Sewell Barn - New Season 2013 - 2014

I got an invite to pop along to our local Sewell Barn Theatre.  They had an open launch afternoon to present all of the upcoming productions that will be making up next season’s performances.
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I arrived fashionably late and decided to climb to a spot rather than wiggle past people and get in the way. A lovely lady gave me a hand clambering up to a seat.

I really wish I had had the forethought to pop my notebook in my bag on the way out of the house. There were so many exciting projects introduced that I couldn't possibly recall them all.  There were not only descriptions of all the plays being described by their directors but also lots of the details of the things that go on behind the scenes and requests for actors and actresses to take part.  I had to go look on the website to remind myself of the details.  


New Sewell Barn Productions for 2013 - 2014


There are nine new productions in the new season for 2013-14

Festen  By David Eldridge
The Cricket Match  By Alan Ayckbourn
The Shape of Things  By Neil Labute
Once In A Lifetime  by Moss Hart & George S Kaufman
Down Among the Wines and Spirits - the golden age of the real music hall     
Brave New World  by Aldous Huxley  adapted by Roger Parsley
All My Sons by Arthur Miller
The Attractions  by Tony Marchant
The Libertine  by Stephen Jeffreys


Brave New World  by Aldous Huxley  adapted by Roger Parsley



Aldous Huxley's Brave New World at Sewell Barn TheatreI couldn't help but let out an audible ooooh at the announcement of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, which I could hear echoed by other people around the auditorium.  Apparently this play doesn't receive permission to be performed often.  An application has to be submitted and approved by Universal Studios.  Sewell Barn has been fortunate to have been given that approval.


The Libertine  by Stephen Jeffreys 


The director gave a very humorous casting call for 'The Libertine' by Stephen Jeffrey’s.  The person introducing it was trying to describe the play in such a way as to let people read between the lines.  I am so glad someone shouted out that it was a bit "risqué" as I wasn't getting the implied references. Subtlety never having been one of my strong points at the best of times, neither the receiving or giving of.   I wish I had carried on with acting lessons now.  I'm quite excited by the idea of acting up in period costume for devilish and comical debauchery.


The Shape of Things  By Neil Labute


'The Shape of Things' is being directed by Luke Owen, one of our very own UEA creative writing students.  Sounds like the young actors who get involved are going to need exceptional memories because apparently it is a very wordy play.

The Cricket Match  By Alan Ayckbourn


'The Cricket Match' sounds like a fun and unusual play. The play consists of just two actors playing ten different characters between them, but the sets also change to take into account that the play is made up of several smaller plays but they share the same opening scene.  And if that wasn't enough, each scene of the play has an alternate ending.   Confused yet?  I can't wait to see it just to see how the actors switch characters and get in and out of their costumes and back on stage in time.


Once In A Lifetime  by Moss Hart & George S Kaufman


The director who brought Bedlam to Sewell Barn, Robert Little, introduced his next production, 'Once in a Lifetime'.  Set in the 1920's, it is a satirical comedy that follows 3 people heading to Hollywood to make it big.  And big it is!  I thought Bedlam had a large cast at 26.  'Once in a Lifetime' will have 39 characters.

Down Among the Wines and Spirits - the golden age of the real music hall 

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A play that was conceived later in the day and didn't make it into the brochure, Down Among the Wines and Spirits' sounds a fun production to be involved in. It is set at a time before the Good Old Days and variety shows back in the real music hall days.  It is being written to fit around the characters who will be performing anything from monologs to singing.  The narration is going to be based on a local music hall family.  
The play is called 'Down Among the Wines and Spirits because that is where the performers used to get listed when they were at the bottom of the bill.  Down at the bottom of the poster near the drinks list.  Wonderfully thought out concept and local connection, I love it.  I think that this will be an enjoyable, sing-song of an evening after a tipple or three.

Go check out one, some, or all of the productions if you can.  No need for binoculars at Sewell Barn.  It's a lovely little theatre that lets you get right up and personal to the action.   The theatre has unbelievably reasonable prices considering all of the hard work that is going into these productions.   It was fascinating hearing the discussion of the technical aspects, costuming, building of sets and the number of days of rehearsals that actors invest in.  Three days in rehearsals per week.   It must definitely be a labour of love and absolutely electric when all of the hard work comes together on the night.  

I wish all of those taking part in the new season happy rehearsals, smooth changeovers, full houses and wild after parties.

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