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Details of theatre and entertainment – shows and productions – in Ilfracombe and North Devon plus other theatrical ramblings.

Theatre to make you think: Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune

Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune | the SPACE Ilfracombe
Whatever happened to serious theatre? By that I don’t mean plays without jokes, but writing with depth that leaves you thinking and searching for answers the next day.

Last night I had the pleasure of seeing Terrence McNally‘s Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune at the SPACE in Ilfracombe. Now here I have to confess to being a director of the venue, but apart from that I had no involvement with the production. So, as I took my seat for the performance, I knew as much or as little as any of the other 50 or so people in the room.

Over the following two hours, Debbie Hadley and Neil Rudd, who masterminded the production with assistance from Jay Moore, lured us into the lives of two lonely, middle-aged co-workers in New York in what is described as a ‘modern fairytale for midlife lovers’.

I also have to confess to not being a fan of the British attempting American accents – probably due to too many phoney drawls which fail Radio 4 dramas – but, getting over my prejudice, Debbie and Neil convinced us that we really were across the Atlantic in a lonely apartment in the middle of a big city in the early hours of the morning.

The pace of the play is unpredictable, unlike many popular pieces with an obvious start, middle and end. In some ways the writing appears flawed, because there are whole sections which appear flat before a sudden burst of frenetic dialogue, but, on the other hand, isn’t that what all-nighters are like? The excitement, joy and freedom often give way to tiredness, a withdrawal to simple comforts such as food, in Frankie’s case a sandwich, and the desire to give up and go to sleep. Perhaps the play is simply realistic.

Debbie and Neil both gave tremendous performances with no supporting cast, an impressive achievement, and created incredible intensity as they put their characters under the spotlight with literally nowhere to hide. They experience joy, anger, despair, laughter, confusion and more in a touching depiction of the difficulties of simply connecting with other people in modern urban life.

As I said, 50 or so people turned out to watch this performance, laughing and applauding, and seemingly enjoying the evening. Several years ago, when I got a phone call asking if I would join in getting the SPACE up and running, it was with the vision of providing a venue to support the widest possible range of performance.

Last night Debbie and Neil not only proved to us what is possible, but also demonstrated the value culture plays in opening our minds and stimulating thought.

We want to see more productions like this at the SPACE and if you didn’t catch this one, I recommend you book to see Debbie Hadley and Neil Rudd when once again they perform Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune next week at The Plough Arts Centre in Torrington on Wednesday 8 November.

 

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Ilfracombe and Torrington

Studio Theatre, of which I am a director and trustee, will be staging a production of Shakespeare’s comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Ilfracombe and Torrington, North Devon this June.

Studio Theatre's production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe and Plough Arts Centre, Torrington, North Devon

Not only is this production part of the North Devon Festival, but it is also part of the RSC Open Stages programme, which involves workshops with the RSC, mentoring and the chance to be selected to perform at the RSC at Stratford-upon-Avon. The play is directed by Bob Corwin and the cast features a number of younger performers as Studio Theatre aims to promote both Shakespeare and theatre generally.

You can book tickets online for performances at the Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe on Thursday 9 and Saturday 11 June  or call The Plough Arts Centre, Torrington for tickets on Friday 10 June.

The production promises enjoyment for those who already know Shakespeare and for those new to his plays.

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Audition for A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Ilfracombe

Would you like to appear in Studio Theatre’s June 2011 production of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream? Performances will take place at the Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe and at the Plough Arts Centre, Torrington in North Devon as part of the North Devon Festival.

Audition dates are:

  • Saturday 29 January – Landmark Pavilion, Ilfracombe – 2.00pm
  • Sunday 30 January – Landmark Pavilion, Ilfracombe – 2.00pm
  • If you are 16 or above, you can audition for one of the many roles. This production will feature actors across a broad age range, from the young lovers upwards.

    If you are interested, please familiarise yourself with the play before the audition dates. Although you may not be asked to read for a specific character at the auditions, please let director Bob Corwin know what role(s) you are interested in.

    Rehearsals will start in March and there will be two open workshops in February.

    This is a big production with lots of opportunities.

    If you would like to know more about the production or cannot make the auditions, please call Bob Corwin on 07733 080768.

    Seem more details at studiotheatreonline.org.uk.

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    See superb cast photos of Mack and Mabel

    See photos of Studio Theatre’s and Small Pond Production’s forthcoming North Devon premiere of Mack and Mabel at the Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe on 14-16 October 2010.

    See more details at studiotheatreonline.org.uk and book tickets at the Landmark Theatre online or from the box office on 01271 324242.

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    Sponsor Mack and Mabel at the Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe

    Small Pond Productions and Studio Theatre are staging the North Devon premiere of Mack and Mabel at the Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe on Thursday 14, Friday 15 and Saturday 16 October 2010. This is the major production of 2010 and is being funded solely by the two companies.

    However, the cost of staging such a big production – with a large cast, orchestra, a large backstage and support team and professional stage set – is considerable.

    To help us bring this high quality production to North Devon, we seek sponsorship from local businesses to support it.

    Sponsorship options

    £40 sponsorship of principal cast member with business contact details printed in programme and repeated with a clickable link to sponsor’s web site from studiotheatronline.org.uk

    £15 sponsorship of company member with business contact details printed in programme and repeated with a clickable link to sponsor’s web site from studiotheatronline.org.uk

    Bigger sponsorship oppportunities – eg stage set – available by agreement.

    Ilfracombe and North Devon businesses have always been generous in their support of the companies’ productions and we are grateful for all support provided.

    To sponsor Mack and Mabel, please complete and return our sponsorship PDF below or call Robert Zarywacz on 07971 176044.

    Production details

    For details of the production visit Studio Theatre’s Mack and Mabel pages and to book visit northdevontheatres.org.uk

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