CAST ANNOUNCED FOR EDUCATING RITA

We’re pleased to announce that we have successfully cast our autumn production of Educating Rita by Willy Russell.

The part of Frank will be played by Colin Brimblecombe while Rita will be played by a newcomer to our company, Vicky McLelland.

Congratulations to Colin and Vicky and thanks to everyone else who auditioned for the parts.

Rehearsals will begin soon under the leadership of director David Thew and the play can be seen over three nights in The Room Upstairs at Lincoln Drill Hall in October 2018.

AUDITIONS FOR EDUCATING RITA

Open auditions for Educating Rita will take place on Monday 18th and Wednesday 20th June 2018 – all welcome!

We will be performing Willy Russell’s classic two-hander about a northern hairdresser and her alcoholic Open University tutor in The Room Upstairs at Lincoln Drill Hall in October 2018.

The play gave rise to one of the most iconic modern film partnerships, with Julie Walters as the brash, to-the-point Rita and Michael Caine as the washed-up lecturer Frank.

The play has only two parts, each of equal significance:

Rita (real name Susan), down to earth, direct, outwardly confident and brash and with a ‘funny girl’ say-what-she-thinks attitude which does, however, mask a vulnerability and an acute awareness of and sensitivity about her social background. As the play progresses, Rita’s intelligence and thirst to learn gradually come to the fore, as do her natural humanity and warmth. Age range mid 20s to early 30s. A Northern accent, not necessarily Liverpudlian, will be required.

Frank, a middle-aged, scruffy academic and lecturer with a drink problem, who initially appears disaffected with academia and teaching and who seeks redemption in the bottle, but who is initially astonished and then inspired by Rita’s character and by her passion to learn. Frank could be anywhere from mid-40s to early 50s.

Rita and Frank are both strong character roles with a lot of depth, and the change in each character is gradual. The play is a comedy, but not a farce, and the ability to character-act is imperative in each case.

Auditions will take place at The Kennel behind The Dog & Bone, John Street, Lincoln LN2 5BH at 7:30pm on Monday 18 and Wednesday 20 June.

These dates are alternatives – you don’t need to attend both auditions!

If you are unable to make these dates or would like further information, please contact the director, David Thew, by emailing david@davidthew.com.

NEW COMMITTEE ELECTED AT ANNUAL MEETING

Thanks to everyone who attended our annual meeting on 30th May. The current committee was re-elected with the addition of Fraya Grove who has offered to train up to be our next treasurer! Thanks Fraya.

The committee now looks like this:

Chairman Jez Ashberry
Secretary Su Toogood
Treasurer Vicky Ashberry
Stage management Shelagh Gillingham
Technical Kev Gillingham
Ordinary Member David Thew
Ordinary Member Fraya Grove

At the meeting we made some decisions on future productions and performance venues. For a copy of the minutes please send an email to common.ground@ntlworld.com.

 

DON’T MISS OUR ANNUAL MEETING

We will be holding our annual meeting at The Dog & Bone pub on John Street, Lincoln at 7.30pm on Wednesday 30th May 2018.

Everyone is welcome to attend, even if you’re not a current member! We’ll be discussing future productions and venues as well as electing a new committee. If you would like to stand for election please send an email to common.ground@ntlworld.com.

All committee roles are up for re-election and the current make-up of the committee is as follows:

Chairman Jez Ashberry
Secretary Su Toogood
Treasurer Vicky Ashberry
Stage management Shelagh Gillingham
Technical Kev Gillingham
Ordinary Member David Thew

We hope to see you there!

SENSE AND SENSIBILITY OPENS THIS WEEK

Our spring production of Sense and Sensibility opens at Lincoln Drill Hall this week.

Adapted for the stage by Jessica Swale from the classic novel by Jane Austen, the play features a talented young cast, beautiful costumes and live music composed specially for this production.

Sense and Sensibility can be seen at Lincoln Drill Hall from Thursday 17th to Saturday 19th May. Tickets cost £10 and can be booked online at https://www.lincolndrillhall.com/shows/sense-sensibility/

AUDITIONS FOR SENSE & SENSIBILITY

Our spring 2018 production in the main auditorium at Lincoln Drill Hall will be Sense and Sensibility, adapted from the Jane Austen novel by Jessica Swale.

If you would like to try out for a part, open auditions will take place on Monday 23rd and Thursday 26th October 2017 at Bracebridge Infant and Nursery School in Lincoln from 7.30pm.

For more information please email our secretary Su Toogood.

Sense and Sensibility can be seen at the Drill Hall from 17th to 19th May 2018.