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THE BOARDS September - November 2013 The Lace Market Theatre • Halifax Place • Nottingham • NG1 1QN 0115 950 7201 | www.lacemarkettheatre.co.uk


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CONTENTS (All headings in bold are regular features)

A note from the Editor

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From the Chair LMT Social Events listings

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From the New Artistic Director

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Karlsruhe, Germany

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Lace Market Theatre in the News 6 - 7 Front of House PAG/Writers Competition

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Diary Dates 9 From the Outgoing Artistic Director The Regina Monologues Audition

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40th Anniversary Celebrations

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August is a Quiet Month 12 A Gift to the Costume Deptartment GRM Meeting

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NANDA Newsletter

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NODA News

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A Thank You Membership Information

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Cover image © Mark James Jackie Dunn in Kiss Me, Kate

A note from the Editor A news season begins and what a season we have for you! Our brilliantly redesigned new look brochure details all the forthcoming productions and events. A quick glance at the Diary Dates page (9) will reveal all the we have lined up until November. In this issue there is an audition notice for The Regina Monologues. For details of all auditions and up-to-the-minute information on events and productions please visit our Facebook Page: facebook.com/LaceMarketTheatre You are welcomed to the 2013/2014 season by Cynthia Marsh, the new Artistic Director. She reminds readers that Jane Herring will shortly be casting for the Christmas show, The Firebird (see Facebook page for details). As always, information from the NANDA newsletter can be found in this issue, but please note that this will be the last one we print. The NANDA newsletter is being replaced by an actively managed up-to-date Facebook Page: facebook.com/nandanotts. For the first time news from NODA can be found on page 15. Phil Lowe has submitted a fantastic interview with our friends at the Jakobus Theatre and Die Käuze Theatre in Germany. He also kindly sent in a few photographs of the 40th Anniversary Celebrations that took place in June. Recently there have been many articles in the Nottingham Post about the theatre and they have been reprinted here. So, whilst some of the information in this issue is backward facing I know that the brand new season from the Lace Market Theatre will excite and delight many of you in the near future. Contacting the Editor This is your space to air your views on theatre issues that are important to you, make you hot under the collar or make you glow with pride. Please email your letters to the Editor at: abigail.rhodes@hotmail.co.uk. (The Editor reserves the right to edit letters or to withhold publication)

If you would like to review future productions or write relevant articles for The Boards, please send your completed copy to the Editor on the above email address. Don't wait to be asked! The deadline for copy for the next issue is: November 1st 2013

NANDA

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FROM THE CHAIR The time has come, once again, to welcome in a brand new season. Cynthia Marsh and her PAG team have put together an interesting and exciting mix of plays for the coming year, starting with The Entertainer, directed by Max Bromley. Since the last edition of The Boards went out, there were some fantastic successes from the final productions of the season. There were great performances in all three and it was lovely to see so many new faces both on the stage and backstage, too. Many thanks must go to the cast and crew of Kiss Me, Kate. You may have heard that the leading man, Giles, had an accident meaning he was unable to perform with just a week until curtain up. Following a number of phone calls and a great amount of effort from many people, director Linda Croston especially, two replacements were finally found: Alasdair Maughan (performed Monday to Thursday) and Tony O'Rourke (Friday and Saturday). They hardly had any rehearsal time at all but the results were brilliant, and clearly the public agreed with over 95% of tickets being sold! Huge congratulations to everyone for bringing it all together and dealing with the rather unwanted last minute stress and thanks to Alasdair and Tony for not only helping the theatre in its time of need, but also giving fantastic performances! As they say, the show must go on! Gareth Morris, Head of the Publicity Group, has done a great job, along with the rest of his team of designers, contributors and proof readers, in organising the new season brochure. I hope that it doesn't just manage to inform the public but also encourage those who've never been to our theatre before to come and see a show or get involved with something new. If you would like to distribute some of the brochures, please sign them out so stocking levels can be monitored. The 40th Season Celebration was a success with a very entertaining live band and some great acts from the membership, including Anne McCarroll who at the last minute volunteered to sing unaccompanied with no rehearsal after one of the acts fell ill. Thank you to everyone who was involved and helped make the evening a success. Here's to the next 40 years! The Membership Group have also now published their season of entertainment; from Casino Night to Murder Mystery there'll be something for everyone. The social event calendar is kicked off on 7th September with an Open Mic Night. Free entry and doors open at 7:30pm - just turn up on the night. Tickets for all other events are available now from the website. Finally, I'd like to thank those who attended the Q&A session on 20th July regarding the HVAC projects. It was good to get the feedback from the membership, not only on that project but also on other potential large projects they were interested in as well. The Board has agreed to hold another Q&A session later this year. The aim will be to keep you informed of the latest strategic developments and also hear about what big projects you would like to see undertaken in the future. Tom Manuel

LMT SOCIAL EVENTS

Firstly, a huge thank you to everyone who has supported and been involved in the LMT social events last season! The 2012-13 social season finished with the 40th Season Anniversary Celebration, featuring the wonderful Northside Jazz Trio and some fabulous Cabaret inspired performances from LMT members. We hope to bring you an equally entertaining programmme of events this season, starting with:

Madame Follies Swingers, performing at the 40th Season Anniversary Celebration

Open Mic Night: Saturday 7 September 2013 The Lace Market Theatre swings open its doors and hands the microphone over to the hidden comedian, singer, musician, ventriloquist, contortionist, mime, improv expert, magician, juggler, lion tamer, dolphin wrangler, poet, performer, storyteller and writer. If you have something to share then share it with us! The LMT Open Mic night – THE place to be for fun and talent fuelled night (and cheapish drinks!). Doors open 7.30pm for this free event, and anyone can attend!

'Dial 0115 for Murder': Saturday 26 October 2013 - Test your skills of detection with a puzzling whodunnit in three parts, and a two course meal in between. And don't forget ... the LMT Christmas party on Saturday 14 December 2013, a fun-filled festive affair; further details to follow.

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FROM THE NEW ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Welcome to your 2013-14 season! The Programme Advisory Group (PAG) now evolves into the Artistic Group for this year. We have already been hard at work casting the first three shows, with the fourth, Regina Monologues, coming up fast on September 3rd. Thank you to all those who have auditioned so far, and please come back for more if you have so far not been successful. Jane Herring will shortly be casting for the Christmas show, The Firebird. She is looking for an ensemble of six or seven to play multiple roles. Russian fairy tales have a character all of their own . They are exotic and scary, but also charming, full of adventure and with their own comedy. The music is home grown, composed by our multi-talented Piotr Wisniewski, whose own Slavic origins will no doubt shine through. Then early In October we begin looking for people for the Churchill Evening (to be held in January). Lots of opportunity here for all ages and genders in these Studio productions. At the end of October, there is the audition for Ira Levin's Deathtrap (for February), a spooky thriller with twists and turns, and an edge of unpredictable comedy. It was recently revived in the West End with Simon Russell Beale when the closeness of the thriller to comedy really showed. The performers toy with the audience in very similar ways. And then on to farce with the December audition for Black Comedy (for March). Encourage your friends to come to shows even when you are not in them. Our ticket sales really are central to our income and development as a theatre. Give your friends a brochure: the figures show that the brochure is our key marketing and publicity tool. Point out the benefits of being a member: you don't have to be an actor or backstage contributor, an audience member can benefit from a considerable discount on ticket prices, for example, and from being a member of a friendly and sociable club. Nevertheless, directors and designers will be thrilled to hear from you (and your new member friends) if you would like to join a backstage team for an individual production, or volunteer for one of the many services which enable our theatre to run. Volunteering in post-Olympic Britain has a new edge; this is a really fun way to give something back. As a new venture we are running four play readings for members this year, chosen from plays we would have liked to include in the season but just could not for a variety of reasons. There are two before Christmas, 29 September and 17 November at 7.00pm. These are Sunday evening events (our programme is packed and it is difficult to find a weekday night free from rehearsals or performances) but the bar will be open. Scripts will be available but do bring your own if you have one: nothing like having a personally 'used' copy in your home collection. The first on 29th September is Othello, and the second in November is Noel Coward's Design for Living. And don't forget our post-show talk 'Creating period costume for the stage' on the Wednesday of the run of Anne Boleyn, 13 November. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the PAG Committee (Daniel Bryant, Mandy Hodgson, John Holbrook , Mark James, David Millington and Jane Pyke) for their terrific teamwork and efforts so far. Alongside me, they now go on to be casting advisors and supporters for the shows this year, so you will continue to benefit from their input. So here we go..... I hope you have a memorable season. Cynthia Marsh, Artistic Director, 2013-2014

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KARLSRUHE, GERMANY How the plays are cast and rehearsed in our twin theatres in Karlsruhe, Germany It's always interesting to find out how our friends at the Jakobus Theatre and Die Käuze Theatre in Germany do things so I thought that I would contact someone from each group and ask how they cast plays, rehearse and perform. I was interested to discover that they certainly do things differently to us. They are usually very impressed that The Lace Market Theatre have a programme of approximately fifteen plays a year. For a start they have much longer playing periods and quite often both groups revise a play in the same season and do it again if it has been popular. But first of all over to Norbert Wingender from the Die Käuze group. Norbert: First of all we don't do auditions. People come to us if they are interested in our theatre, and we show them around, have a look at them, and if they want to act they can come to the first meeting of a new play. If we think they could play a certain role we check them at the first rehearsal. At the meeting, the play - or part of it - is read with changing roles so we can see who has a 'feeling' for the part. Rehearsals are like this: for the Fairy Tale we have the first meeting after the summer holidays when everybody is back again (mid-September). Since usually a few kids are involved we explain what we will play meaning - the story of the play. Marita makes a list of the people who want to participate then we put up a cast. We form a Tuesday and a Thursday group depending on the everyday schedule of the cast members. Because we have two or three people for each part we have rehearsals until the première which is on the last Saturday of November. Just before the première we have two weekend "rehearsal confinements" where everybody is in the theatre and we also eat together - try on costumes … everything. Of course other members have been working hard in designing and creating the set. The Fairy Tale is usually played in the afternoons because of the young children coming to see it. The show is played between forty and forty-five times. For the 'evening plays', meaning the adult plays, we choose the cast after the first meeting, then we have rehearsals on appointment. Usually we have one "confinement" there as we only have one person per part. Thank you Norbert and now over to the Jakobus Theatre in the city centre of Karlsruhe. Here I spoke to Carsten Thein. Carsten Thein: Normally we start rehearsing for our play about three months before the first show. Afterwards we play every week on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays and our shows are played about twenty-five times in all. The kind of audition depends on the director and the sort of play. Sometimes the director knows exactly which people they want to cast the play, other cases we have the normal audition. There everyone who is interested to participate in the next show has a possibility to convince the director to take him or her for a role in the play. The time of rehearsals means three or four evenings a week for a time from 6 pm till 10 pm and sometimes on a Saturday and Sunday as well. Normally we have about forty rehearsals before a new play starts. We perform around three new shows a year and sometimes repeat the most popular shows later in the season. Also our theatre can be hired for outside professionals and amateur groups to perform plays and music. Our programme is varied and in the recent past we have performed Die Entdeckung der Currywurst by J.Kaetzler and G Seidel, a comedy and a classical German piece from our region - Der zerbroche Krug. Also we played a popular fantasy called Die Nibelungen by Rudiger Pape and Catharina Fillers. We are about to start a play by Arthur Schnitzler called Reigen and look forward to bringing Boeing Boeing to you in 2014. Phil Lowe The Lace Market Theatre • Halifax Place • Nottingham • NG1 1QN 0115 950 7201 | www.lacemarkettheatre.co.uk

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LACE MARKET IN THE NEWS LACE MARKET THEATRE TACKLES DOMESTIC ABUSE IN FIVE KINDS OF SILENCE Tuesday, May 28, 2013, Nottingham Post How effectively do you think Five Kinds Of Silence deals with the powerful subject of domestic abuse? Extremely well. We've watched it evolve from page to stage and it never fails to stir our emotions. The play does not avoid the subject of domestic abuse , nor does it make light of it. What it does do is underline the terrible harsh reality of abuse that goes on behind closed doors in some families in our society. Why did you want to direct this play? Because we both like challenging theatre. We also both wanted to direct a show that would allow us to work on in-depth character development with our cast members. We have spent a great deal of time on a one-to-one basis with them talking thoroughly, not only about the characters, but also the subject matter in order to convey a sense of reality and sensitivity to this very difficult topic . A studio production brings actors very close to the audience. Have there been particular problems for the actors because of the intimacy? It's very funny that you should ask about the intimacy of studio productions as we have given our actors a very confined acting space to represent the imprisoned lives their characters lead. We thought this would help them feel the repression their characters endure. This has definitely been a huge challenge in terms of staging but our cast have embraced it. What do you think your cast have gained from being in the play? One of the things they agreed on was that they had a greater understanding of how to approach monologues and break them down in preparation for learning and performing. One cast member said that she felt she had had to "raise her game" in order to keep up with everyone else. Some said that it had taught them to look at situations from different angles. They even agreed that as a result of this they now felt a little sorry for the character, Billy, something which would have been unthinkable at the start of the rehearsal process. What do you want the audience to go away with after seeing the play? Any kind of emotion as long as it has made them think. Theatre should be a sensory experience and we hope that our representation of this piece is not only sensitive to the subject but also emotive as we ourselves have certainly experienced a great deal of emotions during the rehearsal period. As directors, it is our wish that if just one member of the audience goes away with a greater understanding of domestic abuse and the vicious cycle surrounding it , then we have achieved our goal. (IMAGE - See no evil: Cast members in Five Kinds Of Silence, a new play about domestic abuse.)

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THEATRE'S DRAMATIC HISTORY FROM OLD PAINT SHOP TO LOVED LANDMARK by David Lowe in Nottingham Post on Friday, August 02, 2013 AS a sixth former at High Pavement Grammar School, I recall a memorable evening in the early 1960s at the Nottingham Theatre Club in Hutchison Street. The theatre was small but atmospheric; the sets were stark and dramatic, and an appreciative audience enjoyed a compelling production of a Bertolt Brecht play. It was directed by Albert Appleton, who had been my first history teacher at the Ellis School in Basford. Since 1927, Theatre Club members have been rolling up their sleeves to create a succession of challenging theatres from unlikely premises. The Lace Market Theatre Trust developed from two amateur dramatic societies founded in Nottingham in the 1920s – the Nottingham Playgoers' Club (1922) and the Nottingham Philodramatic Society (1926). These amalgamated in 1946 to become the Nottingham Theatre Club and were based from 1946 to 1951 at the Nottingham Bluecoat School. In 1951, the club moved to leased premises in Hutchinson Street which were much closer to the city centre. They stayed there until 1972 when major slum clearance and redevelopment put them on the move again. It was at this point that members raised the money to buy an old dilapidated paint store in the Lace Market area of the city. It had originally been built in 1761 as a chapel and later became a school where William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, was a pupil. The building at Halifax Place is now Grade II listed. Tight funds meant that most of the conversion had to be carried out by the members themselves in their spare time. But what emerged was an auditorium seating 118 and space in the upstairs bar for studio performances for smaller audiences. All this was achieved in the space of a year. The aim was, and has remained, to put on plays that were challenging for actors and the technical crews and ones which otherwise people would have to go to London to see. Training by doing was always a part of the club and the concept of small-scale productions in the bar area where first-time directors could cut their teeth were introduced. These productions were known as "Fents" in homage to the textile history of the Lace Market area. In 1977, there was an opportunity to acquire more land and it was decided that, to help raise funds, the Lace Market Theatre Trust should be formed. Around £40,000 was raised for a three-storey extension at the rear and a further £40,000 was raised for its completion in 1984. The building was owned by the Trust and the Nottingham Theatre Club rented it from them. While the Nottingham Theatre Club continued the policy of challenging drama, the trust began furthering the educational responsibilities of a charity by giving grants to students who were going on to drama school. At that point in time, drama students were only able to apply for discretionary grants from the LEA and these were in short supply. By the year 2000, the Nottingham Theatre Club was again beginning to feel cramped. The extensive wardrobe moved into rented premises, first in St Mary's Gate and then in Stoney Street in the heart of the Lace Market. The theatre is well known for its heavily-subscribed, well-run youth theatre, having won many awards at the NANDA festival over the past few years. The Nottingham Theatre Club merged into the Lace Market Theatre Trust in 2003. Shortly after the completion of the extension in 1984, Prunella Scales and Timothy West agreed to become patrons of the theatre. And in 2012 actors, Matthew Macfadyen and Keeley Hawes also agreed to become patrons. Before her death, Joyce Redman had been a patron for many years. The Lace Market Theatre has been twinned with the Jakobus Theatre and Die Kaeuze in Germany since 1982. The theatres currently take it in turns to take one production every other year to the other. The Lace Market Theatre • Halifax Place • Nottingham • NG1 1QN 0115 950 7201 | www.lacemarkettheatre.co.uk

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THE LACE MARKET THEATRE FRONT OF HOUSE Since September 2012 when the new system of contacting Front of House (FOH) volunteers by email was started, there have been approximately (including hires) 188 FOH needed. Apart from seven or eight performances we have managed two FOH for each performance. The team of FOH volunteers is approximately 30.To cover the required 188 FOH requires a large commitment from a sizeable group of The Lace Market Theatre membership. It is that commitment from those members which has allowed the shows to go on. Most FOH volunteers have covered five or more evenings over the season; one has done an evening for all the plays bar one because there was more volunteers than was necessary. While we have some members in their 20s, 30s and 40s (I'm guessing here), a fair proportion of Team FOH are over 60 (again no birth certificates have been examined). Some naturally want to retire. The Nottingham Fire Department has recommended that there be two FOH on duty in the foyer, otherwise the performance for a night without two FOH has to be cancelled. It can now be seen how vital and important being an FOH volunteer is. There are other duties for which volunteers are needed, but FOH is the foremost duty in the theatre. Without FOH - no show. The present FOH team once they volunteered for a night turned up and did the duty. They endured much cold weather, but welcomed the public with smiles on their faces. I can only commend their dedication. FOH duty itself is not onerous, there are checks to do and you need the fire drill training from Keith Parkinson, our Fire Officer. The amount of FOH we require for next season will certainly be the same as this if not more. We need 50 members to offer five evenings a season to create a pool of help which can only benefit The Lace Market Theatre. As someone said, 'We are all in this together.' Now if you volunteer for FOH you will be contacted and expected to do some FOH. Please don't volunteer unless you can give a strong commitment. All I need is your email address and I contact you every month with a request for help.

PAG/WRITER COMPETITION

Pat Richards FOH Rota Organiser 0115 9631435

Ever noticed how nothing stands still for long at Lace Market Theatre? As one season draws to a close, the next season has been approved, the directors appointed and before you know it, it is time for a new PAG to be convened and the script reading to commence. Having been on PAG twice I'm delighted to be chairing the group for the 2014/15 season supported by an eager group of individuals - Damian Frendo, Di Richards, Doreen Sheard, Kareena Sims and Piotr Wisniewski. To my mind, PAG should not only be there to put together a balanced season that is challenging yet marketable but should also aim to reflect what the members want to do and the punters want to see. Not an easy task but one which requires feedback from you all. An email address has been set up to which you can tell PAG what you would like us to consider along with any comments you may have. There will be a list going up on the noticeboard shortly and the PAG pigeonhole is also at your disposal. Do you want a musical? Do you want more comedies, tragedies, thrillers? Do you want to see something done differently? Let us know because we're here to listen. Email: PAG@lacemarkettheatre.co.uk New Writing Competition Ever fancied yourself as a playwright? Would you like to see your words brought to life? We are also very keen to encourage original writing and are looking for a play to be performed in the 2014/15 season. There are no restrictions on the type of play but it should be suitable for staging in the Studio space. Further details will be issued on the website in due course or alternatively email newwriting@lacemarkettheatre.co.uk with your ideas or submissions. Paul Johnson (PAG Chair)

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DIARY DATES 2013 Date

Event

September 2

Theatre Opens | Open Evening

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Audition - The Regina Monologues

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Open Mic Night

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The Entertainer

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Post-ShowTalkback - The Entertainer

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Audition - Lace Market Youth Theatre at 10:30

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Audition - The Firebird

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The Plays that Got Away 19:00

October 4

Open Evening

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Audition - Blue Kettle

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Audition - This is a Chair

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God of Carnage

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Post-ShowTalkback - God of Carnage

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Murder Mystery

29 November

Audition - Ira Levin’s Deathtrap

11 - 16

Anne Boleyn

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Post-Show Event: Creating Period Costume for the Theatre

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Post-ShowTalkback - Anne Boleyn

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The Plays that Got Away 19:00

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Open Evening

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The Regina Monologues

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Post-ShowTalkback - The Regina Monologues

A NOTE FROM THE OUTGOING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Dear Members, As the 2012/13 comes to a close, and in that crazy and brilliantly organised way of things here, the next season is already partly cast and the brochure printed, I thought it the right time to reflect on the last year of theatre in our wonderful building. Once again the theatre makers of the Lace Market Theatre have done themselves very proud. We have seen new members working alongside more established members to create fantastic and diverse productions, from On Golden Pond and All My Sons to Wyrd Sisters and Five Kinds of Silence. Shows in the studio have performed remarkably well at the box office, as have many of those downstairs. Acting performances have been fantastic and many new directors have cut their teeth for the first time - a selection of whom are already signed up for Cynthia's fabulous new season. I don't propose here to go into detail about every production, but suffice to say that the artistic group are extremely proud of the 2012/2013 season which has upheld the long established Lace Market Theatre values of quality theatre that entertains and challenges in equal measure. We have had highs and lows, triumphs and disappointments, but most importantly, the enthusiasm of our members and audiences is undimmed. It has been a huge honour to act as Artistic Director for the last year and I wish Cynthia and her team all the very best for the coming year which looks full of great plays and ideas. With very best wishes Martin and the outgoing artistic group (THE 2012/2013 SEASON) The Lace Market Theatre • Halifax Place • Nottingham • NG1 1QN 0115 950 7201 | www.lacemarkettheatre.co.uk

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AUDITION TUESDAY 3RD SEPTEMBER 7.30pm

THE REGINA MONOLOGUES by Rebecca Russell and Jenny Wafer PERFORMANCE DATES: 26th to 30th November 2013 A funny, moving play bringing the lives of the six wives of Henry VIII bang up to date with a clever, contemporary re-imagining. Six modern women narrate their relationships with the absent figure of Henry, detailing his descent from virile Adonis to overweight monster. Strong language. A STUDIO production.

Character

Description

Playing age (guidelines only)

Cathy Annie Jane Anna Katie

Katherine

The discarded wife The faded beauty. Worn out with partying Pale and vulnerable with an air of simplistic naivety Bewigged, looks older than her years. Intelligent. Manipulated, vulnerable and childlike, but sometimes the assured teenager Serial widow. Composed, determined, single-minded

25-40 20-30 20-30 30 ? 17ish

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Because the piece is a series of soliloquies, rehearsals can be adaptable: usually Tuesdays or Thursdays. For further details contact the Director: Phil Austin on p.austin1@btinternet.com

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40TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON The 2012/2013 season marked the 40th Anniversary of the Lace Market Theatre being housed at Halifax Place. On Saturday 15th June, a Celebration Evening took place and featured the Madame Follies Swingers, amongst other superb performances, and a live jazz band. Below are some images of the night.

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AUGUST IS THE QUIET MONTH IN THEATRE - OH, YEA! The theatre may be dark from a patron's point of view but not from the point of view of the production and services groups. Several things have already happened and more are planned over the next few weeks before we open our doors to the public September. Thanks to Philip Hogarth and the lighting team all the lanterns have been cleaned and now await PAT testing. In addition Philip has overhauled the lighting cage and Rose is sorting out the gels to make them easily accessible. Cables have been checked and in some cases straightened.training in proper coiling of cables has occurred. Martin Curtis has gone through all sound cables, rid us of the dead ones and ordered replacements where necessary, has sorted the amps and fitted two new speakers on stage as well as ensuring the sound desk operates properly and is labelled up. Thanks to them both we now have up-to-date lists of all equipment. Rose has tidied up the props and furniture stores and I have gone through all the curtains, replacing ties and doing some running repairs, though some have had to be put for rags as they are beyond repair. In addition the paint store has been tidied and we are hoping to get the paint sink back in operation. However that is not proving as simple as one might hope, but we will keep at it. Hugh Philip has started on the wood store with a vengeance and I am sure all designers and set builders will bless his name and that of Keith Parkinson when it comes to the new season. More people may help over the summer and thanks are due to them, but they have not been identified at the time of writing. The services group have plans for extra cupboards in the studio during the summer as we have had to move a great deal of "stuff" down from over the office which cannot go back and it needs to be stored unobtrusively. More work is being done to give extra sockets and fixtures in the studio/bar area and the wood store. We hope the gents toilet will receive a coat of paint to freshen things up. In addition we are pulling in two stage hires, thus making us more accessible to the community. Without Martin Curtis and Philip Hogarth, David Nightingale organising the bar staff these activities would not be possible and, incidentally, I gather many people are reluctant to do bar duty on a Saturday night whether for a show or any other purpose. If you do do bar duty, please, please think about helping out in this way in future. I have written this as, from conversations I have had, many of our membership seem unaware of what does happen when there is a month with none of our own shows. Rehearsals still happen and auditions continue. So spare a thought for those of us who use the time to keep the place safe and fit for purpose to the best of our abillity. I only hope someone will let you know what the ardrobe department is up to during this time. I hope you have all had a good summer and are preparing to make next season a roaring success Gill Scott

A GIFT TO THE COSTUME DEPARTMENT When long serving member Iris Pilgrim passed away she remembered the Wardrobe Department, where she had spent many years sorting, sewing and putting away after shows and hires, in her will and left £100 for costume. We thought the best way to honour her memory would be to spend the legacy on one special costume, what more special than a wedding dress? So it was decided to create a gown for the leading lady in Kiss Me, Kate for her wedding to Petruchio. Jane Herring and Barry Holland put their heads together with Doreen Hunt and me to come up with the perfect gown. It had to be easy to get in and out of to facilitate her quick changes and look Tudor crossed with 1950s glamour! You must admit Jane and Barry did a brilliant job and Iris would have been thrilled to bits to know that her legacy was part of a successful production. The gown can be seen at the costume unit should you wish to see it. Linda Croston

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GRM The first Saturday of every month at 2pm the GRM group meet at the Theatre to discuss various aspects of the management of the theatre. Here is a short summary of the latest updates. The membership and social committee Membership renewals have been sent out along with the new season brochure! Please return your renewal forms as soon as possible. From September there will be an additional benefit to membership of a discount on your bill at the Pitcher and Piano bar for all Lace Market Theatre members. You will receive new membership cards that can be presented at the Pitcher and Piano so that you can claim your discount. Social Events A great season of social events has been created that is open to all members – check the LMT website for more details but a few highlights will include Open Mic Nights, Murder Mystery Evening with supper, Casino Night, The ever popular Quiz night, Bingo and Boggle and more! September 7th will see the first of the Lace Market Theatre Open Mic nights hosted by Andy Nash. The Lace Market Theatre swings open its doors and hands the microphone over to the hidden comedian, singer, musician, ventriloquist, contortionist, mime, improv expert, magician, juggler, lion tamer, dolphin wrangler, poet, performer, storyteller and writer. If you have something to share then share it with us! The LMT Open Mic night – THE place to be for fun and talent fuelled night (and cheapish drinks!). Saturday 7th September 8pm (doors open 7.30pm). For further details contact Andy Nash (andy.nash@lacemarkettheatre.co.uk). Summer break Even though the Theatre is effectively closed through August, there is still a lot of work taking place to get the Theatre ready for the new season in September. Just a few of the jobs being undertaken are: lanterns being cleaned, electrical work and electrical testing being completed, decorating and painting of some of the public areas. In fact, there is a tremendous amount of work being done that people would not normally know about. A thank You We would like to formally thank the cast and crew of Kiss Me, Kate for putting together a superb production under what can only be described as very stressful circumstances. I am certain that everyone involved is grateful to Linda Croston for her leadership and her “The show must go on” / “Die Hard” attitude. Thank you so much to all involved. Talk back sessions The talk back sessions being held at the end of each show on a Friday is still proving very popular. May they long continue through the 2013/14 season as it is a great opportunity for audience members to hear the thoughts of the director, cast and other fantastic creative people involved in our productions. GRM - Andy Nash The GRM convener is Andy Nash, vice-chairperson of the board (andy.nash@lacemarkettheatre.co.uk) so if you have anything that you want raised then please let him know. The GRM meetings, like all at the Lace Market Theatre, are open to all theatre members so please feel free to come along. We'd love for you to be part of it. I'll put the kettle on! Andy Nash

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NOTTINGHAM AND NOTTINGHAMSHIRE DRAMA ASSOCIATION - NANDA Just two items this time folks! Firstly there are the results of the Play of the Year Competition and, secondly, an announcement about the future of the Newsletter. Play of the Year Competition 2012-2013 and Annual Awards Dinner The 2013 Annual Awards Dinner was held at the Welbeck Hotel on 21 June. The top floor restaurant was packed to capacity and guests enjoyed an excellent meal before being entertained by adjudicator Stephen Godward’s amusing address, followed by the awards presentation. There had been sixteen entries by nine different groups and an adjudication for Spotlight Theatre School which was not entered into the awards. The accolade of Play of the Year went to Bonington Players for their presentation of “Brassed Off” and the Pat Johnson Trophy for Producer of the Year went to Deborah Craddock for “It Runs in the Family” at Burton Joyce Players. Steve Atkin of Bonington Players received the Harry Penson Trophy for Actor of the Year for his portrayal of Danny in “Brassed Off” and Joanne Homer of Orchard Theatre Company the Jose Cooke Award for Actress of the Year for Shelley in “Ladies’ Day”. The Dan Shaw Trophy for Performer of the Year in a Supporting Role went John Uttley of Burton Joyce Players for his portrayal of Bill in “It Runs in the Family”. The best Newcomer to the Adult Stage Award went to Craig Russell of West Bridgford Dramatic Society for his portrayal of the Elf Cobbler in “Goody Two Shoes” and the Belper Cup, the Adjudicator’s special award, went jointly to Aaron Connelly and Conrad Duncan of Lace Market Youth Theatre for the quality of their youth performances. Other awards went to West Bridgford for best presentation for “Ghost Writer” and best costumes for “Goody Two Shoes”. The People’s Theatre Company won the set design award for “Puss in Boots” and Orchard Theatre Company received the Front of House award. The Council is keen to see more groups participating next season. The competition runs from September to May and if you would like to know a little more about it, and what you need to do to enter, then please contact the competition organiser Joan Wildgust on 0115 9291077. The Newsletter The time has come for the Newsletter to embrace the technological revolution. We are all leading increasingly busier lives and rely more and more on faster electronic communication. So this is the last Newsletter you will see as you have come to know it over the last few years. It is being replaced by an actively managed up-to-date Facebook page that can be accessed by anyone with a computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone. Right, let’s explode a myth to start with. You don’t have to be ON Facebook to be able to read it. Not everybody has a Facebook account and those that don’t, or don’t want to, simply have to type facebook.com/nandanotts into their browser. Try it and you will see the page as it now is with posters, audition notices, photographs, press reports, links to our website items, news from members and links to Amateur Stage and Sardines magazines. If you want to follow the page but don’t want to be on Facebook then just create a shortcut onto your desktop page and click on it occasionally for all the latest news. Those of you who are already on Facebook simply have to ‘Like’ the page and click the receive notifications option to have new items sent straight to your newsfeed. You can like and comment jut as you would with any other page’s updates. Those of you who administer your own group’s Facebook page can also ‘Like’ the NANDA page from your group’s page and the group will then be able receive news items as well to their own page. As an administrator for your own group, you will be able to post announcements, photos, posters etc. onto the Nanda page as well. You will see that there is already about a dozen groups and organisations signed up to the page but the more there are that are actually participating then the more vibrant we can make it. During July and August, I shall be contacting every group individually to find out who administers their Facebook page and to see what we can do to move this forward. If you don’t have a page then I can help you set one up and if you currently have a closed group arrangement for your own members then you will need to set up an additional page.

Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Drama Association

We know that there is massive enthusiasm for amateur theatre in the county and surrounding areas. Let’s harness that enthusiasm and set up a news network we can be proud of.

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NODA Show your support for the My Theatre Matters! campaign In the face of tough spending decisions by local councils, the arts often lose out. The My Theatre Matters! campaign, a joint venture between Equity, The Stage and TMA (Theatrical Management Association), aims to protect local theatres at the heart of communities. Add your voice to the campaign by signing up at http://www.mytheatrematters.com/ and follow the campaign on Twitter @theatre_matters and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/mytheatrematters Extras wanted for Ellen Kent’s latest UK opera tour Ellen Kent and Opera & Ballet International will be touring the UK with three stunning productions of Nabucco, La Boheme and Aida, featuring the Chisinau National Opera and the Philharmonic. People are needed to appear as extras alongside the cast and orchestra for performances in all three fantastic operas, and to sing in the choral sections of the productions at venues including the Liverpool Empire, Manchester Opera House, York Opera House and Brighton Theatre Royal, along with many more. This is a great opportunity to work alongside a company of international renown and with international soloists. Ellen Kent has made her name synonymous with spectacle and quality and often boosts her already 40 strong cast with local people from opera societies, colleges and universities. Required are 10 men and 10 women for each production. Costumes will be provided but if black shoes could be worn that would be helpful. A full tour schedule is available at http://www.ellenkent.com/. If you are interested please contact sadie@ellenkent.co.uk for more details, stating your voice type and which venue or venues you would like to appear at. Get your MP to support Early Day Motion 191 Early Day Motion 191 – The Importance of Arts and Creative Industries. Early Day Motion 191 is being submitted for debate in the House of Commons, asking for more Government support for the arts and creative industries and acknowledgement of the vital role played by the arts at the heart of communities. You can view the motion at http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2013-14/191 We ask that NODA members urge their local MP to support this motion and add their signature. We also want to encourage an amendment to the motion so that it specifically includes mention of the importance of amateur theatre to local communities. To do so, we encourage you to send a letter to your local MP, asking for them to support the motion and an amendment to specifically include amateur theatre. A letter is the best way to explain fully what you want from your MP and ensures that your MP has a record of your contact. You can find a template letter that you can send to your local MP on the NODA website, click here (http://www.noda.org.uk/news/show_support_for_early_day_motion_191) Successful NDFA Drama Festival NDFA Drama Festival took place in Teignmouth from 7th -13th July at the Carlton Theatre. The weather was great and the Festival was very successful. NODA President Derek Grattidge and his wife Connie attended on Friday and Saturday night when Derek presented some of the awards to winning teams. South East Regional Councillor Nick Lawrence supported the event on several nights and SE Youth Adviser Lynne Caygill supported the Youth Festival night. For details of the winning teams go to the NDFA website http://www.ndfa-bawf2013.org.uk/awards.htm Next year the Festival will take place from 20th -26th July as part of the year long celebrations on the Isle of Man as the Island of Culture. All manner of the arts will be celebrated throughout the year and NODA hopes to play a part. Keep an eye on the NODA website for more information about the Festival and on the Island of Culture website http://www.islandofculture.im/

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THANK YOU Dear members, I sit here having just completed a fifteen month Masters Degree in Directing for Theatre at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Many of you may not be aware that I and others before me have been helped to take advantage of career enhancing opportunities such as this through financial help from the Lace Market Theatre. I have had the most incredible year, building theatre contacts outside of Nottingham and learning an enormous amount about the craft of directing and making theatre. I have worked with some amazing people, including Tamara Harvey, Harriet Walter, Gareth Machin, John Retallack, Toby Hulse, Roger Haines, Jenny Stephens and many more - many of whom are the real movers and shakers at organisations including Hull Truck, the National Theatre, Salisbury Playhouse, The Donmar Warehouse etc etc. This was a priceless learning opportunity and the simple fact is that it would not have been possible without the help and support of the Lace Market Theatre through the Board. So I want to say a huge and heartfelt thank you to you all. As a result of the course I recently directed a sell out production of Martin McDonagh's The Lonesome West in Bristol as well as a national tour of a double bill called Savage Children. I will shortly be directing a production of The Last Five Years in Bristol, followed by the professional Christmas show at Lakeside Arts Centre and will be Associate Director on the Nottingham Playhouse production of Time And The Conways next year. Plenty more to come I hope watch this space! Now that I have a little more time on my hands outside of Bristol, I am looking for ways to give back to the Lace Market Theatre. Tom Manuel has asked if I will run a workshop which of course I am very happy to do and I will be giving a detailed verbal report to the Board regarding my experiences on the course. If any of you have further suggestions please let me know ... I want to express my gratitude in tangible ways as well as through these short paragraphs! With very best wishes and thanks, Martin Berry

MEMBERSHIP Why not get involved in one of our productions this season and try your hand at one (or more!) of the many roles available. You’ll be given as much guidance and support as you need, gain valuable experience, and have fun! You could: -

Perform in productions Direct or assist a director Design, build and paint sets Source and make props Work on lighting and sound Stage manage or assist backstage Make and fit costumes

The theatre is run by enthusiastic and committed volunteers, and there are many ways to get involved, including joining the Front of House, Box Office, Bar or Programme Sales teams, and joining groups such as Publicity and Marketing, and the Ways with Words verse and prose group. The theatre has a thriving social scene, with members’ social events happening throughout the season. In 2013/14 there’ll be open mic nights, a casino night, a murder mystery, quiz and game nights amongst others! You’ll be kept fully up to date about forthcoming auditions, productions, social events and other opportunities via our monthly email, members’ website and members’ publication, The Boards. As a new member you’ll also have a mentor, to help you get involved with everything you want to do. To join, collect an application form from the theatre or visit our website, then return your completed form and payment to the theatre in person or by post. The annual subscription rates for 2013/14 are: Individual: £40 Joint (for both members): £70 Senior Citizen/Student/Unemployed/Disabled: £30 Youth Theatre: £40

The Boards Sept 2013  

The Boards Sept 2013

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