Filming today with some of our lovely team for a micro-short film about VE Day in 1945, for a community project by Brixham Future
March 14th 2020. Due to the global pandemic situation, most show dates for A Midsummer Night's Dream are being rescheduled to later in the summer . Brixham is already rescheduled to August, and Plymouth is being rescheduled. We are awaiting updates on the excerpt performance and on the performance at Bristol Shakespeare Festival. Updated events on our Box office page, are marked "NEW DATE" and events awaiting confirmation, are marked as TBC. If you have already bought tickets for any performance and cannot make the new date, please contact us so we can help you arrange no-quibble refunds.
At rehearsals Laura arrives early and disinfects main surfaces and door handles, etc. We ask all our team to follow current NHS safety advice. If we have a suspected case we may stop usual rehearsals until an all-clear is given or a clear quarantine period is over, in which case we will rehearse lines by video conference.
Anyone needing to self isolate (or who is indeed off with the illness ) will not be penalised in any way and will retain their full contracted share of show earnings. We do require, in either case, that they do not attend rehearsals until all clear.
Equity's guidelines are at
An informal interview with one of our regular actors who works with a specially theatre-trained assistance dog (one of only three - two at the time of filming) in the world. We made this video to answer some regular questions our actor gets about this, and break down some misconceptions :) It isnt the most cinematic video, but hopefully will prove interesting, and useful to other actors, and theatre companies.
Laura Jury (also sometimes appearing under the stage name Laura Jay), from The South Devon Players Theatre & Film Company, Brixham appears in Leaders Council podcast alongside Geoff Hurst.
The Leaders Council of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is currently in the process of talking to leadership figures from across the nation in an attempt to understand this universal trait and what it means in Britain and Northern Ireland today.
Laura from The South Devon Players Theatre & Film Company was invited onto an episode of the podcast, which also included an interview with Geoff Hurst. Host Matthew O'Neill asked both guests a series of questions about leadership and the role it has played in their careers to date.
Matthew O'Neill commented, ‘Hosting a show like this, where you speak to genuine leaders who have been there and done it, either on a national stage or within a crucial industry sector, is an absolute honour.’
Lord Blunkett, chairman of The Leaders Council of Great Britain and Northern Ireland said, ‘I think the most informative element of each episode is the first part, where Matthew O'Neill is able to sit down with someone who really gets how their industry works and knows how to make their organisation tick. Someone who’s there day in day out working hard and inspiring others. That’s what leadership is all about.’
You can listen to the podcast in full here: https://youtu.be/LIZ9du16ot0
You can also discover more about both Laura Jury and Geoff Hurst here:
Before our rehearsals for A Midsummer Night's Dream today, a whole bunch of our team, those who were interested, were auditioned by a visiting filmmaker, for a new external production. While no major detaiils will be announced yet, we look forward to working with this filmmaker on his project over the spring. An absolutely excellent morning.
Another (new) good thing aboout being an Equity member for anyone who is eligible. Lots of creatives wrestle with stress or depression at times, especially in a tough industry like ours. So this could be very handy for a lot of people. Equity has launched a groundbreaking support system for members dealing with mental health problems. This will include a new dedicated 24/7 helpline, an individual assessment and up to six professional counselling sessions available across the UK.
Midsummer Night's Dream castings. Roles marked TBC are still in discussion with people being auditioned for those roles over the final part of this week. Well done to EVERYONE :) First main rehearsal takes place on Sunday.
Tara MacGowran (Lysander)
Charlotte Slade (Robin Starveling, Mustardseed)
Victoria Balster (Titania & Hippolyta)
Daniel McCarthy (Flute)
Joe Staton (Quince & Egeus)
Laura Jury (Puck)
Rich Sandford (Oberon)
Peter Carey (Demetrius)
Gemma Burford (Philostrate & Peaseblossom)
Alex Slade (Moth)
Joe Tresize (Snug)
Sarah Rutty (Helena)
Carl Reynolds (Theseus)
The main auditions for A Midsummer Nights Dream took place yesterday at our rehearsal base of Chestnut Community centre.
We were absolutely blown away by the talent and skills seen - it was a long difficult meeting working out the castings.
We have been sending out casting offers last night and today; and will be announcing the full final cast list as soon as we are able.
Cant wait to get into rehearsals and working with everyone!
Updated by our managing director,