We have taken a break from productions since This War!. Mainly because of work commitments and being involved in Croydon-based events. We may have been quiet at St Gerts, but don’t think we haven’t been busy.
A new full show is planned for the Autumn 2017, but we start with our Caboodle in February. [six directors take a random group of volunteers and put on a 10 to 30 minute performance.]
Our ‘Caboodle’ evenings were performed on the 11th and 12th of November at the church hall. The seven groups included a wonderful performance from Bugsy Malone by the ‘minicaboodlers’, with the slightly older groups staging short plays, adaptations and even a period farce. In between each of the pieces, we had songs from a number of musicals.
Seven directors were given a random selection of budding actors. From this, they could put on a piece no less than ten minutes, but no longer than 30 minutes. No group was allowed to tell any other what they were doing.
To stage the shows, we worked on creating a reasonable stage area, with tables and chairs for the audience, who brought along snacks and drinks for their evening.
With such a success behind us, we are planning more for next year.
October half term week sees a chance for new and existing members to get involved in one of many short performances.
What’s a Caboodle?
A Caboodle is a collection of 10-20 minute performances by a number of small teams. We want any budding directors to join in, take their small team of performers and put on a one act play, song, poem, or any short performance for the good of the audience. Each director will randomly select the team from a list of members, then have a few weeks to rehearse. Check back for details, or email: email@example.com
We are busy organising our next set of events and shows for this year and next. With the success of This War! in February, we know how much our cast, crew and patrons are interested in what we do next.
This War! has now closed from its week long run at Oakwood School, Purley. We would like to thank the school, for showing faith in us and giving us the run of their buildings. We would especially like to thank the cast, who have given meaning to the words in a script, and NKM Media, for their help in creating some very special filmed sequences used in the show.
For those who enjoyed the show, we will be in touch. Our next production is already in development. Watch this space.
In early 2013, our illustrious directors, Bex and Liz, wanted to do something different to the previous Pantomime two years before. As successful as it was, there was a draw to try a wartime show. Initially, we discussed a review show, with songs and short scenes, but further discussions, and a number of flights of fancy, involved staged songs, maybe a bit of dance or acted monologue or short scenes. The pantomime had included a short projection that helped to tell the story, and this was the centre of a conversation to include some sort of projected footage in the new show.
It was decided to create a family and to follow them through the war years, experiencing their ups and downs, and that of their children. We researched the many events of the war from Britain’s point of view, and drew up a timeline for reference. Conscription, evacuation, the blitz, the Battle of Britain, the arrival of American troops and the long, austere years that followed. This laid the basis of the surrounding story and how it affected the family and their neighbours. As the story matured, we developed each character in order to experience different events and to introduce the many facets of the war, both at home and on the battlefield.
Songs would help us to tell the story, not just be heard. We didn’t want to use a song just because people would recognised it, and instead found some specifically for their sound or to expand the scene it was in. The story spans an incredible six years, which led Britain from the music of the 1930’s to the influx of jive of the 1940’s. We wanted to introduce something special. In order to tell parts of the story, it was important to use archive footage to help the audience understand what things were like. We also filmed some new scenes that would be seen in the show. These would interact with the stage play and give the audience additional information, as well as add to the performance.
Rehearsals started in September for the two act show, and our cast has put in some great work in bringing this new show to life. It hasn’t been easy, but we think it will be an entertaining evening.
This War! follows the lives of the Goode family, and those around them, and their efforts to adapt and cope with the challenges the war brings for each of them. While the realities of austerity, relationships and rationing test them all, their courage to dream carries them through.
The show uses a mixture of stage play, wartime musical performances, archive newsreels and original film footage to tell its story.
Wed 19th 7:30pm, Thur 20th 7.30pm, Fri 21st 7.30pm. Sat 22nd 2.30pm and 7.00pm
Parking is available at Oakwood School, but there are only limited bays and is first come, first served. Additional space can be found on St. James’ Road, or across the main road in Sylverdale Road and Lower Road. [See the map for local roads.]
We are proud to announce our new production coming in February 2014.
BoxOffice will be live in the next few days. Do come back to book your tickets.
The production centres around a family set in the second world war, and combines many songs of the time. The show uses a mixture of stage play, wartime musical performances, archive newsreels and original film footage.
The DVD of the show is nearly ready, but we thought you would like to see a few clips to keep the memory fresh. If you are interested in having a copy when it is available, please contact us at: Click here
What a great time was had by all!
The four shows were a terrific success, with great audiences, excited children and some of the best ad-libbing on stage I have heard in years. We will be posting some photos soon to bring all of the fun back. A DVD of the show will be available for Christmas.