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Appeal for WWI Costumes

LOUTH PLAYGOERS NEEDS YOUR HELP

To commemorate the centenary of the beginning of World War 1 , Playgoers are performing C.F. Sherriff’s classic play ‘Journey’s End’ in March 2015.  For this production they need a range of WW1 uniforms for private soldiers and officers including tin hats, caps, rifles, gas masks, boots etc. 

These items can be a variety of condition to portray life living in the trenches in France during the war.  

If anyone has any items to help stage this play, please contact Riverhead Theatre 01507 600350 or email admin@louthplaygoers.co.uk

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2014 / 2015 Season Auditions

“Up Pompeii” - Directed by Susan Munro
Auditions – 26th & 27th May
Rehearsals to take place on Wednesdays & Thursdays

“The Lady Killers” - Directed by Chris Winney
Auditions – 3rd June
Rehearsals to take place on Tuesdays & Thursdays

“Yes Prime Minister” – Directed by Ryan Clark
Auditions – 4th June
Rehearsals to take place on Mondays & Tuesdays

“Tom’s Midnight Garden” – Directed by Sue Soper
Auditions – 10th & 11th June
Rehearsals to take place on Mondays and Thursdays

“Beauty and the Beast” – Produced by Derek Smith
Auditions – 7th, 8th & 9th September
Rehearsals to take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays

“Journeys End” – Directed by Brian Cliffe
Auditions – 28th October
Rehearsals to take place on Mondays and Wednesdays

“Pack Of Lies”
Audition date TBC
Rehearsals to take place on Tuesdays & Thursdays

“The King and I” – Produced by Maureen Lill
Auditions – 19th, 20th & 21st October
Rehearsals to take place Mondays & Thursdays

Film Making Summer School Films

You may remember that during the Summer of 2013, Louth Playgoers Riverhead Theatre hosted its first Film Making Summer School.

We’ve been sent two films that were created in and around Louth Playgoers Riverhead Theatre by the School’s Director, Ben Keaton.

We hope you’ll agree, the results are terrific – and give a unique view of some of the back stage and front of house areas of our very own Theatre.

“Bag ‘Em”

“Incident at Riverhead”

An interview with “Sleeping Beauty” Writer John Hewer

DSC_7975Louth Playgoers are lucky to boast a performing legacy spanning over 80 years and in that time they have seen many a talented young actor/actress treading their boards. Plays were the staple format for the Playgoers, with Pantomimes being frowned upon as beneath their dignity.  How could ‘legitimate’ actors be dressed in female attire and actresses looking like young boys! Fortunately it took the foresight of the courageous Tommy Munslow to turn their prejudices around. From the mid 1960’s Tommy and his wife Joyce wrote, produced and directed the Pantomimes that brought magic to Louth Playgoers stage and an era of ‘Munslow Pantomimes’.

Now in 2013 we are privileged to have another young, brave and talented man, John Hewer, who has written his own version of the pantomime ’Sleeping Beauty’. In a recent interview with Susan Munro, he was asked how he first got involved with Playgoers;

Actor, director, writer and own production company, how did it all get started?

My Mum was stage managing a show called ‘Charlie’s Aunt’ at the old theatre in Louth up on Newmarket. I was about 7 or 8 and I watched it from the little window in the stage manager’s box. It was my mum’s job to operate the tabs, the curtains, and watching this very, very funny, very board farce ‘Charlie’s Aunt’, and I was just hooked. I thought it was hilarious the whole guy in drag thing and I have been lucky enough to put on my own production of it four years ago now. So it was just from seeing that really that made realise that theatre was a whole lot of fun.

So what is your inspiration is it just Charlie’s Aunt or is there any particular actors or something else?

It’s mainly all been comedy where I draw my inspiration from. From about the same age actually I became a very big fan of the ‘Carry On’ films and from that I became a strong fanatic. Then you branch off and see other stuff that Sid James, Kenny Williams, Joan Sims and Hattie Jacques, the main people were in. Then you branch out to other things in the era, like Norman Wisdom, the St Trinians and then you go further back to Will Hay and Gordon Simpson, as writers, very inspirational. So it’s just been about 15-16years of just loving that kind of thing and… Continue reading

Blithe Spirit dedicated to Andrew Attridge

Louth Playgoers Society is very sad to hear of the unexpected death of Andrew Attridge. Andrew was a long standing supporter, volunteer and regular actor with the society and his passing has come as a shock to us all. We would like to express our sympathy and support to all his family and friends.

Andrew was rehearsing to play the part of Charles in the forthcoming production of Blithe Spirit. Understandably the cast and crew are extremely distressed at not only losing a good friend but also a lynch pin in their production. They have, however, decided to ensure the ‘show goes on’ and dedicate the production to Andrew. The director, Jerry Smith, will have the difficult task of reading in the part of Charles.

Louth Playgoers wishes the team well and offers its support in any way possible.

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The Fawlty’s are in Town

arriving at BeaumontLook out Louth, The Fawlty’s are in town. Basil and Sybil closely followed by Manuel were seen heading into the Beaumont Hotel, just down the road from The Riverhead Theatre. It is understood they are here undergoing retraining in the art of Hotel Management and Customer relations.

Basil Fawlty is renowned for his short fuse, extreme rudeness and intense dislike of almost all guests that stay at his hotel Fawlty Towers in the seaside town of Torquay, on the “English Riviera”. Sybil his dragon of a wife seems to be shy of work, so the bulk of problems and general running of the hotel is left to Polly the waitress. Polly is the most competent of the hotel’s staff and the voice of sanity during chaotic moments, but is frequently embroiled in ridiculous masquerades as she loyally attempts to aid Basil in trying to cover a mistake or keep something from Sybil. Poor Manuel manages as best he can in his broken English to fill in as porter, waiter and general dogs’ body but it doesn’t help when you have unconventional managers who do not understand him. Well he is from Barcelona!

Why don’t you come and see if the intense training has paid off and their attempts to run the hotel amidst farcical situations and an array of demanding and eccentric guests. Basil and Sybil will be joined by some well love characters such as Major Gowen, a slightly senile, amiable old soldier who is a permanent resident at the hotel and one of the few guests whom Basil seems to like. Another two permanent residents are Miss Tibbs & Miss Gatsby, seemingly inseparable; these sweet-natured, dotty spinsters appear to have taken a fancy to Basil. They are joined by other fleeting guest such as the formidable and profoundly deaf Mrs. Richards and Mr. Hutchinson who seems to be keeping something from Basil.

Louth Playgoers are performing the well loved 70’s series Fawlty Towers by John Cleese and Connie Booth at the Riverhead Theatre, Louth. It is directed by Sue Soper who has taken three episodes, ‘Communication Problems’, ‘Waldorf Salad’ and ‘The Hotel Inspectors’. Each episode contains a wonderful helping of one-liners, cracking dialogue and a sprinkling of slapstick from this most popular and well loved iconic series.

Fawlty Towers, will be showing at the Louth Riverhead Theatre from the 6th – 14th September.

(No performance Sunday 8th September)… Continue reading

Box In LOV

In January 2013 Louth Playgoers’ Riverhead Theatre and Box Clever Theatre launched an innovative project, funded through Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring Fund.

This pilot project aimed to bring theatre to young people across the county, exposing them to creative people and giving them the opportunity to get involved with performance workshops, interactive sessions and to watch live theatre.

The project will return to Louth Playgoers Riverhead Theatre in 2014, so we’re delighted to share with you a brand new video from Box Clever showcasing Box In 2013.

To find out more about Box In LOV, and Box Clever Theatre, please visit: www.boxclevertheatre.co.uk

Summer Workshops at Louth Playgoers Riverhead Theatre

 

Don’t be bored during the summer holidays – there’s a drama workshop to suit all ages and abilities.

 

28 July – 10 August – age 15 to 20

This is a must for students with an interest in Theatre.  The workshop is run by 3 full-time professionals  with considerable experience in Theatre.  At the end of the course, students present a full performance of this year’s workshop show – GREASE – for 3 nights to public audiences.  Course £60

 

12 – 16 August – age 7 to 10
19 – 23 August – age 10 to 13

Tell Tale Hearts Theatre are back to run 1 week workshops of theatre, fun and comedy.

The challenge of making a show in a week, that is co-scripted and devised by the children, has become a Playgoers legend.

Courses are £35 per week

 

19 – 23 August – Age 11 and over

Multi award-winning actor, writer and director, Ben Keaton, is bringing the Lincoln Film and TV School Summer school to Louth.

This exciting course is aimed at all young people aged 11 and over interested in film making.  It will cover every aspect from using cameras to directing and acting.  This is a unique opportunity to work with professionals and make brilliant movies.

Course £100

 

27 – 30 August – Age 11 to 19

Zest Theatre’s Summer Challenge

If you are interested in acting, writing, directing and producing then this is for you.

A chance to work like a professional with other young folks and create a piece of theatre – write it, rehearse it, produce and perform to a live audience in just 4 days.  Promises to be 4 exciting days you’ll never forget !

Course – free of charge

 

Places on all workshops are limited and book up very quickly.
To book or for more information contact Theatre Box Office on 01507 600350.

Family Friendly Autumn

Get ready for a Family Friendly Autumn at Louth Playgoers Riverhead Theatre!

We’ve got some great shows for your little ones this November at Louth Playgoers Riverhead Theatre, so we wanted to give you a sneak preview of what’s coming this Autumn.

Saturday 2 November 2013 – Turned on Its Head present “Shiny”

Watch with amazement as all that glitters, shines and sparkles unfolds before your very eyes in this new interactive performance for under 4s and their parents / carers from Liz Clark and Oksana Tyminska.
1 hour. For 6 months – 4 years

Sunday 3 November 2013 – Wriggle Dance Theatre present “Once in a Blue Moon”

And coming soon – Tell Tale Hearts Theatre present “Yummm!”

Keep an eye on our events calendar for further details for these fantastic family shows.

As always, for more information you can contact our Box Office on 01507 600350.

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