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  1. The Nomads will be presenting Love Me Slender by Vanessa Brooks in July 2018. A perceptive and comedic look at modern issue… Siobhan, the ‘Achiever of the Year’ inspires her hopeful new recruits in the Slim For Life dieting club. Performance dates: 10-14 July 2018 at 7:30pm Rehearsal days: TBC to suit Audition dates: Tuesday 27 March 7.45pm Thursday 29 March 7.45pm Wednesday 4 April 7.45pm Auditions will be held in the Bob King room at The Nomad Theatre, Bishopsmead Parade, East Horsley, Leatherhead, Surrey KT24 6RT (click here) If you are interested in auditioning and/or would like further information, please email us to let us know on annabelle.nomads@gmail.com or call Moyra on 07771 757625. Characters: Playing ages aren’t too important, with the exception of Kelly – neither are “sizes” as we can costume to suit requirements! Siobhan – 30/40’s, Group Leader. Target Weight: Maintained it for 2 years “…and so will you”. She is slim and attractive. Totally absorbed by the programme and is dictatorial and controlling. She also has a darker side. Claudette – 40’s, Hotel bar Manager. Mancunian. Target weight: A Turquoise mini skirt and for her daughter not to be ashamed of her. She is overweight. Lucinda – 30’s, Marketing Manager. Target weight: £40K a year and an executive chair. She is aiming for size 10 and is only 10 pounds over. Desperate for promotion. Rosie – Church worker. Lives with an ailing mother. Target weight: A slim third finger and that one small world. Rosie is slightly overweight. Celia -60’s Retired housewife. Target weight: Room in the waist band for an extra post bridge scone and room in her husband’s life for her. She is fun and mad. Wants to lose weight so she can go on walking holiday with husband and a friend. Jean – 40/50’s Part time wife, mother and chronic over worker. Target weight: “the confidence to make an independent decision. I think.” Jean is slim has lost 4 stone! Kelly – 20’s unemployed. Target weight: Transparency. She is slim. The post Casting now – Love Me Slender appeared first on Nomad Theatre.
  2. Club Night – 10th March

    Come along and join us on Saturday March 10th at 7pm for a great fun social evening. It’s an opportunity to meet up with old friends and make some new ones in the new Bob King Room. The Bar will be open and we will be serving complimentary nibbles. You will hear about two of our future productions (including “Love me Slender” which we will be casting soon) and learn about some exciting partnerships to publicize our wonderful Theatre. Paul Asher will be “breaking the ice” with a one of a kind entertainment. RSVP to annabelle.nomads@gmail.com or on this Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/333274507185974/ The post Club Night – 10th March appeared first on Nomad Theatre.
  3. Freewheelers Easter Showcase Wednesday 21st March @ 7.30pm Tickets: £12 Concessions: £6 Carers go free – please contact the box office Limited Wheelchair spaces available – please contact the box office Box office: 01483 284747 Our box office is open on Saturday’s 10.30am – 12 noon. AT all other times, please leave a voicemail with your name and telephone number, clearly stating your requirements and we will call you back. Online box office: www.ticketsource.co.uk/nomadtheatre Join the Freewheelers at our Easter Showcase for an evening of Dance, Drama, Film and Music presented by our weekly workshop groups. From incredible improvised dances to hilarious Roman radio plays and live musical medleys, our creative programme promises to entertain! The post Freewheelers Easter Showcase appeared first on Nomad Theatre.
  4. Shakers By John Godber and Jane Thornton 14-17 February 2018 Directed by Michael Ayres “This companion piece to John Godber’s ‘Bouncers’ (written by him and his wife Jane Thornton), was set in a cocktail bar somewhere in the north of England during the Thatcher years, but could easily have been a comment on austerity Britain and the #metoo movement. The cast was made up of four actresses, who each spend almost the entire 90 minutes on stage and between them play a wide variety of parts related to the cocktail bar. Each has a core role as one of the waitresses in the bar and then also had several cameo roles – male and female – ranging from the girls celebrating a 21st birthday party, young couples on a big night out through to the TV executives taking advantage of “happy hour”. Each character gave a monologue during the action which illustrated the living, breathing aspects of their lived lives as human beings, in contrast to the sneering, condescending customers who called them ‘lovey’, made tiresome innuendoes and saw in them distortions of their own tawdry fantasies. The director, Michael Ayres, had gathered a strong cast to represent the waitresses. Carol (played with an affecting world weariness by Nikki Kirkup), has a degree and urges the other girls to make something of themselves and not waste their lives on men. Nicky, admirably played by Laura Spalding, yearning to be an actress showed confidence, – until faced with an audition. Adele (Hayley Clines with an impressive reprtoire of facial expressions told us of her first sexual encounter, – at age 16, with her teacher which led to an abortion. Mel, young, sarcastic and embittered by life, was wonderfully played by Lucy Hamilton. As an ensemble the actresses showed us how the friends supported each other and clung on to their self respect and belief in something, maybe, a little better than they had in the bar. The Nomads’ decision to stage the play in the cramped (Ed: some might say “intimate”!) Studio was an excellent one. The audience being in the midst of the smoky atmosphere. Sound, and choice of music was spot on, and brought new romantic (was it?), nostalgia to the play. The minimal set was well wrought too, showing enough of a, slightly seedy, cocktail bar but allowing us to concentrate on the people who populated the space. A nice touch was the velvet roped entrance to the club in the Nomads (real), bar with a DJ’d doorman to lead us through the light festooned (very ’80’s!), corridor into ‘Shakers’. And can I have been the only audience member to have got in to the spirit of the play with a pre-show ‘Greenroom Gloomraiser’ cocktail? Thank you Nomads!” As seen by Amdramfan The post Review: Shakers (by AmDramFan) appeared first on Nomad Theatre.
  5. NODA representative, Mark Allen, reviews the recent production of Dick Whittingon and his cat by The Nomads at The Nomad Theatre in Surrey (find us). The NOMADS – “Dick Whittington and his cat” Nomad Theatre – 13th December, 2017 Author – Peter Denyer Director – Andrew Hamel-Cooke Choreography – Samantha Potten Musical Director – Gareth Alber Warmly welcomed by the front of house I was ushered into the bar and awaited meeting with Andrew, the director who extended his good wishes and requested we remain to meet the cast later. A refurbished and (purpose) rebuilt theatre, it was gratifying to see it almost full. Greeted with a relatively simple set which worked very well, the changes as they were, were slick and without much fuss. Well lit and with good sound too, the diction was clear and could be heard well above the three-piece band offset stage left. In true fashion the pantomime started and we were introduced to a motley cast of characters ably led by Sophie Johnstone as Dick, Daniel Shepherd, very boo worthy as King Rat and the sweet and innocent Hayley Clines as [Fairy] Bow Bells, all three confident and audible. Michael Ayres played the dame Sarah the Cook, and seemed to be enjoying the role too, as was fairly evident. I liked the enthusiasm, it rubs off well! The cast and chorus were well drilled by Andrew Hamel-Cooke and the choreography (Samantha Potten) was well performed, and in the main all in time too! Again like Sarah the Cook, the chorus and associated cast (too many to mention) (Ed: see below for our comments!) were really enthusiastic and this came across well, helping the audience to a very good evenings entertainment. Overall a really enjoyable evening, and well worth the drive to see it. Well done Andrew and well done Nomads. Mark Allen December 2017 The Nomads are members of NODA, which has a membership of 2500 amateur theatre groups and 3000 individual enthusiasts throughout the UK, staging musicals, operas, plays, concerts and pantomimes in a wide variety of performing venues, ranging from the country’s leading professional theatres to tiny village halls. Editors comments Unfortunately, the large cast meant that not everyone got a mention by name, but we wanted to add a few notes on their amazing performance! Millie Jane Franks as Idle Jack was punchy, energetic and had fabulous stage presence! Iain Watson (Alderman Fitzwarren) and Jeff Wightwick (Captain Cuttle) both embodied their characters with sincerity and humour. As The Sultan of Morocco, Richard Peachey‘s accent work and nimble movement made for very lively scenes! Sasha Plaché brought grace and wonderful singing to the part of Alice Fitzwarren. King Neptune and his mermaid (Ricky Powell and Tilly Winford – not to be mixed up) were ethereal and deserving of the audience “oohs” and “aahs” under the sea. Our not-very-dynamic duo of baddies, Gnashfang (Lisa Arnold) and Gnawbone (Johnny Diamond) were suitably nasty, horrible and comedic in equal measures. Tommy The Cat played by Karolina Sepiak presented an amazing solo self-choreographed dance piece as well as plenty of laughs and cheers! All the adults and children in the ensemble clearly worked very hard to present coordinated and energetic group songs and dances which the audience loved. All of the production team should have a huge pat on the back too – costumes were fantastic as always,… make-up was striking and a great display of what Guildford College students can do,… props convincing and consistently well placed,… lighting enhanced the audience understanding of the story locations and sentiment,… sound kept the pace and humour of the scenes,… staging, flying and scene changes were slick,… and the chaperones kept all of us in check… not just the children! Millie Jane Franks as Idle Jack Sophie Johnstone and Karolina Sepiak as Dick and Tommy Daniel Shepherd, Lisa Arnold and Johnny Diamond as the baddie rat pack The band (L-R) – Vito, Ryszard and Gareth Richard Peachey as The Sultan of Morocco Ricky Powell and Tilly Winford under the sea The post NODA review: Dick Whittington & his cat appeared first on Nomad Theatre.
  6. A Christmas Carol By Charles Dickens Adapted and Directed by Graham Botterill Tuesday 11th to Saturday 15th December at 7.30pm, matinee on Saturday at 2.30pm Tickets: adults £16, children/students £10 (£12 for adults on the 12th) A brand new adaptation of this classic, popular story. The post A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens appeared first on Nomad Theatre.
  7. The Chalk Garden By Enid Bagnold Directed by Murray Stephens Tuesday 13th to Saturday 17th November at 7.45pm in the studio Tickets: adults £12, children/students £10 A grandmother seeks a governess for her 16 year old granddaughter, while Laurel herself manages to drive them away by exposing their past. The post The Chalk Garden by Enid Bagnold appeared first on Nomad Theatre.
  8. Much Ado About Nothing By William Shakespeare Directed by Andrew Hamel-Cooke Tuesday 9th to Saturday 13th October at 7.45pm Tickets: adults £14, children/students £10 (£12 for adults on the 9th) A sharply witty romantic comedy – a battle of the sexes. As soldiers memories of conflict give way to a life of parties and masked balls, two fall madly, deeply in love, while another two reignite their own altogether more combative courtship. The post Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare appeared first on Nomad Theatre.
  9. Trivial Pursuits

    Trivial Pursuits By Frank Vickery Directed by Michael Ayres Wednesday 12 to Saturday 15 September at 7.45pm Tickets: adults £12, children/students £10 At the summer meeting of the Trealaw and District Operatic Society, next season’s play is to be announced. The society’s business manager, Nick, runs into trouble, having promised a different show and the plum roles to four different people. A comedic look at the world of amateur dramatics! The post Trivial Pursuits appeared first on Nomad Theatre.
  10. Play In A Week 2018

    Play In A Week celebrates 20 years in 2018! Directed by Brandon McGuire Performances 28 July at 7.30 and 29 July at 2.30 Tickets: £13 The Nomads annual week-long project for people with a range of physical and/or learning disabilities. A special play is commissioned each year with a unique part to suit every individual wanting to participate. Not to be missed! The post Play In A Week 2018 appeared first on Nomad Theatre.
  11. Love Me Slender By Vanessa Brooks Directed by Clive Bowden Tuesday 10th to Saturday 14th July at 7.30pm Tickets: adults £14, students £10 Siobhan, the ‘Achiever of the Year’ inspires her hopeful new recruits in the Slim For Life dieting club. Siobhan has lost seven stone, found a new self, a fulfilling job and a wonderful husband. Now, she encourages others to achieve the same. A perceptive and humorous look at modern issue. The post Love Me Slender by Vanessa Brooks appeared first on Nomad Theatre.
  12. Charlotte’s Web

    Nomes Youth Theatre presents Charlotte’s Web By EB White Friday 29th June at 7pm, Saturday 30th June at 2pm and 7pm, Sunday 1st July at 2pm Tickets: adults £14, children/students £10 We meet Charlotte, the spider, who is utterly determined to save her friend Wilbur, the pig. Box office: 01483 284747 The post Charlotte’s Web appeared first on Nomad Theatre.
  13. In association with Bookham Light Operatic Society Annie Get Your Gun By Irving Berlin, Dorothy & Herbert Fields Directed by Andrew Hamel-Cooke Musical Director, Selena Hegarty Wednesday 16 to Saturday 19 May at 7.30, matinee on Saturday at 2.30 Tickets: adults £16, children/students £12 Annie Oakley and Frank Butler meet when she beats him in a sharpshooting contest at Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show and the two have to negotiate between their competitive sides and their blossoming love for each other. Aimed straight at the heart, Berlin’s sensational musical from the Golden Age of Broadway includes such classics as “There’s No Business Like Show Business”, “Anything You Can Do” and “I Got The Sun In The Morning And The Moon At Night”. Take a look at the review of the 2017 musical, Oklahoma – click here! Box office: 01483 284747 The post Annie Get Your Gun in association with BLOS appeared first on Nomad Theatre.
  14. Show to be announced! Friday 23rd March at 7.30pm Saturday 24th March at 3.30pm Tickets: adults £8, children/students £6 Nomes Youth Theatre is a fun and exciting youth theatre group based at the Nomad Theatre in East Horsley, Surrey. We run classes for children and young people aged 4-18. Find out more The post Show by The Young Company (Nomes Youth Theatre) appeared first on Nomad Theatre.
  15. Auditions – Shakers

    Auditions – Shakers This 90 minute play is presented by four waitresses, Adele, Mel, Carol and Nicky, each under pressure in different ways, and describes a typical night at a bar called Shakers. The play is set in 1985, and has plenty of quick-fire humour as well as monologues by each character. The actresses play all the characters in the bar, including the clientele the four waitresses have to deal with. Director: Michael Ayres Performance dates: 13-17 February at 7:45pm Rehearsals: Sunday / Wednesday / Friday Audition dates: Tuesday 9th January at 7.30pm Friday 12th January at 7.30pm Auditions will be held at The Nomad Theatre, Bishopsmead Parade, East Horsley, Leatherhead, Surrey KT24 6RT (click here) If you are interested in auditioning and/or would like further information, please contact the Director on info@nomadtheatre.com Characters Shakers is an ensemble piece, with each actor playing equally featured roles. The playing age is 20s to 30s, but rapport between the actors is as important. Adele is a single Mum, aching for a better life, but needs to make ends meet. She and Mel do not see eye to eye. Carol is a graduate with aspirations which haven’t panned out – yet! Mel is possibly a little older, worked in a pub before Shakers, quite likes working in a cocktail bar, and could be a little larger than average. Mel also plays a Scottish chef during the play. Nicky – maybe a bit of peacemaker amongst the girls, she has aspirations to be a performer. The post Auditions – Shakers appeared first on Nomad Theatre.

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