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The Transports outdoors!


Crude Apache Transports3The 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.

Performance dates:

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

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Magnificence by Howard Brenton


Crude Apache presents “MAGNIFICENCE” a play by Howard Brenton.
Wednesday 7th – Saturday 10th June 2017 at 7.30pm. The Shoe Factory Social Club, St. Marys Plain, Norwich NR33AF

A radical new revival of this 1970’s masterpiece by Crude Apache, Norwich’s up close and personal theatre company. Performed amid the stark, industrial backdrop of The Shoe Factory Social Club, “Magnificence” examines what form protest should take and whether violent protest can be meaningful, with a darkly comic edge which will appeal to today’s generation as much as those who lived through the squats and protests of the late seventies.

Read the reviews:

REVIEW: MAGNIFICENCE – EMBRACE THE BUTCHER

http://norwicheye.co.uk/whats-on/norwich-eye-reviews-crude-apache-in-magnificence/

 

News


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

WRAP UP WARM


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….

Theatre meets the real world


A blog by one of our actors shows some insight into real life problems. As a result of this Crude Apache have decided to donate 25% of the profits from Richard III to the homeless charity Emmaus. Please support the show and help suport the homeless
http://joannayorke.wixsite.com/joanna-swan/single-post/2016/11/13/Theatre-meets-the-real-world

Richard III


poster_riii_webCrude Apache present Richard III.
BLOODY THOU ART AND BLOODY SHALL BE THINE END.
In the decaying remains of a disused shoe factory Norwich’s most up-close and personal theatre company will plunge the audience into a post-industrial dystopian setting for this dark tale of treachery, deceit and murder.
Set in a cardboard kingdom in a septic isle, this is a war between two venal houses both alike in degradation, fighting over nothing.
Crude Apache’s production of Richard III explores the dark heart of this most fascinating of Shakespeare’s histories and its charismatic villain as he claws his bloody way to power.

The Shoe Factory Social Club
St. Mary’s Plain
Norwich
NR3 3AF

Wednesday 23rd November – Saturday 3rd December

Tickets now on sale from:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/richard-iii-tickets-27722694325?aff=es2

Richard III


We’re looking for front of house volunteers for Richard III.
We need ushers / bar staff from Tuesday 22nd – Saturday 26th November and from Tuesday 29th November – Saturday 3rd December – comment here or email realjoedye@gmail.com…it’ll be fun!

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

Zastrozzi – the Master of Discipline


Zastrozzi02FLATLowZastrozzi – The Master of Discipline is the latest theatre production from Norfolk’s long established Crude Apache Theatre Company – and one of the most challenging pieces they have staged.

Set in 1893 and loosely based on Percy Bysshe Shelly’s Gothic novella Zastrozzi, the play tells the story of the master criminal of Europe, and his lover Matilda who seek violent revenge upon the artist Verezzi for the murder of Zastrozzi’s mother.

Only the solid form of Verezzi’s tutor Victor and the innocent beauty of Julia, the object of his affections can halt the fulfillment of Zastrozzi’s bloody quest.

Crude Apache’s action packed production of George F Walker’s unflinching play searches out the dark corners of the human psyche and questions the very nature of violence, lust and death. Director Jo Edye was approached by co-director of the Hostry Festival, Peter Barrow, a friend of the Canadian author, to stage the play and eagerly agreed. It is hoped that the writer will visit Norwich to see the show.

The cast of six includes Crude Apache regulars Leighton Williams as Zastrozzi), Tom Francis as the even more evil Bernardo and Tom Butterworth (Verezzi), joined by newcomers Peter Barrow (Victor), Jo Hipperson (Matilda) and Marianne Hayes (Julia).

‘It is a different style of play for us’ said Jo ‘especially when you consider our last production was a poignant comedy drama about Norfolk legend The Singing Postman!’ He continued ‘The play is highly dramatic and features many extreme sword and fist fights. We have engaged the services of not one but two professional fight directors, both fully qualified with the British Academy of Stage & Screen Combat to ensure that the action is realistic.’

The company are especially pleased to be returning to Dragon Hall which will be an imposing and highly atmospheric backdrop for the play – and will allow the audience an intimate close up view as the drama unfolds.

Tickets now on sale from:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/zastrozzi-the-master-of-discipline-tickets-20453764761

Please note that ticket sales via the eventbrite site end at 11.30 am on the day of each performance – for late availability please email: realjoedye@gmail.com

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