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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

Richard III

poster_riii_webCrude Apache present Richard III.
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

Wednesday 23rd November – Saturday 3rd December

Tickets now on sale from:

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…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……


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.

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Singing the Postman


Crude Apache
Singing the Postman
a 70 minute musical play
Three men are stranded on a rainy night in rural East Anglia.
Can they find their way to Framlingham? Will they discover each others dark secrets? And why are they all wearing postmans uniforms?
Crude Apache’s new show celebrates the life and songs of Norfolk’s own Allan Smethurst, the Singing Postman, in a light-hearted musical tale of love, loss and smoking.
Saturday 24th October – Coronation Hall, Mundesley (£5 – 01603 630530 or on the door)
Wednesday 28th October – The Atrium, North Walsham (£8/£5 – 01692 218060)
Thursday 29th October – Fisher Theatre, Bungay (£8/£5 – 01986 897130)
Wednesday 4th November – Tithe Barn, Horstead (£5 – 01603 7374950Thursday 5th – Saturday 7th November – The Guildhall, Norwich (£8 – 01603 305575)
All 8pm except Friday 6th which is at 9pm following the fireworks

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