Thursday, 14 February 2019

THE WEEK BEFORE HALF TERM

The sun is shining and whilst there is a chill in the air, we have survived in the south with only a modicum of snow and ice. Of course, March can bring surprises, but our hopes are high that we will not suffer any last minute postponements through school closures.
Amazing that we manage trips to the Midlands and beyond in the severest weather conditions only to find over zealous councils have ordered the schools to close. It were a lot different in my day, I hear you say. We all looked forward to creating treacherous slides and hurling snowballs at unsuspecting teachers: it was all part of the winter experience.
Nowadays, the kids are locked into their homes in front of their computers and mobile phones; "quelle change"!
Enough of the complaining, I did promise you a look at our wonderful new actress Tabitha.
Well, here she is, and you will be seeing her many times over the coming months.
 That's all from me for the present, but I will stay in touch, I promise,
Albert.....

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

THE SHOW WENT WELL

Today, at an independent school in Maidenhead, one that knows us well, Tabitha did her first performance of "Aesop's Fables".
Dare I say they loved it. In fact, the applause at the end was truly deafening.
So, what's the big deal, you ask?
Well, Tabitha has only been with us a week and, with NINE plays to learn, we are very impressed with the speed she is coming along.
Of course, the same has to be said of Paul, who has also been with us for only a short while, and he already has FOUR shows under his belt.
A long way to go yet and the busy Spring term is always a test, but we are confident of fulfilling all our many engagements with the quality performances our regulars have come to expect.
Half term is nearly upon us and that affords the opportunity to knuckle down to rehearsals and honing the finer points.
The wonderful part of having new actors is the innovations and ideas they bring. Sometimes I look back on the original scripts of twenty years ago and realise how much they have changed. The key important elements remain, but there is many a hint of enterprise and creativity that can be associated with the actors that portrayed the characters and enacted the scenes.
The golden rule is to quickly win over the audience and then milk them for all it is worth: add new jokes, use expression and body language to emphasise a point. You will be amply rewarded when you see the children really enjoying it.
As ever, I am prattling on. Have some more pictures.






Until next time, Albert signing off....

Monday, 21 January 2019

GREAT NEWS! GREAT NEWS!

We have just taken on a sparkling new actress.
Tabitha Thomas starts rehearsals today and we are all very excited.
Do keep your eyes on our "ACTORS" column as Tabitha will soon be adding her own biography, and I will shortly be posting a photo to accompany it.
In the meantime, read what she has to say about herself:

"I trained in professional dance and musical theatre, having come from a primarily dance based background. But I discovered acting at college and fell in love with transforming myself. I have always created my own work as I play many instruments and I love writing my own songs"

Of course, having read this, we insisted she sing for us at audition, and her voice is truly amazing: a memorable rendition of "Over the Rainbow".
Tabitha's first performances will be "Aesop's Fables", the first play we wrote back in 1999 and "The Gingerbread Man", our most popular production for the young ones.
I will leave you now with some photos from Aesop's Fables.
Until very soon,
Albert.....















Thursday, 10 January 2019

CHRISTMAS CAME AND WENT

Before you know it, it is all over!
One minute you are poring over the presents, wine and food, and the next you are welcoming the new year.
Then suddenly, it is well into January and the cold weather has arrived; thankfully, not the snow and ice, so keeping fingers crossed.
We have a busy schedule of plays and workshops, less of the seasonal fun stuff, and more curriculum related performances.
We have anew actor on board and are seeking a further one to complement the team.
Fitting rehearsals in between performances keeps us extremely busy and creates rather a "Catch 22" situation. We want the bookings, but need time off to rehearse.
On top of this, everyone wants New Workshops, and that means finding the time to devise them.
All in all, far too much to be doing. So I have to go now and just leave you with some more pictures.
Until soon, Albert.....







Tuesday, 18 December 2018

MY FIVE A DAY

No, I am not talking about fruit and, anyway, that myth has long been exploded.
I am referring to the average number of emails I receive every day offering to improve this website.
These appear to emanate from all over the World but, mainly India and China and sometimes the UK.
Of course there are the inevitable ones from the fraud capital of the World (not allowed to mention the country, but you all know where I mean).
There is a regular pattern to them all: rather like the unwanted telephone caller who starts off with "How are you today?". At which point you obviously hang up. Actually, if it is a live voice, and understandable, I may have a little fun first. Don't ask!!!
Yes, rather in the style of the shadow chancellor of the exchequer responding to the chancellor's budget address. He invariably praises his opponent for such an eloquent speech, and then proceeds to tear him apart.
So it is with those soliciting for our website business. "You have an excellent website however", and then they try to baffle me with technical jargon.
Somehow I manage to resist the temptation of responding with "yes, it is an excellent website. After all, so many of you are finding it without difficulty".
But no, once you reply, you are in their clutches.
Here endeth my bitch for today.
Let's look at a couple more pictures to remember what we do. Kids enjoying themselves.
Until next time,
Albert.......





Sunday, 16 December 2018

KEEPING OUR FINGERS CROSSED

So far, so good!
I believe the weather is on our side this year. Keep raining if you like but please no snow or ice. England cannot handle it, and we don't want to disappoint the kids with so many shows booked before Christmas.
We were very apprehensive about last Monday's morning trip to Leicester, and then on to Mansfield in the afternoon, followed by an overnight stay in Stockton on Tees to freshen up for a late morning performance in Middlesborough on Tuesday.
Thankfully, all went well and the children and staff were delighted.
This coming week sees us in Chelmsford, Seaford, Birmingham and then finishing the year in London.
We start it all again in early January and I just read that the Seven Bridge toll is scrapped from today. That too is good news as we have a booking deep in Wales coming up shortly, and every penny saved helps keep us going.
I leave you with just a reminder of what we could have faced.
Until soon,
Albert.......



Saturday, 1 December 2018

IT JUST GETS BETTER AND BETTER

It was only a few days ago I was telling you the wonderful news about Alia. Well, here is some more good news.
Starting in January, Paul Baverstock will be joining us.
Paul has a wealth of experience in both acting and directing.
Keen to get going, he has been armed with the scripts and will commence rehearsals next week.
Watch out for his biog. in the actors' section of this website where it will soon appear.
Now, I have been racking my brain to try and come up with some more "buzz" words; not with too much success I have to say.
Anyway, how about themes, studies, books, art, illustrations, creativity naration and entertainment.
Also, I think some character names from the plays may be useful.
So, here goes:
Billy, Gingerbread Man, Mr Hare and Mr Tortoise, King Henry VIII, Omar, Professor Mildred Mildew, Kitty, Stanley, Albert and his twin brother Edward, Maisy (the one you never see!), Neddy, Miss Cecilia Swan, Freddie the frog, Ann Boleyn, Ann of Cleves, Catherine Parr, Catherine of Aragon, Jane Seymour, Catherine Howard, Prince Edward, Princess Mary, Princess Elizabeth, Cardinal Wolsey, The Pope, Court Jester, Leper, Thomas Cranmer, Thomas Cromwell, Anon the Executioner, Grave Digger The Cow with no name, Mr Fox, The Snake and the Weasel, The Lion, Mr Stork.
That's just a few of the NINETY SIX CHARACTERS we portray in nine plays, and I haven't even mentioned any from "TIMELINE"
Still, enough to be going on with.
I fancy a cuppa.
So, 'till next time, this is Albert signing off. Come along Bonnie.......