March 2016 Newsletter
In this and future newsletters we will also be bringing news of productions by our friends at Moulton Drama Group, who are staging their production of Haywire at Moulton Village Hall the week before our production at Davenham Theatre. We would, of course, strongly advise that you see both productions – see below for details.
At Moulton Village Hall, Moulton Drama Group present Haywire – a Comedy by Eric Chappell, Directed by John Powell
Our good friends at Moulton are presenting a comedy at their base, Moulton Village Hall, from Tuesday 8th to Saturday 12th March. John Powell directs this fast-moving comedy
Alec Firth is having an affair with his assistant Liz and has organised his domestic life so that they can go to Spain without making his wife Maggie suspicious. What could go wrong? Plenty - as the rest of the family arrive on the doorstep in rapid succession; Phoebe, Alec's mother, who has discharged herself from the old people's home; Alec's son Jamie who has a broken ankle, and finally his daughter Mandy who is heavily pregnant and refuses to marry the father.
Tickets cost £7.50 on Tuesday and Wednesday and £8.50 for the remainder of the week and are available online at www.danarts.org/events or by phone on 01606 594178
Urban Trendz Theatre in collaboration with Davenham Players present
In the Company of Women directed by Ed Green
Seven women, three plays all in one night. Tuesday 15th to Saturday 19th March 2016 inclusive Bar opens 7.30pm ; Show starts at 8pm; Tickets £10. Booking on-line via http://www.danarts.org/ (Development of the Arts in Northwich) or phone Davenham Players Box Office 01606 259596
Rise & Shine (stars Kelly Cowley) Medea (with Vanessa Duffy, Denise Barry, Sue Elliott, Andrea Scott and Jo Oultram). Both these short plays by Dario Fo & Franca Rame. Also on the same night Laura Elizabeth Bason will star in Where do Little Birds Go? by Camilla Whitehill.
The show is called "In the Company of Women" : it is all about women and their lot in life, their struggles and fight for identity from Medea (based on the mythic story of Jason & Medea). Rise & Shine a factory worker with a child and sleeping partner trying to get ready for work in her crowded life and Where do little birds go about Lucy who gets caught up in 60s London as a teenager and is used by the Kray twins as a woman to “amuse” mad axeman Frank Mitchell while he is holed up in a London flat after being broken out of prison by the Krays.
Franca Rame writing about her 2 plays says “The pieces are comic, grotesque, on purpose. First of all because we women have been crying for two thousand years. So let’s laugh now, even at ourselves.”
Extract from critics about Where do Little Birds Go?:
That day in the pub, the day I first saw them, they were dressed identically. Dark wool coats, smart hats. The whole pub went quiet. It’s 1966. Lucy Fuller is 18 years old. She likes musicals and make up, and her job at Winston’s night club. One night Lucy is kidnapped by the Kray twins and locked in a flat with an escaped murderer. This is the terrifying story of Lucy’s time with Ronnie, Reggie, and Frank “The Mad Axeman” Mitchell. Where do little birds go? is a colourful and poignant tale of crime, kidnap and lost innocence in the heart of the 1960s East End.
Tickets are £10.00 (concessions £8.00) available online at www.danarts.org or by phone on 01606 882574. Doors and Bar open 7:30pm. Music at 8:00pm
Denise is back with another of her popular play reading evenings. All are welcome to come along and read or just listen. These evenings help us select plays for possible future performance and are friendly social events with the bar open for use. We don't yet know what reading Denise will select – you'll have to come along and find out !
Much more progress has been made than Jan originally thought and the majority of the mosaic panels are either completed or just need small sections finishing off. As a result, there is really insufficient substantial work to justify further large-scale open workshop sessions. However, there may be opportunities for finishing work at Jan's house. Jan has also offered to run a Mosaic Masterclass for interested people. If you are interested in either of these activities, contact Jan at firstname.lastname@example.org
Paulette gently reminds all members that 2016 subscriptions are now due. Please send them (£20.00 payable to Davenham Players) to her c/o the theatre.