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    With Aiden Turner (aka Ross Poldark) in rehearsal for The Lieutenant of Inishmore at the Noel Coward Theatre, a new play - A Very Very Very Dark Matter - opening at The Bridge Theatre in the autumn, and an Oscar in the bag for his film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Martin McDonagh is clearly hot property. BCP are delighted to have been ahead of the curve when selecting his play - The Cripple of Inishmaan - for their 2018/2019 Season back in April 2017. Set in 1934, on a small island off the West coast of Ireland and the arrival of a Hollywood film crew on a neighbouring island gives local youngsters the chance to escape the island and head for the USA. Local disabled orphan, Billy, able and bright, and in love with local girl, Helen, is cared for by two aged aunts. He is derided by the locals and protected by his aunts. Desperate to audition, to break away from the bitter tedium of his daily life, Billy persuades a local fisherman to take him to the neighbouring island by telling him he is dying of TB. Billy is cast in the film and goes to the USA. What does he discover about Hollywood? Will he return home to ‘get the girl’? The Cripple of Inishmaan runs 11-14 July 2018 at The Mill Arts Centre, Banbury, OX16 5QE – curtain up 7.30pm. Tickets are available from The Mill Box Office on 01295 279002 or online. Come along to see the master wordsmith McDonagh in action! Includes very strong language
  2. Audience With Murder is the opening production for our 2019 season. It is intriguing, multi-layered, witty, and full of unexpected twists. A Russian doll of a play, it moves from a seemingly innocuous domestic play-reading, through a murder mystery in the classic style, to a final terrifying and violent climax. The actors play characters in four different plays within the one so there is ample opportunity to stretch your acting self! ROLES George - late 40s/mid-50s Sally - late 40s/mid-50s Charles - early to mid-20s Kim - early to mid-20s The following should be borne in mind if auditioning: Adult Themes Strong Language Gun Shots REHEARSALS There will be two Cast get-togethers during August to discuss the play. The first rehearsal will be Monday 3 Sept 2018, then Mondays and Thursdays thereafter. Production dates are 21 - 24 November 2018 at The Mill Arts Centre. You will need to be available from Sunday 18 November 2018 for Technical and Dress Rehearsals. You do not need to be a member to audition but will be required to join if cast. Click for further details on BCP membership. Auditions will be held at The Mill Arts Centre, Thursday 5 July 2018, 7.30pm. Any questions, please email Director, Terry Gallager or email BCP on contactus@banburycrossplayers.org.uk. We look forward to seeing you! If you are interested in auditioning but are unable to make the above date, please get in touch.
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    People by Alan Bennett

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    Dorothy’s inheritance is an old, run-down mansion she can’t afford to maintain. The play follows various attempts by her and her sister to resolve the issue. These include “gifting” to the National Trust; selling to a property developer, and film-making (of a less than salubrious nature where Dorothy is clearly aware of the comings and goings in the four-poster bed). Underground rumblings from a disused coalmine, the discovery of a large number of (still full) chamber pots and an untimely visit from the Bishop make for a show full of fruitful conflict. People completed its National Theatre tour in 2015 and BCP are one of the first amateur companies to perform this entertaining, funny and touching play where Bennett successfully blends satire with nostalgia to produce a thought-provoking piece of theatre. For tickets contact www.themillartscentre.co.uk https://www.facebook.com/events/396991050760082/
  4. BCP announce OPEN AUDITIONS for the final play of their 2017 / 2018 Season: Martin McDonagh's The Cripple of Innishmaan. This wickedly funny, poignant play is set in 1934 on a small island off the West coast of Ireland. The arrival of a Hollywood film crew on a neighbouring island sets the youngsters' hearts racing with the prospect of escape and a new life in the USA. Roles available:Kate : 50-70 yrsEileen : 50-70 yrsJohnnypateenmike : 50-70 yrsBilly : 16-25 yrsHelen : 16-25 yrsBarty : 16-25 yrsBabbybobby : 20-60 yrsDoctor : 50-70 yrsMammy : 60-80 yearsThe fabulous character parts are raw, hilarious, challenging, irreverent and realistic, requiring a creative approach and, of course, an Irish accent. This black, tragi-comedy is about getting the audience to laugh and cry at the same time. It is a play to challenge concepts of political correctness; to question who, in fact, are the people who don’t fit in, and a hope of replacing pain and loneliness with laughter and love.Auditions will be held on Thursday 22nd March 2018 at The Mill Arts Centre, Banbury, 7.30pm. Production dates are 11th - 14th July 2018 at The Mill Arts Centre. You will need to be available from Sunday 8 Jul.y 2018 for Technical and Dress Rehearsals. You do not need to be a member to audition but will be required to join if cast. Click for further details on BCP membership. Rehearsals (24 in all) will be on Mondays and Thursdays, 7.30pm-9.30pm, starting after Easter 2018. If you are interested in auditioning but are unable to make the above date, please get in touch. There will be a read through at The Mill Arts Centre, 7.30pm, 20 February 2018. All welcome! For further information and details of audition pieces, contact Director Chrissie Garrett on 01295 810412 or 07557 023144 or by email to chrissiegarrett@btinternet.com.
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    My Boy Jack by David Haig

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    Telling the story of Rudyard Kipling sending his 17 year old son, Jack, to war in 1915, the drama covers three periods. 1913 : the conflict between 15yr old Jack - with defective vision but desperate to get away from home - and his father's determination to send him to war. 1915 : when Jack, despite his defective vision and aided by his father’s influence, does go to war. 1924 : Kipling and his wife interview soldiers from Jack's regiment in search of news. This emotional and highly charged drama is the account of the anguish at the heart of a man whose storytelling continues to delight millions the world over. Tickets: £12.50 | £11.50 Concession (Concession Weds & Thurs only) www.banburycrossplayers.org.uk www.themillartscentre.co.uk http://bit.ly/2qMlcjw
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    Caught in the Net

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    Two households, both alike? Well not totally alike, perhaps. One is in Wimbledon and one in Streatham. They do have one thing in common though – the hapless taxi-driver, John Smith. Ray Cooney’s hilarious sequel to Run for your Wife comes to The Mill Arts Centre, Banbury in the shape of BCP’s production of Caught in the Net. This is an up-to-date piece which sees the return of bigamist taxi-driver, John Smith, battling with his two wives, whilst at the same time trying to keep his two teenage children (one by each wife) from meeting – they having got in contact via an online dating agency. Aided and abetted by his hopeless lodger, Stanley, the ever-spiralling situation gets increasingly out of hand with riotous results. The production opens at The Mill Arts Centre, Spiceball Pk Rd, Banbury, OX16 5QE on 1 February 2017 and runs until 4 February 2017. Curtain up 7.45pm. Tickets are available from The Mill Box Office or 01295 279002.
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    Open Auditions: The Tempest

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    BCP's April 2017 production could be for you! We are auditioning for William Shakespeare's "The Tempest". This magical piece take on a new twist for BCP as it will be performed "in the round". There are opportunities for actors of a broad range of experience - including the potential to “gender-swap” many of the roles (including Prospero, Ariel and Trinculo). See below for details. Auditions are on Thursday 1 December 2016, 8pm, at The Mill Arts Centre. There will be a read through on Tuesday 15 November 2016, 8pm at The Mill Arts Centre - everyone welcome! Performance dates are 26-29 April 2017 at The Mill Arts Centre, and 30 April 2017 and 1 May 2017 at George Washington's ancestral home, Sulgrave Manor. If you are interested in being involved but cannot make the above dates, please get in touch - contactus@banburycrossplayers.org.uk or 07802 301726. We look forward to seeing you! For more information go to www.banburycrossplayers.org.uk Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/14806555594/
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    Banbury Cross Players' final offering for our 2015/16 season is an entertaining group of one act plays: David Tristram’s Peas : Gerry and Daisy are the first to test out a new dating agency and quickly discover how much they have in common - including Star Wars, Chinese food, Wagner and sex. David Tristram’s The Extraordinary Revelations of Orca the Goldfish : For Henry Smith (actor, business tycoon, comedian, Casanova and acting US President) life was rarely dull. For his housewife, wife, Alice, it was rarely anything else. Until, that is, French waiter, Michel (tall, dark and available) enters. Fantasy blurs into reality, secret passions explode and only Orca the Goldfish knows the truth. Harold Pinter’s The Dumb Waiter : Hitmen Ben and Gus, wait in a basement room for their next assignment. Ben reads his newspaper. Gus ties his shoelaces. The dialogue progresses to argument. The dumb waiter in the back of the room occasionally delivers food .. and eventually the details of their assignment. But who will be left standing?
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    Banbury Cross Players announce Open Auditions for their forthcoming production of Arthur Miller’s challenging play, “The Crucible”. Focussing on the fate of those caught up in the persecution surrounding the 1692 Salem witch trials and originally reflecting Senator McCarthy’s hunt for Communists in 1950s America, its meaning (says Miller) “is somewhat different in different places and moments”. Director, Chrissie Garrett’s vision centres on the themes of hysteria, fear of differences, and hunting out those who think differently, staging the play in modern dress and in a timeless fashion. There will be a read through at The Mill Arts Centre, Banbury on 7 June 2016 at 8pm – all welcome. Open Auditions are on Thursday 30 June 2016, 7.30pm, also at The Mill Arts Centre. Performance dates are 2-5 November 2016 at The Mill Arts Centre. You do not have to be a member to audition but will be required to join if cast. Rehearsals will be on Monday and Wednesday evenings, commencing 1 August 2016 (consideration will be given for holidays already booked). For more information about the roles in this play or to register your interest go to: www.banburycrossplayers.org.uk/current-season/crucible-arthur-miller https://www.facebook.com/BanburyCrossPlayers
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    Agatha Christie's "The Hollow"

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    A relaxing weekend with friends and family at The Hollow, the home of Sir Henry and Lucy Angkatell turns into intrigue when murder follows romance. Director: Liz Riley
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    David Tristram’s Peas (directed by Tara Lacey) David Tristram’s The Extraordinary Revelations of Orca the Goldfish(directed by Rob Hall) and Harold Pinter’s The Dumb Waiter(directed by Jem Turner) performed from Wed 13th to Sat 16th July 2016.
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    IS THERE A DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE? Not to worry, Banbury Cross Players aren’t all of a sudden struck down with some mystery illness. We’re getting ready for some medical mayhem and infectious antics in our forthcoming production, Ray Cooney’s hilarious farce, “It Runs in the Family” at The Mill Arts Centre, 3-6 February 2016. As Dr David Mortimore is putting the final touches to his imminent address to a neurologists’ convention (which will probably earn him a knighthood) old flame, Jane Tate, arrives and announces that their liaison 18 years ago resulted in a son, Leslie, who is downstairs and desperate to meet his dad. Frantic to hide this catastrophic news from his wife, Rosemary and the hospital authorities, David is forced to invent not one but two non-existent husbands for Jane. To complicate matters, preparations are well advanced for the Hospital Pantomime. Add to this a Police Sergeant, a wandering senile patient, an assortment of (real or otherwise) matrons and a syringe full of tranquiliser, the scene is set for a hilariously entertaining evening’s theatre. BCP are delighted to introduce four talented actors making their debut for the company in this production. Hilary Beaton, playing Jane Tate, Fraser McMinn, playing Dr Connolly, Zoe Pickworth playing the Sister and Isaac Stuart playing David’s long lost son, Leslie join the line-up of this fast-paced farce. Director, Terry Gallager, is enjoying putting his 12 strong cast through their paces and is particularly pleased with (for the first time in his theatrical career) the scale model of the set he has to work with – courtesy of set designer Peter Bloor. Very handy for knowing where those essentials of Farce are – the doors! Tickets are available now from The Mill Box Office on 01295 279002 or https://www.themillartscentre.co.uk/cms/event/81951 The Mill Arts Centre www.banburycrossplayers.org.uk
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    Pack of Lies by Hugh Whitemore

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    Banbury Cross Players' production of Pack of Lies by Hugh Whitemore will be staged from 4th - 7th February 2015 at the Mill Arts Centre, Banbury. Tickets £12. www.themillartscentre.co.uk
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    Open Auditions for The 39 Steps

    4 talented Actors, 130 characters, 100 hilarious minutes MYSTERY • ROMANCE LAUGHS • DRAMATIC THRILLS!!! Adapted by Patrick Barlow, this comedy version of John Buchan's post-war thriller will be staged by Banbury Cross Players from 22 - 25 April 2015. If you're interested in auditioning for the production, please come along to our open auditions on 15th January. For more information, please go to www.banburycrossplayers.co.uk
  15. Banbury Cross Players invites you to audition for their February 2015 production of Hugh Whietmore's Pack of Lies. In 1961 Peter and Helen Kroger, two Americans living in a London suburb, were convicted of spying for Russians and sentenced to twenty year’s imprisonment. From these facts Hugh Whitemore wrote a powerfully moving fictional account of the events leading to their arrest with the action centred on the unsuspecting Jackson household – Bob, Barbara and their teenage daughter, Julie. The Jackson’s live opposite the Krogers, believing them to be a convivial Canadian couple and their closest friends. Then a stranger arrives, announcing that he is from M.I.5 and quietly coerces the Jacksons into allowing their house to be used as a surveillance post. In the nightmare months that follow, the Jacksons’ decent happy life is shattered as the truth about their much loved friends is gradually revealed to them and, helpless in an alien, sordid world of deception and treachery, Barbara reaches breaking point with the agonizing realisation that the Krogers have betrayed her and she, in turn, has betrayed the Krogers. Cast Bob Jackson (30 to 40) Peter Kroger (40 to 50) Barbara Jackson (30 to 45) Stewart (50+) Julie Jackson (16 to 17) Thelma (25 to 35) Helen Kroger (30 to 45) Sally (25 to 35) Open auditions will be held on Thursday 30th October, at the Mill Arts Centre, Spiceball Park, Banbury. For more information contact Terry Gallager on terrygallager1943@gmail.com

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