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The Count of Monte Cristo   -   Comic Potential
Anyone Can Dance (Festival Play)   -   Emma

April 2017

This fast-moving and exciting new stage adaptation of Alexandre Dumas' famous adventure story
effectively captures the novel’s universal themes of hope, justice, vengeance, mercy, and forgiveness.

Edmond Dantes is a young man who has what appears to be the perfect life.  About to become the captain
of a ship, he’s engaged to a beautiful and kind young woman, Mercedes, and he’s well-liked by almost everyone
 who knows him. However, this perfect life stirs up dangerous jealousy among some of his so-called friends.
Danglars, treasurer of Dantes’ ship, envies Edmond’s early career success, Fernand Mondego is in love
  with Dantes’ fiancée and so covets his amorous success, while Edmond’s neighbour, Caderousse is
 simply envious that Dantes is so much luckier in life than him. Together the three men draft a letter falsely
accusing the young man of treason. Arrested on his wedding day, Dantes is brought before the public
  prosecutor, Villefort who discovers that Dantes’ innocent actions may endanger his own political ambitions.
  He decides to send Edmond to the notorious Chateau d’If prison, for life.

Many years later Dantes escapes, acquires a fortune and a new identity as The Count of Monte Cristo.
He then sets about taking revenge on those responsible for his false imprisonment ..... with devastating consequences.
Abbe Faria   Barry Brown
Edmond Dantes (The Count of Monte Cristo)   Guy Holmes
Jacopo   Joe Marshall
Young Dantes / Maximilien Morrel   Robin Owen
Young de Gerard de Villefort    Gregory Burke
Young Danglars / Andrea Cavalcanti   Jonathan Totman
Pierre Morrel   Mike Milne
Young Mercedes / Valentine de Villefort   Danielle Padley
Young Fernand Mondego/ Albert de Morcerf   James Barwise
Gaspard Caderousse   Guy Marshall
Mathilde Caderousse   Helen Dalgleish
Gerard de Villefort   Peter Simmons
Baron Danglars   David John
De Boville / Noirtier   Nick Warburton
Fernand Mondego, Count de Morcerf   David Foyle
Hermine Danglars,    Alex Priestley
Mercedes, Countess de Morcerf   Helen Holgate
Heloise de Villefort   Caroline Harbord
Giovanni Bertuccio   Jim East
Haydee / Eugenie Danglars   Alex Ciupka
Ensemble #1   Graham Waterhouse
Ensemble #2   Ken Eason
Ensemble #3   David Sear
Ensemble #4   Michael Comfort
Ensemble #5   Sarah Middle
Ensemble #6   Rosemary Eason
  Production Team  
Director   Colin Lawrence
Set Design   Barry Brown
Lighting Design   Mark Easterfield
Master Carpenter   Tony Broscomb
Set Construction   The Lolworth Team
Sound Design   Chris Hay
Stage Manager   Martin Avery
Deputy Stage Manager   Anna Wills
Production Assistant   Joyce Fenton
ASMs Properties   Cathy McCluskey
    & Sarah Preston
ASM   Mary Sumner
Costume Design   Jan & Rachel of Dress Circle Costumiers
Costume Supervisor   Rachel Torrens
Wardrobe Assistant   Brenda Cottis
Armourer   Andy Waller
Hair & Make Up   Hannah Curtis & Lindsey McAuley
Publicity   Sean Baker
Finance   Colin Lawrence
Front-of-House Arrangements   Rosemary Eason
Photographs   Sophie Wilson

Further information: colinlawrence

MARCH to MAY 2017
Drama Festival Production

Joe and Samantha have been in a relationship for nearly 6 months (or 5 months, 3 weeks, 2 days as Joe points out),
and Joe starts to wish they’d met many years earlier and had rather more than a few months together.
Samantha, however, is convinced it could never have worked. There follows a series of imagined
past meetings, none of which turn out as Joe hoped. Samantha tells him: ‘life isn’t a set of what ifs. It’s what is’.

Performances Dates
Cambridge Drama Festival  -  Friday 28 April 2017 CLICK HERE  -  for Ticket Information

Joe   James Inman
Samantha   Lisa Wight
Production Team
Director   Richard McNally
Sound   Will Feeley

23rd March 2017- Sawston Drama Festival Awards
Second Place
Best New Play - Sean Baker

Further information from: richardmcnally@bawds.org 

July 2017

This is one of the funniest and most inventive plays by Britain's grand master of comedy.
A hilarious satire of television and a touching romantic comedy, it begins in a television studio
where a hospital soap opera is being taped. One actor starts speaking gibberish;
he is an "actoid" a robot and his programming is off kilter. Adam, the  nephew of the producer and an
  aspiring writer who worships the director (once a great movie director and now a broken down has been),
is on the set. Adam starts chatting with Jacie Tripplethree, the actoid playing the nurse
 and finds, to his surprise, that not only can she carry on a conversation but, due to what she calls a
  fault in her programming, she has a creative imagination. Adam wants to build a new television
series around her but the studio will not hear of it. He also finds he is falling in love with the charming robot!
Will Adam get the green light on his series? Will love prevail?

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   TBA
Lighting Design   Dominic Plunkett
Music, Film & Sound Design   Barney Brown
Sound Operator   TBA
Costume Design   Dress Circle Costumiers
Costume Supervisor   TBA
Wardrobe Supervisor   TBA
ASM Properties   Kate Crofts
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

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 .....

CLICK HERE for Audition Details

Further information from: seanbaker@bawds.org

APRIL 2018

(temporary artwork)

'Will no-one rid me of this turbulent priest?'

A powerful verse drama, wit elements of Greek tragedy and medieval ritual, Murder in the Cathedral tells the story of
the assassination of Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, at the bidding of King Henry II in 1170.
This is a play which offers a truly theatrical experience for actor and audience alike.  A strong simple set, colour,
sound, music and smell should ensure that all the senses are engaged and the play provides a dramatic platform
for experienced actors working as individuals and part of an ensemble.  The cast of around 20, half men, half women,
varying in age from 20 to 70, will need a capacity for verse speaking, the ability to move well and command the stage.

Interested in hearing more?
Further information:  maddieforrester@bawds.org or helenmccallum@bawds.org

CLICK HERE for Audition Details

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