Our Show’s Good!

Four Stars from Sardines for Our Country’s Good. Tickets still available for this funny, compelling and moving show.

“blessed with extremely talented actors”

“… whole production has been put together so well.
Quite a complex script is made to be clear, understandable and enjoying.”

Running in Rep with the captivating The Merchant of Venice

Only for the next two weeks!

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Our Country’s Good

Meet Harry Brewer, Cpt Campbell and Arscott

Meet Midshipman Harry Brewer, played by Mark Overall. A troubled man, Harry is in a relationship with Duckling which brings him some comfort but he still has to battle his demons…

Mark is also playing John Arscott, a convict whose escape attempts don’t quite go according to plan and who has almost given up hope when he lands a role in Ralph’s play.

Mark’s third and final role (phew!) will be Captain Jemmy Campbell, who acts as Major Ross’ intimidating right hand man and keeps the convicts cowering.

Our Country’s Good runs 5th – 20th July

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Our Country’s Good

Meet Dabby Bryant, Meg Long and Lt. Faddy.

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.

Our Country’s Good runs 5th – 20th July

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Opening this Week – Tickets selling fast!!

Two Amazing Shows running 4th -20th July!

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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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PERFORMANCE DATES

Our Country’s Good:

Friday 5 July, Sunday 7 July (matinee), Tuesday 9 July, Friday 12 July, Saturday 13 July (matinee & evening), Wednesday 17 July, Friday 19 July, Saturday 20 July (evening).

The Merchant of Venice:

Thursday 4 July, Saturday 6 July (matinee & evening), Wednesday 10 July, Thursday 11 July, Sunday 14 July (matinee), Tuesday 16 July, Thursday 18 July, Saturday 20 July (matinee).

TICKETS

Single show: £12/£10 concessions
Both shows: £18/£15 concessions (Buy one get one half price!)
Groups of 10: Single show £100, both shows £150.
Families: Single show £40, both shows £60.

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Meet the Our Country’s Good Characters

Scroll down for more info on the fascinating characters of Our Country’s Good (often based on real people) and the clever actors playing more than one at a time!

Contact Us

General Committee

Responsible for over all running of the society including the AGM, venues, accounts, front of house, publicity and membership.
For queries, please choose the appropriate contact from the list below or Contact info@gardensuburbtheatre.org.uk

Kayne McCutcheon 
Chair
chair@gardensuburbtheatre.org.uk



Mary Musker 
Secretary
secretary@gardensuburbtheatre.org.uk

Mo Colmans
Membership Secretary
membership@gardensuburbtheatre.org.uk

Alicia Crisp
Treasurer
treasurer@gardensuburbtheatre.org.uk

TBC
Publicity
publicity@gardensuburbtheatre.org.uk

Other Elected Committee Members

Saria Babiker

Emily Elvin-Poole

Emily Haggard

Joanne Moore

Casting and Selection

Reports to General Committee. Responsible for sourcing and selecting directors and plays for each season, and providing oversight and support to the auditioning and casting process for each play.
Contact castingandselection@gardensuburbtheatre.org.uk

Emma Pleass
Chair

John Colmans 
Secretary

Other Elected Committee Members

Michael Reffold 

Debbie Lane

Andy Farrer

Unrehearsed Play Reading Committee

Organises a free and fun members only play reading every couple of months. Please note that you must be a member to participate. For more information please contact playreading@gardensuburbtheatre.org.uk

Kay Graham
Chair

Mo Colmans
Secretary

Other Committee Members

Tim Messom

Sue Miller

Paula Morris

Our Country’s Good

Meet Ralph Clark

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!

Our Country’s Good runs 5th – 20th July

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Our Country’s Good

Meet Mary Brenham and Reverend Johnson

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.

Our Country’s Good runs 5th – 20th July

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Our Country’s Good

Meet Caesar and Lieutenant Johnston

Meet Caesar, played by Gideon Benari. Caesar’s non-British background (he’s from Madagascar) sets him apart from the other convicts, but he knows he can always turn to his ancestors for guidance.

Gideon will also be playing Lieutenant George Johnston, who supports the play Ralph is putting on and advocates for the female convicts – but perhaps has an ulterior motive for doing so.

Our Country’s Good runs 5th – 20th July

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Our Country’s Good

Meet Sideway and Judge Collins

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.

Our Country’s Good runs 5th – 20th July

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Our Country’s Good

Meet Major Ross and Ketch Freeman

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.

Our Country’s Good runs 5th – 20th July

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Audition: My Mother Said I Never Should

Director: Gabi Maddocks

Assistant Director: Sarah Overall

Audition Information:

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.

Performance Information:

Performances: Thursday 17th to Saturday 19th October at 7.30pm and Sunday 20th October at 4pm

Venue: Upstairs at The Gatehouse, Highgate N6

Rehearsal Information:

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 in July/August.

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.

Characters:

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 child. 

Audition pieces can be downloaded below:
All children (1)
All children (2)
Rosie and young Jackie
Doris and young Margaret
Doris and young Jackie
Margaret and Jackie
Margaret and Doris
Jackie and Rosie

If you have any questions please contact Gabi on mymothersaid@gardensuburbtheatre.org.uk

Our Country’s Good

Meet Duckling and Captain Tench

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. 

Our Country’s Good runs 5th – 20th July

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Our Country’s Good

Meet Wisehammer and Governor Phillip

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…

Our Country’s Good runs 5th – 20th July

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Our Country’s Good

Meet Liz Morden and Lieutenant Dawes

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.

Our Country’s Good runs 5th – 20th July

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Summer shows – Casting announcement

The Merchant of Venice 

(director Diana Bromley)


Duke of Venice – John Colmans

Prince of Morocco – Blue Beazley

Prince of Aragon – Geoff Prutton

Antonio (the Merchant) – Stephen Lanigan-O’keeffe

Bassanio – Edwin Coutts

Gratiano – Richard Tinworth

Solanio – Edward Smith

Salaria – Juliette Kulikovs

Lorenzo – Anthony Gretton

Shylock – Amos Witztum

Tubal – Blue Beazley

Launcelot Gobbo – Geoff Prutton

Old Gobbo – John Colmans

Portia – Naomi Smallwood

Nerissa – Rebecca Hill

Jessica – Alice Golton

Balthazar/Stephano – Milo McCarthy


Our Country’s Good 

(director Kayne McCutcheon, assistant director Michael Reffold)


Wisehammer/Phillip – Steve Chapman

Ralph – Warren Lustig

Mary/Rev Johnson – Jess Taylor

Sideway/Collins – Clare Janew

Dabby/Meg/Faddy – Anna Rolfe

Harry/Arscott/Campbell – Mark Overall

Ketch/Ross – Alice Gill-Carey

Caesar/Johnston – Gideon Benari

Duckling/Tench – Libby Curley

Liz/Dawes – Emily Hill

Casting announcement

For Jeeves and the Song of Songs and Audience…

Jeeves and the Song of Songs

Revd “Beefy” Bingham                       Colin Gregory

Mr Cholly                                            Edward Smith

Miss Dolly                                            Sue Miller

Bertie Wooster                                    Edwin Coutts

Lady Worplesdon, Aunty Agatha        Diana Bromley

Jeeves                                                  Gerry Zierler

Tuppy Glossop                                    Anthony Gretton

The Hon Miss Cora Bellinger              Clare Janew

Mrs Travers, Aunt Dahlia                    Francine Ross

Angela Travers                                    Abi Tallack-Cain

Audience

Joan                                                     Ashley Collins

Helena                                                 Saria Babiker

Amanda                                               Nina Meinzer

Quentin                                               Doug Hopping

Bobbie                                                 Trudi Dane

Charles                                                Rusty Ashman

Merrill                                                 Malcolm Stern

Lee                                                      Milo McCarthy

Keith                                                    Colin Gregory

Reginald                                              Toby Moore

Eileen                                                  Rosie Fiore-Burt

Usherette                                            Jemma Vernon

Wendy                                                 Jesse Musker

Jeeves & the Song of Songs

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.

Buy tickets: www.ticketsource.co.uk/gardensuburbtheatre

Getting ready for Peter Pan #1: One Fearsome Crocodile

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

Peter Pan – casting notice

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

Lost Boys

Lucas Farrer
Dougal Farrer
Olivia Gearson
Adam Norris
Jonah Maddocks
Maya Woolf

Ensemble

Juliet Blain
Sebastian Blain
Ana Gearson
Mark Gelfer
Rebecca Grossman
Lucas Howard
Elizabeth Jones
Nina Meinzer
Max Mendelle
Sue Miller
Amelie Millhoff
Anouk Millhoff
Toby Norris
Sasha Patel
Jacob Pleass
Amelia Radnedge
Lauren Shaw
Jacob Simon

Membership from only £1.25 a week!

10 great reasons to join NOW!!!

  1. You get to take part in up to 5 full productions a year, front or backstage.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. With over 200 members, it’s a great way to meet a bunch of friendly people with no ‘luvvy’ pretensions.
  5. You get a free ticket to every show we perform – worth about £55 a year (beats the West End prices!)
  6. We are a charity – every penny we make goes back into the society for our events and productions.
  7. You get free attendance to rehearsed and unrehearsed play readings, allowing you to hear shows you may not experience anywhere else.
  8. Kids and teenagers get to perform in the February show, and of course, help us out backstage with productions.
  9. We have showcased many new authors’ work in our schedules, including some plays by members.
  10. 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.