Friday, 2 September 2016

Discover the dark side of Isaac Newton with new play

For this year's Gravity Fields Festival we will perform the world premiere of a new play, The Old Dogg at the Mint. Shown at the last festival as a rehearsed reading, this year we are producing full performances at the King's School. The atmospheric performances will take place in the very room in which Isaac Newton studied as a boy.

In 2014 we took part in a broad heritage project in Grantham called Lincolnshire's Age of Scientific Discovery. The strand in which we were involved was about Isaac Newton's time as the Warden, and later the Master, of the Royal Mint. We worked with a professional writer to research and write a play depicting this period of Newton's history.

It's a little known part of Newton's career, his scientific achievements - perhaps understandably - taking much of the limelight. He spent 30 years running the mint, creating new coins and moving in elevated circles.

One of Newton's first duties was to tackle a crisis in the country's coinage: it was being undermined by counterfeiters with as much as 20% of the circulating coins being forged. Drawn into a dark underworld, Newton would obsessively and doggedly hunt down the coiners. At that time, forging currency was treason and carried the death penalty and Newton was responsible for many criminals being hanged.

Read more on our latest show page, or book tickets now.

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Exciting project for Gravity Fields

Did you know that, following his scientific discoveries, Isaac Newton went on to run the Royal Mint?

As part of the Gravity Fields Festival 2016, this September, GDS will present a full production of The Old Dogg at the Mint. Readings for the production begin on Thursday 23rd June, 7.30pm (at our rehearsal rooms), and are open to all. The play will be performed in the old school room at Grantham's King's School - in the very space that Newton studied.

The play tells the story of Sir Isaac Newton's time there during which he hunted down and prosecuted counterfeiters who were undermining the British economy. The Old Dogg at the Mint explores the darker side of Newton's obsessions and highlights his conflicts with other figures.

The play was written by members of GDS with professional playwright Andy Barrett in 2014 as part of a Heritage Lottery Fund project, Lincolnshire's Age of Scientific Discovery. Members travelled to the Royal Mint in Cardiff as well as conducting research about Newton's time as Warden of the Royal Mint. The play was performed in a rehearsed reading during the 2014 Gravity Fields Festival and was well received.

Please do come along and join the reading on Thursday 23rd June, and each Thursday after, to get involved.

Friday, 3 June 2016

Social readings for 2017 plays

We're already thinking about which shows to put on in 2017 so come along and help us choose! Readings are on Tuesday evenings from 7.30pm at our rehearsal rooms and are a relaxed way to get to know the group. We're always keen to hear suggestions about plays you'd like to see, so do feel free to get in touch with your ideas.

Monday, 28 March 2016

1M2G - See it in Grantham first!

Grantham just got fantastically lucky! We've found out that GDS's production of One Man, Two Guvnors will be the REGIONAL PREMIERE! This means we're the first group in the East Midlands to be performing the show - see it here first.

It's a great privilege to be able to bring this show to you fresh from the West End where it was named 'the funniest show on the planet." James Corden starred in the leading role, making the hectic comedy a huge hit.

Book now and make sure you don't miss out.

Monday, 25 January 2016

Looking for a black actor for ‘One Man’

We want to increase the diversity of GDS’s membership and we’re looking for a black actor to appear in our next play, ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’.

We have always been open to new members from any background and we want to encourage people from all sectors of the community to get involved, especially those that are currently underrepresented. As a starting point, we’ve chosen to perform ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ as our next production which features a Jamaican character, Lloyd Boateng. We’re eager to find someone local to play the part.

As a community group we want to reflect our community, and
encourage more people to get involved whether on stage, backstage or in the audience. For the role of Lloyd we are looking for a black male actor, ideally with a playing age of 30 or above, but anyone is welcome to come and get involved. No experience is necessary, just enthusiasm and commitment and they must be available each evening from the 9th to 14th May as well as most Tuesdays and Thursdays for rehearsals.

Anyone interested in the play should come along to the castings at our rehearsal rooms this week (Tuesday and Thursday, 7.30pm) or get in touch.

(Please note, Section 5(2)(a) of the Race Relations Act 1976 applies).