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    • SDC
      The forthcoming production of William Shakespeare’s Henry V by Shropshire Drama Company (SDC) will mark two milestones in the organisation’s history.
      It will not only be 20 years since SDC first performed the play at Much Wenlock Festival, but also 60 years since Shropshire County Drama Group (SCDG); which was the original name before changing to SDC in 2005; was established in 1958 by the then county drama adviser, Bert Amies, OBE.
      SDC spokesperson Neville Street, said: “Bert maintained, up until he passed away in 1992,  that SCDG should aim to offer ‘challenging, worthwhile and innovative drama’ to the people of Shropshire. Well, we have carried that ethos through to the present day and on occasions delivered our productions to people outside of Shropshire, in particular when we took Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well to the RSC’s Complete Works fringe festival at Stratford in 2006. We performed two shows to capacity crowds in the grounds of Holy Trinity Church, adjacent to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. I think Bert would be proud of the work we have produced, in particular at Much Wenlock Festival from 1984 to 2014, as well as touring shows such as 2013’s rehearsed reading in Shropshire churches of TS Eliot’s Murder In The Cathedral, and in the last nine years, regular performances at Theatre Severn.”
      Commenting on Henry V, he continued: “In addition to the group of talented new people on board, some of the actors from 1998 are in the forthcoming production and Peter Beechey, who played Chorus 20 years ago, is the director. We hope that the generous audiences we have received since 1958 will continue to attend our productions for many more years to come.”
      Performances of Henry V start at 7.30pm in the Walker Theatre at Theatre Severn and tickets cost £17.50 and £15 for students (Wednesday and Thursday only).  A discount of £1 per ticket is available for block bookings of ten or more people.  To book tickets contact the box office at Theatre Severn – telephone 01743 281281 – or alternatively book online at www.theatresevern.co.uk/shows/drama/henry-v/.
      Picture:  Alex Beechey as Henry V.

    • Fredrika

      Our Country's Good

      By Fredrika, in Events,

      Thirty years after its professional premiere at the Royal Court in London, the Bridewell Theatre hosts the amateur London premiere of Our Country’s Good from 23-27 October, staged by Sedos, the City of London’s leading amateur theatre company.
      Our Country's Good is a modern classic, exploring themes of crime, punishment and the unifying and civilising power of theatre. Set in 1787, it tells the true story of a group of convicts transported to Australia who, faced with the appalling realities of life in a penal colony, come together to rehearse and perform a play.
      Timberlake Wertenbaker’s script has been written with the idea of doubling in mind, needing only ten actors for over twenty roles, and this is a big part of why director Chloë Robertson has been chasing the amateur rights for the play so doggedly.
      “The opportunity that Our Country’s Good gives not only the cast, but also the director and wider production team, really makes this a play to get your teeth into,” she says. “Doubling characters challenges us all to let go of how we may normally approach a play and to consider characterisation, scene changes, direction and how everything fits together in a different light.”
      “But that’s not the only reason I love this play and have been wanting to direct it for Sedos for such a long time. The humanising, therapeutic and life-changing power of theatre is something I believe in wholeheartedly and Our Country’s Good encapsulates that so perfectly with its play within a play.”
      “Although set in the 18th century I think that audiences recognise the lessons that the characters learn and the relationships they build with the theatre and their fellow ‘thespists’ are very relatable today.”
      Box office: sedos.co.uk
      Bridewell Theatre, Bride Lane, Fleet Street, London EC4Y 8EQ
      23-27 October 2018 at 7.30pm, Saturday matinée at 2.30pm
      Tickets £11.50-16

    • QuayPlayers
      The Quay Players proudly present our annual pantomime, Alice in Wonderland! Beat those post-Christmas blues and come on an adventure through Wonderland. Featuring a host of well-known characters and a selection of fabulous songs, this is a show you won't want to be late for!
      Venue: Greenwood Theatre, 55 Weston St, London SE1 3RA
      Ticket info:
      Adult - £16
      Concession - £14
      Children under 4 go free!
      For more information, please visit our website — https://quayplayers.org.uk/tickets/

    • Emma
      Audrey II plant puppet/prop now looking for a good home.  Built and used in the Great Knaresborough Bed Race parade back in June this year.
      It includes:
      • Audrey II
      • the plant pot
      • vines
      • roots
      • baby plant hand puppet heads
      • there’s also a Little shop of Horrors sign if you’d like it.
      Use:
      • The plant goes over someone’s head, with the mouth and tongue operated with your arms
      May well need some fixing and adapting for theatre use, but provides a solid base.
      Please see full details on our ebay link below, including YouTube videos of it or a video of it being used at the 2nd link below:
      Ebay link:
      https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F292650618663
      Video link:
      https://youtu.be/ahNQnI3QxiQ
       
       

    • MayhemTheatre
      If you fancy directing,choreographing or MD-ing this fantastic show, drop us a line by 10 June at info@mayhemtheatre.co.uk we'd love to hear from you!
      We're very pleased to say that rights for the next placed show, Return to the Forbidden Planet, are available, and we are thrilled to announce that it will be our autumn show, to be performed at the Epsom Playhouse from 26-29 September 2018.

      Return to the Forbidden Planet is an Olivier Award winning rock musical, a riotous mix of Shakespeare and sci-fi, and includes over 30 classic rock n roll numbers. It's absolutely sure to have audiences rocking in the aisles at the Playhouse and we can't wait to get started!

    • Fredrika
      The award-winning musical Pippin returns to the Bridewell Theatre from 9-19 May in a new production staged by Sedos, the City of London’s premier amateur theatre company.
      Ambitious young man Pippin is ready to change the world. But things are never that simple. Setting out to make his mark, Pippin dabbles with the horrors of war, the lure of sex and the sordid world of politics, failing at every turn. But there is someone Pippin can rely on. Someone he can trust. Someone who can help Pippin be remembered forever… in one final, extraordinary blaze of glory.
      With its infectious and unforgettable score from four-time Grammy and three-time Oscar winner Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell, Children of Eden) and its iconic choreography by Bob Fosse, Pippin has delighted audiences across the world since the original production in 1973. The most recent Broadway revival swept the New York awards circuit, including winning the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical.
      The Sedos team are delighted to bring Pippin back to the Bridewell, a theatre that holds a special place in the history of the show. The now widely used “Theo ending” was first staged at the Bridewell exactly 20 years ago.
      “It has been a pleasure exploring this deliciously dark show with such an incredibly dedicated and talented company, who have managed to put a new spin on such a well-loved story,” said Chris Adams, director of Sedos’ production of Pippin.
      “As well as being packed with memorable, fun show-tunes, Pippin has a really intriguing darker edge, and we've taken inspiration from contemporary stories like Black Mirror and The Handmaid's Tale in our design. Our choreography combines modern twists with nods to the original routines created by Bob Fosse. 
      “I think audiences will be surprised by the show and will enjoy coming up with their own
      ideas about what it all means. Despite being developed in the 1970s, it really does feel bang
      up to date.”
      Pippin
      Book by Roger O.Hirson
      Music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
      Box office: sedos.co.uk
      9-19 May
      7.30pm, plus Saturday matinees at 2.30pm
      Bridewell Theatre, Bride Lane, London, EC4Y 8EQ
      Tickets: £14.50-21
       
      CAST
       
      LEADING PLAYER | Corin Miller
      PIPPIN | Joe Thompson-Oubari
      CHARLEMAGNE | Kris Webb
      LEWIS | Paul Nicholas Dyke
      FASTRADA | Vicky Terry
      BERTHE | Annie Houseago
      CATHERINE | Charlie Welch 
       
      PLAYERS 
      Siobhan Aarons
      Toby Churchley
      Will Emery
      Tim Garrad
      Eloise Horton
      Clarissa Lonsdale
      Hannah Parker Smith
      Mark Siddall
      Becky Sweeney
      Vaughan Watts (dance captain)
      Sean Westwood

      CREATIVE TEAM 
      DIRECTOR | Chris Adams
      MUSICAL DIRECTOR | Sophie Wright
      CHOREOGRAPHER | Paul Brookland-Williams
      ASSISTANT MUSICAL DIRECTOR | Ed Curry 
      CO-PRODUCERS | Lizzie Drapper and Pippa Kyle
      LIGHTING DESIGNER | Oliver Levett
      SET | Steven King 
      SOUND DESIGNER | Adrian Jeakins
      COSTUMES | Clare Harding  
      TECHNICAL STAGE MANAGER | Giles Burden 
      IMAGE AND FLYER DESIGN | Rebecca Pitt  
      COMMITTEE LIAISON AND COMPANY STAGE MANAGER | Rebecca Chisholm
      Photo caption: Leading Player (Corin Miller) at the forefront of the company
      Photo credit: Michael Smith/Sedos

    • Custardpie

      Rapunzel

      By Custardpie, in Events,

      Rapunzel is a new reworking of the much loved fairy tale, but this version includes three witches, three old “codgers” and a unicorn!
      fullhouseonline, is the old full House productions re launched, and anyone who would like to find out more then email Judy on enquiry@fullhouseonline.co.uk
       

    • Fredrika
      Iconic 1930s American Comedy Opens at the Bridewell Theatre 
      Sedos presents a revival of the award-winning 1930s comedy You Can’t Take it With You at the Bridewell Theatre, off Fleet Street, from 10 - 14 April 2018. Written by popular comedy writing duo, Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman, the play won the 1937 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and was then adapted for the screen, winning the 1938 Academy Award for Best Picture and Best Director. The play had a Tony award-winning revival on Broadway in 2014 starring James Earl Jones and Rose Byrne.
      Set in the summer of 1938, New York City, You Can’t Take it With You introduces you to the Sycamores, an eccentric family who live life to the fullest by pursuing their passions – no matter how bizarre. Their routine is disrupted when their daughter Alice wants to bring her new fiancé and his ultra conservative Wall Street family home for dinner. The brusque Sycamores must straighten up to meet the new in-laws and despite all best-laid plans, mishaps and mayhem ensue.
      Director Nick Mouton said: “You Can’t Take it With You is a good insight into American life in the 1930s, post the Great Depression. Wall Street is working hard to stabilise the market, there’s an increase in Russian emigration following the Revolution, and Franklin D Roosevelt has implemented his New Deal plans. This is then mixed with the fun-loving and unpredictable ways of the Sycamore family to create a madcap, idealistic and raucous comedy.
      “The play is a strong statement about the dangers of being obsessed with making money, which ultimately led to the crash in 1929, and that you should live your life to the fullest rather than be held down by the mighty dollar.”
      Since 2012 Sedos has been the resident theatre company at the Bridewell Theatre.
       
      You Can’t Take it With You
      Written by | MOSS HART and GEORGE S. KAUFMAN
      Tuesday 10 to Saturday 14 April 2018
      Evenings at 7.30pm, Saturday matinee at 2.30pm
      Bridewell Theatre
      Bride Lane, off Fleet Street
      London EC4Y 8EQ
      Tickets: £11.50 - £18.50
      Box office: www.sedos.co.uk
      No booking fee.

      Gala Night - Friday 13 April
      Ticket includes a free glass of fizz, a show programme and a box of Essie Carmichael’s sweets.

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