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A word from tonight’s director:

Pauline Armour

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rassed Off the stage play by Paul Allen is, of course, based on the extremely successful film that starred the late Peter Postlethwaite as Danny, the leader of the Grimley Colliery band. The play was first staged at The Crucible Theatre in Sheffield and subsequently on the Olivier stage at the National Theatre in 1998. Set against the background of pit closures in the 1990s and the disintegration of whole mining communities, Brassed Off skilfully combines hard-edged politics with the real day to day lives of ordinary men, women and children… but throughout it all there is the music!

It has been an exciting experience for all involved to bring this compelling story to the BLT stage. There are lots of people without whom we would never even have got started: John Hargreaves and his colleagues from The Beckenham Concert Band are central to this production and it is fantastic to work with such a talented group of musicians. I am not entirely sure that they knew what they were letting themselves in for when they agreed to be part of the cast of Brassed Off but they have taken ‘to the boards’ as it were with great ease and exceptional panache. In addition, they have been extremely generous in lending their spare instruments to our actors and bearing with good humour the terrible sounds that have subsequently been elicited by the excited but sadly inept actors… but only inept, I hasten to add, when their hands are full of tuba!! So get ready to tap your feet, clap your hands, laugh, cry and above all have a great theatrical experience at Bromley Little Theatre!

Tonight ’s Director

About Pauline Armour:

Brassed Off is Pauline’s final production of 2011 for BLT and ends a very busy but extremely rewarding season. There has been a bit of a Northern theme with Talking Heads, Love on the Dole, Bouncers and Brassed Off. So next, it’s 1930’s London with Terence Rattigan’s After the Dance for March 2012. Performers and backstage team for this show are all more than welcome at the auditions on Sunday 16th October at 3.30pm.

Special Thanks: Coniston Coaches A family run Bromley business that prides itself on providing a professional but friendly coach hire service. Coniston Coaches was established in 1984 and over the years the company has built up a solid reputation for providing reasonably-priced, comfortable and reliable services to the touring public. Their fleet of coaches can cater for a wide range of tours and trips. 88 Coniston Road, Bromley BR1 4JB Tel. 020 8460 3432 www.conistoncoaches.com

Brass Farthings Brass Farthings is a party band based around London (they have performed at all the top hotels in the capital) but can be hired to play anywhere in the UK – and beyond! The band has performed everywhere from King Arthur’s Castle in Cornwall to the Edinburgh Festival. So, wherever your party is and whatever your taste in music – jazz, funk, blues, disco, rock’n’ roll , the latest hits – if you can hum it, Brass Farthings can play it!! Contact: Martin Bunce Enquiries to: martin@brassfarthings.co.uk Tel: 0800 316 5880 www.brassfarthings.co.uk


Keeping coal Mining Alive!

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ake a trip back in time and deep underground at the National Coal Mining Museum for England, to discover the hidden world of mining through the centuries. Across the 41-acre site of the former Caphouse Colliery, you can visit the original colliery buildings, then explore the fascinating 1842 and Coal Interface Galleries to dig deeper into the history of coal-mining. In the Mining Lives Gallery, you’ll get to the heart of mining communities, their homes and family life and, on selected days, costumed living history characters will literally ‘bring it all to life’ with their entertaining tales.

The highlight of a visit is the chance to get kitted out with a hard-hat and battery lamp, then descend 140 metres on an underground tour. Led by knowledgeable (and entertaining) guides who are all ex-miners, you’ll see first-hand how coal was extracted and moved to the surface – whilst gaining vivid insights into the dangers and hardships faced by the men, women and children who toiled deep below ground. Launching in Spring 2012, a major development project will bring new elements to the underground tour including additional tunnels, displays and interactive exhibits and an underground classroom! Above ground, visit the ponies and learn about the part they played in coal mining, take a stroll along the Nature Trail and watch wildlife from one of the bird hides. Make a welcome ‘pit stop’ at the Museum’s Café and pick up a souvenir or gift from the well-stocked shop. Opening: 10am - 5pm every day (except 24th – 26th December and 1st January). Location: The National Coal Mining Museum for England, Caphouse Colliery, New Rd, Overton, Wakefield WF4 4RH. NCMME is on the A642, halfway between Wakefield and Huddersfield, easily accessed from the M1 (J37, 38 or 39) and the M62. Contact/information: T: 01924 848806 E: info@ncm.org.uk • W: www.ncm.org.uk

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2011 DiArY DATes

Thu 27th - Sun 30th October

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NATIONAL COAL MINING MUSEUM FOR ENGLAND:

The Weir

by Conor McPherson Directed by Wayne Sheridan

Fri 11th - Sat 19th November (no show Sunday 13th)

The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams Directed by Robert Dilks

Fri 9th, Sat 10th, Mon 12th - Sat 17th December plus matinées: Sats 10th & 17th & ‘teatime’ show: Sun 11th

Oliver!

by Lionel Bart Directed by Paul Johnson To book, call: 07917 853621 or email: boxof�ice@bromleylittletheatre.org For the latest details on BLT’s shows and auditions, please visit our website:

www.bromleylittletheatre.org Stevie Hughes checks Paul Ackroyd’s pulse, aided and abetted by Richard Trantom in last month’s show: Whipping It Up.


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Richard Stewart Steve Williams Julie Binysh Dan Armour Bob Etherington Tim O’Keeffe Kay O’Dea Emma Kerby-Evans Chris Learmonth Ami Williamson Oliver Barrass or Sasha O’Keeffe Amia Thomas or Molly McKeowan The company Beckenham Concert Band

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Set Design Costume Design Lighting Design Sound Design Photography & DVD Set Construction Technical Adviser Lighting Operation Sound Operation

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Pauline Armour John Hargreaves Nigel Walker & Holly Marsh Julie Cocker, Marcie Schilderman, Nicola Raithby Dan Armour Kerstin Beard Dan Armour, Chris Stewart Stevie Hughes Dave Jones Crew & cast John Lea Merlin Hayward, Stevie Hughes Sobida Arulananthan, Stevie Hughes Stevie Hughes

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The Cast richard stewart | ‘Shane’ Having previously appeared in Once A Catholic and See How They Run, Richard is delighted to return to BLT after completing his degree in Drama and Theatre Studies at the University of Kent. His time there was constructively used: acting in ten shows; directing one; doing the backstage, technical and front of house duties for many more; exploring the world of stand-up comedy around the country and, when he had a moment to spare, doing some studying - all at the expense of the taxpayer!

steve Williams | ‘Phil’ After two years away from the stage Steve is delighted to be returning to BLT in such a good play with a brilliant cast. Having acted for some 30 odd years, Steve has had the privilege and pleasure of playing some amazing characters. His last performance at BLT was as Billy’s Dad in Billy Liar. Other BLT appearances include Hallett in The Business Of Murder; Jack in Broadway Bound and The Man and Tom in the two Arthur Miller one-act plays collectively known as Two Way Mirror.

Julie Binysh | ‘Sandra’ This is Julie’s third appearance at BLT this season in three very contrasting pieces. From the 1960s Californian poolside and bedroom of The Graduate, to the 1950s Parisian farcical froth of A Flea In Her Ear, and now to the 1990s mining town of Grimley, Yorkshire. Julie has loved being part of the Brassed Off team, despite not getting the chance to blow her own (flugel)horn!

Dan Armour | ‘Danny’ At BLT, Dan played Willy Loman in Death Of A Salesman in October 2007 and stood in as Macheath in his own production of The Threepenny Opera last year when two previously cast ‘Mackies’ dropped out. Dan has also directed Old King Cole here and, earlier this year, the bar production of Bouncers.

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Bob etherington | ‘Harry’ This is Bob’s third BLT appearance since joining last February. He has been performing in London and beyond for four decades, doing everything from ‘spear-shaker’ to main parts, operetta and pantomime. Whilst living in New York in the 1990s, he appeared as ‘Dr Daly’ in the ‘off-Broadway’ production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Sorcerer and last month was cast as the controversial Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft in a BBC TV Panorama reconstruction, to be broadcast this Autumn.

Tim o’Keeffe | ‘Jim’ Tim O’Keeffe has been away for a very long time, but he is happy to be back. Some of you may remember his Curly from the 1992 production of Of Mice And Men; his mother does and she still has his picture of him wearing Curly’s hat and glove on her wall. He is specially excited to be sharing the stage with his young protegé Sasha in this production. May the best man win!

Kay o’Dea | ‘Rita’ Kay has been associated with BLT for some 20 years, both front and back stage. Last seen on stage with tap shoes in Stepping Out, she’s back with thermos flask supporting the miners’ strike! She loves the rich diversity of shows put on at BLT which makes the phrase ‘home of exciting theatre’ ring very true.

emma Kerby-evans | ‘Vera’ Being born and bred in a Leicestershire coal mining village, Emma recalls listening to a Black Dyke Mills Band concert in the local church. Many of her school friends were colliery band members and later went on to become professional musicians. Ironically, in the early 90s, Emma also worked ‘for management’ at British Coal and well remembers not just the effect of the pit strikes and closures on the community but also the often industrial-related ill health of ex-miners in later years. This is Emma’s second show at BLT. She performs regularly at Beckenham and South London theatres.


chris Learmonth | ‘Andy’ Chris is making his second appearance at BLT, having debuted earlier this year in The Beauty Queen Of Leenane. He is very glad to be involved in another of director Pauline’s productions. Chris is also delighted to fulfil his lifelong ambition of being in a band - Brass is the new Rock ‘n’ Roll!

Ami Williamson | ‘Gloria’ Racking up her tenth production at BLT in Brassed Off has come much quicker than Ami anticipated! Having performed in Love On The Dole earlier this year, she is looking forward to something a bit more cheerful. She got her degree in English and Drama this summer and is training to be a teacher at Goldsmiths. This will be Ami’s last production for the next year or so because she has been told she must ‘focus on her studies’; important yes, but much less exciting!

…and the musicians! ♫ John hargreaves (director) ♫ John Beecroft ♫ David chapman ♫ Brian Davies ♫ David Mansfield ♫ John Mullholland ♫ roger owen ♫ heather Pearse ♫ John Pound ♫ Tom Queen ♫ colin styles ♫ Trevor Wharton

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ou know what they say about acting with animals and children… well it’s all true, as the children in Brassed Off - Amir, Molly, Oliver and Sasha - are all fantastic and are bound to steal the show! Pity we couldn’t run to a couple of pit ponies as well… that would have kept the adults on their toes!!

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AUDiTions SUNDAY 16TH OCTOBER at 3.30pm (BLT bar): T��� ���� �� ��� BLT ����� ���� ��� B������ T������ G���� F���-L����� P��� F������� 2012

After The Dance

by Terence Rattigan • Directed by Pauline Armour David Scott-Fowler: Early 40s. Wealthy, charming, hedonistic socialite. Joan Scott-Fowler: Late 30s. Hedonist, bright exterior disguising deeply felt, repressed emotions. John Reid: Early 40s. Witty and amusing. The ScottFowlers’ ‘court jester’. Peter Scott-Fowler: 20s. Earnest with integrity. Helen Banner: 20s. Intelligent but manipulative. PLEASE NOTE: THE CHARACTER OF HELEN BANNER WAS ACCIDENTALLY OMITTED FROM THE AUDITION NOTICE IN SPOTLIGHTS. Julia Browne: 40s. Brash, hedonistic socialite. Miss Potter: Late 40s/early 50s. Businesslike. Dr. George Banner: 20s. Serious and discreet. Arthur Power: 40s. Businessman. Joan’s Ex. Williams: 50s/60s. The quintessential butler. Moya Lexington: 35-45. Argumentative socialite. Cyril Carter: 20s. Good looking, cockney accent. Lawrence Walters: Mid-30s+. Socialite. Contact the director, Pauline Armour: artistic@bromleylittletheatre.org SUNDAY 16TH OCTOBER at 5.30pm (BLT bar):

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by Peter Shaffer • Directed by Tony Jenner Martin Dysart: Psychiatrist. Mid-40s upwards Alan Strang: Dysart’s patient. Playing age 17 (appears nude) Frank Strang: Alan’s father. Mid-40s Dora Strang: Alan’s mother. Early to mid-40s Hesther Salomon: Magistrate: 40s to 50s Jill Mason: Stablegirl. Early - 20s (appears nude) Harry Dalton: Stable owner. 40s upwards Young Horseman/Nugget: Any age (physically �it) Nurse: Any age Six Actors/Chorus Horses/Cinemagoers: Any age Contact the director, Tony Jenner: tonyj@bromleylittletheatre.org

Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, welcome to… The Weir!

Spend an evening at a small bar located on a farm in rural Ireland where the proprietor, three other local men and a woman new to the area meet, drink, and tell stories. The banter consists of friendly, local talk and gossip that is uneventful in itself, but overall reveals the characters’ isolation and the figurative ghosts that haunt them. The Weir provides the setting for storytelling at its very best. Based in truth and lies; myth and legend; faith and scepticism; humour and tragedy; The Weir clearly demonstrates how we all make choices based on what we believe. So grab a glass and settle down in the bar with Brendan, Jack, Finbar, Jim and newcomer Valerie as they regale you with stories that span the generations from ancient folk tales to modern myths. The ‘craic’ is on and the drink is flowing: won’t you join us for a small one?

CAST:

Jack Valerie Brendan Jim Finbar

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John Barrass Jo Gleeson Ewan Williams Stevie Hughes Tom Dignum

The Weir by Conor McPherson Directed by Wayne Sheridan Thur 27th to Sun 30th October at 7.30pm To book, call: 07917 853621 or email: boxof�ice@bromleylittletheatre.org

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About

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A member of the Little Theatre Guild of Great Britain, Bromley Theatre Guild and Kent Drama Association, Bromley Little Theatre is an awardwinning amateur theatre established in 1938. Each year we present eleven full-length plays in the main house, five or six smaller shows in the bar, plus productions staged by The D.R.A.M.A.s (our youth group). We are run entirely by volunteers and there is plenty of scope for members to become involved in all aspects of the theatre - including simply enjoying being in the audience! Bromley Little Theatre is a licensed members’ club (and charity) so membership is necessary to see or take part in our shows. Once you are a member you may:

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This play is presented by special arrangement with The University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee, USA

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Directed by Robert Dilks

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Abandoned by her husband, Amanda Wingfield comforts herself with recollections of her earlier, more gracious life in Blue Mountain when she was pursued by ‘gentlemen callers’. Her son Tom, a poet with a job in a warehouse, longs for adventure and escape from his mother’s suffocating embrace, while Laura, her shy, crippled daughter, has her glass menagerie and her memories. Amanda is desperate to find her daughter a husband, but when the long-awaited gentleman caller does arrive, Laura’s romantic illusions are crushed.

The play is highly lyrical. At times comic, at times poetic, frustrating and heartbreakingly sad.

The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams’ evocation of loneliness and lost love is one of his most powerful and moving plays.

ennessee Williams is now recognised as one of the greatest twentieth-century American playwrights who changed the direction of world theatre. Perhaps the most influential play to kickstart that change was The Glass Menagerie, still one of Tennessee Williams’ most popular dramatic works today. One of the reasons that Williams’ play remains popular is that it still feels remarkably fresh due to it containing many revolutionary theatrical devices. Williams called it a ‘memory play’ and uses the character of Tom as a narrator to highlight that the audience is witnessing a selection of past events. The play’s structure is episodic and although there is a narrative arc through the play, it is essentially constructed as a series of scenes over a period of time. Williams never concerns himself with informing the audience about how much time as elapsed between them. The story of the play is very autobiographical.

Cast:

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Sue Williams Laura Kenward Alex Marshall Andrew Newbon

We have a wonderful cast to bring this play to the stage: Alex Marshall returns to BLT after his debut in The Talented Mr Ripley to play son Tom. We then welcome a real-life mother and daughter: Sue Williams plays mother Amanda and Laura Kenward, daughter Laura. Andrew Newbon, who you may remember from his starring role in The Graduate, completes the cast as Jim, the gentleman caller.

Don’t miss it!

07917 853621

To book, call: or Email: boxof�ice@bromleylittletheatre.org For the latest details on BLT’s 2011 shows and auditions, please visit our website:

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'Brassed Off' Programme