We will be holding 2 workshops on 21 and 28 June 2018 to give people the opportunity to try their hand at directing or acting scenes from plays or to bring in any piece of new writing they would like to try out. We will be looking at scenes from plays likely to be put forward for our play selection meeting.
Please could you circulate the details below to any family, friends, colleagues and acquaintances who might be interested in coming to any of these workshops and also add to your Facebook page. I have also added the workshop notice as an attachment to this email.
Ellie Hopkins, Artistic Director, Theatre West Four
Save the Date
Budding directors, actors and playwrights come and have a go with Theatre West Four Workshops, based in Chiswick, 21 and 28 June 2018 from 7.30pm
Come and have a go at directing or acting scenes from plays or maybe you might have a play you have written and would like to try it out with a director and actors. We have opportunities available for directing and acting as well as the possibility of new writing being performed in a theatre espousing professional standards. We have 2 productions, in May and November, every year at the Questors Theatre in Ealing. We aim to have one new play performed a year. We will be holding workshops on Thursday 21 June and Thursday 28 June 2018 from 7.30pm-9.30pm open to all, at our rehearsal hall at The Friendship Club, Age Concern, Oxford Road North, Chiswick, London W4 4DN. If you have scenes from a particular play in mind, please bring along sufficient copies of the script. We will also be looking at scenes from plays likely to be put forward for our play selection meeting.
So, come along, give it a go, have fun and meet new people.
For further information contact Ellie Hopkins, Artistic Director, by email on: email@example.com or by telephone on 07870 196959
Rehearsals are going apace for She Stoops to Conquer and the show promises to be an exciting and unusual interpretation of the play.
The cast is as follows:
Mick Cawson- Digory
Harry Doyle- Mr Hardcastle
Mary Ennis- Landlord
Nicola Foster- Tony Lumpkin
Ellie Hopkins- Maid
Alice Klapwijk- Mrs Hardcastle
Sofia Morin- Constance Neville
Iskander Najmuddin- Hastings
Lauren Powell- Kate Hardcastle
Richard Scott- Marlow
Jim Simpson- Sir Charles Marlow
Theatre West 4’s AGM will be held on Thursday 12 October 2017 at The Friendship Club, Age Concern, Oxford Road North, Chiswick, W4 at 7 pm prompt.
Please note that all memberships will cease on this day and the Committee resign their posts. Memberships can be renewed on the evening or before by sending £10 per person to Theatre West Four, 10 Devon Waye, Heston, TW5 0NE.
Please note that only fully paid up members can stand for Committee posts or cast a vote.
We look foward to see as many of you as possible at this very important event.
Rehearsals have started for our November production and cast includes:
Mick Cawson, Harry Doyle, Mary Ennis, Nicola Foster, Ellie Hopkins, Alice Klapwijk, Sofia Morin, Iskander Najmuddin, Lauren Powell, Richard Scott, Jim Simpson
The play is directed by Tony Traxler and will show at Questors Studio Theatre, Ealing W5 on November 21 to 25. It will be an unusual and exciting production so put the dates in your diary now!
At the recent Group Choice meeting a vote was cast for the next production and the members present (thanks to all who attended the meeting) elected to present
SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER
(The Mistakes of a Night) by Oliver Goldsmith
Wealthy countryman Mr. Hardcastle arranges for his daughter Kate to meet Charles Marlow, the son of a rich Londoner, hoping the pair will marry. Unfortunately, Marlow prefers lower class women, finding them less intimidating than women of high society. On his first acquaintance with Kate, the latter realises she will have to pretend to be ‘common’ to get Marlow to woo her. Thus Kate ‘stoops to conquer’, by posing as a maid, hoping to put Marlow at his ease so he falls for her. Marlow sets out for Mr. Hardcastle’s manor with a friend, George Hastings, an admirer of Miss Constance Neville, another young lady who lives with the Hardcastles. During the journey the two men get lost and stop at an alehouse, The Three Jolly Pigeons, for directions.
Tony Lumpkin, Kate’s step-brother and Constance’s cousin, comes across the two strangers at the alehouse and, realising their identity, plays a practical joke by telling them that they are a long way from their destination and will have to stay overnight at an inn. The “inn” he directs them to is in fact the home of the Hardcastles. When they arrive, the Hardcastles, who have been expecting them, go out of their way to make them welcome. However, Marlow and Hastings, believing themselves in an inn, behave extremely disdainfully towards their hosts. Hardcastle bears their unwitting insults with forbearance, because of his friendship with Marlow’s father.
Kate learns of her suitor’s shyness from Constance and a servant tells her about Tony’s trick. She decides to masquerade as a serving-maid (changing her accent and garb) to get to know him. Marlow falls in love with her and plans to elope with her but, because she appears of a lower class, acts in a somewhat bawdy manner around her. All misunderstandings are resolved by the end, thanks to an appearance by Sir Charles Marlow.
The main sub-plot concerns the secret romance between Constance and Hastings. Constance needs her jewels, an inheritance, guarded by Tony’s mother, Mrs. Hardcastle, who wants Constance to marry her son, to keep the jewels in the family. Tony despises the thought of marrying Constance — he prefers a barmaid at the alehouse — and so agrees to steal the jewels from his mother’s safekeeping for Constance, so she can elope to France with Hastings.
The play concludes with Kate’s plan succeeding: she and Marlow become engaged. Tony discovers his mother has lied about his being “of age” and thus entitled to his inheritance. He refuses to marry Constance, who is then eligible to receive her jewels and become engaged to Hastings, which she does.
The play will be directed by Tony Traxler and is scheduled for performance 21 to 25 November at The Questors Studio Theatre.
Auditions will be held on
Sunday 23 July at 3 pm and Thursday 10 August at 7.30 pm at The Friendship Club, Age Concern Chiswick, Oxford Road North, W4 4DN
If you are unable to attend these dates but wish to take part in the production get in touch with Tony direct (07899 961813) to arrange for private auditions on his casting couch. There ae quite a number of large and small roles for all ages available