Archive for August 2019

Auditions – Cheshire Cats

The Nomads will be presenting Cheshire Cats by Gail Young, directed by Marion Millinger.

  • Performance dates: 17-21 March 2020
  • Rehearsal days: TBC
Auditions will be held in the Bob King Room at 7.30pm on:
  • Monday 2 September
  • Friday 6 September
  • Wednesday 25 September

Please contact Andrew Hamel-Cooke for any queries and to let us know when you plan to audition: [email protected]

Published in July 2011, this play follows the girl’s emotional journey as they aim to speedwalk their way to fund raising success in the London Moonwalk while also enjoying a girly weekend away in the capital. Trainers and wildly decorated bras are in, high heels and designer labels out – but a last-minute substitute to the team doesn’t meet the physical criteria!

Cast and roles are as follows:

  • HILARY – bombastic, middle-aged team leader/organizer.
  • SIOBHAN – caring and diplomatic. An old friend of Hilary.
  • YVONNE – overworked/overweight stressed-out mum and friend of Hilary.
  • MAGGIE – overweight younger mum.
  • VICKY – artistic, fit, glamorous middle-aged divorcee.
  • ANDREW – trim toyboy.
  • AEROBICS INSTRUCTOR – may be played by the person playing ANDREW in the version of the play for 6 characters.
  • HANDSOME DRUNK – may be played by the person playing ANDREW in the version of the play for 6 characters.
  • MADGE – elderly cockney marshall, can double up with the person playing SIOBHAN or HILARY in the version of the play for 6 characters.
  • ETHEL – elderly cockney marshall, can double up with the person playing SIOBHAN or HILARY in the version of the play for 6 characters

Additional characters for the ensemble version of the play:

  • POLICEMAN can double with HANDSOME DRUNK if required.
  • RON, elderly cockney marshall, married to Madge.
  • MARSHALLS, between 2 and 5 needed.
  • PHOTOGRAPHERS, at least 2 needed, preferably male.
  • A RADIO VOICE

Auditions – The Hollow

The Nomads will be presenting The Hollow by Agatha Christie in February 2020, directed by Murray Stephen.

  • Performance dates: 18-22 February 2020
  • Rehearsal days: TBC
Auditions will be held in the Bob King Room at 7.30pm on:
  • Wednesday 11 September
  • Monday 16 September
  • Tuesday 24 September

Please contact Moyra Brookes for any queries and to let us know when you plan to audition: [email protected]

This is a classic Agatha Christie and has proved very successful on the stage, on TV and film.

We need 6 males and 6 females, here is some information about the characters and the play:

The action takes place in the garden room of The Hollow, Sir Henry Angkatell’s country house about 18 miles from London, over the course of one weekend in September. Time “The Present”. (Play was written 1951)

Roles

  • Henrietta Angkatell (Lead): Female, 28-45 – Successful sculptress, strong, intellectual, independent. Cousin to Sir Henry
  • John Cristow (Lead): Male, 30-55 – Famous physician, arrogant, a womanizer; married to Gerda but having affairs with both Henrietta and Veronica; the murder victim.
  • Gerda Cristow (Lead): Female, 28-50 – Wife to John Cristow. Compulsively self-effacing, not very bright and constantly apologising for it.
  • Lucy, Lady Angkatell (Lead): Female, 50-75 – Charming, dizzy, forgetful, eccentric, aristocratic but loves a bit of gossip or scandal. Wife to Sir Henry
  • Veronica Craye (Supporting): Female, 30-45 – Glamorous Hollywood movie star, former lover of John Cristow; renting a house near the Hollow.
  • Edward Angkatell (Supporting): Male, 25-45 – Another cousin of Sir Henry; shy and awkward, wealthy, in love with Henrietta.
  • Detective Colquhoun (Lead): Male, 35-65  – A gentlemanly detective, charming, sympathetic, not easily fooled.
  • Detective Penny (Supporting): Male, 25-35 – Inspector Colquhoun’s assistant, charming, enjoys taking statements from pretty housemaids.
  • Sir Henry Angkatell (Supporting): Male, 50-75 – Owner of The Hollow; a typical country gentleman, the sane one in an eccentric family, likes guns.
  • Gudgeon (Supporting): Male, 40-70 – The perfect butler, very protective of the family.
  • Midge Harvey (Lead): Female, 20-35 – Poor cousin of the Angkatells. Gentle, attractive, independent-minded despite being very much the poor relation; in love with Edward who loves Henrietta.
  • Doris (supporting): Female, 16-25 – Trainee maid at The Hollow; working-class, is finding the work, and country house life in general, hard to adjust to.

Barney Packer

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Barney Packer

After recording a handful of songs on his iPhone 5s, English multi-instrumentalist Barney Packer is now releasing them across three EPs; with all songs self-written, recorded, and performed.

The tracks have made people’s ears prick up, resulting in Barney being interviewed across regional and BBC radio stations, performing live sessions with his band for YouTube sessions, securing impressive press coverage in a number of publications and picking up radio play across the UK!

At this year’s Surrey Showcase he will be performing originals and covers.

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Peter Smith

Peter Smith

Singer-Songwriter and long-time Woking resident, Peter has frequented open mic nights in the Woking and Guildford area for many years performing with his own catchy heartfelt and melancholic songs. He is looking forward to playing at his first Surrey Showcase and seeing everything it has to offer.

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Malcolm Packer

Malcolm Packer

Malcolm Packer is a singer-songwriter from Guildford and Surrey Showcase this is only his second outing as a solo artist. For over six years he is the frontman in a popular local covers band, The Serial Thrillers and now one half of the duo Two Trees Down. Malcolm will be performing a selection of his own original songs and some familiar covers. You can listen to his original music on Soundcloud

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Johnny P

Johnny P

Johnny started to learn/dabble with the guitar in early teenage school years and was soon performing at local pubs in his first full amateur rock/pop band around 1972 – playing original material. Various other bands have followed over many many years – on and off, with Johnny playing and singing with an electric or acoustic guitar. Styles ranged from heavy rock, power pop, punk, new wave, pub rock and country blues

Although recently acquiring and learning some electric mandolin, 5 string banjo and ukulele, his preference still remains the trusty acoustic guitar, and with an absolute continued passion for all Country Folk Rock and Blues tunes with harmony vocals

Johnny is now one half of a brand new  – Acoustic/Electro Duo – called “WIRES & WOOD” playing that style of music – and currently seeking gigs. Since the other half of “Wires and Wood” is unavailable for this event, he is excited to be performing a selection of some favourite songs for the very first time – flying solo!

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Two Trees Down

Two Trees Down

Two Trees Down is a brand-new duo making their public debut at Surrey Showcase. They are seasoned semi-professional musicians, Malcolm Packer and Alex Lawrence, taking contemporary and classic rock, pop and blues covers and playing them as a duo should, by adding their own twist. They will also be performing some of their own original songs as they move forward. Guildford based, the pair have played in high profile bands – sometimes together – for many years in pubs, clubs and festivals across the South East and in London. Both self-taught musician’s, Alex has perfected his lead guitar skills over 18 years and Malcolm is an accomplished rhythm guitarist with very occasional lead guitar duties… “but only on the easy ones” he says with a smile.

Two singers, two guitarist and two songwriters; Two Trees Down will become a must-see gig on the Surrey live circuit so don’t miss them at Surrey Showcase. You saw them here first.

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Adam Warner

Adam Warner

Adam Warner is a singer-songwriter from Farnham, Surrey.  He has been playing the guitar since his early 20s and will be performing an acoustic set today. Adam’s passion is singing, but his other love is his Personal Training business, where he helps people to achieve their fitness goals.  Adam’s musical influences are eclectic – he loves classic rock and metal, particularly the work of Metallica, Black Sabbath, The Doors, Motley Crüe, Guns N’ Roses and Tenacious D, but more recently enjoys listening to Shawn James, Matt Andersen and Oasis.  Adam’s original songs are from the heart and you can hear that in his lyrics. Adam began taking singing lessons earlier this year with A Touch of Musicality and has really enjoyed learning new skills and discovering different vocal techniques. His vocal lessons have also inspired him to take up piano lessons, which Adam will be starting in September. Adam will be performing two original songs today, as well as a cover of Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds recent hit, ‘Dead in the Water’. Adam will also be performing ‘All of Me’ by John Legend with his singing teacher, Phoebe.

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Adina Smallwood

Adina Smallwood

Adina is a versatile singer, who can offer a varied set to entertain all age groups. With warm mellow tones to her voice suitable for jazz and the power and energy for pop, blues and rock’n’roll, this lady has something for everyone.

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We Two Dear Men, by Roland Eve

We Two Dear Men

Set in Pompeii the day before the eruption of Vesuvius, Roland Eve makes a directorial debut this year at Surrey Showcase.

A piece of graffiti has been found in Pompeii which reads “Hic fiumus cari duo nos sine fine sodales nomina si quaeris Caius et Aulus erant” – “We two dear men, friends forever, were here. If you want to know our names, they are Gaius and Aulus.”

This play is a conversation between these two men on the evening before the eruption of Vesuvius which buried the city under 82 feet of ash leaving it hidden and abandoned for hundreds of years. Gaius is planning to seek his fortune in Rome, and Aulus is concerned about signs of impending danger.

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Commuted Sentences, by Daniel Shepherd

Commuted Sentences

A play about commuting and working in London – a dark comedy this year, from Daniel. Daniel Shepherd is a budding playwright from Effingham (“a town renowned for being unremarkable” Daniel writes!). This will be Daniel’s third show performed and he is incredibly excited to put it in front of an audience.

A familiar face on The Nomads stage, you may have seen some of Daniel’s performances – as King Rat in Dick Whittington, Sir Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night and Simon in Hayfever to name but a few!

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Graham Powell

Graham Powell

Born in London, Graham’s interest in music began when his family relocated to Wales where he studied and played violin in the school orchestra. Graham has been studying guitar, and singing and composing on and off ever since!

One half of duo Pohlman & Powell, and setting up Shed and Cabin Records Ltd in May 2017, the two musicians write, record, publish and produce original music as well as performing live. They currently have an album entered in this year’s Mercury Prize competition – ‘Letting Go – A Year In The Life Of A Broken Heart” which Graham will be bringing to the Surrey Showcase in August this year.

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Oscar Leonard

Oscar Leonard

Oscar Leonard is a close-up magician from Leatherhead in Surrey. He has been performing magic since the age of nine when he discovered is Grandad’s box of tricks. From then on, Oscar has won multiple competitions held at the prestige Magic Circle in London and performs at every opportunity he gets. At the Surrey Showcase, he will present some of his favourite close-up and parlour routines.

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Emily Baum

Emily Baum

Emily Baum is a Comic, Writer and overall silly person. Whether she is performing stand up in your town, hosting a new comedy night, or sharing some new sketch ideas.

emilybaumonline.com

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Alex Lawrence

alex lawrence surrey showcase guitarist

Alex Lawrence

Alex is a self-taught musician who has been playing lead guitar in cover bands for over 16 years – various genres including soul, disco and rock. He has played at many weddings, parties and festivals (RIP Guilfest!) as well as corporate functions. While he doesn’t sing in his covers bands much he’ll be doing his own take on some acoustic covers as well as possibly one of his own songs.

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IF?

IF?

Izzy and Feli (IF?) are two 14-year-old singer-songwriters who met at the start of secondary school. They quickly discovered they had a shared love of music and performing. A temporary hold was put on their musical ambitions when Feli had to move back to Germany, at the end of Year 7. When she returned the following year, the girls became best friends and, as soon as they turned 14, applied to their local council for busking licences.
They can be seen most Saturdays in Horsham town centre performing a range of chart-toppers, which they put their own distinctive acoustic and harmony spin on. Between them, they play various instruments, guitar, ukulele, piano (all self-taught), and they are both powerful and engaging singers.
Izzy has had vocal training for the past four years and is currently studying for her grade six exam. She has a naturally powerful and rich voice. Feli, is the more accomplished guitarist of the duo, providing the tune (and the beat), and her voice is just as striking in its purity and clarity, with a strength that completely stands up its own.

Together they create acoustic arrangements that deliver strong melodies and beautifully crafted
harmonies. Who knows what the future holds for IF?
Instagram/Facebook/Twitter: @ifquestionmark

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Rory and Sue

Rory Gilbert & Sue Bigmore

Rory attended The Drama Centre London in Chalk Farm in 1967 but did not go into acting – “a Principal said I would be better off writing music!” He has recently come back to songwriting and is currently recording his eighth album! www.rorygilbert.co.uk

For Surrey Showcase, Rory brings with him Sue Bigmore who sings and plays the keyboard. Their set will range from folk to jazz, blues to pop.

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