Family Matters" to highlight the impact of one particular family dedicated to keeping Teesside Musical Theatre Company alive.

The Pride of Teesside

Following my article, “Family Matters”, which was posted on this website recently, I was inspired to disclose more about the family values that have been an integral part of Teesside Musical Theatre Company for decades. I originally intended to make specific reference to several of the families involved, but I realised this would probably just become a long list of names, and I could also be in danger of excluding someone.

I, therefore, decided to focus on our Producer, Alison Dale, whose family has been a part of Teesside Musical Theatre Company (previously known as Teesside Operatic Society) for most of its existence. Kath Dawson, Alison’s mother, was a leading lady for many years before retiring from the stage to take over as Business Manager and Wardrobe Mistress. Alison and her sisters were, therefore, brought up in the amateur theatre world, and Alison naturally started to take on leading roles from an early age.

In recent years, Alison decided that, as well as acting in productions, she would like to use her extensive experience to produce shows for Teesside Musical Theatre Company. This revealed that Alison has an amazing talent for visualisation, creating a masterpiece as an artist would with paints and canvas. The cast and crew can always be confident that following Alison’s direction will result in another spellbinding production that we can all be proud of. It is a joy to be part of the process, and it is heartwarming when Alison thanks the cast and crew for making her visions into a reality. She always expresses her appreciation and pride and commands the respect of all involved.

With the help of Stockton Stage Society, Alison introduced the use of back projection with minimalist sets, which makes scene changes so fluid and seamless, to great effect. I particularly remember our production of “The Sound of Music” when Maria changed from being a nun in the Mother Superior’s Office to walking through the streets clutching her guitar and suitcase, arriving at the von Trapp mansion, without leaving the stage (using a screen to allow her to change costume)! In “The Producers” Max Bialystock is transported from a prison cell to Broadway theatre land with minimal set changes.

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Posted on 06/12/2015

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Scripts 4 Stage


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Wirral U.K.
Online publishing house, New Flight Publications via Scripts4Stage.com in-house playwright writes original play scripts for professional & community theatre. performance licencing available brand new works for 2015

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Saundersfoot Footlights

Saundersfoot Footlights
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Pembrokeshire, West Wales

 

Saundersfoot Footlights is an amateur musical theatre society in Pembrokeshire, West Wales.

 

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Presence Theatre


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Nottingham Playhouse

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PTReadsLIVE as part of the NEAT Festival


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2.30pm & 6pm Fri 3rd June

Posted 25/05/2016

 

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Wilburton Theatre Group

Wilburton Theatre Group
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Cambridgeshire


Dates Required: July 2016

 

Production:
Jack and the Beanstalk


We are looking for a Musical director for the Pantomime. Must be able to play piano and coach the singers.
Contact: Wilburton Theatre Group wilburtontg@gmail.com


Posted 02/05/2016

 

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MAD Group - Minshull Amateur Dramatics Group

MAD Group - Minshull Amateur Dramatics Group
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UK
South Cheshire

Production:
Good Old Days

Contact: WebMaster@MADGroup.co

 


Dates Required: Late Autumn 2016

Please please please. Pianist wanted for Late Autumn for Victorian Singsong "Good Old Days" performance. Please get in touch - our performance depends on YOU. :¬) Thankyou ever so much.


Posted 02/03/2016

 

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Clacton Amateur Dramatic Society (CADS)


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UK
Essex


Venue: West Cliff Theatre, Clacton-on-Sea

Box Office: www.westcliffclacton.co.uk
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Par For The Course

Author: a comedy by Peter Gordon, directed by Alex Bass

Par For The Course



Weds 8th – Sat 11th June 2016
Captain’s Day at the Seven Lakes Golf Club gets off to a bad start when the men’s Captain is indisposed. Club secretary, Simon, relishes the chance to take over but is soon thwarted by the arrival of Vice Captain, Nick and his girlfriend, Tiffany. Lady Captain, Fran, and enthusiastic but hopeless Barry add to the confusion as a series of disasters mount. With the unexpected arrival of Simon’s wife, Laura, tensions build and things go from bad to worse.
Set on the club house patio, the characters soon discover that personal relationships OFF the course are more dangerous than the hazards ON the course!
Love or loathe golf, it will never seem quite the same again!




Posted 26/05/2016

 

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Recent Post from one of our readers - 02/05/2016
Name: Lorna Baillie
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SUSPICIOUS CONTACT
I wondered if anyone else has been receiving similar emails to the following:-

“I came across your email address at (http://www.dramagroups.com/) and I would so much like us to be friends. I have something important to discuss with you.

Cheers.”?


I have received more than one, and identical to the above, from apparently different people.
Thank you.
Kind regards,
Lorna Baillie
Director
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Peter's response:

Hi Lorna,
I’m sorry you have been bothered with spam email, please rest assured that it is nothing to do with www.dramagroups.com. We would not email such a thing to you and would not / have not released email addresses to anyone. The only way that these people could have picked up your email address is by trawling the www.dramagroups.com website. If you would like me to remove your email address from our website just let me know and I’ll take it down.

It is unfortunate that people abuse the email system in this way as it is the easiest way for genuine people to get in touch if they do not use social media.

I’ll put your comments up in our #Advice section along with my reply and ask our visitors for comments.

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Wilburton Theatre Group

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NODA Review 15 April 2016
BIG FISH
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.

At the centre of the story is Edward Bloom the main character, who is on his deathbed and reliving his “exaggerated” tales of life. Fish stories are the tales Edward tells his son, Will and are, of course, what “Big Fish” is all about. I’m telling you all this because Big Fish was a new one on me.

Apparently “the musical has elements from the book and movie, as well as a few new takes on characters and situations”, and who am I to dispute that, never having seen either? What I do know is, it is a great show: full of lovely songs and tunes: lively and at times sentimental.

Much of the music is complex but the singers and The Ashton Stomp Octet under the musical direction of Maria McElroy did a splendid job. Excellent choreography too by Emily Starr and Guest Choreographer David Mallabone.

This role of Edward, teller of fishy-tales was tailor-made for Tim Meikle who was absolutely outstanding, producing a performance full of energy and skill with the good vocal talent.

Laura Bryant played Sandra his wife giving an excellent performance topped off with a lovely voice. I Don’t Need a Roof was beautiful. Edward and Sandra’s love story is brought to life through a multitude of ages, from 15 to 50, as the story moves from present-day to past and back again.

Edward tells Will about how, as a teenager, he met a Witch, played by Shelley Martin who has an amazing voice. About the time he faced down a Giant, confidently played from great height by Aiden Roe who was terrorising his small Alabama hometown. And the story of how he met Will’s mother, Sandra at the circus.

We enjoyed fine performances from Aidan Meikle, following in family tradition as Young Will and Josh Greene as grown up Will, who is now about to become a father himself with wife Josephine played well by Becky Gilbert. There was nice empathy between this couple.

Apart from Edward, Sandra and grown-up Will, the other nine actors, doubled as school friends fishermen, wedding guests, circus performers, and college students, zipping in and out of the firstrate costumes with aplomb. Every single member of cast gave unstinting commitment to the production.

Barry Starr’s set was impressive having multiple functions, swiftly transforming into a bedroom, a hospital, a circus, a cave, a meadow . . . the possibilities appeared endless. There was even a river through which a mermaid “swam”. Great stuff. Well done too to the whole technical team.

Sound and Lighting were spot on cue the whole time. Hair, Make-up, Costumes, Props and the lovely daffodil backdrop looked great and the scene changes exceptionally swift.

The matter of facing up to one’s own mortality and the subsequent funeral was well handled.

Emotive without being morbid. Part of this, of course, would be in the writing but the Director has to bring it to fruition and here Director Emily Starr did a great job.

Wilburton Theatre Group can always be relied on to offer their public something different and this show was just that. It overflowed with humour, emotion, lively performances and excellent singing.

It is a show which reminds one why we love going to the theatre.
J
ulie Petrucci
Regional Representative
NODA Review 15 April 2016
NODA East District Four South.

 

Posted on 02/05/2016