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  • Upcoming Events

    • 23 June 2017 19:00 Until 23 June 2017 21:30
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      The Kimpton Players are presenting The Woman in White, with the opening in night just two weeks away.   This mysterious and dark adaptation of Wilkie Collins novel is guaranteed to have you on the edge of your seat.   Book your ticket at www.thekimptonplayers.co.uk or contact 01438 831294.   The Kimpton Players are an amateur dramatics charity and aim to raise money for all sorts of charities and organisations. Come and support us and see how fantastic this show is.    
    • 26 June 2017 18:45 Until 26 June 2017 21:00
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      Mayhem Theatre Company returns to Wimbledon following previous sell out productions of Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Performed over four consecutive night in the outdoor splendor of Cannizaro Park, Mayhem presents a bold and exciting new production of Shakespeare's most tragic tale.
      On the troubled streets of Verona, betwixt two warring families locked in bitter conflict, Romeo (a Montague) meets Juliet (a Capulet). In defiance of the feuding families, the young lovers dream of a life away from a society destroyed by the hostilities. However, in a cruel twist of fate and misadventure, dreams are brutally shattered and lives are lost.
      A timeless tale of love, loss and destiny, Romeo and Juliet will steal your heart on a delightful summer’s evening.
      Wed 26, Thu 27, Fri 28 & Sat 29 Juley 2017, Cannizaro Park, Wimbledon (Italian Garden)
      7.45pm (park open from 7.00pm)
      Tickets: £13.00 (£10.00 concessions* & Mayhem members)
      Box Office: www.ticketsource.co.uk/mayhem or 07944 630213
      *Concession tickets (Under 18s, Students & Retired Individuals)
      Seating and Accessibility
      Please bring your own seating or rugs. Picnics are welcome. The venues are accessible for wheelchair users, but please advise us if anyone attending will be using a wheelchair, so that we may arrange the easiest access to the performance area.
      Cancellation
      We will only cancel a performance if absolutely necessary due to adverse weather conditions. In this instance, if possible, tickets for an alternative performance will be offered. We will not, however, be able to provide monetary refunds.
    • 04 July 2017 17:30 Until 04 July 2017 20:30
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      The Barclays Dramatic Society are pleased to announce that auditions for Natural Causes, a comedy by Eric Chappell, will be held on the 4th of July and all are welcome to attend. To sign up, and for further details, please visit our website, www.spreadeagleplayers.com. We look forward to seeing you!
  • Blog Entries

    • By gabbs in Nomad Theatre Blog
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      Local theatre reviewer, Lola, reviews Oklahoma! 
      “Bookham Light Opera Society chose wisely in offering Rodgers and Hammerstein’s first musical collaboration for their Nomad theatre production this year. With plenty of well known songs and opportunity for lively dances they were surely on to a winner.
      The well organised set, together with the effective lighting and well designed costumes effectively established the scene of 1906 Oklahoma. The musicians led by James ‘Mr Music’ Marr underpinned the action perfectly and must take their share of the credit for an engaging production.

      The casting was spot on, Melanie Kemp portrayed Laurey as both strong minded and vulnerable when the characterisation required it. Her singing raised the quality of the production. Michael Ayres‘ Curly was an interesting mixture of introspection and confidence in particular at the social where he shows his determination to win Laurey’s affections.
       

      I was much taken by John Beavis’ Jud. Slow and menacing, he is in contrast to the the more romantic things going on around him. John carried off the role wonderfully well. Joanne Silcox as Aunt Eller and Vykki Mash as Gertie both looked to be enjoying their roles as did Julian Warner-Edney (Will), and Colin Barnard (the ranch owner), and added to the gaiety of the show by the exuberance of their singing and dancing. A word for the ‘dream’ ballet sequence, Matt Gardner and Laura Thomson showed dancing ability and poise not always seen at the Nomad theatre.

      Richard Peachey again showed his gift for comedy in his portrayal of Ali Hakim whilst Sophie Johnstone almost stole the show with the consistentcy of energy and vigour in her scenes.
       

      There are several set pieces in Oklahoma! that drive the story along: the principals have their songs, the dances are important to the entertainment and the plot must of course be made clear to the audience. Yet the running time of over two and a half hours was a tad long, maybe some judicious cutting might have been made without diminishing the enjoyment of the story.
      Overall a competent production with fine singing and movement. I cannot finish this review without a word for Sid Dolbear‘s magnificent ‘tache which almost acted his eyebrows off the stage!”
      Lola
      Oklahoma! by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II
      In association with Bookham Light Operatic Society Facebook Link
      Directed by Jackie Shearer

       See more reviews here: Review pages
      The post Oklahoma – Lola reviews appeared first on Nomad Theatre.


    • By gabbs in Nomad Theatre Blog
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      Close Quarter Productions, John B Hobbs and Theatre Reviva! in association with The Nomads present:
      When Love Grows Old
      The hit comedy double-bill direct from the Brighton Festival Fringe.
      The event is a short double-bill, directed by Theatre Reviva! Artistic Director, Graham Pountney with Highly Recommended and 4-Star reviews.
      ‘The Romance of the Century’
      features the most glamorous couple in the world, whose love story caused a national crisis.
      ‘The Weatherman’
      – two old friends reflect on love and friendship, and try to remember someone’s name…
      Buy tickets online now!
      It’s direct from the Brighton Fringe Festival for 2 performances only on Friday June 9th and Saturday June 10th.
      There’s also a Question and Answer session with the Author and the Director right after each show, included in the ticket price!

      The post When Love Grows Old appeared first on Nomad Theatre.


    • By gabbs in Nomad Theatre Blog
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      The play is set over three summer days in July and is bookended by a funeral and a wedding. Or is it? Will the wedding take place? Over the course of two hours the central character Philippa Farnsworth goes through several emotions as she reflects on what will bring her the best chance of future happiness. Suzanna Walters as Philippa played her role with adroitness and expertly moved through a range of difficult emotions as her character struggled to understand and accept that her future might be happier with Simon than with Christopher. As her fiance Christopher, Matthew Weaver convincingly showed us a brittle character who had concerns of his own which possibly prevented him from being able to provide the happiness which Philippa wanted. Kenny Menet-Hawkins was perhaps a little young for the portrayal of Simon but nonetheless played his part in showing us–and Philippa–that he was the better bet for a happier marriage than the self obsessed Christopher. The play is a mixture of serious moments mixed with elements of farce (including the staple of a middle aged man losing his trousers !), and the cast, under the capable direction of Tracey Gillard, handled the switches from comedy back to seriousness with some alacrity. As Florence Merry, a woman with her own regrets, Moyra Brookes excelled and acted with the panache and style Nomads have come to expect from her. Hayley Clines as Martha played the part with enthusiasm and clearly thoroughly enjoyed playing the role of the faithful research assistant. Light relief came in the form of Iain MacFarlane’s uncle Brian. Blustering and overly jovial the underlying warmth came through his (at times), Aussie larrikin tactlessness. Emily Ingold was a delight as Christopher’s sister Louise, playing the would-be maneater with great relish. The Nomads put the show on in the intimate space of The Studio. There is great scope for interesting theatre here that might not attract large audiences in the main house. It is to be hoped we see more shows here in the future. Lola The post Happiness by Paul Matthews appeared first on Nomad Theatre.


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