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The Good Doctor by Neil Simon
Directed by Paul Loveless
“The Good Doctor” by Neil Simon, the next production at the Ice Factory for Teignmouth Players is an odd one in that it blends the short stories of one of the last century’s great Russian playwrights, dramatised by one of the US’ great comic writers.
In addition to his better-known plays, Anton Chekhov wrote over 200 short stories, many of them when he was a young man in his twenties. He is one of the most lauded Russian authors of the late 19th century. His finest plays are still regularly performed across the world including The Cherry Orchard, Uncle Vanya, and The Three Sisters. The latter movingly referred to in one of the play-lets in this production.
Neil Simon, the popular Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of The Odd Couple and Lost in Yonkers, here takes nine of Chekhov’s short stories and weaves them into a series of short “plays.”
So two great authors, from different continents and different ages are brought together in this quirky set of 9 play-lets. Each of the stories is set in a different scenario which, when originally performed on Broadway would have been a real challenge...with a several revolving stages! Although the Ice Factory has, as yet anyway, not achieved that level of technological sophistication the Players hope that their solution to the problem will be innovative and enable you enjoy the production fully.
It is a play that exposes the ridiculous, the tender, the outlandish, ludicrous, innocent, and weird frailties of human beings, each scene telling its own story, but the behavior of the characters and the resolutions of their stories are far from typical or predictable.
The play calls for 20 characters to be played by 5 actors across 9 different scenarios. Its worth seeing for that alone!
“The Good Doctor” is directed by Paul Loveless and is being performed at the Ice Factory Studio Theatre in Teignmouth between October 15th and 19th at 7:30pm.
The Players look forward to welcoming you to their 50 seat theatre that brings you close to the action and hope that you will enjoy the evening.
THIS PRODUCTION IS AT PAVILIONS TEIGNMOUTH, NOT THE ICE FACTORY
Wonderfully funny and heart-warming, Stepping Out charts the lives of seven women and one man attempting to overcome their inhibitions and tap their troubles away at a weekly dance class.
Initially all thumbs and left feet, this unlikely but loveable crew is just getting to grips with the basics when they are asked to perform in a charity gala, and can’t quite believe it when they agree!
Each of these unique characters has a goal and story to tell. Over the course of several months we follow tap teacher Mavis and her colourful troupe through their journey towards a hopeful triumph at their recital finale.
This uplifting comedy is a tale of tap, tenacity and truth, where friendship is found, discoveries are made and challenges overcome. Feel good theatre at its best.
DIRECTED by JESSICA HUNTER
Jessica has been a drama teacher for 17 years and a devoted mum for 12. She is passionate about being creative and nurtures her love of the theatre through acting and directing. (Mostly directing due to paralysing stage fright and a penchant for being bossy).
Having directed productions for the Teignmouth Players and TOADS such as Blue Remembered Hills, Little Voice, Billy Liar, My Mother Said, and the hugely successful double run of Calendar Girls, she is very proud to be working with such a talented and dedicated team here on Stepping Out.
Breaking The Code by Hugh Whitemore
Directed by Amy Burton-Smith
13th-16th June at the Ice Factory
£12 per ticket
Breaking The code tells the story of the life of Alan Turing, who this year has been voted 'The Greatest Icon of the 20th Century'. This biographical drama, described by Time Magazine as "elegant and poignant", unravels the story of a mathematically brilliant man who's work in computer science highly influenced the computers of today. The play explores the personal life of Alan Turing, who was a homosexual man living in a time when homosexuality was illegal considered indecent. A well-researched production with a stunning and talented cast.
Rehearsal and promotional photos
Haunting Julia – Alan Ayckbourn
Directed by John Miles
Show dates: 4th - 8th June 2019
Why should a musical genius, with a glittering career in orchestral composition ahead of her, commit suicide?
Julia Lukin, ‘Little Miss Mozart’, was a prodigy, driven by her relentless need to compose. She found little comfort in the more mundane pleasures of life, unable to form relationships with anybody (or anything) other than her music.
Her doting father, Joe, buys the student house where she died and opens ‘The Julia Lukin Centre’ as a music academy and museum, but more as a shrine to the daughter he idolised.
Inviting Gary, Julia’s ex-boyfriend who had found her body, and Ken, a psychic, to attempt to answer the many questions haunting Joe, this contrived meetingreveals some disturbing aspects of Julia’s tormented life.
A taut mystery from a highly experienced cast, set in the very room where Julia took her own life, twelve years ago.
‘Haunting Juila’ by Alan Ayckbourn. Directed by John Miles. Teignmouth Players at The Ice Factory Studio Theatre. 4-8th June. At 7.30pm. No matinee.01626 778991
Andy Gary Freemantle
Joe Phil Wesley-Harkcom
Ken Gordon Frow
Voiceover Jaz Weyer Brown
Director John Miles
Production Coordinator Margaret Long
Prompt Suzy Miles
Set design and build John Miles, Dave Renwick and cast members
Sound Ken Swan
Lighting Greg and Dave Renwick
Photography Appleton Event Photography
Toads Theatre Company
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1 BED, 2PLAYS– are 2 plays that go very well together; they’re both set in one bed. And they’re both about love. Well sex actually. But in very different ways.
Ratchet Theatre were last on the road with Dark Vanilla Jungle, Philip Ridley’s brilliantly intense one woman show (all 1hr 50 mins of it) for which critics said “amazing”, “a brilliant performance” and “Gemma Whelan could not have done any better, Katie Bottoms was astonishing”. The Bed Plays are still about desire and the search for love but both have a different take on the processes involved in getting there.
FREAK - by Anna Jordan tells the often painfully frank stories of Leah and Georgie as they come to terms with their sex lives. Georgie (Katie Bottoms) is 30 and in a downwards spiral, having just quit her job, broken up with her long-term boyfriend, and taken a job at a strip club. Leah (Hetty Elliott) is 15 and is nervously anticipating her “first time”, and spends her time practising different sexual positions on the double bed which the two share.
As these two deeply personal and at times very bittersweet monologues finally interlock, the play finds a natural finale, though it’s not one that either would have anticipated; control and vulnerability are as flexible as each other and both play their part in this riveting and contemporary drama.
Afterglow - by Eric C Peterson is not as intense as Freak and is written as a comedy. Though for those who might have been in the protagonists’ position it might not be that funny. Called simply “a man” and “a woman” the couple find themselves in bed together through circumstance. Although the woman appears to hold the experiential high ground the couple repeat the situation several times more, each time the passion becoming less evident and the boredom factor increasing.
Objective Bodies – The Sanctuary is probably something you have never seen before, a performance based on attitudes to representation and self-worth within a life-modelling scenario as a result of dialogue with models from differing ethnic cultures, socio-economic groups, ages and genders. The performance lasts an hour and can accommodate a Q & A session afterwards.
In a way this performance is an antidote to performances where nudity and nakedness are planned, choreographed, titillated and forewarned about. This performance is about how we see ourselves, not in a conventional image-based scenario but in an art based, no-where to hide scenario that brings representation and self-worth to the forefront of how we see ourselves when there is nowhere to hide.
“Chicks & Dogs”
By Clive Renton
Directed byJackie Wesley-Harkcom
Performance Dates - 2nd to 6th April
Situation comedy - The Watson family, Dad, David; big sister, Lydia and younger brother Oliver have been volunteered by their mother, Margaret, to help out at the village Charity fund raiser.
Vicar, Matthew, is very grateful for the family’s help, as is the local busybody, spinster, do-gooder, know-it-all-and-organiser-of-everything-that-happens-in-the-village, Julia Harptree. Lydia, studying English at college, has other trials to contend with – not least, her little brother!
Mum has made a special costume for dad to wear – he doesn’t know about this yet.
This is a very funny play with humour ranging from the intellectual to the downright bawdy.
One Act Plays
“Nuts” and “Allergic Audience”
At the Ice Factory Studio Theatre. Fri- day 8th and Saturday 9th March, tickets available from the Box Office.
The next production by Teignmouth Players at the Ice Factory Studio Theatre will be two one act comedies - ‘NUTS ‘ written and directed by Jef Pirie and ‘The Allergic Audience, written by Joan Greening and directed by Dave Davies. The dates are Friday 8th and Saturday 9th March, and both plays are also entered into the Teignmouth & Dawlish Drama Festival (TADDFest) taking place at the Shaftesbury Theatre, Dawlish on 16th March.
‘NUTS’ - is a brand new one-act play and Jef Pirie is encouraging his experienced cast – Amy Burton-Smith, Lisa Fletcher and David Warren – to view the piece as a ‘work in progress’ during rehearsals, giving them a unique opportunity to shape the play without the constraints of the usual licence restrictions.
Two women meet on a Hen Night, and on the way home a chance encounter with an ex employer in an up-market Hotel leads to some unexpected consequences for all three of them. As the title suggests the play ‘may contain nuts’.
‘The Allergic Audience’ also covers the theme of allergies – in this case hessian. Two women (played by Pauline Dean and Tricia Sandford) meet on stage and have very different ideas about the performance that is about to begin.
First performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2016, ‘The Allergic Audience’ is the first play to be directed by Dave Davies for Teignmouth Players.
3TC PRESENTS 'DEMONS'
Hannah is a young mother grieving over the death of her little boy killed by a drunk driver. When her psychotherapist suggests that she should replace the ‘monster’ of the driver with the ‘man’ by visiting him in prison, she angrily dismisses the idea as grotesque.
What follows is a cauldron of emotions, compassion, indiscretions and confessions. Little by little stories reveal that, while everyone was responsible for what happened that day, no one was to blame.
There will be an optional Q&A with cast and author after each performance.
Aladdin is taking to his magic carpet and flying his way to Pavilions Teignmouth for the Teignmouth Players’ traditional pantomime.
Alan Frayn has written this year’s script and has been hands on working with the Teignmouth Players to tell the story of a poor boy from Peking who with the help of a magic lamp seeks to win the hand of the princess.
With the evil Abanazar out to get the lamp for himself and with the police hot on Aladdin’s heels - who will succeed?
Tickets £12.00, £8.00, Family: 2 adults 2 children £36.00
Please note: There is a Booking Fee per transaction: 50p on Box Office, £1.00 On Line or On telephone bookings.
Aladdin by Alan P Frayn - Directed by Amy Burton Smith - Musical Director - Jeff Hocking
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TP are proud to present a rehearsed reading of a new play by award-winning playwright Jef Pirie. If The Labyrinth... is a thought-provoking play based on two ancient myths, and like most good stories, it’s basi- cally about relationships. The even- ing will be recorded and will be the first step in exploring the potential for TP productions to be available in new media.
Jef is chuffed that some of the best actors in the area will be performing, including: Rebekah Hayden, David Warren, Stephen Andrews, Carrie McCray, Andrew Malcolm and Amy Burton-Smith.
Sex, drugs, politics, jokes, actors showing off their versatility (32 differ- ent parts!) – and free mince pies! What’s not to like?
Notice of Cancellation
It is with regret that we have to announce the cancellation of our November 2018 production at the Ice Factory Studio Theatre but, we believe, for the right reason.
Teignmouth Players decided back in mid-2017 to present My Old Lady, by Israel Horovitz and obtained the licence at that time. In the early hours of last Saturday morning, 20th October, we became aware of serious allegations made against the author in America and Scotland. These allegations, which we do not wish to repeat here, had only been reported in America and until we were contacted by a number of the alleged victims we were completely unaware of the situation. Having subsequently undertaken our own research it transpires that Mr Horovitz has issued an apology if his previous behaviour had been deemed predatory or abusive although he denies that was the case. His own son is reported to believe that the allegations are true.
The committee of Teignmouth Players has, after seeking guidance from NODA (the National Operatic and Dramatic Association) and Samuel French (the licensors) and in consultation with the Director, taken the decision that it would be inappropriate to present a play and thus pay royalties under these circumstances.
Unfortunately, the way in which this situation was brought to our attention was itself abusive and very disturbing for those committee members dealing with the initial attacks. As a result, we have been forced to take down our Facebook page and have experienced concerted attacks against our website.
These attacks would only have multiplied had we decided to continue with the production and could have significantly damaged the Society’s reputation. Whilst a number of people may say that we should not bow to external pressure of this nature, we have taken the view that had we been aware of the allegations when considering this play, we would have decided against including it in our 2018 programme.
There have been many negative reviews posted on Facebook making unfounded and inaccurate accusations against us by people who will probably never come to the UK let alone visit the Ice Factory Studio Theatre to experience the wonderful amateur productions that are staged there. We hope that those people who have posted offensive comments and reviews will reflect on their behaviour and realise the distress that they have caused by their actions. Having reflected, it is hoped that they will then see that we have done the right thing, once informed of the situation, and it is now their turn to have the decency to remove their negative reviews and abusive comments.
Everyone that has booked tickets will be contacted shortly to ensure that they receive a full refund.
Chairman, Teignmouth Players Amateur Dramatic Society
Snake in the Grass – Alan Ayckbourn
directed by John Miles
Set in a neglected garden. Annabel returns home unwillingly to sort out father’s estate. Alice has also returned to demand a bribe of £100,000. She has witnessed Miriam’s slow overdosing of the old man and threatens to go to the police. Miriam has been worn down by caring for her father and is resentful of her deliberately absented sister.
She can’t pay Alice the blackmail so plans to ‘dispose’ of her by drugging her and pushing her down a well! Awakened memories and father’s ghostly presence disturb Annabel. Who is throwing tennis balls at her and calling her name?
There’s an uneasy undercurrent of fear in this garden. But that’s not all..... What happened in the tennis court? Is Alice dead? What has happened to ‘Lewis’, Miriam’s boyfriend? Was Alice really sacked by Miriam, or was it Alice who dispatched the old man?
Review by Geoffrey Wildey
Snake in the Grass by Alan Ayckbourn
Performed by Teignmouth Players at The Ice Factory Studio Theatre
“Snake in the Grass” at The Ice Factory Studio Theatre, Teignmouth from 25thto 29thSeptember, was a great play that really kept the audience anticipating how it would end. It was certainly in a different “plot” style to other Alan Ayckbourn plays.
The director, John Miles, definitely pulled out all the dramatic twists possible to make this play work and create the atmosphere this play needed.
The above would not have been complete without the trio of accomplished actresses. Top of my list goes Karen Allen for her performance as Annabel Chester, the sister who emigrated to Tasmania to escape an abusive father, she conveyed every mood swing required in this dramatic role, which in parts, many actresses would have tended to overact but Karen’s control was near perfect. The only alteration I would have liked would have been some “Tasmanian” accent.
Very close behind with a most convincing portrayal of the over-burdened sister was Nichola Aldridge (making her debut with Teignmouth Players – I hope it won’t be her last). She played Miriam Chester taking the audience with her through her life of painful drudgery caring for her abusive father, until the final twist.
Last, but by no means least, Esther O’Brien showed her acting craft to perfection in the smaller but equally important role as the scheming nurse, Alice Moody.
The multi set was skilfully designed giving a striking feeling of depth plus extremely clever décor for this small acting area. Daniel Saint had created some most effective atmospheric lighting with some mysterious sound effects by Ken Swan, which all added to the success of this production. Anyone who missed it failed to see a wonderful piece of theatre.
Left to Right: Esther O’Brien as Alice Moody, Karen Allen as Annabel Chester, Nichola Aldridge as Miriam Chester
Photo by Emily Appleton of Southwest Theatre Photography – official photographer to Teignmouth Players
Photos by Emily Appleton of Southwest Theatre Photography – official photographer to Teignmouth Players
Blackadder Goes Forth (at Pavilions) –
Richard Curtis/Ben Elton
Directed by Amy Burton-Smith
With its fourth and final chapter the chronicles of the Blackadder dynasty brings us into the twentieth century and into a much darker period of history.
Often voted one of television's greatest moments, it again showed Blackadder to be one of the most intelligent as well as among the funniest of British sitcoms.
Tickets available NOW from Pavilions Teignmouth click link below
Rachel Swain, Artistic Director of Tykes, is pleased to
announce that Tykes’ first ever summer Festival of
Achievement will be held this month.
On Wednesday 18th until Friday 20th July at 6:30pm, the juniors and intermediates will present a number of one - act type performances in the Ice Factory Studio Theatre.
Tickets for these performances are available from the Ice Factory box office.
On Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd, the seniors will present a murder mystery in The Methodist Church Hall.
This will include food in the form of pasties and salad.
Tickets for this event are only available direct from Rachel on 07970 557508.
Adults £10, children (under 16) £7, to include food.
Mindgame – Anthony Horowitz
directed by Ken Swan
Borrowing its template from what used to be called the "psychological thriller" Mindgame is a relentlessly clever and witty comedy.
A prominent author of novels and "true crime"stories enters a secluded mental institution to interview a serial killer who has been confined there for thirty years. The superintendent of the institution does not want the interview to take place and is hostile. In an effort to make the writer to understand what it means to be insane, he restrains him in a straight jacket.
A One Act Play
Written by Richard Everett
Directed by Jackie Wesley-Harkcom
Performances Friday May 25th at 7:30pm
Saturday May 26th at 7:30pm
£10 Ticket price includes a fork supper before
and a discussion with cast and author afterwards
Maddie has something important to tell David, but David is not in the mood to listen. Her desperate attempts to get his attention fail and when she finally does, David’s reaction is both unexpected and extreme - almost comedic. It is not what Maddie had anticipated or hoped for and as David’s response becomes increasingly more bizarre, what unfolds is an evening that no one expected.
The award-winning World Premiere Production of this darkly comic and insightful play about a relationship in crisis was originally produced for the Teignmouth & Dawlish Drama Festival starring Rebekah Hayden and David Warren.
Now it hits the stage at
The Ice Factory in Teignmouth!
Strawberries in January is a version by Rona Munro of Evelyne de la Chenelière's 1999 play Des Fraises en Janvier
The play is a romantic comedy about four single people looking for love in contemporary Montréal.
Munro's version was first performed on 1 August 2006 at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, in a co-production with Paines Plough as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband
by Debbie Isitt
A cordon bleu comedy for those who like their humour rich and black – so wicked it makes your toes curl.
Gives a whole new meaning to the old adage ‘The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach’!
Tickets now available
Rehearsal photos - click to enlarge
Doors open at 6:30pm
The synopsis is:
Madison Granger is an upbeat, ambitious girl, preparing for her gap year in North Africa. Tommy Greene is a nature-loving boy, working towards his goal of being an ordained Buddhist priest, moonlighting as a French teacher. Madison takes his class, falling in love with him in the process, despite the religious complications of being romantically involved with someone with strong religious aspirations. Can she keep her emotions in check, as lust struggles to get the best of her?
Please can you note that there are themes of sexual abuse and infrequent use of strong language. This is a performance which is suitable for age 16+..
The Merchant of Venice – Shakespeare
directed by Jon Miles
TICKETS AVAILABLE - BOOK NOW
TUESDAY 6th MARCH @ 7:30pm - BOOK HERE
WEDNESDAY 7th MARCH @ 7:30pm - BOOK HERE
THURSDAY 8th MARCH @ 7:30pm - BOOK HERE
FRIDAY 9th MARCH @ 7:30PM - BOOK HERE
SATURDAY 10th MARCH @ 2:30pm MATINEE - BOOK HERE
SATURDAY 10th MARCH @ 7:30pm EVENING - BOOK HERE
The Merchant of Venice, with its celebrated and moving passages, remains one of Shakespeare’s most beautiful plays.
Depending on whom you ask, it also remains one of his most repulsive.
Was Shakespeare being anti-Semitic, or was he merely exploring anti-Semitism?
Things are not always what they seem.
Characters include: -
Shylock - A Jewish moneylender in Venice
Portia - A wealthy heiress from Belmont.
Antonio - The merchant whose love for his friend Bassanio prompts him to sign Shylock’s contract and almost lose his life.
Bassanio - A gentleman of Venice, and a kinsman and dear friend to Antonio.
Gratiano - A friend of Bassanio’s who accompanies him to Belmont
Jessica - Although she is Shylock’s daughter, Jessica hates life in her father’s house, and elopes with the young Christian gentleman, Lorenzo.
Come along to the Ice Factory Theatre in Teignmouth and indulge in an evening of Shakespeare at it's finest. Tickets £10 per person can be booked online at www.teignmouthplayers.com or from our box office which is open daily (except Sunday) 10am - 12 noon Tel: 01626 778991
Mind the Gap
Arne House Productions are proud to present our next show called the ‘Mind The Gap’. A short play, with song, charting a mother's gradual mental decline into old age. A serious topic but with the familiar farcical situations and faux Gilbert & Sullivan rip offs.
There will be 3 nights in the Ice Factory, 22-24th February 2018.
Then 2 nights in the Woodway Room, Chudleigh ( box office me on 01626 854768 or email) on 3-4th March 2018.
Tickets (£7) are now available. All shows start at 7.30pm. As ever, Peter is happy to sort out and pop round with tickets for those living locally. Just let me know how many and which night you would like to come.
Further information is available on <www.ArneHouse.webs.com>.
The performances will last about 1hour and will be followed by a short discussion of the issues raised. Programmes will be free. There will also be a collection box for those wishing to contribute something towards the work of a local dementia awareness charity.
Further information: www.arnehouse.webs.com
The 2017 Teignmouth Players pantomime to be produced at PAVILIONS TEIGNMOUTH
Directed by Sally Falçao
Performance dates and times
Evenings at 7:30pm - December 27th, 28th, 29th and 30th
Matinees at 2:30pm - December 28th, 30th, 31st and January 1st
A full-length British pantomime, taking the Hans Christian Andersen story as its starting point.
Every year, Queen Green holds a competition so that she might find a suitor for her son, Prince Pea. But her meticulous, and often impossible, challenges have (quite deliberately) left him a bachelor.
So when the mischievous Mandarin Orange kidnaps the original fairy tale Princess, Cinderella, to train his two daughters, will Prince Pea finally be wed?
Or will the unique charms of the boisterous Raspberry Sorbet win his mother over? And in a land where fruit and vegetables walk and talk, what exactly will be hidden beneath that famous mattress?