The final two shows we did were at new locations for us, Plymouth Athenuem Theatre, and Abbey Hall, in Torquay.
What a wonderful finale to the tour. With lovely venue owners, lovely cast and crew, good audience feedback and lots of laughter behind the scenes, it was a wonderful experience - while everyone is exhausted, everyone is also happy, and that is the best way to finish a show run. We are now in downtime, with just a few workshops etc, and finishing shooting our feature film Mordred, before we come back in late August with the next theatre show, The Three Musketeers!
So, with Steampunked Jack The Ripper behind us, our cast are working on towards more fantastic productions!
Sidestage photos by Laura at Plymouth
Photos by an audience member (William Kehoe) at Plymouths show.
Rehearsals are now underway for Jack the Ripper. Everyone is doing great! Costumes are now underway, (not ready for viewing) and we are starting to get venues booked.
So, for a first peek, here is a rehearsal for a scene set in Abberlines office, discussing one of the Ripper suspects.
We are delighted to announce the castings for Jack The Ripper. We still have some roles to cast, so please get in touch by Saturday evening, if you would like to audition (we will be holding readings for these roles at 12 on Sunday, and then a full cast script reading from 1pm. For new cast members the rehearsal venue is the same as the auditions. If you would like to audition for one of the outstanding roles, please drop us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
Ed Stewart - Abberline
Julie Sharp - Martha Tabram & Diemschutz (feminised)
Mason Castree - Dr Llewellyn, and John Pizer
Kerrie Mifsud - Nurse 2, and Thomas Bowyer (feminised to Mrs Bowyer) Kerrie please note that Hutchinson on page 107 is now Mrs Bowyer as well)
Megan Tarrant - Mary Jane Kelly
Emma Hackett - Catherine Eddowes
Erika - Charles Cross and Artist.
Hayley Rushton - Elizabeth Stride
Seamus Mackinnon - Edmund Reid
Steve Stapleton - George Lusk
Josef McKinven- Barratt
Jem Snow - Polly
Carisse Norcott - Annie Chapman , Kirsty
Hannah Cummings - Waldron
Rich Sandford - John Kelly
Laura Jay - Nelly Holland, Nurse 1
Live music in the Ten Bells will be played by Sharon Hubbocks.
- Robert Paul scene on page 40/41 is cut,
- Kerrie and Megan please note that Hutchinson on page 107 is now Mrs Bowyer as well)
- The soliciting scene with Charles (now Charlie) Cross and Mary Kelly on 65-66 is now cut: the girls will now come in, order from Waldron and go and sit down.
- Nelly Holland and Eliza are now combined.
We still need to cast (some of the roles could be combined down)
William Gull (Freemason and well to do expert in medicine)
Henry/ Harry Turner -local pedlar, cheerful, slightly cynical and very practical.
John Reeves - Local workman (could be female if we cut from the freemasons scene and page 81, or we could combine with Carl or Kenneth)
Adam – client of the whores.
PC Watkins - local policeman, gaining his confidence, but not afraid to take on new challenges
Carl - soldier from the local barracks
Kenneth – soldier from the local barracks
Susie - Waldrons serving girl at the Ten Bells, younger and saucy, but tough
Don't turn your nose up at charity shops
Its well worth adding a tour of local charity shops to your weekly schedule. Sometimes youll find nothing, but we can honestly say we probably wouldnt exist if it wasn't for finding things that we can adapt, remake, etc, at prices that we can usually rustle up. Today though, two dresses were found in a nearby town, which are absolutely ideal for our coming Jack The Ripper production. We are pretty sure they must have been made for a previous period drama somewhere, but they are absolutely great - and there are two big sewing jobs saved, all for a fiver!
Updated by our secretary, Laura
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