Last Sunday was a barricade special, where the tech crew started building the sound and lighting cues for that rather tech-heavy sequence, and the first time the actors were working in costumes (costumes are still being put together but we like to rehearse in even partial costume as soon as possible, because it helps with character development.
Looking forward to the first “on our feet” blocking rehearsal for the second half of our spring / summer theatre production of Les Miserables: The Memoirs of Jean Valjean, tomorrow, with our brilliant cast.
Next week we will be start the multiple weeks of characterisation and performance for the characters and performances and scenes with the actors and bringing in the crew to start in on building up lighting, sound and special effects.
(Photos from Wednesday’s first half blocking rehearsals)
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We had a wonderful opening read through to launch our touring theatre production of Les Miserables: The Memoirs of Jean Valjean. This show features a super cast from across the area, ranging from people who have performed in theatre for decades, through to people who are completely new to performing, those who have performed with us before, and brand new faces, side by side. Next rehearsal on Wednesday, is the first half of the show. It is an absolute delight to work with all these amazing people!
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VERY well done to everyone who auditioned!
It has been a long time of deliberations, but here is the cast list from the auditions!
Everyone who auditioned should have received emails by now - I understand a couple of emails didn't get through immediately , but we should all be there by now. Regardless of the outcomes, I think everyone should be very proud of some very talented hard work, and I would be delighted to work with you all.
Robin Purdie – Jean Valjean
Lee Metherall – Thenadier
Lisa Highton – Madame Thenadier, Toussaint
Joan Smith- Mlle Gillenormand, elderly lady in street
Elizabeth Ampadu – Eponine
Nick De Jasay – Enjolras, sailor with Bernardo,
Sarah Gregori - Javert
Alex Slade – Gavroche/ Petit Gervais
Parascovia Everett – Fantine
Lily Marlow – Grown Up Cosette,
Natalia Everett – Little Cosette
Ruth Willis – Estella, market soldier, Madame Mabeuf, firing squad soldier
James Hoff – Factory Boss, Bishop, Fueilly, Champmantheiu
Sean Kilroy – Bambatabois/ Brevet/ firing squad soldier
Rueben Reed – Marius, Thenadiers Inn Guest
Rich Sandford – Grantaire, Bernardo, market convict
Sacha Spencer - Pedlar, Prouvaire (also recorded for when away), soldier
Laura Jury – Courfeyrac, Pedlar (understudy for Sacha for one show), Sister simplice, Factory Girl 2
Ida Ivanoff - Gendarme, Prosector, soldier.
Brooke Harris - Inkeeper, Joly, covering Fantine for one show for Parascovia.
Our theatre company founder, Laura, who is also a member of Equity’s Directors & Designers national committee, was in London yesterday for a meeting at the Equity head offices on Covent Garden,# with the rest of the committee! Lots of excellent work around improving pay and conditions policies for creatives on a national basis, are in progress.
For more information on Equity Directors & Designers Committee, please follow
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And to meet all the people on the committee, pop over to the page on Equity's website HERE
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And this weekend, our tour of Beowulf concluded with an excellent performance at Torquay's Royal Lyceum theatre.
Now, the plans for over Christmas and the New Year, include sorting out our props and costumes from Beowulf (putting them away) and getting our props and costumes etc, for Les Misérables.
It has been a fantastic show run - after a shaky start and some recasts, it came to have fabulous feedback, with a small but an amazing cast, most of whom plan to return to the stage with us in future shows and projects, and fabulous permanent relationships forged with new venues.
At the South Devon Players Theatre & Film Company, we are now seeking to connect with schools (or other places of education) who would like to work with us - we would love to work with educational establishments (in discussion with what they need) to provide workshops, talks, Q&As, excerpt performances (etc - we are open to discussion with this) , this could be related to the literature/ story, the history or the process of creating the show. We also have some neurodiverse people within the cast, so discussions on making theatre participation accessible to people with those conditions is also very welcome.
These can be in person, at your school/ college, or we can host it in Brixham - alternatively we can also work with you over video link (Zoom etc)
We are also happy to discuss arranging full show performances, at cost, if these are relevant. The shows are all "suitable-for-all")
March - June this would be linked to our show Les Miserables: The Memoirs of Jean Valjean - this is a non-musical theatre drama based off the book, which is going on public tour to Brixham, Plymouth, Torquay and Exeter. Unavailable days would be the weekly rehearsal days; Wednesdays and Sundays (as well as the show dates)
August (so probably logistically September for schools) to January 2024 we will be producing William Shakespeare's Macbeth; this is the full uncut text, again touring publicly to Brixham, Plymouth, Torquay and Exeter, the staging is a post-apocalyptic setting (the aftermath of a nuclear war) , When we did this show (same approach and styling) in 2019k, we won a theatre award for it in New York after streaming it worldwide, and ran an extra weekday performance at Brixham Theatre for a couple of primary schools.
We would absolutely love to hear from anyone interested in discussing further.
Please (in the first instance) get in touch via email; email@example.com)
In case anyone was planning to get tickets on the door- our BEOWULF show at Exeter Barnfield is sold out tomorrow
Tickets still available for Torquay on Dec 9th via our website at southdevonplayers.com/box-office.html
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We were going to have stalls and fundraising on both Middle Street and in the Scala Hall, tomorrow, for Brixham's big Christmas celebration event, however with the forecast of high winds, all the Middle Street attractions have been cancelled by the organiser. Diverse Events, but we still have our stall in the Scala Hall tomorrow, from 10am to 2pm. We have some lovely costume jewelry and gifts like that for sale, and you can also come and find out about our next performances, and our upcoming auditions for Les Miserables and Macbeth, and our projects within the local community.
Thank you so much to Lovely Lisa this morning for helping set up - and preparing the jewelery for display.
We have now performed our run of three performances at Brixham Theatre, with great audience feedback, and are now getting ready for our performance at Exeter Barnfield theatre on December 2nd.
Tickets available from Exeter Northcott.
You can book tickets in advance or on the door. This theatre show is suitable-for-all, based on the classic 10th Century epic poem, (also a Key Stage 3 school text).
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