Meet Dabby Bryant, played by Anna Rolfe. A bold, no-nonsense, practical female convict, Dabby has found a friend (or someone to boss around at least) in Mary – but this doesn’t stop her dreaming of returning to her beloved Devon. Anna is also playing Meg Long, an older female convict with a distinctive nickname – and body odour! And as if that wasn’t enough, Anna has a third role – Second Lieutenant William Faddy, who makes his strong feelings of dislike towards Ralph Clark known at every opportunity.
This July, Garden Suburb Theatre will be returning to one of our favourite venues – the Little Wood Open Air Theatre, NW11 6QS (entrances from Denman Drive, Oakwood Road and Addison Way), for our annual set of summer performances. But this time there’s a big difference: we’ll be putting on not one but TWO shows, so there’ll be plenty of opportunity to experience some top-notch outdoors amateur theatre.
A pair of talented casts will be getting their teeth into The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare, directed by Diana Bromley, and Our Country’s Good by Timberlake Wertenbaker, directed by Kayne McCutcheon. These two very different plays will be running in rep, with nine performances each between 4th and 20th July – and as an added extra, if you book to see both shows we’ll be running a Buy One Get One Half Price deal which will give you great value for money as well as the chance to see two moving, exciting and engrossing pieces of theatre.
The Merchant of Venice probably needs no introduction – this Shakespeare classic explores the universal and always relevant themes of justice, intolerance and law, alongside a number of romantic subplots. We’re really looking forward to bringing this well-known text and characters like Portia and Shylock to life in a new, exciting way. Anyone who has seen one of Garden Suburb Theatre’s previous Shakespeare productions (like Measure for Measure last year) will be aware of just how well his plays work in the Little Wood Open Air space, so this is one not to be missed.
Our Country’s Good, by female playwright Timberlake Wertenbaker, tells the amazing true story of the first penal colony in Australia, focusing on a group of convicts who put on a play under the guidance of Second Lieutenant Ralph Clark. With a variety of colourful characters based on real people, actors playing multiple roles, and a brilliant mixture of comedy and tragedy, this dramatic and insightful play shines a light on the power of theatre to combat prejudice and bring people together.
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Meet Second Lieutenant Ralph Clark, played by Warren Lustig. Eager to prove himself to his superior officers, Ralph agrees to take on the task of directing a production of The Recruiting Officer starring the convicts. But far from home and his beloved wife Betsey Alicia, and in charge of a bunch of rowdy colourful characters, will the responsibility prove too much for him?
Warren is the only member of our cast playing just one character – come meet Ralph at performances of Our Country’s Good in a few weeks’ time!
Meet Mary Brenham, played by Jess Taylor. The quietest and most shy of the female convicts, Mary is sometimes overshadowed by her confident best friend Dabby. But will being given the lead female role in Lieutenant Clark’s play help Mary come out of her shell?
Jess is also playing the Reverend Johnson, the colony’s “moral guide” who raises some concerns about the content of Ralph’s play.
Meet Robert Sideway, played by Clare Janew. Once a master pickpocket (or so he says) on the mean streets of London, Sideway is at a bit of a loose end in the colony – until he seizes on the opportunity to fulfil his dreams of being on stage and joins the cast of Ralph’s play.
Clare will also be playing Captain Davey Collins, who acts as the Judge of the colony and tries to maintain a fair, balanced process.
Meet Major Robbie Ross – played by Alice Gill-Carey. A man filled with rage and never afraid to take this out on those around him, Ross strikes fear in the hearts of the convicts with his aggressive approach to keeping the colony in line.
Almost his exact opposite, Alice will also be playing James “Ketch” Freeman, the colony’s hangman who doesn’t have many friends among his fellow convicts and who usually finds himself the recipient of abuse and insults.
Sunday 7th July 2019: Free Church Hall, Northway,
London NW11 7BN
4.30 – 6.30pm Children / Young Adults
7.00 – 9.00 Adults
Please note some children may be asked to stay for the first
part of the adult audition.
If you want to audition but are not available on 7th
July, then we may be able to see you on Monday 1st July instead.
Please contact Gabi using the address below.
Performances: Thursday 17th to Saturday 19th
October at 7.30pm and Sunday 20th October at 4pm
Venue: Upstairs at The Gatehouse, Highgate N6
Rehearsals for this play will be Tuesday and Thursday
evenings and Sunday afternoons. We may also call some rehearsals on Monday
evenings, if necessary. They will take place at the Free Church Hall. Rehearsals
will start in September, but we hope to schedule a few workshops/read throughs
About the play:
This warm-hearted, humorous and heart-rending play is about
the relationships between mothers and daughters. It investigates themes of
childhood, growing up, and keeping secrets. The play explores the lives and
relationships of four generations of women, and looks at society’s changing
expectations of women through the twentieth century.
Young Doris: age 5-9
Young Margaret: age 7-10
Young Jackie: age 8-12
Young Rosie / Rosie (same actor): 10-15
Jackie: 20s to 30s
Margaret: 40s to 50s
Doris: 60s to 80s
FOR PARENTS OF
CHILDREN PLANNING TO AUDITION:
This is not a children’s show. It is an adult play with
adult themes such as teenage pregnancy and death. Children’s scenes contain
topics such as playing at pretending to have babies and talking about ‘the
curse’. If you have any concerns then please read a script before the audition
to make sure you would be happy for your child to take part in the show. They
will be well looked after but it may not be a suitable play for every
Meet Duckling Smith, played by Libby Curley! Duckling lives with Midshipman Harry Brewer and enjoys the privileges of her slightly elevated position in comparison to her fellow convicts. But at the same time she has to cope with Harry keeping a close eye on her at all hours of the day and night, when all she wants is a bit of freedom…
Libby will also be playing Captain Watkin Tench, a hard nosed Officer with some firm ideas about how the colony should be run and how the convicts should be treated.
Meet Governor Arthur Phillip, played by Steve Chapman. He thought his military career was over and was ready for a quiet retirement, but now he finds himself in charge of a penal colony in far flung New South Wales. Faced with unruly convicts and disgruntled officers, will he be able to maintain order?
Steve will also be playing John Wisehammer, a convict with a love of words and dreams of being a writer, who butts heads with Lieutenant Clark for a variety of reasons…
Liz Morden – played by Emily Hill – is a fierce female convict who’s had an extremely tough life and isn’t afraid to take it out on those around her. A force to be reckoned with, can Liz escape the blame that always seems to be piled on her and find some hope for the future?
Emily will also be playing Lieutenant Dawes, who – as the colony’s resident astronomer – literally has his head in the clouds.
by P G Wodehouse, adapted for the stage by Francis Beckett
Performances: Thursday 11th to Saturday 13th April at the King Alfred’s Phoenix Theatre, Golders Green, NW11 7HY
Tuppy Glossop has dropped Bertie Wooster’s cousin Angela to pursue a romance with an operatic diva. Ordered by his Aunt Dahlia to break them up, Bertie somehow finds himself singing at an East End concert. A brand-new adaptation of the P G Wodehouse story.
One fearsome crocodile, ready to eat Captain Hook! Our brilliant puppet creators have been hard at work making the crocodile (who they have named Colin) as well as Nana, the Darling children’s dog, and Tinkerbell. But we don’t want to spoil the surprise, book now to come and see them in action. Wednesday 20 February – Sunday 24 February, King Alfred Phoenix Theatre, North End Rd London NW11 7HY Tickets from £10 https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/gardensuburbtheatre
February half term, why not join Wendy Darling and her brothers as they have
the best adventure ever, flying off to Never Land with Peter Pan to fight
fantastical pirates, chase magical mermaids, and avoid being eaten by a
ferociously fearsome crocodile?
Peter Pan: Tilak Patel
Wendy: Jessica Taylor
Nana: Tim Solomons
Liza: Judith Lord
Tinker Bell: Emily Hill
John: Rebecca Hill
Michael: Sara Ashlea
Hook: Andy Farrer
Smee: Tim Solomons
Starkey: Sarah Boden
Mr Darling: Alan Gelfer
Mrs Darling: Jemma Vernon
Tiger Lily: Ebony Aboagye
You get to take part in up to 5 full productions a year, front or backstage.
You get experience of working in a variety of venues, from a small studio theatre to a large proscenium theatre and, in the summer, in the Little Wood open air arena.
Our shows have won many awards, but that’s not the only reason we produce them; we also like to let new people have a chance to try out and acquire skills.
With over 200 members, it’s a great way to meet a bunch of friendly people with no ‘luvvy’ pretensions.
You get a free ticket to every show we perform – worth about £55 a year (beats the West End prices!)
We are a charity – every penny we make goes back into the society for our events and productions.
You get free attendance to rehearsed and unrehearsed play readings, allowing you to hear shows you may not experience anywhere else.
Kids and teenagers get to perform in the February show, and of course, help us out backstage with productions.
We have showcased many new authors’ work in our schedules, including some plays by members.
We hold regular social events and to keep you in touch with what’s happening, you will receive regular newsletters and email news bulletins.
There are four categories of membership of the Garden Suburb Theatre:
Active: This costs £60 and allows you take part in all activities including acting and directing and entitles you to a free ticket for each production.You will also receive our regular newsletter.
Concession: This costs £40 and gives you all the benefits of full membership with a reduction in cost for senior citizens, young people 12-18, full-time students and unwaged people.
Friend: This costs £35 and entitles you to a free ticket for each production (giving a saving over normal ticket prices over the year) and to attend social events. You will also receive our regular newsletter.
Family: Costs £120 all has all the benefits of full membership for a family of one or two adults and all children under 18.