Saturday, 18 August 2018

AND THEN CAME THE RAIN!

Well, we all knew it could not last forever, but what a glorious Summer, and how much fun we had rehearsing with our new actress outdoors.
Alicia now knows all nine plays in which she will be performing, as the new school year begins next month: and we shall be off on holiday for a few days staying with friends in France.
Our next mailing will be hitting the schools as they return in September and, hopefully, the phone will melt!
I suspect we will be inundated with requests for presentations and workshops celebrating the 100 years since the end of World War I.
This could also prove an appropriate time to air our "TIMELINE" play.
If I have not mentioned it before, it is an 80 minutes extravaganza covering the period from STONE AGE MAN to THE PRESENT DAY.
One actor with a myriad of props and costumes portrays most of the important characters and events in English history.
It is truly spectacular: just take a look at some of the reviews on the website.
In the meantime, I will leave you with a few photos from the play.
Until next time, Albert....












Monday, 30 July 2018

REHEARSALS GOING WELL

Last time I wrote I promised you a photo of our new young actress, Alicia, and here she is.
No, not the one on the lead being petted, the other one!
 Come to think of it, I believe Alicia would have enjoyed performing inside T-REX. Jade certainly did.
I do hope our presentations helped the theme parks with their DINOSAUR GOLF.
Getting back to rehearsals, I never cease to be amazed at just how much one can learn and retain.
Think about this. If one is performing on, let us say, a London stage with six evening shows and a matinee, you learn the part, rehearse it and get up there and do it.
With us, you have to learn nine plays, even more than rep. and be able to conduct drama workshops based on them.
And, if that is not enough, there will be workshops not necessarily related to the plays that also require learning.
All in all, it's a hard life with little financial reward for most. But we love it, or we would not be here doing it day after day. I can hear them rehearsing as I write so, I think I shall go and watch.
                                                                                   Until next time, Albert........


Monday, 16 July 2018

AND STILL THE SUN KEEPS SHINING!

After the wettest Winter for some years, we are now enjoying the sunniest Summer since 1976.
I imagine it is waiting for the schools to break up and then will come the downfall.
In my day (here I go again!) it mattered not. We still made cycle speed tracks, bows and arrows, catapults and all manner of things liable to maim and kill ourselves and those around us.
How much is changed! The most likely injury to kids today is dropping their mobile or laptop on their foot.
Of course, such luxuries never existed back then and, even if they had, we could not have afforded them.
Enough of the reminiscing.
Today, we are having our first rehearsal with our talented new actor, Alicia, blocking some of our plays. Intensive rehearsals will begin soon, once the lines have been learnt.
Sadly, we will be losing Alia and Fergus at the end of the month as they pursue their careers in other directions. We wish them well and, of course, we will stay in touch as we have with others who have worked with us over the years.
Keeping this short today, but I will add a photo of Alicia next time I write.
In the meantime, take a look at these from our archives.
Albert....





Sunday, 24 June 2018

P.T.A. & FRIENDS WE DESPERATELY NEED YOU!

With a little bit of luck, BREXIT could be resolved before the end of this decade!
The housing shortage could then be tackled!
The N.H.S could be made to work better!
Obesity could be overcome! (Incidentally, why don't they just do what they did with tobacco - keep everything that contains sugar under lock and key. And, whilst they are about it, include all foodstuffs that contain salt. That would make shopping so much easier!)
Where was I ?
Oh yes,
EDUCATION
Has anyone in Government ever considered the possibility that this Country's future depends on the young?
I suspect not. Otherwise, we would be spending a great deal more on educating them.
So, it falls on the public to do more.
We hear regularly of situations where there has to be a "whip round" to buy pencils, books and even toilet paper.
So what chance the ARTS and DRAMA!
Live drama has long been recognised as a powerful tool in the education process; whether it be watching PERFORMANCES or participating in WORKSHOPS.
If THEATRE IN EDUCATION is to survive, it needs the help of the teachers, parents and friends.
Be prepared to go out and raise funds. Dig deep in your pockets and provide subsidies.
After all, your Government is showing little interest!
Finished bitching but, just before I go, take a look at some photos from a play we recently performed. See if you can guess what it was.
Until again, Albert .....










Sunday, 10 June 2018

T. I. E. AND S.E.N.

Over the years I have written much about what we can do and offer, and today I want to mention something I have barely touched on despite it being a very important area , and one in which I believe we excel, having gained a great deal of experience spanning many years.
I am talking about SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS.
Of course, every school has a SENCO (SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS CO-ORDINATOR) assigned to the children requiring special attention for many different reasons: dedicated individuals with specialist skills. We always try to introduce ourselves to them on arrival to ensure those in their care will be okay with our performance.
BUT, beyond this we have a wealth of experience in performing at SPECIAL SCHOOLS covering the whole spectrum from moderate to multiple and profound needs.
IN FACT, our very first performance on the IDES of MARCH 1999 was "The Story of Aesop's Fables" at Springhallow School in Ealing.
Back then it was the only play we had on offer and, fortunately, our Director and Creator lived close by.
We at once realised how important it was to bring live drama to some who would probably never have the pleasure of visiting a theatre.
Since that first day we have performed many of our plays at numerous SPECIAL SCHOOLS, and conducted DRAMA WORKSHOPS.
I will leave you with just one example of a fairly recent occurrence:
A booking had been made for a performance of our play "WORLD WAR II" to be followed by a one hour DRAMA WORKSHOP based on the subject at a SPECIAL SCHOOL. At the time of booking we were informed that the audience would comprise around 30 pupils with moderate learning ability.
On the day we arrived the headteacher told us that they had just accepted a small unit of four pupils in wheelchairs and, whilst they would watch the play, they would not be able to participate in the workshop.
We gave this some serious thought and concluded they would be able to participate; they would dance in their wheelchairs in celebration of the end of the war; a real winner with the head teacher.
The final word.... INCLUSION!  

Saturday, 19 May 2018

19th MAY - A SIGNIFICANT DATE!

YES, of course, we all know about the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan and, of course, the FA Cup Final as Chelsea and Manchester United dutifully line up to follow it.
But NO, I am going back nearly 500 years to the execution of ANNE BOLEYN on 19th May 1536




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Was she really guilty of adultery? Mark Smeaton admitted to having had an affair with her, as did others. But let us not forget, back then there were some quite ingenious ways of extracting confessions. Just visit The Tower of London and see some examples. I promise they will make your blood curdle.
To be honest, I never did trust that Oliver Cromwell chap - something about him!
Anyway, if you want to learn more and be royally entertained, just book our fabulous "Henry VIII" play.
It's my favourite of our ten productions, and I guarantee you will love it.
Fifteen characters are portrayed by two brilliant actors, and you will have the opportunity to partake in an execution, not yours, I hasten to add!
As I leave you, take a look at some of the pictures from the show.
Until next time, Albert.....

Thursday, 3 May 2018

NO COMPLAINTS THIS TIME.

Now it is May and the sun is shining. How could I possibly find anything to moan about?
Although the schools have no money, it seems the parents do, and they are looking for shows for their kids' birthday parties.
Well, look no further. Aesop's Theatre has the most popular children's plays for ages two to twelve: and they are affordable. Give me a call or send me an email and I will quote a fee to meet your budget.
"Gingerbread Man" for the young ones is the most popular production but, if you prefer a bit of puppetry, go for "The Ugly Duckling", or if friendship is high on the agenda, "The Hare & the Tortoise" fits the bill perfectly.
They say " action speaks louder than words" but, in this case let it be pictures.
I will leave you with some of these to whet your appetite.
Until soon, Albert...