Theatre company newsletter Oct 2012
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Oct 2012 The South Devon Players Theatre Company Newsletter—October 2012 T H I S I S S U E : u p c o m i n g s h o w : •Look out for us on the small A m e d i e v a l C h r i s t m a s 1 2 8 5 screen this winter This show is the most ambi- •Donation from Chelsea tious that the South Devon will be performed in January: Building Society Players have yet attempted. •Winter shows– dates, news Tickets £5 adult, or £3.50 With a large cast, this show is and tickets (under 16/ proof of means- set in the hall of a medieval tested benefits) •Spring show audition lord, and is intended to dates—BBC tie-in Ticket bookings - tel 07855 bring to life the atmosphere 090589 after 5pm. •National script agency of a medieval lord’s seasonal Susie rehearsing with the harp promoting one of our show celebration, with a local twist. Paignton— Paignton— Fri January 11th scripts Baptist Churst Hall, Winner In addition to this drama, you In Exeter, in the late 13th • Photoshoot projects will also see two mummers Street, Paignton. 7.30pm Century, a dispute erupted at •New logo for website use plays, the first being a ritual Exeter cathedral, over who clash between the seasons, Brixham— Brixham—Sat January 12th was to be the new cathedral and the second the legend St Dean. The dispute ended in Christian Community Centre, Boniface, a saint from Crediton, murder, and after the Bishop Fore Street, Brixham3pm and who is linked with a legend was blocked in his investiga- 7.30pm telling of the origins of the tions, he appealed for help to Christmas Tree, traditional and Sunday January 13th, (TBC) friends in high places, with medieval carol singing , dance, the results that King Edward I There will also be a charity gymnasts, and enjoy live harp & spent the Christmas of 1285, performance to be announced Exeter Cathedral flute music by professional in Exeter, spearheading the soon, which will take place in musicans Susie and Bill Tresize. investigations—and the city’s either Torbay or Churston, on mayor was hanged on Boxing This is a full length show, run- please check website nearer day. ning to around 2 hours, which the time for details. P a r t o f w i n t e r s h o w s c r i p t n o w p r o m o t e d b y n a t i o n a l s c r i p t a g e n c y Brownfish Scripts, a national script According to legend, St Boni- and he spent time preaching agency, have recently taken on part of face, an 8th Century monk to the (suddenly receptive) our winter show script, which means from Crediton, in Devon, tribe, by the light of candles that it will shortly be available for other travelled to the continent to placed around the tree. theatre companies to perform. Laura’s convert “heathen” tribes, St Boniface, most well mummers play script, The Legend of St and came upon a tribe about known as the patron saint of Boniface, telling one of the legends of to sacrifice a child to an oak Germany , is also known as the origin of the Christmas Tree, was tree. He saved the child, the patron saint of beer and A 15th C statue of taken on by Brownfish Scripts, as a destroyed the oak tree, and brewers. St Boniface stand-alone short play. a small fir grew in it’s place, P a g e 2 T h e S o u t h D e v o n P l a y e rs P o s t c a r d s a n d p h o t o s h o o t s During the summer and au- for sale in two local shops. in the photoshoots. tumn of 2012, members of Unfortunately this idea proved Availability of the photo- the South Devon Players, impractical due to technical graphic prints will be an- supported by members of printing constraints, and nounced as soon as the the Aesthetic Clarity ltd therefore the images are due most cost effective sup- model agency from Paignton, to be printed as decorative plier has been located. produced Victorian themed photographs for sale on stalls local heritage photographs, at local history / culture in which costumed models events in Torbay in 2013, Laura and actors were photo- and in exhibitions relating to graphed at historical loca- both the South Devon Players tions around Brixham. The and local history. original intention was to print We would much like to thank these photographs in the Emma from Aesthetic Clarity, Aesthetic Clarity supporting posing for the photoshoot style of Victorian postcards this project and participating Photographer: Laura T h e a t r e c o m p a n y l o g o In order to upgrade the groups professional appear- Improving our ance in advertising and online, a new logo has been professional created for the groups user- image on sites such as Twit- appearance ter, Tumblr, etc, replacing online the two green theatre masks, which we used to for those sites. The intention is that the new logo will look a little more professional , colourful, and interesting. L o o k f o r u s o n t h e s m a l l s c r e e n After the summer excitement Escape To The Country, as took place to which of being filmed for BBC 2’s our episode is due for broad- all friends and group Escape To the Country, and re- cast sometime between now supporters will be creating a scene from our and mid January. invited—keep an eye upcoming show The Ballad Of on our website and We have a member who is Resurrection Bob, the wait will social networks for planning to record it to DVD soon be over, to see the show more information. so that we can all watch it, broadcast. and a celebratory screening Keep an eye on the BBC web- will be held at the Rising Sun Behind the scenes photo from site for upcoming episodes of pub where a lot of the filming during the filming P a g e 3 S p r i n g S h o w a u d i t i o n s Christmas show. This is a lively, humor- will be broadcast the same winter as ous traditional style stage play, due to we are auditioning the full stage be performed in late April or early May, show. It is open for full casting (male in Torbay, telling the story of a very and female roles, all ages 16— 116, famous smuggler from Brixham. which will take place at Chestnut Heights Community Centre, 7 for Resurrection Bob Elliot, faking his own 7.30pm, with weekly Wednesday death to get contraband past the evening rehearsals commencing the Promotional photograph coastguards, who then had rather a following week.. fright when they met him, alive and well, on the road to Totnes. The Ballad Of Resurrection Bob will be open for auditioning on Wednes- Last summer (2012) an excerpt of our day January 23rd 2013, following a script was performed for BBC 2 televi- weeks break from the Medieval sion by our cast members and show guests, in the Rising Sun pub, which W i t h t h a n k s . . . Doing important We would very much like to A big thank you also to the shop thank the Chelsea Building Brixham’s Sewing Box for their creative work in Society branch in Paignton, most welcome donations of for their recent and very unex- ribbon and lace offcuts— our local pected donation to our funds, between the medieval show community, with received in October 2012. We and The Ballad of Resurrection would also like to thank who- Bob, all will be used to very local people ever nominated us. Such good effect! donations really aid us in providing ever better perform- ances, with upgraded cos- tumes, equipment, publicity, etc. A n d i n b r i e f . . . Engagement... Wider acting opportunities acting career, keep an eye on our social networks, links available from our main Many congratulations to our members We now frequently receive casting calls site southdevonplayers.weebly.com Dave Jackson and Natasha Eyre, who are from directors and producers for TV now engaged to be married. shows, and local films, this may be for New members always welcome extras, contestants or larger acting roles. Advertisement space for winter show As well as always being open to new per- Sometimes modeling opportunities may programmes... formers joining us, regardless of previous also arise. These are shared with our experience, at any of our auditions, we If you have a business or group which members on our social networks,. Some are also open to volunteers joining us to you would like to advertise in our theatre are limited to known active theatre com- help with front of house duties, publicity, programmes, for the charge of £5 (for a pany members but others are open to filming events, costuming, etc. We are black & white, business card size advert, anyone following the theatre company always happy to provide references after please get in touch as soon as possible. news, so if you are looking to expand your successful completion of a project .
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