Opportunity to be in "Macbeth" at the Mercury Theatre in Colchester.

Hello. My name is Darryl Crawley and I have been approached by Daniel Buckroyd about ensemble casting for the Mercury Theatre's upcoming production of Macbeth and I thought it might be of interest to your membership.
I have attached some information below. If people are interested, they can contact me on the details below.
I'm sure you can appreciate this is a great opportunity to get involved with the Mercury Theatre and there is already a lot of interest so if people can let me know ASAP that would be great.
In terms of Macbeth, as I said I'm looking to put together a small community ensemble (up to 8 people) to work on this project - playing a range of small parts and contributing to the big visual sequences - Macbeth's Scotland is a pretty male-dominated world as you can imagine but we can definitely work with a mix of men/women, and I think we're mostly looking for performers in the 20s-40s age range - there won't be much in the way of text for people to get their teeth into but I think it should be a fascinating process, particularly working with our movement Director on the big set-pieces.
The commitment is to some rehearsal throughout September - mostly weekday evenings / possibly some weekend sessions - ideally one or two afternoon sessions during tech/dress rehearsals w/c 29th Sept - and then performances 2nd to 18th Oct (Mon-Sat evenings, plus matinees on Sats and Thurs 9th & 16th).
If we do recruit an ensemble of 7/8 performers then we should be able to accommodate some pre-planned absences, so hopefully, although it will obviously be a BIG commitment for anyone taking part, we can work round 'real life' a bit.

Darryl Crawley

The South Anglia Savoy Players Sing for Record Win!!

The South Anglia Savoy Players are hopeful that their new production of "Iolanthe" will add to their impressive record of five championship wins, when they compete at this years International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival.
The group is also performing at the historical Kentwell Hall in Suffolk, prior to appearing at two local venues in Witham and Southend.

The Public Hall, Collingwood Road, Witham, CM8 2DY
Sunday Aug 3 at 7.00 pm and Monday Aug 4 at 7.30 pm
Licensed Bar and public car park
All seats £11.00 concessions £10.00
To reserve your seats Tel: Pam Adams 01376 583223 or available on door.

St. Luke’s Church, St Luke’s Road, Southend, SS2 4AB (off Bournemouth Park Rd)
Tuesday Aug 5 at 7.30 pm
This is a fully staged costumed production with orchestra.
Free parking is available next to venue at Bournemouth Park Infants School.
All seats £10.00
To reserve your seats Tel: Dave Birks 01702 528355 or available on door.

'Sweet Charity' Audience Feedback

"Sylvie and I came to see the above last night and we want to send our congratulations to you, the production team, and the cast. It was a most entertaining show. The Clacton public do not realise what they are missing. The staging was an absolute triumph, especially the lift scene. I thought the new MD did extremely well, and the choreography was excellent. The star of the show was undoubtedly Charity herself, but we liked all the other main characters; Neil, Charlie, Steve, and Amanda and Ashley. I loved the duet between Nickie and Helene, and I loved 'I Love to Cry at Weddings.' Neil did so well, how did he get up so high? Charlie was excellent as Oscar, I played the same part in 1993 in Broxbourne, so I enjoyed his performance. I would also mention the young man who played Vidal. When we saw him at rehearsals we thought he was a bit young for the part, but he mastered the role completely. Congratulations all round.
                                                                                                        best wishes, Sylvie and Bill"

'Musical Mayhem' Concert Provisional Casting

The Youth Performers Committee and the Audition panel would like to congratulate all the Members that auditioned today. As always the standard was excellent.

Every Member that auditioned today are in the Chorus and the following Members are to be Dancers:

  • Kirsty Allen
  • Mia Barrett
  • Brooke Brading
  • Darcy Brown
  • Alex Cook
  • Lola Garlick
  • Megan Hartrop
  • Harry McCarthy
  • Nathan Peck
  • Shania Thompson
  • Samantha Williams
  • Maisie Willis
And the following Members will be have Solos:

  • Kirsty Allen
  • Paige Clarke
  • Lola Garlick
  • Pierson Mann
  • Shania Thompson
  • Samantha Williams
And the following Members will be used for Duets, in small group numbers and/or have solo lines in the Chorus numbers:

  • Kacey Allen
  • Mia Barrett
  • Mollie Barrett
  • Brooke Brading
  • Darcy Brown
  • Alex Cook
  • Megan Hartrop
  • Erin Ilett
  • Nathan Peck
  • Georgia Powell
  • Marcus Russell
  • Maisie Willis
The Musical numbers the Soloists and Members above are to be confirmed once the Production Team have had their first meeting. This Blog will be updated showing this.

Also the Youth Committee are happy to accept new Members into the Concert but as Chorus only.

Harwich Festival of the Arts – 25 June – 6 July

Strong currents – this year’s festival has a sense of journey, movement, change and progression. From the grand opening gesture of Mauricio Kagel’s ‘Eine Brise’ in which 111 noisy cyclists speed through the town setting it to music with bells and whistles, to the more intimate event in which poet Simon Armitage describes his 265 mile walk along the Pennine Way as a modern day troubadour, it’s a festival that will lead you down some fresh and striking paths and where strongly-etched, contrasting strands jostle each other like currents in the sea.  Tel: 07971 041076
An information flyer and event timetable can also be downloaded from the CVST website

Forthcoming Events at CVS Tendring

BOOK NOW – Friday 18 July - CVST AGM and Community Conference

Town Centre Community Fair – 21 August

Victorian Christmas Market – 22 November

IT for the Terrified– Every Monday afternoon drop in, all are welcome.
Silver Surfers Club - Every Tuesday afternoon – informal drop in. All welcome

Alzheimers Society Dementia Café – Every Wednesday morning

Divorce & Separation Solutions Drop-in – for information on mediation every Thursday, 10.30am until 12.30pm

NEW Jaywick Bereavement and Friendship café – Fortnightly Tuesdays

Work Club - Every Friday, 11:45am-12:45pm

IT Friday –Every Friday morning 9:30-11:45   

Bereavement and Friendship Café Every Friday morning