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Wednesday 27 November 2013
Help support Salisbury Playhouse in The Big Give Christmas Challenge
Salisbury Playhouse has been selected to take part in The Big Give Christmas Challenge, running from 5 to 18 December, and is aiming to raise £20,000 in online donations which will go towards the 40th Anniversary Campaign. As part of this challenge we are competing for our donations to be matched so we could be in with a chance of raising as much as £40,000. To be in with the best chance of having their donations matched, supporters can donate online at 10am on 5, 6 and 7 December. Donations can be made via www.thebiggive.org.uk and there will be facilities available to donate online at Salisbury Playhouse on 5, 6 and 7 December.
Friday 8 November 2013
Salisbury Playhouse announces spring/summer 2014 season
Public and online booking opens Friday 15 November
- Premiere of Worst Wedding Ever by Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall
- New production of the musical Betty Blue Eyes
- Oh What a Lovely War – a collaboration between Stage ’65 Youth Theatre and Musical Theatre Salisbury
- Theatre Fest West – third annual celebration of theatre from the region
Salisbury Playhouse has announced its Spring/Summer 2014 season which includes the premiere of a new play by Dorset-based Chris Chibnall, who created ITV’s Broadchurch, the most talked about television drama of 2013.
Worst Wedding Ever is a humorous story of a mother who enlists the whole family to help make her daughter’s wedding day one she’ll never forget. With a marquee in the back garden, a hand-me-down dress, the pub band and two fully-functioning Portaloos, surely the day will pass without a hitch? This production, kindly sponsored by Frank and Elizabeth Brenan, is directed by Salisbury Playhouse’s Artistic Director, Gareth Machin, and runs from Thursday 27 March to Saturday 19 April.
Stiles and Drewe’s Betty Blue Eyes is one of the finest and funniest new British musicals of recent years. Based on Alan Bennett’s film A Private Function, it was originally staged in the West End by Cameron Mackintosh. This brand new production is co-produced with Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse, Mercury Theatre Colchester and West Yorkshire Playhouse and runs from Thursday 24 April to Saturday 17 May.
Salisbury Playhouse’s Stage ’65 Youth Theatre will join forces for the first time with Musical Theatre Salisbury to present Joan Littlewood’s musical entertainment Oh What a Lovely War. Directed by Mark Powell, the production runs from Monday 4 to Saturday 9 August, opening on the 100th anniversary of Britain’s entry into the First World War.
Theatre Fest West will once again celebrate the most imaginative theatre from the South West region with events taking place at Salisbury Playhouse, Salisbury Arts Centre and Trowbridge Arts during April and May. Full listings will be announced early in the new year.
The Main House season also includes a new production of the classic psychological thriller Gaslight, Patrick Hamilton’s drama of murder and mind games. This is directed by Edward Dick and runs from Thursday 6 February to Saturday 1 March.
The Playhouse will welcome touring productions of Sebastian Faulks’ acclaimed novel Birdsong, Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales and As You Like It presented by Bristol-based Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory.
Meanwhile, The Salberg will host a selection of the best contemporary dramas including Bristol-based Wardrobe Ensemble with their new play about the 2010 Chilean miner crisis, 33, Out of Joint’s production of the spy thriller Ciphers and the award-winning Dark Vanilla Jungle performed by Game of Thrones’ Gemma Whelan.
Back by popular demand, Romeo & Juliet: Unzipped unravels Shakespeare’s tale of teenage passion in a specially designed production for Key Stage 3 students. This production will also be presented at The Egg in Bath.
There is a variety of theatre for young people including performances in the Main House from BBC TV favourites Charlie and Lola in Charlie and Lola’s Best Bestest Play whilst in The Salberg there are adaptations of Anne Fine’s Care of Henry and Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen.
Public booking opens on Friday 15 November with tickets available from the box office on 01722 320333 or from www.salisburyplayhouse.com.
Monday 14 October 2013
Busy first month for the BTEC Acting students – and there’s still time for budding actors to join the course
The first students have started on the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts, jointly delivered by Wiltshire College and Salisbury Playhouse, and have had a busy first few weeks.
They have already taken to the stage alongside Salisbury Playhouse’s Mind the Gap for a production of the specially commissioned 60s Stories and are now busy preparing a performance in response to the current Salberg double bill Elegy for a Lady and The Yalta Game before creating a Christmas show. For those keen to join them, there are a few places available on this year’s course for entry before the November cut off. Male students are particularly welcome.
All students on the course are taught by a team of acting, directing and technical professionals who are expert in their field. As well as performing, the students have the opportunity to watch productions, observe professional rehearsals and design presentations, attend talks with directors, actors and creative teams, and gain work experience.
Course Leader, Marnie Forbes Eldridge, explains “The students create at least two performances a term and work with different actors, directors and creative teams. This is a unique insight into the world of Salisbury Playhouse and it is not too late to join the current students. If you would like to learn from the professionals in a producing theatre whilst gaining a qualification please get in touch.”
The BTEC is a unique partnership programme, designed as a high quality, industry relevant training programme and is for those aged 16-19 who are considering a career in acting or associated professions. The course gives students the opportunity to experience Salisbury Playhouse, one of the country’s leading producing theatres, from within.
Iona Johnson, 17, is studying for her BTEC and says “I feel privileged to be a part of this unique opportunity, working around industry professionals in a producing theatre. I am thoroughly enjoying this exciting course and being taught by enthusiastic, dedicated tutors”.
To apply or for further information please contact Marnie Forbes Eldridge at email@example.com or ring 01722 320117 by Thursday 31 October.
Tuesday 1 October 2013
Free exhibition to mark 70 years of theatre in Salisbury
A special week-long exhibition to celebrate 70 years of theatre in Salisbury will be opened by Christopher Biggins at Salisbury Playhouse on Monday 21 October.
Taking place in the foyer areas from Monday 21 to Saturday 26 October, Down Memory Lane is a rare opportunity to view fascinating memorabilia, including props, costumes and photographs, from the original Garrison Theatre, the Salisbury Arts Theatre and the current Playhouse in Malthouse Lane.
The free exhibition will be open every day from 10am to 4pm with experts, including the Playhouse’s Volunteer Archivists Arthur Millie and Jane Ware, available to answer questions.
To complement the exhibition there will be a number of special events. On Thursday 24 October there will be a special lunch and an audience with former Theatre Manager Alan Corkill. On Saturday 26 October there is the opportunity to enjoy an afternoon cream tea accompanied by Arthur Millie and former Playhouse photographer Peter Brown, whilst in the evening there will be a dinner accompanied by a question and answer session with a panel of Playhouse experts, including actress Sonia Woolley and Arthur Millie.
Down Memory Lane runs from Monday 21 to Saturday 26 October from 10am to 4pm daily. Entry to the exhibition is free but there is entry charged for the special events. For more information please contact the box office on 01722 320333.
Thursday 19 September 2013
Stories from the 1960s
Audiences can step back in time to the 1960s as Mind the Gap presents 60s Stories, an evening of drama, mime and poetry collated by David Haworth in The Salberg at Salisbury Playhouse on Wednesday 25 September.
60s Stories is based on the stories, memories and experiences of members of Salisbury Playhouse’s Mind the Gap, which have been collected over the past six months as part of the Heritage Lottery Fund’s All Our Stories project.
Joining members of Mind the Gap for this one-off event will be students from Salisbury Playhouse’s BTEC Performing Arts course, accompanied by live music from the BTEC Music students at Wiltshire College.
To coincide with the performance, a display of Mind the Gap’s work, images and objects will be in the Hawkings Lounge at Salisbury Playhouse from 23 September to mid-October.
60s Stories is in the Salberg for one night only on Wednesday 25 September. To book your FREE ticket please ring the Box Office on 01722 320333.
Mind the Gap provides weekly workshops for over 50s who wish to develop drama and movement skills. For more information please contact Eugenia Whitby on 01722 345165.
Thursday 12 September 2013
Vote for us in national competition
Salisbury Playhouse has been nominated for the Most Welcoming Theatre Award in Association with Classic FM as part of the annual UK Theatre Awards.
For the first time the winning theatre will be decided by a public vote via the Classic FM website and Salisbury Playhouse is encouraging local people to vote.
Voting opens on Thursday 12 September and votes can be placed by visiting www.classicfm.com/theatre. All votes must be received by Monday 30 September in preparation for the UK Theatre Awards ceremony on Sunday 20 October in London.
The UK Theatre Awards are the only nationwide awards to honour outstanding achievement in regional theatre throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Sebastian Warrack, Executive Director of Salisbury Playhouse says “Salisbury Playhouse entertains over 100,000 people each year and we are delighted to have the chance to compete for this prestigious award. This is a superb way for our audiences and the local community to show the country how much Salisbury Playhouse means to them”.
Wednesday 28 August 2013
Salisbury Playhouse offers apprenticeships
For the first time we are offering two apprenticeships, giving young people the opportunity to train in either technical theatre or administration.
These one year positions will enable two people to work alongside theatre professionals in one of Britain’s leading producing theatres, with an on-site scenery workshop, costume department and props store. The apprentices will undertake nationally recognised training accredited by Wiltshire College.
The Technical Theatre apprenticeship is open to those aged 18-24 years and the successful applicant will work with both the stage and electrics departments, increasing their knowledge of sound, lighting, flying scenery and working as part of the backstage team.
The Community Arts Administrator apprenticeship is open to those aged 16-18 years and the chosen candidate will work with the Participation department, offering administrative support and assisting on a wide range of community projects.
Sebastian Warrack, Executive Director, says “As a publicly funded organisation we take very seriously our responsibility to harness emerging talent and develop the creative skills of the next generation to ensure the success of both our business and the wider cultural sector, one of the fastest growing in the economy. We look forward to welcoming the apprentices to join our team in the autumn.”
The apprenticeships add to the range of training opportunities currently provided by Salisbury Playhouse, including work placements, Arts Awards and the BTEC Performing Arts that is being delivered in partnership with Wiltshire College.
For more details and an application form click here. The closing date for completed applications is Friday 6 September.
Thursday 22 August 2013
Get on your bike for Cycle to Work Day
Salisbury Playhouse is encouraging employees to pledge to cycle to work on Thursday 12 September as part of national Cycle to Work Day.
This day aims to see more than a million people from across the UK, including multiple gold medal winning Paralympian Dame Sarah Storey, taking part in the biggest ever national Cycle to Work Day. Supported by British Cycling, Sustrans, The Bicycle Association, Business in the Community and championed by Dame Sarah Storey, Cycle to Work Day aims to highlight the benefits of cycling as a means of transport and encourage more people to cycle more frequently.
Census data shows that 760,000 people nationwide now cycle to work regularly, an increase of 110,000 from 2001.
Frank Kenny, Volunteer Sustainability Champion, says “This initiative fits very well with our sustainability programme and helps us to reduce our overall environmental impact. The added benefits are that you get gentle exercise before and after work, you get to see our great city at street level and best of all it is absolutely free!”
For more information on how to get involved please visit www.cycletoworkday.org
Friday 9 August 2013
South West theatre companies invited to join regional celebration
Salisbury Playhouse is calling out to South West theatre companies and performers to take part in Theatre Fest West 2014 – a celebration of the most imaginative theatre from the region.
Over four and a half thousand people enjoyed last year’s Theatre Fest West and, now in its third year, the 2014 festival will be bigger and better than ever with events taking place at Salisbury Playhouse, Salisbury Arts Centre and Trowbridge Arts.
Submissions are being accepted for productions that are available during March and April 2014 and Salisbury Playhouse would like to hear from artists and companies that are either based in or have stories to tell about the South West.
Companies that have performed at Theatre Fest West in the past include Penzance-based Squashbox, Everyman Theatre Cheltenham and Exeter-based Theatre Alibi. Performances have also taken place in more unusual spaces, such as Kilter Theatre’s The Last Post which was performed in a converted Luton van parked outside the Playhouse.
Mark Powell, Associate Director at Salisbury Playhouse, says “Theatre Fest West is fast becoming an important part of the theatre calendar. It allows us to celebrate the wide variety of excellent work that is produced within the South West and gives us the opportunity to collaborate with both local venues and theatre practitioners from across the region”.
Submissions are welcome from professional, student and amateur companies but they must have work ready to showcase. Companies interested in taking part in Theatre Fest West 2014 should e-mail Mark Powell at firstname.lastname@example.org with a summary of the production and company and details of the scale and costings. The deadline for submissions is 31 August 2013.
Friday 2 August 2013
Playhouse practitioner wins award
We are delighted that Participation Associate Practitioner Rebecca Seymour was joint winner for the Arts and Health South West Individual Award 2013. Rebecca has been working with Mind the Gap, our weekly drama and movement workshop for over 50s, for the last two years as well as running other Playhouse activities based at the hospital or in community centres.
Mark Powell, Associate Director, says “We are thrilled for Rebecca. Her work with the Playhouse and our partners provides stimulating and healthy opportunities for much of the community in Salisbury and the surrounding area.”
Friday 28 June 2013
Shout about how much your theatre means to you
Salisbury Playhouse has signed up to My Theatre Matters, a national campaign run by Equity, The Stage and the TMA, that encourages people to shout about how much their local theatre matters to their community.
Show your support or find out more about how you can spread the word by visiting www.mytheatrematters.com or pick up a leaflet from our foyer.
Thursday 27 June 2013
Start Secondary! students present their work
Today we are welcoming Oak Lodge School, The Clarendon Academy and Pewsey Vale School to perform at Salisbury Playhouse as part of Start Secondary!, Salisbury Playhouse’s secondary school project.
Running for the first time, the project has taken place throughout this academic year, engaging students with Salisbury Playhouse and its practitioners through focused workshops. Students have experienced a variety of activities and today they are able to share their work with participants from other schools.
For more information on the project please contact Eugenia Whitby on 01722 320117.
Thursday 20 June 2013
Beginners Please! participants take to the stage
Beginners Please! is our nationally celebrated Participation project aimed at key stages 1 and 2 (ages 5-11).
The project offers young people the opportunity to follow the work of the Playhouse over an academic year, learning about the people who work there and the skills they need, whilst taking part in workshops and producing their own play to perform in the Salberg Studio.
This year 560 pupils from 10 schools have taken part in Beginners Please! and we are delighted to be welcoming them all to Salisbury Playhouse over the next week to perform their plays.
More information regarding Beginners Please! can be found in the Participate section of our website.