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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 that 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 / Turkey   Robin Bailes
Marmion / Desk Clerk / Waiter   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
Technical Director   Alex Brett
Lighting Design   Dominic Plunkett
Music, Film & Sound Design   Barney Brown
Sound Operator   Martin Avery
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: barrybrown@bawds.org



A chance to see Bawds Award-winning production

Joe and Samantha have been in a relationship for nearly
6 months (or 5 months, 3 weeks, 2 days as Joe points out),
but Joe wishes they’d met many years earlier and had had a whole lifetime together.
Samantha, however, is convinced it could never have worked as Joe thinks.

In a series of imagined past meetings, with none turning out as Joe hoped,
Samantha tells him: ‘Life isn’t a set of what if’s. It’s what is’.


Joe   James Inman
Samantha   Lisa Wight
Production Team

Designer & Director

Richard McNally
Lighting   Martin Avery

Further information: seanbaker@bawds.org


in association with Combined Actors

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   Lorraine Eames
    Hugh Mellor
Production Team
Director   Sean Baker
Designer   Sarah Deboys
Scenic Artist   Jenny Irvine
Stage Manager   TBA
Deputy Stage Manager   TBA
ASM Properties   Kate Crofts
Lighting Design   James Wright
Sound Design   Chris Hay
Production Assistant   Joyce Fenton
Wardrobe Supervisor   Gloria Milne
Wardrobe Assistant   Wendy Walford
Costume Design   Jan & Rachel Dress Circle Costumiers
Musical Director   Mike Milne
Hair & Make Up   Hannah Curtis
Publicity & Programme   Sean Baker
Finance   Colin Lawrence
Front-of-House Arrangements   Rosemary Eason
Photographs   Sophie Wilson

Further information: seanbaker@bawds.org

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


(temporary artwork)

A Comedy
Written & Directed by Nick Warburton

The committee of an amateur drama group is meeting to discuss a new play. We notice that, strangely,
the presentation of the meeting to us is reflecting the ideas put forward by the committee,
making the play a demonstration as well as a discussion of those ideas.

Performance Dates
Sawston Drama Festival 22 to 24 March - Performance Date TBA
& Cambridge Drama Festival 24 to 28 April - Performance Date TBA
the play will receive two additional performances on
6th & 7th April at St Mark's Church Hall, Barton Road, Cambridge - details TBA

CLICK HERE for Audition Details

Further information: nickwarburton@bawds.org

JULY 2018

(temporary artwork)

by Joe Landry
Directed by Colin Lawrence

at a central Cambridge venue - full details TBA
Performance dates Mid-July

An alien invasion throws humanity into chaos in the classic sc-fi novel The War of the Worlds,
but all it took to cause real-life panic in the streets was Orson Welles' 1938 radio adaptation,
which listeners took for news. Now, ten years later, the WBFR radio ensemble recreates the
the events surrounding the infamous evening, including the full original broadcast.
Complete with vintage commercials and live sound effects, this radio-play-within-a-radio-play
is a thrilling homage to the form's golden age and a timely reminder of what fear can do to a society.

Cast TBA

Production Team

Director   Colin Lawrence
Designer   Barry Brown
Production Assistant   Joyce Fenton
Stage Manager   TBA
Lighting Design   TBA
Sound Design   TBA
Costume Supervisor   TBA
ASM Properties   TBA
Publicity   Sean Baker
Front-of-House Arrangements   Rosemary Eason
Finance   Colin Lawrence
Photographs   Sophie Wilson

CLICK HERE for Audition Details

Further information: colinlawrence@bawds.org


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

The Girl in the Glass
a Cambridge Ghost Story
by Sean Lang

Production & Audition Dates TBA

Further information: julie.petrucci@btinternet.com


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