Auditions are due to take place for the Shakespeare Live summer production of
‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. Performance dates will be from July 3rd – 8th 2017 at Cleeve
Auditions will be held at Cleeve House, Seend, Melksham, Wiltshire SN12 6PG from 10am – 4pm on Sunday January 15th 2017.
The play is to be set in Pre-Christian Athens. The Fairies will be portrayed as elven wood- nymphs.
If you would like to be considered for a part, but are unable to attend the audition, please EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
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If you are struggling to find the venue on the day, please call us on 07780 938107 for directions. Continue reading
As someone who has performed in the odd play or two, I tend to look at a play and decide what would be an interesting part for me to perform – what character represents a challenge? How to meet that challenge? What is the emotional journey? The character quirks and flaws that I can explore? How can I convey these feelings, the subtle thoughts, the motivations, the projected back-history and bring the audience into an empathetic bond with my character? My wife, however, believes I look for the beard. Or indeed for The Tempest, “The Beard” – it deserves capitalisation!
Let me explain, my wife loves me – she loves not The Beard. The fact that The Beard is a part of me, seems to escape her loving notice. It does not, however, escape her critical, Continue reading
As part of the 400th year celebration of Shakespeare’s Death we had a fantastic weekend performing 6 Short Shows of Shakespeare on the lovely High Street of Corsham and wonderful Lacock School Carpark, to amazing audiences. The weather held out and the atmosphere was fantastic. Here is a little snippet from one of our Actors:
“Well – some notes from an actors perspective:
9.45am – collected by Penny and at the Corsham Town Hall for 10am. Went on a mission to get some food for lunch time and a pepper steak Ginster for Penny. Only just made it back in time – not popular with Gill!
10.30am – ready for the off outside Mountford’s Opticians on Corsham High Street. Reasonable crowd gathering.
Noon – 3 Corsham performances done and it’s gone pretty well with nice audiences. There was nearly a dogfight during the second performance. So then everything packed into two cars for the trek to Lacock school.
Friendly headmaster gives us refreshments and we set up. Big BMW parked in the proposed acting area. Will the owner turn up during a performance? Will my voice hold out for 3 more performances of Lear contending with the fretful elephants (sic)?
2pm – We start again. Not such big crowds but appreciative. BMW man turns up during our 5th performance and drives out through audience during Graham’s Malvolio scene. Scenes beginning to blur together we’ve done them so often but we finish all 6 performances and consider the day a success. Chocolate cake to celebrate!”
It is always a joy for me to share creative projects with others and as a designer/maker I am always happy to share, so here it is, costumes are going really well for The Tempest, we are pulling out some wonderful pieces from our large store of costumes to create a 16th Century court of gentlemen, Greek inspired Island dwellers and this week we had a lot of fun with some dip dyeing for our ocean of Ariels, there is more than one.
I definitely don’t want to give away too much as I love surprises but I did want to share with you the fun we had on a sunny but windy Monday morning outside with big buckets of water and a lot of white muslin fabric.
Here it is in process:
All gathered together with elastic and cotton ties.
We dunked the bottom half of the fabric into cold water.
Mixing up the main blue dye on a higher surface,. we used Dylon cold water dyes.
Dye mixed, squeeze excess water out of fabric and hang from washing line.
We mixed up a green with some of the blue in another bucket to do the bottom
Ocean in the wind.
… and the ship sailed majestically – it was the director’s car that got beached! Nothing daunted, Gill steered us through a very full and highly productive day of rehearsal. It was exciting to be getting started properly and meeting up with the rest of the cast, familiar faces and new ones. Good too to start getting to grips with some of the challenges and opportunities of this production – rigging the boat for the opening shipwreck for instance, not to mention the dizzying experience of working with our wonderful chorus of Ariels! What would be the right collective noun? A swarm, a flurry, a breath? Perhaps a gust? Continue reading
It’s always a great feeling to be ahead of yourself, and getting things done. On Sunday a group of us went to our barn where we keep our set pieces and props and had a good old clean up and rummage to pull together everything that’s needed for The Tempest’s very creative island set. Here are a few of the pictures of our fun little outing…
Lauren Davis – Assistant Director
Sunday 10th January 2016, 10-4pm, The Royal Oak, Corsham
Show dates will be 4th – 9th July 2016 at Lackham House
To be directed by Gill Morrell
Rehearsals will be every Sunday from 10am to 4pm starting on 17th April. Not everyone will be needed at each rehearsal in the early weeks, and some mid-week rehearsals will be arranged for actors with major roles. There will also be a read through of the play in February / early March, to be arranged. Continue reading