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Looking back on a successful 2016 and forward to a busy 2017.

Richard III was a huge critical success, despite keeping the audience in freezing conditions for 3 hours with only mulled wine and hope to sustain them, everyone loved the show.

We managed to donate £147.42 to the homeless charity Emmaus, for which they were very grateful, and still ended up with a small surplus of just over £100. So well done to all involved.

Upcoming in 2017 we have, first up, Tom Francis directing Howard Brenton’s play ‘Magnificence’ at the Shoe Factory in June. In advance of auditions for this, we are planning a read through of the play on Friday 13th January (at a venue to be finalised)

All are welcome, but please email Tom Francis (thelivingguano@googlemail.com) to let him know if you want to come along.

Auditions themselves will be held towards the end of February.

Later in the summer Tim Lane and Panda will be taking charge of a new production of ‘The Transports’, to be performed as an outdoors tour in August. Details of auditions etc to follow.

We have a few other bits and pieces bubbling under, including a possible devised show based on a stash of playscripts donated by a random taxi driver and the possibility of a sponsorship deal with a local business.

We will have our AGM at 8pm on Tuesday 10th January at Jurnets bar at Wensum Lodge in Norwich, as ever, all are welcome, and anyone wishing to stand for the committee should email me (realjoedye@gmail.com)

Have a lovely Xmas everyone, and hope to see lot’s of you in the new year

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Richard the 3rd


“Bloody thou art; bloody will be thy end”
We are definitely going to be performing ‘Richard the 3rd’ from the start of the week commencing 21st November – Saturday 3rd December with Tim Lane directing.
We’re looking for 9 actors, 5 male and 4 female. There will be a lot of doubling. Auditions to be held late July. We have a venue which we can’t reveal as yet, but it’s terrific, and the play will be modern dress with a gritty urban feel.
Watch this space……

NEWS


Well Zastrozzi was a great critical success which cemented our relationship at Dragon Hall with the new tenants The Writers Centre, saw 4 actors trained up to BASSC (British Academy of Stage and Screen Combat) examination standard in rapier and dagger combat, and I’m afraid lost nearly £1700.

This was partly offset by a very generous bequest of £350 from Visceral Theatre Co., who decided that their time had come. I hope our production of Zastrozzi was a fitting tribute to them.

We still have nearly £1500 in the bank, and the promise of a creative loan from the Common Lot if we need it, so onwards and upwards.

Next on the agenda is another Shakespeare – King Richard III – to be directed by Tim Lane in a venue yet to be confirmed. His plan is 8 actors, a seriously cut script and lots of very deliberate doubling. Watch this space for audition news. Planned for performance this November.

After that we have a plan for another production next May, this time to be directed by Tom Francis. Details will be announced in due course.

We intend to return to Dragon Hall in 2018 (after the building work) with a new play written by Jo Edye, Tim Lane and Panda.

Events of note coming up start with the RSC Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Theatre Royal in April, with our bastard offspring The Common Lot supplying the mechanicals – directed by our founder Simon Floyd. Really not to be missed. I’ll be in the one in the front row hurrumphing and tutting loudly.

On the 29th April at the Playhouse there is a benefit gig for the charity Sistema, who teach kids music, with performances from Karl Minns and our very own Singing Postmen, Tim Lane, Richard Brook and Leighton Williams.

Our next get together is a committee meeting at Jurnets Bar on Monday 9th May, 7.30pm, remember, all are welcome

Gammer Gurton


Crude Apache will be holding an open casting event for its Summer Show, Gammer Gurton’s Needle, on 16 March 2014, at Dragon Hall, Norwich. The event will start at 1pm with a whole group welcome and warm up, and continue throughout the afternoon.Gammer Gurton’s Needle is an early English comedy. It contains earthy, ribald humour and a host of daft, grotesque characters.

Parts to be cast are:

Diccon – a mischievous, meddling peddlar – this is a singing part

Dr Rat – a nervy, twitchy and inexperienced parish priest

Bailey – a wise and learned Justice of the Peace

Tib the Maid – a housemaid who hates getting her hands dirty

Coke the Boy – an eager, naive young lad – this is also a singing part (whoever plays this part will also play a non-speaking role as a “servant of BAILEY”)

There is no reason why females can’t play male parts and vice versa. What is most important is that you have a keen sense of the silly. A willingness to sing as part of a group would be helpful, however in the context of this play, volume and gusto is much more important than being “a singer”. Except for the parts of Diccon and Coke – you do need proper singing ability for those ones.

The parts of Gammer, Hodge and Dame Chat are already cast and will be played by Richard Brook, Tim Lane and Amelia May Hursey respectively.

The show will run from 1 July to 12 July 2014 and will be performed at a number of outdoor locations around Norwich. Rehearsals start on Sunday 27th April and will be on Sundays and on average 2 weekday evenings per week (schedule to be decided through consultation with the cast) throughout May and June.

This being a Crude Apache production, and therefore non-professional, this is a voluntary undertaking. Nobody will be taking a fee, whether they are a member of the cast, the crew or the production team.

Please PM Joanna Swan or email me to let me know you are coming. I can supply a copy of the script on request. Also please get in touch if you have any questions. Joannayorke@hotmail.com


Auditions for ‘Goodnight Children Everywhere’, next Sunday 15th 1pm – 4pm at Heather Millan School of Dance 47 Cowgate Norwich NR3 1SZ.

Rebecca Wass, Jo Edye and Panda are producing this for performance at Dragon hall in the last week of February 2013.

No need to prepare anything, just turn up – if you want any more info please feel free to add below as a comment.

World War II. Bombs are falling. A twelve year old boy is sent away from his home in South London to Canada; one sister stays at home, the other two are evacuated to Wales. Five years later, in the spring of 1945, now a young man, he returns home. His mother and father are both dead, and his three sisters are waiting anxiously.

Goodnight Children questions what is home, and what constitutes a family when relations are pulled apart by war. Characters needed :
Peter – 17
Betty 21, his sister
Ann 20, his sister
Vi 19, his sister
Mike, early 50’s, married to Ann
Hugh, 40’s
Rose 19, Hugh’s daughter

All ages are playing ages and movable with costume and hair. The auditions will be workshop style with some games and script work. You do not need to prepare anything beforehand.

September news – things are hotting up!


1 – Gammer Gurton’s Needle

Jo Swan has been doing sterling work, putting together an ‘A’ list team and working on the tour schedule. The events team at Norwich City Council have given us their backing and all is looking good. We are now in the process of finalising the tour dates. Casting will take place around early March next year.

2 – Due to a rights issue we are unfortunately unable to perform ‘Kindertransport’, which was our production scheduled for the end of February next year, but fear not, our intrepid director Rebecca Wass has decided instead to put on ‘Goodnight Children Everywhere’ by Richard Nelson, a play that deals with some similar themes.

World War II. Bombs are falling. A twelve year old boy is sent away from his home in South London to Canada; one sister stays at home, the other two are evacuated to Wales.   Five years later, in the spring of 1945, now a young man, he returns home. His mother and father are both dead, and his three sisters are waiting anxiously.

Goodnight Children questions what is home, and what constitutes a family when relations are pulled apart by war. Characters needed :
Peter – 17
Betty 21, his sister
Ann 20, his sister
Vi 19, his sister
Mike, early 50’s, married to Ann
Hugh, 40’s
Rose 19, Hugh’s daughter

All ages are playing ages and movable with costume and hair. The auditions will be workshop style with some games and script work. You do not need to prepare anything beforehand.

The same team (Jo Edye, Panda and Rebecca) will be producing and the venue will still be Dragon Hall from the 24th February next year.

3 – Garage clear out!!! 1pm 29th September, meet at junction of Waterloo Road /Angel Road / Patterson Road in NR3. PLEASE let me know if you’re coming – norwichscreenart@btconnect.com – and we really do need as many people as possible – the store is in a cellar and the plan is to form a human chain and entirely empty the space, the Boudicca team can sort out what they want, we’ll take loads to the tip and sort out what remains into some semblance of order and replace it. If there are enough of us it will be a breeze. Thanking you all in advance. Also anyone with a van or trailer would be very useful for the tip run(s).

4 – 20th Anniversary party. We had one for our tenth and we’d like to have one for our 20th around october next year. We’d like to form a party planning sub committee, so if you’re interested in getting involved in that let me know or come along to the next meeting.

5 – One of our members is at the Maddermarket shortly. ‘Now is the Hour’ with Tim Lane goes up on September 19th for a two week run.

6 – Leighton is going to set up a Crude Apache google calendar – watch this space.

7 – Crude Apache veteran Tom Carver can be seen in his latest filmed outing, presenting The Moving Pictures Guide to Stamping Out Junk Mail, a series of eight short videos, totalling about 23 minutes, for the http://www.stopjunkmail.org.uk/ website.

So if you’d like some helpful advice on trying to stop some of the rubbish that’s shoved through your letter-box and would like to see Tom having a rant and getting hot under the collar about junkmail, give it a look. Look out, too for Tom’s glamorous accomplice.

This is the third film that Tom has made for the stopjunkmail website, following “Hamlet” and
“Secret Past”.

8 – Last call for Boudicca auditions this Sunday 8th at Norwich Arts Centre – 1pm, just turning up is fine, more info on the Common Lot’s facebook page.

Next meeting will be at Jurnets Bar, Wensum Lodge at 8pm on Tuesday 1st October

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