Friday, 22 June 2012

RAIN DOESN'T STOP PLAY






What a lovely atmosphere there was in Wigton yesterday. Despite the miserable, relentless rain hundreds of people packed the path of the Olympic torch and cheered runners, buses and the friendly police outriders.

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

OUR REVELS NOW ARE ENDED ...



... and these our actors, 
As I foretold you, were all spirits and 
Are melted into air, into thin air: 
....
And, like this insubstantial pageant faded, 
Leave not a rack behind.

Well, a bit of a rack actually- after the last night party- the pizza, the wine, the cheese and the amazing cake- thanks Charlotte! 

But the real heroes cleared it all up on Sunday afternoon- like so much else that is important- it goes on quietly, and behind the scenes.

This is the first time I have worked with a local amateur theatre company, and I hope it won't be the last. This post is by way of a personal thank you to Wigton Theatre Club- to the actors and all the other people who made The Throstle's Nest a performance to remember, and made me, a stranger to many of them, feel like one of the family. 

To actors Donna, Dean, Jen, Jordan- the Wigton Theatre Club regulars- and to Rowan and Elli who heeded the call; to Mary, Dennis, Kath and Mike who came in later and made the whole thing possible- you were all such troopers!


To Pat for getting the Throstle off the page and onto the boards;


To Liz, who did so much behind the scenes, and did an amazing job with costumes- so many periods- so many changes! To Charlotte for the way she organised us all;


To Paul and John who worked on set and lighting; to Liam who was such a cool sound and lighting man;


To Laura, Alison, Shona and Elise for their amazing set painting;


And thank you all for all the extras, because nobody does just one job in the theatre; but above all, thank you for your friendship and all the laughs along the way.


Finally, a really big thank you to my fellow playwrights- all of whom did far more than me- I was more of a go-between. To Martin for his wit and for the gift to the rest of us of Seth; Julia for such a touching pair of young lovers; Heather for the ideas about unfulfilled love; Rick for cool judgement, great dialogue and the idea of the brooch; Liz for constant hard work, and a stunning sequence of scenes. I enjoyed working with you all, and I am sure that what we produced was a deal more than the sum of its parts.


When's the next one?



Saturday, 9 June 2012

CALDBECK: NEW SOLWAY ARTS EVENT

Saturday, 23rd June at 7.30 at CALDBECK PARISH HALL
TRIO LITERATI AND THEATRE OF THE DALES 

A recital of Dylan Thomas' 
UNDER MILK WOOD 
adapted by David Robertson

plus

Helene Hanff's  
84 CHARING CROSS ROAD 
witty New York/London letters that lend a touching nuance to the term book-lovers

Tickets:
  • On the door: £8.00
  • Paid in Advance: £6.00
  • Solway Arts: £5.00
  • Under 18s half price
From:
  • Kirkland Stores Caldbeck
  • Wigton Library
  • Billy Bowman's Cockermouth 
Brass Band Concerts at St Mary's Church Wigton,  2.30:
(dates to be confirmed)
  • July 1st: Whitehaven Brass Band
  • August 5th: Cleator Moor Band
  • September 1st: to be arranged
Annual Art and Craft Exhibition : August 11th - 27th at Allhallows, Fletchertown
If you are interested in exhibiting (you must be willing and able to steward too) please let Nigel Sidaway know by 2th June- Gill House, Bromfield, CA7 3ND




Friday, 8 June 2012

GREAT FIRST NIGHT!

    Thanks to cast and crew, the first performance of The Throstle's Nest went down a storm ... and it was a sell-out. More pics below. Thanks again to Trevor Grahamslaw!
Kath Graham

Mary Heslam

Donna Stephenson

Rowan Reed and Dean Ostle


Wednesday, 6 June 2012

PHOTOS OF THE THROSTLE'S NEST

Thanks to Trevor Grahamslaw for these great pictures of The Throstle's Nest dress rehearsal: