Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Basil! Basil? Where are you Basil? - Fawlty Castings

We're so excited to be producing Fawlty Towers this autumn. The show is due to be on stage at the Guildhall in the last week of November. Will you be on stage too?

Casting for all roles will take place on Tuesday 28th and Thursday 30th July, at 7.30pm at our rehearsal venue, The Green Room. You don't need to prepare anything for the audition - apart from perfecting your Sybil voice or your Manuel accent. Think you've got what it takes to play Basil? Come and show us!

All the parts - and there are 28 in all - are being cast so don't miss out on your chance to be part of the Fawlty fun. Casting is open to all and you are welcome to join us whether you are a member or not. This show is bound to be a classic!

Saturday, 30 May 2015

Readings for 2016 Plays

Help to choose the society’s plays for 2016 – your feedback counts. All readings begin at 7.30pm in the Green Room, all on Tuesdays.

Here's what's coming up:

2nd June – One Man, Two Guvnors by Richard Bean. 6m 3f.
Brand new release, so we may be able to claim a regional premiere! Touted as the funniest show in the world when on West End and Broadway stages, this show covers verbal wit, farcical action and slapstick comedy. Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, but Roscoe is really Rachel posing as her own dead brother, who’s been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers. Francis takes a second job with Stubbers, who is hiding from the police and waiting to be re-united with Rachel. To prevent discovery, Francis must keep his two guvnors apart. Confused?

9th June – Season’s Greetings by Alan Ayckbourn. 5m 4f
A strong seasonal option for November 2016 is ever-popular Ayckbourn with his edgy comedies. It’s Christmas with Neville and Belinda’s not-so-happy family. Petty squabbles break out, and some not so petty. Hilarious highlights include a chaotically incompetent puppet show and a midnight love scene among the Christmas presents.

16th June – The Vicar of Dibley by Richard Curtis, adapted by GDS. Cast depends on episodes.
With the popular sitcom revived on BBC this year, the time might be right for this show. We will read three episodes from the first series to see if the idea has legs! When Dibley’s new vicar turns out to be a woman, the head of the parish council is out to get rid of her. But can vicar Geraldine’s bubbly personality and warm heart win through?

23rd June – Cheshire Cats by Gail Young. 3m 7f.
A hugely popular title on the amdram circuit, this show has the air of Calendar Girls about it. Hilary, Siobhan, Yvonne, Vicky and Maggie are attempting to walk 13 miles across the capital in record time in their decorated bras, but the 6th member of the team doesn't seem to meet the physical criteria! Cheshire Cats is a cross between a girls night out and a real mission to support a cause close to many hearts, with plenty of laughs and a few tears along the way

30th June – Muddy Cows by John Godber. Casting breakdown TBC
Another brand new release which may enable us to claim a regional premiere. A surgeon, a farmer, a vet, a beautician, a primary school teacher, a social worker and a solicitor: on the face of it, they don’t seem to have much in common. But these are the Muddy Cows – a team of female rugby players with all the courage, passion and commitment of their male counterparts. And absolutely none of the cash, back-up or kit...

7th July – Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare
People have suggested Shakespeare plays for years, but we’ve always shied away from them. Here’s a chance to stretch our legs and see if we can handle the Bard! One of the favourite Shakespeare comedies. Benedick and Beatrice are tricked into confessing their love for each other, and Claudio is tricked into rejecting Hero at the altar on the erroneous belief that she has been unfaithful. Benedick and Beatrice join forces to set things right, sealing the ending with a double wedding.

Please note, these are social readings only, NOT castings

Thursday, 9 April 2015

New video for 'Out of Order' - meet 'Tricky Dicky' Willey!

Our next play is 'Out of Order' by Ray Cooney, the "master of British farce". This is the first play of our 2015 70th Anniversary season. We've been creating fantastic theatre in Grantham for seven decades and we still love it.

It's back to the 1980s for our pre-election show, poking fun at the shenanigans of the Westminster crowd. A little light relief amongst the election coverage!

'Out of Order follows the exploits of scandal-ridden junior MP Richard 'Dicky' Willey. He's not only skiving off a crucial debate, he's trying to have an illicit affair with an opposition secretary! When a dead body, his wife and interfering hotel staff turn up, the scene is set for a classic farce.

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To help us get in the mood, we created a new parody video featuring our cast and recreating the brilliant 80s music video for Robert Palmer's song 'Addicted to Love'.

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Friday, 3 April 2015

Blackadder Goes Forth nominated for NODA award

We're thrilled to announce that the National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA) has nominated our last show, 'Blackadder Goes Forth' for a coveted production award.

This nomination recognises the high standard achieved by our cast, crew and director in bringing this challenging show to the stage. NODA production awards celebrate the overall achievement of the entire show.

The show's director, Helen Pack, said: "This is so thrilling. It's a cliché but it really is an honour just to be nominated! The whole team worked incredibly hard on this production, including the technical team at the Guildhall, and we're proud of the high standard we achieved. This nomination is the icing on the cake!"

The winner of the award for the East Midlands region will be announced at a NODA event in June.

You don't want to miss our next production - 'Out of Order' by Ray Cooney. Find out more on our latest production page.

Friday, 6 February 2015

Help work out 'Who Killed Cupid' this Valentine's

GDS is helping to raise funds for St Barnabas Hospice again by performing a murder mystery dinner on Friday, 13th February. As a Valentine's night out, this event will certainly be a conversation starter!

Set in glamorous Hollywood, the mystery surrounds the murder of actress Joan Bollins' latest fiancé, Valentine Cupid. But which of the motley cast of characters is guilty?

Could it be sound effects wiz Mike Dupp (played by John Skerritt who starred as Blackadder in our latest show), or Tony Deff the dreadful singing gondolier (played by Bryan Scatchard aka General Melchett in Blackadder Goes Forth). Or could the guilty party be singer Zoe Prano, movie director Symour Films, or crazy relative Lucinda Marbles?

Join us at the Masonic Hall at 7.30pm on 13th February (tickets must be purchased in advance) to embark on this comic adventure, and see if you will spot whodunit.

Tickets can be booked online at any time from St Barnabas Hospice.