Friday, 30 September 2011

We Found Love and an Exquisite Set of Porcelain Figurines Aboard the SS Farndale Avenue

The 2011/12 Season in the Bradon Forest Theatre certainly started in style! A small cast of GCSE Drama students directed themselves in a play from the ever popular 'Farndale' series, in which actors take on the role of the Farndale Avenue Amateur Dramatics Society as they endeavour to perform to their village. Lines are always forgotten, the lighting and sound effects go wrong, set falls down around their ears and there's normally and on stage argument where one of them storm off, only to return 'for the good of the theatre'.

'We Found Love and an Exquisite Set of Porcelain Figurines Aboard the SS Farndale Avenue' was no exception. The basic plot of the play had something to do with a cruise ship, a famous actress, a box of porcelain figurines and a ship wreck, but you'd be forgiven for being more interested as to whether 'Thelma', played by Frankie Brett, would return for the finale after her dramatic tantrum!

All the students performed excellently and really took to their 'alter egos'. The cast included: Izzy Rowand, Frankie Brett, Michealla Penfield, Jack Matthewson-Inglis, Feion Harding with Rei Shimizu on the piano. The stage management, lighting and sound were all done by Oliver Webb, who had a tricky time following the script for cues... I don't think all of the line/cue merry-go-rounds were scripted!

Click here for the photo gallery.

Great work by all involved and we can now look forward to November where we will see all the students return in A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by Mr Calder.

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Are you in Bristol between 29 September and 8 October?

Then go and see The Importance of Being Earnest, presented by Floor to Ceiling. Our good friend (and frequent technician) Dan Shearing is working on it, so you know it will be good!

Showing at The Redgrave Theatre, Bristol. Tickets are £13 - £16. Call 0117 9223686 for tickets.

Friday, 16 September 2011

Do you want to meet Wobulous Discombobulous?

Those of you who have been paying close attention may have noticed that our March booking of Shifting Sands has disappeared! Due to unforseen circumstances, the company have had to 'shift' their tour dates for Boxed In to 2013... therefore we have a gap to fill. So, what do you think about puppets?

Wobulous Discombobulous is an anarchic sock in Folded Feather’s Suitcase Circus. He presents a line up of extraordinarily talented performing objects, all with their own unique and captivating storylines. Suitcase Circus features the most unlikely of performers including the world's only acrobatic potato sack, a daredevil ski glove, an incredible dancing milkshake straw, the hypnotic tie snake Windsor Knot, and the lovable yet bizarre magical Mexican hat Timrek. As with all quality circuses, they have a wonderfully weird and bizarre musical accompaniment provided by Maurice who must bear the burden of performing alongside such delinquent object theatre.

We've just pencilled them in for the 15th March. What do you think?

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

New season starting soon!

Welcome back everyone! I hope you all had a lovely refreshing Summer and are now ready to see the Winter in in style. We have a jam packed season for you which we're really excited about. Not only are Publick Transport back with their new show, but we have two different Gonzo Moose productions! It's going to be a good year.

In preparation, we've given our foyer a lick of paint and I think you'll agree, it's looking pretty swish.

Foyer paint job

Our first show is a Bradon Forest Theatre Company production of 'We Found Love and an Exquisite Set of Porcelain Figurines Aboard the SS Farndale Avenue' on Thursday 29 and Friday 30 September:
This is another classic comedy in the ‘play within a play’ Farndale series. Our students play the Townswomen’s Guild’s Dramatic Society as they attempt to prove the age of elegance, glamour and enchantment is not dead… well, not quite anyway.
Tickets are on sale now, so email me to book yours! Don't forget to check out our website for full season listings. You won't want to miss anything!