Rehearsals are coming along amazingly with the team - here are a few shots of the rehearsal from Sunday :)
We are thrilled to announce that you can now catch our 2019 production of William Shakespeare's Macbeth, performed at Brixham Theatre in Feb 2019 (the same performance which went on to win a theatre award in New York), online for two weeks (starting now!) as part of Online Fringe Festival , an online theatre festival dedicated to sharing great theatre during the 2020 Covid lockdown.
Do pop over to https://www.onlinefringefestival.com/ to watch and find out more.
Apologies for the quiet as we have worked on rearranging auditions, looking at new ways of working, and looking at ways to respond to Covid-19.
To clarify; that is now done. We have agreed on ways to keep our auditions for Jack The Ripper open as sheduled, as well as opening auditions for an online "lockdown" performance of Macbeth.
The big change is that for the time of lockdown (and, if there are any especial demographics that need to isolate for longer), we will be accepting online self-tape auditions. These will have the same requirements as our usual "in-person" auditions - and should the lockdown be safely lifted before the Jack the Ripper auditions in July, then we will revert to our normal "in-person" castings.
We also decided to create a lockdown "online" project, which is a full performance of Macbeth - yes, that show we won international awards for last year and had to tour twice because public demand was so huge. Most of the cast are returning, though we do have a handful of roles open to cast, so if you would like to join us, the details are all below. The great thing about the online Macbeth project? It doesnt matter where you are, as long as you have a digital device running Zoom, and are a strong reliable actor.
(As Jack the Ripper will be live performances at venues (once lockdown is over!) our usual restriction of your needing to be based in South Devon, applies to Jack The Ripper though!)
The usual arrangements of profitshare (until such time as we can find funding or sponsors for full wages, behind the scenes, our admin team are working daily on this!) plus portfolio material (recordings, photos etc) all hold as unchanged.
All our current casting and audition information is over at our AUDITION PAGE
If lockdown continues, there are also a number of other smaller projects that can be done online, that are in the works - and we would love to stay in touch with you; so, if you would like to keep informed on upcoming castings and projects, do please either follow our FACEBOOK PAGE or join our PUBLIC FACEBOOK GROUP
And here is the weekly update!
First of all, we hope you're all keeping well and safe!
So, behind the scenes we have been battling away, looking at new ways of develoing our work.
1) The VE day film shot just before lockdown, is into post-production with a lovely contact of ours in Ohio, USA, and will be released in the early summer, although the VE Day commemoration events are, of course, cancelled.
2) We hope to have the first of the children's audio-books available online by the end of the week. This is a project where our actors collaborate with Southwest authors, on producing readings of thier books. The first book will be a wonderful short childrens story by our very own Alicja Bagier.
3) We are currently setting the dates and planning for online readings of both A Midsummer Night's Dream and Macbeth, which will go ahead at the end of May/ Beginning of June, subject to peoples availibility and equipment.
4) The open auditions in July for Jack The Ripper will take place, using online media if lockdown is still in place or people still need to self-isolate; so that date is unchanged, though the format of the auditions will be adjusted to the needs of the times.
5) We are in the process of moving the show dates for A Midsummer Night's Dream to late August/ Early September,. Obviously venues are struggling as much as we are to try to second guess when times will be better, so it is taking a while to get things all worked out. The Jack the Ripper dates seem to all be fine at this point.
6) Although funding streams of course are also hugely affected by the Covid-19 outbreak, we are still working hard behind the scenes on trying to locate funding streams which will be able to lead to our actors and crew gaining full wages for prductions, as an upgrade from the current profit-share situation.
As always, we are online every day, so if you have any questions, etc, please get in touch!
So, other than the last albums of photos, paying the cast & crew, etc, Macbeth is over.
What an incredible close to our tour of Macbeth, and 14 months of hard work. To everyone who joined us on the journey, you were incredible. From the lows of struggling to keep going to the highs of winning a theatre award in New York, this has been an incredible run, finishing with a public performance and a schools-only performance at Brixham Theatre, in our home town, where the first run of shows began last winter. The audience feedback has been brilliant, and it has been a completely brilliant experience. We are now working on a local history production; The Great Gale of Brixham 1866, and then the next Shakespeare show is already looming on the horizon: A Midsummer Nights Dream.
There will be a few more Macbeth updates, as other photos and show videos come in, and as we get further news, reviews and messages about the show. :)
Photos in this post by @Angela Harper of www.instagram.com/angeharperphoto/
In fantastic news we are back at our main rehearsal venue of Chestnut Community Centre tonight! After the building flooded with the boiler upstairs that burst, we have been rehearsing at Brixham Theatre who very kindly saved us from some major problems, by allowing us to rehearse at the theatre instead, to keep our tour of Macbeth running (without finding somewhere for the final dress/ tech rehearsals, we could not have run the major part of our tour). A HUGE thank you to Brixham Theatre.
Tonight, the centre walls are still in need of repainting, but the building is now dry. clean and safe (including the electrics) so we are very excited to be returning to our home tonight for our first rehearsal of The Great Gale of Brixham 1866.
Absolutely wonderful day working with this brilliant team yesterday at The Loco Klub in #Bristol, performing #Macbeth. A wonderful team of people, in a wonderful location- a theatre, arts venue and nightclub built into old underground railway tunnels at Temple Meads. Thank you to all our cast, crew, and audience!
Photos by Agne Stra Photography
Another great show at Ivybridge, and a lovely visit from Ann Laity the Mayor. The Watermark at Brixham is a fantastic space for performing, with a lot of versatility in the space. We had a great night, with a fantastic cast- it was a bit too busy an evening to get lots of photographs but we are planning a big photoshoot at Bristol. A huge thank you to the venue and the lovely audience at the Watermark. :)
Despite being flooded out at our home rehearsal venue due to a boiler fault, and having to move to another venue in town, in our final dress/techs for Macbeth (arrrrggghh!!) we had a cracking rehearsal with most of the cast yesterday, even though we were down to bare bones on tech and gear.
Cant wait to get on tour at the end of the week. (we will also be back at our home rehearsal venue in a few days, as the building and electrics have been checked and are all OK. For anyone coming to our next auditions on Sept 15, they will still be as moved to the emergency temporary venue for clarity to new people joining us, instead of moving venues across town again )
Updated by our managing director,