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OPEN AUDITIONS FOR LES MISERABLES SERIES AT THE THEATRE ROYAL, PLYMOUTH
The South Devon Players theatre company, Brixham, are casting for a non-profit, crowdfunded internet film series, based on Victor Hugos novel Les Miserables, and will be holding auditions soon in Plymouth. Please contact us if interested: (and feel free to share with anyone interested)
Our main group website: www.southdevonplayers.com
email: southdevonplayers@gmail.com / lesmisseries@gmail.com

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FINAL AUDITIONS

Saturday November 15th, 3pm- 6pm in Studio 1, TR2 Training and Education Centre, 12 Neptune Park, Cattedown, Plymouth PL4 0SJ

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This audition session is hosted at the Theatre Royal Plymouth training and education centre, at Cattedown, not at the Theatre Royal building on Royal Parade.
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Please contact us to let us know to expect you.
lesmisseries@gmail.com


If you have already been cast, you do not need to attend this.

We are also interested in hearing from anyone who would be interested in joining us as film crew, please drop us a line.

Overall, this is a three year project, with filming taking place for each crowdfunded episode, over a few days, after funding has been raised. During filming days, shoots could be an early start to late finish, and for relevant characters also include night-time shoots. A lot of locations will be in and around Devon and Cornwall in the UK, some locations in France, especially for later episodes, will be looked into as well.

This is a pretty different project, as it is based on Victor Hugo's UNABRIDGED novel (this is not the musical or a single feature film!) and we are remaining as faithful to that unabridged novel as is possible.

Due to the nature of crowdfunding we are hoping to be able to pay our performers, but this depends entirely on funds raised, and may alter episode by episode as the series gets more well known, but at the minimum, once you have been cast as a character in the series, your expenses will be covered.

Depending on what character you wish to audition for, and are cast as you may be required for several episodes (or indeed all of them), or simply one.

HOW TO AUDITION:

Please contact us with a photograph, and a few words about the kind of role you are looking for. We will send you an audition pack and audition pieces suitable for your appearance. Please note that you do not need to learn the parts, just familiarise yourself with them.

At the auditions, you will be asked to perform the piece on video camera, as a screen test. We will be looking at your characterization, focus, and the realism of your portrayal of the character. We also will be looking at how you take direction, and interact with other people.

There are several child roles, but all children MUST be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.

Please be aware that we cannot accept auditions or applications via email or video. In order to be considered for a role, you need to attend in person.

THERE IS NO FEE REQUIRED FOR YOU TO AUDITION OR BE INVOLVED IN ANY WAY, THIS IS A GENUINE PROJECT NOT A SCAM.

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PLEASE KEEP AN EYE ON THIS EVENT PAGE, AS UPDATES, AUDITION RESOURCES AND NEWS WILL BE POSTED HERE.
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USEFUL LINKS:
- Read Victor Hugo's unabridged novel online (or get the free ebook)http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/135 (you will probably want to do this if you get in, anyway.

- Our film project website (being updated): http://lesmiserablesfilm.weebly.com/

- The Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/799709386737555/

- The film facebook fan page:
https://www.facebook.com/lesmiswebseries

- What we expect of performers: http://lesmiserablesfilm.weebly.com/get-involved.html

- List of characters being cast for: (being updated this week) http://lesmiserablesfilm.weebly.com/casting.html

- Our main theatre company website:
http://www.southdevonplayers.com/

- The South Devon Players facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/sdevonplayers

A dark drama based on the true story of the mysterious, unidentified serial killer who terrorised Victorian London. Combining theories of the killer, with a steampunk adaptation, in style, music and ulitimate motive, This is a production by a nationally award-winning theatre and film company, of local actors and creatives, bringing a whole new adaptation of this tale, to the stage.

This show does contain violent scenes, and descriptions of wounds. It does not contain bad language.

We are a Brixham theatre & film company, and are touring the show around South Devon and Bristol.

BRIXHAM DATES
Saturday July 8th 2017, 7.30pm (doors open at 7PM)
Sunday July 9th 2017, 2.30pm (doors open at 2pm)
Sunday July 9th, 7.30PM (doors open at 7PM)

EXETER
Friday July 14th 2017, 7.30pm (doors open at 7PM)

TORQUAY

Fridau July 21st 2017, 7.30pm (doors open at 7PM)

PLYMOUTH

Satrurday July 22nd 2017, 7.30pm (doors open at 7PM)

For alternate venues, please see our website www.southdevonplayers.com and click the Box office tab.
http://www.southdevonplayers.com/box-office.html

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TEL 07855 090589







Nov. 5th, 2016

and our film trailer for Mordred is out at last!


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What a mindblowing day! We had a great afternoon at the Dawlish Fairy Market, promoting Mordred: a film & stage show by The South Devon Players Theatre & Film Co. with the Battle of Camlann. Many thanks to all our lovely helpers and actors who were able to come over to participate, and the people who joined our team to have their photos. ! Don't forget if you want to see the full stage show in Paignton, Dartington (Totnes) or Dartmouth, book your tickets now http://www.southdevonplayers.com/box-office.html We did make a few compromises on attire; we allowed modern footwear in case ground was slippy from the rain. :) - Many thanks to Jem Payne for getting the Camlann photos, and to Rob Baldwin for running the event. :) And for people who asked about Ashleys re-enactment group, the page is Drengskept Hird


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Mordred - a heavily researched Arthurian drama film being made in Devon & Cornwall - please support us - great perks from just £1!

Please support this crowdfund for a groundbreaking local film!
I am directing in this amazing film and theatre project, and I would love to see this become the very best that it could be. It is an incredible piece of work already, with an amazing team!
This production aims to not only showcase very heavily researched Dark Ages (6th century) history of Devon and Cornwall, linked to some of the very earliest and less known Arthurian legends, but also equally to showcase the amazing skills by local actors, filmmakers, and other production creatives - a lot of film work happens in the southwest but very often local people are passed over for imported talent due to stereotypes of "local people being no-good". This production aims to prove exactly the opposite, with a large, attention-grabbing project that has already been featured in the press not just localy, but in New York and Hollywood itself, and with interest, subject to the finished product (we are unknowns of course) from global film distribution companies. Directed by an experienced female theatre/film director.
The group running it has a proven track record over 10 years of producing historical theatre and film, working from the early days of raising £80 from a carboot sale and using the backroom of a pub for rehearsals. The group (working age adults, historical subject matter) falls straight through the cracks for grants etc, and so everything we do is fundraised for. Alongside a dizzying run of burlesque shows, sponsored swims, a scifi/ fantasy convention, ebay sales, carboot sales, shop counter collection tins, etc, we are also running this crowdfund.
Every penny raised goes into costumes/ props, donations to locations for use, food and camping equipment for cast on location, travel to locations, and some extra equipment. Equipment, following this film, will then be used to make more projects by this group, and to train local people in making high-grade film and video - to help them find work!

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/mordred-arthurian-film-in-devon-cornwall--2/x/12578926#/story

November Newss

Welcome to our latest newsletter,  We hope that you will find the newsletter of interest. If you need any more information on any of the news items covered, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.
www.southdevonplayers.com
southdevonplayers@gmail.com
facebook/ instagram/twitter: @sdevonplayers

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Mordred, and the crowdfund!

"Mordred" is an Arthurian drama, the pet project of our founder, Laura. This dark, gritty drama is inspired by early legends of King Arthur, and set in the early 6th Century, a grim time after the Roman departure from Britain, and during the Saxon invasions. You will not see the types of setting that people expect when you say "King Arthur" here - there are no luxurious 13th/ 14th century castles, damsels in pseudo-Tudor velvet gowns, jousts and knights in plumed helmets. This is set a good 700 years or so earlier, when early Celtic writings point to whatever happened to inspire the legends, actually took place.

Being filmed across Devon and Cornwall in 2016,and performed as a stage show as well, Mordred tells the story from the point of view of King Arthurs son.

Some roles have already been cast, while others will be cast in Feburary. This is our first film to be shot on Red 4K.

A few weeks ago, some of our members, along with our Director of Photography, got together, and filmed a concept trailer.

This is also the first project that we are crowdfunding. We are not relying on the crowdfunding, and are also using ebay, exhibitions, talks and other sources of funding the film. However, if you would like to support the project, our Indiegogo crowdfunding link is here: http://igg.me/at/mordred1/x/12578926

A concept trailer can be viewed at
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ziKyC1GThGs

Les Miserables has been a bit on hold, but is going ahead. The director, Ric Vince, has been working himself to a frazzle on board the Golden Hind Museum Ship, six days a week, as the notorious "Cap'n Blackheart" , and without Ric, one of the originators of the project, the rest of the team have been waiting for the tourist season to finish, before further action can be taken on the series. It may be moving slower, but is most definitely still happening, so keep your eyes peeled for news coming up as soon as the team meetings begin again!

This list is of all events to which the public are invited, including shows, castings, talks, fundraisers and more.Looking for speakers for local organisations?

We are fundraising for our coming productions - and if this takes off, we will continue to do it - Laura is our main speaker, and depending on the request and availability, we may be able to bring other members in as well. This is family friendly, although because of the subject matter, we recommend that it is of more interest to teens and adults, than small children.

This is very much a case of "donate what you can", if you would like Laura to come and give a talk.

Upcoming Dates



All audition information can be accessed at http://www.southdevonplayers.com/auditions.html

Jan 2016 (dates TBC) - PERFORMANCES - Robin of Sherwood - family comedy (not pantomime) with medieval entertainment, in Brixham, Paignton and Torquay

Jan 2016 (date TBC) - PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION- themed on our coming Arthurian film, Mordred, at Millie & Me, in Brixham. Opening night, you can come and meet some of our team.

Feb 25th 2016 - TALK - A talk on adapting legends and history, for stage and screen, in aid of the Karing group in Paignton. More information and tickets from calling Karing on 01803 524799

Feb 28th 2016 - AUDITIONS, for the Arthurian feature film & Stage show, Mordred

The release of our Les Miserables 20 hour series trailer, and video of  our film & TV convention panel discussion

Over the past weekend we have been representing the series at the Optimus film and TV convention in Torquay, where we were honored to be given a half hour slot in between Game of Thrones, and Ghostbusters, which also marked the release of our promo test-footage trailer for the series!

Trailer:
https://youtu.be/wIWP98qlk8A

Panel discussion
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KskD5vgkVWc



Hunger Games fanfilm trailer, filmed in Brixham & Paignton set in an alternate universe.

A practice project by some of our members and friends.

In this alternate universe, Katniss's rebellion failed, and this film tells the story of the brutal Fourth Quarter-Quell, where each district has had to offer 12 tributes, who fight in regional "Games", before the survivors are made to fight to the end in the "finals".

-Who will win?

-Who were these "finalists"

-And do the games unfold as the Gamemakers planned?

This has been a sideline project by some of our members, to create a half-hour Hunger Games fanfilm. While obviously money cannot be made from a fanfilm, it did allow for many important possibilities for our members. Many of them are signed to, or hoping to sign to, our casting agency, and wanted to expand their showreels beyond our usual norm of historical drama. It also allowed us to explore new techniques for filming and for our members to practice their film-making skills.

The trailer is complete, with the full film being edited now.

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DISCLAIMER:

We do not own anything related to the Hunger Games universe, and this fanfilm is made for enjoyment purposes only. No profit is being made, or intended, from this project. All Hunger Games copyrights belong to their respective owners. This video is not monetised.

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Look at this!

The South Devon Players Theatre & Film company - thats us - at a big film and TV convention alongside Game of Thrones and Ghostbusters stars, as the only local or "non-famous" team there! , with our Les Miserables film series.
That's got to be a compliment! As detailed in the local press:


http://www.westernmorningnews.co.uk/Westcountry-theatre-film-group-convention/story-26685640-detail/story.html

(more on us at www.southdevonplayers.com)
We can now confirm that many of our members, who are in our 20 hour film series Les Miserables, are appearing at this film and TV convention, alongside stars from such shows as Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, Star Wars, etc. If you want to come and meet us at the event, book your tickets now, at  http://www.optimusconvention.com/
We had a fantastic weekend filming for the trailer in Dartmouth and Plymouth for scenes with Valjean, Javert, Fantine, Marius and Cosette. Despite the very early morning starts that come with filming, and the fact we were filming in two towns, we had a fantastic time, supported by amazing local actors, and crew members. It is so exciting to see the series trailer coming together bit by bit, supported by an amazing cast. :) The next shoot is next Saturday, in Brixham Museum, and in Stoke Fleming.

Meantime, our producer grabbed some photos behind the scenes!

More info on the series on www.southdevonplayers.com (hit the Les miserables tab)





















Well, there is more than one thing to blog about today! This update includes a couple of new developments which we are delighted to announce. Do get in touch if you would seriously like to be involved.
1) Opening a formalised casting agency, intake day!

Intake, and photo/ showreel shoot, on Saturday May 23rd.
(Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/371166579743622/)

This finally formalises our careers service, which has run for 10 years. Our careers section started by accident, soon after we started SDP in 2005, we started being contacted for actors for all sorts of  film, theatre and other performance work.  Now we are getting around to making it a formal thing, and opening it up to more people than just our members. The feedback has been amazing, and there are companies which exclusively use our actors.

This is open (on this first session) strictly to our film and theatre cast members with zero "no-shows-without-communication" at our rehearsals, stage shows and film shoots, and to people with a proven track record as reliable performers (amateur or professional named credits) with a professional attitude of attendance, effort and excellent on-set behaviour, with known local casting directors. (please note that we may follow up references)

We will have other intakes, but this is the first.  If you do not have acting experience, please contact us as although we cannot immediately represent you, we may be able to assist in helping you get experience and credits, to then become represented.

At this intake, it will last all day. We will only represent people who have good headshot and full-length photos, plus a showreel. We will be working on your showreel and photos, at the intake. If you already have these, that is great, but please be aware that we cannot accept "selfies" or "phone pictures".
We will be working on a location in Brixham or Paignton.,

Applicants...
Must be experienced performers with at least one named, speaking, theatre or film role in the past 2 years. (High-quality amateur/ student or professional credits equally welcome)

Other notes:
- Professional photographs, showreels, and acting/ performer related references, will be required. We can supply showreels and photographs if required.
- No fee to join, or to have required photos / showreel supplied (if needed).
- Small 15% fee from any paid work that we find for you. (Completely fee-free for anyone who has performed with us in one of our internal stage shows / films in the past 12 months). Any profits made go into our local productions and opportunities for local performers.
- Non-exclusive contracts. (you are free to sign with other agencies if you wish)
- Opportunities to join in projects, workshops, photoshoots etc, to build portfolios.
- Please be aware that we are selective with those accepted, in order to provide the best possible service to other production companies.
- No guarantee of work is made or implied, simply that we will do our best to represent you, and that this formalises & expands a casting service which we have successfully run for several years for our members only.
- Please note that we will not represent people who have no-showed to any project of which we are aware. If you no-show while signed with us, you may be required to cover any costs incurred or wasted by your not-turning-up.
- Contracts will need to be signed by the agency and yourself.
2- Casting call: Ozzy The Cat Gets a New Home: Photoshoot for childrens book,
(Photoshoot: May 30th, F
acebook event at
https://www.facebook.com/events/444362252405720/

In aid of the Feline Network, a cat rescue charity based in Paignton. http://www.feline-network.co.uk/

PRODUCING AN EBOOK (AND POSSIBLY IN PRINT) FUNDRAISING FOR THE FELINE NETWORK CHARITY.

This children's picture book will tell the story of Ozzy, the Feline Networks mascot cat, how he was abandoned by a family moving away, and then lived wild, before being rescued by the Feline Network and getting a home with a new family, showing, in a child friendly way, what happens when a pet is abandoned, and how it is rehomed safely .

Photos will be on locations around the bay, and will constitute the majority of the book, with small amounts of simple text.

We need people to play both families, plus the people, nice and not nice, that Ozzy encounters in his adventures. Priority to South Devon Players Film & Theatre Company members, and those in our casting agency, but we will need quite a few people for all Ozzy's encounters.

These ebooks will then be sold for small amounts online to fundraise for the Feline Network, a cat rescue charity and rehoming service based in Paignton. There is also a chance that these books will go to print but that is yet to be decided.

Children under 16 at this photoshoot will need to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
Notes from a character workshop held for Survivors of the Titanic, in Feb 2015. Posted in case these are of use to anyone else. Please contact us first if you would like to reproduce this article.

LAURA’S NOTES
The whole plan for the workshop session was to show you, in a very general way, things about preparing as an actor. When acting, there is a big difference between pretending to be someone else (in which case the acting is wooden and lacks reality for the audience), and in “becoming” the character.
Now whether fictional or factual, character research and development is critical, as is warming up the body and voice. Because in live theatre, you do not have the luxury of turning the camera off, doing a re-take, then editing the performance, before the public see it, you have to remember that on the day, you cannot falter! (this is why Hayley was running the physical warmup and the improvisation exercise, which she will re-run at all rehearsals. They act as an icebreaker and develop skills at the same time).

IMPROVISATION
because of the live nature of theatre, in a performance, if someone misses a line, which does happen, the rest of the cast in that scene need to not be thrown by that change, and to remain in character, and continue the scene. This means being able to improvise a line or two, and guide the scene back on track. That is why these improvisation sessions are so important and we will keep running them as part of the session warmup.

CHARACTERISATION
If your character is factual, you already have a base of information to go on. If they are fictional, what information can you glean from your script about them? What can you find out about them.? Who were they? What did they like? What kind of culture did they live in, and what social or economic issues might have affected them? I have a research helpsheet below which you could print off, and which could help you organise character research.
Near the start of the workshop, I asked people who had already started this research process, to tell us about their character.
For now, this person is still external to you. This person is still someone else. What we need to start looking at, is how you can start to become that person.
We digressed from character research at this point, and started looking at becoming the character.
We started in the “safe, known zone” of our real lives.

VISUALISATION
Both of these were run as adaptations of Charades.
1) In the first part, cast were asked to re-enact a simple and common task from their daily life. It could be making a cup of tea, watching TV, walking the dog, etc. Using no props or words, but remembering what the things you handle feel like, and how they move, and what muscles your body uses, and how you feel, in all its nuances, each cast member showed us a daily household task.
2) The second adaptation of this was slightly harder. Now, instead of depicting a task, members showed a feeling or emotion, or a combination of feelings or emotions. Most selected something relating to part of their characters emotional journey in the script. How do you feel when you are proud? terrified? freezing cold? Freezing cold but having a laugh? etc? remember what your body does when you experience this feeling. Your muscles, face, etc. How you move. For example when freezing cold, I personally tense up but try to hide shivering.

REVIEW TIME
We then called a break, and then those people who had researched their characters were asked to describe similarities between themselves and their character. It could be as simple as the fact your character might have liked coffee, and so do you, through to one person who had been married to an American and moved to America at that time, was playing a character in the show who does the same.
Cast were asked came back to the first task, of introducing your character. but now, no longer as someone external, no longer in the Third Person, but as if you were the character. In the First Person. The difference was already fantastic, from when we had started.
This is all a process that you can continue at home in spare time. This session was to open the door to possible ways of exploring your character and performance. Specialist things will come up or you may want to look more deeply into acting theory as relating to a special part of your performance. Always feel free to ask for help, use the things that work for you personally, and discard the things that don’t work for you personally.


WORKSHEET:

It is important for an actor to be aware of his or her character, and to portray that character as a personable entity on stage. To this end, it is vital that you get to know your character..

First of all, read your script. Note what your character says about himself or herself.

Is your character — 

Bold or shy?

Caring, or careless?

Happy, sad or angry?

Rich or poor?

happy with their job / lifechoices?

Married or single?

If married, is he or she happy in that marriage? Why? Why not?

What is his/her profession?

happy with their job / lifechoices?

Married or single?

If married, is he or she happy in that marriage? Why? Why not?

Is anything mentioned about his or her past? How would you imagine that would relate to how he or she is feeling now?

Get as complete a picture of your character as you can — for example, a 17th century whore in a country town, would be played markedly differently from a 21st century call girl in Hollywood, or a Celtic chieftain from a modern day monarch, or a 16th century witch, would be a very different person to a modern day neo-pagan/witch.

This is now where you must take into account the society in which your character lives. Take into account the history of the time in which he or she lives, and the society that he or she will have grown up in. How will that affect the character? And their body language? The modern Hollywood call girl would wear high heels, the 17th century whore would not. Therefore they would walk differently..

The Celtic chieftain would be a lot more rough and ready than a later monarch, and the 16th century witch would be mortally aware that if caught she would be burned at the stake, whereas in the 21st century, she would have no such fear.

Even in the modern day, depending on the culture, your character will be affected. A hippie would be different from a business person, and a Japanese girl would behave differently from a British girl.


Now, based on the character as depicted in the script, and what you have found out about them, create a little story about them, and rather than considering them to be someone apart from you, you now must imagine yourself to be that person.

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How do you feel in certain situations? (This is where the method acting comes in, to draw upon your own past experiences and feelings, to understand how your character might be feeling). What are the differences between what your character is feeling, and what you are feeling? Why?

Take an hour each day or so, to walk around the house as your character. It’s hard at first and becomes easier, don’t worry.

As soon as your costume is available, you are welcome to wear it during rehearsals — very often people find that dressing as their character helps them invaluably.

Sometimes, when a character is far removed from how you are yourself, it can help to watch a movie or TV show with a similar setting, or similar character to yours. Watch that character. How does he or she act? This can give you some pointers to start with. If you are unfamiliar with the historical period, or culture, get a simple book from the library, even from the kiddies section (sometimes these are better as they are heavily illustrated!). It does not have to be anything complex, in order to give you a overview.
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OPEN CREW MEETING FOR ANYONE WISHING TO BECOME INVOLVED AS TECHNICAL / BEHIND THE SCENES CREW FOR "LES MISERABLES: THE INTERNET FILM SERIES" / Brixham, Devon.

We are looking for

DOP (s)
Cameraperson / people
sound person / people
editor (s)
Makeup artist (MUA) (s)
Continuity supervisor (s)
Lighting person/ people

(open to anyone wanting to come along and be technical and film crew. Cast do not need to attend)

NO TIMEWASTERS

Friday Feb 6th, 6pm
We will be meeting at the Weatherspoons in Brixham, named The Vigilance, (our usual community centre rehearsal / meeting venue is unavailable that evening, and weatherspoons is a convenient fairly central location in Bolton Street, Brixham) at about 6pm, so that people can arrive after work. Look for the table with the tricolour flag being used as a table cloth.

We are looking for people who would like to be involved in lighting, camera work, editing, sound recording, costuming, makeup, etc.

any queries drop us an email on southdevonplayers@gmail.com or lesmisseries@gmail.com

Most principal roles have been cast, but we will be putting out calls for extras and supporting actors nearer the time. Please follow our facebook page, or join our newsletter to be alerted as soon as we are holding castings for supporting roles.
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Les Miserables: The web-film series, is a non-profit, crowdfunded film series which starts filming in 2015, for internet broadcast on Youtube, Vimeo, etc.
This is a 20 part series, which will dramatise, as far as is possible, Victor Hugo's original unabridged novel, word for word.

Please be aware that while we are best known for theatre productions, this is a film series.

This is a project from the South Devon Players, who are an awardwinning theatre (and now film!) group from Brixham in Devon. Founded in 2005, we specialise in historical dramas, and following the blow-away success of our stage production (again written from the book by Laura J, so not the musical!) in 2013, a group of our members have started this project.

Join our email mailing list at http://www.southdevonplayers.com/join-mailing-list.html

The FILM SERIES weblinks
Film series website: http://http://lesmiserablesfilm.weebly.com/
Film series facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/lesmiswebseries

The SOUTH DEVON PLAYERS central weblinks
Our main website: www.southdevonplayers.com
Our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/sdevonplayers
Our facebook discussion group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/southdevonplayers
Our Twitter: https://twitter.com/sdevonplayers
Titanicposter


Survivors of the Titanic
(stage show)

In 1912, many survivors from the Titanic disaster, were brought to Plymouth. This drama, written directly from historical sources, will be performed in Torbay (and possibly Plymouth).

In answer to a commonly asked question, this has nothing to do with the Titanic film starring Leo Dicaprio!

Auditions Sunday Feb 8th 2015
Actors and actresses of all ages required, all roles open for casting. Chestnut Community Centre, 1-3 Poplar Close, Brixham, Devon TQ5 0SA, at 1pm.

Several people are asking me if rehearsal times and venue have changed, they have not changed from wednesday evenings and Sunday afternoons nor are they expected to do so.

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An award-winning, not-for-profit theatre company based in Brixham, South Devon, UK We specialise in shows themed on historical events, classics, and legends. We tend to be a more non-musical group, but we do sometimes get into musical-related things as well. We rehearse at Chestnut Community Centre on Wednesday evenings and Sunday afternoons.

As with the majority of our main shows we perform at the Palace Theatre in Paignton, and are looking at expanding to Brixham theatre and maybe one or two others in the coming year.
We don't charge annual membership but instead each contribute £1 per rehearsal, which covers rehearsal hall rent.
You are considered a member as soon as you are cast in a show or working on the backstage crew for one, and once you have proven reliable as a member (good attendance, nice friendly conduct with others, etc), we add you to our careers development facebook group which is a group where we share local and national casting calls for film, theatre, modelling and related, and any local (Devon) training courses, which is a free perk to our members who want to develop a career related to the performing arts.
This summer and autumn quite a few things have come out of that, such as filming for Channel 5, being visited by the Britain's Got Talent scouts, performing in an international opera, etc. In the past we have also worked with the BBC, Disney, Smithsonian, ITV, and Sky TV. All costumes and scripts are provided each show, we are a range of people from those new to acting, through to semi-professional, and trained performers, everyone works together to produce a good show, and a pleasant supportive team. We strongly discourage "cliques" and forbid bullying and elitism, so that it is a friendly, respectful, safe, and energetic environment for everyone.

Join our monthly email mailing list at http://www.southdevonplayers.com/join-mailing-list.html

Our main website: www.southdevonplayers.com
Our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/sdevonplayers
Our facebook discussion group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/southdevonplayers Our Twitter: https://twitter.com/sdevonplayers



Always looking to create new dynamic theatre inspired by period drama, classical stories and legends, the Players now bring the tale of the dashing Zorro to the stage, in an all-new, family production, appearing at the Palace Theatre January 30th and 31st 2015.

Friday Jan 30th - 7.30pm
Saturday Jan 31st- 2.30pm and 7.30pm

Tickets Adults £6, Children £5, Family (2 adults & 2 children) £18

Book now via the Palace Theatre
Palace Ave, Paignton TQ3 3HF
01803 665800 / http://www.palacetheatrepaignton.co.uk/

What a way to start off the New Year! Combining elements of traditional pantomime with the glamour of a Vegas-style show, and a 19th century legend of California’s very own answer to Robin Hood, Zorro! Is a high-tech, family friendly, action packed and energetic production which will delight young and old alike.
Featuring an all-local cast with an age range of over 60 years between the youngest cast member and the oldest, all of whom have worked together to create an amazing new show, filled with laughter, glamour, high-tech effects, swordplay, music, showgirls and dance, the South Devon Players, a theatre company from Brixham, once again, return to the Palace Theatre to brighten your winter!

This show may not be suitable for people with medical issues affected by bright or flashing lights.
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Acting classes anyone?

POSSIBLE BEGINNERS ACTING CLASSES

I have had a few people recently contact The South Devon Players theatre company, Brixham and ask about basic acting classes for adults (age 16 to the Skys-The-Limit), rather than learning by being involved in an actual show.

 I am considering therefore, running a short course like this, one early evening per week, after Xmas, of one and a half hours, at the community centre where we usually rehearse, it would cost £4 per person per session.

 If you would like to express interest, you do not need to be an existing theatre company member, but please email southdevonplayers@gmail.com, with "acting class" in the subject line.

This is so that I can gauge how many people would be interested, before I go ahead and set things in motion if I have enough people interested. (I apologise but this proposed course would not be ideal for children or people with specialist needs)

I would be running the course, I am trained to Masters level, with a Masters In Education, specifically in teaching performing arts in further and community education, via the University of Exeter.

 All profits from the classes would go back into the theatre group.

 From Laura (South Devon Players secretary)

Voice over needed

For our next show, we are looking for a male voice over person to record some lines for us, needs to have a strong Texan accent. It is a high-level, strictly non-profit, amateur theatre group so we cant pay, but you will be fully credited as "Harvey the trucker" in the show programme. Please email us direct on southdevonplayers@gmail.com )if you want to read about our group, check out our website www.southdevonplayers.com)

Rigoletto appearances

Two of our members will be appearing in paid supporting roles in this international production of Verdi's opera Rigoletto, at the Princess Theatre next week - More proof that being with us, can help advance your performance career via our network and careers page

Its been a busy time, our 1920s Cabaret show went great, we have also been filming for Channel 5, have cast our next show Zorro, and next week we are hosting scouts from Britain's Got Talent who coming to scout our members- and then we are casting our Les Miserables internet film series!

Keep in touch with our news:

The South Devon Players Theatre Company
Twitter & Facebook: sdevonplayers
(no your details are not passed on to anyone!)

* Enjoy music, dance, singing & comedy suitable for the whole family.
* Travel back in time to 1920, at Buckwells Cabaret Club in Torquay on its opening night.
* See local performers in an exciting, awardwinning, non-profit Brixham theatre company specialising in historical productions since 2005.

Friday - TBC

Brixham: Saturday Sept 6th 2014, 3pm and 7.30pm
The Edge, Bolton Street, Brixham. TQ5 9DH
Tickets £6 (adults) £4 (under 16s / DSS) Purchase tickets from
The Edge, or contact our secretary, Laura, on 07855 090589 / southdevonplayers@gmail.com to reserve.
* Ticket price includes light refreshments, adults are welcome to bring a bottle.

Torquay: Sunday Sept 7th 2014, 7.30pm
The Artizan Art Gallery & Cafe, Lucius Street, Torquay TQ2 5UW
Tickets £6 (adults) £4 (under 16s / DSS) contact our secretary, Laura, on 07855 090589 / southdevonplayers@gmail.com to reserve.

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We are an award winning, family-friendly, completely non-profit, community-based theatre company, from the beautiful fishing port of Brixham; Devon (in South West England).

We perform theatre shows in Brixham, around Torbay, and South Devon, based on historical events, classical stories and mythology.

We were founded in late 2005 by two Brixham performers, and performed our first production in the summer of 2006. Since then we have gone from strength to strength, and are now growing rapidly, with awards won and a rapidly increasing member base, an appearance on a national BBC 1 TV programme, and sponsorship from London for our recent non-musical adaptation of Les Miserables.

New members are always welcomed regardless of their background, experience, beliefs or nationality; we provide an exciting hobby, performance experience and education, and a friendly, safe, inclusive atmosphere. We are not a "childrens" group, and in general require our members to be aged 16 (to 116!!!!), however younger performers may be accepted for some shows, with the strict requirement that they are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at all times.

More details on us from our main website: http://southdevonplayers.weebly.com/
*if you cannot make this date, but wish to make an appointment to be auditioned on an alternative date please contact us, the same rules of auditioning will apply*
OPEN AUDITIONS 11-6pm at
Jasmyn House, Midvale Road Paignton Devon TQ4 5BD
SEPT 27TH 2014

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A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE PROJECT:

In a nutshell, this is a long term crowdfunded internet film series, to be broadcast on Youtube and Vimeo, (and any other film or video sites chosen!) starting shooting by the end of 2014.

Overall, this is a three year project, with filming taking place for each crowdfunded episode, over a few days, after funding has been raised. During filming days, shoots could be an early start to late finish, and for relevant characters also include night-time shoots. A lot of locations will be in and around Devon and Cornwall in the UK, some locations in France, especially for later episodes, will be looked into as well.

This is a pretty different project, as it is based on Victor Hugo's UNABRIDGED novel (this is not the musical or a single feature film!) and we are remaining as faithful to that unabridged novel as is possible.

Due to the nature of crowdfunding we are hoping to be able to pay our performers, but this depends entirely on funds raised, and may alter episode by episode as the series gets more well known, but at the minimum, once you have been cast as a character in the series, your expenses will be covered.

Depending on what character you wish to audition for, and are cast as you may be required for several episodes (or indeed all of them), or simply one.

HOW TO AUDITION:

During August, our project website will be updated with set audition pieces for each character. You will be expected not to necessarily have learned the piece but to have made yourself familiar with it.
There will also be an audition pack in PDF and Word format, which will contain important information, and an application form. You will be asked to bring that, along with a headshot and an up to date performance resume.

At the auditions, you will be asked to perform the piece on video camera, as a screen test. We will be looking at your characterization, focus, and the realism of your portrayal of the character. You will be either auditioning solo, or with one other person, in front of the directors.

When you arrive, you will be directed to a waiting room, and we will call people in to audition in front of our panel. Doors open at 11am, and close at 6pm. The earlier you arrive, the earlier you will be seen, unless you have made a specific appointment.

There are several child roles, but all children MUST be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.

Please be aware that we cannot accept auditions or applications via email or video. In order to be considered for a role, you need to attend in person.

THERE IS NO FEE REQUIRED FOR YOU TO AUDITION.

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USEFUL LINKS:
- Read Victor Hugo's unabridged novel online (or get the free ebook) http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/135 (you will probably want to do this if you get in, anyway.

- Our film project website: http://lesmiserablesfilm.weebly.com/

- The film facebook fan page:
https://www.facebook.com/lesmiswebseries

- What we expect of performers: http://lesmiserablesfilm.weebly.com/get-involved.html

- List of characters being cast for: http://lesmiserablesfilm.weebly.com/casting.html

- Our main theatre company website:
http://southdevonplayers.weebly.com/

Open auditions for Zorro

Open auditions, talking place on Sunday Sept 14th, at 1pm, at our usual rehearsal venue of Chestnut Community Centre, Poplar Close, Brixham, TQ5 0SA

If you are unable to attend this date and would like to considered, please contact for an alternative auditions date to be arranged.

These are panto auditions, for a panto with a difference. This show remains a family-friendly production as with all our shows, but combines traditional panto, with the glamour of a Vegas-style show, to create an all new type of show, based on the legend of the Mexican bandit, Zorro.

Auditions are open to all, regardless of age and experience, what we do require is that you are reliable, a good timekeeper for rehearsals.

Unusually for this show, we are looking for performers aged 7 and upwards for the childrens chorus, as opposed to simply adults, for dancing and singing. All children must be accompanied at rehearsals and shows by a parent or legal guardian. (free coffee is available, or you might consider being in the show yourself too!)

Actors - a variety of roles are required, from leads to chorus. Some of the principal actors will also be required to sing and dance.

Singers- we are looking for solo and chorus singers.

Dancers- we are looking for dancers, or people willing to dance. You will need to be able to learn a variety of choreography, either solo or ensemble.

Rehearsals run on Sunday afternoons 1 - 4pm, and Wednesdays 7 - 9.30pm. If you need extra help with singing or dancing, extra rehearsals may be arranged for those involved in a specific scene or act.

We do not charge a joining fee or an audition fee. We do ask that each member contributes £1 per rehearsal, (children 50p) which goes directly into paying for the rent of our rehearsal hall. Free teas, coffees, juice and biscuits are provided for the use of all.
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We are an award winning, family-friendly, completely non-profit, community-based theatre company, from the beautiful fishing port of Brixham; Devon (in South West England).

We perform theatre shows in Brixham, around Torbay, and South Devon, based on historical events, classical stories and mythology.

We were founded in late 2005 by two Brixham performers, and performed our first production in the summer of 2006. Since then we have gone from strength to strength, and are now growing rapidly, with awards won and a rapidly increasing member base, an appearance on a national BBC 1 TV programme, and sponsorship from London for our recent non-musical adaptation of Les Miserables.

New members are always welcomed regardless of their background, experience, beliefs or nationality; we provide an exciting hobby, performance experience and education, and a friendly, safe, inclusive atmosphere. We are not a "childrens" group, and in general require our members to be aged 16 (to 116!!!!), however younger performers may be accepted for some shows, with the strict requirement that they are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at all times.

More details on us from our main website: http://southdevonplayers.weebly.com/

getting excited!

Cant wait to announce the open audition dates for our foray into film with Les Miserables: The Web Film Series!!!! (only a week now!)

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S ROMEO & JULIET, ACROSS SOUTH DEVON, UK, NEXT MONTH.

ABOUT:
Written by William Shakespeare, and directed by Miss Laura J, the writer and director of our recent smash hit Les Miserables The Memoirs of Jean Valjean, this is a full-length, original language adaptation of Romeo & Juliet, set in 1860s Brixham, in a conflict between two families, the Capulets of Higher Brixham (Cowtown) and the Montagues of Lower Brixham (Fishtown). Performed by all-local actors, with an award-winning Torbay theatre company, this promises to be a thrilling production, bringing to life a classic of British theatre- set in the local area.

ALL PERFORMANCES: TICKETS £6 (FULL) OR £5 (CONCS)
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PERFORMANCE DATES/VENUES:
Thursday June 5th 2014 - Lipson Vale Primary School, Bernice Terrace, Lipson , Plymouth,PL4 7HW
7pm. 50% of profits to Plymouth Cat Rescue

Friday June 6th 2014 - 7pm: The Palace Theatre, Paignton (7 PM, tickets can be booked by calling the theatre box office on 01803 665800)
Venue Address: Palace Ave, Paignton TQ3 3HF
Palace Theatre Website: www.palacetheatrepaignton.co.uk/

Saturday June 7th 2014 - 2pm and 7pm, The Methodist Church Hall, Fore Street, Brixham (tickets can be reserved by calling 07855 090589)
Venue address: Fore Street, Brixham, TQ5 8DS

Sunday June 8th 2014, 2.30pm, St Matthias Church Hall, Wellswood, Torquay, (tickets can be reserved by calling 07855 090589)
Venue Address Babbacombe Rd, Wellswood, Torquay TQ1 1HW

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1428569630720309/
Posters and cast photos https://www.dropbox.com/sh/gdyp3aeeavvycvt/fCdF0vOlDF
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The South Devon Players theatre company are an award winning, family-friendly, completely non-profit, community-based theatre company, from ithe beautiful fishing port of Brixham; Devon (in South West England)
We perform theatre shows in Brixham, around Torbay, and South Devon, based on historical events, classical stories and mythology, with a strong ethos of often bringing to life the historical heritage of the Southwest in many of our productions.

We were founded in late 2005 by two Brixham performers, and performed our first production in the summer of 2006. Since then we have gone from strength to strength, and are now growing rapidly, with awards won and a rapidly increasing member base, an appearance on a national BBC 1 TV programme, and sponsorship from London for our recent non-musical adaptation of Les Miserables. We also act as a showcase for members seeking to increase their performance portfolios, facilitate access to other castings in the area (over the years we have been directly contacted for actors and models, from companies including, but not limited to, the BBC, Sky, Disney and Smithsonian)

Our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/sdevonplayers
Our main website: http://southdevonplayers.weebly.com/

Join us!

Are you interested in joining a lively, ambitious theatre group?
We are holding an informal meet and greet, so that you can meet some our members, and chat about joining, away from the stresses of auditions etc. We are looking for performers, musicians, technicians, wardrobe, Front of House, etc.

MEETING AT THE BAY COFFEE COMPANY CAFE, BRIXHAM HARBOUR, SATURDAY MARCH 8TH, AT 1PM
Just look for the people wearing theatre company Tshirts!

The South Devon Players theatre company are an award winning, family-friendly, completely non-profit, community-based theatre company, from the beautiful fishing port of Brixham; Devon (in South West England)
We perform theatre shows in Brixham, around Torbay, and South Devon, based on historical events, classical stories and mythology, with a strong ethos of often bringing to life the historical heritage of the Southwest in many of our productions.

We were founded in late 2005 by two Brixham performers, and performed our first production in the summer of 2006. Since then we have gone from strength to strength, and are now growing rapidly, with awards won and a rapidly increasing member base, an appearance on a national BBC 1 TV programme, and sponsorship from London for our recent non-musical adaptation of Les Miserables. We also act as a showcase for members seeking to increase their performance portfolios, facilitate access to other castings in the area (over the years we have been directly contacted for actors and models, from companies including, but not limited to, the BBC, Sky, Disney and Smithsonian)

New members are always welcomed regardless of their background, experience, beliefs or nationality; we provide an exciting hobby, performance experience and education, and a friendly, safe, inclusive atmosphere. We are not a "childrens" group, and in general require our members to be aged 16 (to 116!!!!), however younger performers may be accepted for some shows, with the strict requirement that they are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at all times.


Our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/sdevonplayers
Our main website: http://southdevonplayers.weebly.com/

NEWS: Feb 11th 2014

Our production of Romeo and Juliet is in full swing, even though only two weeks into rehearsals, some of the cast already coming off scripts - this promises to be an amazing show, and look out for the show trailer, being filmed on March 1st!

A Peter Pan Wanted:
Warner Bros. Pictures are casting for a new Peter Pan. This is an open casting to young gentlemen 11-13 years old: http://www.warnerbros.co.uk/insider/articles/pan-open-casting

Incidentally,
Did you know, that as well as our own shows, we also provide a casting resource for #filmmakers, TV productions and #photographers in South #Devon? see our website http://southdevonplayers.weebly.com/performers-available.html for more information. We make no money from this, it is a free service to our tried-and-tested top-grade local performers.
Preview - filmed off  TV screen so not perfect but I should have full resolution/ correct screen ratio digital footage in a week or two (not been able to rip DVD, annoyingly) so if people want bits of the show for showreels etc that should be possible.... and I am hoping that large chunks of the show can be available online - if not the whole thing!
http://youtu.be/BqI5ZD15ZqI
Laura

St George And The Dragon

St George And The Dragon, The Panto:
A new, light family pantomime, based on medieval mythology, written and directed by Mrs Louise German.
Tickets Adults £5. Concessions £4, under 5s free

Tickets can be reserved for collection on the door, by telephoning our secretary on 07855 090589, or emailing southdevonplayers@gmail.com.

Show dates / times.
Paignton: Thursday January 9th 2014, 7pm.
At Paignton Baptist Church Hall, Winner Street TQ3 3BH

Churston Friday Jan 10th 2014, 7pm
Churston Ferrers Grammar School, Churston, TQ5 0LN

Brixham: Saturday January 11th 2014, 2pm and 7pm.
At Brixham Catholic Church Hall, New Road, Brixham TQ5 8NB.

Torquay: Sunday Janaury 12th 2014, 2pm
at St Matthias Church Hall, Torquay TQ1 1HW
In aid of the Sunrise Rotary Club.
https://www.facebook.com/events/555079694579459/
email southdevonplayers@gmail.com / southdevonplayerstheatre@yahoo.co.uk
Facebook & Twitter: sdevonplayers
Website: http://southdevonplayers.weebly.com/

One of the perks with being a member (that is someone who has worked with one or more of our shows in the past 12 months) of The South Devon Players theatre company, Brixham is that the Players are often contacted by film/ TV/ photography companies when in the Devon / Torbay area, and looking for local extras, performers and models.

We have, in the past, since our founding in 2005, been approached by and as a result had members working with with big names such as the BBC, Sky, Smithsonian, and Disney, as well as with photography companies, independent film makers, and student films.

The feedback as to our performers, their professionalism, and enthusiasm has never failed to be fantastic.

We hit a week last summer where we were literally run off our feet.

We have over 30 current members available, and an excellent historical/ period wardrobe. Our members can also, if they wish, feature on a section of our website created for the use of external casting directors. We are not an agency and therefore anything you earn, you keep.  http://southdevonplayers.weebly.com/performers-available.html

Now featured on Broadway website

The South Devon Players theatre company production of Les Miserables in Paignton and Brixham  is now featured on a Broadway website in their international news section...
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http://www.broadwayworld.com/uk-regional/westend/article/LES-MISERABLES-THE-MEMOIRS-OF-JEAN-VALJEAN-Premieres-at-South-Devon-Players-in-September-20130806
Way to go!
The theatre production of Les Miserables that I am directing (a new non-musical one based as tightly as feasible on the unabridged book) is coming on really well - we have won a load of awards for the costuming even though it is all made from recycled things got via charity shops and Freecycle.

Shows only a month away! eeep!
And in the interim it looks as if we may have a national TV channel crew coming to film one of our rehearsals.

nailbite nailbite nailbite...

If you want any info our main site is http://southdevonplayers.weebly.com - or our facebook is https://www.facebook.com/sdevonplayers
Performances in Paignton and Brixham, in South Devon, UK.

For those who can't come in person,  the show is being filmed on the Sept 20th performance.

Photo this time - Ed Stewart as Enjolras
We were at one of the local carnivals and some phtographer friends of mine passed by and snapped this picture of Ed - now one of the main promo photos of the show.
New  Les Miserables theatre production around Torbay (Devon UK) this September...
Directed by me.


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We got a lot (not all, sadly! rounding up all of the 30-strong cast other than for shows and rehearsals is very hard!) of the cast out on a days character photoshoot a couple of weeks ago.. The photos are by me and a couple of friends.
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Les Mis rehearsals courtsey Pam

(June 12th 2013) Behind the scenes at rehearsal from our summer 2013 production of Les Miserables. (see our main website http://southdevonplayers.weebly.com/, for show dates and ticket details) - Photo by Pam Vince aka Madame Thenadier!
(this is the rehearsal version of the barricade, the actual one for the show will be built in August a month before the performances)










A few things since we updated the news page last: first of all, the South Devon Players are now affiliated with NODA (the National Operatic & Dramatic Association).

From September onwards, we are also moving to two rehearsals per week, the main rehearsal remains on the Wednesday evenings, but we will also be introducing "odds and ends" or special "certain scenes only" rehearsals on Sunday afternoons. This means that not everyone needs to be there every Sunday, but it will allow for extra rehearsals and smoothing of the rough bits.

Les Miserables rehearsals are really underway superbly, and we will be producing the show posters within the next month, with in-character/ on location photos of our cast.

Annual General Meeting

Saturday July 13th 2013, 12.30 midday at the Lytes House Meeting Rooms, Bolton Street, Brixham.

 This is the annual general meeting, all members and public invited.

 If you cannot attend but have a question or query that you would like brought up, or if you would like to either stand for committee, or step down from committee, then please address all AGM related communication to our secretary at southdevonplayerstheatre@yahoo.co.uk

May 17th 2013

Les Miserables: The Memoirs of Jean Valjean has been successfully cast with a superb mix of old and new members, rehearsals begin next week. With the shows all booked now, and a photoshoot for the posters and promo photos next month with both our in-house photographers, and photographers from the Aesthetic Clarity Ltd model agency, and an impressive array of publicity events, along with a Hollywood A-lister following the project, this is indeed heading towards being a huge project!
We are still open to some more men joining the show (up to 4), for smaller roles.

Calling anyone who would like to be a model:
Passing on the word. Our friends, Aesthetic Clarity LTD, a model agency for real people of all shapes and sizes, is holding intakes for new people who would like to be models, on June 1st, 2nd, 3rd in Paignton. For more information, please contact AC via their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AestheticClarity (and if you are a photographer, or business needing to promote products, also get in touch with them if you need lovely local models to work with)

Our members on the silver screen..
The trailer for a new movie, directed by the local film director John Tomkins, featuring several members of the The South Devon Players theatre company, Brixham, and filmed in and around Torbay in Feb 2013. https://vimeo.com/63668204
The premiere will take place on June 13th – the link for the premiere is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/126296584236862/

Les Miserables audition reminder

Les Miserables Reminder! : The South Devon Players theatre company, Brixham are holding open auditions for an exciting and challenging new amateur theatre production in Torbay - a new non-musical adaptation of Victor Hugo's classic story. All seriously interested people are welcome to audition, there are large and small roles to be cast.





Les Miserables; The Memoirs of Jean Valjean is a new non-musical theatre show, based directly on Victor Hugo’s thrilling novel of redemption, love and revolution, set in 19th Century France. The South Devon Players are performing this show in September 2013 around Torbay, and have announced open auditions for the production. Whether you are ten or eighty, there are large and small roles available and the auditions are open to both members and new people as well.
People new to acting and performing are welcome.
All we ask is that if you are aged under 16 (there are three child roles), that you are accompanied by a parent or guardian, and that all performers are reliable; able to rehearse on Wednesday evenings, and available for the shows, in September.

The auditions will take the form of script readings on Wednesday May 15th 2013, at 7pm, at  Chestnut Heights Community Centre, Poplar Close, Brixham TQ5 0SA. Rehearsals commencing the following Wednesday (same time/ venue).
As well as performers, we are also looking for front of house helpers, and set/ stage hands too, so if you do not feel like performing, there are plenty of other ways to get involved in the show.
Please note that Act 2 of the show is likely to contain strobe or light flashes.

The South Devon Players theatre company are an award-winning, completely non-profit community/ amateur theatre company founded in 2005, based in Brixham and featured on BBC 1 national television in January 2013. We mainly specialise in shows about local history, but sometimes expand to wider historical events (as in the case of this production) as well. We are family friendly, lively and welcoming to all who wish to be involved in theatre at any level. In the past, members have gone on to perform in major feature films, and train at RADA. Our membership ranges from age 10 to 65, and from professional performers to complete beginners, all of whom work as part of a team to create new exciting shows which are then brought to our local community.

Les Miserables: The Memoirs of Jean Valjean will be directed by one of the theatre company’s founders; Miss Laura J, who as well as being a professional performer and model in her own right, also holds a Masters degree in teaching performing arts, as well as degrees in film production, and photography – and has performed in another production of Les Miserables in the past, elsewhere. She is accompanied by Mrs Louise German, as assistant director.  Louise is the other co-founder of the South Devon Players, who has decades of community and amateur theatre experience in her own right. Both are experienced directors, and looking forward to joining you to create the biggest show the South Devon Players have yet produced.

All audition, and show dates on our website at http://southdevonplayers.weebly.com , or at our social networks: Twitter (sdevonplayers) or our facebook accounts (southdevonplayers, or sdevonplayers)

great feedback

Show audience feedback from The South Devon Players theatre company, Brixham production of The Ballad of Resurrection Bob last weekend:
1) " Very entertaining with impressive creativity"
2) " Another excellent show"
3) " Very good, enjoyed it very much"
4) "Excellent, you obviously enjoyed putting on the play and we really enjoyed the whole production - well done"
5) "Enjoyed the play very much"

Well done everyone!

Latest Les Mis News

Latest news on the The South Devon Players theatre company, Brixham  Les Miserables auditions (https://www.facebook.com/events/153265088155883/) Updates on the show (there are several points here, all very good)

- For anyone who is with Aesthetic Clarity LTD or any other talent agency, or who has their own acting/ performance/ tech website, who is in this show, you will be welcome to use relevant rehearsal/ promo photos and videos for your portfolios.

- A videolog and documentary film following the progress of the show, from may to Sept, with rehearsals, behind the scenes, publicity events, and shows, will also be made, and shared worldwide.

- Tickets are already being reserved for the shows!!!! Yes, people have already phoned me to book tickets, even though the shows aren't until September!

- Even before being cast this has gone worldwide, with an American university working with parts of our script for their students, and messages of "can we watch this online" coming in globally (USA, UK, Lithuania, Brazil, France, Canada, Australia, Japan thus far).

Various...

MEETINGS

1) Les Miserables production meeting (that is for tech, makeup, set, those kind of things) will be on Saturday May 11th at Weatherspoons in Brixham (so in town centre) at midday.

2) The next South Devon Players committee meeting is on April 13th at 12.30 at Lytes House church hall, attendance is committee only, but if you have anything you want brought up in the meeting, please let one of the committee people know in advance.

DATES

Please check our main website on the relevant tab for the show dates for The Ballad of Resurrection Bob in Brixham, Exmouth, and Brixham Pirate Festival, and for the details on the open auditions for Les Miserables. http://southdevonplayers.weebly.com

LOOKING FOR

If you are local to us, this is a little bit in advance, BUT if you have any of the following, please save them for Les Miserables to help reduce panics later in the year. Please note that wooden things need to be woodworm-free. 1) bits of broken wooden furniture/ planks etc. 2) hessian or linen sacks (no logos or if there are, only on one side), 3) wooden crates

FREE MONOLOGUES

We are now building a page with free monologues for non-commercial use, written by our members. The first five are online now - see http://southdevonplayers.weebly.com/free-monologues.html

Free monologues

We have started a page with free speeches and monologues for non-commercial use (so for theatre/ drama students, auditions etc) - the first five are up, on our main site at http://southdevonplayers.weebly.com/free-monologues.html

Quick updates

1) The Yacht Club have
revised the date they want us to perform for the blue plaque ceremony -
this will now be on Saturday May 25th

2) in exciting news,
students from the University of Southern Mississippi are interested in
studying extracts of our Les Miserables script as part of their course.

Charity final count-up

Our charity show of A Medieval Christmas 1285, back in January, for Anode via the Torquay Rotary Club, raised £300. Anode is a local Torbay charity which helps local people in tough times, with things like foodbanks , school uniforms, befriending etc. :)

The Ballad of Resurrection Bob, our spring show about the famous
smuggler of Brixham, is now almost fully cast. We do have one male role
still open, for the dashing Commodore Davis, who sweeps Ruth off her
feet, but other than that, all cast, and rehearsals commence on
Wednesday. Well done to all the cast, and welcome to all the new members
of the group

We also have a
new Facebook page (as part of sorting out our social networks pages, at
https://www.facebook.com/SouthDevonPlayersTheatreCompanyBrixham?ref=hl

Think that is all for today - more news coming soon!

(January 23rd, 2013) The Ballad Of "Resurrection Bob"

Auditions at 7 for 7.30pm, at Chestnut Heights Community Centre,
Brixham, rehearsals taking place from the following Wednesday at the
same time (until around 9/ 9.30pm).

Full cast required for this full-length show, telling the story of Brixham's most notorious smuggler.

Written by our secretary, Laura, and as broadcast on national television (on
BBC 1/ Escape To The Country) during the winter of 2012-13.

The
performances will take place late April/ Early May 2013. Auditions at 7
for 7.30pm, at Chestnut Heights Community Centre, Brixham, rehearsals
taking place from the following Wednesday at the same time (until around
9/ 9.30pm).You are most welcome to come with a friend if you wish.

1) DEVON -BASED APPLICANTS ONLY PLEASE, this is due to the requirement for weekly rehearsals.

2)
ATTENDANCE AT AUDITION IS MANDATORY, TO BE CONSIDERED FOR A ROLE.If you
cannot make this date, please contact beforehand to arrange a different
appointment

Please invite anyone interested to this event.

Mainly
actors required but are a couple of sea-shanties to be sung as well. In
past centuries, smuggling of silks, tobacco and brandy, was rife along
the coasts of the Southwest, and the smugglers invented ever more
creative, and in some cases very humourous tactics to evade the law.
“Resurrection” Bob, faked his own death to transport contraband to
Totnes, under the noses of the coastguards, in a very large coffin.
Later that night, the story tells, the local coastguards encountered Bob
on the highway, and were convinced that they had seen a ghost.
Performers needed ages 16 - 75, previous experience is not required
(what is required, is commitment and the ability to function in a
hard-working friendly team) There is no payment as we are a non-profit,
voluntary group with a turnover of less than £1,000. However, other
'perks' are available free of charge eg: free photoshoot/ video clips/
references!

Web: http://southdevonplayers.weebly.com/

Jan. 15th, 2013

Follow up on the production of A Medieval Christmas 1285.
VIEW THE SUNDAY PERFORMANCE HERE

Well, it went pretty well. Saturday night in Brixham was full, and Sunday afternoon in Torquay needed extra chairs being brought out as the place was packed to the rafters... One actor went ill with the winter bugs going around so with about three hours notice, one of the other cast had to pitch in, but pulled it off really well.
The Sunday charity performance in Torquay raised a fair bit for the local food bank, which we were delighted to support.

Tomorrow, Jan 16th 2012, we are on BBC 1 - as one of the "activities" on BBC Escape to the Country, broadcasting at 3pm.

And then, a weeks breather, and we start rehearsals for The Ballad of Resurrection Bob the true historical tale of a local smuggler who faked his own death to get contraband past the coastguards. (open auditions on Jan 23rd - see HERE for audition details) ,,,
A Medieval Christmas 1285
theatre show

 Our Medieval Christmas/ winter theatre show based on local history & legends coming to Brixham/ Paignton/ Torquay in Devon, UK, from an award-winning Brixham community theatre group that has recently featured on national BBC television, in early January. Family friendly. Includes carols, drama, mumming, live harp and flute music, dance and much more. Tickets from £5/ £3.50. 
- Find out why King Edward I visited Exeter during Christmas 1285 & the connection with Torbay. Enjoy two and a half hours of medieval entertainment with traditional carols, mummers, dancers, live harp music, & more. Refreshments also available.

 We specialise primarily in shows bringing to life the history and legends of the South West. All times/ dates and ticket booking details on our main website at - http://southdevonplayers.weebly.com/show-dates--tickets.html, Tickets available in advance or on the door on the day, but we do advise that you book before the tickets sell out!

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Show events

Paignton performance - Friday January 11th 2013  - 7.30pm  - https://www.facebook.com/events/354411884652523/  Baptist Church, Winner Street, Paignton  TQ3 3BH /Tickets £5 adult, or £3.50 (under 16/ proof of means-tested benefits)

Brixham performance - Saturday January 12th 2013  - 3.30pm and 7.30pm - https://www.facebook.com/events/358823437545948/ Christian Community Centre, Fore Street (town
centre) Brixham TQ5 8DS/ Tickets £5 adult, or £3.50 (under 16/ proof of means-tested benefits)

Torquay performance - Sunday January 13th 2013, charity show in aid of the Rotary Club, 3.30pm  https://www.facebook.com/events/401196116620128/
St Matthias Church, Babbacombe Road, Wellswood, Torquay, TQ1 1HW/ Tickets £6 adult, £4 Child (school age)
three cast photos... Collapse )

NATIONAL BBC SCREENING for us!

NATIONAL BBC SCREENING for us!
Last July, we were filmed for a part
of an episode of BBC Escape To the Country, doing a preview clip of our
spring 2013 show  "The Ballad Of Resurrection Bob", written by one of
our co-founders, and secretary; Laura J. Our national TV debut is now at
hand. The BBC Escape to the Country producers phoned this morning, and
the episode featuring the South Devon Players, filmed around Brixham
Harbour and at the Rising Sun pub in Brixham, will be broadcast
Wednesday Jan 16th, at 2.15pm on BBC1. Get to see some of our members in
action, (all but one still with the theatre company).

Auditions
are coming soon for the full stage show: just visit our main site
http://southdevonplayers.weebly.com for more information

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