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Players Theatre London

Donald asks…

Do any West End London Theatre’s accept people for work experience?

Does anyone know of anyone who has done work experience in a theatre in London? Also if it is possible to do work experience there how would you advise that i get in contact with them etc? Obviously acting work experience is impossible so i just want to be doing backstage/front of house things.
Thanks.

TheatrePlayers answers:

What do you mean Acting work experience is impossible, tosh. Probably not in the West End, but that is just the tip of the Acting world in Blighty.

Http://amdram.co.uk/

Check out this site also Google Am Dram and your suburb or Town/Village and see who is closest to you, if you can get a job in the West End good luck but don’t stop there it The Major player but it isn’t the whole acting world.

Ruth asks…

What are some important facts about theater during the Elizabethan era?

It’s for a paper and I just can’t sem to find any good imformation with stuff I can use. Can you please help me?

TheatrePlayers answers:

The Elizabethans built the first permanent theatres in London. There were two kinds of theatres. One was the amphitheatre, which is of the same type as the rebuilt Globe Theatre. The more expensive seats and the stage were both roofed over, but the body of the theatre was open to the sky. The other type was the hall, which was based on the great hall of wealthy people’s houses in which drama ahd been performed for centuries. This type of theatre was smaller than the amphitheatres, but was completely roofed over and therefore more comfortable. Due to their smaller capacity, the tickets cost more in a hall theatre, so that poorer people could not afford to go to them. The cheapest seats at the Globe in 1600, standing in the open air in the yard, cost 1d, which was cheap entertainment. The cheapest seats in the hall houses were 6d, which was half a London artisan’s weekly wage.

The London audience was not only large but relatively well educated. There were, of course, no detailed figures concerning literacy kept at this time, but it seems that in London on 18 percent of apprentices and 3 ppercent of servants could not sign their names, whereas in the provinces in the same social class of people 73 percent may not have been literate. These figures are only a rough and ready estimate, but it deos give an indication that the London audience was liable to appreciate writers like Shakespeare and Marlowe. Theatre audiences were large, even considering London’s growing population. The amphitheatres held about 2,500 people and the halls about 1,000 people and estimates for 1595 suggest that about 15,000 people visited the theatre weekly. The programme changed very frequently, so that the same play was rarely performed on consecutive nights. You could go to the theatre every week and see a different play each time.

The number of plays being staged in London certainly seems to have impressed visitors. Thomas Platter noted that ‘daily at two in the afternoon, London has two, sometimes three plays running in different places, competing with each other, and those which play best obtain most spectators.’ The players certainly had to work for their money as a result. They often performed a different play every day and had to produce new plays frequently. In the 1594/5 season the Admiral’s Men performed six days a week and offered no fewer than thirty-eight plays that season, of which twenty-one were new. Two of the new plays were only given one performance and only eight of the new plays were performed about once a month.

The performance would have taken place in full daylight, unlike today when audiences sit in the dark so all your attenton is naturally focused on the stage. There was no interval and the performance lasted about three hours. This was an age when people could listen to sermons for hours, so presumably they must ahve had more staying power than modern audiences. However, concentrating for the whole time would have been hard work given the distractions, particularly the hawkers who were walking around selling food and drink. Thomas Platter commented that ‘during the performance foodd and drink are carried round the audience so that for what one cares to pay one may also have refreshment.’ The favourite foods seem to have been apples and nuts. For example, in his play Wit Without Money, Fletcher talks of people who ‘crack nuts with the Scholars in penny Rooms again,and fight for apples.’ Cracking nuts seems to have caused the same annoyance that people rustling sweet-papers does today.

The conditions in the theatre were not very comfortable by modern standards but ordinary people of the time can hardly have thought them that bad. Thomas Platter comments that it was possible to pay for cushioned seats at the theatre, but that such seats cost 3d as opposed to the 2d it cost for a wooden bench or 1d it cost to stand in the yard. Most people were used to hard wooden benches as upholstery was a luxury for the wealthy.

Despite the popularity of plays, the professions of both actor and playwright were not highly regarded at the time. Then as now, most members of both professions were certainly not well off and there were still many actors who scraped a living by wandering about the country and who never enjoyed the relatively prosperity of working with a London company. At a time when ‘masterless men’ were mistrusted, actors must have hardly seemed like respectable members of society. The actors working in the permanent theatrres in London were far better off than those who had to tour constantly. At times of plague the theatres were closed, so the actors had to go on the road to make a living. Philip Henslowe’s contract with one of his hired men, William Kendal, states that he is to be paid 10s a week while working in London but only 5s on tour ‘in the country’. This demonstrates how much lower the troupe’s profits were expected to be if they had to go on tour.

George asks…

where can i buy a home cinema?

like a projector, that you plug into your dvd player , and stick at thhe back of a room, and have a pull down screen?
where in the UK (london) can i get this sort of stuff for a reasonable price? thank you!

TheatrePlayers answers:

NEWEGG.com and mail order it in, just make sure it is compatible with UK electrical requirements (voltage).
NEWEGG.com has the best prices and has feedback from buyers that can tell you if the Make, Model, & Merchant are reliable.
If you can not mail order, at least use their prices and quality ratings as a guideline to see what local merchants have, and help keep prices in line.
In the US >Best Buy, and Circuit City are pretty much the places to go for price/quality, but more esoteric brands are available from fewer and more exclusive dealers (ie: more expensive). Not sure about UK, sorry!
A web search should help you find dealers in your area that you can inquire with about the various brands and products.
Surely London has a High-End Home Theatre store, that is where I’d start to learn more, you do not have to buy it there, just jearn about the products available.
Find out more about building and using Home Theatres @ AUDIOHOLIC.com
Good Viewing/Listening >unknownsoundman@yahoo.com
PS: and drink a pint for me!

Thomas asks…

What theatre companies were around in william shakespeare’s time?

Please can soe one tell me because google or live search cant tell me the awnser. Rmember there is points up for grabs!!

TheatrePlayers answers:

Shakespeare’s company was known at various times as: The Earl of Leicester’s Players, Lord Strange’s Men, the Lord Chamberlain’s Company and finally the King’s Men.

There were also The Admiral’s Men and Henslowe’s London Company, among others.

Lizzie asks…

What do you think it was like to be in the Globe Theatre back in medieval times?

Id Imagine it to be a crazy experience. Imagine the cold weather, since structures were not as sound as they are today. And imagine the bathing habits of citizens, considering there wasnt even deodorant….

What do you think it was like.

TheatrePlayers answers:

It wasn’t in Medieval times, it was in the 16th century which is later. The first proper theatre as we know it was called the Theatre, built at Shoreditch, London in 1576; the most famous Elizabethan playhouse was the Globe Theatre (1599).

In those days, there wasn’t as much entertainment provided for people, so going to the playhouse would have been much more popular than it is now. I would imagine it to be a wonderful, riotous, rollicking experience, with all classes of society present from masked ladies of the nobility to the poorest peasants who managed to pay their penny!

The weather was rather colder in England in the 16th century than it is now. (Witnessed by the freezing-over of the Thames river from time to time, though admittedly that was made easier by the obstruction to its flow by old London Bridge.) But in the packed theatres, you would be warmed by body heat. We’ve never had such terribly cold weather on a regular basis that people froze; we have a temperate climate with both cold snaps and very hot, humid summers. These latter would have been worse: imagine wearing all those corsets, layers of material and ruffs then!

Dear Bearstirringfromcave, who always gives such good answers, is right in saying that people did bathe in Elizabethan times, though it wasn’t the way we do it now. “What the eye doesn’t see, the heart doesn’t grieve after” – if you didn’t know anything else, you wouldn’t worry about it! And I can honestly say that I’ve had to move on buses and trains in this day and age because of sweaty smells, and worse! Generally, the rich clothes people wore would have been over linen underwear, which would have been washed regularly. They didn’t have our kind of disposable clothing.

Remember, also, that even though people didn’t have deodorants, there were many flowered waters to rinse oneself with; soap was well-known, although it wasn’t as effective as it is today, and people carried pomanders to hold to their nose. There were also no such ghastly smells as petrol and the pollution we have today. It would all have been much more natural.

Exchange also the smells we have today from fast-food places and other restaurants, and replace them with home-made pies, spiced wines, extinguished candles and torches, and so much more. Imagine the candlelight flickering from the windows as you walked past, rather than the fluorescent and unnatural lighting we have today.

I think that going to the theatre in Elizabethan times would have been a wonderful experience, come rain or shine. You’d see all society, laugh, cry and wonder at the plays while their special effects would have been quite fantastic. Buy something to eat and throw at the players; marvel at the supernatural, and end up perhaps at the tavern for a “pie and a pint”!

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Youth Theatre Company Dublin

Chris asks…

how do i get starting in the acting business?

I live in ireland , i have no experience in acting but i have always had a interest in it and would like to start . the problem is i dont know where to start .. any ideas ?

TheatrePlayers answers:

I can only speak for Dublin, Ireland but my best advice would the Gaiety School of Acting. They have a variety of courses for acting for beginners from camera to stage to theatre company.
Most of the terms run for ten weeks at one class a week for about 3 hours.
If you enjoy them you can progress by taking more advanced classes.
After having done at least one 10 week course within the Gaiety and if you are 16-19 you can then audition for the youth theatre company which runs as a professional theatre company for 3 terms (Sept – Dec, Jan- April, April – June) and then at the end of the year has a full length production in project arts centre.
If you are over 19 there is the Gaiety Theatre Company which runs productions in association with Smock Alley Theatre. You can audition for this company after doing a 10 week course.
If you are under 16, after a 10 week course you can audition for the young performers company.

I attended the Gaiety in temple bar and there are also schools in Bray, Malahide, Navan, Wexford, Castleblayney, Portlaoise, Thurles and Cork. The school is excellent, the facilitators are brilliant. The staff are wonderful.
Its not cheap but its definitely worth the extra 50 compared to other drama schools.
Iv been to a variety of stage schools before studying drama full time in uni and my time in the Gaiety was just priceless.
Sign up now and get ready for a wonderful experience!

Laura asks…

What is Isle of Man like to visit?

What is its culture, people, climate, customs, etc.

TheatrePlayers answers:

Hi from wet misty IOM.
Just home from crown green bowls, a popular game on the island and driving through Santon it was like November.
Fireworks in a minute..

Http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qco7bzUsfv0

Culture is varied . There are 48% Manx and 52% comeovers and stayovers, including Irish English Scots Welsh Poles Romanians, a few Chinese and Indians.
There isn’t a mainland from here.. There’s ‘across’ which is across the water.

The buses are pretty reliable We’ve got some new Mercedes buses too. Last buses leave around 2250 and there’s a night owl at weekends.
A new one arriving off the ferry Ben my Chree (Girl of my Heart)

http://www.energyfm.net/cms/Bus%20Vannin%20new%20bus______________________________________________041b890382ae97e27571369c54c205f1wi640he480moletterboxbgwhite____.JPG

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There is an electric railway to Ramsay, a steam railway to Port Erin, and a electric tram to the summit of Snaefell when the weather is reasonable enough
The steam locos are the original Thomas the Tank Engines. The stories are set in Sodor.
The Bishop here is the Bishop of Sodor and Man.

Http://www.iomguide.com/rail/events/thomas-tank-weekend.php

The IOM steam Packet Company runs ferries to Liverpool Heysham Dublin and Belfast. There is an airport with connections to airports all over the British Isles..

The highlight of the year for many is the TT races, with thousands coming over for it, many from abroad.
37 1/.4 miles on normal roads, through towns and villages, over the mountain and back to the grandstand in 20 minutes a lap for the leaders and over 200mph on the Sulby Straight.
Turn the volume down before watching…it shrieks!!

Http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxHzwWndtvk

The Southern Hundred bike races are popular too

Manx culture is Celtic and Viking but mostly the island is just like across now.
Traffic, offices, rainy lunch break, crowded main shopping street on Saturdays, can’t move in Tesco Friday evening, scream at the ref on the TV match of the day in the Rovers, sink another pint of Okells the local big brewery or Bushey’s lovely offerings, which is a very nice independent brewery.
Good beers, no chemical beers allowed,

http://www.bushys.com/brewery/

The commercial fishing was mostly for herring and queenies.There isn’t as much now but we have a queenie festival every year

http://queeniefestival.com/

There is a Viking festival and longboat race at Peel every year.
Peel is the Manxiest place left on the island and has a good castle.
Another excellent one is Castle Rushen in the south at Castletown which is decorated as near as possible as it would have been in medieval times..

Http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWnPi6u8aWU

There are brass bands, choirs, and a national youth orchestra and ceilidhs with traditional instruments and Manx dance, plus discos and clubs,quiz nights, karaoke etc and a very good Victorian theatre, the Gaiety, very well preserved….
The other big venue is the Villa Marina just along the prom.
Both have websites.
These folks are friends. After a few minutes of it you’ll know you’ve got legs.
Traditional Manx dance. Good winter warmer.

Http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1odRgFtuoYo

The fishing is OK off the rocks, better with a boat, and there are snooker and darts leagues, football and rugby including women’s teams, shooting, a National Sports Centre (NSC) with a large swimming pool and an excellent track, and the Island takes part in the Island Games and hosts them and has hosted the Commonwealth Youth Games.

Mark Cavendish is Manx and we met at times on the roads years ago when he did his training rides here on the hills but he got a little bit better than I did haha, not that I’m a racer anyway, more of a touring cyclist but some roads here ….well, you just can’t resist a good head down and goooooo.
Worse now though with more traffic around.
From Snaefell summmit you can see 7 kingdoms on a good day..
Kingdom of the Sea (Neptune’s), Scotland, Ireland , Wales, England, Mann (double n), and the Kingdom of Heaven.
The last three trips I saw around 100 yards as the tram appeared through the clouds haha

http://www.annierak.hoofbags.me.uk/images/snaefellfog.jpg

http://www.hows.org.uk/personal/rail/wwr/tram/smr2.jpg

The tram leaves from Laxey which has the world’s largest working water wheel, called Lady Isabella.
There is a Manx language school at St John’s, the only one in the world where all the teaching is in Manx gaelic.
Gaelic is not a language. It is a group of languages which includes the dialects of Irish (Munster and Derry), Scots gaelic, Manx gaelic etc
There’s more but Y! Says it was too long…groan
Look up the water wheel. For what’s on and local news, links for the ferry and airport etc put ‘IOMtoday’ in the search box. For webcams including the mountain put ‘webcams IOM’.
Failte erriu—you’re welcome
Aigh vie….good luck.
Anuthrun yessir…another pint of Busheys please

Charles asks…

what happen in 1882-1941 at Ireland?

in the 1882-1941 at Ireland, famous Author James Joyce was alived. i want know, when James Joys while one lives what happen in the world or Ireland and what infulence to he’s works.

TheatrePlayers answers:

Joyce, James, 1882—1941, Irish novelist. Perhaps the most influential and significant novelist of the 20th cent., Joyce was a master of the English language, exploiting all of its resources. His novel Ulysses, which is among the great works of world literature, utilizes many radical literary techniques and forms.

Life and Works

The eldest of ten children born in a Dublin suburb, Joyce was educated at Jesuit schools–Clongowes Wood College in Clane (1888—91) and Belvedere College in Dublin (1893—99)–and then attended University College in Dublin (1899—1902). Although a brilliant student, he was only sporadically interested in the official curriculum. In 1902 he lived briefly in Paris and returned to the Continent in 1904 with Nora Barnacle, the woman who would eventually become his wife. For the next 25 years Joyce, Nora, and their children lived at various times in Trieste, Zürich, and Paris.

Joyce returned to Ireland briefly in 1909 in a futile attempt to start a chain of motion picture theaters in Dublin, and again in 1912 in an unsuccessful attempt to arrange for the publication of the short story collection Dubliners, which had to be abandoned due to fears of prosecution for obscenity and libel. Although the plates were destroyed, Dubliners was finally published in England in 1914. A short volume of poetry, Chamber Music, was his first published volume; it appeared in 1907. He published two subsequent volumes of poetry, Pomes Pennyeach (1927) and Collected Poems (1937).

Joyce and his family spent the years of World War I in Zürich, where he finished his novel A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. It first appeared in The Egoist, a periodical edited by Harriet Shaw Weaver, and was published in book form in 1916. In 1917, Joyce contracted glaucoma; for the rest of his life he would endure pain, periods of near blindness, and many operations. At this time he also wrote his only play, the Ibsenesque Exiles (1918).

Ulysses, written between 1914 and 1921, was published in parts in The Little Review and The Egoist, but Joyce encountered the same opposition to publishing the novel in book form that he had confronted with Dubliners. It was published in Paris in 1922 by Shakespeare & Company, a bookstore owned by Sylvia Beach, an American expatriate. Its publication was banned in the United States until 1933. For many years he lived mainly on money donated by patrons, notably Harriet Shaw Weaver.

From 1922 until 1939 Joyce worked on Finnegans Wake (1939), a complex novel that attempts to connect multiple cycles of Irish and human history into the framework of a single night’s events in the family of a Dublin publican. In 1931 Joyce finally married Nora. Her practical, sometimes cynical response to Joyce’s work provided a needed complement to his own self-absorption. Joyce and Nora had a turbulent relationship; both were profoundly affected by the progressive insanity of their daughter. Joyce died in Zürich in 1941 after an operation for a perforated duodenal ulcer.

Technique and Vision

Joyce’s career displays a consistent development. In each of his four major works there is an increase in the profundity of his vision and the complexity of his literary technique, particularly his experiments with language. Dubliners is a linked collection of 15 short stories treating the sometimes squalid, sometimes sentimental lives of various Dublin residents. The stories portray a city in moral and political paralysis, an insight that the reader is intended to achieve through a succession of revelatory moments, which Joyce called epiphanies. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man is an autobiographical account of the adolescence and youth of Stephen Dedalus, who comes to realize that before he can be a true artist he must rid himself of the stultifying effects of the religion, politics, and essential bigotry of Ireland.

Ulysses recreates the events of one day in Dublin–June 16, 1904; widely known as “Bloomsday” –centering on the activities of a Jewish advertising-space salesman, Leopold Bloom, his wife Molly, and the aforementioned Stephen Dedalus, now a teacher. The fundamental design of Ulysses is based on Homer’s Odyssey; each chapter in the novel parallels one in the epic and is also associated with an hour of the day, color, symbol, and part of the body. Attempting to recreate the total life of his characters–the surface life and the inner life–Joyce mingles realistic descriptions with verbal representations of his characters’ most intimate and random thoughts, using techniques of interior narration.

Interspersed throughout the work are historical, literary, religious, and geographical allusions, evocative patterns of words, word games, and many-sided puns, all of which imbue the ordinary events of the novel with the copious significance of those in an epic. Despite its complexities, Ulysses is an extraordinarily satisfying book, a celebration of life unparalleled in its humor, characterization, and tragic irony. A new edition of Ulysses, edited by H. Gabler, appeared in 1986, claiming to correct more than 5,000 errors that had been discovered in previous editions; it was itself flawed, and the publisher has subsequently reissued the 1961 edition in tandem with Gabler’s.

Joyce’s last work, Finnegans Wake, presents the dark counterpart of “Bloomsday” of Ulysses. Framed by the dream-induced experiences of a Dublin publican, the novel recapitulates the cycles of Irish history, and in its multiple allusions almost reveals a universal consciousness. In order to present this new reality Joyce manipulated and distorted language that pushed the work to the furthest limits of comprehensibility.

Because of its complexity Finnegans Wake is perhaps more talked about than read, and despite the publication of the manuscripts and drafts of the novel in 1978, probably will never be completely understood. Other posthumous publications include part of an early version of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man called Stephen Hero (1944). In June, 1962, a Joyce museum, containing pictures, papers, and first editions of Joyce’s books, was opened in Dublin.

Hope this will be of help.

Thanks!

Mary asks…

How do i follow my dream? where do i start? please help :) . xxxx.?

hey im 14 and im living in ireland/dublin.

my dream is to be an actress and i cannot go to a different country to start this .. i must start here .. but the thing is where do i start .. i dont know any acting/drama clubs .. and its not very easy for me to travel far ..

but i really interested … ive done school plays so im started at that .. but shud i start a modelling thing or something and then ove to acting when i get older .. its really hard to fidn these things ..

if anyone cud inform me of acting clubs in dublin or modelling things .. or anything like that id really appreciate it ..

only comment if ur nice and have something worth hearing to say.. thanks :) .

xxxx

TheatrePlayers answers:

There is a Drama department at Trinity College, there is the Irish Academy for Dramatic Arts and several other colleges with drama departments.

The usual route into acting is to study at a drama school to degree level and to try and get a summer season as an assistant stage manager with a repertory company. This is incredibly hard work because often these companies that will present 3 or 4 different plays in a week so you need to know your lines for several different productions.

How often do you go to the theatre? You are lucky to live somewhere you have so much choice of what to go to see.

You will I’m sure find that some of the theatres will have youth programs or theatre clubs that they run.

Good luck

William asks…

Career as an actress, moving country..Could this work out? Please answer :) x?

Ok this sounds really crazy.. but i’ve been told by my friends and some family to like go for my dreams and all :) So my dream is acting, i know that a lot of teenagers want to act and everything but im really focused on it. I live in ireland and well that’s no LA or New York so as you can guess there is no acting really? I’ve searched nearly every site with ireland auditions and there is none in my age range which is 13? So anyway.. im still in school. I actually have like 4 more years of it :( I was thinking.. America, well i always wanted 2 move there. I love it so much even though i haven’t been there but like New York and all!!! So could this work out? I finish school after the leaving cert, get a job and start saving. I could also have started saving from a younger age. Then i could go over to america and get a temporary job, after a while get an agent and well then i will audition and stuff :) But also have a job unless the acting has become a very frequent thing :) Could this work out? I would love to move to america even if i don’t pursue my dream of acting.
And please no answers saying im too young to know what i want to do and stuff. Thanks :)
Any tips on hwo this could work? Thanks for the answers so far. I could go to Australia or England either? Maybe work my way up to America. I would also be able 2 get a green card.

TheatrePlayers answers:

No it’s not going to work out. You cannot get a visa for temporary work and the only way to get a visa as a performer is to have proof you are already considered a nationally recognised performer in your own country – that means you are represented by an agent, have appeared in professional productions (film, television or theatre), have been reviewed in the press, etc.
There are plenty of theatre opportunities in Ireland for people your age – there’s even a National Association for Youth Drama http://nayd.ie/
Just click on your county and neighbouring counties on the map to find specific youth theatre companies near you http://nayd.ie/theatres
also check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Independent_Youth_Theatre

http://www.teenspace.ie/Music-and-Arts/Theatre/Facilities/Dublin-Youth-Theatre/(language)/eng-GB

And here’s a list of drama schools http://www.localbusinesspages.ie/category.asp?Category=Drama+Schools

If you can’t become a recognised actor in Ireland, a country with only 4 million people, how do you think you could make it in a country with almost 300 million people? You have a much better chance building up your resume in Ireland, then trying to move to the US once you have made a name for yourself

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National Theatre London Box Office

Mary asks…

what category is the rocky horror picture show in?

I know it’s a musical and a movie but it could be under other categories as well. I just wanted everyone’s opinion on what they thought it was. thanks for your help!
<3

TheatrePlayers answers:

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

For the original stage play, see The Rocky Horror Show.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Theatrical release poster

Directed by

Jim Sharman

Produced by

Lou Adler
Michael White

Written by

Richard O’Brien
Jim Sharman

Starring

Tim Curry
Susan Sarandon
Barry Bostwick
Richard O’Brien
Patricia Quinn
Nell Campbell
Jonathan Adams
Peter Hinwood
Meat Loaf
Charles Gray

Music by

Richard O’Brien
Richard Hartley

Cinematography

Peter Suschitzky

Editing by

Graeme Clifford

Distributed by

20th Century Fox

Release date(s)

August 14, 1975

Running time

100 minutes

Country

United Kingdom
United States

Language

English

Budget

US$1.2 million

Box office

US$139.8 million

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is the 1975 film adaptation of the British rock musical stageplay, The Rocky Horror Show, written by Richard O’Brien. The film is a parody of B-movie, science fiction and horror films of the late 1940s through early 1970s. Director Jim Sharman collaborated on the screenplay with O’Brien, who wrote both the book and lyrics for the stage. The film introduces Tim Curry and features Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick along with cast members from the original Kings Road production presented at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in 1973.

Still in limited release 36 years after its premiere, it has the longest-running theatrical release in film history. It gained notoriety as a midnight movie in 1977 when audiences began participating with the film in theatres. Rocky Horror is the first film from a major Hollywood studio to be in the midnight movie market. The motion picture has a large international cult following and is one of the most well known and financially successful midnight movies of all time. In 2005, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.

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George asks…

whats a an estimate cost of traveling the UK for 2 weeks?USD?

staying in hostels,spending some on attractions,the tube an food
just looks for some rough estimates

TheatrePlayers answers:

Just like in the US I’m sure., it depends where you are going and what you will be doing. Tell me and i might be able to give you a better idea. In the meantime here’s a rough menu:

hostels: at a guess around £35/night. Book online in advance- and check out your chosen place with tripadviser before you book. You can get a cheap hotel room (travelodge, premier inn) in london for £100 (B&B,per night) . Again, shop around online or they will cost more. If there are two of you a hotel might work out better.

Tube: get an oyster card from the first underground station you hit. They cost £5 but then you just top them up with cash from a person or a machine, and they register electronically as you pass through barriers. Each single journey done this way will cost under £2, instead of £4 if you bought a singel ticket. If you are having a full day, stayign in zone 1, you will spend around £6.50 a day- it;s capped at this if you travel after 9.30am in the morning. It will take more money off you if you go to outlying zones (eg for Kew Gardens, Hampton Court etc). The oyster card works on buses too.

Pint of beer in a pub £2.50 outside london, £3.50 in central london
cheap (but nice) bottle of wine in a supermarket: £5. In a pub/restaurant, the same bottle will cost you £10 minimum.

Train fares: omg these are so high. If you are travelling much, and by train whatever you do buy the tickets in advance. I live 350 miles from london. If I buy a return ticket two weeks in advance it can cost as little as £75. On the same day I want to travel, £250. Also, use your student card if you have one- research this thoroughly- there are loads of discount cards but they must be bought in adavance and might not suit you if you dont have friends here to arrange them for you. If you want freedom and you are in a group you may be better off hiring a car for a week. ‘Enterprise’ are good and pretty reasonable.

The cheapest way to travel is to go by coach, National Epress is the best and very cheap. Again, cheaper if you buy online and in advance. If you are going to Scotland get their sleeper from Victoria Station and you won’t waste any time, plus you’ll save on a hotel that night.

What else might you want to do:
A day out at a theme park or other attraction. You wont have much change left from £20 per person for heritage attractions. £40 per head for theme parks, although no one pays full price for these; there is always a 2 for 1 offer somewhere online.

A loaf of bread costs £1.20. A pint of milk costs 50p. 500g bag of dry pasta/spaghetti: £1. Box of cereal £2

Eating out : indian and chinese restaurants are the cheapest ‘sit down’ restaurants, after burger bars of course. Make sure you arent in a really posh area- where even indians/chineses can be pricey. Go to somewhere like Brick Lane in London and you can eat OK indian food like a king for a fiver. You must haggle with the waiters touting in the street though, before you go inside the restaurant. There’s a great little book called ‘time out cheap eats’. Get it and you can eat really well.

Hope this helps!
Sam

Old fashioned london caffs are where you can get a huge fried ‘Full english’ breakfast for around a fiver. Head out at around 9am, and look for somewhere with lots of workmen in hi visibility jackets, or old men with newspapers. Otherwise they will have plastic-topped tables and no decoration- think prison visiting room.

Free stuff: tate britain,tate modern, the british library, muse of london, hanging out on the south bank of thames by the london eye, hanging out on the south bank of the thames next to the festival hall on sunday afternoons etc etc. Get a guide book.

Cheap theatre tickets (£20ish each)- little booth in leicester square- look for the queue of tourists.

If you are under 25 you might be able to get a discount £5 ticket from the box office for some shows (some shakespeare, opera, dance, non commercial stuff) and you have to queue on the day, before the box office. Look online for details.

Outside london, west wales is cheap, full of cute villages and surfers. Check out St Davids- great campsite with it’s own beach.

Or hitchike from London to Stonehenge, walk/hitch to avebury, find west kennet long barrow (just outside) and sleep inside. Someone may come and tell you off but as long as you leave no mess you should be ok.

Paul asks…

can u tell me about daniel radcliffe?

what does he likes and more of it.

TheatrePlayers answers:

Daniel Jacob Radcliffe (born 23 July 1989) is an English actor, best known for playing the wizard Harry Potter in each of the first five films based on the best-selling book series, written by J. K. Rowling.

Early life:
Daniel Radcliffe was born in Fulham, London, the only child of Alan Radcliffe (a literary agent) and Marcia Gresham (a casting agent, who was involved in several films for the BBC). At age five, he expressed a desire to act. In December 1999, he made his first on-screen appearance as the title character in the BBC’s televised version of the Dickens novel David Copperfield.

Career
In 1999, Radcliffe was selected to star as the wizard Harry Potter in a big-budget adaptation of the popular book series by J.K. Rowling, after auditions involving thousands of applicants. Radcliffe’s first theatrical film appearance was in 2001, a small supporting role in The Tailor of Panama. His first starring role as Harry Potter, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (released in the United States as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone), was released later that year and became a large financial success. It was, at the time, the second highest grossing movie of all time.

In 2002, Radcliffe reprised his role in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Co-starring was Kenneth Branagh, who that same year directed the stage production, The Play What I Wrote, in which Radcliffe made an appearance. In 2004 and 2005, Radcliffe returned to the Potter franchise in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. The films continued to produce high box office results and were considered successful worldwide.

Radcliffe’s next release will be the independent Australian film, December Boys. Filming on Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix began in early 2006, and the film is currently scheduled for release in 2007. Radcliffe will also appear on the television sitcom, Extras.

At the age of 16, Radcliffe became the youngest non-royal ever to have an individual portrait in England’s National Portrait Gallery. He was only 14 when he posed for artist Stuart Pearson Wright while on a break from filming the Potter movies. On April 13th 2006, his portrait was unveiled as part of a new exhibition opening at London’s National Theatre and then moved to the National Portrait Gallery where it currently resides. Daniel Radcliffe.com

Personal life
Radcliffe was previously educated at Sussex House School, Knightsbridge, and is currently educated at the public City of London School. He has two dogs named Binka and Nugget.

He plays bass guitar and is a rock music fan who admires a diverse lineup of bands, from The Beatles to The Arctic Monkeys [1]. As well as being a fan of Fulham Football Club, Daniel was a follower of Formula One Racing. While on set, to keep busy, Daniel enjoys playing table tennis and video games with his other cast members.

Radcliffe’s personal fortune has now exceeded GB £23 million making him one of the richest teenagers in the United Kingdom [2]. Radcliffe has been a supporter of various charities, including the Demelza House, to which he has requested fans make donations in lieu of sending him birthday presents.

Sandy asks…

Can you give any information about Harry potter star Daniel Radcliffe?

TheatrePlayers answers:

Daniel Jacob Radcliffe[1] (born July 23, 1989) is an English actor, best known for playing the wizard Harry Potter in each of the first five films based on the best-selling book series, written by J. K. Rowling.
Biography
Career
At age five, Radcliffe expressed a desire to act. In December 1999, he made his first on-screen appearance as the title character in the BBC’s televised version of the Dickens novel David Copperfield, portraying the title character as a young boy.

In 1999, Radcliffe was selected to portray the wizard Harry Potter in the big-budget adaptations of the popular book series by J.K. Rowling following auditions involving thousands of applicants. Radcliffe’s first theatrical film appearance was in 2001 in a small supporting role in The Tailor of Panama; his first film as Potter, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (released in the United States as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone), was released later that year and became what was then the second highest grossing film of all time.

In 2002, Radcliffe reprised his role in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Co-starring was Kenneth Branagh, who that same year directed the stage production, The Play What I Wrote, in which Radcliffe made an appearance. In 2004 and 2005, Radcliffe returned to the Potter franchise in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. The films continued to produce high box office results and were considered successful worldwide.

Radcliffe’s next release will be the independent Australian film, December Boys. Filming on Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix began in early 2006, and the film is currently scheduled for release in 2007. In 2007, Radcliffe will appear in a revival of the play Equus, written by Peter Shaffer, in which he will play Alan Strang, a stable boy who becomes obsessed with his horses. During the course of the play, Radcliffe is set to appear nude which, given the actor’s age, has attracted some media attention.[2] He has also announced that he will appear as Rudyard Kipling’s son in the ITV drama My Boy Jack, starting filming in July 2007.[3] He will also appear in the second series of the British sitcom Extras, and footage of him in the show has appeared on the internet. In the scene, Radcliffe is shown planning to have sex with Ashley Jensen’s character Maggie Jacobs.

At the age of 16, Radcliffe became the youngest non-royal ever to have an individual portrait in England’s National Portrait Gallery. He was only 14 when he posed for artist Stuart Pearson Wright while on a break from filming Harry Potter. On 13 April 2006, his portrait was unveiled as part of a new exhibition opening at London’s Royal National Theatre and then moved to the National Portrait Gallery where it currently resides.[4]

Personal life
Radcliffe was born in Fulham, London, the only child of Alan Radcliffe (a literary agent) and Marcia Gresham (a casting agent, who was involved in several films for the BBC). They have two dogs named Binka and Nugget.

He was previously educated at Sussex House School, Knightsbridge, and is currently educated at the public City of London School. He achieved straight A grades in the three AS-levels he sat in 2006[1], and will now take a break from education in the academic year 2006/07.

Radcliffe plays bass guitar (he was taught by Gary Oldman) and is a rock music fan who admires a diverse lineup of bands, from The Beatles to Arctic Monkeys.[5] As well as being a fan of Fulham Football Club, Radcliffe was a follower of Formula One Racing. While on set, to keep busy, he enjoys playing table tennis and video games with his cast members.

Radcliffe’s personal fortune has now exceeded GB £23 million making him one of the richest teenagers in the United Kingdom.[6] He is reported to have earned approximately £150,000 for the first Potter film, about £5.6 million last year, and is expected to rake in more than £8 million for the next film, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. [7] Radcliffe has been a supporter of various charities, including Demelza House Children’s Hospice, to which he has requested fans make donations in lieu of sending him birthday presents.

Acting Credits
MEDIUM PROJECT YEAR RELEASED CHARACTER DIRECTOR
TV David Copperfield 1999 Young David Copperfield Simon Curtis
FILM The Tailor of Panama 2001 Mark Pendel John Boorman
FILM Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone 2001 Harry Potter Chris Columbus
FILM Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 2002 Harry Potter Chris Columbus
STAGE/WEST END The Play What I Wrote 2002 Guest Kenneth Branagh
FILM Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 2004 Harry Potter Alfonso Cuarón
FILM Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 2005 Harry Potter Mike Newell
TV Foley and McColl: This Way Up 2005 Traffic Warden Ed Bye
TV Extras 2006 Boy Scout/Himself Ricky Gervais
FILM December Boys 2006(TBR) Maps Rod Hardy
STAGE/WEST END Equus 2007 (TBR) Alan Strang Thea Sharrock
FILM Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 2007 (TBR) Harry Potter David Yates
TV My Boy Jack 2007 (TBR) John “Jack” Kipling TBA
FILM Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (IN TALKS) 2008 (TBR) Harry Potter TBA

TBA: To Be Announced
TBR: To Be Released

Awards
Nominations
2006

Best Young Actor (Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards)
Actor of the Year (AOL Moviefone Moviegoer Awards)
Best Performance by a Young Actor (Saturn Awards)
Best Hero (MTV Movie Awards)
Best On-Screen Team (with Emma Watson and Rupert Grint; MTV Movie Awards)
2005

Best Performance by a Young Actor (Saturn Awards)
Best Young Actor (Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards)
2003

Best Performance by a Young Actor (Saturn Awards)
Best Acting Ensemble (Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards)
Most Unforgettable Scene (for the scene “Harry Battles The Basilisk” in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets) (American Moviegoer Awards)
2002

Best Performance by a Young Actor (Saturn Awards)
Best Young Preformer (Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards)
Breakthrough Male Performance (MTV Movie Awards)
Best Newcomer (Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards)
Best Debut (with Emma Watson and Rupert Grint) (Sony Ericsson Empire Awards)
Outstanding Actor (American Moviegoer Awards)
Best Performance in a Feature Film: Leading Young Actor (Young Artist Awards)
Best Ensemble in a Feature Film (with Emma Watson and Rupert Grint Young Artist Awards)
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Wins
2006

Best Actor (Cine Awards, Belgium)
Best Male Film Star (Gold): Otto Awards, 2006
2005

Best Young Actor (SyFy Portal’s SyFy Genre Awards)
2004

Top 10 Child Stars (RTL Television, Germany)
Best Breakthrough Male Actor (Star Channel Star Awards, Japan)
Best Junior Achiever (for viewers’ favorite under-16 guest on the show Relly Awards)
Young Talent of the Year (ITV Celebrity Awards)
Best Movie Actor (K-Zone Kids Awards, Philippines)
Best Film Star/Actor (Dutch Kids Choice Awards)
2003

Best Young Actor (SyFy Portal’s SyFy Genre Awards)
Best Actor (Roadshow Cinema Grand Prix Awards, Japan)
2002

Person of the Year (Time For Kids)
Targa d’Oro (“Gold Plate”, David di Donatello Awards)
Outstanding New Talent (Sir James Carreras Award for the Variety Club Showbusiness Awards)
2001

Male Youth Discovery of the Year (Hollywood Women’s Press Club)

Robert asks…

London Sightseeing?

I’m going to London next weekend. What are good places to visit?

TheatrePlayers answers:

London for Free

The exchange rate may sting, but there’s one conversion that’ll never change: £0 = $0. Here are our picks for the top free things to do in London.
Free Art

Many of London’s biggest and best cultural attractions are free to enter, and the number of museums offering free entry is staggering. Donations are often more than welcome, and special exhibits usually cost extra.

Major Museums

British Museum

Burgh House and the Hampstead Museum

Clown’s Gallery and Museum

Guildhall

Houses of Parliament

Imperial War Museum

Museum of Childhood

Museum of London

National Gallery

National Maritime Museum, Queen’s House, and Royal Observatory

National Portrait Gallery

Natural History Museum

Royal Exchange

Science Museum

Sir John Soane’s Museum

Tate Britain

Tate Modern

Theatre Museum

Victoria & Albert Museum

Wallace Collection

Smaller Galleries

Hogarth House

ICA Gallery

Serpentine Gallery

Whitechapel Art Gallery

Courtauld Permanent Exhibition (Monday only)

Free Concerts

St. Paul’s Cathedral, St. Martin’s in the Fields, and St. James’s Church, have regular lunchtime concerts, as does St. George Bloomsbury on Monday, Hyde Park Chapel on Thursday, and St. Giles in the Fields on Friday. There are regular organ recitals at Westminster Abbey.

Of the music colleges, the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal College of Music, the Guildhall, and the Royal Opera House have regular recitals, the Trinity College of Music, holds recitals at lunchtime on Tuesday.

For contemporary ears, the area outside the National Theatre on the South Bank (known as the Djanogly Concert Pitch) reverberates to live world music weekdays at 6 PM, and on Saturday at 1 PM and 6 PM.

Another regularly excellent venue is the Spitz bistro and gallery, in Spitalfields market, which has free live jazz and classical gigs four times a week; get there early to bag a table.

You can catch decent open-mike nights for unsigned acts and singer songwriters at the River Bar (just south of Tower Bridge) every Wednesday, and Roadhouse (in Covent Garden) every Monday. Blues lovers should not miss the legendary Billy Chong Blues Revue band jam every Monday at the Globe pub in Hackney. The Palm Tree, in Mile End, is another great East End pub that has accomplished local jazz players on weekends.

(Almost) Free Theater & Opera

Sloane Square’s Royal Court Theatre, one of the United Kingdom’s best venues for new playwriting, has restricted-view, standing-room-only tickets at the downstairs Jerwood Theatre for 10 pence (yes, £0.10), available one hour before the performance.

The Battersea Arts Club (BAC) has pay-what-you-can night on Tuesday for many of its shows.

If all seats have been sold, the English National Opera sells standing tickets for the back of the Dress and Upper Circles at £5 each. Check at the box office.

Standing tickets with obstructed views for the ballet or the opera at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden start at £4.

Free (and Almost Free) Movies

Free outdoor screenings of cult films (such as Donnie Darko and Pulp Fiction), sponsored by Stella Artois and held at different parks every year, have become a London summer institution: pack a picnic and stake out your spot early.

The Prince Charles Cinema in the West End shows weekday matinees for £3.

Free Offbeat Experiences

Go to the Public Record Office in Kew or Islington if you have a few hours to kill and want to track down some ancient branch of the family tree. Even if you don’t have any leads, browsing through sheaves of ancient ledgers is great fun.

If you came to London for spectacle, take a trip to a trial at the Old Bailey, the highest court in the land. Stories more twisted and compelling than anything on screen, strange costumes and wigs, command performances — it’s true drama, without the West End ticket prices.

London has some of the finest parks in the world, and enjoying them won’t cost you a pretty pence. Keen ornithologists can join free bird-watching walks in Hyde Park, while dedicated strollers touched by royal nostalgia can take the 7-mi Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Walk through Hyde, Green, and St. James’s Parks.

Although London’s street markets are not in the habit of giving away merchandise for nothing, it’s free to browse their stalls, taking in second-hand booksellers under Waterloo Bridge, fishmongers in Borough Market, and funky jewelry designers in Portobello.

For human interest, you can’t beat Covent Garden for its marvelous array of street performers and buskers, whose unlikely skills — imitating statues, balancing footballs on their noses, juggling fire, playing the banjo with their teeth — can hold any crowd’s attention.

There are free spectacles throughout the year, but one of the most warmly enjoyed is Guy Fawkes’ Night (November 5), when parks throughout the country hold spectacular fireworks displays: Alexandra Palace and Ravenscourt Park are two of the best.

On New Year’s Eve thousands of revelers descend on Trafalgar Square and the South Bank to watch more free fireworks. The Underground usually runs all night, and is free into the new year.

Finally, set aside some time for random wandering. London is a great walking city because so many of its real treasures are untouted: tiny alleyways barely visible on the map, garden squares, churchyards, shop windows, sudden vistas of skyline or park. With comfortable, weatherproof shoes and an umbrella, walking might well become your favorite free activity here.
London’s Top Attractions

Westminster Abbey

The most exciting church in the land is the final resting place for the men and women who built Britain. Its great Gothic hall continues to play a part in the formation of the kingdom, having hosted nearly every coronation since 1308.
Buckingham Palace

Not the prettiest royal palace, but a must-see for the glimpse it affords of modern royal life. The opulence of the state rooms open to the public provides plenty to gasp at, and don’t forget the collection of china and carriages at the Queen’s Gallery and Royal Mews next door.

St. Paul’s Cathedral

No matter how many times you have been before, the scale and elegance of Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece never fail to take the breath away. Climb the enormous dome, third largest in the world, to experience the freaky acoustics of the Whispering Gallery, and higher still for fantastic views across London.

Tower of London

The Tower is London at its majestic, idiosyncratic best. This is the heart of the kingdom — with foundations dating back nine centuries, every brick tells a story, and the axe-blows and fortunes that have risen and fallen within this turreted mini-city provide an inexhaustible supply of intrigue.

British Museum

If you want to journey through time and space without leaving the confines of Bloomsbury, a visit to the British Museum has hours of eye-catching artifacts from the world’s greatest civilizations, including the Elgin Marbles, the Rosetta Stone, and the Sutton Hoo treasure.

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre

You can catch a Shakespeare play almost every night of the year in London. But standing on a floor of leaves and sawdust, and watching an offering from the Great Bard in a painstakingly re-created version of the galleried Tudor theater for which he wrote is a special thrill.

Greenwich Meridian Line

Home of maritime London, Greenwich has a special charm. Most fun is climbing up to the Royal Observatory, surrounded by acres of green and magnificent river views, and straddling western and eastern hemispheres at 0° longitude.

Hampton Court Palace

This collection of buildings and gardens won over Henry VIII to become his favorite royal residence. Its Tudor charm, augmented by touches from Wren, and a picturesque upstream Thames location make it a great day out — not even dour Oliver Cromwell, who moved here in 1653, could resist its charms.

Tate Modern

More of an event than the average museum visit, Tate Modern, housed inside a striking 1930s power station, is a hip, immensely successful addition to the London gallery landscape. Passing judgment on the latest controversial temporary exhibit inside the giant turbine hall has become almost a civic pastime among art-loving Londoners.

National Gallery

Whatever the collective noun is for a set of Old Masters — A palette? A canvas? — there are enough here to have the most casual art enthusiast purring with admiration. When you’ve finished, enjoy the newly pedestrian Trafalgar Square on the doorstep.

London’s central parks

With London’s green spaces so broken up, it seems churlish to pick out only one. The four central parks are all within walking distance: pick St. James’s Park for fairytale views; Green Park for hillocks and wide boulevards; Regent’s Park for its open-air theater and the London Zoo; and Hyde Park for rowing on the Serpentine Lido.

London grew from a wooden bridge built over the Thames in the year AD 43 to its current 600 square mi and 7 million souls in haphazard fashion, meandering from its two official centers: Westminster, seat of government and royalty, to the west, and the City, site of finance and commerce, to the east. In these two areas are most of the grand buildings that have played a central role in British history: the Tower of London and St. Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, and the older royal palace of St. James’s. However, London’s unofficial centers multiply and mutate year after year, and it would be a shame to stop only at the postcard views. Life is not lived in monuments, as the patrician patrons of the great Georgian architects understood when they commissioned the city’s elegant squares and town houses. Within a few minutes’ walk of Buckingham Palace, for instance, lie St. James’s and Mayfair, neighboring quarters of elegant town houses built for the nobility during the 17th and early 18th centuries and now notable for shopping opportunities. Westminster Abbey’s original vegetable patch (or convent garden), which became the site of London’s first square, Covent Garden, is now an unmissable stop.

Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, preserved by past kings and queens for their own hunting and relaxation, create a swath of green parkland across the city center. A walk across Hyde Park brings you to the museum district of South Kensington, with the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum, and the Victoria & Albert Museum. If the great parks such as Hyde Park are, in Lord Chatham’s phrase, “the lungs of London,” then the River Thames is its backbone. The fast-developing South Bank has many cultural highlights: the theaters of the South Bank Centre, the Hayward and Saatchi galleries, Tate Modern, and the reconstruction of Shakespeare’s Globe theater. The London Eye observation wheel here gives stunning city views, or you can walk across the Millennium or Hungerford bridges. Farther downstream is the gorgeous 17th- and 18th-century symmetry of Greenwich, where the world’s time is measured.

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American Players Theatre Auditions

George asks…

Does anyone know of where I can find auditions for acting?

I live in boston and I’ve always wanted to be an actor so I was wondering if anyone knew of any auditions I could go to

TheatrePlayers answers:

Acme Theater – Non-profit community theatre group based in Maynard. Member of the Eastern Massachusetts Association of Community Theaters (EMACT) and the American Association of Community Theaters (AACT). Lists past and current productions, awards, and directions to the theatre.
Arlington Children’s Theater – Provides audition information, pictures and summer show schedule.
Arlington Friends of the Drama – Award-winning theatre in a Northwest suburb of Boston.
Ashfield Community Theater – Amateur theatre group based in Ashfield. Current show information, classes and workshop details and contact information.
Barnstable Comedy Club theatre – Includes information on upcoming tickets and performances, acting opportunities, highlights from past shows, its history, and membership information.
Bay Colony Productions – Bay Colony Productions produces a musical theatre show during the spring with youth and summer with adult performers. Youth musical theatre classes are also offered during the school year and the summer.
Biscuit Box Theater Company – Community theater based in Lexington, Massachusetts. Information about the current show and ticket prices. Reservations can be made by email.
Calliope Productions Inc. – Located in Boylston, a non-profit theatre company. Annually presents five main-stage productions and operates performance training workshops for students (ages 8 -18) and adults.
Central Mass Onstage – CMO is a non-profit, community theater group that is originated in the Holden, Rutland, and Paxton area of Massachusetts.
Commonwealth Opera of Western Massachusetts – Northampton MA. History, tickets, season information.
Concord Players – Group has its roots with the Players begun by Louisa May Alcott, officially beginning in 1919. Located in Concord.
Cornerstone Performing Arts Center – Offers non-equity theatre and professional modern dance with a focus on classical theatre, classical literature and addressing significant social changes. Located in Fitchburg.
Curtain Call Theatre – Non-profit community theater based in Braintree, since 1962. Lists audition notices, performance schedules, classes, workshops, directions, past production information.
Exit 7 Players – A community theater group founded in 1984 located in Ludlow, in western Massachusetts. Current show information, auditions, fundraising efforts.
Gateway Players – Located in Southbridge, Massachusetts, provides quality live theatre and workshops to the Worcester County area. Schedules and audition information.
Harvard Community Theatre – Housed in the 700 seat Cronin Auditorium at the Bromfield School.
Harwich Junior Theatre – Educational, year-round theatre located on Cape Cod.
Hovey Players – Waltham’s Community Theater Since 1936. Local talent, full-scale productions and new works.

And theres more on the website, They wouldn’t all fit

Steven asks…

I can’t find a community theatre anywhere in San Jose! Please help?

I want to cast in a community theatre, but I can’t find any/ Can you please send me links?

TheatrePlayers answers:

Saratoga Civic Theater (408) 268-3777 13777 Fruitvale Ave, Saratoga, CA

Saratoga Drama Group Incorporated
(408) 255-0801
Po Box 182, San Jose, CA 95103

San Jose Repertory Theater (408) 367-7266 101 Paseo De San Antonio, San Jose, CA

American Musical Theatre of San Jose
History, audition, employment, and volunteer information, season calendar, and more. Also offers theatrical classes and costume and facility rental.
Www.amtsj.org

Children’s Musical Theater of San Jose is recognized as the largest and most talented youth theatre company in the nation:
Website: http://www.sjcmt.com

City Lights Theatre

http://www.cltc.org/opportunities.htm

C. Community Theater
1305 Middlefield Road

Montgomery Theater (408) 288-5437 290 S Market St, San Jose, CA

Northside Theater Company – Olinder Theater (408) 288-7820 848 E William St, San Jose, CA (5 star)
This is more like a Silicon Valley list. San Jose is surrounded by many, many smaller cities. You may find more, plus reviews, by taking a look at yelp.com .

Theater On San Pedro Square
29 N San Pedro St
San Jose, CA 95110

Palo Alto Players
Committed to providing meaningful theatre experiences for both audience and production participants
www.paplayers.org

I live here.

Laura asks…

best drama or theater schools in uk or united states?

I m amateur theater player in Turkey. I took some courses in here and i m still performing plays in amateur group. I want to go conservatoire or any acting course in uk or united states. But this experiment will cost me much, so i want to go best school where i can easily have a chance to go upper, i mean playing on broadway or hollywood.

I have some questions. Firstly, i m scared about auditions, because they will be in english. My english is good buy my accent is not good as usual. my scareness is about how i perform a play in english such as shakespeare :( second question is that i have looked on some conservatoire programs and i havent found any foreigner or rarely. Is it a problem for me? I m 23 years old by the way and i can go to abroad after one year, cause i m studying on engineering and my school will finish next year.

I heard about Lamda, rada, new york film academy and some states’ universities’ conservatoires..what do you say about my situation?

thanks a lot..

TheatrePlayers answers:

If you are looking at Broadway and Hollywood, then I suspect your best bet would be to chose an American School. If, however you are interested in studying in the UK, then check out the link for Drama Schools in the UK.

If you are worried about your accent, then you will need tofind a voice tutor. Perhaps there is someone in your nearest city who teaches how to speak English with an English accent. As for performing Shakespeare, that is what Drama School is for.

Are there not any good opportunities in in the Turkish film industry? Could you make it in your own country and then across the world?!

Carol asks…

Audition Song For American Idol?

In the next few years I’m deff auditioning for AI. I take voice lessons and have been singin and dancin my whole life. I’ve been in a lot of musicals at local community theatres and I sing gigs with my friend who is an amazing guitar player. Also, I have a back story… ;) psyically, I look like young Judy Garland. Fashion wise, I love the 80 and Madonna type stuff and Adam Lamberts esthetic. Anyway, enough about that. I am a soprano 1. I do not have a raspy voice. Actually it’s really clear. I sing old style jazzy blues well and country. I also can sing pop if the song isn’t overly produced and electronic. I like live. I can do runs I can belt. And I can do rock but I don’t love it. My idol is Adam Lambert…and yes…. I know not to sing his songs because he is absoluetly amazing and I’d sound like the biggest fan girl ever. Lol. I’m open to all suggestion…what should I sing???????

TheatrePlayers answers:

I also think that ‘Hallelujah’ is a good choice but it might not be original somehow because Alexandra Blurke sang that in the X Factor. Maybe…
-Alone
-Don’t Rain on My Parade
-Cry Me A River
-Feeling Good
-There you’ll be
-Total eclipse of the heart
-Songs by Kelly Clarkson?

Lisa asks…

What Song Should I Audition For American Idol With?

In the next few years I’m deff auditioning for AI. I take voice lessons and have been singin and dancin my whole life. I’ve been in a lot of musicals at local community theatres and I sing gigs with my friend who is an amazing guitar player. Also, I have a back story… ;) psyically, I look like young Judy Garland. Fashion wise, I love the 80 and Madonna type stuff and Adam Lamberts esthetic. Anyway, enough about that. I am a soprano 1. I do not have a raspy voice. Actually it’s really clear. I sing old style jazzy blues well and country. I also can sing pop if the song isn’t overly produced and electronic. I like live. I can do runs I can belt. And I can do rock but I don’t love it. My idol is Adam Lambert…and yes…. I know not to sing his songs because he is absoluetly amazing and I’d sound like the biggest fan girl ever. Lol. I’m open to all suggestion…what should I sing???????

TheatrePlayers answers:

What’s ur full name lol just wondering

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Prince Edward Theatre London

Lisa asks…

How do you become a university professor?

I want to teach, and I always have. I was thinking of teaching high school drama, history or english. But I also know that you don’t get paid that much. Even though it’s not all about money, it is important to me. So I was just wondering how much a theater, history, or english professor would get paid approximently in Ontario? Also how would you become one and how long does it take? Thanks

TheatrePlayers answers:

These appear to be the hourly wages of professors with low , middle, high levels of hourly wages, and education at several locations and provinces, at a number of Canadian universities. Good luck.
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Living in Canada

Low/ Middle/ High/ Year

Wage/ Wage/ per hr./ per hr./ per hr./

Calgary / Banff / Drumheller – Alberta 29.26/50.92/ 2007
Edmonton and Area – Alberta25.00/37.13/112.14/ 2009

Vancouver / Lower Mainland Southwest –

British Columbia/ 17.32/31.19/59.68/ 2006/7
Winnipeg – Manitoba/ 32.73/ / 2009
Fredericton – New Brunswick/ 7.00/41.45/71.67/ 2008
Halifax – Nova Scotia/ .00/44.20/57.00/ 2009
Toronto – Ontario/ 16.35/35.85/80.00/ 2006
Ottawa – Ontario/ 18.10/36.70/67.00/ 2007
Windsor-Essex County – Ontario/ 19.00/ 35.60/65.95/ 2007
London / Woodstock Area – Ontario/ 16.31/33.97/70.00/ 2007
Prince Edward Island/ 21.65/36.50/ 61.70/ 2009
Montreal – Quebec/ 15.84/22.62/ 31.07/ 2007
Saskatoon Area – Saskatchewan/31.80/42.90/60.10/ 2009

Daniel asks…

London Underground, are there stairs going down at Waterloo/Northern Line and Leicester Sq underground?

I have a phobia of escalators, but need to use the tube, I am trying to get to the Prince Edward Theatre, which means I am required to use the tube from Waterloo using the Northern Line on the way there, are there any stationary stairs or lifts going down? Also on the way home I will need to catch the tube at Leicester Sq tube station, does this one have stairs or a lift also?
I would actually like to go on the tube, I just can’t go down, but can go up.

TheatrePlayers answers:

Check this:

http://www.tfl.gov.uk/assets/downloads/step-free-tube-guide-map.pdf

Donald asks…

CHESS Musical- Does Anyone have a copy of the london 1986 or 1988 prince edward theater performances?

Hi all chess fans, i am searching relentlessly for audio or something for the 1986 stage version of Chess with the original album cast, murray head on it, and or the 1988 or 1989 version with his brother Anthony Head singing his part. it would be amazing if i could find either! can anyone please help? does anyone have it or know where to find it? i know its not available on cd anywhere (as far as i know) but idk about record or anything? Please Help :] Thank you very much

TheatrePlayers answers:

Hi!

A great website to locate old/rare/out-of-print music is www.gemm.com. I ran a search and found several sources (from the Netherlands and Germany) that had CDs/LP of the performance:

http://www.gemm.com/c/search.pl?field=ARTIST+OR+TITLE&wild=murray+head

Hope this helps!!!

Carol asks…

Where was the 1st anne of green gables musical played?

when was it, who acted in it, was it a tour? if it was a tour, where did it go? how long did it last?

TheatrePlayers answers:

I found this on wikipedia, which isn’t always 100 percent but it’s a start.
The musical has also toured outside of Prince Edward Island. Its first tour opened on April 16, 1969, at the New Theatre, London, starring Polly James as Anne. It played off-Broadway in New York from December 21, 1971 to January 2, 1972 at the City Center Theatre. During the 1980s and 1990s the musical was produced in Japan by Gekidan Shiki, as well as cities across North America, including performances at the Shubert Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut, from October 4 to 9, 2005, with Jennifer Toulmin as Anne. The original Charlottetown Festival production is traveling to Toronto to play the Elgin Theatre May 7 to 31, 2009 as the second show in Dancap Productions family-friendly 2009 season.

Chris asks…

What to visit in: Canada,England and USA?

This summer I’m going:
4 weeks in England: 2weeks in Manchester , 2 in London.
Then 2 week in USA: Brooklyn
2 weeks in Canada: Montreal and Toronto

What can I visit? I’m 15 so I’m not really interested in museums,and since I live in Italy IDK much about history of these places,so would love to visit some historic areas.
And what do you suggest about shopping?

REALLY SORRY ABOUT ENGLISH,I’M ITALIAN!

TheatrePlayers answers:

SPAIN :
Alhambra Palace in Granada
Toledo in Madrid
Spanish Costas
La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona
Salvador Dalí Theatre Museum in Costa Brava
Prado Museum in Madrid
The Cathedral of Seville & La Giralda in Seville
Picos de Europa, Parque Nacional in Costa Verde
La Mezquita in Cordoba
Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao

UK :
1. Howick Hall Gardens and the Moonlight Walk.
Wild and uncommercialised Northumberland garden
2. St Peter Ad Muram, Bradwell, Essex
The Saxon chapel of St Peter’s at Bradwell stands on an area of outstanding natural beauty in a remote corner of Essex
3. St Donats Castle, Glamorgan.
Charming 13th century castle with gargoyles, crenellations and turrets
4. Stonehenge, Cornwall
Not the original monument, but a quirky replica built in the back garden of Ed Prynn’s bungalow in Tresallyn Cross, a mile from St Merryn.
5. The Shell Grotto, Margate
2,000 square feet of underground maze lined with 4.6 million shells evoking Indian fertility symbols and Cretan Corn Goddesses.
6. Crosby Beach, Lancashire
The site of Another Place, Antony Gormley’s collection of 100 life-sized steel men dotted along the beach.
7. Dungeness, Kent
A beautiful beach made up from one of the largest shingle formations in the world.
8. Muncaster, Cumbria
Muncaster’s fully fortified 12th century castle shares its 77 acres of 18th century gardens with 200 resident owls.
9. Aldeburgh beach, Suffolk
Site of Maggi Hambling’s striking sculpture – a four-metre high steel sculpture of two interlocking scallop shells – commemorating Benjamin Britten.
10. Holy Island of Arran
Unlikely venue of white Buddhist domed temple

USA :
Yellowstone National Park, Wyo.
French Quarter, New Orleans, La.
Highway 1, California
Times Square, New York City
Grand Canyon, Ariz.
Taos Pueblo, N.M.
South Beach, Miami, Fla.
Gettysburg National Military Park, Gettysburg, Pa.
Pearl Harbor, O’ahu, Hawaii
National Mall, Washington, D.C.

CANADA :
Prince Edward Island
Ottawa, Ontario
Kelowna, British Columbia
Churchill, Manitoba
Vancouver, British Columbia
Niagara Falls, Ontario
Quebec City, Quebec
Montreal, Quebec
Banff, Alberta
Lake Louise, Alberta

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Mary asks…

Is there any interesting theatre play / concert in London in the end of April?

I am staying in London from April 21 to April 24 and I would like to go to see a theatre play or concert there. However, the city seems so big that it is quite impossible to go thru every website on the internet. So I ask you, my fellow Londoners, what you would recommend me. And if there is any play featuring a world-famous actor (Alan Rickman perhaps?) please let me know as well.

TheatrePlayers answers:

The Barbican Centre has some good things on. Check out their ‘Whats on’ section for dates of music events and theatre shows. Or if you want something more mainstream, Calendar Girls is supposed to be good, Sunset Boulevard is good and I would’nt be surprised if Pricilla, Queen of the Desert isn’t a success (opens tomorrow).

Steven asks…

What are some tips on how to get your art shown in a gallery?

TheatrePlayers answers:

First of all, it depends if you are dealing with an artist-run gallery or not. With artist-run galleries anyone can show their work for a small fee (provided the gallery`s calendar of scheduled events has space). Otherwise you are dealing with a gallery that only shows juried work, meaning that each year the gallery takes a number of proposals from artists regarding their work and the type of show they want to have. The jury, usually made up of the gallery owner or manager as well as several other working artists in the community, then look through all of the proposals and deliberate on the shows they deem `fit` to show in the gallery. For a proposal you will need good slides of your work (or a disc), a letter of intent regarding your show and a CV (curriculum vitae a.k.a. An artist`s resume).

I would suggest that you first look into joining your local Arts Council. This will put you squarely into the arts community in which you live and expose you to all of the different types of work that is being produced. Artists feed off of each others` creative energy and input, whether you work in the same medium or not. Where I live, in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, our Arts Council opperates out of a gallery and so all members receive a discount on that gallery`s cost to rent the space for a show. It also affords each member to be a part of all group shows put on by the Council.

The Council also distributes a paper that lists every gallery show, festival, musical performance, theatre production etc. That is taking place from Detroit, Michigan to London, Ontario. It also lists all calls for entries as well as many other art-related classified ads.

Get yourself to as many gallery receptions as you can and meet as many people as you can — whether they are artists or not. It is referred to as `networking`. It can be a pain at times, but it is a necessary part of getting your name out there. You never know who is going to be the person who ends up being just the contact you need. Besides, opening yourself up to all of the fabulous work that is being done by others can only serve to better your work and better you as an artist.

Also see if any galleries in your area host ATC nights. ATC stands for Artist Trading Card and they are small 2“x 3“ cards that are ALWAYS traded, NEVER sold (no matter what anyone tells you!) and are made by artists. They sort of act as a visual business card, if you will.

Also look up the Art Deadlines List(.com). You can get a shorter copy sent to you by email every month listing all of the upcoming shows across North America and some in Europe that have calls for entries. A fee will get you the all-inclusive longer version.

Just get yourself out there and circulate! Hope this helps. Good luck.

William asks…

What went on in the world during Daniel Defoe’s lifetime?

Daniel Defoe lived from 1660-1730. Please tell me what happened in the world at that time (and maybe how it influenced his writing) Please give me info on Anti Catholicism in Britain, the English restoration, and colonization. If you can , please tell me your source, for the bibliography.

Thanks!

TheatrePlayers answers:

1660: January – June

* January 1 – Colonel George Monck with his regiment crosses from Scotland to England at the village of Coldstream and begins advance towards London in support of English Restoration. Samuel Pepys began his diary.
* February 2 – George Monck and his regiment arrive in London.
* February 23 – Charles XI becomes king of Sweden.
* February 27 – John Thurloe reinstated as England’s secretary of State for a short time.
* March 16 – The Long Parliament disbands.
* May 8 – The Parliament of England declares Prince Charles Stuart King Charles II of England.
* May 15 – John Thurloe arrested for high treason after English Restoration.
* May 23 – King Charles II of England reaches the shores of his Kingdom.
* May 25 – Charles II of England crowned.
* May 27 – The Treaty of Copenhagen is signed, marking the conclusion of the Second Northern War.
* May 29 – King Charles II of England arrives in London and assumes the throne, marking the beginning of the English Restoration.
* June 29 – John Thurloe released.

[edit] July – December

* October 17 – Ten Regicides – men who signed the death warrant of Charles I – are drawn and quartered, a process which includes their being disemboweled and their bowels burned before their eyes.
* November 28 – At Gresham College, 12 men, including Christopher Wren, Robert Boyle, John Wilkins, and Sir Robert Moray meet after a lecture by Wren and decide to found “a College for the Promoting of Physico-Mathematicall Experimentall Learning}” (later known as the Royal Society).
* December – Andres Malong, a native chieftain, leads a revolt against the Spanish in the Philippines.

[edit] Undated

* Theaters reopened in England – Margaret Hughes debuts as the first female actor as Desdemona in Othello.
* Blaise Pascal’s The Provincial Letters, a defense of the Jansenist Antoine Arnauld, was ordered shredded and burned by King Louis XIV of France.
* Sweden recovers its southern provinces from Denmark.
* Expulsion of the Carib indigenous people from Martinique by French occupying forces.
* Hopkins School is founded.
* Absolutism is established in Denmark.

1730: January – June

* (none)

[edit] July – December

* July 12 – Pope Clement XII succeeds Pope Benedict XIII as the 246th pope.

* September 17 – Change of emperor of the Ottoman Empire from Ahmed III (1703-1730) to Mahmud I (1730-1754).

[edit] Undated

* Anna Ivanova (Anna I of Russia) became czarina.

[edit] Births
1730 in other calendars Gregorian calendar 1730
MDCCXXX
Ab urbe condita 2483
Armenian calendar 1179
?? ????
Bahá’í calendar -114 – -113
Buddhist calendar 2274
Chinese calendar 4366/4426-11-13
(?????????)
— to —
4367/4427-11-22
(?????????)
Ethiopian calendar 1722 – 1723
Hebrew calendar 5490 – 5491
Hindu calendars
– Vikram Samvat 1785 – 1786
– Shaka Samvat 1652 – 1653
– Kali Yuga 4831 – 4832
Holocene calendar 11730
Iranian calendar 1108 – 1109
Islamic calendar 1142 – 1143
Japanese calendar Ky?h? 15

(??15?)
– Imperial Year K?ki 2390
(??2390?)
– J?mon Era 11730
Julian calendar 1775
Korean calendar 4063
Thai solar calendar 2273
v • d • e

* April 16 – Henry Clinton, British general (d. 1795)
* May 13 – Charles Watson-Wentworth, 2nd Marquess of Rockingham, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1782)
* June 21 – Motoori Norinaga, Japanese philologist and scholar of the kokugaku school (d. 1801)

* July 12 – Josiah Wedgwood, English potter (d. 1795)
* July 26 – Charles Messier, French astronomer (d. 1817)
* September 17 – Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben, Prussian army officer (d. 1794)
* November 23 – William Moultrie, American general (d. 1805)
* December 30 – William Hamilton, British diplomat and antiquary (d. 1803)

[edit] Unknown dates

* Baron de Breteuil, last prime minister of the French monarchy (d. 1807)
* John Cook, American farmer and President of Delaware (d. 1789)
* John Moore, Archbishop of Canterbury (d. 1805)
* John Murray, 4th Earl of Dunmore, (Lord Dunmore) (d. February 25, 1809)

See also Category: 1730 births.

[edit] Deaths

* January 1 – Daniel Finch, 2nd Earl of Nottingham, English politician (b. 1647)
* January 1 – Samuel Sewall, English-born judge (b. 1652)
* January 29 – Tsar Peter II of Russia (b. 1715)
* February 23 – Pope Benedict XIII (b. 1649)
* March 2 – Pope Benedict XIII (b. 1649)
* March 20 – Adrienne Lecouvreur, French actress (b. 1692)
* May 30 – Arabella Churchill, English mistress of James II of England (b. 1648)

* July 18 – François de Neufville, duc de Villeroi, French soldier (b. 1644)
* September 27 – Laurence Eusden, English poet (b. 1688)
* October 12 – Frederick IV, King of Denmark and Norway (b. 1671)
* October 15 – Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac, French explorer (b. 1658)
* October 23 – Anne Oldfield, English actress (b. 1683)

Anyway, Wikipedia has Daniel Defoe as (1659/1661 [?] – April 24 [?], 1731). You can go there for 1731, too.

Susan asks…

When is the best time to visit London?

TheatrePlayers answers:

We think London is at its best in the last two weeks of September. But there’s actually plenty to do and see the year round. Weather is likely to be a major factor and it often surprises visitors to find that August is quite a wet month.
For a list of military ceremonial events (there are a surprising number, not just changing of the guard) see the Army’s Website. Actually it can be more fun to attend a rehearsal of an event such as ‘Trooping of the Colour’ consult the list before you come..

For the official public events calendar click HERE

London Calendar:
January: Often a pleasant month – not too cold, and not too wet. The very end of the month sees Atlantic gales blowing in. The Sales are on and everyone is shopping crazy. The theatres & concert halls are getting back to normal after the Christmas rush: good ticket availability. On the 1st a New-York style parade through the centre of town.

February: Unpleasant. Not cold – but dull with low cloud and rain. Those in the know are off skiing. Little to recommend the month apart from low hotel prices. Theatre and music often quite good by compensation. Chinese new year celebrations (lunar, so shifts) in Soho – nice day out, if crowded. At end of month (depends on the lunar feast of Easter) there can be a half term holiday week for schoolchildren when things get chaotic – avoid.

March: like February, only less so. Unsettled weather: some sun but also wet and windy. Where there’s an early Easter things get better: school half-term holidays can liven things up (movable feast). Oxford/Cambridge boat race usually last weekend. British Summer time begins end of March.

April: weather getting better though often wet and windy. Some optimists hold ‘Spring festivals’ of theatre, music etc. London Marathon. Watch out for Easter. Bank (ie public) Holiday 1st April.

May: most brits vainly hope summer is upon them in May, and are cruelly disappointed. Although it is getting warmer and there is more sunshine, showers betray the foolhardy. Extremely hard to predict the weather. May day is celebrated in Oxford and sometimes in London (eg Hampstead, Greenwich) with Morris-dancing and other festive treats. Football cup-final (usually). Coin Street Festival on South Bank. Chelsea Flower show. First Monday is a bank holiday.

June: Generally dry and sunny but can still upset as brief storms blow in off the Atlantic. Some venues like the Barbican can be beginning their Summer shut-down. Pub-theatres and other small venues begin their pre-Edinburgh run of comedy and short plays. Horse guards – trooping of the colour and beating the retreat rehearsals – first week. Royal Academy summer exhibition of dreadful painting. City of London Festival (good) of theatre and music, Covent Garden Festival. Wimbledon tennis championships. The Derby and Ascot horseracing.

July: It’s summer and warm enough to wear just a tee shirt – usually. Don’t forget that umbrella though as the storms are now coming in from another direction. Music drying up in preparation for the Proms. Hampton Court flower show (this one’s actually for gardeners)

August: Dearth of theatre as most companies are up in Edinburgh for the festival. Proms are on every night suffocating other music venues. Countryside in bloom. Lots of tourists – hotel prices soar. Notting Hill carnival last weekend in August (avoid). Last Monday usually a bank holiday is a bank holiday.

September: The best time to visit London. Warm, usually dry, especially the latter half. Open House Day (actually a weekend) when you can visit buildings normally closed to the public. Theatre back from Edinburgh with a host of new shows. Proms ends with its last night and the new music. Opera and theatre season begins. Pleasant slightly misty evenings. Seafood festival in Hay’s Galleria. Soho Jazz festival (good).

October: Like September but shorter days and less buzz. Or it can rain. Unpredictable. That Indian Summer is trying to work its way in but has to push out a lot of rainclouds to do so. Theatre and music good. In 2001 there were many, many days of warm, sunny weather, but one month’s rain fell in one day, screwing up the rainfall averages and causing flooding in central and eastern Britain. British Summer time ends end of the month – expect a glum week as the nights draw in.

November: truely Autumnal: the battle is on between the fading Indian summer and the next lot of wintery rainclouds. The 5th is Guy Fawkes night when Catholics are burned on bonfires across England (actually only straw dummies) and fireworks are let off. Lord Mayor’s show.

December: Chilly but often dry. Shopping frenzy pre-christmas. Most businesses do most of their trade in this month. Pretty lights in streets. Lots of very drunken office parties in latter half. Christmas week is dead. New Year’s eve celebrations in Trafalgar Square. If able book the new year away, either out of London in Norfolk of the northwest of Scotland, or in North Norfolk – or on a mountain with good skiing.

Mark asks…

Who was Trinidad and Tobago artist Carlisle Chang?

TheatrePlayers answers:

Carlisle Chang was born on the 21st of April 1921 near the Croisee, the bustling cross roads in San Juan, Trinidad. His early art education included a correspondence course from the Washington School of Art, a two year study program under Amy Leong-Pang and a Master’s certificate from the New York Institute of Photography. A British Council Scholarship in 1950 enabled him to study poetry, painting and mural painting at the L.C.C. Central School of Arts and Crafts, London where he received the diploma in 1953 and won an Italian Government Scholarship to the Instituto Statale d’Arte for Ceramics in Faenza.

Chang returned to Trinidad in 1954 and opened his painting studio in Port of Spain the following year. The ensuing two decades were his most productive with more than ten murals in a variety of media, costume and sets for theatre and ballet, concepts and design for more than twelve years of Carnival and easel painting in water-colours and oils. His paintings were sought by collectors, both local and overseas and selected by curators for showings in Europe, the United States and South America. He holds the citation from the Press Club of Lausanne and is the only West Indian artist ever to have received the medal of the Bienal de Sao Paulo, Brazil.

In 1970 in the wake of social change, which brought to a halt all initiatives in art, Chang turned to handicraft as a means of inoculating craft techniques to workers including the physically impaired. He started Gayapa Industries Limited producing collectors’ dolls, embroidered hangings, copper repousse and carved wood items; creating designs from local folklore and popular culture. Official policy on handicraft proved unreliable and ambivalent, however, and the handicraft thrust faltered within the decade.
The artist started anew as an interior designer and numbered among his projects the Seetaram House, Santa Margarita, the Nigerian High Commission, and eight branches for the Worker’s Bank of Trinidad and Tobago, which collapsed in 1987.

Chang served as President of the Trinidad Art Society for Five years and finally faced the prospect of having to jump-start his career afresh after 1990. The 1997 CLICO calendar was a welcome catalyst and the current exhibition represents both a return to painting and a renewal which will be applauded by patrons of art. In these latest offerings the artist reaches into recollections of an earlier, more graceful time and images that emerge out of the folk culture. If there are discernible references here they may be redolent of the work of Hugh Stollmeyer, and sometimes visions reminiscent of Ruffino Tamayo.

PRESENTATIONS
H.M. Queen Elizabeth II
H.R.H. The Princess Royal
H.R.H. Princess Margaret and Mr. Anthony Armstrong- Jones
President Julius Nyere of Senegal
President Luis Echiveria Alvarez of Mexico
Prime Minister Indira Ghandi of India (Late)

Carlisle Chang Collection
http://uwispace.sta.uwi.edu/dspace/handle/2139/7721

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