Davenham February Newsletter

Thursday 4th Feb - PLAY READING 7:30pm at the theatre
Graham Hough is organizing this reading of the play he is directing for performance in June. The play is one of the Farndale Avenue series - the Murder Mystery. All are welcome to come along and read or just listen. Farndale Avenue plays always find a way, in fact several ways, of going wrong and the reading should be a lot of fun. The play requires four female and one male actor but everyone will get a chance to read tonight.
Saturday 20th Feb – Belle Voci Opera Night Doors 7:15pm for 8:00pm Start
This is a first for Davenham and promises to be really special.  Belle Voci  are a fresh and exciting classical duo who will be presenting a diverse repertoire of well loved duets and arias. The duo, having recently performed at the Liverpool Echo arena, promise to give us a night to remember. 
Dress : black tie (optional). See http://www.belle-voci.com/
Tickets £12 which includes a glass of fizz on arrival and interval canap├ęs.
Doors 7:15pm. Performance at 8:00pm
Tickets from 
www.danarts.org or from Davenham Theatre on 01606 259596
Sunday 21st February - Mosaic Workshop 10:00am–4:00pm
Jan is now back from her mosaic work and holiday in Chile and has booked the theatre for a mosaic workshop on 21st February 10am to 4pm. Join Jan and friends at the theatre for whatever time you can spare working on the Davenham Community Mosaic. Or come along to watch how the mosaic is growing. Don’t come in your best clothes, but if you do, an apron will be provided, as will hot or cold drinks, and maybe a biscuit or two.
TUESDAY 15TH March  opening night of In the Company of Women
In the Company of Women is the Spring production at Davenham. Produced by Ed Green under his new group called Urban Trendz Theatre, it features a number of short plays by modern authors.
The individual plays are:-"Rise & Shine" (stars Kelly Crowley) and "Media" (with Vanessa Duffy, Denise Barry, Sue Elliott, Andrea Scott and Jo Outran). Both these short plays by Dario Of & Franca Rime.
Also on the same night Laura Elizabeth Bason will star in "Where do Little Birds Go" by Camilla Whitehall.
We are looking for Front of House staff for this production. A minimum of two people, preferably three, are required per night, at least one of whom must stay throughout the performance until the audience is clear. They may, of course, sit in on the production if space allows or if they wish to be sure of a seat,, book at a reduced price. Please help and send your name and availability to Paulette or Bob.
Tickets will be available soon. More details will follow soon, but, meanwhile, you will be able get more information from Facebook Page Urban Trendz Theatre.
Ruth and George Rutter – Early leaders of the DAVENHAM PLAYERS
Sad news has reached us that both Ruth and George Rutter, early leading members of the Davenham Players have sadly died within two months of each other at the age of 90. Ruth, a former nurse, had been caring for George who was largely wheelchair bound owing to severe arthritis in his last years. Ruth was in better health but succumbed to a tumour in November 2015 after a short illness. George then moved to a nursing home but fell ill and within two months had also died.
Ruth and George were keen members of the Davenham Players. George was an accountant by profession and he was instrumental, along with colleagues, in organizing the purchase and conversion of the theatre premises. Ruth was active in productions and at the centre of the social life of The Players. Although not an active member, George had continued to inspect the accounts of the club until September of last year (2015).
The Davenham Players send their condolences to daughters Lorna and Janet.
Subscription Reminder
Paulette gently reminds all members that 2016 subscriptions and now due. Please send them (£20.00) to her (along with your availability for front of house) at the theatre.
On Thursday 25th Feb, Jazz@Davenham is pleased to present the MANJULA and then on Thursday 31st March the GRAEME WILSON QUARTET come to Davenham. Bookings are currently open for both concerts and is strongly recommended to ensure you get in.
MANJULA (meaning melodious) has been going from strength to strength since its birth in May 2014 exploring, innovating and bringing together rhythms and melodies from other cultures to create a beautiful mix and relationship of sounds from around the globe. This Leeds-based project is an example of modest, forward thinking global music as well as an exploration, incorporating Portuguese, African, Latin jazz influences with the haunting ambience of Indian vocal training and the rhythmic attack of Jazz Improvisation.
Teaming up with percussionist Sam Bell – band leader of the Bugalu Foundation, Guitarist Joe Harris – creator of Ikestra, double bassist Simon Read of the Simon Read Octet and Matt Holborn Quintet; Vanessa Rani  has created a project which has its own authenticity and integrity with the influence of other cultures and will take your mind on journeys to faraway places and make you feel at home.
Tickets for both gigs can be booked by email or by phoning Harry on 01606 74502 or Dave on 01606 44253. Click here to see the Jazz page on the Davenham Website. Advance booking is strongly recommended for both gigs. Doors and Bar open at 7:30pm. Music starts at 8:00pm.
THURSDAY 3rd March St Luke's Charity Jazz with Sir John Deane's Jazz Band
Sir John Deane’s Jazz Band are giving a Charity Concert in aid of St Luke’s Hospice on THURSDAY 3rd MARCH 2016 at Northwich Memorial Court, Chester Way, Northwich, Cheshire CW9 5QJ.
Starts 7.30 TICKETS £7
Sir John Deane’s Jazz Band will play a repertoire of popular blues and jazz through to modern swing. The band was formed in September 2013 and has been hugely successful, grown rapidly and now features twenty talented musicians and vocalists. They make an impressive sound with rhythm, brass and woodwind sections. The band has previously performed for charity including a concert at Eaton Hall and a stunning evening of jazz and swing at the Macdonald Portal in Tarporley.

You can buy tickets (£7.00) for this great evening's entertainment via DANArts and St Luke's Hospice (an excellent local charity) or at the Jazz@Davenham February concert. Or you can book online at Northwich Memorial Court – Brio Leisure Entertainment https://theatrebooking.brioleisure.org

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