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Banbury Cross Players

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Click above to watch the "Nell Gwynn" cast in Rehearsal

There’s nothing quite like a rehearsal room on a chilly, damp Sunday afternoon in January … for lifting the spirits. At least that’s what I discovered as I joined the cast of BCP’s forthcoming production of Jessica Swale’s Nell Gwynn.

The play charts the rise of Restoration heroine Nell Gwynn from her roots in Coal Yard Alley to becoming Britain’s most celebrated actress – winning the heart of King Charles II along the way. Premiering in 2015 at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, the play transferred to the West End in 2016 and won the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy. It is a bawdy, raucous and warm homage to a woman truly ahead of her time – one of the first female actresses on the stage.

As BCP’s cast gathered for the first time since their last pre-Christmas rehearsal, the camaraderie was evident. Not an easy thing to achieve with a cast of 19. Nell has certainly sparked the interest of Banbury’s acting fraternity. As the actors huddled around coffee mugs or grappled with rehearsal shoes, skirts and corsets, there was a great deal of banter. Something you might expect where members of the cast have known each other for a long time but this cast is made up of an exciting mix of experienced, young, BCP long-timers and complete newcomers.

The air of apprehension in the room was, I discovered, because the rehearsal was predominantly set aside for choreography. Led by the highly experienced Sharon Green, the afternoon was like watching a masterclass. The team were taken from zero to hero in a little under two hours. Coupled with an additional singing rehearsal from skilled Musical Director Kieron Galliard, the afternoon was certainly entertaining. The cast proved (to mangle one of the lyrics slightly) “they could dance and they could sing”.

Click the link in the video to see the cast in action. Licencing restrictions prevent sharing the music at this stage so if you’re curious what they sound like you’ll need to buy a ticket. And on that front, I’d just add that the Portuguese scene is hilarious - worth the price of the ticket itself!

Nell Gwynn opens at The Mill Arts Centre, Banbury, OX16 5QE on 12th February 2020 and runs until 15th February 2020. Curtain up is 7.30pm.

Tickets are available from The Mill Box Office on 01295 279002 or online

Visit BCP's website for more details of this and other productions this season.

We look forward to seeing you!

Linda Shaw



Posted on 09/01/2020

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TicketSource Ltd

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TicketSource Reveal Exclusive Insights Into UK Theatre Trends

Press release: 2nd January 2020

Aladdin Takes Number One Spot For Most Performed Theatre Production

The online event ticketing platform, TicketSource, reveals that, for the second year running, Aladdin is the most performed theatre production in the UK, rising a massive 23% compared to the previous year. The most popular theatre production to attend however is Jesus Christ Superstar, with 202 tickets sold per performance.

The report which analyses over 1.5 million tickets transactions from 12,500 amateur and professional theatre performances sold in the last year highlights theatre industry trends such as:

• Most Performed Productions
• Most Popular Productions
• Most Performed Genre
• Top Referral Sources
• Average Ticket Price
• In-House v Online Bookings
• Seasonality

A key highlight of the report is the growing importance of event organisers using online methods to sell and promote their events, raising 3% to a total of 63% of ticket purchasers preferring to buy tickets online rather than in-house.

Online promotional methods such as Facebook also overtook more traditional methods to become the second most effective way of promoting events in the last year.

Terry Rosoman, Head of Marketing at TicketSource said that the report clearly shows that more event organisers are having to adapt to newer online technologies to increase awareness and ticket sales for their events.

“With the increasing amount of competition from other events, the report emphasises the importance of selling and promoting your event tickets online, which can be ready and available for purchase as soon as the event is live.”

Click here to view the full TicketSource UK Theatre Event Report 2019.

and to sign up for a TicketSource account www.ticketsource.co.uk/signup



Posted on 03/01/2020

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Natural Theatre School

Natural Theatre School
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The Natural Theatre Company

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The Natural Theatre Company Returns to Bristol For Its Fiftieth Birthday

The Natural Theatre Company, which was formed in Bath in 1970, is famed for its interactive pop-up comedy performances which take place all around the world. Last year they launched their Adult Theatre Skills Course in Bristol for the first time, and this Spring they are returning to the city after popular demand with not one, but two courses on offer.

The classes, which are suitable for participants of all abilities, offer an alternative to traditional performance techniques: students will be taught the Naturals’ famous trademark style of comedy acting, including improvisation skills, physical performance and street theatre. They will get the chance to wear costume from the company’s extensive collection and learn about classic theatre pieces from their 50-year history as a performance company.

After the huge success of their original Performance & Theatre Skills course, which is returning to the Southville Centre in January, the Natural Theatre Co. are launching their follow-on course Creating & Devising, which will be held at the Tobacco Factory Theatre’s Spielman Studio and is suitable for those who have acting experience and are looking to develop their skills.

“Amazing fun! A great theatre training foundation, great to meet new people and be allowed to just be me.” Adult Theatre School participant, Luke John Emmett

The evening classes are designed for anyone with an enthusiasm for performance, whether they would like to build self-confidence, have an interest in acting professionally, or want to start a new hobby and meet new people. Elle Roberts, Company Manager of the Natural Theatre Company, says:


“We started the Adult Theatre School with the aim of giving grown-ups a chance to have fun and de-stress after work in a supportive environment. We believe that having fun is just as important for adults as it is for children!”

The classes, which are taught by the Naturals’ professional actors, will take place every Monday night from 7:45pm – 9:45pm at the Southville Centre, and every Tuesday night from 8pm – 10pm at the Spielman Studio. There are also classes available at Natural Theatre HQ in Bath for adults and under 18’s.

Introduction to Performance & Theatre Skills
Cost: £95 for the 10-week term
Location: The Southville Centre, Beauley Road, Southville, Bristol BS3 1QG
Term Dates: Monday evenings from the 13th January – 23rd March (half-term break on the 17th February)

Creating & Devising Skills
Cost: £95 for the 10-week term
Location: The Spielman Studio, Tobacco Factory Theatres, Raleigh Road, Southville, Bristol BS3 1TF
Term Dates: Tuesday evenings from the 14th January – 24rd March (half-term break on the 18th February)



Posted on 18/12/2019

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Andy Hutchings

Survey for Performers

I'm a playwright based in Chester, currently working to improve my craft and continue developing as a writer. I'm currently doing a survey for performers in order get try and get a different perspective about what aspects of a role/production are desirable to performers. The questions are about what piques the interest of an am-dram or professional actor when they look at a potential script, and what turns them away from it.

The survey should take an individual 5-10 minutes to complete (depending how detailed their answers are), and is completely anonymous.

I would be very grateful to anyone that would help me spread the word and everyone that takes the time to fill in this survey.

The link to the survey is HERE

I intend to leave the survey open until 7th January 2020, and will have a write up of my results completed by the end of the month.



Posted on 18/12/2019

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actOUT
The Kitchener-Waterloo Children's Drama Workshop

The Kitchener-Waterloo Children's Drama Workshop
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actOUT! - 3 Shows for its 25th Season

Disney’s 101 Dalmatians KIDS, – Based on the classic animated film, Disney's 101 Dalmatians KIDS is a fur-raising adventure featuring Cruella De Vil, Disney's most outrageous villain, and 101 of the most adorable heroes to set their paws onstage. With a high-spirited score and lovable characters, this stage adaptation is certain to charm and delight all audiences. ActOUT!’s production will run in April 2020 at the Kitchener-Waterloo Little Theatre, closing on April 3rd.

Pet owners, Roger and Anita, live happily in London with their Dalmatians, Pongo and Perdita, stalwart dogs devoted to raising their puppies. Everything is quiet until Anita's former classmate, the monstrous Cruella De Vil, plots to steal the puppies for her new fur coat. The Dalmatians rally all the dogs of London for a daring rescue of the puppies from Cruella and her bumbling henchmen.

A spring show of the 2019-2020 season, actOUT!’s Disney’s 101 Dalmatians KIDS will feature performers ages 6-10 from Ayr, Cambridge, Kitchener, and Waterloo under the direction of Amy Neufeld.

Disney’s 101 Dalmatians KIDS plays at the Kitchener-Waterloo Little Theatre (9 Princess St E, Waterloo, ON N2J 2H4) April 1-3, 2020; evening shows start at 6:30pm. Advance tickets are available at the website www.actoutkw.com or through www.ticketscene.ca. Large group bookings and queries tickets@actoutkw.com



Disney’s Frozen JR. – Frozen JR. is based on the 2018 Broadway musical, and brings Elsa, Anna, and the magical land of Arendelle to life, onstage. The show features all of the memorable songs from the animated film, with music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, plus five new songs written for the Broadway production. ActOUT!’s production will run in December at the Registry Theatre, closing on December 21st.

A story of true love and acceptance between sisters, Frozen JR. expands upon the emotional relationship and journey between Princesses Anna and Elsa.

When faced with danger, the two discover their hidden potential and the powerful bond of sisterhood. With a cast of beloved characters and loaded with magic, adventure, and plenty of humor, Frozen JR. is sure to thaw even the coldest heart!

A December Musical of the 2019-2020 season, actOUT!’s production of Disney’s Frozen JR. will feature performers ages 10-17 from Cambridge, Kitchener, and Waterloo under the direction of Anita V. Smith.

Disney’s Frozen Jr. plays at the Registry Theatre (122 Frederick St, Kitchener, ON N2H 2L9) December 18-21, 2019; evening shows start at 6:30pm. Advance tickets are available at the website www.actoutkw.com or through www.ticketscene.ca. Large group bookings and queries tickets@actoutkw.com



She Kills Monsters: Young Adventurers Edition – A comedic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games. She Kills Monsters tells the story of high schooler Agnes Evans as she deals with the death of her younger sister, Tilly. ActOUT!’s production will run in February at the at the Kitchener-Waterloo Little Theatre, closing on February 22.

When Agnes stumbles upon Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, she finds herself catapulted into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was her sister’s refuge. In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and ’90s pop culture, acclaimed playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all.

The actOUT! Advanced Actor production of the 2019-2020 season, actOUT!’s production of She Kills Monsters: Young Adventurers Edition will feature performers ages 13-17 from the Waterloo Region under the direction of Todd Vercoe.

She Kills Monsters: Young Adventurers Edition plays at the Kitchener-Waterloo Little Theatre (9 Princess St E, Waterloo, ON N2J 2H4) April 1-3, 2020; evening shows start at 6:30pm. Advance tickets are available at the website www.actoutkw.com or through www.ticketscene.ca. Large group bookings and queries tickets@actoutkw.com



Posted on 16/12/2019

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Banbury Cross Players

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The Thrill of Love - Rescheduled

In a slight case of deja vu (though not quite as deep as 1998, 2007 or 2012 this time) BCP are sad to announce the cancellation of their forthcoming production of Amanda Whittington’s The Thrill of Love due to flooding last week at The Mill Arts Centre in Banbury.

Following a meeting of BCP’s equivalent of the COBRA committee this weekend, the decision has been taken to reschedule the production to 25-28 November 2020.

If you have already booked a ticket (thank you!) The Mill will be in contact with you directly. If you are a BCP Gold Card Holder, you will still be able to use your vouchers for any of the forthcoming shows in our Season. If you have specifically purchased a BCP Gold Card for this production, you will be able to carry it forward to the rescheduled production in 2020. For any further queries, please email contactus@banburycrossplayers.org.uk.

Our regular Tuesday evening meetings will recommence at The Mill from 26th November.

Our thanks go to all who have come forward with offers of help during this week and to The Mill staff for their on-going clean-up work.

As a footnote, we are still on the lookout for a place to store two large items of scenery for the show so please get in touch if you think you may be able to assist.

We look forward to seeing you in February for Jessica Swale’s Nell Gwynn.

Visit BCP's website for more details of this and other productions this season.

Liz Riley
CHAIRMAN



Posted on 19/11/2019

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TicketSource Ltd

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TicketSource have scoured the globe to reveal
the "Top Musical" in EVERY country of the world.


Using unique data gathered from Google Trends and Adwords*, we have found the top three most searched musical productions in every country*.

Hover over the countries in the World map to reveal the "Top Musical in that Country".

Top Musical by Continent

Splitting the top musicals by each continent, there is a clear worldwide divide between High School Musical, which is most popular in Asia, Africa and Europe, and The Lion King in the Americas, with Australia/Oceania bringing School of Rock into the top three.

Top Musical by US State

In the USA, international hit Wicked dominates the accolade of "Top Musical", with Shrek: The Musical and Chicago coming at number one in a few states each. Award-winning Menopause the Musical, somewhat surprisingly, pops up as the top musical in Nevada.

This Map Shows The Top Musical In EVERY World Country


Click on this map to go to the full article at www.ticketsource.us

The Top 100+ Musicals in the World

Using a unique index scoring system**, TicketSource has also predicted the 106 most searched for musical productions in the world, over the past 15 years.

Disney dominates the very top echelons, with first-place took up by Elton John's blockbuster The Lion King, with High School Musical coming in a close second, even though it's limited to junior performances. The legendary musical composer, Andrew Lloyd Webber, sees his School of Rock production making up the top three.

Having been recorded in a whopping eight different languages, Notre-Dame de Paris is fourth on the list. Even though it failed to live up to the hype, particularly on the West End, it's clearly still popular amongst French speaking countries and Asia. The much-loved and well-travelled Cats completes the top five.

Despite its recent rise to world-wide popularity, Lin-Manual Miranda's phenomenon Hamilton doesn't have quite enough punch (at least yet) to break the top ten, coming in twelfth position behind musical stalwarts such as Wicked, Chicago, Les Misérables and Abba-inspired Mamma Mia!

You can find the "Top 20 Most Searched for Musicals" over the past 15 years in the league table graphic, with the full list of 106 underneath.

For more information https://www.ticketsource.us/blog/top-musicals-around-the-world

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Posted on 14/11/2019

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Banbury Cross Players

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Click above to watch the show trailer!

BEHIND THE REHEARSAL ROOM DOOR

The Rehearsal Room is an odd kind of space. Chaos and concentration are happy bedfellows. For the actors it’s a safe space to develop their character whilst at the same time developing relationships with their fellow cast and crew members – people they will be very close to and rely upon heavily during show week. For the crew, it’s a military exercise requiring full concentration working through how the show will be managed, what needs to be where - and when - during the run. To be invited in is a particular privilege – one your roving reporter enjoyed recently to watch a rehearsal of BCP’s forthcoming production of Amanda Whittington’s The Thrill of Love.

The room at The Mill Arts Centre was replete with props and furniture, and the cast were rehearsing in (stylised black and white with the odd pop of colour) costume – something not always seen until closer to the show. It certainly added to the atmosphere. More of the atmosphere of this stylish production was added by the Sound Tech being on hand providing the multitude of repeating sound effects and under-cutting the action and dialogue with a sound track of emotive Billie Holliday songs.

By the end of the evening I was completely drawn in to the story that was unfolding. Each of the characters was being beautifully drawn before me. The stranger in the midst, Inspector Gale, with his dogged yet poetic determination to get to the truth; the excitable wannabe star, Vickie Martin; the hard-working, caring charwoman, Doris; Sylvia the hard-bitten grand-dame of Club-land with her effective staccato delivery, and finally the fragile yet aloof Ruth whose story this most definitely is.

All this just from the first act. I look forward to this production coming to the stage at The Mill Arts Centre and being enjoyed by a much wider audience than was room for in the rehearsal space. It really is a show “not to be missed”.

The Thrill of Love opens at The Mill Arts Centre on 20 November 2019, 7.30pm, and runs until 23 November 2019. Tickets are on sale now from The Mill Arts Centre Box Office on 01295 279002 or online.

A short Q & A session with director and cast follows the performance. A “behind the scenes” look at putting the production together and a chance to talk about the facts in the controversial and tragic case of Ruth Ellis.

Visit BCP's website for more details of this and other productions this season.



Posted on 11/11/2019

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