One Act Play Competition

The LADS are thrilled to be taking part once again in the MCDA One-Act Play Festival. 

Catch lots of local talent at this fantastic festival which takes place at Berriew Community Centre on 1st - 4th April. Each evening you will have a chance to watch a variety of one-act plays, starting at 7pm - with the final adjudication and awards taking place on the last night. 

The LADS entry is 'Choice', written by our very own Margaret Kynaston. Wish us luck! 

 

Picture: Marg Kynaston, with John Parkinson, in 'Twelfth Night'

Guess what's back?

It's nearly time for our ever-popular FREE New Year workshop. 

Fancy a go at theatre skills? Want to make new friends? Yearning for something a little bit different to cheer up a grey January day? Then come along to Pant Memorial Hall on Sunday 12th January. The fun starts at 10am and finishes at 4pm. All you need is something for lunch and some comfortable clothes.

We'll be enjoying some silly warm-up games, learning some new acting skills from Jon Buckeridge of Parable Arts, and exploring other roles important to a production, such as stage management and publicity. There will be no pressure - just a lot of fun and a warm welcome. (Children are welcome but must bring a tame adult with them)

 

Far from the Madding Crowd

Bathsheba Everdene is young, spirited and beautiful. She is accustomed to being admired. She has already rejected the advances of her loyal friend and shepherd, Gabriel Oak, and of an older, wealthier man who is completely besotted with her. Like the young Queen Victoria, who has just taken the reigns of Empire, Bathsheba intends to run her farm with strength and determination. But then she encounters the dashing Sergeant Troy – and for once, Bathsheba is no longer in control.

Thomas Hardy’s famous novel explores the lives and loves of ordinary people, firmly rooted in the seasonal calendar of rural England. With feelings running so high and Hardy at the helm, tragedy is almost inevitable. But will Bathsheba survive all that fate is about to throw at her? And can she find lasting love?

The LADS production of Far from the Madding Crowd is directed by Alison Utting (Under Milk Wood, The Accrington Pals). It’s a fast-moving telling of the story, accompanied by traditional music of the period, with tunes collected by Hardy himself. With performances at Ellesmere College, Oswestry's KinoKulture and Llanymynech Village Hall, there will be plenty of opportunities to catch this exciting production.

Richard III comes to the Willow Globe

Following a hugely successful debut at Chirk Castle, the LADS are bringing their production of Richard III to the Willow Globe in Rhayadr. This magical space, created from living willow as a miniature of Shakespeare's own theatre, will be a perfect setting for this lavish and energetic production. 

Here are some reviews from our Chirk audiences:

"Are you sure they were amateurs?"

"Lovely version - all the best bits!"

"I didn't think I'd enjoy flipping Shakespeare, but they made it come to life".

"You couldn't have a better evening, a better setting, or a better performance - please thank them!" (From an elderly couple who said that they had been to very many outdoor Shakespeares)

The Willow Globe performances will be on 7th September (evening) and 8th September (matinee). Bring a picnic, enjoy the bar and make the most of a really special venue. 

If you can't make it to Rhayadr, there will be performances at the Walker Theatre (Theatre Severn) in Shrewsbury on 17th and 18th September. Tickets selling fast! 

Far from the Madding Crowd

Our November production will be 'Far from the Madding Crowd', adapted by Matthew White from the novel by Thomas Hardy.

Bathsheba Everdene is young, spirited and beautiful. She is accustomed to being admired. She has already rejected the advances of her loyal friend and shepherd, Gabriel Oak, and of an older, wealthier man who is completely besotted with her. Like the young Queen Victoria, who has just taken the reigns of Empire, Bathsheba intends to run her farm with strength and determination. But then she encounters the dashing Sergeant Troy – and for once, Bathsheba is no longer in control.

Thomas Hardy’s famous novel explores the lives and loves of ordinary people, firmly rooted in the seasonal calendar of rural England. With feelings running so high and Hardy at the helm, tragedy is almost inevitable. But will Bathsheba survive all that fate is about to throw at her? And can she find lasting love?

The LADS production of Far from the Madding Crowd is directed by Alison Utting (Under Milk Wood, The Accrington Pals). It’s a fast-moving telling of the story, accompanied by traditional music of the period, with tunes collected by Hardy himself. With performances at Ellesmere College, KinoKulture independent cinema, and Llanymynech Village Hall, there will be plenty of opportunities to catch this exciting production.

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