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  1. Friday 2 June at 7.30 Tickets: £10 An evening of humour with Charles Garland and Alfie. This is a fundraising event for the new Greenroom building. Recorded cameo music by Rick Wakeman, with occasional extracts from the book “My Labrador Eats Poo”. Directed by Sam Snape Charles Garland is a writer and composer, television producer and director. His performing career began at Birmingham Repertory Theatre as a dancer in a musical, and ended at The Old Vic Theatre as actor / musician in a production of Dickens’ Great Expectations. Soon after, Charles joined the BBC, as assistant to Sir Jonathan Miller for a new production of Cosi Fan Tutte. Following that, he worked on shows such as Blue Peter; three Royal Variety shows; sketch and variety shows, including The Paul Daniels Magic Show as well as dramas and a stint as director of Top Of The Pops. Sitcom became a major part of his working life, with Terry and June; Joint Account; and Last Of The Summer Wine as assistant producer, and assisting David Croft OBE, on Hi-De-Hi!; ‘Allo ‘Allo! ;You Rang, M’Lord? and Oh, Dr Beeching! as producer. Next, over a three year period, Charles re-edited most of the classic comedy archive for the BBC, including Dad’s Army; Are You Being Served?; Steptoe and Son; Porridge; The Good Life and more. Having left the BBC, Charles is now freelance, and going back to his roots with his book of ‘whimsical verse’ entitled ‘My Labrador Eats Poo’ (not quite as disgusting as it sounds) illustrated by Harry Venning, and this stage show, which features Charles, and his Labrador Alfie. Follow Alfie on Facebook and Twitter! The post Once Upon a Labrador appeared first on Nomad Theatre.
  2. Audition dates coming soon! Dick Whittington – By Peter Denyer December 12 – 16 including a Saturday matinee We need dancers / singers / actors – small parts and principals, as well as a Musical Director and Choreographer. Get in touch with Artistic Director, Andrew Hamel-Cooke now to express your interest – Cast list Principals King Rat Dick Whittington – principal boy Idle Jack Sarah the Cook – Dame Alice Fitzwarren – principal girl Fairy Bow Bells Tommy the cat – non speaking Alderman Fitzwarren Captain Cuttle The Sultan of Morocco Smaller roles King Neptune – optional Gnawbone – a rat lieutenant Gnashfang – another rat lieutenant Sailor 1 Sailor 2 The post Dick Whittington Auditions appeared first on Nomad Theatre.
  3. Directed by Andrew Hamel-Cooke Wednesday 15 to Saturday 18 November at 7.45, matinee on Saturday at 2.30 Auditions for males, 20-30 playing age are still open! Contact Andrew by email: A comedy by Brandon Thomas set in Oxford in 1882, this English farce follows the hilarious events that arise when two students, Jack and Charles, use the excuse of the imminent visit of Charley’s aunt Donna Lucia to invite their young ladies to their rooms. The post Charley’s Aunt Auditions appeared first on Nomad Theatre.
  4. Saturday 9th September at 8pm Tickets: £15 Come and hear the big band sound The Ember Big Band is a not-for-profit line-up of 23 talented musicians that made its debut in March 2015. It performs at major events throughout Elmbridge (and often way beyond – the Eastbourne Air Show is on the cards for August). Past gigs have included sell-out Christmas concerts, regattas, Thames Heritage days, a Rat Pack dinner dance at Whiteley Village and a special `command performance` for the Mayor of Elmbridge`s nominated charities for 2017. Our line-up of 23 musicians (plus talented singers) perform numbers in styles and tempos ranging from the Great American Songbook to swing, Latin, funk and rock. The band is conducted by Bill Geldard, one of the UK`s best known trombonists and arrangers. Since turning professional at the age of fifteen he has played with some of Britain`s most famous orchestras and musicians including The Squadronaires, Geraldo, Ted Heath, John Dankworth and Jack Parnell. Ask him about the high spots of his career and there is a modest pause (probably because there are too many to mention). Then he recalls touring with Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Liza Minelli and Sammy Davis Jnr; having a solo specially written for him by Sinatra`s arranger, Nelson Riddle; performing with Henry Mancini at “The Pink Panther” premiere in Switzerland; playing on the sound track of the first Bond film, “Dr. No” – and on the signature tune of ITVs hit 70s TV series “Minder”. Bill says: “Ember is an amateur band – but we take a professional approach to everything we do. There`s a difference between being `amateur` and `amateurish`. We`ve got a cracking programme lined up for the Nomad Theatre – and are confident of a great audience.” Ember Big Band Publicity Officer is Nick Handel 020-8398-2789. 07742-139004. The post Ember Big Band appeared first on Nomad Theatre.
  5. Nomes Youth Theatre Summer Show in a Week Monday 31 July to Friday 4 August for ages 8 to 17 Daily classes culminating in a show on Friday 10.30 to 3pm each day £145 Summer Storytelling 31 July to 4 August 10 to 11 am each day for 4 to 7 year olds £35 see for latest information The post Nomes Youth Theatre Summer School appeared first on Nomad Theatre.
  6. Presented by Andrew Brewis, starring Giles Shenton Directed by Simon Dowling Saturday 22 April at 3pm and 7.30 Tickets: £12 This one-man comedy play ‘My Dog’s Got No Nose’, by Ron Aldridge, takes us on a journey through the events surrounding a stand-up comedian’s first ever public performance. Stand-up comedy, unrequited love, animal lovers, facts of life, sibling rivalries and mercy-killing are just some of the elements covered in this very funny and bitter-sweet story, as we discover that both the man and the ‘performance’ are not quite what they seem. This ‘debut’ is the fulfilment of a lifelong dream and illustrates perfectly the old adage, “be careful what you wish for!” “Bitter-sweet, very funny, sometimes poignant, often hilarious!” “This evening will leave you laughing and crying at the same time!” “It was so good my husband didn’t fall asleep!” The post My Dog’s Got No Nose by Ron Aldridge appeared first on Nomad Theatre.
  7. The music of Richard Rodgers presented by Andrew Brewis Saturday 6 May at 3pm and 7.30 Tickets: £14 A celebration of some of the greatest songs ever written. Featuring Chris Read and Jess Radcliffe, supported by a live band! Come and hear songs from Carousel, The King and I, The Sound Of Music, My Favourite Things, Pal Joey and more … ‘Something Good’, ‘The Lady Is A Tramp’, ‘Have You Met Miss Jones’… the list goes on. Richard Rodgers was an American composer of music for more than 900 songs and for 43 Broadway musicals. He also composed music for films and television. He is best known for his songwriting partnerships with the lyricists Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein II. His compositions have had a significant impact on popular music up to the present day, and have an enduring broad appeal. The post The Sound of His Music appeared first on Nomad Theatre.
  8. directed by Rachel Scott and Francesca Peplow Friday 30 June at 7.30, Saturday 1 July at 2.30 and 7.30, Sunday 2 July at 2.30 tickets adults £10, children £7 All the Nomes groups join together to present a selection of drama and singing from a variety of popular musicals. The post Nomes Youth Theatre presents Musical Mayhem appeared first on Nomad Theatre.
  9. Directed by Graham Botterill Wednesday 5 July to Saturday 8 July at 7.45 Tickets: adults £12, children/students £10 In this often hilarious tragi-comedy, three sisters come together before their mother’s funeral, each haunted by their own demons. The three each have different memories of the same events, causing constant bickering about whose memories are true. The post Memory of Water by Shelagh Stephenson appeared first on Nomad Theatre.
  10. Play in a Week directed by Brandon McGuire Monday 24 to Sunday 30 July performances 29 July at 7.30, 30 July at 2.30 tickets: £13 An original play, specially commissioned for PIAW. This annual week-long fully inclusive project enables actors with learning and/or physical disabilities to enjoy the magic and benefits of participating in a theatre show and putting on public performances. “Always a treat!” The post Play in a Week appeared first on Nomad Theatre.
  11. directed by Jeff Wightwick Wednesday 4 October to Saturday 7 October at 7.45, matinee at 2.30 on Sat 7th Tickets: adults £14, children/students £10, £12 for all adults on 4th This wonderful farce is set in a top floor London flat, belonging to Philip and Joanna Markham. The flat has been renovated, and so has been largely empty. Philip is a publisher of children’s books, and he shares an office with his partner, Henry Lodge, on the ground floor. Philip agrees to let Henry borrow his apartment for the evening to “entertain” his latest girlfriend. At the same time, Joanna Markham is persuaded by Linda Lodge to let her borrow the apartment, so she can entertain her lover. What nobody knows is that the interior designer who had been decorating the apartment for the past three months has decided that this was the night he and the au pair girl would try out the new round bed! When all three sets of people converge on the apartment, expecting to find it empty, chaos and confusion ensue. The post Move Over Mrs Markham by Ray Cooney and John Chapman appeared first on Nomad Theatre.
  12. Tuesday 12 to Saturday 16 December Evenings 7.30, matinee at 2.30 Saturday Tickets: adults £16, children/students £10, £12 adults on 12th A traditional pantomime which follows the story of Dick Whittington, his cat and his rise to fame in London. This show has got it all – from shipwrecks to streets paved with gold! With barrels of laughs, slapstick, great musical numbers and plenty of audience participation there will be something for everyone to enjoy. The post Dick Whittington by Peter Denyer appeared first on Nomad Theatre.
  13. It is with regret that we have had to cancel the production of Charley’s Aunt that was going to start on 1st March. The play will be performed later in the year from 14-18 November. In its place Andrew Hamel-Cooke and his cast will present another more modern comedy. Struggling sculptor Brindsley Miller and his fiance, Carol, are having a party with the aim of impressing Carol’s bombastic father, Colonel Melkett, and millionaire Georg Bamberger. They hope the two men might purchase some of Brindsley’s sculptures. Without permission, they have borrowed the furniture and effects of their fussy neighbour, Harold, to make their own flat more presentable. Just before the guests arrive, the main fuse blows, plunging the flat into darkness. What follows is a frantic romp with unexpected visitors, mistaken identities, and surprises lurking in every dark corner! Only we, the audience, can see the action that ensues in the dark. As you might expect, the results are chaotic, disastrous “ and very funny, indeed! The post Black Comedy by Peter Shaffer appeared first on Nomad Theatre.
  14. NODA representative, Jon Fox, reviews the recent production of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by The Nomads at The Nomad Theatre in Surrey (find us). The NOMADS – “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” Nomad Theatre – 14th December, 2016 “This fascinating novel from the mighty pen of C S Lewis is the best known of the Chronicles of Narnia and is a good choice for a company such as Nomads, who have several talented children as players. Set in wartime 1940, when the four Pevensie siblings, Peter, Edmund, Susan and Lucy were evacuated to the Dorset countryside to live with the Professor – unnamed in this production, but Digory Kirke in the novel – and a scary housekeeper, Mrs Macready, the story revolved around the adventures of the four children in Narnia, reached via a prominently placed wardrobe. An opening set of the children’s bedroom contained four single beds (with bedding) and a wooden chair and table with sewing machine (for Mrs Beaver to use later) set downstage left. A prominent and effective looking street lamp stood downstage right. The winter Narnia scene was beautifully set out with snowy landscapes and icicles up left. Tinkling winter music enhanced the magical effect. The four leading players were three children and a very young adult. They were, in age order, Hazel Eve as Peter (late teens), Poppy Finnigan as Susan aged 12, Ethan Tang as Edmund aged 10 and Eleanor Cain as Lucy, also aged 10. Hazel as Peter, the oldest sibling was a most accomplished actor, dressed in boy’s garb (shorts and pullover), and had the natural authority of an oldest child. This was a performance that will long remain in Hazel’s memory in years to come though she is already an experienced performer for her age, it must be said. Ethan as wilful, naughty Edmund, had amazingly good body language, which I noticed straight away. He had wonderful diction too, as did all the siblings – Eleanor as Lucy, the object of Edmund’s lies, had real actor’s truth in her protestation of having previously been in Narnia. later proven as the truth. The brother / sisterly teasing and protesting was so well done. If we did not know that all drama playing children were practically perfect in every way, at home, etc. I could have sworn that they had sometimes actually been naughty in real life, so natural was their playing. Forgive the teasing, it really is a compliment! Poppy as Susan, the second eldest child, initially disbelieving Lucy, but believing that Lucy was merely game playing, rather than lying, was a key force for good in the plot. Her tenderness towards Aslan and courage in defying the Witch, showing her steely character. Another extremely mature performance for a mere 12 year old. Helen Dixon as the White Witch was evil personified. She has enormous stage presence, with superb timing and diction and clearly relished playing this evil character as much as I certainly did watching and admiring. As the Witch’s “alter ego”, Mrs Macready, her bossiness and disdain for young children was made, rather marvellously, richly evident. Her demise (as the Witch) was wonderfully portrayed! In stark contrast, Owain Williams, who was also the kindly yet mysterious Professor, endowed Aslan the Lion with a calm stoicism and timeless force for good. To my mind there were definite similarities to the story of Christ sacrificing his mortal life to save others. C S Lewis surely intended this thought. Owain had the aura both as Professor and Aslan, so vital in these, giving a titanic performance. There were distinct Biblical parallels! Michael Ayres as the scary Maugrim, in magnificent costume and facial make up (including coloured contact lenses and wolf’s teeth), was marvellously horrible. Much heavy breathing (think Donald Trump with asthma), plus a horrifying howl …… lovely! Voraciously evil and eventually slain by Peter. Matt Weaver, new to acting as his programme CV stated (though one would not have realised) was an athletic and kindly Mr Tumnus, the fawn greeting Lucy, whilst carrying an umbrella and two parcels and inviting her home for tea, but with a view to betraying her to the witch. Stick with the acting Matt, it suits you! Iain Watson and Elaine Burns as Mr and Mrs Beaver, protecting the children in their home where Mrs Beaver sat sewing and welcoming. Warm and skilled portrayals were given by both players, their vast acting experience being obvious. Colin Barnard was an affable and well played Father Christmas. No trainsets or playstations here, but rather a sword, dagger and magic potion. But he was accompanied by an elf, three (girly) reindeer and, glory be, Jingle Bells with dancing, A most effective scene. Several keen and agile young folk played various creatures. The dance of the tiny animals was carried out charmingly by Izzy Teasdale (Rabbit / Leopard 1), Jenny Bridges (Deer / Leopard 2) and Amelia Potten (Deer / Leopard 3). All these young players did themselves proud in this production. Another young performer who did well was Emily Ingold, just a little older and a fairly recent school leaver, playing Santa’s Elf and the Wolf, later slain by Peter and carried off by Maurgrim. Amelia Tang was a sinister dwarf. It is immensely healthy that NOMADS have these young folk coming up, hard on the heels of the older generation. I was impressed by the scenery in this production; the winter scenes were spectacular and made me shiver, merely watching. The statues and stone table were excellent too. The Witch’s sledge was also realistic. The in-house set construction team of Tony and Dee Bowdery, Justin Cobb, Ben Egan, Andrew Hamel-Cooke, Iain Macfarlane, David Martin, Anne Thomas, and Clive Vinall deserve a special mention for the superb creations they all made. Props – I loved the Witch’s whip, by the way – were by Jennie Hamel-Cooke and Tilly Winford, which is good news for the company. Costumes – again of top quality and effect – were in the capable hands of Sharren Bridges, Elizabeth Cross, Jenny Hasted, Jennie Hamel-Cooke and Caroline Tang. I would also like to mention the outstanding make up by Anna, Naomi and Becky, all Guildford College students. Absolutely superb work girls! Spectacular lighting was provided by Tony and Dee and sound by the assured Tim Williams. Without the expertise of dedicated, capable and unassuming people of this calibre, shows of this top standard are not possible, as all who are true theatre people are fully aware. Choreography was by Sophie Johnstone and the young people will have learned much from working under her tuition. Much of the dancing was quite charming. Anthony Kemp was the mighty Director working with Andrew Hamel- Cooke as Artistic director. The work and imagination that both these gentlemen provided in this vibrant production will stay long in the memory, not only of those fortunate enough to be cast on stage but also with the privileged audience.” Jon Fox NODA District 19 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. The post NODA review: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe appeared first on Nomad Theatre.
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