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.
Tuesday 8TH – Saturday 12th March - MDG present the Comedy Haywire
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
Tuesday 15th – Saturday 19th March dp Spring Production -  In the Company of Women
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.
Thursday 31st March – jazz@davenham – Graeme Wilson Quartet
Tyneside based band with Graeme Wilson tenor saxophone / Paul Edis piano / Andy Champion double bass / Adam Sinclair drums
The sets are of original material, including music from their recent EP Pleasureland and pieces that have just been recorded for a future release. The players infuse driving jazz and latin rhythms with wider enthusiasms for folk and ambient ballads, free improv and the dancefloor. Their tunes explore unusual meters and structures as vehicles for angular and passionate solos, with melodies that tell a story and stay with you. In conjunction with Jazz North.
A taster also on this link – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3BLNegonME
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.
Thurs 21st to Sat 23rd April – Jennifer Terran performs live at Davenham
Here's advance notice of a special music event at Davenham. Phil Perry is organizing a three-night gig by Jennifer Terran. She's produced around 7 albums and has a very special voice.
You need to hear the sensational voice of Jennifer Terran, an American singer-songwriter, who sings and plays the piano, blending her own unique style of harmony and discord to achieve a beautiful sound that you will simply fall in love with. Often compared to Tori Amos, Jennifer has evolved her own musical style based on an infusion of influences, most notably from LA and the west coast. Preferring slower tempos, she has developed a raw intensity and authenticity, applying her hauntingly beautiful voice in such a way, that captures your heart and soul. Jennifer has produced six solo albums, the most notable of which (‘The Musician’) was described by The Sunday Times as ‘its second best album of the year –2002’, receiving critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic and 4 stars in The Rolling Stone Magazine. Jennifer loves performing in smaller intimate venues where she can establish a real connection with her audience, and her appearance at Davenham Theatre this April, is sure to be a major talking point for those lucky enough to see her perform live.
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
Thursday 7th APRIL - Play Reading 7:30pm at the theatre
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 !
Mosaic News – Open Workshops now Complete
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 mosaicopia@gmail.com
Subscription Reminder

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. 

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