Crude Apache in association with the Maddermarket Theatre present ‘At the Turning of the Tide’, written and directed by Jo Edye and Panda Monium, with musical direction by Tim Lane
The mid-nineteenth century, and the white heat of industrialization is ripping apart the country.
As new technology drives the unrelenting progress, standing in the way is not an option.
At the Turning of the Tide tells the story of one family caught up in this maelstrom.
On the wide open landscapes of the Norfolk Broads, and unchanged for a hundred years, the working wherries ply the waterways from Norwich to Yarmouth, Acle and Wroxham and all the towns and villages in between, bringing and taking the barrels and bales and bricks and coal and all the lifeblood of the people who belong to this wide open, desolate landscape.
This is the story of their heartaches, triumphs, losses and disasters.
Based on Crude Apache’s critically acclaimed summer show which toured the Norfolk Broads outdoors last summer, with music by Tim Lane and The Punch House Band, the play has been re-written and re-designed to fit in the intimate surrounding of Norwich’s historic Maddermarket theatre.
Crude Apache at the Maddermarket
Following the success of last summers outdoor tour, we are reviving At the Turning of the Tide to fit in the Maddermarket Theatre in January next year.
This is a play with songs, rehearsals starting gently in October, and getting more intensive as we get closer. January will be pretty full on.
Performance dates are the week commencing 20th January until Saturday 25th.
The mid nineteenth century, and on the wide open landscape of the Norfolk Broads the working wherries ply their trade.
From Norwich and Yarmouth they carry the barrels and bales and bricks and coal to and from the people who belong to the villages of this desolate landscape.
Now into this timeless place comes a new technology which brings prosperity but also change. And for some the change is not welcome.
This play tells the story of one family caught up in this decisive time, their triumphs and disasters, their hopes and fears.
Based on the critically acclaimed show which toured the Broads last summer, the play has been re-designed to fit the intimate surrounding of the Maddermarket theatre.
Main Characters (ages are rough playing ages)
Toby ‘Stan’ Stannard, Skipper of the Wherry ‘Perseverance’ – male 40 – 50
Jenny Stannard (nee Bell), his wife – female – 40 – 50
Victoria Stannard, his daughter – female – 14 – 30
Albert Stannard, his son – male – 14 – 30
Maggie, a landlady and businesswoman – female 25 – 50
Lachlan McCleod, her minder – male – 20 – 40
Finlay McLeod, his brother – male – 20 -40
Charles Montague, a surveyor – male – 20 – 40
Millicent Hardiman, a lady – female – 30 – 50
PH Emerson, a renowned photographer – male – 30 – 60
Bob, a boatyard owner – male – 30 – 60
Jack, a wherryman – male – 30 – 60
and other parts to be played by members of the cast
Audition Dates – all 7:30 – 9pm – The Shoe Factory Social Club, St. Mary’s works, St. Mary’s Plain, NR3 3AF
Monday 2nd September
Tuesday 3rd September
Monday 9th September
Tuesday 10th September
Monday 23rd September (Venue TBC)
Tuesday 24th September (Venue TBC)
Auditions will be in a workshop format.
Please email me or call and let me know your details and the dates you can do and I will schedule you into one.
07867 882 304
Saturday December the 8th will be the date for the annual Crude Apache AGM and knees up – venue TBA, AGM from 7, more details as we get them!
If you are planning on seeing the performance at Hoveton, the meeting place is the Broads Authority Tourist information centre on Station Road, postcode NR12 8UR.
There will be stewards there to guide you to the actual performance area which is on the river.
There’s plenty of parking at Roy’s car park, although you should really buy something, so arrive early and get something to drink and eat there.
Crude Apache present ‘At the Turning of the Tide’, a high energy show full of music, tears and laughter. The show tells the story of the Norfolk Wherries, the great trading vessels of the Broads, which reached their heyday in the mid nineteenth century before suffering a terminal decline with the arrival of the steam railways.
Set in the second half of the nineteenth century and told through the lives of one family, the tale follows the heartaches, triumphs, losses and disasters of the river folk of Norwich and Norfolk.
Accompanied by music from The Punch House band, the sixty minute show is suitable for all the family – bring a blanket or something to sit on, a picnic and a drink and enjoy a trip back in time to witnees some of our most poignant and fascinating heritage.
We’re hoping to get our production of The Transports nominated for the Peoples Choice award at the Norfolk Arts Awards.
Firstly, if you haven’t seen it you must go, it’s a really great show, and fully deserving we think.
Dates and venues are below, and please help us by following the link below and nominating us.
The Transports – Norfolk’s Folk Opera
After the massive success of their production in Dragon Hall in 2013, Norwich’s Crude Apache Theatre company are proud to announce a new, outdoor touring production of Peter Bellamy’s legendary folk-opera The Transports – in the Parks and open spaces of Norwich and Norfolk during August.
Originally a 1977 ‘concept album’ that topped all that years folk charts and ‘best of’ polls, The Transports was perhaps the most important work by the influential Norwich based Bellamy. It featured such folk luminaries as Mike and Norma Waterson, Dave Swarbrick, June Tabor and Martin Carthy and in recent years has been included in Mojo magazine’s Top 100 recordings of the 20th Century and the BBC’s Best folk Albums of the 20th Century.
The Transports tells the true story of Henry Kabel and Susannah Holmes. In 1783 they were both convicted of petty theft, imprisoned in Norwich Castle and sentenced to transportation as part the first fleet of convicts to be transported to the new world.
The couple married and prospered in the new world. In an inspiring story of offender rehabilitation Henry made a fortune from sealing and whaling, founded a mail service in Australia and went on to become the Colony’s first Chief Constable. His dynasty survives today and many of his descendants travel from Australia to visit Norwich and its castle where their ancestors were incarcerated.
The very first live production of The Transports took place in Norwich Castle in 1978 and it has since been performed at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, The Bracknell Festival and at the 1991 Whitby Festival as a memorial to Peter who had shocked and baffled his family and friends when he took his own life that year.
Now Crude Apache, under musical director Tim Lane and Director Panda Monium will recreate The Transports for a modern audience with a cast of 10 singers and 12 musicians.
This new hour long production will add a theatricality to the work and a modern feel to the music without losing the spirit and soul of Peter Bellamy’s remarkable and timeless original.
Thurs 3rd August – Heigham Park – 7-30pm
Sat 5th August – Whiffler Theatre, Castle Gardens – 7-30pm
Sunday 6th August – Whiffler Theatre, Castle Gardens – 2.30pm
Thurs 10th August – Visitor Centre, Whittlingham Country Park – 7-30pm
Fri 11th August – Becketswell, Wymondham – 7-30pm
Saturday 12th August – The Locks Inn, Geldeston – 7-30pm
Sunday 13th August – Kett’s Heights – 2.30pm
All performances are free – bring something to sit on and a picnic