Well, we are well into the tour of “Funny Faces” two plays by Steve Dimmer - “Simply Joan” and “Wot Sid Did” working with Next Page Productions. The first outing was the Sid play for Oldham Sit Com Festival which went brilliantly! Then the whole programme i.e. both plays were launched at The Place Theatre in Bedford. A packed house and very appreciative audience. What more could we ask. What a lovely venue The Place is too. Helpful and friendly staff. Intimate and versatile venue. It was just right. Now it’s out to other venues. Of course, the thing about touring is everything has to be kept very simple and we did just that. The set and props fit into the back of a car, not even a van and everything is easily assembled. The lighting design is simple yet effective, so a three hour Get In is perfectly feasible. The Get Out can happen quickly too.
We are really enjoying working with Next Page. Great actors and team. We took some photos at Bedford as we were lucky enough to have a run through before the performance. (Last one is in the dressing room!
We also have two more pieces of exciting news.
Firstly, we have been awarded Arts Council Funding and Awards For All for a new project “Shoulder To Shoulder” which will be a celebration of one hundred years of women’s suffrage. We shall we working with The Royal and Derngate Theatre in Northampton and Cornerstone Arts, Oxfordshire. Other partners and supporters are- The Fawcett Society, The Living Archive, Stantonbury Theatre, MK Library, MK Council, MK Gallery, South Oxfordshire Council, Oxfordshire Museum Service, University of Oxford, University of Northampton. We shall also be working with exciting theatre companies – Townsend, Paper Birds, Vamos, Zoo Co and Haste. We are so very excited!!!! More news will follow very shortly.
Our second piece of fantastic news is that we have been granted the rights to stage “Entertaining Mr Sloane” by Joe Orton by the Orton estate. It’s a play we have been wanting to do for some time. It will be in November of this year at Stantonbury Theatre. More news to follow on this too.