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Posted by The Hart on 19th Nov 07 Posted by

If there’s one thing you can be certain about in amateur dramatics, it’s that you can’t be sure, at any time, what will happen next, and to assume that you do is a dangerous supposition.

Posted by The Hart on 19th Nov 07 Posted by

You’d think any sane am dram society (if that isn’t a contradiction in terms) would heed that gem of age-old wisdom: “Never work with children or animals”. In reality of course, nothing could be further from the truth. In mitigation, are the little darlings not the society’s ever-enduring hope for future divas or Don Giovannis? Although if truth be told, all too often they turn out to be prima donnas instead. What is it about the tender years of youth that turn a promising youngster, unafraid to speak out before a sea of unknown faces, into the epitome of self-consciousness?

Posted by Jane on 19th Nov 07 Posted by
General, Marketing, Organisations, Performance Tags

Over the last few years I have seen several more amateur theatre productions than I care to remember. Some I loved, some were mediocre and some were just not my cup of tea, but all were a worthwhile experience in one way or another. However, there is one thing that has struck me, consistently, over the last year and that is the audience. The majority of them are of retirement age and obviously enjoy their night out, but one also notices the lack of young audience members.

Posted by Cliff Dix on 19th Nov 07 Posted by
Lighting, Organisations Tags

A short time ago one of the major national daily newspapers published an article praising British theatre set designers as the best in the world. The piece reminded readers of the backhanded compliment inflicted on a Broadway musical by an American critic many years ago “the audience came out whistling the sets”. The phrase referred, of course, to one of those occasions when the efforts of technical departments of a production eclipsed those of the cast.

Posted by Jane on 19th Nov 07 Posted by
General, People, Performance Tags

Very occasionally my mouth gets me into trouble! Actually to be honest most of the time my mouth gets me into trouble. It’s not just that I’m loud (and believe me I am, I’m one of the few actors Directors never address the remark “Could you speak a little louder so those in the back can hear?” to) it’s just that I still have to learn the meaning of the word “no”. Over the years, I’ve got myself into more scrapes than I care to remember.

Posted by Jane on 19th Nov 07 Posted by
Comedy, People, Writing Tags

John Chapman died on the 3rd of September 2001 at the age of 74. During his long career he not only wrote for stage and television on his own but he also collaborated with a variety of other well-know writers.

On his own John was responsible for:

Posted by Ray Dyer on 19th Nov 07 Posted by

I am writing this in February, but when you read it, hopefully, the pantomime season will, at last, have ended. You might detect in that remark that I am not totally enthusiastic about our Great British Pantomime Tradition. There is something make-shift about it all, despite the glitter and silly costumes; something strung together from a ragbag of music hall, fairy tales, Commedia del Arte, rude farce and famous faces.

Posted by Ray Dyer on 19th Nov 07 Posted by
Shakespeare Tags
How About a Shakespeare?

How does your company choose their next production? Ray Dyer examines the traditional Shakespearean fallback option…

Posted by Ray Dyer on 19th Nov 07 Posted by

Theatre in the park!

Posted by Ray Dyer on 19th Nov 07 Posted by

These words tend to result in a wave of depression when you have just delivered your audition piece on which you have laboured for the past dozen weeks or so. It’s a part you really want to play. You hope that the director might reconsider, might at least explain why you have been rejected. In your disappointment, you start to construct a plot in which he has cast all his usual cronies, some of whom haven’t even offered to sell programmes or paint the set!