to our first DOPSCOL since the AGM! As you may know, while
I was elected to the DOP role, Stephen Duckham will be sharing
duties with me.
like to extend our congratulations and thanks to Chris for
her long and dedicated service. We have already drawn on
her experience and will no doubt continue to do so.
production of 'My Cousin Rachel' was very popular with our
audiences if the "oohs and aahs" at the twists and turns
in the plot were a guide. On Thursday, when I saw the show,
Youth Theatre members were equally drawn in to the story.
Congratulations to the entire cast and crew, and a particular
mention for John Ellam's atmospheric set. Note to self:
our audience loves a costume drama!
We are pleased
to confirm the following plays and shows for the season
To open the
season, David Draper will direct 'Breath of Spring' by Peter
Coke and Steve Smith will assay R.C. Sherriff's 'Journey's
End' in October as our commemoration of the centenary of
the end of World War I. Both these plays have already auditioned
and casting is well on the way.
Mary MacDonald will direct My Mother Said I Never Should
by Charlotte Keatley (a play we last put on 25 years ago!)
while Mandy Dodd will give us her Aladdin at Christmas.
We are still working hard to find a script. Auditions for
both these shows will be announced in the next Talismag
and, of course, keep an eye on the website.
the whole Executive, both Stephens are committed to the
continuing improvement of standards of production and performance
at The Talisman, and in this light, we are proposing to
attend rehearsals at an early stage, with an intention to
support directors. In addition, we will be letting auditionees
know about our expectations of commitment to the production,
attendance at rehearsals and the work we expect actors to
do outside the rehearsal room - in particular learning lines
at an early stage so that directors have time to polish
the production prior to the first night.
Up next is
the ever-enthusiastic Rod Wilkinson's production of Stones
in his Pockets - a wonderful play - not to be missed!
2019 is already
in preparation with Michael Palin's comedy 'The Weekend'
scheduled for February. This will be directed by Vicky Whitehill.
/ Stephen Duckham