As always, we received a wonderful welcome at Kingston Parish Hall for our production of Ibsen’s Ghosts. It was lovely to see so many people coming along to support the cast, who gave their all every night in a pretty challenging piece. Euthanasia, betrayal, lies... Ibsen is not known for his side-splitting humour but Ghosts deals with all the difficult subjects that the middle classes of Ibsen’s time wanted to sweep under the carpet. Huge congratulations to cast and crew for a job well done.
Where’s that girdle..?
A fairy king and queen in the middle of the mightiest row in history – so epic is their argument that it can cause the seasons to slide to a halt. Add four young lovers who can’t seem to decide who to be in love with, a mischievous messenger and a group of handymen who seem to have been entrusted to provide the entertainment at the duke’s upcoming wedding (!) and the scene is set for one of Shakespeare’s most famous comedy.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is certainly getting an airing this year, as theatre companies around the country celebrate Shakespeare 400 – the anniversary of Will’s death. From the spectacle and innovation of the RSC (who are famously including local amateur actors as The Mechanicals) all the way down to community theatres like us, Will’s comedy of love, transformation and reconciliation is being seen by thousands this summer! We have the added privilege of performing in some of the most beautiful spots in our area.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be performed at The Crouch Gardens, Seaford, on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th July, starting at 7.00pm each evening. From Tuesday 12th to Thursday 14th, also at 7.00pm each evening, we will be at Lewes Priory, Cockshut Road, Lewes, before moving to The Village Green, Kingston-near-Lewes, for our Friday 15th and Saturday16th performances, again starting at 7.00pm each evening.
Tickets can be ordered, for all performances, through our Box Office (see Tickets page for details) or also, for The Crouch performances, from Newberry Tully estate agents or Seaford Tourist Information Centre, for Lewes Priory performances, from the Lewes Tourist Information Centre and, for Kingston performances, from our village box office on 01273 474303. For all venues, tickets may also be bought on the door. Do bring a waterproof and something to keep you warm, just in case. Don’t forget something to sit on and, if it’s fine, why not pack a picnic and come down early for an al fresco supper?
Zut alors! Qu’est-ce que c’est?
After Dream in Sussex, we are off to the Tournon Youth Shakespeare Festival with our devised piece, Shakespeare’s Balloon. We’re still looking for young actors (aged 16-30) to participate in this international festival of The Bard. For more information, do get in touch! The Festival is now in its 17th year and draws young actors and theatre-makes from all over the globe to perform their own take on Will’s work, as well as participate in daily workshops run by invited experts.
When we get back from France, we’re off to Norway again, taking the Dream company back to Bergen at the end of July where we will, once again, perform at Bergenshus Fortress.This year, we are also performing at Sverresborg, a hilltop space overlooking the fjords – yes, we’re very lucky!
I look forward to seeing you at a Synergy production soon.