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Garden Suburb Theatre

Garden Suburb Theatre
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The Vortex

The Vortex - April 7th - 9th

First produced in 1924, Noel Coward’s The Vortex – now being revived by Garden Suburb Theatre (GST) - depicts the sexual vanity of a rich, ageing beauty, her troubled relationship with her adult son, and drug abuse in British society circles.GST’s production will be performed at the King Alfred Phoenix Theatre, April 7-9. Directed by longstanding GST member Colin Gregory, The Vortex was Noel Coward’s first commercial success and speedily made him – at the age of 25 - into a highly regarded and commercially successful actor, playwright and singer.

“It’s a play for the 1920s which is very relevant for the 2020s” says Colin. “A vain society beauty having affairs with men her son’s age - is that still taboo in an era in which we are supposed to be moving beyond all forms of discrimination? Drugs? Homosexuality? They are all there.”In 1924 the play had great difficulty getting the approval of the Lord Chamberlain. It glitters with the sharp repartee which Coward does so well and also deals with controversial themes, and it lets us see the bitter truth that underlies the characters’ struggles to come to terms with the emptiness of society after the trauma of the First World War.

The photo shows Nicky, played by Michael Reffold, confronting his mother Florence, portrayed by Alice Gill-Carey. The dressing gown worn by Michael has a distinguished history having been worn by our former President Sir Donald Sinden as Garry Essendine in a West End production of Coward's Present Laughter

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Posted on 30/03/2022

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Chapel Players

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Press release: 7th March 2022

Chapel Players' panto, Cinderella - starts Fri 11th Mar

Chapel Players are putting the finishing touches to this year’s slightly delayed pantomime, Cinderella, by Graham Barraclough. It’s the classic rags to riches story starring Charlotte Patterson as Cinders. The Ugly Sisters, Kitty and Katty (played by Alan Tolley and Helena Jodrell) are making her life a misery, along with her stepmother, Baroness ‘Ortensia ‘Ardupp (Nichola Hallows) - but with the help of her loyal friend Buttons (Oliver Jodrell) and a sprinkling of magic from her Fairy Godmother (Angela Buttrill), Cinders shall go to the ball and find her Prince Charmain (Charlotte Jodrell)!
This year’s panto was originally scheduled for January, but had to be postponed because so many rehearsals were missed through covid absences. But the team behind it was determined to get the production on-stage, especially after having to skip last year’s panto. Producers Caroline Burns, John Gilberthorpe, and Gill Fotherby have worked tirelessly behind the scenes, along with members of Chapel Players, to rehearse safely and still make it fun; especially as this show has so many younger members taking on speaking parts. “We’ve got some really talented young people in Chapel Players, and this panto is a great opportunity to get them on stage in some of the more substantial parts. Our comedy duo, Bill and Ben (Bailey Blessing and Max Rowland) are both teenagers, as are Cinders and Buttons, and they’re doing a fantastic job. The chorus has worked really hard this year too, and it shows” says Caroline.
Gill Fotherby says “it’s a great script, with loads of laughs, and all the ingredients you need for a panto; we’ve got fantastic songs and dancing, a UV scene, smaller children playing woodland animals, and of course, a community number and plenty of moments for the audience to get involved! We’re ready!”
Cinderella starts this weekend at Chapel Playhouse, Eccles Road, Chapel-en-le-Frith. It’s on at 7.30pm on 11th, 12th, 18th and 19th March, with 2pm matinees on 12th, 13th, and 19th. Doors open 30 minutes before the performance starts. A limited number of tickets will be available on the door, or you can book online at https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/chapel-players or by calling 07522 736161.

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PHOTOS: credit Dan Mason
They're titled with character names; below are character names and actors in brackets
Buttons (Oliver Jodrell) and Professor Putz (Lee Bennett)
Cinderella (Charlotte Patterson)
Prince Charmain (Charlotte Jodrell), Cinderella (Charlotte Patterson) and Dandini (Josie Kelly)
Kitty Hardup (Alan Tolley)
The Ugly Sisters (Helena Jodrell and Alan Tolley)



Posted on 07/03/2022

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TicketSource Ltd

TicketSource Ltd
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Press release: 8th February 2022

Community groups can get the chance to win £1,000 for their next event, in a competition sponsored by TicketSource, the online ticketing platform.

“At TicketSource, we know how local events help communities come alive,” said Terry Rosoman, Head of Marketing. “After a difficult period since the pandemic hit, we want to recognise and reward an event organiser who brings the greatest benefit to their community, and whose next event will be most enriched by the £1,000 prize.”

Organisers of events of all shapes and sizes are welcome to apply – from village hall cinema to Bonfire Night fireworks, events will be judged on the value they add to their community in relation to their size and scope.

The competition is open to registered charities, not-for-profit groups and individuals that have a current paid event listed through TicketSource or have organised paid events through TicketSource in the last three years (since. January 1st 2019).

Applications are open from Tuesday 1st March to Tuesday 29th March 2022. All eligible events will go forward to an online public vote, which runs from Wednesday 6th April to Friday 29th April. Entrants are welcome to encourage their supporters to vote and ensure their event makes the final shortlist of the ten most popular entries. A panel of judges from TicketSource will choose which event from the shortlist most deserves the £1,000 prize, and the winner will be announced on Wednesday 11 May.

TicketSource helps organisations to deliver events that bring communities together by providing a cost-effective and easy-to-use online ticketing platform with dedicated customer support.

Details on how to apply for the TicketSource Community Event Fund can be found here:

www.ticketsource.co.uk

ENDS:



Posted on 10/02/2022

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Banbury Cross Players

Banbury Cross Players
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It's OUT of ORDER but it's not broken!

Press Release Feb 2022


YOU KNOW SHOWTIME APPROACHES WHEN THE CALL GOES OUT FOR HELP WITH PAINTING THE SET. Peter Bloor's set design will soon be transformed into an on-stage reality as the build crew kick into action making Suite 648 in The Westminster Hotel come to life.

The cast have been bringing the characters to life and they'll have a grand "home" when Ray Cooney's brilliant farce Out of Order opens at The Mill Arts Centre, Banbury, on 16 February 2022.

These are just some of the press quotes about the play:
"Gleefully funny. " - Guardian
"Made me laugh more than any play I have seen in the West End this year." - Evening Standard
"A classic." - Today
"A triumph." - Financial Times
"Brilliant." - Observer
"A textbook model of pyramiding lunacy." - Variety
"Wildly funny." - Telegraph

Find out more on Ray Cooney's website.
BOOK TICKETS for OUT OF ORDER
We look forward to seeing you!

CLICK BELOW TO SEE THE OUT OF ORDER CAST IN ACTION
Banbury Cross Players

Banbury Cross Players

COMING UP on the Thursday sessions
• 27 Jan & 10 Feb are the first two Play Selection sessions of the season. Take part in and find out from Clare, Linda and Chrissie what plays they are pitching for the 2022 / 2023 season.
• 3 Feb - (Our very own) Liz Riley is putting on a workshop for anyone who thinks they might like to try their hand at Directing.

Follow the Calendar link on the BCP website for more details

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FOLLOWING ON from the Agatha Christie's Spider's Web auditions, Liz Riley's is thrilled to announce her cast as follows:

Sir Rowland Delahaye – Adrian McGlynn
Hugo Birch – Roger Riley
Jeremy Warrender – Steve Ramsden
Clarissa Hailsham-Brown – Katy Roberts
Pippa Hailsham-Brown – Imogen Tredwell
Mildred Peake – Janice Lake
Elgin – Jeremy Turner
Oliver Costello – Simon Hook
Henry Hailsham-Brown – Philip Fine
Inspector Lord – Dave Smith
Constable Jones – Zac Lacey-Rousou

Congratulations all - we look forward to seeing you in May.

For those of you who missed out on the session with Steve Ramsden of Unexplored Films, there is an audio recording available - here

2021-2022 Season


Posted on 25/01/2022

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Banbury Cross Players

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Press Release Jan 2022


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WHILE YOU WERE DEBATING WHEN TO TAKE DOWN THE CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS, BCP were swinging into 2022 action.

Auditions, rehearsals, filming and workshop organising have all been on the agenda so far. Scroll away to find out more!

CLICK BELOW TO SEE THE OUT OF ORDER CAST IN ACTION
Banbury Cross Players

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Auditions for Agatha Christie's Spider's Web were well attended and director Liz Riley was delighted at the "fun atmosphere" in the room.
There are still a few more people to see. We look forward to hearing the final cast list in due course.
Liz is looking for an ASM and someone to manage Costume during the week of the show. There aren't any complex costume changes so it's a straightforward role for anyone who might like to dip their toes in the backstage waters.
Let Liz know if you're interested!

Banbury Cross Players

COMING UP on the Thursday sessions
• 13 Jan - Professional actor, Roger Ringrose, leads a vocal workshop in the theatre. Please bring a prepared piece along - anything will be fine - either solo or in a pair with your favourite theatre buddy
• 20 Jan - (Our very own) Professional film-maker, Steve Ramsden, gives us an insight into the difference between acting for stage and film
We have Play Selection sessions with Clare Lester - learn what next Season potentially has in store - as well as a workshop with Liz Riley for anyone who thinks they might like to try their hand at Directing.

Follow the Calendar link on the BCP website for more details

Banbury Cross Players

2021-2022 Season


Posted on 11/01/2022

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Banbury Cross Players

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Press Release Dec 2021


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The BCP PRODUCTION BATON has been handed on and is now firmly in the grasp of Director, Terry Gallager, and his Out of Order team.

Auditions were incredibly well attended for the Ray Cooney farce scheduled for February 2022. Terry is delighted with his cast – a great mix of new and familiar faces – and he has been putting them through their paces in rehearsal already.

Congratulations to those who got a part! We look forward to seeing you strut your acting stuff.

Richard Willey Simon Hook
The Waiter Philip Fine
Jane Worthington Katy Roberts
George Pigden Justin Clinch
Pamela Willey Deborah Watson
The Manager Heward Simpson
The Maid Marilyn Fairbairn
A Body Suchit Kulkarni
Ronnie Adrian McGlynn
Gladys Imogen Tredwell

Tickets for the show are on sale at The Mill Arts Centre – 01295 279002 - or online via the link below:
www.themillartscentre.co.uk

Banbury Cross Players

COMING UP on the THURSDAY SESSIONS this week (2 Dec, 7.30pm, The Mill Arts Centre) is a read through of the May 2022 production of Agatha Christie’s Spider’s Web led by Director, Liz Riley. Auditions follow in the New Year. If you’re interested, please do come along. You don’t have to be a member to come to the read through or audition so there’s really nothing to lose!

Banbury Cross Players

AND FINALLY, many thanks to those of you who came along to see our Season opening production of Debbie Isitt’s The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband. We were delighted to finally have this show in front of a live audience after so many Covid re-schedules.
If you missed the two reviews, you’ll find them on the BCP Website



Posted on 02/12/2021

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Banbury Cross Players

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Press Release Oct 2021


The first of another new type of event in the BCP Calendar certainly proved a hit with members – both acting and non-acting - this week.

Professional practitioner, Richard Kidd, introduced us to the Laban Movement theory. We had plenty of opportunity to put our learning into practice on the night with pieces we had taken along. There has been so much positive feedback on the session, we will be inviting Richard back in 2022 for a further session. Richard is an excellent story-teller and tales of his experiences in the profession added to the entertainment for all who attended. The evening was inspirational and great fun! Be sure to keep an eye on the Calendar on the BCP website for details of the next session.

Useful follow up videos to watch as recommended by Richard
Actioning in Action with Max Stafford-Clark - https://youtu.be/wD9VXdFDeFk
Laban Movement Video Library - www.conductorsreference.com/movement

We know you all love to scream if you want to go faster so there will be no Thursday Session this week (14 October) as we step aside for the Banbury Michaelmas Fair. We will be back in the building on 21 October at 7.30pm where our own in-house expert, Terry Gallager, will be running a Character Development Workshop showing a variety of methods of developing your character for a show.

TWWCHH rehearsals move on apace. Over 50% of tickets have been sold currently so clearly word is getting out. With a cabaret-style layout, this is an ideal introduction back into a theatre if you’re feeling a little Covid-cautious. My sources tell me the set design team have begun to build, and I don’t know how true it is but there’s a rumour of a Juke Box. Rock ‘n’ Roll!

That's all the news that's fit to print for the moment. See you next time!



Posted on 10/10/2021

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A Ticket 2 Ride Entertainment

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The New Greatest Show on Earth

Press Release: 18th July 2021

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It is with regret that due to advice I have received, in relation to the recent surge in COVID cases and hospital admission ahead of the restrictions lifting in England on the 19th July, I have made the decision not be pushing ahead with Community Spirit 2021.

I am aware that some events were talked about in England, I have shared the advice with those concerned and asked that if they choose to run their event, not do so under the Community Spirit canopy and that any money they do raise should be donated to their local theatre.

I would like to thank everyone who has contacted me with questions, advise and support, I do hope that will continue going forward. It is hoped that Community Spirit will run in 2022, I will continue to update the website.

If you would like to be part of this or any other event I am planning, or indeed know someone who would, then I encourage you to make contact, if you haven’t already.
Once again thank you for your continued support.

John Cole
Email: j.cole@aticket2ride.co.uk



Posted on 19/07/2021

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A Ticket 2 Ride Entertainment

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The New Greatest Show on Earth

Press Release: 6th July 2021

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We are into the final run down to Community Spirit. The feedback I have received over the last month or so has been very encouraging and I have so much appreciated hearing from everyone. If I have not got back to you yet, please bear with me.

This month’s press release is a little different I thought a quick recap on the project, the event and trust fund.

The New Greatest Show on Earth project is first and foremost about putting creatives at the heart of community.

To achieve this, the project has been broken down into three phases; Talent (Community Spirit), Venues and Theatres (Lighting the Beacons), Collaboration (The Biggest Show in the Country). Each phase has programmes to help achieve the project’s objectives.

Community Spirit is the first of those programmes, its core aim is to give creative talent from all backgrounds the chance to be seen and heard as widely local as possible. 2021 being the launch year in the wake of the pandemic, makes the event even more special.

As an industry we appreciate that many sectors have been hit hard by the pandemic and lockdowns, that have been in place to help curb the virus. So, Community Spirit invites small and local independent businesses to join the event as a way of connecting to new customers and clients.

This event will be an annual fundraiser for the project’s 2025 Trust Fund. This fund will be both a grant fund and an emergency fund for the creative industry. You can find out more about the fund and its future on the website.

Don’t forget the YouTube Channel there is lots of information to listen to there, and lots of information available on the website.

If you would like more information or would like to get involved then please head to the website: www.aticket2ride.co.uk/community or should you have questions or you would like to discuss further how to get involved please drop me an email at j.cole@aticket2ride.co.uk.

You will find a copy of the latest information packs for Community Spirit for your consideration at the links below.
Community_Org.pdf Community_Spirit.pdf business.pdf



Posted on 06/07/2021

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