Must See Theatre

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Jess and Joe Forever

BY ZOE COOPER
08 September 2016 — 8 October 2016

Meet Jess and Joe. They want to tell you their story. Joe is Norfolk born and bred and wears wellies. Jess holidays there with her au pair and is slightly too tubby for her summer dresses. They are miles apart even when they stand next to each other. This is a story of growing up, fitting in (or not), boys, girls, secrets, scotch eggs and maybe even love, but most of all, it’s about friendship.

Spanning several summer holidays, Jess and Joe Forever is an unusual coming of age tale that explores rural life and what it means to belong somewhere, if you can really belong anywhere. A layered and thoughtful play about finding your place in the world when you only know a small corner of it. Written by Zoe Cooper (Nativities at Live Theatre Newcastle and Man on the Moon for New Writing North/Sage) and directed by Derek Bond (Little Shop of Horrors at the Royal Exchange Theatre and Alice Birch’s Many Moons at Theatre503).

Running time 1 hour 5 minutes, no interval. Relaxed performance  Thu 29 Sep 2.30pm

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TORN APART

until 30th September, 7.30pm

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No Offence Theatre is a theatre company, founded by an Australian and a Pole, born from the need of creating contemporary, challenging and political work and bringing theatre back to the people. They present Torn Apart, with the 4 & 5 star reviews coming in thick and fast don’t miss out.

What a Nice Production (@WhataNicetheatre) presents IN LOVE and WARCRAFT  

6-10 & 13-17 November 2016 at 7:30pm

The award-winning romantic comedy by Madhuri Shekar tells a story of love and friendship in the 21st Century and shows how, sometimes, you have to lose yourself online to find yourself offline. Evie has it all figured out. She’s a college senior who wants a sex free life and plenty of time to retreat into the comfort of her laptop. Not only does she command a top-ranked guild in Warcraft with her online boyfriend, she also makes cash on the side writing love letters for people who’ve screwed up their relationships. After all, love is like Warcraft; it’s all about strategies, game plans, and not taking stupid risks. Right?

Well that’s what she thinks… until a guy comes along. In Real Life. Suddenly no amount of gaming expertise or advice from best friend Kitty will help her out when she finds herself with a non-virtual, totally real boyfriend, who wants more from her than she’s willing to give. As Evie prepares for the battle of a lifetime her two worlds finally collide. With hilarious and unexpected consequences, this is a play for anyone who understands (or wants to) what it’s really like to grow up online. In Love And Warcraft contains adult themes and so parental discretion is encouraged for under 16s.

Tickets: £15.  LINK:   https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/141422
Concessions: £13 (Students, NHS, Over 60s and Equity)

Shakespeare Trilogy 

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One of our followers Sarah J Dent has nabbed a part in the Donmar Trilogy! So go see it now!

Aged under 25, claim your FREE Ticket!

http://www.donmarwarehouse.com/mailing-list#F70T09yfbaBVhqLV.97

Big well done to Sarah J Dent

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Sarah J Dent is also the lead actress in Theatre4Thought’s play in development ‘Our Father’

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LABYRINTH

BY BETH STEEL DIRECTED BY ANNA LEDWICH

Running time: 2 hours 25 minutes including interval. £10 – £35

Three years ago the doomsayers were predicting the end. Financial apocalypse. But the system survived. Because the system works. Time to take advantage of the goodies on offer…

1978, New York. John Anderson is barely out of college and has landed himself a job on Wall Street. His dreams of unimaginable wealth, travel and power are made a reality as he jets around the globe selling loans to developing countries eager to borrow. And there are plenty – Mexico, Brazil, Argentina…

But cracks in the banks’ excessive lending strategy soon start to show. Despite the warning signs – and their consciences – John and his colleagues continue to pursue their targets, threatening to leave them all financially, and morally, bankrupt.

On until October 8th- Catch it Now!

ELSEWHERE Contexture Theatre present Mother Courage and Her Children at Harlow Playhouse. It opens on Monday 26th September and runs until Saturday 1stOctober.mother

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November 9-12th

Proforça Creative is a brand new non-professional theatre company based in London. It was formed with the idea to create a new and dynamic project which was more accessible than the average amateur theatre company.  We want to create a group of talented creatives united by their love of theatre in a warm, welcoming and encouraging environment. We’re a Not-for-profit organisation, which means that any money we raise from ticket sales or other revenue streams is invested back into the group to help further our aims of producing great quality non- professional theatre to a very high standard.

It’s our mission to provide opportunities for writers to have their work performed, actors to showcase their talent and to promote the work of the very hardworking people behind the scenes in the very important technical roles and provide them with a “stage” to develop and gain experience as well as put their talents to great use.  We feel that keeping it “small and friendly” is the way to go, which means creating fringe productions which will excite and challenge our audiences with something new.

As a non-professional theatre company, performance is our passion, but also a way to channel our talent from our “day jobs” in a new and exciting way. Within our group there are artists, performers, designers, writers and other creatives and we feel that by combining these other skills with our professional abilities (Marketing, Operations, Project Management, Finance, Communication, IT etc,) we are able to create something interesting, dynamic, and perhaps a little bit different to the norm.

Theatre allows us to step away from the office, put away the work email, (even if just for a little while) and go on those adventures which you just can’t have as part of the 9 – 5!

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They give life to the universe. For them, glitter boots, PVC and lurex merely reflect their divine power, infinite wisdom and ultimate funk!

Described as “The Rocky Horror Show for the Millennium” Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens is an award-winning musical set in a futuristic cabaret bar on the bad side of a very distant galaxy.

Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens is not just any old musical. It’s a cult phenomenon – a fantastic, intergalactic adventure, a brilliant audience experience, tonnes of cheeky fun, and a great party atmosphere, all wrapped in plastic and sprinkled with more than a healthy amount of glitter.  With songs like “Space Trucking” “Let’s Make Magic”, “All I Need is Disco” and the iconic “Glitter Boots Saved My Life” – this is sure to be one night out not to be missed.

Book Here: http://www.proforca.co.uk/buy_tickets

Headshots/Showreels

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OLOF MEDIA

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ATTENTION ACTORS! Having a good showreel assures casting directors of your talent and maximises your chances! Let’s make sure that every scene in your showreel represents the best of you! You pick the script, you play the lead, let us shoot it for you. www.olof.co.uk SHOWREEL | VOICEREEL | EDITING

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We have a great offer from Michael Spring, if you quote Actor Awareness he can offer you a fantastic deal. 3 edits for £65 on outdoor headshot packages

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Horaczko Photography

For £180 you can get 5 fully retouched images by Horaczko ( digital form and A4 professional prints ) . Check her portfolio at www.horaczko.co.uk

East London Shakespeare Company

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Winners – MMBF Winners Pack and Award, Cash prize : £150

Runners Up – Winners Pack, Award & Cash prize – £75

Rising Star (Audience Award) – Winners pack, award & £100 cash prize
What better reason to but yourself a ticket today at www.eastlondonshakespearecompany.org

HOW IT WORKS

1. FIND A PARTNER

2. PREPARE ONE CONTEMTORARY AND ONE CLASSICAL DUOLOGUE (DUOLOGUES SHOULD BE NO LONGER THAN 3MINS)

WHAT HAPPENS ON THE NIGHT

ACTORS COMPETE IN PAIRS WITHIN THREE ROUNDS

ROUND 1: CLASSICAL DUOLOGUE

ROUND 2: CONTEMPORARY DUOLOGUE

ROUND 3: IMPROVISATION.

ROUND 3 WOULD INVOLVE THE AUDIENCE. ACTORS MUST PERFORM SCENES GIVEN TO THEM BY THE AUDIENCE

Some Riot Theatre

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Hadley Smith & Hannah Lawrence

Some Riot Theatre is an emerging company made up of recent graduates from top London drama school Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. The company was founded by Lucy Burke in 2015 born from a realisation of a lack of a safety net for graduating actors resulting in many emerging performers struggling to make the transition from institutions such as drama school into the real world in which they had little control over their own careers or choices. Some Riot Theatre are committed to creating and producing new writing that is relevant and accessible to a diverse and contemporary audience, whilst supporting and nurturing emerging talent. Their debut comedy ‘A Series of Unfortunate Breakups’ premiered at London’s Etcetera Theatre with a sell out run in January 2016 before going on to a sell out run at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August. ‘Glitter Punch’ is their second play as a company,

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Glitter punch is at its heart a story of love and the search for belonging told by 16 year old Molly Davies as she embarks upon her first relationship, however events quickly escalate as we realise that the relationship is with her 27 year old sixth form tutor John. It is then up to use to decide if Molly’s perspective on her’s and John’s feelings are accurate or if something more sinister is really happening. 

Although the age of consent in the UK is 16, the law states that a sexual relationship between someone who is in a position of trust and a person to whom that trust extends, including those young people between the ages of 16 – 18, is illegal. Glitter Punch forces us to look at and reevaluate the laws on the age of consent and consider at what age do we really reach adulthood. These issues are not only deeply resonant to the company but are now more than ever becoming an exponentially important issue in contemporary society.

An extract of ‘Glitter punch’ is being performed at Slam, Kings Cross on October 1st as part of Theatre4Thought’s New Artist Night.

Instinct Theatre Showcase

INSTINCT THEATRE

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Instinct Theatre was founded early 2015 when Lily Driver directed and produced Sartre’s No Exit, Felicity Huxley Miners played lead role Inez. Shortly after the actresses began to establish Instinct Theatre’s ethos; both feeling passionate about the gender inequality in the industry they are proud to be a female led company that creates powerful and current theatre.

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This showcase is a step away from the traditional drama school format. We have a diverse cast from different backgrounds, ages and casting types but all incredibly talented and motivated performers.

The performances will have a huge range of theatrical material from the 1900s right through to the present day, exploring theatre through the decades with a comedic slant.

The showcase is directed by Helen Williams, experienced director and acting coach who also travels the world examining for LAMDA. 

http://www.instinct-theatre.co.uk/the-showcase

Theatre Review by Emelia Marshall Lovsey

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Review of Diary of a Mad Man

Written by Emelia Marshall Lovsey

Diary of a Madman tells the story of anti hero Pop Sheeran. For generations his family have been painting the Forth Bridge with pride, a job which takes so long that by the time he has finished painting, he has to start again. The problem is: there’s a new paint which lasts for fifteen years- if Pop uses it, he’d paint himself out of a job. Furthermore, a young Englishman studying engineering has come to stay with Pop’s family and caught the eye of his daughter. These combined forces cause him to start to lose his sense of personal, professional and national identity as well as his sense of purpose and with them he begins to lose his mind. Meanwhile his caring wife with the help of modern medicine and his beloved teenage daughter, try their best to keep him together.

This production of this play, despite its laugh out laugh moments, is fraught with tension. In a way, it echoes and draws similarities with Arthur Miller’s: A View From A Bridge. This play, written by Al Smith, despite its sheer brilliance, appears very occasionally at times as a little cluttered and sometimes difficult to follow. Though following a descent into madness is probably no easy thing. Either way, this is easily forgotten and forgiven due to the gripping nature of the story, compelling and captivating characters and impeccable quality that this production offers from start to finish. The play is in moments abstract and out there, which in another production could easily undermine the show; however in this case it is pulled off magnificently. This show is as slick and as sharp as a production you might find on at The National Theatre, a credit to the director Christopher Haydon and all the other creatives on board.

The talented cast of Diary of a Madman do an excellent job of telling this powerful story. Mel McCloud played by Lois Chimimba offers much needed comic relief. Louise McMenemy playing Mel Sheeran is a convincing teenager. Liam Brennan who plays Pop is the best thing to hit the stage since Mark Strong in a View From a Bridge at the Young Vic. He was nominated for an Offie for his extraordinary performance. He plays a character which an audience could easily find themselves disliking and yet he endears us to him as we find ourselves feeling great empathy for our anti hero. His stella and electrifying yet tender and sensitive performance is enough to leave any audience member feeling like they’ve been punched in the gut, ready to weep. It’s shows like this which are the reason we go to the theatre.

This moving production has a political undercurrent and begs questions about nationalism, identity, families, mental illness and insecurity. The story is enthralling. The direction and staging is on point. The acting is brilliant. This is a must see production, catch the London transfer from Edinburgh at The Gate Theatre in Notting Hill until the 24th of September.