Winning a theatre award in New York

Brixham-based South Devon Players Theatre & Film Company were thrilled to find out, in the early hours of June 11th 2019, (late evening June 10th New York time) that they had won a theatre award in the Long Island Theatre Awards ceremony for their production of Shakespeare’s classic drama of ambition, power and fate; Macbeth.

The show, first performed by the Players in January and February 2019, was not without its own share of drama, when the title role for the show needed to be recast ten days before the first performances. Christophe Lombardi, a friend of the Players, took up the mantle, learning the role and arriving from Ireland, in Devon for the final two rehearsals, to star alongside Ryanna-Mae Lloyd as Lady Macbeth and a team of dedicated local actors.

The show, performed at Brixham Theatre, the South Devon Players home performance venue, and then at Torquay Museum, attracted record positive feedback from audience and critics, with feedback such as that it surpassed productions by the Globe in London, and the RSC.

Hot on the heels of this success, came requests for a second larger show tour, including from Ireland and the USA, and a request from the Long Island Theatre Awards to enter the production for their 2019 awards. They were happy to accept a video submission of the show filmed at Brixham Theatre.

Months later came the news, that the Players were among the award nominees, and a request from the Theatre Awards administrators to send a representative to New York. The Players were by this time working hard on their scheduled production of Les Miserables, with the plans underway for an autumn tour reprising Macbeth. Laura Jury, the South Devon Players founder and director of both Macbeth and Les Miserables, was unable to attend, but Christophe once more took up the mantle and travelled to New York, collecting the award on behalf of the Players, which will be brought back to Devon during the next week or so, as he travels back from the USA.

Brixham Theatre was saved from closure in 2018 by a team of local volunteers, and it provides a critical base for local creativity, without which, successes like this, would not be possible for local people in their hometown. The Players owe this success to the continued existence of Brixham Theatre.

The Players are now also beginning rehearsals for the second tour of Macbeth; keeping most of the original cast, including Ryanna-Mae Lloyd and Christophe Lombardi as the Macbeths; although also excited to welcome new performers as well. The tour is currently booked into Brixham, Ivybridge, Exeter and Bristol, with discussions underway to bring the show to London, and further venues, during the autumn of 2019. While plans for touring abroad had to be put on hold due to being unable to find funding to do so, this has no way dampened the team’s desire to bring the show to regular and new venues here in the UK, and to revisit attempts to tour abroad in the future.

Macbeth is one of Shakespeare’s best known dramas, alongside King Lear, Othello, Hamlet, and Romeo & Juliet. It tells the tale of a Scottish war hero, who, tempted by ambition, power, and supernatural whisperings, begins a series of murders, to take and hold the throne. Returning home from war, Macbeth encounters three mysterious women, whose prophecy of kingship, sets in motion his ambition, and ultimately his fall into madness and blood…

The Players perform the original, uncut Shakespearian text, set in the dark aftermath of a nuclear WW3, in a post-apocalyptic design, with the exotic of the supernatural, and immersive soundscapes, to create Macbeths world in a new vision of the drama.

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Les Mis is upon us!

Last Les Mis rehearsal at our community centre rehearsal room before we move down to @BrixhamTheatre on Wednesday & the shows start later this week. Support these brilliant local actors! Tickets on sale now #brixham #lesmiserables #devon #acting #actorslife #performingarts #creative #theatre #lesmis #create #getintotheatre

Les Miserables – at Brixham Theatre

LesMiserablesbrixhamFriday May 31st 2019 – 7.30pm
Saturday June 1st 2019 – 2pm & 7.30pm

Brixham Theatre
New Road/ Bolton Cross
Brixham
Devon TQ5 8TA

Tickets £10 (full-price), £8 (Consessions)
Tickets available from https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/whats-on/devon/brixham-theatre/les-miserables, or by calling the Box office on 01803 415987.

This drama, originally performed by the South Devon Players in 2013 to full-houses, is a non-musical adaptation of Victor Hugo’s classic drama of love, hope, redemption and revolution. The Players last production at Brixham Theatre, Macbeth, attracted such audience feedback as
“The power of the final scene was such that the audience sat transfixed in silence, barely able to comprehend the beauty of what they’d just witnessed.“
“Easily on a par with the production of Macbeth we saw at the Globe”

Les Miserables is set in early 19th Century France, and follows the story of Jean Valjean, a convict who through the kindness of others, finds redemption; but, having broken parole and changed his identity in order to make a new life as the kindly mayor of a small town, is hunted mercilessly by Javert, who is unable to believe that anyone with a criminal record, can be anything but evil. After rescuing Cosette, the small daughter of a woman forced into poverty, from near-slavery, and escaping re-arrest by Javert, he reaches Paris. Years later, grown into a beautiful young woman, Cosette falls in love with a student and revolutionary, Marius. But their marriage is forbidden by Marius’s aunt, on the eve of 1832 revolution. The revolution is brutally quelled, and Marius is rescued by Jean Valjean. Javert, who had been taken captive by the revolutionaries, is released by Valjean, but unable to comprehend this kind behaviour from someone who he viewed as evil, Javert takes his own life. Marius and Cosette are finally given permission to marry, and Valjean gives them a diary telling his life story….

The South Devon Players theatre and film company, founded in 2005/6 on the proceeds of a carboot sale, are winners of the national Epic Award 2017 for England, a national arts award celebrating creativity and innovation in grassroots arts, and international nominations for past productions. A professional theatre company based in Brixham, the Players primarily specialise in researched historical theatre productions and old “Classics”.

Laura Jury (the director) studied performing arts at South Devon college, then went to Plymouth to do a Bachelors degree in film & TV production, before progressing to Exeter University to complete a Masters degree in teaching theatre. With a history of performing since 1996, and directing since 2000, in between her training she has also pursued a career as a professional performer, and in 2006 founded the now multi award-winning South Devon Players Theatre & Film Company with three others, to create new projects in Torbay.

More about the South Devon Players:
Website – www.southdevonplayers.com
Facebook – www.facebook.com/sdevonplayers
Twitter – www.twitter.com/sdevonplayers
Instagram – www.instagram.com/sdevonplayers1
Google – https://the-south-devon-players-theatre-film-company.business.site/
Email – southdevonplayers@gmail.com
Phone – 07855 090589

Open Theatre Auditions: The Great Gale of Brixham 1866

GaleAuditionPosterCasting all roles for this researched historical professional theatre production based on a pivotal event in local history

These roles cover speaking characters (no extras) aged 10 – 70, playing for the most part real people and telling their stories through this storm.
People of all backgrounds very welcome.

Auditions are on Sunday Sept 15th 2019, at Chestnut Community centre, 1-3 Poplar Close, Brixham, Devon TQ5 0SA. Please arrive to begin at 1pm. (doors open from 12).

REHEARSALS
Rehearsal dates: Wednesday evenings 7pm – 9.30pm, Sundays 12.30pm – 5pm,
at Chestnut Community Centre, 1-3 Poplar Close, Brixham, Devon, TQ5 0SA, the same as the auditions. For this reason, priority will be given to performers who live in the South Devon region. Please note that you will be expected to attend regular rehearsals

SHOWS
Brixham Theatre – Dec 6th (evening), Dec 7th (matinee & evening)
The Watermark, Ivybridge Jan 18th (evening)
We may also book another one or two dates within this range.

ABOUT THE HISTORY
(From our history booklet – more information can be found on our site at https://www.southdevonplayers.com/brixhamblog/the-great-gale-of-brixham-1866)

On the night of January 10 – 11th 1866, a southeast gale blew up, and the storm is widely remembered in Brixham to this day. Much of the towns fishing fleet, as well as other ships sheltering in Torbay were destroyed, with a large loss of life.

The fishwives of Brixham built a bonfire of their household effects on the end of the breakwater (half the length of the current breakwater, although in the same location) to try to guide their husbands home safely, while the men on shore in the town did all they could to save people from the ships which were wrecked along the Brixham and Churston coastline, and all those saved, both locals, and those from other parts of Britain, and indeed mainland Europe, were shown great kindness by the residents of the town who in many cases offered them lodgings in their own homes, even as they waited for news of their own loved ones.

It is said, however, that after the storm one could walk along the coastline from Brixham to Paignton, upon the wreckage of all the wrecked ships. Over a hundred bodies were identified, and records to this day also list many other unidentified seamen who were found torn apart by the fury of the storm and unidentifiable. A mass grave and memorial exists at St Marys Church in Brixham to this day. The full death toll from the storm will never be known – for example it was reported that two passenger steamers had been seen in Torbay, and some sailors, later rescued from the wreck of their own ship, reported that in the chaos of the night, in the bay, their ship had crashed into an unknown steamer which then sank, as far as they knew, with all hands.

In the 19th century, at the time of this storm, Brixham was one of the foremost fishing ports in England, and it was due to this storm that the people of Exeter, the county capital, raised funds for Brixham to have her first RNLI lifeboat; named The City Of Exeter, and the town has always had a lifeboat since.

WHAT HAPPENS IN THE AUDITIONS:
Castings will take the form of reading and characterising excerpts from the script. A casting pack will be available soon at https://www.southdevonplayers.com/auditions.html

As with all our shows, all persons appearing as cast and crew for this production will be entitled to remuneration as
– equal profit share (ticket-take less venue hire cost)
– portfolio photos and video for portfolio use
– copies of all press in which the character is featured
– programme credit
(and anything else we find that we are able to offer)
More information on our audition process is to be found at https://www.southdevonplayers.com/auditions.html

Some roles may be combined, or an actor take on more than one

NOTES
Due to previous incidents we need to state that
1) All cast will need to be able to attend regular rehearsals, and to be able to learn characterisation, lines and blocking.
2) Actors will be required to wear costumes
3) All people in the production are expected to adhere to socially acceptable behaviour at all times, and work as a member of a focussed team.
4) Performances are on an open-book equal-profit share basis.
5) We welcome performers of all backgrounds.

More about us:
www.southdevonplayers.com
www.facebook.com/sdevonplayers
www.twitter.com/sdevonplayers
www.instagram.com/sdevonplayers1

 

 

Feedback from our production of Macbeth

Following absolutely fantastic feedback for our production of Macbeth at Brixham Theatre, we are performing the show again at Torquay Museum on Feb 1st & 2nd 2019.

https://www.southdevonplayers.com/latest-news1/fantastic-feedback-for-our-production-of-macbeth-at-brixham-theatre

Then, on Feb 10th, we will be holding open auditions for our production of Les Miserables (informtion for anyone who wants to audition at https://www.southdevonplayers.com/auditions.html

 

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Macbeth on soon in Brixham & Torquay

William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, is on at @BrixhamTheatre in just a few days, & then at @TorquayMuseum – get your tickets now! southdevonplayers.com/box-office.html #BoostTorbay #Brixham #Torquay #Devon #Torbay #arts #MotivationMonday #actorslife #Shakespeare #theatre #acting #Macbeth #torquay #localartists #performingarts #picoftheday #SouthDevon

Les Miserables – open theatre auditions – Brixham

Open auditions for our production of Les Miserables.
Based off the original novel by Victor Hugo, this show requires a full cast, aged from 10 – 70, male and female, for named speaking roles. It is a non-musical dramatic adaptation of the novel, for full scale stage performance.
All roles except “grown up Cosette” open for casting, please scroll down for a list of all roles being cast.

AUDITION INFORMATION PACK AVAILABLE FROM
https://www.southdevonplayers.com/auditions.html

Auditions are on Sunday Feb 10th 2019, at Chestnut Community centre, 1-3 Poplar Close, Brixham, Devon TQ5 0SA. Please arrive to begin at 1pm. (doors open from 12). .

Castings will take the form of reading and characterising excerpts from the script.

As with all our in-house shows, all persons appearing as cast and crew for this production will be entitled to remuneration as
– equal profit share (ticket-take less venue hire cost)
– portfolio photos and video for portfolio use
– copies of all press in which the character is featured
– programme credit
(and anything else we find that we are able to offer)
More information on our audition process is to be found at https://www.southdevonplayers.com/auditions.html

THERE IS NO CHARGE TO AUDITION OR BE INVOLVED WITH US.

SHOWS
Brixham, Torquay, Plymouth, on Friday-Saturdays in June 2019

REHEARSALS
Rehearsal dates: Wednesday evenings 7pm – 9.30pm, Sundays 12.30pm – 5pm,
at Chestnut Community Centre, 1-3 Poplar Close, Brixham, Devon, TQ5 0SA, the same as the auditions. For this reason, priority will be given to performers who live in the South Devon region. Please note that you will be expected to attend regular rehearsals.

NOTES
Due to previous incidents we need to state that
1) All cast will need to be able to attend regular rehearsals, and to be able to learn characterisation, lines and blocking,
2) Actors will be required to wear costumes
3) All people in the production are expected to adhere to socially acceptable behaviour at all times.
4) Performances are on an open-book equal-profit share basis.
5) We welcome performers of all backgrounds.

MORE ABOUT US
www.southdevonplayers.com
www.facebook.com/sdevonplayers
www.twitter.com/sdevonplayers
www.instagram.com/sdevonplayers1

ROLES BEING CAST:
(Key: *= roles we may be able to combine, L= large roles)

Roles spanning both acts

Jean Valjean (middle-aged or older male) L
Javert (middle-aged or older male) L
Thenadier(male)
Madame Thenadier (female) L

Roles in Act 1

Brevet (male, convict)
Fantine (female, single mother) L
Factory Boss (male or female) L
Bambataois (male roustabout and fop) *
Little Cosette (female child around 12/ 13 years -Fantine’s daughter) *
Bishop (male) *
Mlle Baptistine (female, Bishop’s housekeeper) *
Innkeeper in Digne (Male or female) *
Petit Gervais (child, age 9 – 13, ideally male, otherwise female) *
Factory girl 1 (female) *
Factory girl 2 (female) *
Sister Simplice (female, nun who takes care of Fantine after her rescue)
“Gendarme” (male, policeman) *
Estella (female, prostitute) *
Bernardo (Male, sailor)*
Sailor (male, sailor) *
Landlord (Ideally male, otherwise female, who tells Jean to leave his inn) *
Prosecutor (Male, at the trial of Champmanthieu) *
Champmanthieu (male, needs to be a similar build to Jean, as mistaken for Jean) *

Crowds:
Factory workers (female) *
Prostitutes (female) *

ACT 2
Marius (male. Law student, revolutionary) L

Enjolras (male, student, revolutionary, very dedicated to his cause) L
Grantaire (male, student, revolutionary but more interested in a few drinks) L
Mlle Gillenormand (female, Marius’s aunt) L
Coufeyrac (male, law student, friend of Marius) L
Eponine (female, almost destitute, in love with Marius, but her interest is not returned) L
Gavroche (child, street urchin with an attitude age 8 – 13 – male)
Jean Prouvaire (male, student, revolutionary, much quieter spoken than the others) *
Madame Mabeuf (female – male in the book, but changed to female for ease of casting,
elderly bookshop owner whose shop went out of business) *
Le Cabuc (Ideally male. revolutionary and a generally not very nice person! )*
Toussaint (female, Jean and Cosettes housekeeper. )
Madame St Just (female, homeowner killed by Le Cabuc) *

Announcing our new theatre show: William Shakespeare’s Macbeth


Nationally award-winning local theatre company brings Shakespeare’s classic Macbeth to life in ambitious new production in Brixham and Torquay.

Blood will have blood”

Macbeth, Act 3 scene 4

Shakespeare’s classic drama of ambition, power and fate, first thought to be performed in 1606, is now brought to life in a dramatic new adaptation performing the original text, set in a post-World War 3, near-future wasteland.

Performed by a professional cast of locally based actors including cast members who have recently moved to Torbay from Los Angeles, this production will come to Brixham Theatre and then Torquay Museum in the New Year. Macbeth is one of Shakespeare’s best known dramas, alongside King Lear, Orthello, Hamlet, and Romeo & Juliet. It tells the tale of a Scottish war hero, who, tempted by ambition and power, and supernatural whisperings, begins a series of murders, to take and hold the throne. Returning home from war, Macbeth encounters three mysterious women, whose prophecy of kingship, sets in motion his ambition, and ultimately his fall into madness and blood…..

This production design combines the dark aftermarth of a nuclear WW3, the exotic of the supernatural, and dramatic lighting, with immersive soundscapes to create Macbeths world in a new vision of the drama. Months of intensive rehearsal and preparation are taking place to prepare the show, which in January 2019, with an emphasis on using recycled materials wherever possible.

The South Devon Players, founded in 2005/6 on the proceeds of a carboot sale, are winners of the national Epic Award 2017 for England, a national arts award celebrating creativity and innovation in grassroots arts, and international nominations for past productions. Based in Brixham, the Players primarily specialise in researched historical theatre productions and old “Classics”. Following this production of Macbeth, the Players will begin work on a production of Les Miserables.

Venues and dates

Tickets for all shows cost £8 (or £7 concessions).

Brixham Theatre

Friday January 18th (7.30pm), Saturday January 19th (2.30pm, 7.30pm)

Brixham Theatre

New Road

Brixham

Devon TQ5 8SA

Box office: 01803 415897

Book online at http://www.brixhamtheatre.uk

Torquay Museum

Friday February 1st (7.30pm) Saturday February 2nd 2.30pm 7.30pm)

Torquay Museum

529 Babbacombe Road

Torquay

TQ1 1HG

Tickets: 07855 090589

Book online at www.southdevonplayers.com (visit box office tab)

CONTACT US FOR MORE INFORMATION OR FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA
www.southdevonplayers.com
Facebook & Twitter: @sdevonplayers

Instagram: @sdevonplayers1
email:
southdevonplayers@gmail.com

Next open auditions for medieval drama. If you want to join us, here is your chance to apply!

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