Archive | June, 2016

Non naturalistic theatre workshop

LogoNON NATURALISTIC
THEATRE WORKSHOP

by Blood Brothers
Director
CATHERINE STEER

A special workshop will be held
at the Buderim War Memorial Hall,
ON
THURSDAY 30TH JUNE 2016
AT 7.00 P.M.

Enjoy a night of fun and unique theatre with Catherine, a professional dramatist with many years of experience throughout Europe and Australia.

All welcome
No experience necessary

Only $5.00 for BATS Members and $7.00 for Non Members

For further information please call Catherine on 5476 7376
Or Alice on 0427 856 680

Don’t miss Blood Brothers

Don’t miss Blood Brothers

blood_brothers_landscape2Blood Brothers has received a very warm welcome from our audiences, who have been telling us how much they enjoyed the show.

The story of the Johnstone twins so beautifully written by Willy Russell and brought to life with care, passion and innovation by director Catherine Steer, is a show not to be missed. Funny, sad, colourful, moving, great costumes (thanks Nancy Moule) and memorable characters. The live soundtrack performed by the very talented Evan and Lloyd Steer adds a whole new dimension to the show.

There is so much in this show that it’s hard to pick a favourite bit. However, here are some moments to keep your eye out for: the policemen; the waiter in the restaurant scene; the Stairway To Heaven solo; and some great emotionally raw scenes between Mickey and Linda. We’re sure you will have your own favourite bits so let us know what they are.

Blood Brothers cast and crew

Blood Brothers cast and crew

Congratulations to Catherine and the cast and crew. They have all put their hearts and souls into this production and it shows.

Tickets are still available for the matinee 2pm this afternoon (19 June), and the evening shows next Friday and Saturday 24 and 25 June at 7:30pm. Book online through the link on this site, or ring 5445 2515.

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Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers

Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers

The BATS Theatre Co. Inc. is presenting Willy Russell’s entertaining and innovative play Blood Brothers with Catherine Steer, a very eminent director on the Sunshine Coast, directing this production. Catherine runs the Queensland School of Performing Arts in Nambour, and the non- naturalistic theatre is her favoured theatre style. Blood Brothers is non-naturalistic in style and that adds to its performance charm.

Where:            Buderim War Memorial Hall, cnr Main & Church Streets, Buderim

When:             June 17, 18, 24 & 25 at 7.30pm, Matinee June 19 at 2pm

Bookings:      Now open.  Book on line or call Bernadette 5445 2515

Adults $25, Concession $23, Members $21 – Group Bookings 10 + $22 (must be prepaid)

By arrangement with Origin Theatrical™ on behalf of Samuel French, Ltd.

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The play

blood_brothers_A4_1This is the play version of the third longest running musical production in London west end history. This play is no less memorable. The plot remains the same; twins born in poverty, and separated, meeting up later in life unaware of their genetic relationship and becoming the best of friends, a childhood pact makes them blood brothers. Later, what separates them again is the fact that the two are brought up with the morals, values, language, accent of very different social classes – working and middle class. This play is set in northern England over 20 years, charting the rise of the welfare state, the creation of suburban estates and the class divide that still remains today.

All the characters, including children, are played by adults, costuming and music of the decades, 1960’s – 1980’s, set the scene for this memorable theatre experience. The theme of secrets and superstition lie at the heart of this play, highly comical in places, downright sad in others.

A roller coaster ride of emotion – be part of one of the best contemporary plays ever written.

The playwright

Willy Russell

Willy Russell

Willy Russell was born and brought up near Liverpool, an only child of working-class parents with a troubled marriage. After leaving school with one O-Level in English, he initially became a ladies’ hairdresser and ran his own salon. He then undertook a variety of jobs, wrote songs and ran a folk club and danced. He went to night school and then became a school teacher, but soon he was writing plays full-time.

His first success as a playwright was a play about the Beatles called John, Paul, George, Ringo … and Bert. It premiered at the Everyman Theatre, Liverpool, and then transferred to the West End in 1974. His next play, the semi-autobiographical Educating Rita (1980), concerned a female hairdresser and her Open University teacher. It won the Laurence Olivier Award for best new comedy, and Russell later turned it into a 1983 film with Michael Caine and Julie Walters.

Willy Russell originally wrote and presented Blood Brothers as a play in 1982, in conjunction with Merseyside Young People’s Theatre (MYPT, now operating as Fuse: New Theatre For Young People). He then composed music to turn it into a musical, which first opened in Liverpool and transferred to London’s Phoenix Theatre. It won the Olivier Award for best new musical, and a best actress award for its star, Barbara Dickson. Bill Kenwright produced a revival in 1988 which ran for twenty-four years until 2012, becoming the third-longest running musical in West End history. The show was produced on Broadway in 1993 and has had many tours and some other productions.

Shirley Valentine first opened in Liverpool in 1986, before a new production opened in London in 1988, starring Pauline Collins and also winning the Olivier Award for best new comedy. Russell also adapted this into a successful film, in 1989, again with Collins in the title role. Russell received BAFTA and Oscar nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay for both Educating Rita and Shirley Valentine.

The director

Catherine Steer

Catherine Steer

Catherine Steer is a working theatre practitioner, with 25 years of experience in directing and developing actors for the stage.

She has a lifetime of working in theatre, starting as a Butlins’s Redcoat, then starting a children’s entertainment company, touring as a puppeteer across England for 12 years which sustained university life, studying for a degree in Performing Arts. Working in Theatre in Education for The Wolsey, Ipswich and then forming Impact Theatre Company to bring shocking and moving productions to the public, Catherine then left touring to settle down for a bit after having two sons. She applied to be a volunteer teacher at her local high school and was offered the full time post of Head of Drama instead:

“I think that moment was a huge turning point in my life, I’d underestimated my ability as a theatre practitioner probably because I’d always found it so easy to create and get on with projects, so I took the job and ran the Drama department for 6 years, rewriting the outdated entire drama curriculum taking on all the examination work before deciding to emigrate to Australia. I’m not very good at settling down, I always have to have a challenge!”

Arriving in Nambour in 2009, with husband, two sons and the dog, she ultimately wanted to continue as a high school teacher but passion for acting and directing led her down another path. She had to wait three months for her teacher registration to come through and so while she was waiting decided to start up a youth theatre at Lind Lane Theatre. She ran it for two years and then opened a private theatre school, Queensland School of Performing Arts, in Nambour. She never got to take on a full time contract in high school as she liked running her own business too much.

“Life is always exciting, I manage my sons rock band, Led Angels and held the first Youth Shakespeare Festival last year with my company. Specialisms are Shakespeare for Young people, mask work and Commedia Dell Arte. Oh, and dogs. I can’t live without dogs. Dogs and Theatre have never let me down.”

The cast

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David Frank

The Narrator – David Frank

 

 

Leona Kirby

Leona Kirby

Mrs Johnstone – Leona Kirby

 

 

Lachlan Money

Lachlan Money

Mickey – Lachlan Money

 

 

Nicholas Smith

Nicholas Smith

Edward – Nicholas Smith

 

 

alice_reaMrs Lyons – Alice Rea

 

 

Jessi Schmidt

Jessi Schmidt

Linda – Jessi Schmidt

 

 

Sián Ayton

Sián Ayton

Policeman and chorus – Sián Ayton

 

 

Dominique Pahud

Dominique Pahud

Gynecologist and chorus – Dominique Pahud

 

 

Chorus

Matthew Hartvigsen

Matthew Hartvigsen

Matthew Hartvigsen

 

 

Adele Truman

Adele Truman

Adele Truman

 

 

Samantha Whittaker

Samantha Whittaker

Samantha Whittaker

 

 

Sofia Triantaffylopoulos

Sofia Triantaffylopoulos

Sofia Triantaffylopoulos

 

 

 

Music

Guitar: Evan Steer

Drums: Lloyd Steer

Crew

Stage manager: Emily Hearn

Assistant stage manager: Mitchell Lenord

Backstage assistants: James Thow and Carlie Hutchinson

Lighting: Alex Tillack and Charles Clarke

Sound: Anita Tillack

Auditions – “And So Say All Of  Us”

Auditions – “And So Say All Of Us”

BATS Theatre Co. Inc. AUDITIONS

“And So Say All Of Us”

Comedy

Written by Ian Austin, Directed by John McMahon

From The Director

This play came about from a discussion in 1992 between the late Beryl Crosby and playwright Ian Austin, when Beryl complained there were no parts for old ladies (she was 82 at the time). Ian turned up with this play a couple of days later and I stage managed because Beryl was my mother in law.

Synopsis

A simple 25th wedding anniversary becomes a riotous disaster with high society hi-jinks, low life double crosses, mistaken identities, old affairs resurfacing, new affairs foundering – AND PIGS.

This is a fast paced very funny comedy with the action taking place on the back patio at the home of Harry and Dolly Doncaster as they prepare to celebrate 25 years of marriage.

Familiarisation night

Come along and find out more about the show from the director on:

Thursday 28 July at 7:30pm
Where: Buderim War Memorial Hall
Cnr Main Street and Church Street, Buderim

Audition

Monday 1 August at 7.30pm
Where: Buderim War Memorial Hall
Cnr Main Street and Church Street, Buderim

Actors Required

Gran … old enough to be Dolly’s mother … 60-80
Rosie … 70-80
Delivery boy/waiter … 20s
Harry Doncaster … 40-50
Dolly Doncaster … 40-50
Knocker (their son) … 20s
Annie … 20s
Sir Benjamin Proctor … 60+
Mrs Letitia De Ville … 60+
Pay Up Percy (female) … 30s+
Voice of Race Caller … any age
(age is character age and is a guideline only)

For more information please call John McMahon on 54 452 515/

email: johnnymac45@hotmail.com

Performances: 30 September; 1, 2, 7 & 8 October 2016