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St Luke's Church Players, Brislington, Bristol

Author: Jonathan Rowe ( Secretary , St Luke’s Church Players )

St Luke’s Church Players in Brislington , Bristol celebrate their 30th anniversary in 2018 with “Frankenstein The Pantomime” December 6th – 8th 7.30pm & 2.30pm Sat matinee. This is the 17th show I’ve written for the group since 1991 but only the third panto.

“Frankenstein The Pantomime” also marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s classic horror novel and there are links with Bath, Bristol & Brislington which are incorporated into the panto. Claire Clairmont ( 1798 – 1879) ( Mary Shelley’s step sister) was with her from the time the novel was begun in Switzerland in 1816 to it’s publication in 1818. Much of the novel was actually written in Bath in 1816 – 17, and Claire Clairmont herself was born in Brislington , then a North Somerset village. She never knew her real father or place of birth as it was not discovered until 2010! The panto contains all the traditional elements, ( “He’s behind you”, “Oh yes he is, Oh no he isn’t “etc) along with snippets from the novel, lines of poetry by Percy Shelley & Lord Byron and references to the iconic films “Frankenstein (1931) & “Bride of Frankenstein” ( 1935) directed by James Whale who also had Bristol connections!

Jonathan Rowe ( Secretary , St Luke’s Church Players ) - I am one of only 3 surviving founder members still active in the group.

Posted on 26/05/2018

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Cardiff Fringe Theatre Festival Returns, Bigger & Better

Author: Terry Rosoman
Head of Marketing
TicketSource

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The festival will see more than 40 performances across 10 venues in two weeks, bringing the Welsh capital to life.

The Cardiff Fringe Theatre Festival returns for its third time at the end of May, it’s aim: to bring a different flavour of theatre to the city. Affordable ticket prices and performances across many alternative venues ensure that the festival is accessible as possible to the theatre-loving public.

The festival runs from 31st May to 16th June, showcasing an abundance of styles and genres. Unlike other festivals, fringe festivals are open to all performers, regardless of their style or professional or amateur status. The lack of restrictions invariably leads to an exciting, colourful variety of performance, that offers something for everyone.

The festival’s partnership manager, Isabelle Paige, said:

"We have no criteria for the kind of work that can be performed. Everything is welcome, and as organisers, we're keen that all the shows in the festival are treated equally. They're all so different and will appeal to individuals for different reasons.”

Held in many “non-traditional” theatre venues like The Little Man Coffee Shop and AJ’s Coffee House, the performances are a much more intimate affair, connecting you with the performance more than you would in a traditional theatre.

"We like the social aspect of watching a performance in a non-¬theatre venue and took inspiration from the Edinburgh Fringe, where pretty much every pub and coffee shop is transformed into a performance space. Bringing the audience closer to the action.”

So what can you expect from this year’s festival? As usual, a huge array of acts, from slapstick comedy in Bummer & Lazarus to a fusion of storytelling from Weeping Tudor in Everything Changes. With many tickets costing the same as a pint of beer, you can’t go wrong!

The festival organisers believe the festival should be as affordable as possible, so returning this year are the collection of fantastic free events and workshops for people to get involved. Afterall, who doesn't love a freebie! Free events include an introduction to stand-up comedy, a scriptwriting workshop from ScriptDawg, a TV Drama Development talk from the production company, BadWolf and many more.

Finally, new additions to this year’s lineup are the Fringe Presents and the Fringe Labs. The Fringe Presents strand offers a range of fully-polished shows, while Fringe Labs showcases a range of totally new shows before they go out to the public eye.

Event sponsor, TicketSource - the free online box office solution, will again be organising the coveted TicketSource Festival Favourite Award, awarded to the standout performance at the festival, as voted for by the audience members themselves and a panel of judges. It’s a great opportunity for audience members to have their say and give the performers the recognition they deserve.

TicketSource will also be premiering a brand new award, the festival’s first TicketSource Script Writing Award with a £100 cash prize! Open to everyone and anyone, the competition involves submitting a short script written around a chosen theme. The three best scripts selected by a professional judging panel will have the opportunity to have their scripts performed live at the festival’s closing party on the 23rd June at The Gate, Cardiff. The chosen winner will also be taking home the £100 cash prize. So wet your pens and get the creative juices flowing!

TicketSource’s Head of Marketing, Terry Rosoman said: "It’s an honour to be involved with the Cardiff Fringe Theatre Festival again. Fringe festivals like this are a great way to showcase a diversity of theatre talent from across the country and productions that might not otherwise find a place in the city’s mainstream theatre venues."

The festival starts on 31st May and runs until the 16th June.

Full details and tickets for the 2018 festival programme can be found at www.cardifffringetheatrefestival.co.uk

Information on how to vote for the TicketSource Festival Favourite Award or enter the TicketSource Script Writing Award can be found at www.ticketsource.co.uk/blog/Cardiff-Fringe-Festival-Awards-2018

Posted on 22/05/2018

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Anything Goes for local Reverend who "misses the boat" as Bishop

Author: Norma Phillips
Secretary of
Teesside Musical Theatre Company

Contact: nphillips6@gmail.com

Reverend Peverell, Vicar of Great Ayton with Easby and Newton under Roseberry is taking part in our production of Anything Goes. He feels this is the only chance he will ever get to be a Bishop.
“Anything Goes” for local Reverend who “Misses the Boat” as Bishop

Teesside Musical Theatre Company were very pleased when Reverend Paul Peverell (fondly known locally as Rev Pev), Vicar of Great Ayton with Easby and Newton under Roseberry, accepted the invitation to take part in their production of “Anything Goes”, and he has admitted himself that this could be the nearest he ever gets to being a Bishop. Unfortunately, his role as Bishop Henry T. Dobson also means he will be arrested and physically dragged off the Cruise Liner S.S. American by the F.B.I. in the opening scenes (another new experience for Rev Pev). Let’s just hope that he abides by his own philosophy of not holding onto any grudges.

Rev Pev is not a stranger to “treading the boards” but is more likely to be seen as a pantomime dame, an indication that he is not your “run of the mill” Reverend. Anyone whose marriage in the parish of Great Ayton involved the Reverend’s bride and groom puppets would agree that the experience was truly unforgettable. Teesside Musical Theatre Company’s production of “Anything Goes” promises to be just as unforgettable with the Reverend as part of the cast.

Come and join in the fun and enjoy a wonderful evening of song and entertainment with this classic musical by Cole Porter including some of his most popular songs such as “It’s Delovely”, “I get a Kick out of you”, “Anything Goes”, “You’re the Top”, “Friendship” and “Blow Gabriel Blow”. Teesside Musical Theatre Company’s production of “Anything Goes” sets sail at Middlesbrough Theatre from Wednesday 25th April to Friday 27th April at 7.15pm, Saturday 28th April at 1.15pm and 6.15pm. Tickets cost £15 for adults (Eve) and £12 (Sat Mat), under 18’s £10 for every performance, and can be ordered from TMTC’s Ticket Secretaries on 01642 275970 and 01287 635259 or from the Theatre Box Office on 01642 81 51 81.

Anything Goes Anything Goes

Posted on 22/03/2018

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Shout Out Drama

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Hoop Awards - Vote for Shout Out! - We're Finalists!!



I have some GREAT news, Shout Out! has been short listed for the new Hoop awards and we are so excited!

Shout Out! has been running weekly and holiday drama, crafts & other creative classes for families and children aged 1-10 years old. To date I have been lucky enough to meet and work with hundreds of amazing people, including you, who have shown me nothing but support,encouragement and love.

I feel honored and overwhelmed to have been nominated for this award as I know Hoop is a great tool for helping parents find classes and activities to do each day with their children- and there are SO many out there.
It also proves that all of the hard work that has gone into making Shout Out! accessible, affordable and fun, has been so worth it.

Shout Out! have made it into THREE categories;
- Best for Toddlers

- Best for Creative Fun

- Best for Mini performers

it would be amazing to win as the prize is an extensive marketing package which would be fantastic in helping me to reach even more families and children to offer fun, creative and affordable classes to.

Please follow this link to vote and feel free to add in any additional comments :)

CLICK HERE TO VOTE

I would love your support and you could even win 1 of 3x £100 vouchers Hoop are offering for your vote!

Thank you and I really appreciate all of your support :)

Hannah Ball



Posted on 08/03/2018

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Scherrikar Bell

Scherrikar Bell talks about how she Carved out her acting Career.



Tell us about your career. When did it start? How did you discover your talent?

My career as an actress began when I was 21! I randomly went to an open audition for the off west end play "Oh What a Lovely War!" I auditioned and got the role! It was so surreal as I was currently studying at University and never saw myself as an actress. But my mind set changed because of this role. I used the rehearsal process as my training ground, I learnt so much from the director Deidre Malynn and from the cast. It was on stage that I realised how powerful and satisfying comedy was to me. My character was a comedic soldier and nearly every other word I said was a gag and had the audience in stitches. I made it my mission to never forget that feeling and to fulfil my new dream as an actress.


Did you not feel an urge to act from a younger age?

Well I always loved watching movies as a child I grew up watching Die Hard, Rush Hour and Disney Movies on repeat! I loved the escapism effect it had on me. I would reeanact scenes with my siblings and cousins and perform it to our imaginary friends, we were way too shy to show it to our parents. It is only now that I am older I realise that I was 'acting' from a young age, but at the time it was just a way of having fun.


What is it that draws you to acting?

Many things. I love transforming my mind and body into the character I am portraying and love the feeling of telling a story. The best result is when I have resonated with the audience and they truly empathise with the story or my character.

How did your career unfold?

Well my second job was an independent comedy feature film called "Le fear 2". The majority of the film was improvised which was pretty cool and allowed me to be so free with my comedy again which was fab! After that I put a show-reel together and got an agent. This then opened more doors for me. Over the years I was cast in Eastenders, BBC Doctors and Netflix's Todd Margaret. All of these shows were great to work on. I was then cast in Bridget Jones's Baby movie which was awesome. And then led in two commercials one for HSBC and Soap and Glory Skincare.

Scherrikar Bell

Scherrikar Bell

What was a great moment for you as an actor?

Well my family seeing me on Eastenders was pretty cool because it was a hugely successful point in my career in their eyes. However, I personally thoroughly enjoyed being on the Star Wars VII set with Andy Serkis. It was a three day test shoot where I was cast as Maz Kanata who was finally played by Oscar Winner Lupita Nyongo. I got to really dig deep with this character and change my body, voice and mind. I got to work alongside Andy Serkis king of Mocap! and I got to work on the set of Star Wars. That moment in my life was just beyond fulfilling.



What are your future aspirations?

My goals for the future are to conquer American television. I would love to lead in a sci-fi TV series or comedy show.


Are you working on anything at the moment?

Right now you can see me modelling for the Soap and Glory Skincare and beauty commercial. And a few weeks ago I wrapped on a British Red Cross movie shot as a VR Immersive film.


What advice would you give to young and new actors?

I would say go and get some training whether it is for a few years or a few weeks! You will always benefit from having some training. Also remember it is a marathon not a race, take your time and keep at it. Also be the best you can be on set, in the audition room and in class you never know who is watching!



Posted on 25/02/2018

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NEWS RELEASE - Haunted Theatres LIVE
For immediate release: 15 January 2018
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Haunted Theatres Live

An exciting brand-new play opens its doors for the first-time next month, in Stevenage.
The newly formed drama company, Unity Players of Hertfordshire presents, Haunted Theatres LIVE, as a guest production, at The Lytton Theatre in Vardon Road.
Written by Carol Lee-Brown, it is about a small independent paranormal investigation company, who have conducted several ‘LIVE TV’ broadcasts in Haunted Theatres, over the last few years. The theatre ‘owner’ has invited The Team, to conduct a paranormal investigation, to see if the tales of it being haunted, are in fact true. What happens during the LIVE broadcast, on and off screen, are all played out for the audience to see as and when it happens.
Carol said ‘I got the idea for the play, when I joined The Lytton Theatre, and was told by several people that it could possibly be haunted. Being interested in the paranormal world myself, the idea of writing a play about a LIVE TV broadcast and all the production side to it, when the cameras are not rolling, quickly came to me, and Haunted Theatres LIVE was born.’
She continued ‘With the Director Slava Budin-Jones, and the cast we personally ask to play the roles, the words of mine are truly lifted from the page and the characters are brought to life.’
Adding ‘It is a very technical play to produce, with videos being shown. It even has its own theme tune and title sequence. The play is more than just action on the stage, as soon as the audience walks through the doors, they are ‘IN’ the play.’
Proceeds from these performance dates will go towards The Lytton Theatre New Theatre Fund. Details of the project can be found on their web site www.lyttonplayers.co.uk
Haunted Theatres LIVE runs from Thursday 22nd February to Saturday 24th February, at The Lytton Theatre, Vardon Road, Stevenage, at 7.45pm each night.
Tickets can be bought online at hauntedtheatreslive.co.uk

Haunted Theatres Live

Actors and Character names:

William Thomas Roney – as THOMAS

Derek Blyth – as PETER

Louise Wiseman – as Jen

Posted on 23/01/2018

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The British Theatre Challenge 2017

Hello,

The British Theatre Challenge 2017 was a great success, not only were 10 winning plays performed but 9 of those plays were given offers of publication and John Yarbrough's 'The Rose Red City' will now be made into a short film!

Playwrights should note submissions are now open for 2018 and for inspiration you can now find all previous years winning plays on our Youtube channel

Warm Regards,
John Mitton
Posted on 06/01/2018

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Starbrite Studios

Starbrite Studios
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Exam Results 2017

The exam results are in and WOW WOW WOW! Team Starbrite we have done it again! 100% Pass rate with results ranging from 81-95% with an IDTA theatre nomination.

This is an incredible achievement and one we should all be extremely proud of. The Pass rate for an IDTA exam is 65% so team Starbrite you have excelled yourselves.

The IDTA exam system is such a wonderful accreditation for the students to get involved with. The exam events themselves are fun, friendly and where lots of memories are made but also the exam process gives each student a goal to work towards and allows them to achieve it boosting self-esteem. It also means that a performing arts studio who can offer these type of exams is fully qualified and being monitored by that organisation to keep delivering top quality work.

At Starbrite Studios getting involved within the exam process is optional but it means that parents can rest assured that they are bringing their students to a place where people care, deliver high quality lessons matched with an equal amount of vibrancy and fun.

Starbrite Studios offering the opportunity for students to get involved with exams means we are confirming quality in dance, drama and musical theatre.

The word exam doesn’t mean dull and at Starbrite Studios we don’t understand the meaning of the word.

I cannot wait to hand out the results this week in class.

Congratulations everyone,
Love Miss Emma and the Starbrite Crew xx

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Posted on 15/12/2017

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Students November 2017

PRESS RELEASE 6th November 2017

Starbrite Studios are to have Beverley ‘singing loud for all to hear’ with their forthcoming production of Elf Jr. The Musical.

Beverley residents will embrace their inner ‘elf’ when Starbrite Studios School of Performing Arts students present their production of Elf Jr. The Musical, it was announced today by Emma Bailey-Hague, Creative Director and Principal of Starbrite Studios.

The show features 60 Starbrite students, aged between 3 and 16 years, and premieres on Sunday 3rd December 2017 at The Hayward Theatre in Beverley.

Emma Bailey-Hague says: “Elf Jr. The Musical is an uplifting musical about one boy’s quest to find his true identity. The story encourages each of us to approach each day with goodwill, wonder and cheer. From the first rehearsal, the students have worked together as a team to create this wonderful experience for our community to enjoy. We think they deserve a standing ovation for all their work.”

Starbrite Studios will present two showings of Elf Jr. The Musical on Sunday 3rd December 2017 at 2:30pm and 5:00pm at the theatre, which is located on Flemingate, Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire, HU17 0PW. There is already much excitement around it, so people are being encouraged to book their tickets early to avoid disappointment. Show and ticket booking details can be found by visiting the Starbrite Studios website at http://www.starbritestudios.co.uk/events/elfjrthemusical/.

The musical tells the story of a young orphan who mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is given the name Buddy and raised by elves in the North Pole. Buddy lives happily unaware that he is actually a human until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa's permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh reality that his father is on the naughty list, and his stepbrother doesn't even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of the holidays.


Elf Jr. The Musical is based on the 2003 New Line Cinema hit ‘Elf’ starring Will Ferrell, and features songs by Tony Award nominees Matthew Sklar (The Wedding Singer) and Chad Beguelin (Disney's Aladdin On Broadway, The Wedding Singer), a book by Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan (Annie, The Producers, Hairspray) and Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone).

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* Starbrite Studios are Yorkshire's premier performing arts school, providing fun and inspiring tuition and training in the performing arts industries.
* Starbrite Studios has a 100% IDTA Exam success rate to date – 2017
* Starbrite Studios has a 94% Highest mark in most recent IDTA exam session - 2017
* Elf Jr. The Musical is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019 Phone: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684 www.MTIShows.com.
* Music Theatre International and Broadway Junior - Music Theatre International (MTI) is one of the world's leading theatrical licensing agencies, granting schools as well as amateur and professional theatres from around the world the rights to perform the largest selection of musicals from Broadway and beyond. MTI works directly with the composers, lyricists and book writers of these shows to provide official scripts, musical materials and dynamic theatrical resources to over 70,000 theatrical organizations in the US and in over 60 countries worldwide.

Posted on 06/11/2017

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