On the 6th March Celia Muir and Russell Biles took part in a reading of Annie’s play Romancing Miss Bliss, a light-hearted exploration of love, friendship and the world of romance fiction. A good time was had by all and now Annie’s back to working on the play!
BKTC's Stage Writing Group continues to meet regularly in Frome. Members are working on the plays featured in last October's Scratch Night, aiming to have complete drafts ready by late Autumn for rehearsed readings - funds permitting.
If you live in or near Frome and would like to try your hand at writing for the theatre contact Sian at email@example.com
Defender of the Dead started the Hampshire leg of its tour at Forest Forge Theatre Ringwood on the 28th October 2017. The show received some excellent reviews including:
"Complex, vibrant, heart-stopping. Thank you." Audience Member
"Catch it if you can. You will be in for a theatrical treat." Forest Reviews
and we're very grateful to Sharon and the Team for hosting us. The show was then seen by a small but appreciative audience at Hyde Memorial Hall before moving on to Forest Arts, New Milton on the 28th November. Thanks to Helen and the Forest Arts Team who helped make the evening a great success and to Eltjo for a knock-out performance! One audience member wrote in the Comments Book:
"Better than anything we've seen in London."
On the 9th February 2018 Defender of the Dead was seen by a large and enthusiastic audience at the delightful Shelley Theatre, Bournemouth. The final performance took place on the 17th February at The Market Hall, Botley - a venue that doesn't usually stage dramas - a fact that was reflected in the number of people who came to see the show - but, we've broken new ground and hope to return there at sometime in the future!
Many thanks to all the writers and actors who took part in our hugely successful Scratch Night at The Archangel in Frome on Sunday, 15th October. We had a full house and very lively feedback from a discerning, enthusiastic and appreciative audience. The writers are now continuing to work on their scripts and the Frome Stagewriting Group will reconvene its monthly meetings in a couple of weeks. If you'd like to join call Sian on 01373 812793 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Audiences have been riveted by Eltjo de Vries as Zac in Sian’s play, Defender of the Dead which began touring on the 24 th September at The David Hall, South Petherton; with an entertaining script, an engaging performance and the perfect set created by Julie Read the show is proving to be a hit. Its success is also due to the wizardry of John Morris who has joined us as technician.
BKTC are now making plans for 2017.
Sian’s play, Defender of the Dead, was given a rehearsed reading at the David Hall, South Petherton on the 8th March. This was presented as a work in progress and the audience took part in a lively discussion after the show.
Sian has been busy working on BKTC’s proposed 3 Year Plan and is in the process of creating partnerships with arts hubs in the Somerset.
In July War Crimes for the Home, directed by Jeni Draper, adapted by Anne with additional material by Shenagh Govan (who also performed) from the novel by Liz Jensen, played to full houses at Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre Pub, E17. The short run included two BSL signed performances for the deaf and hard of hearing. The show has since been seen at Trowbridge, Bristol and at the Wedover Festival”.
“an acting tour de force”
“Jeni Draper’s direction was excellent”
“a superb and sensitive adaptation”
“your signer Vikki was superb and added to the experience”
BKTC is now registered as a company limited by guarantee. We are continuing to look for funding from ACE and other sources for a production of Defender of the Dead which we plan to tour next year.
BKTC presented a short extract from Defender of the Dead, a new one-man show by Sian Williams which featured Phillip Keimann, at a Practitioners’ Workshop organised as part of Made in Somerset, a celebration of Arts in the area organised by Take Art.
Thicker than Water, featuring Isobel Arnett in Clearing my Mother’s House and Wendy Van der Plank in Master of Disguise, premiered at Stawell Village Hall and played to sell out houses in Newton and Noss and Stockland. It was also seen at Ibberton, Dulverton, Clapton and Wayford, Shepton Mallet, Bradford Peverell, Nethercompton and Tatworth.
The show was very well received and here are just some of the comments made by audience members:-
“I was riveted and completely drawn in to the lives of the characters presented.”
“I very much enjoyed watching good writing being performed by actresses with proper technique.”
“Real Theatre – amusing and witty but thought-provoking.” (Newton and Noss Village Hall, Devon)
“(We were) totally engaged and absorbed … Marvellous – extremely professional, very entertaining, exactly what I expected. Sian and her company were really great to work with.” (Promoter, Clapton Village Hall, Somerset)
“Another cracker from Sian Williams and an excellent actor – Wendy Van der Plank … Lisa McGinnis, a new face on the block to us, wrote a very intimate story, beautifully played by Isobel Arnett. Three cheers for BKTC!” (Promoter, Nethercompton Village Hall, Dorset)