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).

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Casting for 'One Man, Two Guvnors'

Join us for castings of One Man, Two Guvnors, our production for May 2016. Casting readings are on Tuesday 19th and Thursday 21st January, and Tuesday 26th and Thursday 28th, 7.30pm at the Green Room.

One Man, Two Guvnors was a recent hit show in the West End, on UK tour and on Broadway, adapted by Richard Bean from 'The Servant of Two Masters' by Carlo Goldoni. It's fresh to the amateur market and we will be among the first to perform the play. Set in Brighton in the 60s, the show follows Frances Henshall as he tries to keep his two bosses happy and away from each other.

All roles are open - including director (please get in touch for an informal chat if you'd like to be considered for director). There are various parts for men and women, and feel free to bring friends along.

Male, 20s to 40s, energetic, physical role, the Man with two Guvnors, food-orientated and quick(ish) thinking
Charlie “The Duck” Clench  
Male, 50s, lives in Brighton but originally from London. Bit of a wide-boy!
Lloyd Boateng                       
Jamaican male, 20s to 70s, friend of Clench
Pauline Clench                      
Clench’s daughter, 20s, bubbly but none too bright
Harry Dangle
Male, 60s, crooked solicitor, from Brighton, but trying to be posh
Male, 20s, aspiring actor in the ham tradition
Female, 30s, employee of Clench, Francis’ love interest
Rachel Crabbe                       
Female, 20s to 30s, Londoner, 1st master to Francis
Stanley Stubbers                  
Male, 20s to 30s, privately educated, Francis’ 2nd master
Male waiter, highly physical role, age flexible, small but memorable role

Other waiters, porters, police and others… Oh, and a skiffle band ideally!

Need inspiration? Check out this video!