We, of Westacre Theatre, were recently blessed with some new equipment. An enormous satellite dish being the most noticeable addition. Or it would be, if we hadn’t hidden it ’round the back of the theatre where no one can see it. Probably for the best – it’s not a particularly attractive satellite dish. None of them are. But they can be very useful. The one we have allows us to do something very clever. It allows us to watch Sky TV. (more…)
When I received the email saying that Westacre Theatre had accepted my work experience application, to say I was delighted would have won the award for ‘Understatement of the Century’. Having been a regular at the theatre’s young people’s workshops for a grand total of six months, I was over the moon to have been given the opportunity to spend five working days – from the 13th to the 20th July – in what I can quite safely say is my favourite place to be. At the time, I hadn’t the faintest idea of what Isobel and Andy would have me doing, but I was certainly all set and raring to go. (more…)
Regular visitors to Westacre might have spotted something of a trend in our plays over the last few seasons (apart that is from the usual high quality performances and, we hope, entertaining productions). It’s all about the numbers – of cast members that is. It would seem that, looking at recent productions, two is very much company on stage at Westacre.
Productions of plays for solo performers have been limited at Westacre to the work of one man – the inimitable Alan Bennett and his hugely popular Talking Heads series, many of which have been performed to great acclaim over the years in the studio theatre. And of course we’ve had innumerable plays that require three or more actors – Alan Ayckbourn usually peoples his plays with several couples at a time (I should know – I’ve played many hapless husbands to exasperated wives in several Ayckbourn plays). Musicals tend to require an army, but one that can sing and dance with military precision.
The idea of a ‘walk’ came about during a discussion at a Fundraising meeting about how we might raise money to buy a defibrillator for the theatre.
Summer was coming up and the grounds surrounding Westacre are so lovely that we decided initially to have a ‘treasure hunt’. This idea evolved into incorporating clues from ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. We decided that the ‘treasure’ element was the treasure of the beautiful words of Mr Shakespeare in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. So, in the space of about half an hour, during a fundraising meeting, our Midsummer Mystery Walk began to take shape.
Finding clues about moons, and clocks and apple trees ….was fun!
Friday 9 May 2014
Entering a new 21st century era at Westacre Theatre – to tweet or not to tweet…that is the question.
To say we had been ‘dragged’ into the 21st century here at the theatre, technically speaking, would be a considerable understatement – ‘forcibly wrenched’ would probably be more accurate. (more…)