Lockdown theatre

#Lockdown theatre? Move it online! We are developing #theatre shows online where the #actors perform from their homes- and post-lockdown live-streaming of our shows. With some incredibly talented people! Our first two offerings are #macbeth & #MidsummerNightsDream

All booking info at http://www.southdevonplayers.com (hit the box office tab)

Full castings coming up for Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Nights Dream, internationally award winning theatre company casting this full production which will be touring around the Southwest including to international -level Shakespeare festival. Please come along to get involved. Drop an email to us on southdevonplayers@gmail.com if you have any questions, and see http://www.southdevonplayers.com for more info about the team.

We would love to see you at the castings 🙂

The best little book stall in Brixham! We have a fantastic, eclectic mix of quality second-hand books today in #brixhampanniermarket. Do pop in and take a look. We can even order books for you! All proceeds go direct to the South Devon Players Film and Theatre Company

This will be a regular stall every Wednesday 🙂

Great rehearsals for our winter show now commence!

Fabulous first #rehearsal for our true-life local #history #theatre production “The Great Gale of #Brixham 1866” telling of a local #maritime disaster and how it led to #Torbay gaining its first #RNLI lifeboat (& other local history thrown in too). What an amazing cast- featuring among all the brilliant people, a cast member from #Poldark. #actorslife #devon #drama #perioddrama #acting #Torbay #acting #performingarts

Don’t miss Macbeth

WILLIAM SHAKSPEARE’S MACBETH- ON TOUR! We have almost sold out our opening night of Macbeth at Exeter Barnfield, with only a couple of tickets left!

You can still come and see us at Ivybridge, Bristol or Brixham! If you like Shakespeare, don’t miss this internationally awardwinning production!

Ticket booking details all available on the box office tab of our main website at http://www.southdevonplayers.com.

See a great show and support an absolutely fantastic and dedicated team of local actors.

Macbeth rehearsals

Fantastic Macbeth rehearsals tonight – here working on the scene between Malcolm and Macduff, as war is planned against Macbeth, with Laura the director and Sammy the stage manager looking on. Photo by Gemma Burford. Want more info on our shows? See http://www.southdevonplayers.com #shakespeare #theatre #acting #actorslife #performingarts #torbay #brixham #workingclasstheatre #devon #macbeth #macduff #behindthescenes #setlife #creative #actors #excellent #awesome

Open Theatre Auditions: The Great Gale of Brixham 1866

Casting 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.
Minors must attend with a parent or legal guardian, and involvement will be subject to individual child performance licences from the local authority.

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.
Our main website: www.southdevonplayers.com
Our email: southdevonplayers@gmail.com

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

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.

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

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