stage write no 240 spring 2017 the Guildburys magazine issue no 240 spring 2017
stage write no. 240  spring 2017  the Guildburys magazine issue no. 240  spring 2017
stage write no 240 1 spring 2017 From the Editor Well first things first Spring is practically sprung as they say the grass is ris and so on The 2017 Guildbury season is about to get under way The outcome of the two audition sessions held since the last issue of Stage Write can be found within Rehearsals for the somewhat later than usual spring production are about to begin and much work behind the scenes has already been accomplished for the summer production But before we turn our thoughts entirely ahead a quick look back at the last issue Remember this You were asked to name the Guildbury face behind the whiskers but alas the challenge appears to have been too great as the Stage Write Competitions Postbag remained obstinately empty The mystery Santa will not be known to many of you but some of you will doubtless be astonished to learn that it belongs to STEVE SHEPPARD So the grand prize of a Fortnum and Mason s De Luxe Hamper will have to be held over for another occasion Speaking of which your opportunity arises straight away as another perhaps more egalitarian competition awaits you in this issue Always keen to embrace new content the Editorial Team here at Stage Write Towers are delighted to welcome the celebrated cartoonist Art Wood to the list of distinguished contributors His first offering can be found at the end FRUITFUL READING Rob Sheppard rob sheppard guildburys com Don t forget if you have anything you d like to contribute to the pages of Stage Write the Editor will be pleased to receive it In this Issue THE FOLLOW SPOT The Chairman uttereth 2 CASTING NEWS Who s who this spring summer 3 TECHNI CALL How you can help in the summer 4 ELECTRIC THEATRE LATEST New lessee named 4 A NEW INITIATIVE Technical recruitment 5 SNIPTOV AT LARGE SW s roving reporter at it again 6 7 MEMBERSHIP 2017 Are you current 7 SPORADIC SPONTANEITY Improvisation workshop pictures 8 A DAY OUT Costume perusal 9 WHERE TO NEXT Costume removal 10 OUT OF THE POD Andersen goes Italian 10 MOONLIGHTING Members on show elsewhere 11 UPS AND DOWNS Cerebral investigation 12 THE ULTIMATE PAGE Rogues Gallery Events Wood 13
stage write no. 240  1  spring 2017  From the Editor Well, first things first  Spring is  practically  sprung, as they say...
2 stage write no 240 spring 2017 THE FOLLOW SPOT It hardly seems possible but here we are again and here I am again Following a really good AGM with almost record attendance we are well into the new season marked by this spring edition of Stage Write We have a new committee with 3 virginal and enthusiastic new members Cheryl Claire and Michael who join Rob who has returned to the committee fold after a sabbatical to re charge his batteries Your new committee is raring to go and their smiling faces adorn the back page if you want to check them out With no time to waste it has been straight down to business with new committee members Cheryl and Michael jointly taking on the role of social secretaries You can expect a giddy round of events several of which were suggested during the open forum that followed the business meeting at the AGM The revised AGM format seemed to be a hit and there was plenty of discussion debate and enthusiasm not to mention delicious sandwiches thank you Diana and the odd glass of vino You will all have received the AGM minutes financial statement and the positively riveting chairman s review of the year A new committee post has been created that of Promotions and Partnerships which will cover both those aspects for the society as a whole The watchwords are engagement involvement and retention and Claire will fill the role If you want to know more just ask her An exciting extension of engagement involvement and retention is the Back Stage Experts workshop put together by Simon Price It s a fantastic opportunity to find out from those who do it just what goes into that amazing thing that we all participate in It s massive it s impressive and it s got lots of parts that make the whole I well remember my first foray into Guildburys and my journey into directing I really wish that this workshop had been on offer Take a look under the bonnet at the Guildbury engine and see how it works I m looking forward to finding out about the myriad selection of things about which I have very limited knowledge Why not come along and have some fun More details follow in this edition The seemingly endless saga of The Electric Theatre and its future dominated so much of last year and whilst the soap opera still continues it IS moving towards clarity and towards resolution more about this from our GATA rep and man on the inside Ian Nichols later in this edition The Lady in the Van drives into the car park at Compton very shortly to start rehearsals and Nell Gwynn is hard on her heels Casting details follow later in this edition Congratulations to all those who were successful in what I know were tightly contested and well attended auditions With a spring show that is late in the season it s a very tight schedule producing marketing launching 2 shows that overlap so closely is a challenge but one that I know we will rise to An invitation to audition for our autumn show One Night in November will be sent via the Guildburys Newshub there s certainly a lot going on and to look forward to 2017 is a pretty packed year but your committee is looking to next year with the extended invitation deadline of March 4th to prospective directors to submit plays for 2018 If you wish to propose a play to direct for the 2018 season please send your proposal to Debby 2017 subscriptions were due at the end of January and this is the last edition of the magazine that will be sent to 2016 members If you want to stay in the loop with auditions news updates the Facebook Members page and the magazine you will need to renew your membership Membership fees remain unchanged and Rob in his new capacity as Membership Secretary will have notified you I sincerely hope you will continue as a member I look forward to serving as your Chairman With best wishes Gilly Guildbury Chairman gilly manor farm barn gmail com 07990 976302 What do you think of it so far Bloody marvellous
2  stage write no. 240  spring 2017  THE FOLLOW SPOT It hardly seems possible, but here we are again, and here I am again ...
stage write no 240 3 spring 2017 THE LADY IN THE VAN NELL GWYNN CAST CAST Miss Shepherd Diane Nichols Alan Bennett 1 Maxwell Hayes Alan Bennett 2 Andy Wiggins Rufus Kim Ferguson Pauline Gilly Fick Mam Miss Shepherd s sister Barbara Tresidder Social Worker Jill Coles Mam s Doctor Interviewer James Martin Miss Shepherd s Doctor Edward Adams Lout Ambulance Driver Jordan Gunner Underwood Ian Nichols Nell Gwynn Amy de Roche King Charles II Jay Orbaum Charles Hart Tim Brown Rose Gwynn Roz Hall Nancy Pam Hemelryk Thomas Killigrew Andrew Donovan Edward Kynaston Charlie Essex Lady Castlemaine Tessa Duggleby Louise de Keroualle Jemma Jessup John Dryden Graham Russell Price Lord Arlington Phill Griffith Ned Spiggett Michael Thonger Queen Catherine Ally Murphy Old Ma Gwynn Gilly Fick Actors Courtiers etc Howard Benbrook Rosemary Chapman Debby Dean Gilly Fick as Ma Jordan Gunner Jemma Jessup Ally Murphy Rob Sheppard Dave Ufton Eddie Woolrich Steffen Zschaler THE DIRECTOR WRITES I just want to say what a lucky so far director I seem to be We have four things in place 1 A van A huge thank you to Michael Burne Gilly Fick and Sprout for organising the buying and the transport of the van all the way from Cambridgeshire 2 A simple yet creative set design by Rob Sheppard and it s going to look marvellous 3 A very talented cast judging by the high standard of auditions Well done all not only have we got a brilliant Miss Shepherd and two Alan Bennetts but we also have very strong actors in all the smaller parts and this will be a huge benefit to the show I must say a big thank you to Cheryl Malam Laura Sheppard and Kathryn Attwood for reading in 4 A theatre Yes it was getting a little worrying but a huge thanks to Ian Nichols for his emails and phone calls to make sure we have business as usual at the Electric I am getting excited and looking forward to getting cracking on March 5th We have a long way to go and much to do I am delighted to announce the cast of Nell Gwynn The standard of auditions was extraordinarily high and I had five different cast combinations before finalising the cast It s an awesome cast from the largest to the smallest role and I am so excited to get started We now need to build a production team of a similar size to the cast if not larger so please see elsewhere for roles that need to be filled Please step up to the plate to help with what will be a show to be proud of Eddie Woolrich Laura Sheppard THE DIRECTOR WRITES
stage write no. 240  3  spring 2017  THE LADY IN THE VAN  NELL GWYNN  CAST  CAST  Miss Shepherd........... Diane Nichols A...
stage write no 240 4 spring 2017 STAP ME VITALS NELL GWYNN WILL BE IN PERFORMANCE IN JULY AT WAVERLEY ABBEY HOUSE AND HASLEMERE MUSEUM It s going to be A NELL of a show and as you have seen on the previous page there s a terrific cast But we need lots more people besides the players to make the show happen Every contribution however minimal is VITAL so we are asking you all to consider how you can help the show run smoothly backstage and front of house These are the areas where assistance is always needed Please don t presume that we already know you can help unless you ve already said so of course but get in touch with Rob Sheppard Production Manager if you can offer your services in any way production management lighting and sound costumes wigs and make up stage management set construction and or painting properties publicity marketing front of house car parking bar staffing Don t feel that you have to offer to lead any of these departments in some cases this is already taken care of although if you feel the urge don t hesitate to say so Elsewhere in this edition of Stage Write you can read about a new initiative in the production and technical aspects of shows BOOK YOUR PLACE ON THE TEAM BY CONTACTING ROB AS SOON AS YOU CAN rob sheppard guildburys com 07930 186830 THE CONTINUING GATA ELECTRIC SAGA Well at least we know who will be the Electric s lease holder In case you have just awoken after a lengthy Rip Van Winkle snooze quite amazingly the Council selected ACM What may be considered as encouraging is that the lease will stipulate that a minimum of 30 of time annually must be for community usage There may be some discussion as to exactly what that term may mean What we don t yet know is when the handover will take place It was originally planned to be mid April but after GATA and Guildburys failed attempts to talk to the future lease holders about how they were intending to run the theatre it was agreed by GBC and ACM to put the date back to at least mid June This will mean that the theatre will largely continue to be run by the Electric s current staff whose contracts have been extended under GBC s jurisdiction Therefore our next show The Lady in the Van should be largely unaffected and we have now received the contract Guildburys have offered to let a member of ACM s senior staff shadow the get in process of that show to discover an amateur theatre company s practical set up needs Certainly matters have moved on recently with ACM sending all GATA Electric users a questionnaire about our historic and future needs This remains a period of uncertainty over a whole range of matters from the future hire charge to front of house arrangements But such issues will be resolved and relationships should benefit if we are able to talk directly to ACM representatives Do continue to watch this space Ian Nichols 50 Guildburys GATA Representation
stage write no. 240  4  spring 2017  STAP ME VITALS  NELL GWYNN  WILL BE IN PERFORMANCE IN JULY AT WAVERLEY ABBEY HOUSE AN...
stage write no 240 5 spring 2017 budgeting CALLING ALL CLOSET TECHIES Have you ever wondered what it takes to put on a show Have you ever had sleepless nights because your brain has been busy mulling over those fundamental questions of life existence and being Questions such as how do you light a play where do you start when designing a set what knob does what on a mixer desk where can I get a 1960s breast pump and many more Well trouble yourselves no more If you ve ever wondered what it takes to put on a show or pondered on the hundreds of hours spent by the back stage team on everything from building the set to balancing the books the answers are at hand All you have to do is come to Guildburys first ever TECHIE PRESENTATION EVENING If you ve ever considered helping out but haven t known quite where to start or who to ask about the multifarious production areas that are an essential part of every show now is your chance There will be a series of short presentations by many of the people who work tirelessly backstage to achieve the high standards that Guildburys are known for So please come along to learn a little more whether you are interested in helping out just curious or simply to show your support for our industrious back stage crew WHEN MONDAY 20 MARCH TIME 8 00 to 10 15 pm approx with a short break WHERE COMPTON VILLAGE CLUB lighting The event is being co ordinated by Simon Price Although it s not essential it would be useful for him to have an idea of who s coming so please let him know theatre prichy net set design
stage write no. 240  5  spring 2017  budgeting  CALLING ALL CLOSET TECHIES  Have you ever wondered what it takes to put on...
stage write no 240 6 spring 2017 SNIPTOV AT LARGE An occasional series in which ADAM SNIPTOV takes a look at current trends NEW AGE STAGE Mrs Sniptov and I recently spent a very pleasant Not that the visual effect was not highly weekend in Stratford upon Avon in the course dramatic and impressive but it was after all of which we saw the much vaunted new just a moving image projected onto a screen a production of The Tempest at the Royal huge double cylinder that was flown in There Shakespeare Theatre Its main claim to was a good deal of other very clever projection vaunting lay in its ground breaking use of as well fired onto the stage and sometimes image capture technology to project the costumes from a multitude of projectors character of Ariel onto the stage You may positioned all around the auditorium rightly point out that the use of projection in Now the real question is not whether my slight stage productions is hardly new but this was disappointment spoiled the play for me I was projection with a difference The RSC hav still mightily impressed by what was achieved teamed up with the but whether this was computer processor really true theatre at giant Intel and The all Certainly Imaginarium a Shakespeare s play London based outfit possibly the last he run by Andy Serkis to wrote was there and create a live digital there were some fine character on stage and in some cases The actor playing Ariel amusing Mark Quartley wore performances Except a special costume for me that of Simon fitted with sensors Russell Beale as which picked up his Prospero Shambling movements sent the MRS SNIPTOV JOINS THE CROWDS barefoot round the data to a computer THRONGING TO GET IN TO SEE THE PLAY stage for most of the which processed them action dressed in a and fed them through to video servers for nondescript baggy shirt and crumpled trousers projection live on stage But that s not all the he failed to convey the command and images thus produced could be manipulated authority of the all powerful magician And his digitally to show Ariel in different forms at one smoker s voice was certainly not up to the job point he appeared as a mythical Harpy type his delivery of Prospero s magnificent and creature and at enormous size moving valedictory speech was a real antiWell all very clever and spectacular or techclimax tacular but not exactly what I d been But this is not a general review of the expecting Our tickets had been bought a year production which overall was well handled in advance such was the demand and at that and grand in concept What worries me is that time the forward publicity talked about a it was overwhelmed by all the technical holographic Ariel I had visions of a ghostly wizardry as opposed to Prospero s wizardry figure hovering round Prospero and seemingly The play was directed by Greg Doran whose interacting with him in exactly the same way as starting point was the masque that Prospero if the actor himself had been physically present presents to his guests In the Elizabethan on stage Perhaps I d been over influenced by theatre masques were hugely popular and watching too many Star Wars films and others utilised all the technical resources of the day of that ilk but yes I was a tad disappointed usually at huge expense Doran s transposition continued on page 7
stage write no. 240  6  spring 2017  SNIPTOV AT LARGE    An occasional series in which ADAM SNIPTOV takes a look at curren...
7 stage write no 240 spring 2017 of this idea to his production of The Tempest was a bold attempt to bridge the centuries and one can only shudder at the thought of how much it all must have cost My contention is that there is a limit on how far the three theatre fundamentals of performers a space and an audience can be added to and enhanced before Sniptov adopts a cunning a play ceases to be disguise to get in to see a play and the play incognito becomes something else in this case approaching a kind of hybrid of theatre and film But ultimately theatre is theatre and cinema is cinema Where the latter relies for its effects hardly at all on the imagination of its audience the former enters into an agreement with its audience an agreement to suspend disbelief that can only be fulfilled if they are allowed to fantasise to visualise to imagine in fact Of course this is only my opinion and I am sure there will be those who take a different view If so let s start a debate I am sure the Editor will be pleased to welcome further comments And I look forward to reading them Unfortunately copyright considerations prevent the publication in Stage Write of pictures of The Tempest However you can see a selection of production photos on the RSC s website www rsc org uk the tempest production photos MEMBERSHIP 2017 Membership subscriptions became due at the AGM at the end of January The rates are unchanged Full membership 25 00 if you want to take a fully active role in Guildbury activities including onstage or backstage for shows Associate membership 10 00 if you don t want to take a fully active role but would like to stay informed of what s going on as well as making yourself available for occasional supporting roles i e front of house duties If you have not already done so please pay your subscription as soon as possible There are three options a online via the Faster Payments system send to sort code 09 01 51 account no 64165509 with your name as reference b by cheque payable to Guildbury Productions post to the Treasurer Mike Dean Virginia Lodge 125 Glaziers Lane Normandy Guildford GU3 2EA c by cash hand over at any Guildbury event in the near future Fleur He wanted to see actions as well as deeds Bar The Membership Secretary Rob would also be very grateful if you would complete the online contact details form especially if you are a new or returning member You can find it here press Ctrl and hover your mouse to activate the link If you have any questions please direct them to the Membership Secretary guildburystcmembership gmail com
7  stage write no. 240  spring 2017  of this idea to his production of The Tempest was a bold attempt to bridge the centur...
stage write no 240 8 spring 2017 IMPROVISATION WORKSHOP Here s a small selection of pictures from the improvisation workshop held at Compton Club on Sunday 26 February organised by Ian Nichols and led by Niall Ashdown We clapped moulded floated clapped interacted flew clapped and radiated Although some of us would probably have liked to have put all this into practice in some actual improvisation it s probably true to say that by the end we were all clapped out photos by Laura Sheppard
stage write no. 240  8  spring 2017  IMPROVISATION WORKSHOP  Here   s a small selection of pictures from the improvisation...
stage write no 240 9 spring 2017 ROYAL NATIONAL THEATRE COSTUME WIGS HAIR AND MAKE UP TOUR See the craft and skill of the NT s costume team including the cutting room dye shop and wig room SATURDAY 8 APRIL 2017 Diane Nichols writes I have provisionally booked a date for a tour of the National Theatre Costume Wigs Hair and Make Up Departments It s Saturday 8 April at 10 00 am but won t be confirmed until nearer the date when their schedule is set they will let us know as soon as possible In the meantime I need to find ten interested people the maximum they take I have asked if it could start a little later than 10 00 but apparently they start in wigs who would then want us out of the way so they can get on prepping the matin e but they will put the request forward It ll cost 12 50 a head If people are interested we can have lunch and possibly a matin e afterwards either at the National or elsewhere If you are interested please let me know on diane_nichols email com NOT ONLY BUT ALSO Guildburys have built up a large selection of costumes and as many of you will be aware for very many years they have been stored chez Nichols at Burpham Bottom Now that the Nichols are looking to move house the costumes will be relocated in another garden in Loxwood Unfortunately they will not all fit and a team of volunteers has been working with Diane through January and February thank heaven the sheds are heated ready for the move We are now ready to go All the costumes we have culled are currently being sold or donated to good causes if you are interested in seeing what is available contact Diane immediately on 0771 471 8647 Ben Benbrook is project manager for the move and will I am sure soon be asking for volunteers to assist with this
stage write no. 240  9  spring 2017  ROYAL NATIONAL THEATRE COSTUME, WIGS, HAIR AND MAKE UP TOUR See the craft and skill o...
stage write no 240 THE COSTUME MOVE 10 spring 2017 OUT OF THE POD Ben Benbrook writes Guildburys has a lot and I mean a LOT of costumes All of them with few exceptions have been housed for many years in the sheds at the bottom of Ian and Diane Nichols garden at Burpham Bottom But things move on and the Nichols have other plans so now we need to relocate our costumes Diane and her team have been diligently assessing the collection over the last few weeks in order to retain those that will be most useful to us That still leaves a lot of costumes and they ll need to be housed in temporary storage while we prepare a new site in Loxwood The sheds in the Nichols garden will need to be dismantled and re built in their new location once that s done we can move the costumes from their temporary storage into their new home We re excited to announce that Steffen Zschaler s proposed schools production of The Commedia Princess and the Pea has moved from the planning to the marketing stage An initial mailshot has now been sent to primary schools and we hope that the process of casting can begin soon The Commedia Princess and the Pea is of course based on Hans Andersen s popular fairy tale but it delves into the rich tradition of the Italian Commedia dell Arte with its stock characters zany knockabout action and exaggerated performance style A reasonably straightforward process but not one that can be done without a considerable amount of help so this is an appeal for ablebodied persons to give some assistance If you have a car and would be willing and able to transport costumes to the temporary storage location in the week following 6th March please get in touch with me If you re of a vigorous disposition and think you could help to bring down the sheds but gently gently later in that week and into the weekend of 18th 19th March please get in touch Further if you feel that you re just the person we need to clear the Loxwood site and prepare it for the re erection of the sheds in the weeks following 20th March please get in touch As the story is unfolded by our four travelling actors fundamental questions are asked Who will play the pea Why can Rosetta not be the fairy godmother Is Punchin a better knight than Arlequin And of course how do you get all of the mattresses into a single shopping trolley OK the Commedia probably didn t have any shopping trolleys but in the world of theatre anything is possible This exciting and innovative project will add another layer to Guildburys already extensive dramatic portfolio A number of you have already expressed an interest in getting involved but it s never too late Steffen would love to hear from you if you would like to hear more about the roles available and the opportunities for production support Contact him at steffen zschaler web de How do you get in touch Email me at howard benbrook org uk or phone my mobile 07973 620069 Thanks for any help you can give us photos by Phill Griffith
stage write no. 240  THE COSTUME MOVE  10  spring 2017  OUT OF THE POD  Ben Benbrook writes    Guildburys has a lot, and I...
stage write no 240 11 Debby Dean and Tim Brown will be appearing in the Pranksters Theatre Company s production of Volpone by Ben Jonson Directed by Mark Ashdown Electric Theatre 29 March 1 April Box Office 01483 444789 www electrictheatre co uk Laura Sheppard will be appearing in the Lion Unicorn Players production of Two Sisters by Caroline Harding Sheet Village Hall April 21 22 Tickets available from March 20 Ali and Laura play Russian sisters with some big secrets www ticketsource co uk lionandunicornplayers Derek Watts will be appearing in the Lighted Fools Theatre Company s production of The Homecoming by Harold Pinter Mill Studio YAT 27 29 April Box Office 01483 440000 www yvonne arnaud co uk spring 2017
stage write no. 240  11  Debby Dean and Tim Brown will be appearing in the Pranksters Theatre Company   s production of Vo...
12 stage write no 240 spring 2017 The solutions are names of characters in plays performed by Guildburys In each case the character name appears in the title of the play The complete Guildbury canon can be found on the website Answers in any suitable form should be sent to the Editor who knows there may be a prize 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 14 12 13 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 Across 1 Brutal transformation 2 4 4 Slimy hypocrite 8 5 Procrastinating prince 6 7 Deluded monarch 4 4 8 Late former wife 7 12 Serial seducer 3 4 14 Tragic sister 8 15 Mad in the attic 3 9 18 Keeps you hanging about 5 19 Saucy actress 4 5 20 Troubled Swede 4 5 22 A close shave 7 4 24 Spanish valet 6 25 see 26 down 27 Bad tempered stamper 15 Down 2 Queen of sleuths 4 6 3 Life creator 12 9 Cr me de la cr me 4 6 10 18th century womaniser 3 5 11 Had no choice 6 12 Misguided physician 2 6 13 Polished the tableware 7 16 see 21 down 17 In a dream world 5 4 21 16D Abandoned seafarer 8 6 23 Musical matchmaker 5 26 25A Secret password 3 4
12  stage write no. 240  spring 2017  The solutions are names of characters in plays performed by Guildburys. In each case...
13 stage write no 240 spring 2017 THE REAR ENTRY GILLY FICK Chairman YOUR COMMITTEE WHAT S GOING ON Friday 3 March pub night at The Woolpack Elstead gilly manor farm barn gmail com IAN NICHOLS Vice Chairman iannichols04 gmail com MIKE DEAN Treasurer mike dean guildburys com DEBBY DEAN Secretary debbyphillips2009 gmail com ROB SHEPPARD Membership Secretary rob sheppard guildburys com BEN BENBROOK Project Manager howard benbrook org uk MICHAEL THONGER Social Co ordinator Sunday 5 March The Lady in the Van rehearsals begin at Compton Club Wednesday 8 March committee meeting at The Pepperpot Godalming Monday 20 March technical information and recruitment evening at Compton Club Friday 7 April pub night at The Woolpack Elstead Wednesday 12 April committee meeting at The Pepperpot Godalming Wednesday 3 May to Saturday 6 May The Lady in the Van at The Electric Theatre Wednesday 10 May committee meeting at The Pepperpot Godalming Friday 12 May pub night venue TBA Sunday 14 May Nell Gwynn rehearsals begin at Compton Club WOOD michaelthonger hotmail co uk CHERYL MALAM Social Co ordinator cheryl malam family com CLAIRE RACKLYEFT Promotions and Partnerships chilton45 hotmail com IDEALOGUE
13  stage write no. 240  spring 2017  THE REAR ENTRY GILLY FICK Chairman  YOUR COMMITTEE WHAT   S GOING ON      Friday 3 M...