The line up for our Bird on the Wing Comedy Club, as part of Worthing Comedy Fringe Festival, has been announced.
We are proud to be hosting – Jon Wayne Connolly, Chiff Powell, Ellie Young, Graham Whistler, Mel Crosby & Tim Bolitho-Jones!
Tickets on door £3/£2 Thursday 13th October 2011 – 7pm
See you there!
We are waiting for confirmation for our comedy top act to appear at our Bird on the Wing Comedy Club at the theatre on Thursday 13th October. Watch this space.
We have just finished a successful year of student productions in the theatre featuring shows including:
- Musical Theatre productions of ‘Nine’ and ‘Spring Awakening’
- A new interpretation of ‘Swan Lake’ called ‘The Swan’ by our Dance students
- Innovative and original theatre produced by our Foundation Degree and Degree students, including a devised piece about memory called ‘Non Omnis Moriar’ and a full week of work including film, physical theatre, site specific work and a ‘recycled’ fashion show.
- Our FE students presented a mixture of productions from Brecht’s ‘Fear and Misery of the Third Reich’ to Shakespeare’s ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and the Queen based musical ‘Schools Will Rock You’ to original devised pieces ‘Behind The Smiles’ and ‘A Mother’s Voice’
- Music students presented musical showcases of live gigs.”
On a summer evening in July, Northbrook Theatre played host to our very own preview night for Edinburgh, featuring Diane Spencer and James Sherwood.
Award winning Diane Spencer presented a preview of her new bits in award nominated “All-Pervading Madness” while James Sherwood performed a mixture of stand-up and songs exploring the difference between good people and bad.
The evening was enjoyed by the audience, and it is planned that there will be further comedy nights at the theatre.
A clandestine affair. Feigned impotence. A scandal…
This version, performed by Foundation Degree students, of the 1675 Restoration Comedy by William Wycherley will be showing at the Northbrook Theatre in March 2010.
Follow below for Director Lisa Perry’s running commentary of the rehearsal process!
Monday 22nd Feb
Lisa Perry (Director)
‘We are updating Wycherly’s restoration romp by getting all postmodernist in design costume and make up & hair terms, but keeping the original text, language and phrases.
The start of the process has been lots of fun with designers and actors working together to explore themes from the play visually.
Wycherly’s original has been called a “satirical masterpiece”- examining the conventions and hypocrisies of the fashionable and rich in restoration London. It has much for us to enjoy and recognise today – an urbane and comically furious dissection of “the gap between appearances and the reality of things”, in a society where sexual availability was just as linked to notions of honour and canny marketing as it is today.
The idea of treating it in a postmodernist way is centered around the really exciting collaboration with design, costume and hair and make up students – giving them something to really get their teeth into in terms of creative input as well as a chance to exercise skills and techniques such as wig dressing and pattern cutting for historical accuracy.
Later on in the process we will get to explore the possibilities of sound and lighting design with the production students’
Thursday 4th March
Rehearsals continue apace, with blocking complete for Acts one and two, and costume and scenic designs signed off pending production meeting – all very exciting!
The DSM is compiling lists of rehearsal props on a daily basis, and actors are beginning to really have fun exploring characterisations – check out the pics from Act Two rehearsals this week…
Big up to the design crew, who have been dropping into rehearsals to make sure that their ideas are fit for purpose, and offering inventive solutions to help the cast as they rehearse – for example, making crinolines so the “The Virtuous Gang” played by Jade, Nat and Muhala can really get a sense of how to move in BIG skirts!
Actor Dan Smith commented that the 2D costume designs and 3D model box has really helped the cast to “visualise the overall look of the play”, and added that this has helped lead to “some inspired and quite interesting characterisations”.
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