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    Casting for 2019…

    Here are the shows you can get involved in! Contact the Director if you know them, or email info@nomadtheatre.com to find out more. Gym & Tonic – March See http://www.nomadtheatre.com/casting-gym-tonic Funny Money – April See http://www.nomadtheatre.com/auditions-funny-money/ The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery – June Directed by Elaine Burns 1 male, 4 females – Gordon (play Inspector O’Reilly) Felicity Audrey Mrs Reece Thelma Every drama group has experienced the horrors of what can go wrong on opening night, and the ladies of F.A.H.E.T.G. Dramatic Society are no different, with the possible exception that almost everything that could happen, does! The scenery collapses, cues are missed, lines are forgotten and the sound effects take on a strange note at times, as the ladies present their ambitious evening’s entertainment with the cunning whodunnit, “Murder At Checkmate Manor”. Blue Remembered Hills – September By Dennis Potter. Directed by Jackie Shearer. 5 males, 2 females Willie – smarter, excitable, love airplanes always watching and thinking (acting with eyes and ears) Peter – Bully, not very clever (scratch head, confused look), thinks with fists, always wants what the others have Raymond – Younger, sensitive, cowboy (toy gun focus of attention), stutter, follower John – protective of brother (Raymond), intelligent, diplomatic, calms atmosphere, moral Angela – girly girl, twirls hair, she uses her femininity to get her way, always gets her way, doll prop (likes playing the mummy) Audrey – unfortunate, boys don’t like her, threatened by her tomboyish nature, stroppy, happily resorts to violence Donald – loner, abused, scared, isolated, introvert, scratching his body, hiding his scars with clothes This deceptively simple tale relates the activities of seven English children, played by adults, on a summer afternoon during World War II. Round And Round The Garden – October By Alan Aykbourn. Directed by Danny Sparkes. 3 males, 3 females – Reg (Annie & Ruth’s brother) Sarah (Reg’s wife) Annie (Reg & Ruth’s sister) Ruth (Reg & Annie’s sister) Norman (Ruth’s husband) Tom (A vet) This play is part of the Norman Conquests trilogy which takes place over one weekend, with the hapless Norman trying to involve himself with his sister in law and this brother in laws wife. It is a comedy which shows just what happens when misunderstandings occur! Jack & The Beanstalk – December Directed by Andrew Hamel-Cooke There’ll be magic beans this year at The Nomad Theatre. Jack, the Dame and the cow adventure up the beanstalk to defeat the evil Giant. But will Jack win his girl’s heart and the riches he so badly needs? Will good prevail over evil? Character list coming soon… The post Casting for 2019… appeared first on Nomad Theatre.
  2. NODA South-East Councillor, Kay Rowan, reviews the recent production of A Christmas Carol by The Nomads at The Nomad Theatre in Surrey (find us). A Christmas Carol – a step back in time to the Dickensian era. An true evening of nostalgia tinged with memories of Christmas’s past. This adaptation by Graham Botterill espoused all the nuances of the original novella but benefitted greatly from the technical advances in stage direction. The script was thoughtful and enhanced the action of the play. The pleasure of espying this delightful theatre is only heightened by the splendid theatre vestibule and surroundings. All the front of house staff were dressed in period costume which further developed the “mood” ready for the performance. The whole area of the stage was used at some point utilising the revolve to good effect. Very effective use was made of projection and video and the fly tower came into its own throughout. There was a minimum of props and furniture but quite enough to create the right effect on each and every scene. I particularly like the opening scene with Bob Cratchit’s desk down stage left with Scrooge’s alcove and the fire just to the left on the apron. The sound and lighting effects were very good throughout creating just the right amount of dismal glow without having to strain to see what was going on. All the costumes, hair and makeup were particularly appropriate in all scenes. Mr Fezziwig’ hair was a joy to behold. The use of songs by the ensemble served to raise the atmosphere of Christmas and family entertainment rather than promote music and singing for its own sake. All the music was well chosen and executed. The solos were delightfully clear. The use of recorded music was very judicious with the right level, length and style inserted into the play at appropriate moments. The adaptation of this Dickens novella was excellent. Graham is to be congratulated on his insight both of the original story, the ability to stage all the different scenes and guiding this fine cast to such a high standard of performance. The cast were a real team – this was exemplified by all the parts they undertook. – 20 actors for 60 parts! A truly outstanding production on all levels. Congratulations to everyone involved for bringing this gesture to Christmas to the stage of The Nomad Theatre and for giving the audiences so much pleasure. Kay Rowan – NODA South-East Councillor 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 – A Christmas Carol appeared first on Nomad Theatre.
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    Casting – Gym & Tonic

    The Nomads will be presenting Gym & Tonic by John Godber in March 2019, directed by Andrew Hamel-Cooke. Performance dates: 5-9 March 2019 Rehearsal days: TBC Don and Shirley Weston have come to the Scardale Hall Health Hydro to relax, pamper themselves and just possible rescue their ailing marriage. Don’s experiences with exercise and therapy are far from positive and the rifts in the marriage widen as his mid-life crisis becomes more and more evident, and moments of reconciliation do little to improve the situation! Audition dates will be set up in early January 2019 – if you’re interested in getting involved, contact: Andrew Hamel-Cooke, 07747 527180 / nomad.chairman@gmail.com Characters (inc playing ages) Don Weston – M, 39/40 – unfit Shirley Weston – F, 37 – Don’s wife, overweight and unfit Gertrude Tate – F, 72 Ken Blake – M, 42 – very fit Zoe – F, 27 – fitness instructor, step classes Chloe – F, 23 – attractive masseuse (physical part) Maggie Weston – F, 65 – Don’s mother (small part, one scene unwell) Sam Weston – M, 13 – Don’t son (small scene played by older actor but as a younger version) Shaun – M, 21 – unhappy / uncomfortable stydent, quite fit Bellboy – M, 20 – small part The post Casting – Gym & Tonic appeared first on Nomad Theatre.
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    Surrey Showcase 2019

    Surrey Showcase 2019 We’re back for another year! Applications will open in January for performers, and tickets will go on sale after Easter. Produced by The Nomads Saturday 17th August 2019 The post Surrey Showcase 2019 appeared first on Nomad Theatre.
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    Jack And The Beanstalk

    Jack And The Beanstalk Directed by Andrew Hamel-Cooke, Musical Director James Marr Tuesday 10th to Saturday 14th December at 7:30, matinee on Saturday at 2:30 Tickets: adults £14, children/students £10 There’ll be magic beans this year at The Nomad Theatre. Jack, the Dame and the cow adventure up the beanstalk to defeat the evil Giant. But will Jack win his girl’s heart and the riches he so badly needs? Will good prevail over evil? Suitable for children aged 5+ The post Jack And The Beanstalk appeared first on Nomad Theatre.
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    Round And Round The Garden

    Round And Round The Garden By Alan Aykbourn Directed by Danny Sparkes Tuesday 8th to Saturday 12th October at 7.30pm Tickets: adults £14, children/students £10 (adults £12 on the 8th) This play is part of the Norman Conquests trilogy which takes place over one weekend, with the hapless Norman trying to involve himself with his sister in law and this brother in laws wife. It is a comedy which shows just what happens when misunderstandings occur! The post Round And Round The Garden appeared first on Nomad Theatre.
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    Blue Remembered Hills

    Blue Remembered Hills By Dennis Potter Directed by Jackie Shearer Tuesday 18th to Saturday 21st September at 7.45pm in the studio Tickets: adults £12, children/students £10 This deceptively simple tale relates the activities of seven English children, played by adults, on a summer afternoon during World War II. The post Blue Remembered Hills appeared first on Nomad Theatre.
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    Play In A Week 2019

    Directed by Brandon McGuire Performances 27 July at 7.30 and 28 July at 2.30 Tickets: £13 Book online or call 01483 284747 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 2019 appeared first on Nomad Theatre.
  9. The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery By David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin Jnr Directed by Elaine Burns Tuesday 11th to Saturday 15th June at 7:45 in the studio Tickets: adults £12, children/students £10 Every drama group has experienced the horrors of what can go wrong on opening night, and the ladies of F.A.H.E.T.G. Dramatic Society are no different, with the possible exception that almost everything that could happen, does! The scenery collapses, cues are missed, lines are forgotten and the sound effects take on a strange note at times, as the ladies present their ambitious evening’s entertainment with the cunning whodunnit, “Murder At Checkmate Manor”. The post The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery appeared first on Nomad Theatre.
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    The Sound of Music

    In association with Bookham Light Operatic Society The Sound of Music By Rodgers and Hammerstein Directed by Martine Young, Musical Director James Marr Wednesday 22nd to Saturday 25th May at 7:30, matinee on Saturday at 2:30 Tickets: adults £16, children/students £12 This wonderful classic is set at the beginning of the second world war where accident prone Maria who is struggling to become a nun becomes governess to the Von Trapp family children. Featuring the classic “How do you solve a problem like Maria”, “The Sound of Music” And “My favourite things”, this is a truly feel-good musical. The post The Sound of Music appeared first on Nomad Theatre.
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    Experimental Theatre

    Experimental Theatre Friday 10th to Saturday 11th May Tickets: adults £12, children/students £10 A new, cutting-edge play by a new writer. The post Experimental Theatre appeared first on Nomad Theatre.
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    Funny Money

    Funny Money By Ray Cooney Directed by Jeff Wightwick Tuesday 9th to Saturday 13th April at 7:30 Tickets: adults £14, children/students £10 (adults £12 on the 9th) Good friends Betty and Vic arrive for Henry’s birthday dinner and Jean is frantic because Henry is late. When he eventually arrives, he wants to emigrate immediately, and with good reason: the briefcase he accidentally picked up on the Underground is stuffed with £735,000 – not his sandwiches! Hilarious innuendo and cruelly funny turns of fate ensue as the two couples assume various identities in their battle to keep the money. The post Funny Money appeared first on Nomad Theatre.
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    Gym & Tonic

    Gym & Tonic By John Godber Tuesday 5th to Saturday 9th March at 7:30 Tickets: adults £14, students £10 (adults £12 on Tuesday 5th) Don and Shirley Weston have come to the Scardale Hall Health Hydro to relax, pamper themselves and just possible rescue their ailing marriage. Don’s experiences with exercise and therapy are far from positive and the rifts in the marriage widen as his mid-life crisis becomes more and more evident, and moments of reconciliation do little to improve the situation! The post Gym & Tonic appeared first on Nomad Theatre.
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    Auditions – Funny Money

    The Nomads will be presenting Funny Money in April 2019, directed by Jeff Wightwick. Performance dates: 9-13 April 2019 Rehearsal days: TBC Good friends Betty and Vic arrive for Henry’s birthday dinner and Jean is frantic because Henry is late. When he eventually arrives, he wants to emigrate immediately, and with good reason: the briefcase he accidentally picked up on the Underground is stuffed with £735,000 – not his sandwiches! Hilarious innuendo and cruelly funny turns of fate ensue as the two couples assume various identities in their battle to keep the money. Auditions: Monday 17th and Wednesday 19th December – 7:30pm Location: The Nomad Theatre, Bishopsmead Parade, East Horsley, Leatherhead, Surrey KT24 6RT Contact details: Jeff Wightwick, 01483 280085 / jeffwightwick@yahoo.com Characters Jean Perkins – a pretty but ordinary woman in her forties Henry Perkins – an insignificant man in his early fifties Bill – a middle-aged London taxi driver of spirit Davenport – (police officer) a sparse, middle-aged man with a knowing glint in his eye Slater – (police officer) a solicitous and kindly soul, until provoked Betty Johnson – a buxom and cheerful woman in her late forties Vic Johnson – a brash man with feet of clay Passer-by – a large man Auditon pieces can be viewed… Audition pieces and pic of set The post Auditions – Funny Money appeared first on Nomad Theatre.
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    Bouncers

    Bouncers By John Godber & Jane Thornton Directed by Hayley Clines Wednesday 23rd to Saturday 26th January at 7.45pm in the Studio Tickets: adults £12, students £10 Box office: 01483 284747 – or Book Online Bouncers is set in and around Flamingo Joe’s – a nightclub, with the action focusing on the exploits of the four doormen and their customers. The play creates a vivid picture of the relentless antics of nightlife with its raw energy, flashing disco lights and raucous lads and lasses out on the town. The quartet of actors switch with pin-sharp precision from charismatic doormen to giggling girls to lads on the lash and back again. Four decades after John Godber’s Bouncers was first staged at the Fringe it remains one of the most popular and performed comedies. The post Bouncers appeared first on Nomad Theatre.

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