Bouncers and Shakers

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On the 7th, 8th, and 9th of June, Wincanton Youth Theatre present John Godber’s acclaimed comedic social commentaries, Bouncers and Shakers. Bouncers and Shakers is two plays, either side of the intermission, that have it all. Sexual relationships, drinking, gang mentality and political commentary, and that’s only in the ride over in the taxi.

The play, directed by Sarah Nias, is often a studied in GCSE Drama. ‘In choosing it,’ said Sarah, ‘the cast members, most of which are GCSE and A-Level drama students, have benefited greatly. They have astounded me with their ability for razor-sharp timing and fast-paced role changing flexibility.

‘Bouncers & Shakers is a stylised play that is actor-centred where the cast have to portray over 20 different characters with no props, scene or costume changes. The play relies heavily on the strong physicality, mime technique and characterisation skills of its actors. These eight teenagers are proving to have these qualities in abundance. They have certainly risen to the challenge.’

‘This is our second show in a month,’ said Andrew Warren, the group’s producer. ‘This time, it’s the older members of the Theatre showing what they can do. And they’re brilliant. Portraying so many characters, without the safety net of props or set. It’s a really funny show. I know it’s been a dream of Sarah’s to direct this pair of plays since she was at drama college and no older than our cast. She has worked tirelessly with the cast and crew to realise her vision. The choice of the drama studio at King Arthur’s Community School was deliberate, helping to create the claustrophobic atmosphere of a 1980s night club in a provincial town.’

So join us back when Madonna was “like a virgin”, in the decade that invented excess. Come and spend a night with lads on the pull; with girls on the town; in a night club where anything goes. Meet Lucky Eric, Les, Judd and Ralph, the bouncers on the door of any night club in any provincial market town. Bouncers is about working-class Britons at play. It occupies the night-time, a nightmarish vision of the club world. Spend the rest of the night with Adele, Mel, Carol and Nicky as they get made up, put on their smiles and their heels, and head to work in Thatcherite Britain. Set in a trendy bar that provides a means of escape from the gruelling pressure of life in the eighties. And from these tropical dream worlds emerges a sad reality as observed by our female waitresses. A fascinating view of the reality that lurks behind the plastic palms and Pina Coladas.

Tickets £10 available online: WincantonYouthTheatre.org/Tickets or on the door. Be warned, the drama studio has only 60 seats, so early booking is advisable.

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Hauser and Wirth Summer party

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The Wincanton Youth Theatre were delighted to be asked to perform again at the annual Hauser and Wirth Summer Party in Bruton this weekend. The festival had a circus theme, with a host of circus-inspired performances, family activities, vintage fairground rides, arts & crafts workshops, children’s theatre, and local food & drink stalls. As part of a fabulous line-up of musical performers, the group opened the event in the shade of a circus Big Top tent.

Theatre producer, Andrew Warren, said “I am constantly amazed by the talent of our group. These youngsters only just finished a WW1 commemorative show and, two weeks later, are performing an entirely new set in completely different surroundings, and with great commitment. Not only that, in the intervening weekend, they all auditioned for our Christmas show, Oliver!”

The event was attended by over 5,000 visitors across the weekend, and raised a total of £7,000 for education and nature conservation charity Carymoor Environmental Trust. The Wincanton Youth Theatre are happy to have played their part in raising these funds for such a worthwhile local charity.

 

Group donate to Poppy Appeal following successful WW1 show

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On Sunday, 1 July, Wincanton Youth Theatre performed their First World War commemorative event, A Long Way to Tipperary. The show included drama set in the trenches from Journey’s End, and both Telegram and Canary Girls portrayed life on the home front. Between these powerful dramas were specially arranged songs from the period, including Keep the Home Fires Burning, A Long Way to Tipperary, and Pack Up Your Troubles. After the two performances, the group donated £213.64 to the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal from ticket sales and collection tins. Members of the Wincanton Branch of the Royal British Legion were on hand to receive the money from the youngsters in the group in front of the War Memorial in Wincanton.

 

Powerful and moving tribute to the fallen of the First World War

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Anthony Goddard, Royal British Legion, pictured centre. To his left, Will Stainton, the theatre manager from King’s School, Bruton.

On Sunday, 1 July, Wincanton Youth Theatre performed their First World War commemorative event, A Long Way to Tipperary. The show included drama set in the trenches from Journey’s End, and both Telegram and Canary Girls portrayed life on the home front. Between these powerful dramas were specially arranged songs from the period, including Keep the Home Fires Burning, A Long Way to Tipperary, and Pack Up Your Troubles.

 

Andrew Warren, the show’s producer said “It was a deeply moving experience for the audience, especially when you consider that the youngsters involved were the same age as the young men who went to war a century ago.”

“The boys and girls in our group had to dig deep emotionally to perform these pieces, and I was delighted with the result,” said drama coach, Sarah Nias. “I was also very impressed with the younger members of our group who read poems by Patrick MacGill and Ewart Mackintosh, both soldiers from the Great War.”

Also featuring in the line-up was some comedy from the Blackadder Goes Forth series. “The comedy was an important component of the show,” said Kate Kirkpatrick, the group’s musical drama lead. “We have some great comic actors in the group, and they both opened and closed the show with their pieces. I think the audience appreciated the humour in an otherwise poignant and moving show.”

A Long Way to Tipperary was performed at the Fitzjames Theatre at King’s School Bruton. The school made their wonderful facilities available to the Youth Theatre for free, and provided help with costumes and props, and assistance with the complex tech in the booth behind the audience. “I’m very grateful for King’s help. Without it,” said Andrew, “we could not have put this show on.”

After the two performances, the group donated £213.64 to the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal from ticket sales and collection tins. Anthony Goddard, Chairman of the Wincanton Branch of the Royal British Legion, pictured centre, was present to receive the money. To his left, Will Stainton, the theatre manager, represented King’s School. Picture around the two are the cast and crew from Wincanton Youth Theatre.

 

Wincanton Youth Theatre announce date of latest show

 

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2018 promises to be a great year for the members of the Wincanton Youth Theatre. Rehearsals have just started for the spring show (will take place on Saturday 14 April at King Arthur’s School).

Through late April, May and June, we’ll be rehearsing a special First World War commemorative show which will be performed on June 30th and July 1.

And the contract has just arrived for the performance rights to Oliver! which will be performed on December 15th and 16th, with rehearsals from late July. Watch this space for details about auditions.

So, if you are interested in taking part, either on or off stage, and are aged between 10 and 18, now’s a really good time to contact us. Click the Contact tab above, or else call or email Kate Kirkpatrick: 07843 047277 / kate@wincantonyouththeatre.org.

We’re a not for profit organisation with the aim of helping young people develop their confidence and skills in a fun and exciting way. The annual membership is £10, with weekly subs of £1.50.

 

Be part of the magic and join Wincanton Youth Theatre in January

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It’s a fabulous group for young people, helping to build confidence and interpersonal skills through theatre. Whether that be on-stage or off, come and meet the group on Sunday 7 January at 3pm. King Arthur’s Community School. We’re starting rehearsals for the Spring Review, and there’s an opportunity for youngsters to study and take their LAMDA exams. Call Kate Kirkpatrick on 07843 047277 to find out more.

 

 

And a partridge…

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Following on from their huge success with Bugsy Malone in September, Wincanton Youth Theatre are proud to present their Christmas show for 2017, “And a partridge…”.

Featuring over twenty acts, including some wonderful singing, dancing and, this year, some serious acting. The youngsters are staging a moving WW1 drama based on the Christmas truce of 1914, including the reading of some real letters from the frontline.

There’s also a scene from the Sound of Music, a Christmas Carol, by Dickens, will be performed in two minutes, and you’ll get to travel along the yellow brick road to Oz. The only thing missing is the Pear Tree. All this for £6.

Performances 2pm and 7pm on Saturday 16 December at King Arthur’s Community School. Tickets available at the school office, on the door, or online at www.WincantonYouthTheatre.org/Tickets.