Kate’s Blog – Open Your Eyes

A friend of mine invited me to come and watch a production being staged by her friends theatre company, The Off-Off-Off Broadway Company. The show was a chilling tale, a-la Woman In Black, entitled Peaceful and was on the Etcetera Theatre in Camden.

Arriving a little earlier than the 9.30pm start I found my friend deep in conversation with two guys from a band called The Ancient Order. We were then introduced to the rest of the band and found out that they had just played a set at Wembley as part of David Ike’s ‘Live At Wembley’. They had come over from Canada and it was their first time in London so I was eager to find out their impressions of the City – so far so good (though they weren’t so sure about where they were staying in Elephant & Castle!). They were all fun characters and it was really nice to talk to some fellow creatives about the industry we call ‘entertainment’ and the highs and lows we all go through trying to make it “big”. They were heading off to the World’s End in Camden so no doubt they had an enjoyable night!

It was then time to watch the play, a three hander running at just under an hour in the cosy Etcetera Theatre. The play followed Ethel Charles, an old woman living in a large spooky mansion, hiding from a ghost she believes is haunting her. I won’t give too much more of the plot away but it’s safe to say that the company were very successful in creating a tense atmosphere and despite the lack of set, you could absolutely visualise the large rambling house with endless corridors and creaky floorboards through the subtle use lighting and sound.

It was a pleasure to see a Fringe show that was so tightly crafted and featured good writing and good acting and kept my attention the whole time. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for future shows by the company.

After the enjoyable show I was faced by a not so enjoyable tube journey home – oh the joys of the Northern line! However, at Moorgate three men got on the train brandishing…a drum, a trumpet and a violin! They then proceeded to play a lively rendition of ‘When The Saints Come Marching In’ – it was so cheerful and uplifting and I was so disappointed to see not one other person smiling, clapping along or putting any change in the hat they were passing around. I gave a couple of quid and clapped when they finished, I even found myself shouting ‘Is nobody else going to clap?!’ (I’d like to point out not a drop of alcohol had passed my lips that night!) and one other woman feebly clapped and gave a ‘wooooo!’.

Theatre and performance can be found everywhere in London, yet it is also a city where people regularly close themselves off to all the wonderful little bits of theatre going on around them. From the band at the bar, to the show above the pub to the singers on the train – it’s all there if you open your eyes a little bit, and when you do open your eyes it’s incredibly exciting!

Kate’s Blog – Donmar disaster!

The time is 12pm and I have a sudden thought – Barclays Front Row tickets at The Donmar! I scramble to get the website up and hopefully click on the link to find…all performances for the next 2 weeks sold out. Dammit! Since The Donmar Warehouse started the front row scheme I have managed to successfully forget every week that I needed to log on at 10am on a Monday morning for the chance of a ticket.

I’m particularly desperate to see the current show, Phyllida Lloyd’s Henry IV – an all female Shakespeare production starring Harriet Walter which follows on from the success of the all female Julius Caesar performed last year (another one I didn’t get a ticket for!)

I’m always incredibly excited when an all female Shakespeare is performed, particularly at such a major venue like The Donmar Warehouse. The very first show Spearshaker Theatre produced was an all female Midsummer Nights Dream and since then I’ve always kept a look out for other same sex Shakespeare productions. It’s safe to say that all female productions have been rather thin on the ground (though I have heard excellent things about Smooth Faced Gentlemen – I must catch their next show)

The Donmar’s Henry VI is set in a women’s prison and, from reading the description and reviews, becomes a play within a play when the women of the prison stage a production of one of Shakespeare’s finest (and most male dominated) works. It is a concept that some reviewers have not taken too well to, and the word ‘gimmick’ has been whispered more than once. Of course I’m in no position to review a show before I’ve seen it, so will reserve judgement until I get my backside into gear and log on at 10am next Monday for tickets! Watch this space!

New Production – “Good Girls/Saying Yes”

 

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Spearshaker Theatre present an evening of new writing, showcasing two one act plays by Perdita Stott and Lisa Cagnacci at The Etcetera Theatre in Camden from 14th-16th Feb 2014.

’Good Girls’ by Perdita Stott, directed by Alexandra Agnew. Three women tell their stories. They have never met but their lives are linked over the years as they consider what it means to feel safe, to feel fear and what makes a person strong. Their gender stereotypes are challenged as they face vulnerability and what it means to be – and who can be – a victim.

’Saying Yes’ by Lisa Cagnacci, directed by Kate Murphy. Lauren and Ellie have been happily dating for 6 years. However, when Lauren unexpectedly decides to propose to Ellie their whole relationship is thrown into jeopardy! A light-hearted drama about what commitment really means and how sure we have to be before taking ’the plunge’ into marriage.

Performance times: 14th and 15th Feb @ 9.30pm, 16th Feb @ 8.30pm
Total running time: 1h 10mins
Tickets: £10 available online at www.etceteratheatre.com or in person at the Box Office.
Theatre adress: Etcetera Theatre, 265 Camden High Street, London NW1 7BU. Nearest tube Camden Town.

Hello 2014! Exciting news!

We’re BACK with a new writing double bill that is going to be performed at a central London venue in Feb 2014!

Auditions were yesterday and there was an amazing turnout with some truly amazing talent – thank you to everyone who attended :)  Casting to be announced this week!

 

 

Fantastic Show – More To Come

After the sell out success of our recent show The Other Plans, a new writing piece by Catherine Bray and Sara Hunt, we’re really looking forward to our next production.

Christmas is coming so we’re hoping to bring you a little bit of festive fun!!!

If you think you’ve got a script that fits the bill – comedy, drama or maybe even a pantomime then get in touch.

We ‘d really love to hear from you.

In the meantime now that winters on its way and there are only 91 days left to Christmas  just a reminder of what we’ve got to look forward to!!!

A snowcat snowman!!!!!

Another Successful Spearshaker Production

A big thank you to all the cast and crew of our latest successful new writing production, The Other Plans.

It was the first play that writers Catherine Bray and Sarah Hunt have worked on together and judging by the great reviews it’s received I’m sure it wont be their last!

Writers Catherine Bray and Sarah Hunt with the cast of The Other Plans

Writers Catherine Bray and Sarah Hunt with the cast of The Other Plans

We were so lucky find such a talented group of actors who really brought their characters to life. It’s been a pleasure to work with them – thanks girls!!

The Cast of The Other Plans: Nina Bright, Joanna Wills, Claire Garvey, Alexandra Agnew

The Cast of The Other Plans: Nina Bright, Joanna Wills, Claire Garvey and Alexandra Agnew

And of course not forgetting our fantastic audiences who’ve supported us every step of the way and helped make The Other Plans such a great success.

Bring on the next one!!

Our amazing review :)

Check our amazing review for The Other Plans courtesy of A Younger Theatre – click here to have a read! Below are a couple of choice quotes…

“Writers Catherine Bray and Sarah Hunt have created a piece that is genuine, moving and a really good laugh.”

“The relationships between the girls are wonderfully natural and realistic.”

“In a busy city, a glimpse of real women makes me smile, and also laugh a lot!”

Full House!!

Thursday night's sell-out audience enjoy an al fresco drink in the Colour House Theatre Courtyard duri

Thursday night’s sell-out audience enjoy an al fresco drink in the Colour House Theatre Courtyard during the interval

Sell out night tonight for The Other Plans. Everyone on top form, lots of laughs, we’re all having a great time – cant believe there’s only one show left to go so make sure you get your tickets NOW!!!!!

Two shows down!

Well…we’re now 2 shows down and so far SO GOOD! We’ve had an overwhelmingly positive response from our lovely audiences and look forward to seeing some more of you later this week! To guarantee yourself a seat buy your tickets here – Thursday 15th is selling super fast you if you want to come tomorrow you’ve got to be quick!

Final rehearsal…bring on the first show!!

Final rehearsal today is now done! Just got the tech and dress tomorrow daytime and then the first performance in the evening! One half of our writing team, Catherine Bray, has got the cast and creative to do some Q&A’s on her website…to have a further insight into the minds our talented team click here 

Tickets are selling FAST! Thursday definitely going to be a sell out so to avoid disappointment click here to guarantee yourself a seat!