Comic Potential  -  Emma - and a 2018 preview

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July 2017

Alan Ayckbourn takes the Pygmalion myth on a wild and comic ride into a future where television soaps are performed
by robot actors (actoids). On the way, he explores what makes us human as opposed to purely logical machines.
His answers are, triumphantly and riotously , Comedy and Love, as a robot actress discovers a weakness
for both and learns how to stand on her own two feet through the love of a good man and the power of the well-aimed custard pie.

As “Westworld” collides with “My Fair Lady”, this is a highly entertaining  celebration of romance
and a master-class in comedy from the funniest playwright in the business, as well as proving that Love means never having to say you’re Android.

“A funny, fascinating, surprisingly moving inquiry into what it means to be human… an evening of pure pleasure” - The Daily Telegraph.

“An astute, big-hearted play that, even as it makes us laugh, asks why we do so.” - Financial Times

 “A masterpiece.”  -  New York Times

JCF 3133 Jacie Triplethree   Alex Ciupka
Adam Trainsmith   Alex Baines
Chandler (Chance) Tate   Colin Lawrence
Carla Pepperbloom   Mandi Cattell
Prim Spring   Sarah Middle
Trudi Floote / Woman in Restaurant / Woman in Shop   Helen Holgate
Young Man / Farmer / Waiter 1 / Turkey   Tim Kelby
Marmion / Desk Clerk / Waiter 2   Mike Milne
Doctor / Lester Trainsmith / Man in Shop / Man in Restaurant   Nick Warburton
Mother / Farmer's Wife / Sales Assistant / Prostitute   Izzy Rees
Production Team
Director   Barry Brown
Assistant Director & ASM Script   Joyce Fenton
Master Carpenter   Martin Avery
Set Construction   The Lolworth Team
Stage Manager   Rachel Chapman
Deputy Stage Manager   Kitty Foster
Lighting Design   Dominic Plunkett
Music, Film & Sound Design   Barney Brown
Sound Operator   TBA
Costume Design   Dress Circle Costumiers
Costume Supervisor   Rachel  Torrens
ASM Properties   Kate Crofts
Choreographer   Emma Olley
Hair & Make Up Supervision   Hannah Curtis
Publicity   Sean Baker
Finance   Colin Lawrence
Front-of-House Arrangements   Rosemary Eason
Photographs   Sophie Wilson

Further information from: barrybrown@bawds.org

December 2017
in association with Combined Actors

Venue & Dates Confirmed  -  ADC Theatre 5 to 9 December 2017
at 7.45 p.m. nightly - Saturday Matinee 2.30 p.m.

A highly theatrical adaptation of one of Jane Austen's greatest novels.
Pledging never to marry, the mischievous Emma Woodhouse is nevertheless the "matchmaker of Highbury."
Her newest project, Harriet Smith, has already received a proposal, but Emma insists she
marry the eligible vicar Mr Elton, while, an older family friend, Mr Knightly, warns her to give up matchmaking.
When Emma discovers Mr Elton is more interested in her, she is forced to fend him off
and find another suitor for Harriet. Highbury welcomes two new guests, a mysterious Jane Fairfax and the
 charming Frank Churchill, and Emma finds herself falling just a little in love with him .....

Emma Woodhouse   Kathryn Cussons
Mr Woodhouse, Emma's father   Peter Simmons
Mr Knightley   James Inman
Harriet Smith   Rebecca Hargrave
Robert Martin   Andy Dunne
Mr Weston   David Foyle
Mrs Weston   Helen Leedham
Frank Churchill   Will Gould
Miss Bates   Tracy James
Jane Fairfax   Sara Popa
Mr Elton   Jonathan Totman
Mrs Elton   Roz Fearon
Ensemble   To Be Announced
Production Team
Director   Sean Baker
Designer   Sarah Phelps
ASM Properties   Kate Crofts

Further information from: seanbaker@bawds.org



Owing to major refurbishment works at The ADC Theatre from March to September, our programme for 2018
will be as follows

March / April

a Spring Drama Festival Production
Sawston Drama Festival 22 to 24 March - Performance Date TBA
& Cambridge Drama Festival 24 to 28 April - Performance Date TBA

A Comedy Written & Directed by Nick Warburton
the play will receive two additional performances in early April at a local venue  - details TBA

AUDITIONS will be held in November 2017 - Details TBA


A Studio Production
at a central Cambridge venue - full details TBA

AUDITIONS will be held in February 2018 - Details TBA


 A Bawds joint production with
Combined Actors
(lead producers this year)

a Cambridge Ghost Story
by Sean Lang

Full Details TBA


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