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AUDITIONS FOR BLAST FROM THE PAST by Marc Harris

Auditions for the remaining roles to be cast for Blast From the Past will be held on Thursday 28 February 2019at 7.30pmand Thursday 7 March at 7.30pmat the Friendship Club, Oxford Road North, London W4 4DN. Scripts will be available at the audition. I will be directing the play.

The get in at The Questors Studio Theatre will be on Sunday 12 May 2019, the dress rehearsal on the 13 May 2019, with performances running from Tuesday 14 – Saturday 18 May 2019. There will be 2 performances on 18 May 2018.

The remaining roles have yet to be cast:

TIM HORTON: as a well spoken, charming 86 year old actor, who radiates a natural genial warmth. This is the male lead. The lead is onstage for 90% of the play and will need to be confident at successfully retain a very large amount of dialogue.

ROSS SHARPE: A 30 year old parcel delivery person. This is a very small part.

SOPHIE SHAH: A happy-go-lucky 35 year old neighbour of Tim’s. This is a major part.

JOHN BAXTER: a brash 75 year old cockney actor, who wears a wig. This is a small part.

PAULINE JENKINS: A 25 year old audition helper. This is a very small part

Synopsis:

A poignant, humorous and uplifting new play by Marc Harris. 

Take one actor who wants to act; a brother, daughter and neighbour who want him to; another daughter who doesn’t, and an actor – who can’t! The scene is set for an entertaining drama about family relationships, ageing and hope.

Tim has set his heart on an acting role before he retires, and is trying to stay positive but with recent memory issues, opposition from his daughter, and self doubt returning; can he begin to find his inner confidence, and believe that there may be a chance to act for one final time?

If you wish to audition but can’t make any of these dates please get in touch with me by email: ellie.hopkins@btinternet.com or on 07870 196959. If you would like a copy of the script to be emailed to you to read in advance of the auditions please get in touch.

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible.

Kind regards,

Ellie Hopkins, A.D. Theatre West Four

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UPDATE ON BLAST FROM THE PAST

It is with regret that I have to cancel the May Production of Blast From The Past due to casting difficulties. This is a great pity as this was an exceptionally well written new piece of drama.

I would like to thank everybody who worked tirelessly and assisted in trying to bring this production about.

Ellie Hopkins, Artistic Director, Theatre West Four

SYLVIA’S WEDDING – by Jimmie Chinn

Dear All,
 
Firstly, thank you all for voting. Given the record level of participation, the committee made a decision to forward plan the May 2019 production. Therefore, the play that was runner-up will be nominated for the May production. It was a close race with Sylvia’s Wedding becoming the eventual winner. The runner up was Blast from the Past (New Writing).
 
Auditions for Sylvia’s Wedding will be held on Thursday 6th September 2018 at 7.30pm at the Friendship Club, Oxford Road North, London W4 4DN. Scripts will be available at the audition. The play will be directed by Hazel Colllinson.
 
Characters:
Yvonne, 32
Joyce 50s-60s
Vic- Joyce’s husband 50s-60s
Sylvia – Vic and Joyce’s daughter, 32
Stanley, 50-60s
Myrtle- Stanley’s wife, 50-60s
Gordon- Stanley and Myrtle’s son, 32
 
Synopsis:
 
Gordon proposes to Sylvia, after ten years of courting, and throws his family, and Sylvia’s into turmoil. Joyce and Vic, Sylvia’s parents, are hardly the sort of people Gordon’s pompous father, Stanley wants his family connected with, and Vic feels much the same in return. Sylvia’s best friend, Yvonne, isn’t much help either-as she’s all to ready to deflate Sylvia’s joy with her cynical, world-weary comments. Against the odds, the two warring families co-operate in the wedding preparations and all looks set for success- but fate intervenes.
 
If you wish to audition but cannot make this date please get in touch with Hazel on 020 8248 6615.
 
We look forward to seeing as many as you as possible.
 
Kind regards,
 
Ellie Hopkins A.D.
Theatre West Four

THEATRE WORK SHOPS 21 AND 28 JUNE 7.30 PM

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.

Kind regards,

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: ellie.hopkins@btinternet.com or by telephone on 07870 196959

She Stoops to Conquer

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

 

New Committee 2017 – 2018 Season

Our AGM was, as you may know, held last week and a full report will be given in next issue of ‘Scene Magazne’.
Many thanks to those of you who attended the meeting and who renewed their membership
However, I thought I’d let you know the names of the new Committee elected and installed for the 2017-2018 season;
Acting Director – Tony Traxler
Technical Director – Neil Hopkins
Secretary – Vivienne English
Treasurer – Trevor Woodham
PRO – Chrissie Balmer and Jim Simpson
Membership – Freddie Mauwer
Without Portfolio – Hazel Collinson
Congratulations to all and here’s toasting to another successful Season
Meanwhile, a reminder that your memberships are now due and we hope you will want to continue to be part of our happy band of thespians.   You know the drill:
£10 per person by
1.  Cheque made out to Theatre West Four, send to Trevor Woodham, 10 Devon Waye, Heston, TW5 0NE
2.  Bank transfer to sort code 60-05-30, Natwest Chiswick, account No 04125118 Theatre West Four
(if the latter method is used, please confirm by email to fredmauwer@btinternet.com when the transaction is made so our membership records can be updated immediately.)
Thank you very much, your continued support is greatly appreciated.