January e-News

Welcome to a New Year of varied entertainment at Davenham.
This is your January e-news and there's quite a lot of it ! To help you find the things that might interest you, I have tried to use a little colour-coding.
For DRAMA – look for the BLUE sectionS

For MUSIC – look for the RED sectionS

For Members' activities – look for the GREEN section.

Hope you are following this so far – off we go !
HELP WANTED WITH davenham spring production –19th-22nd Feb
We are looking for a number of bodies to help with Steaming (see below). Jobs like Costume Supervisor, which can be done largely before the production, Props Supervisor and Scene Change Assistants. We would also welcome offers of help Front Of House and Bar.
If you feel you can help, especially in final rehearsals and the week of the play, please contact me by replying to this eMail or phoning Paulette on 01606 79779.

davenham spring production – steaming by nell dunn 19th-22nd Feb
Jerry Park, visiting director from Nantwich and cast (see below) are already rehearsing Steaming by Nell Dunn. This is a play in an unusual setting – a Turkish Bath in Manchester. The baths are threatened with closure (some things don't change!) and a group of lady bathers are discussing their past lives and how they will cope if and when the baths close. The cast is Violet - Denise Barry, Bill (the only man, never seen) Peter Lownds, Josie (who has had a fascinating life) - Andrea Scott, Mrs Meadow - Paulette Anderson, Dawn - Pam Molloy, Nancy - Lorraine Dunne, Jane - Mandy James.
Although you might think that costumes in a Turkish Bath are not going to be a problem, this is one of several jobs that need to be done backstage and front of house. If you can help, please contact me by replying to this or phone Paulette on 01606 79779.
the young players – CHILDREN'S DRAMA CLASS STARTS this week at davenham 
As their website says " The Young Players is an exciting new theatre school based near Northwich in Cheshire". The Young Players is led by two local former drama professionals – Jess Lloyd and Tom Guest. From 9th January 2014, their weekly drama class will be held at Davenham Players Theatre leading to a series of performance projects for children aged 7 to 12. In December the Young Players presented their Christmas production Hoodwinked at Davenham, drew good audiences and both children and leaders enjoyed the experience of performing at Davenham. Because of this, they asked to be able to use Davenham as their permanent venue from January and this was agreed with the proviso that the classes would not be allowed to interfere with existing music and drama activities at our theatre.
If you have a child who might be interested in joining the Young Players, you can contact Jess Lloyd by phone on 07875744655 or by email on Hello@youngplayers.co.uk. For further information see their website at http://youngplayers.co.uk/
davenham Easter production – moonshine by jim Nolan 21st-24th May
Award-winning director Barbara Crellin  has found another unusual and thought-provoking Irish play to present in 2014. Easter - time . A seaside town in the south of Ireland. The Protestant church is closing down and the local undertaker is determined to stage a ' version' of A Midsummer Night's Dream - how the two are related forms the story of the play - moving and funny as many Irish plays are... There will be a read through on Wednesday 26th Feb with a first audition on Wednesday 5th March.
Cast is 4 men ages ranging from 20s to 60s
2 women in their 20s- 30s
These ages can be a little flexible......
Antrobus Players
Steve Shaw's
At Antrobus Village Hall
On Friday 24th January 2013 at 7.30pm
Saturday 25th January 2014 at 7.30pm
Sunday 26th January 2014 at 2.30pm
Booking Forms for tickets available from Village Shop or telephone 01606 891379

Jazz@Davenham restarts Thursday 23rd January with the Josh Kemp Quartet. As usual, there is full programme of Jazz music running up to Summer 2014. This year's dates released so far are:-
Thursday 23rd January 2014 – Josh Kemp Quartet
A London based band including Tim Lapthorn, Piano; Mick Hutton, Double Bass; and the wonderful playing of Matt Skelton on Drums, as well as Josh on sax. (Mick Hutton was last at Davenham with Julian Arguelles!)
Thursday 27th February 2014 – Steve Oakes Quintet
Straight ahead jazz with one of our stalwart jazz@davenham supporters and favourite jazz guitarists. Steve is joined by Gavin Barras on bass, Ed Kainyek on tenor sax, Tim Franks on drums and George King on piano.
Thursday 27th March 2014 - White Canvas Quartet
A kaleidoscopic blend of catchy melodies, toe-tapping beats and free-flowing improvisation that refuses to be categorised. Barry Dallman on Piano, Andrew Hulme on Guitar, Grant Russell on Bass and Adam Goldberg on Drums
Thursday 24th April 2014 - Amy Roberts Quintet
A favourite at Davenham, Amy features with the Chris Barber Band. Amy Roberts - flute, clarinet and saxes, Ian Bateman - trombone, Tom Kincaid or Craig Milverton - piano, Sandy Suchodolski or Jim Swinnerton - bass, Nick Millward or John Watson - drums. 
Friday 30th May 2014 - Nicola Farnon Trio
Another Jazz gig, but note on Friday not Thursday.  A classic performer, whether in the Ella Fitzgerald swing or Dusty Springfield soul mould - Nicola Farnon is widely recognized as one of the classiest and accomplished jazz/swing vocalists in the UK. With her unique talent as swinging vocalist and double bass player she has accumulated many years of experiences and performed with some of the world's top musicians - whether headlining or playing alongside such greats as Georgie Fame, Alan Price, Claire Teale, Dame Cleo Laine and Sir John Dankworth.
For full details, see the Jazz page on the Davenham Blog at http://dsp-davenham.blogspot.co.uk/p/jazz.html

Midnight Train at Hartford Social Club Friday 7th February
Midnight Train have roots going back to the late sixties when they were a popular blues and soul band regularly playing at venues like the legendary ‘Twisted Wheel’ club in Manchester haunt of bands like John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton, The Spencer Davies Group with Steve Winwood and many other big names from both sides of the Atlantic.
Midnight Train still has two of the original band joined by four other experienced members all of whom have played with a range of bands over the years but have now returned to their original musical influences and play an eclectic mix of blues, rhythm and blues, some classic soul and a sprinkling of jazz by artists as diverse as Muddy Waters, Van Morrison, J J Cale, The Animals, B B King, Eric Clapton, Dr Feelgood, Little Walter, Wilson Pickett and even a bit Gershwin.
The line up sees Clive Pritchard on vocals, Martin Watts on guitar, Stewart Speirs on harmonica, Brian Booker on bass guitar and Mike Storey on drums. During the evening we will also be treated to a set from that the talented singer / songwriter Pauline Wright. A great start to the weekend on a night which re-visits many R&B classics and will be sure to have your feet tapping and your memories stirred!

Is there some wonderful lady out there who is willing and able to take on a delicious part in "Glorious", as our leading lady has been obliged to leave us. It's a wonderful, award winning comedy going on from Feb 25 - March 1st and we were just about to start rehearsing, Tues, Thurs, Sun eve's at Moulton Drama group. Singer preferred but we can always use mime if that suits. Likely candidates please contact Sheila Hetherington 01606 551673 straight away.
You'd better believe it – Northwich Does Have Talent ! And Joanne Storey (assistant Secretary of the Northwich Carnival Committee 07887 498191) wants to find it at the Gladstone Club, Northwich CW9 5RB auditions starting 1pm on Sunday 12th January. The Final is on  SATURDAY 25TH JANUARY 2014 starting at 7.30 pm and is being held  at Winnington Recreation Club in Northwich.
You could win £500 too – all talents welcome. To qualify for entry, you must be at least 12 years of age your home must be within one of the "CW" postal areas. For full details and to download an entry form (£2.00 fee for individuals) click on the following url http://www.gonorthwich.co.uk/whats-on/northwichs-got-talent/

Who Killed Cupid Murder Mystery in aid of 1st Davenham Scouts
Here is an opportunity for anyone with some free time on 14th February and who would like to help the 1st Davenham Scouts with a rather fun fundraiser – a murder mystery evening to be held at Davenham British Legion. They are looking for (as some of our leaders are a little shy when it comes to acting!!!) people to fill several parts – see below. A three-course meal will be provided for anyone wishing to help out. The play is mainly scripted and we do have character booklets for each person.
Rehearsals will be held in Davenham Primary School as Head Teacher Phil Hilditch has kindly said he will be Di Bobby Wood! just waiting for school to return after hols for dates. Costumes are anything that suits the part/wedding stuff if people haven't got things like tight trousers am sure we can scrounge from somewhere!!!
We are still looking for the following people 
Mike DuppSound FX coordinator. There’s no better way to say it: this man’s a geek! But the noises he can make with the oddest things are truly amazing!
Tony DeffGondolier. Tony cuts a fantastic figure in his striped traditional gondolier’s shirt, waistcoat and tight trousers. Just don’t ask him to sing – you’ll regret it!
Aaron Ageestring – Guitarist. With long hair and glasses Aaron seems to be a bit behind the times in flares and sandals; but he plays well enough.
Iona Kamara – Photographer. With a camera around her neck, and in a business suit, weddings (or murders for that matter) are all simply business for Iona. With this part, they are hoping to try and find someone with a camera who wants to earn a little bit of money by taking photos of guests as they arrive (we are asking people to come in wedding attire) or if they would like to donate them to us to sell!!
For more information, you can contact Pat Barlow at p.barlow27@hotmail.co.uk. There is also a Facebook page Who Killed Cupid Murder Mystery (in aid of 1st Davenham Scouts).
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