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.
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.
Jo Edye has been nominated for the Theatre Award at the Norfolk Arts Awards in October.
Jo co-founded Crude Apache in 1994.
Writing, directing and producing, he cut his teeth with ‘The Street’, the story of Norwich’s Argyle Street squat, and ‘Singing the Postman’, about Norfolk musician Allan Smethurst.
Based at Norwich’s iconic Dragon Hall, he directed a string of acclaimed productions – ‘Under Milk Wood’ (2011), Arnold Wesker’s ‘Roots’ (2012), Peter Bellamy’s ‘The Transports’ (2013), ‘Macbeth’ (2014), and George F. Walkers ‘Zastrozzi’. (2016).
He was the driving force behind Crude Apache’s recent season at The Shoe Factory Social Club – a dystopian ‘Richard the Third’ and a politically charged revival of Howard Brenton’s ‘Magnificence’.
Jo is currently writing a play charting the history of the Broads Wherries.
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 (email@example.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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Have a lovely Xmas everyone, and hope to see lot’s of you in the new year
Please wrap up warm if you’re coming to see Richard III at the Shoe Factory, we do have heaters but it does get a little chilly later in the evening – fully licensed bar and hot drinks are available….