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Press release: The South Devon Players Theatre & Film Company win national arts award

The South Devon Players Theatre & Film Company are delighted to announce that on the evening of March 19th, 2017 at an awards ceremony at the Sage conference centre in Newcastle, they were presented with the Epic Award for England. Laura Jay, one of the founders, and Michael Mirsadeghi, who is the head of editing, and one of the cameramen of the Players current 6th Century Arthurian feature film Mordred, travelled to Newcastle to collect the award on behalf of the team, but as Laura feels it important to point out, this has been earned by efforts and collaborations of the entire team, not by any one person. There is growing recognition in the media and in public policy of the importance of everyday participation in creativity. The Epic Awards shines a spotlight on the incredible achievements of these groups each year.
Winning groups are those that demonstrate the four Epic qualities – Engagement, Partnership, Innovation and Creativity. Matt Hancock MP, Minister of State for Digital and Culture in the UK stated ""The fantastic work of the South Devon Players shows what can be achieved by the ingenuity and determination of arts groups." This is wonderful recognition for a group which was founded by local Brixham performers, 11 years ago, on the proceeds of a carboot sale, and has grown into a vibrant theatre & film team, who perform newly researched historical shows around Devon, and whose film work is gaining recognition and awards abroad.
In addition the Players work hard to promote the skills of local creatives, with workshops and training, networking events, and involvement with other local organisations. The award will stand next to the Torbay “Creativity In The Community” trophy won in 2010. The group are currently in rehearsals for their summer stage show, a steampunk theatre production telling the story of the mysterious Victorian killer known as “Jack The Ripper” and also busy fund-raising for the final few days of filming their 6th Century Arthurian feature film, Mordred, the trailer for which is already selected for screening at international film festivals, in Hollywood, New York, Barcelona, as well as at Torbays very own English Riviera film festival. The crowdfund – as well as more information about the film, is at https://igg.me/at/Mordred2017b/x/12578926 all assistance in promoting the crowdfund and the project is much appreciated. ABOUT US
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Indiegogo crowdfund, and Hollywoord - and BBC- successes for Mordred

INDIEGOGO CROWDFUND FOR MORDRED- https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/mordred-film-completion-fund-devon-cornwall-17#/
Can we get please everyone to share our crowdfund to get Mordred: an indie featurefilm by The South Devon Players Theatre & Film Co.
 finished please - get people to support, even if only in a tiny way, if
 everyone who likes various social media page could just put in £1, we would have three our four times the amount needed raised .
 Its been seen on the BBC news, the
The trailers doing well in LA too, as a semi finalist in the LA Conefest film festival, so please if you can at all, help us
over the final hurdle! Together, we can make this happen, please share, and ask your friends to pop in even just £1 each. :) https://igg.me/at/Mordred2017b  (proof we were on the BBC TV news can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1BIAdXSiB0)  (The trailer from already shot film footage, can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wiu9ZwwrQ8k)

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The film trailer for our first ever feature film, Mordred.

The trailer for The South Devon Players Theatre & Film Company, Brixham first ever feature film “Mordred”, is out – and the main film is now in editing with the vast majority filmed. There are a few extra shoots we will need to do next year, but its coming on wonderfully, with an epic team of Southwest people both sides of the camera (we do have a completion crowdfund, in the video blurb, to raise funds for filming those last few scenes and would be so grateful for any shares or support.) Like what you see? please check out our PostProduction fund at Indiegogo: https://igg.me/at/mordredcomplete to help us get the film finished. “Mordred”, is a gritty Arthurian drama, telling the legends from the point of view of Arthur’s much vilified illegitimate son, set in the 6th Century, drawing heavily from very early sources, including the Annales Cambriae, the Welsh Triads, the Mabinogion, and local legends in Devon & Cornwall, as well as more recent medieval sources. This drama is set in the 530s, against the backdrop of the Saxon invasions, heavily influenced by Celtic legends, Druidic traditions, and the earliest tales of Arthur, and his followers. The South Devon Players Theatre & Film Company, are a team who have run in South Devon, England, since 2005-6. Founded to create theatre shows based on history and legends, we have more recently expanded into film as well,   For more info on us: __________________ www.southdevonplayers.com
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The indiegogo crowdfund for our local film is now live!

Please watch and share - there are amazing perks from just £1, and EVERYTHING helps!  In four days, we have already raised almost £430 for this film on Indiegogo. https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/mordred-arthurian-film-in-devon-cornwall--2#/ This production aims to not only showcase very heavily researched Dark Ages (6th century) history of Devon and Cornwall, linked to some of the very earliest and less known Arthurian legends, but also equally to showcase the amazing skills by local actors, filmmakers, and other production creatives - a lot of film work happens in the southwest but very often local people are passed over for imported talent due to stereotypes of "local people being no-good". This production aims to prove exactly the opposite, with a large, attention-grabbing project that has already been featured in the press not just localy, but in New York and Hollywood itself, and with interest, subject to the finished product (we are unknowns of course) from global film distribution companies. Directed by an experienced female theatre/film director. The group running it has a proven track record over 10 years of producing historical theatre and film, working from the early days of raising £80 from a carboot sale and using the backroom of a pub for rehearsals. The group (working age adults, historical subject matter) falls straight through the cracks for grants etc, and so everything we do is fundraised for. Alongside a dizzying run of burlesque shows, sponsored swims, a scifi/ fantasy convention, ebay sales, carboot sales, shop counter collection tins, etc, we are also running this crowdfund.   Every penny raised goes into costumes/ props, donations to locations for use, food and camping equipment for cast on location, travel to locations, and some extra equipment. Equipment, following this film, will then be used to make more projects by this group, and to train local people in making high-grade film and video - to help them find work! This indiegogo campaign is alongside all the other fundraisers - sponsored swims, burlesque, carboot sales, ebay sales, museum & school talks, second jobs, etc, taking place to fundraise for this project. Links to more information Film page on our website- http://www.southdevonplayers.com/mordredthemovie Meet the team - http://www.southdevonplayers.com/mordred-film--stage-show-team.html Soundtrack sampler - https://youtu.be/KwKd6SyIqFI Mordred Press Office & press article links- http://www.southdevonplayers.com/mordredpressoffice Other fundraising projects - http://www.southdevonplayers.com/fundraising1.html Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/MordredTheMovie IMDB page - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5159008/ Join our mailing list - http://www.southdevonplayers.com/join-mailing-list.html Production Blog- http://www.southdevonplayers.com/mordredblog.html

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In NYElite Magazine!

http://nyelitemagazine.org/2016/01/21/south-devon-players-new-arthurian-drama-mordred/ Today we are delighted to announce that we are featured in NY Elite magazine, an up and coming arts magazine from New York, for our work on our feature film and stage show Mordred.

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December newsletter

(please be aware that there are art exhibitions, and other talks to be added, however we are awaiting the exact dates to create posters!)

Obtain tickets and more information on our box office page
http://www.southdevonplayers.com/box-office.html


A busy spring of shows, talks, a film convention, and Castings

Looking to the right and scrolling down, you'll see the posters for many of our coming events. There is also a talk scheduled for Torquay Museum in March, however, we are still awaiting the posters for that event - so expect to find it in the next newsletter, when it is open for booking.

As you can see, our team have been incredibly busy, preparing for, and setting up productions over the winter, and assisting with not only our own fundraising for Mordred, but also supporting local charities, eg the Feline Network cat rescue charity, and Karing, both in Paignton.

Please refer to the individual posters for booking information and registration details, or pop over to our box office page http://www.southdevonplayers.com/box-office.html for more information on individual events. 

The next major production, Robin of Sherwood, directed by Ryanna-Mae Lloyd and Max Coulson, is a family comedy, around 90 minutes long, with drama, action, dance, and live music by Ian Churchward of The Legendary Ten Seconds, in which the Sheriff of Nottingham (played by Darius Frost) holds a feast to celebrate his upcoming wedding, only to be interrupted by Robin Hood, who has other plans for the evening! Tickets include refreshments.

Anyone interested in auditioning for the film/ stage show Mordred, is advised to email in advance for audition sides and production information. (southdevonplayers@gmail.com) - pre-production is heavily underway, and this is looking like a very exciting (and challenging!) project! 

We have had a very high number of children enquire about auditioning for Mordred, and we must make it very clear that other than "extras" (villagers & courtiers, who can be of any age), that there are only limited speaking roles for performers in their early/ mid teens, and that anyone under 16 must be accompanied by a parent to the castings, rehearsals and filming/ performances.








           

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November News (Theatre, Film, And More!)

Welcome to our latest newsletter, We hope that you will find the newsletter of interest. If you need any more information on any of the news items covered, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. www.southdevonplayers.com southdevonplayers@gmail.com facebook/ instagram/twitter: @sdevonplayers _______________________________________________________ Mordred, and the crowdfund! "Mordred" is an Arthurian drama, the pet project of our founder, Laura. This dark, gritty drama is inspired by early legends of King Arthur, and set in the early 6th Century, a grim time after the Roman departure from Britain, and during the Saxon invasions. You will not see the types of setting that people expect when you say "King Arthur" here - there are no luxurious 13th/ 14th century castles, damsels in pseudo-Tudor velvet gowns, jousts and knights in plumed helmets. This is set a good 700 years or so earlier, when early Celtic writings point to whatever happened to inspire the legends, actually took place. Being filmed across Devon and Cornwall in 2016,and performed as a stage show as well, Mordred tells the story from the point of view of King Arthurs son. Some roles have already been cast, while others will be cast in Feburary. This is our first film to be shot on Red 4K. A few weeks ago, some of our members, along with our Director of Photography, got together, and filmed a concept trailer. This is also the first project that we are crowdfunding. We are not relying on the crowdfunding, and are also using ebay, exhibitions, talks and other sources of funding the film. However, if you would like to support the project, our Indiegogo crowdfunding link is here: http://igg.me/at/mordred1/x/12578926 A concept trailer can be viewed at Les Miserables has been a bit on hold, but is going ahead. The director, Ric Vince, has been working himself to a frazzle on board the Golden Hind Museum Ship, six days a week, as the notorious "Cap'n Blackheart" , and without Ric, one of the originators of the project, the rest of the team have been waiting for the tourist season to finish, before further action can be taken on the series. It may be moving slower, but is most definitely still happening, so keep your eyes peeled for news coming up as soon as the team meetings begin again! This list is of all events to which the public are invited, including shows, castings, talks, fundraisers and more.Looking for speakers for local organisations? We are fundraising for our coming productions - and if this takes off, we will continue to do it - Laura is our main speaker, and depending on the request and availability, we may be able to bring other members in as well. This is family friendly, although because of the subject matter, we recommend that it is of more interest to teens and adults, than small children. This is very much a case of "donate what you can", if you would like Laura to come and give a talk. Upcoming Dates All audition information can be accessed at http://www.southdevonplayers.com/auditions.html Jan 2016 (dates TBC) - PERFORMANCES - Robin of Sherwood - family comedy (not pantomime) with medieval entertainment, in Brixham, Paignton and Torquay Jan 2016 (date TBC) - PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION- themed on our coming Arthurian film, Mordred, at Millie & Me, in Brixham. Opening night, you can come and meet some of our team. Feb 25th 2016 - TALK - A talk on adapting legends and history, for stage and screen, in aid of the Karing group in Paignton. More information and tickets from calling Karing on 01803 524799 Feb 28th 2016 - AUDITIONS, for the Arthurian feature film & Stage show, Mordred

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The Release Of Our Les Miserables 20 Hour Series Trailer, And Video Of Our Film & Tv Convention Panel Discussion

The release of our Les Miserables 20 hour series trailer, and video of our film & TV convention panel discussion Over the past weekend we have been representing the series at the Optimus film and TV convention in Torquay, where we were honored to be given a half hour slot in between Game of Thrones, and Ghostbusters, which also marked the release of our promo test-footage trailer for the series! Trailer: https://youtu.be/wIWP98qlk8A Panel discussion

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The Hunger Games: The Fourth Quarter-Quell (Fanfilm) Trailer 2015

A practice project by some of our members and friends. In this alternate universe, Katniss's rebellion failed, and this film tells the story of the brutal Fourth Quarter-Quell, where each district has had to offer 12 tributes, who fight in regional "Games", before the survivors are made to fight to the end in the "finals". -Who will win? -Who were these "finalists" -And do the games unfold as the Gamemakers planned? This has been a sideline project by some of our members, to create a half-hour Hunger Games fanfilm. While obviously money cannot be made from a fanfilm, it did allow for many important possibilities for our members. Many of them are signed to, or hoping to sign to, our casting agency, and wanted to expand their showreels beyond our usual norm of historical drama. It also allowed us to explore new techniques for filming and for our members to practice their film-making skills. The trailer is complete, with the full film being edited now. ________________________________________ _________________________ DISCLAIMER: We do not own anything related to the Hunger Games universe, and this fanfilm is made for enjoyment purposes only. No profit is being made, or intended, from this project. All Hunger Games copyrights belong to their respective owners. This video is not monetised. _________________________________________________________________ www.southdevonplayers.com Facebook/ Twitter/ Instagram @sdevonplayers southdevonplayers@gmail.com Join our email mailing list at http://www.southdevonplayers.com/join-mailing-list.html We are always pleased to hear from new people dedicated to expanding their entertainment careers, who want to get involved with our film and theatre productions

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Our Les Miserables Film Series Cast Doing Panel Talk At Big Film & Tv Convention, Alongside Stars From Shows Like Game Of Thrones & Dr Who

We can now confirm that many of our members, who are in our 20 hour film series Les Miserables, are appearing at this film and TV convention, alongside stars from such shows as Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, Star Wars, etc. We will be there both days, with our panel talk on Sunday. If you want to come and meet us at the event, book your tickets now, at www.optimusconvention.com/ More information on us, our projects, including the Les Miserables film series, can be found on our website www.southdevonplayers.com

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Theatre Drama: Survivors Of The Titanic, Paignton & Brixham Performances, Sept 2015

Historical theatre drama production about the Titanic, and her links to south Devon. Survivors of the Titanic will be performed in Paignton and Brixham, in September 2015, with tickets going on sale by the end of April for this production. With a beautifully costumed production by a group experienced in performing historical drama, and a huge age range of performers, this show will bring a new adaptation to the stage, and hopefully create wider interest in this little know and under-remembered part of Devons sea heritage. Performances at Palace Theatre, Paignton: 7pm, Friday Sept 18th. ADDRESS: Palace Avenue, Paignton TQ3 3HF Tickets are £6 adults and £5 concs The Edge, Brixham: 3pm and 7pm Saturday Sept 19th. ADDRESS: Bolton Street, Brixham, Torbay TQ5 9DH Tickets are £6 adults and £5 concs Ticket information and bookings via http://www.southdevonplayers.com/box-office.html Video trailer for the show https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNFga1A4H9s&feature=youtu.be _______________________________________________ Following a ten-year history of researching, writing and performing historical and period dramas, the South Devon Players theatre & film company from Brixham, in Torbay, south Devon, the Players are now bringing to life one of the most famous sea disasters of all time, with a new stage production, Survivors of the Titanic. This drama follows the stories of various crew members and passengers on board the liner, and how some of the surviving crew, including those with links to Devon and Cornwall, were returned to Plymouth on board the SS Lapland, arriving at Millbay Docks, before travelling on by train to Southampton. This is but one of the fascinating links between Plymouth, and the Titanic, and we have been lucky enough to receive a great deal of historical research and support from local historian Nigel Voisey who is championing this aspect of Devons history. The South Devon Players Theatre Company are members of both the National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA) and of the Brixham Chamber of Commerce. Join our email mailing list at http://www.southdevonplayers.com/join-mailing-list.html The SOUTH DEVON PLAYERS central weblinks Our main website: www.southdevonplayers.com Our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/sdevonplayers Our facebook discussion group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/southdevonplayers Our Twitter: https://twitter.com/sdevonplayers

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Announcing Our New Casting Agency, And A New Charity Project!

Well, there is more than one thing to blog about today! This update includes a couple of new developments which we are delighted to announce. Do get in touch if you would seriously like to be involved. 1) Opening a formalised casting agency, intake day! Intake, and photo/ showreel shoot, on Saturday May 23rd. (Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/371166579743622/) This finally formalises our careers service, which has run for 10 years. Our careers section started by accident, soon after we started SDP in 2005, we started being contacted for actors for all sorts of film, theatre and other performance work. Now we are getting around to making it a formal thing, and opening it up to more people than just our members. The feedback has been amazing, and there are companies which exclusively use our actors. This is open (on this first session) strictly to our film and theatre cast members with zero "no-shows-without-communication" at our rehearsals, stage shows and film shoots, and to people with a proven track record as reliable performers (amateur or professional named credits) with a professional attitude of attendance, effort and excellent on-set behaviour, with known local casting directors. (please note that we may follow up references) We will have other intakes, but this is the first. If you do not have acting experience, please contact us as although we cannot immediately represent you, we may be able to assist in helping you get experience and credits, to then become represented. At this intake, it will last all day. We will only represent people who have good headshot and full-length photos, plus a showreel. We will be working on your showreel and photos, at the intake. If you already have these, that is great, but please be aware that we cannot accept "selfies" or "phone pictures". We will be working on a location in Brixham or Paignton., Applicants... Must be experienced performers with at least one named, speaking, theatre or film role in the past 2 years. (High-quality amateur/ student or professional credits equally welcome) Other notes: - Professional photographs, showreels, and acting/ performer related references, will be required. We can supply showreels and photographs if required. - No fee to join, or to have required photos / showreel supplied (if needed). - Small 15% fee from any paid work that we find for you. (Completely fee-free for anyone who has performed with us in one of our internal stage shows / films in the past 12 months). Any profits made go into our local productions and opportunities for local performers. - Non-exclusive contracts. (you are free to sign with other agencies if you wish) - Opportunities to join in projects, workshops, photoshoots etc, to build portfolios. - Please be aware that we are selective with those accepted, in order to provide the best possible service to other production companies. - No guarantee of work is made or implied, simply that we will do our best to represent you, and that this formalises & expands a casting service which we have successfully run for several years for our members only. - Please note that we will not represent people who have no-showed to any project of which we are aware. If you no-show while signed with us, you may be required to cover any costs incurred or wasted by your not-turning-up. - Contracts will need to be signed by the agency and yourself. 2- Casting call: Ozzy The Cat Gets a New Home: Photoshoot for childrens book, (Photoshoot: May 30th, Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/444362252405720/ In aid of the Feline Network, a cat rescue charity based in Paignton. http://www.feline-network.co.uk/ PRODUCING AN EBOOK (AND POSSIBLY IN PRINT) FUNDRAISING FOR THE FELINE NETWORK CHARITY. This children's picture book will tell the story of Ozzy, the Feline Networks mascot cat, how he was abandoned by a family moving away, and then lived wild, before being rescued by the Feline Network and getting a home with a new family, showing, in a child friendly way, what happens when a pet is abandoned, and how it is rehomed safely . Photos will be on locations around the bay, and will constitute the majority of the book, with small amounts of simple text. We need people to play both families, plus the people, nice and not nice, that Ozzy encounters in his adventures. Priority to South Devon Players Film & Theatre Company members, and those in our casting agency, but we will need quite a few people for all Ozzy's encounters. These ebooks will then be sold for small amounts online to fundraise for the Feline Network, a cat rescue charity and rehoming service based in Paignton. There is also a chance that these books will go to print but that is yet to be decided. Children under 16 at this photoshoot will need to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

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Les Mis Film Series Going Well

Just finished the cafe filming for the trailer of the 20-hour Les Miserables: The Web Film Series by The South Devon Players theatre company, Brixham - grin emoticon A frantic day of filming... Next shoot is May 9th, focussing on Valjean, Javert, Fantine, and the romantic garden antics of Marius and Cosette. - Pics from yesterday at http://www.southdevonplayers.com/latest-news1/les-miserables-trailer-shoot-2-cafe-mousin-completed

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Les Miserables Film Series News

Update! We start shooting the trailer for Les Miserables: The Web-Film series, in March, then once the trailer is done, start into the series proper, with Episode 1. (thereafter the crowdfunding will come in!) We have set up a facebook group for people who would like to come in as extras and supporting actors as well. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1528090837452517 - its free to join, and will be our first stop shoutout for extras Due to someone going working abroad for three months, we are shooting the trailer out-of-sequence and are starting with the Cafe Mousin... here is a sneak preview of upstairs at the cafe location. (with my notebook on a table that will later be taken over by Enjolras, as Ric the director, and I, ran through the scenes for the trailer between us, looking at camera angles etc. ) Yes I know my camera time code is off, lol.

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Characterisation Workshop Session Plan For New Actors

Characterisation workshop session plan for new actors Notes from a character workshop held for Survivors of the Titanic, in Feb 2015. Posted in case these are of use to anyone else. Please contact us first if you would like to reproduce this article. LAURA’S NOTES The whole plan for the workshop session was to show you, in a very general way, things about preparing as an actor. When acting, there is a big difference between pretending to be someone else (in which case the acting is wooden and lacks reality for the audience), and in “becoming” the character. Now whether fictional or factual, character research and development is critical, as is warming up the body and voice. Because in live theatre, you do not have the luxury of turning the camera off, doing a re-take, then editing the performance, before the public see it, you have to remember that on the day, you cannot falter! (this is why Hayley was running the physical warmup and the improvisation exercise, which she will re-run at all rehearsals. They act as an icebreaker and develop skills at the same time). IMPROVISATION because of the live nature of theatre, in a performance, if someone misses a line, which does happen, the rest of the cast in that scene need to not be thrown by that change, and to remain in character, and continue the scene. This means being able to improvise a line or two, and guide the scene back on track. That is why these improvisation sessions are so important and we will keep running them as part of the session warmup. CHARACTERISATION If your character is factual, you already have a base of information to go on. If they are fictional, what information can you glean from your script about them? What can you find out about them.? Who were they? What did they like? What kind of culture did they live in, and what social or economic issues might have affected them? I have a research helpsheet below which you could print off, and which could help you organise character research. Near the start of the workshop, I asked people who had already started this research process, to tell us about their character. For now, this person is still external to you. This person is still someone else. What we need to start looking at, is how you can start to become that person. We digressed from character research at this point, and started looking at becoming the character. We started in the “safe, known zone” of our real lives. VISUALISATION Both of these were run as adaptations of Charades. 1) In the first part, cast were asked to re-enact a simple and common task from their daily life. It could be making a cup of tea, watching TV, walking the dog, etc. Using no props or words, but remembering what the things you handle feel like, and how they move, and what muscles your body uses, and how you feel, in all its nuances, each cast member showed us a daily household task. 2) The second adaptation of this was slightly harder. Now, instead of depicting a task, members showed a feeling or emotion, or a combination of feelings or emotions. Most selected something relating to part of their characters emotional journey in the script. How do you feel when you are proud? terrified? freezing cold? Freezing cold but having a laugh? etc? remember what your body does when you experience this feeling. Your muscles, face, etc. How you move. For example when freezing cold, I personally tense up but try to hide shivering. REVIEW TIME We then called a break, and then those people who had researched their characters were asked to describe similarities between themselves and their character. It could be as simple as the fact your character might have liked coffee, and so do you, through to one person who had been married to an American and moved to America at that time, was playing a character in the show who does the same. Cast were asked came back to the first task, of introducing your character. but now, no longer as someone external, no longer in the Third Person, but as if you were the character. In the First Person. The difference was already fantastic, from when we had started. This is all a process that you can continue at home in spare time. This session was to open the door to possible ways of exploring your character and performance. Specialist things will come up or you may want to look more deeply into acting theory as relating to a special part of your performance. Always feel free to ask for help, use the things that work for you personally, and discard the things that don’t work for you personally. WORKSHEET: It is important for an actor to be aware of his or her character, and to portray that character as a personable entity on stage. To this end, it is vital that you get to know your character.. First of all, read your script. Note what your character says about himself or herself. Is your character —  Bold or shy? Caring, or careless? Happy, sad or angry? Rich or poor? happy with their job / lifechoices? Married or single? If married, is he or she happy in that marriage? Why? Why not? What is his/her profession? happy with their job / lifechoices? Married or single? If married, is he or she happy in that marriage? Why? Why not? Is anything mentioned about his or her past? How would you imagine that would relate to how he or she is feeling now? Get as complete a picture of your character as you can — for example, a 17th century whore in a country town, would be played markedly differently from a 21st century call girl in Hollywood, or a Celtic chieftain from a modern day monarch, or a 16th century witch, would be a very different person to a modern day neo-pagan/witch. This is now where you must take into account the society in which your character lives. Take into account the history of the time in which he or she lives, and the society that he or she will have grown up in. How will that affect the character? And their body language? The modern Hollywood call girl would wear high heels, the 17th century whore would not. Therefore they would walk differently.. The Celtic chieftain would be a lot more rough and ready than a later monarch, and the 16th century witch would be mortally aware that if caught she would be burned at the stake, whereas in the 21st century, she would have no such fear. Even in the modern day, depending on the culture, your character will be affected. A hippie would be different from a business person, and a Japanese girl would behave differently from a British girl. Now, based on the character as depicted in the script, and what you have found out about them, create a little story about them, and rather than considering them to be someone apart from you, you now must imagine yourself to be that person. _________________ How do you feel in certain situations? (This is where the method acting comes in, to draw upon your own past experiences and feelings, to understand how your character might be feeling). What are the differences between what your character is feeling, and what you are feeling? Why? Take an hour each day or so, to walk around the house as your character. It’s hard at first and becomes easier, don’t worry. As soon as your costume is available, you are welcome to wear it during rehearsals — very often people find that dressing as their character helps them invaluably. Sometimes, when a character is far removed from how you are yourself, it can help to watch a movie or TV show with a similar setting, or similar character to yours. Watch that character. How does he or she act? This can give you some pointers to start with. If you are unfamiliar with the historical period, or culture, get a simple book from the library, even from the kiddies section (sometimes these are better as they are heavily illustrated!). It does not have to be anything complex, in order to give you a overview.

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Open Auditions: The Survivors Of The Titanic (Theatre Show, Brixham)

Survivors of the Titanic (stage show) In 1912, many survivors from the Titanic disaster, were brought to Plymouth. This drama, written directly from historical sources, will be performed in Torbay (and possibly Plymouth). In answer to a commonly asked question, this has nothing to do with the Titanic film starring Leo Dicaprio! Auditions Sunday Feb 8th 2015 Actors and actresses of all ages required, all roles open for casting. Chestnut Community Centre, 1-3 Poplar Close, Brixham, Devon TQ5 0SA, at 1pm. Several people are asking me if rehearsal times and venue have changed, they have not changed from wednesday evenings and Sunday afternoons nor are they expected to do so. _____________________________________________ An award-winning, not-for-profit theatre company based in Brixham, South Devon, UK We specialise in shows themed on historical events, classics, and legends. We tend to be a more non-musical group, but we do sometimes get into musical-related things as well. We rehearse at Chestnut Community Centre on Wednesday evenings and Sunday afternoons. As with the majority of our main shows we perform at the Palace Theatre in Paignton, and are looking at expanding to Brixham theatre and maybe one or two others in the coming year. We don't charge annual membership but instead each contribute £1 per rehearsal, which covers rehearsal hall rent. You are considered a member as soon as you are cast in a show or working on the backstage crew for one, and once you have proven reliable as a member (good attendance, nice friendly conduct with others, etc), we add you to our careers development facebook group which is a group where we share local and national casting calls for film, theatre, modelling and related, and any local (Devon) training courses, which is a free perk to our members who want to develop a career related to the performing arts. This summer and autumn quite a few things have come out of that, such as filming for Channel 5, being visited by the Britain's Got Talent scouts, performing in an international opera, etc. In the past we have also worked with the BBC, Disney, Smithsonian, ITV, and Sky TV. All costumes and scripts are provided each show, we are a range of people from those new to acting, through to semi-professional, and trained performers, everyone works together to produce a good show, and a pleasant supportive team. We strongly discourage "cliques" and forbid bullying and elitism, so that it is a friendly, respectful, safe, and energetic environment for everyone. Join our monthly email mailing list at http://www.southdevonplayers.com/join-mailing-list.html Our main website: www.southdevonplayers.com Our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/sdevonplayers Our facebook discussion group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/southdevonplayers Our Twitter: https://twitter.com/sdevonplayers

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Les Miserables Global Internet Film Series - Crew Wanted, Meeting, Brixham

OPEN CREW MEETING FOR ANYONE WISHING TO BECOME INVOLVED AS TECHNICAL / BEHIND THE SCENES CREW FOR "LES MISERABLES: THE INTERNET FILM SERIES" / Brixham, Devon. We are looking for DOP (s) Cameraperson / people sound person / people editor (s) Makeup artist (MUA) (s) Continuity supervisor (s) Lighting person/ people (open to anyone wanting to come along and be technical and film crew. Cast do not need to attend) NO TIMEWASTERS Friday Feb 6th, 6pm We will be meeting at the Weatherspoons in Brixham, named The Vigilance, (our usual community centre rehearsal / meeting venue is unavailable that evening, and weatherspoons is a convenient fairly central location in Bolton Street, Brixham) at about 6pm, so that people can arrive after work. Look for the table with the tricolour flag being used as a table cloth. We are looking for people who would like to be involved in lighting, camera work, editing, sound recording, costuming, makeup, etc. any queries drop us an email on southdevonplayers@gmail.com or lesmisseries@gmail.com Most principal roles have been cast, but we will be putting out calls for extras and supporting actors nearer the time. Please follow our facebook page, or join our newsletter to be alerted as soon as we are holding castings for supporting roles. __________________________________________________ Les Miserables: The web-film series, is a non-profit, crowdfunded film series which starts filming in 2015, for internet broadcast on Youtube, Vimeo, etc. This is a 20 part series, which will dramatise, as far as is possible, Victor Hugo's original unabridged novel, word for word. Please be aware that while we are best known for theatre productions, this is a film series. This is a project from the South Devon Players, who are an awardwinning theatre (and now film!) group from Brixham in Devon. Founded in 2005, we specialise in historical dramas, and following the blow-away success of our stage production (again written from the book by Laura J, so not the musical!) in 2013, a group of our members have started this project. Join our email mailing list at http://www.southdevonplayers.com/join-mailing-list.html The FILM SERIES weblinks Film series website: http://http://lesmiserablesfilm.weebly.com/ Film series facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/lesmiswebseries The SOUTH DEVON PLAYERS central weblinks Our main website: www.southdevonplayers.com Our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/sdevonplayers Our facebook discussion group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/southdevonplayers Our Twitter: https://twitter.com/sdevonplayers

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Casting Announcement For Our Les Miserables Web-Film Series.

With our foray into film Les Miserables: The Web Film Series, announced (in no especial order) are the main named cast. (yes there will be calls for extras and supporting cast, per episode filmed) Jean Valjean - Ric Vince Valjean's sister - Victoria Lester Theodule - Richard Odonnell Prosecutor - John Broom Cosette (Grown up) - Jo Burgess Cosette (Little) - Willow Gradwell Thenadier - James Scott Madame Thenadier Pam Vince Eponine (Grown up) - Elizabeth Lizzie Jordan Moulds Eponine (Young) - Josephine Garner Azelma (Adult)- Leanne Emily Ryan Azelma (Young)- Kezzy Pumphrey Enjolras - Edward Stewart Courfeyrac - L Jay Feuilly - Jon Ian Dredge M Gillenormand - John Broom Mlle Gillenormand - Shirley Thrift Bishop - Melvin Schofield Mlle Baptistine - Mary Earle Sister Simplice - Jade Callender ( Jade Ashley) Fantine - Telene Jordaan Mere Houcheloup - Hayley Tink Rushton Prioress - Megan Tarrant Chapmantheiu - Ben Carroll Grantaire - Rich Sandford Prosecutor - Roy Chamberlain - Prosecutor Gavroche - Joe Evans Young Valjean (you will also be dragged in for one of the revolutionaries!) - Darius Frost Javert - Andrew Swinbank Labarre, Fauchelevant, and Combeferre (because you are one of the most versatile people we have ever come across!) - Anthony Webster Marius - Tom Molyneux

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Zorro! The Panto At The Palace Theatre, Paignton Jan 30/ 31St

Always looking to create new dynamic theatre inspired by period drama, classical stories and legends, the Players now bring the tale of the dashing Zorro to the stage, in an all-new, family production, appearing at the Palace Theatre January 30th and 31st 2015. Friday Jan 30th - 7.30pm Saturday Jan 31st- 2.30pm and 7.30pm Tickets Adults £6, Children £5, Family (2 adults & 2 children) £18 Book now via the Palace Theatre Palace Ave, Paignton TQ3 3HF 01803 665800 / http://www.palacetheatrepaignton.co.uk/ What a way to start off the New Year! Combining elements of traditional pantomime with the glamour of a Vegas-style show, and a 19th century legend of California’s very own answer to Robin Hood, Zorro! Is a h igh-tech, family friendly, action packed and energetic production which will delight young and old alike. Featuring an all-local cast with an age range of over 60 years between the youngest cast member and the oldest, all of whom have worked together to create an amazing new show, filled with laughter, glamour, high-tech effects, swordplay, music, showgirls and dance, the South Devon Players, a theatre company from Brixham, once again, return to the Palace Theatre to brighten your winter! This show may not be suitable for people with medical issues affected by bright or flashing lights. _____________________________________________ An award-winning, not-for-profit theatre company based in Brixham, South Devon, UK We specialise in shows themed on historical events, classics, and legends. We tend to be a more non-musical group, but we do sometimes get into musical-related things as well. We rehearse at Chestnut Community Centre on Wednesday evenings and Sunday afternoons. As with the majority of our main shows we perform at the Palace Theatre in Paignton, and are looking at expanding to Brixham theatre and maybe one or two others in the coming year. We don't charge annual membership but instead each contribute £1 per rehearsal, which covers rehearsal hall rent. You are considered a member as soon as you are cast in a show or working on the backstage crew for one, and once you have proven reliable as a member (good attendance, nice friendly conduct with others, etc), we add you to our careers development facebook group which is a group where we share local and national casting calls for film, theatre, modelling and related, and any local (Devon) training courses, which is a free perk to our members who want to develop a career related to the performing arts. This summer and autumn quite a few things have come out of that, such as filming for Channel 5, being visited by the Britain's Got Talent scouts, performing in an international opera, etc. In the past we have also worked with the BBC, Disney, Smithsonian, ITV, and Sky TV. All costumes and scripts are provided each show, we are a range of people from those new to acting, through to semi-professional, and trained performers, everyone works together to produce a good show, and a pleasant supportive team. We strongly discourage "cliques" and forbid bullying and elitism, so that it is a friendly, respectful, safe, and energetic environment for everyone. Join our monthly email mailing list at http://www.southdevonplayers.com/join-mailing-list.html Our main website: www.southdevonplayers.com Our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/sdevonplayers Our facebook discussion group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/southdevonplayers Our Twitter: https://twitter.com/sdevonplayers

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Open Auditions Announced For Our Les Miserables Web Film Series (Males Only)

These auditions are for the following named male characters only. (L indicates a large role appearing over more than one episode. ) Please be aware that you need to attend the audition in person. You may email in advance for audition pieces. Félix Tholomyès Gavroche L Inspector Javert L Fauchelevent L Bamatabois Mestienne Gribier Colonel Georges Pontmercy Montparnasse Claquesous Gueulemer Babet Combeferre L Jehan Prouvaire L Bahoral L Joly L Bossuet L Marius L Young Valjean Auditions per person will last around 10 - 15 minutes, where you will be expected to read a familiarised script piece. We will be looking for characterization, mannerisms, and the ability to take direction. Marius, Combeferre, and Javert will also be required to take part in filming for the funding trailer, with short scenes, at the end of this (2014-15) winter. Project website: http://lesmiserablesfilm.weebly.com/ Project email: lesmisseries@gmail.com Audition venue address: Chestnut Community Centre, 1-3 Poplar Close, Brixham, TQ5 0SA A note from Laura (producer) Ric and I are still sorting precise castings for the people who came to Les Mis auditions at the Theatre Royals TR2 studios. However, we are definite that the above male roles still need to be filled as we didn't find the ideal fit. If you have already auditioned, then you do not need to attend this audition. ____________________________________________ Overall, this is a three year project, with filming taking place for each crowdfunded episode, over a few days, after funding has been raised. During filming days, shoots could be an early start to late finish, and for relevant characters also include night-time shoots. A lot of locations will be in and around Devon and Cornwall in the UK, some locations in France, especially for later episodes, will be looked into as well. This is a pretty different project, as it is based on Victor Hugo's UNABRIDGED novel (this is not the musical or a single feature film!) and we are remaining as faithful to that unabridged novel as is possible. Due to the nature of crowdfunding we are hoping to be able to pay our performers, but this depends entirely on funds raised, and may alter episode by episode as the series gets more well known, but at the minimum, once you have been cast as a character in the series, your expenses will be covered. Depending on what character you wish to audition for, and are cast as you may be required for several episodes (or indeed all of them), or simply one. HOW TO AUDITION: Please contact us with a photograph, and a few words about the kind of role you are looking for. We will send you an audition pack and audition pieces suitable for your appearance. Please note that you do not need to learn the parts, just familiarise yourself with them. At the auditions, you will be asked to perform the piece on video camera, as a screen test. We will be looking at your characterization, focus, and the realism of your portrayal of the character. We also will be looking at how you take direction, and interact with other people. There are several child roles, but all children MUST be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. Please be aware that we cannot accept auditions or applications via email or video. In order to be considered for a role, you need to attend in person. THERE IS NO FEE REQUIRED FOR YOU TO AUDITION OR BE INVOLVED IN ANY WAY, THIS IS A GENUINE PROJECT NOT A SCAM. ************************************************************* USEFUL LINKS: - Read Victor Hugo's unabridged novel online (or get the free ebook)http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/135 (you will probably want to do this if you get in, anyway. - Our film project website (being updated): http://lesmiserablesfilm.weebly.com/ - The film facebook fan page: https://www.facebook.com/lesmiswebseries - What we expect of performers: http://lesmiserablesfilm.weebly.com/get-involved.html - List of characters being cast for: http://lesmiserablesfilm.weebly.com/casting.html - Our main theatre company website: http://www.southdevonplayers.com/ - The South Devon Players facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/sdevonplayers

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Panto Props Tip

Just passing on a tip from our group, that seems to be going down well: Made it into a graphic so it can be easily shared.

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Open Auditions For Les Miserables Series At The Theatre Royal, Plymouth

OPEN AUDITIONS FOR LES MISERABLES SERIES AT THE THEATRE ROYAL, PLYMOUTH The South Devon Players theatre company, Brixham, are casting for a non-profit, crowdfunded internet film series, based on Victor Hugos novel Les Miserables, and will be holding auditions soon in Plymouth. Please contact us if interested: (and feel free to share with anyone interested) Our main group website: www.southdevonplayers.com email: southdevonplayers@gmail.com / lesmisseries@gmail.com ************************************************************************************* FINAL AUDITIONS Saturday November 15th, 3pm- 6pm in Studio 1, TR2 Training and Education Centre, 12 Neptune Park, Cattedown, Plymouth PL4 0SJ *************************************************************** This audition session is hosted at the Theatre Royal Plymouth training and education centre, at Cattedown, not at the Theatre Royal building on Royal Parade. *************************************************************** Please contact us to let us know to expect you. lesmisseries@gmail.com If you have already been cast, you do not need to attend this. We are also interested in hearing from anyone who would be interested in joining us as film crew, please drop us a line. Overall, this is a three year project, with filming taking place for each crowdfunded episode, over a few days, after funding has been raised. During filming days, shoots could be an early start to late finish, and for relevant characters also include night-time shoots. A lot of locations will be in and around Devon and Cornwall in the UK, some locations in France, especially for later episodes, will be looked into as well. This is a pretty different project, as it is based on Victor Hugo's UNABRIDGED novel (this is not the musical or a single feature film!) and we are remaining as faithful to that unabridged novel as is possible. Due to the nature of crowdfunding we are hoping to be able to pay our performers, but this depends entirely on funds raised, and may alter episode by episode as the series gets more well known, but at the minimum, once you have been cast as a character in the series, your expenses will be covered. Depending on what character you wish to audition for, and are cast as you may be required for several episodes (or indeed all of them), or simply one. HOW TO AUDITION: Please contact us with a photograph, and a few words about the kind of role you are looking for. We will send you an audition pack and audition pieces suitable for your appearance. Please note that you do not need to learn the parts, just familiarise yourself with them. At the auditions, you will be asked to perform the piece on video camera, as a screen test. We will be looking at your characterization, focus, and the realism of your portrayal of the character. We also will be looking at how you take direction, and interact with other people. There are several child roles, but all children MUST be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. Please be aware that we cannot accept auditions or applications via email or video. In order to be considered for a role, you need to attend in person. THERE IS NO FEE REQUIRED FOR YOU TO AUDITION OR BE INVOLVED IN ANY WAY, THIS IS A GENUINE PROJECT NOT A SCAM. ************************************************************* PLEASE KEEP AN EYE ON THIS EVENT PAGE, AS UPDATES, AUDITION RESOURCES AND NEWS WILL BE POSTED HERE. ************************************************************* USEFUL LINKS: - Read Victor Hugo's unabridged novel online (or get the free ebook)http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/135 (you will probably want to do this if you get in, anyway. - Our film project website (being updated): http://lesmiserablesfilm.weebly.com/ - The Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/799709386737555/ - The film facebook fan page: https://www.facebook.com/lesmiswebseries - What we expect of performers: http://lesmiserablesfilm.weebly.com/get-involved.html - List of characters being cast for: (being updated this week) http://lesmiserablesfilm.weebly.com/casting.html - Our main theatre company website: http://www.southdevonplayers.com/ - The South Devon Players facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/sdevonplayers

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Texan Accent Male Voice Over Needed For Our Next Show

For our next show, we are looking for a male voice over person to record some lines for us, needs to have a strong Texan accent. It is a high-level, strictly non-profit, amateur theatre group so we cant pay, but you will be fully credited as "Harvey the trucker" in the show programme. Please email us direct on southdevonplayers@gmail.com )if you want to read about our group, check out our website www.southdevonplayers.com )

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Doing Amdram Can Definitly Be A Foot In The Door...

Two of our members will be appearing in paid supporting roles in this international production of Verdi's opera Rigoletto, at the Princess Theatre next week - More proof that being with us, can help advance your performance career via our network and careers page

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