Monthly Archives: June 2016

NOW IS THE SUMMER OF OUR CONTENT MADE GLORIOUS BY THIS SUN OF JUNE

DESPITE THE WEATHER MIX, ROMFORD SUMMER THEATRE MANAGES TO GET IN FOUR PERFORMANCES. NOW FOR THE NEXT FOUR AND KINDER WEATHER

The sun certainly has got its hat on as the Romford Summer Theatre (RST) start preparations for the second week of Shakeapeare’s MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

Swan Song or last four performances of much Ado About Nothing in Raphael Park

Swan Song or last four performances of much Ado About Nothing in Raphael Park

Gone is the plague on both our houses with days of thundery rain and shafts of sunlight, Mr Fish person at the BBC has promised much better weather and the show will definitely  go on.

The opening night, Thursday June 16, saw four performances with the Sunday Matinee attracting a large audience. The cast is now preparing for Wednesday Sponsors night (not open to the public) and the final three shows from Thursday June 23 to Saturday June 25.

All start at 8pm on the Rockery, Raphael Park, Main Road, Romford, with a 20 minute interval for tea and cake.

The stage is the top end of the park alongside the lake.

The worthy and dried out cast are:

Paul Sparrowham and Lindsay Hollingsworth are the main characters Benedick and Beatrice.

Tickets are from £10 or £8 and available from the Rockery entrance or the website http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/events/127728

 

 

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DELUGE DROWNED THESPS MAN-UP AS SHORT SHARP SHOWERS HIT RAPHAEL PARK

They call it dedication to their art, but Sunday’s blast of the wet stuff did nothing to put off the Heroes of Romford Summer Theatre’s Much Ado About Nothing rehearsal.

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Under the direction of June Fitzgerald, (above) the large cast squelched its way through the entire performance bringing a new meaning to the word ‘soggy’

The inclement blast brought out the best in designer plastic bags and past sell by date umbrellas usually found discarded in the rubbish bins that litter the park.

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The reason for the dedication to the ‘Show Must Go On’ was the full production of the seven performances, begins this coming Thursday, June 16, and the final batch of rehearsals need to be acted out to hone the entrances and exits.

Much Ado is reportedly one of the Bard’s funniest plays and much enjoyed by actors and audiences alike, even if the elements interfere.

 

Shakespeare in the Park not only celebrates the 400th anniversary of the Bard but brings the company to its own special 54th year of productions the park.

The seven performances are from 8pm on Thursday to Saturday June 16-18 and again from Thursday June June 23 to Saturday June 25 with a matinee on Sunday June 19 which begins at 3pm.

Tickets will be available at the Rockery entrance or on line on http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/127728, price £10 and £8.

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MUCH ADO ABOUT PRANKS IN THE PARK AND CAST PLASTERED

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The annual Shakespeare in the Park is becoming a race to see how many broken bones make a sonnet.

Much ado posterCast members including the director turn up at rehearsals swathed in bandages after a series of falls and one even suffered while filling the car with petrol.

Don’t ask!

But being a resourceful lot the production of Much Ado about Nothing, is going ahead with seven performances beginning on June 16 accompanied with various NHS mobility aids.

Much ado is one of the Bard’s funniest plays, but not even he encountered the challenging assault course experienced by some of the cast.

Bedfords at dusk wThe score is two at the moment so nervous glances to see who is next abound as well as reading from cover to cover of the Health and Safety manual.

Despite the tumbles, all is in the best traditions of the show must go on, even with an assortment of Zimmer frames and wheelchairs with the odd pair of walking crutches propping up the bushes Just in case.

Swan in the middleDirector, June Fitzgerald had become quite accomplished at waving her limb encased in more bandages than carried by a fleet of LAS finest emergency vehicles, and trials are going on with propelled wheelchair for Lorraine Ely, who is playing the volatile mum,  Leonata. She is the arm waving protector of her beloved daughter, Hero, played by El Burgess.

There has been talk of camouflaging the volunteer extra who is charged with pushing the chair while disguised as an oak sapling.

Lorraine Ely and Paul Sparrowham

Lorraine Ely and Paul Sparrowham

As for the play, that is going well, with Lindsay Hollingsworth and Paul Sparrowham as the war torn couple, Benedict and Beatrice, doing battle even before marriage in the best EastEnders style, with the rest  of us diving for cover during the more interesting bouts.

Now in its 54th year, Romford Summer Theatre traditionally performs a Shakespearean comedy annually at the Rockery in Raphael Park, Main Road, Romford.

The setting is perfect for the excitement, fun and literary excellence of his works.

Each year the lighting team bathe the giant Oak trees and rockery in an explosion of colours, creating theatre under the stars and a vision not easily forgotten once seen. 

Lindsey Hollingworth, Lorraine Ely and El Burgess

Lindsey Hollingworth, Lorraine Ely and El Burgess

All the players are amateur but drawn from the many drama societies that give Havering a  much envied name for traditional and new theatre.

The seven performances are  from 8pm on Thursday to Saturday June 16-18, again from Thursday June 23 to Saturday June 25 with a matinee on Sunday June 19 which begins at 3pm.

Tickets will be available at the Rockery entrance or on line http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/127728, price £10 and £8.