From June to August, they're here:
A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Merry Wives of Windsor,
Pride and Prejudice, The Taming of the Shrew,
Tom's Midnight Garden.
News and special events
Silchester Players are
holding auditions for their autumn production of Curtain Up on Murder
at the Silchester Village Hall on Tuesday 11th June at 19:30.
Abingdon Operatic Society are
holding auditions for their October production of Gilbert &
Sullivan’s The Gondoliers in Radley Village Hall on
Thanks to Graham Jerome of
Aldermaston Players for
pointing me at
Crash Test Drama UK, a Reading-based group with a monthly meeting
for developing and trying out ten minute plays. This is from their Facebook
It is an opportunity to -get your
acting fix if you're not currently cast in anything, -meet and network,
-direct if you fancy having a go or are between plays, -have your writing
performed, -win some cash if you are really good.
Evening goes as
follows: Once a month meet up at 6pm on a Sunday. Actors have a police line up
style audition. Directors, having received and chosen their scripts a few
days earlier, try to cast their plays.
Once cast there is a little over
an hour to rehearse, with (on-book) performances from 7:30 - no set, no line
Plays are voted for by the cast and the audience. The winner
goes through to the final.
Plays are penalised for going over 10 mins.
Everyone (cast, directors, audience) pays £3 and the winning two plays get
their share of the pot to be split between cast and director.
iPad users: annoyed by the poster popups in 'Coming soon'
not going away? It's a bug in the iPad software, but I've got round it by not
doing poster popups (on the iPad only). Tell me if you think this is better.
Digital Theatre have now got downloads or online rentals of Globe Theatre
productions of Henry VIII, Henry IV Parts 1 and 2
and The Merry Wives of Windsor for sale.
There's an interesting article by the Watermill's Tei Williams about the process in staging
a Watermill production, from choosing the play through to the
opening night. It's here.
If you're under 25, you can get Watermill tickets for £10 from the box
office. This is for performances from Monday to Thursday. You can also get
Student Standby tickets on the day for £3.
Now you can get
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the changes to this site.
Reviews of Silchester Players' They Came from Mars and Landed Outside the Farndale Avenue Church Hall in Time for the Townswomen's Guild's Coffee Morning("a truly side-splitting play... an excellent evening" - Angela Solomons; "this production succeeded on all levels" - Chris Horton).
Review of Compton Players' Murdered to Death("the production was smooth and well paced... very good, unobtrusive direction" - NWN).
New Era's June production is Graham Greene's Our Man In Havana.
Abingdon Operatic Society
are holding auditions for their October production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Gondoliers in Radley Village Hall on Sunday 19th May.
Review of Newbury Musical Theatre Society's The Sound of Music("a slick, polished production... the show fizzed and sparkled from beginning to end, generating a real feelgood factor" - NWN).
New season of student productions for Trinity Term at BT Studio, Oxford.
20th to 25th May, Progress Theatre present Colder Than Here, a drama about a family, and their different reactions to the news that Mum is dying. Not only that, but she’s determined to plan the perfect funeral. The play manages to be sad without being sentimental; moving and emotional but with a light touch.
The ODN Drama Festival of one-act plays runs at the Unicorn Theatre, Abingdon from 3rd to 8th June. There are 13 plays in all,
from 10 local drama groups, with three chosen by the adjudicator, Arthur
Aldrich, to be repeated on the Saturday.
The Marlborough Players' next production from 19th to 22nd June is Alan Bennett’s rollicking comic farce Habeas Corpus, guaranteeing a titillating evening of good old saucy British humour. This hilariously entertaining, seaside-postcard comedy combines the fast-paced fun of a classic farce with Bennett’s unmistakably dry Northern wit.
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