Auditions Notice – A Midsummer Nights Dream

msnd-auditionsAuditions 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
House, Seend.

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:

If you would like to be considered for a part, but have transport issues, please EMAIL:

If you are struggling to find the venue on the day, please call us on 07780 938107 for directions. Continue reading


A word from The Beard aka Caliban

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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

An Ocean of Ariels

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:

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First rehearsal…

… 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

Finding a set and having a clean up…

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

The Tempest Auditions

Sunday 10th January 2016, 10-4pm, The Royal Oak, Corsham
Show dates will be 4th – 9th July 2016 at Lackham House

12250112_830784393707389_6017294820802809141_nTo 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