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DoP's Blog

May

Welcome 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.

Firstly, we'd 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.

Gill Halford's 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 from August.

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.

In November 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.

Along with 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.

Steve Smith / Stephen Duckham



      

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