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Charley’s Aunt by Brandon Thomas

Directed by Andrew Hamel-Cooke

Wednesday 15 to Saturday 18 November at 7.45, matinee on Saturday at 2.30

Tickets: adults £14, children/students £10, £12 for adults on Wednesday

A comedy by Brandon Thomas set in Oxford in 1882, this English farce follows the hilarious events that arise when two students, Jack and Charles, use the excuse of the imminent visit of Charley’s aunt Donna Lucia to invite their young ladies to their rooms.

When a telegram arrives postponing the visit of his aunt, the boys bribe a friend, Lord Fancourt-Babberley, into impersonating her.
Problems begin when the real aunt turns up under an assumed identity – of course, as everyone knows, in farce, nothing ever goes according to plan but of course, again, according to the rules of farce, everything works out fine in the end!

 

Walter Brandon Thomas (24 December 1848 – 19 June 1914) was an English actor, playwright and songwriter, best known as the author of the farce Charley’s Aunt. Although Thomas never repeated the prodigious success of Charley’s Aunt, he maintained a career as an actor and dramatist until his death, acting mostly in comedy, but with occasional serious roles in the plays of Shakespeare and others.

Director Andrew Hamel-Cooke‘s most recent productions include Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and The Pajama Game (in association with Bookham Light Operatic Society).

Jon Fox from NODA reviewed both productions:

The Pajama Game

A very strong principal cast backed by a highly enthusiastic and energetic chorus made for a very high performance standard.

http://www.nomadtheatre.com/pajama-game-noda-review/

Pajama Game – I’m not at all in love

 

Twelfth Night

This complicated and multi layered love comedy with its mistaken identity at the heart of much of the confusion and comedy was a marvellous vehicle for a richly talented company of players like the Nomads.    The director had worked in great depth with the performers upon the interaction, absurdities and human qualities of the many flawed characters.

Review: Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night September 2016

Fabian, Sir Andrew and Sir Toby

The Nomads are members of NODA, which has a membership of 2500 amateur theatre groups and 3000 individual enthusiasts throughout the UK, staging musicals, operas, plays, concerts and pantomimes in a wide variety of performing venues, ranging from the country’s leading professional theatres to tiny village halls.

Green Forms and Say Something Happened

A comedy double-bill of plays by Alan Bennett

Directed by Graham Poutney

24-28 October at 7.30, Saturday matinee at 2.30

Tickets – Adults £20, Children/Students £15

BOOK ONLINE HERE

Presented by Theatreviva in association with The Nomads

GREEN FORMS

Doreen and Doris work (or perhaps idle) in Precepts and Invoices, an obscure business department in a large organisation. A flurry of requisition forms signals this is not a normal day: economic storm clouds are gathering, and someone has their eye on them. A shadow is falling across their tranquil lives. Are they about to be fired? A rare chance to enjoy this Alan Bennett gem!

SAY SOMETHING HAPPENED

Arthur and Elizabeth Rhodes, married and in their 60s, receive an unexpected visit from Social Services in the form of eager, but inexperienced, June Potter; she needs to register at-risk elderly people. Able-bodied Mam and Dad have no intention of being listed. June resorts to her notes on Conducting Interviews and no-nonsense Mam sorts her out! Another comedy nugget to make you laugh out loud on an autumn evening.

Eat Me – presented by Matrix Theatre

Saturday 14th October 8pm

Tickets – Adults £12, Children/Students £10

BOOK ONLINE HERE

Presented by the Matrix Theatre, in association with The Nomads.

A fascinating drama about various people’s eating disorders, their lives, loves, hates and experiences. Brought together by a common denominator, all with different coping strategies, the play journeys from the past, to living in the present and how they all endeavour to show the world through humour, strength and resolve how to move forward to the future. This play gives a true and accurate insight into the minds and behaviours of different eating disorder sufferers, as it has been co-written by real life sufferers about their experiences and their road to recovery.

Move Over Mrs Markham by Ray Cooney and John Chapman

Directed by Jeff Wightwick
Wednesday 4 October to Saturday 7 October at 7.45, matinee at 2.30 on Sat 7th
Tickets: adults £14, children/students £10, £12 for all adults on 4th

This wonderful farce is set in a top floor London flat, belonging to Philip and Joanna Markham. The flat has been renovated, and so has been largely empty. Philip is a publisher of children’s books, and he shares an office with his partner, Henry Lodge, on the ground floor. Philip agrees to let Henry borrow his apartment for the evening to “entertain” his latest girlfriend. At the same time, Joanna Markham is persuaded by Linda Lodge to let her borrow the apartment, so she can entertain her lover. What nobody knows is that the interior designer who had been decorating the apartment for the past three months has decided that this was the night he and the au pair girl would try out the new round bed! When all three sets of people converge on the apartment, expecting to find it empty, chaos and confusion ensue.

Ember Big Band

Saturday 9th September at 8pm

Tickets: £15

Come and hear the big band sound!  This is a fundraising event for the new greenroom, enjoy wonderful music and help fit out the new bar.

The Ember Big Band is a not-for-profit line-up of 23 talented musicians that made its debut in March 2015. It performs at major events throughout Elmbridge (and often way beyond – the Eastbourne Air Show is on the cards for August). Past gigs have included sell-out Christmas concerts, regattas, Thames Heritage days, a Rat Pack dinner dance at Whiteley Village and a special ‘command performance’ for the Mayor of Elmbridge’s nominated charities for 2017.

Our line-up of 23 musicians (plus talented singers) perform numbers in styles and tempos ranging from the Great American Songbook to swing, Latin, funk and rock. The band is conducted by Bill Geldard, one of the UK’s best known trombonists and arrangers. Since turning professional at the age of fifteen he has played with some of Britain`s most famous orchestras and musicians including The Squadronaires, Geraldo, Ted Heath, John Dankworth and Jack Parnell. Ask him about the high spots of his career and there is a modest pause (probably because there are too many to mention). Then he recalls touring with Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Liza Minelli and Sammy Davis Jnr; having a solo specially written for him by Sinatra’s arranger, Nelson Riddle; performing with Henry Mancini at “The Pink Panther” premiere in Switzerland; playing on the sound track of the first Bond film, “Dr. No” – and on the signature tune of ITVs hit 70s TV series “Minder”.

Bill says: “Ember is an amateur band – but we take a professional approach to everything we do. There`s a difference between being ‘amateur’ and ‘amateurish’. We’ve got a cracking programme lined up for the Nomad Theatre – and are confident of a great audience.

 

www.emberbigband.uk

ember big band

Play in a Week – Once Upon A Forest

Play in a Week directed by Brandon McGuire

Monday 24 to Sunday 30 July
performances 29 July at 7.30, 30 July at 2.30
Tickets: £13
An original play, specially commissioned for PIAW. This annual week-long fully inclusive project enables actors with learning and/or physical disabilities to enjoy the magic and benefits of participating in a theatre show and putting on public performances.  “Always a treat!” 

We are  delighted to be able to announce that the title of this years’ production is “Once Upon A Forest”.  Written for us by Rachel Barnett, it is a humorous twist on all those fairy tales we know and love.

About Play In a Week

Play In A Week -a week-long fully inclusive project, enabling actors with learning and/or physical disabilities to enjoy the magic of theatre.

Review – Play In A Week 2016

play in a week finale 2016

Strictly Come Shakespeare Finale 2016

Memory of Water by Shelagh Stephenson

Directed by Graham Botterill

Wednesday 5 July to Saturday 8 July at 7.45

Tickets: adults £12, children/students £10

In this often hilarious tragi-comedy, three sisters come together before their mother’s funeral, each haunted by their own demons.  The three each have different memories of the same events, causing constant bickering about whose memories are true.

memory of water shelagh stephenson

Playwright Shelagh Stephenson was born in Northumberland and read drama at Manchester University.

She is the author of several original radio plays written for BBC Radio, including Darling Peidi , The Anatomical Venus and Five Kinds of Silence (1997), which won the Writer’s Guild Award (Best Original Radio Play). Recent plays include Life is a Dream and Nemesis, broadcasts in 2004 and 2005 respectively.

Her first stage play, The Memory of Water (1997), which opened at the Hampstead Theatre, London in 1996, won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Comedy. This was adapted for film, and produced as Before You Go in 2002, starring Julie Walters.

Here are the cast in rehearsal!

memory of water rehearsal

memory of water rehearsal

Charley’s Aunt Auditions

Directed by Andrew Hamel-Cooke

Wednesday 15 to Saturday 18 November at 7.45, matinee on Saturday at 2.30

Auditions for males, 20-30 playing age are still open!

Contact Andrew by email: [email protected] 

A comedy by Brandon Thomas set in Oxford in 1882, this English farce follows the hilarious events that arise when two students, Jack and Charles, use the excuse of the imminent visit of Charley’s aunt Donna Lucia to invite their young ladies to their rooms.

Director Andrew Hamel-Cooke‘s most recent productions include Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and The Pajama Game (in association with Bookham Light Operatic Society). See the Reviews page for more!

Nomes Youth Theatre presents Musical Mayhem

Musical Mayhem – directed by Rachel Scott and Francesca Peplow
At The Nomad Theatre, East Horsley (find us)

Friday 30 June at 7.30

Saturday 1 July at 2.30 and 7.30

Sunday 2 July at 2.30

Tickets adults £10, children £7

All the Nomes groups join together to present a selection of drama and singing from a variety of popular musicals.

nomes youth theatre musical mayhem

Find out all about the Nomes Youth Theatre here. Classes now booking for September and summer school.

Dick Whittington Auditions (pantomime)

Pantomime audition dates – all held at the theatre:

  • Sunday 11 June – 2pm / 7pm – please book a slot
  • Monday 12 June – 7:30pm – please book a slot
  • Sunday 18 June – 7pm – open auditions
  • Monday 19 June – 7:30pm – open auditions
Dick Whittington – By Peter Denyer

December 12 – 16 including a Saturday matinee

We need dancers / singers / actors – small parts and principals, as well as a Musical Director.
Get in touch with Artistic Director, Andrew Hamel-Cooke now to express your interest – [email protected] or sign up to the events on Facebook here.
Musical Director – in the past we’ve been lucky to have some great MD’s. Usually they also play keys and can direct a bass/rhythm and drummer… but if you’re a drummer who can work with a guitarist, or have other ideas about set-up, please let us know!
Cast list

Principals

  • King /Queen Rat – M/F – an imposing presence, requiring a strong actor, can be played “straight” baddie!
  • Dick Whittington – principal boy/girl – must have charm, talent and energy, starting sweetly and ending with hero status!
  • Idle Jack – the comedy part, age not important, this role employs crooked logic and story-telling capabilities as well as being comfortable engaging directly with the audience.
  • Sarah the Cook – Dame (ideally) – a great all-rounder who can act, sing, dance and be a comedian. A big, bright, bold character!
  • Alice Fitzwarren – principal girl – a good actress, this role is a quick-witted and street-wise London girl with a sense of adventure.
  • Fairy Bow Bells – a kind of fairy godmother, ideally a strong singing voice.
  • Tommy the cat – non speaking – this actor/actress should be able to be understood by the audience by only meowing! Central to the whole story, must have a strong friendship rapport with Dick.
  • Alderman Fitzwarren – a warm an generous man with Alice as his daughter, must be strong enough to weight the dramatic scenes well.
  • Captain Cuttle – should be a strong singer with a good sense of comic timing to ensure he can carry the show in certain moments.
  • The Sultan of Morocco – not a large part but nicely showy-offy, the performance should be big and bold and the actor shouldn’t be afraid of an outrageous accept. Subtlety not required here!

Smaller roles

  • Gnawbone – a rat lieutenant, & Gnashfang – another rat lieutenant – villains with two short scenes, could be male or female. Distinct rat movements and ensuring the audience hate them is important!
  • King Neptune – optional – to be played seriously, a mysterious character.
  • Sailor 1 & Sailor 2 – well, they are sailors, any age, male/female!

Rehearsals are usually 1 evening per week (to be determined by majority vote & availability) and Sunday afternoon/evenings. Likely to run from mid-September, with additional hours near to opening.

dick whittington auditions june 2017 nomad theatre surrey east horsley pantomime

 

The origins of the story of “Dick Whittington” will not be found in any book of fairy tales. The pantomime is the only one based on a true subject. There actually was a  Richard Whittington, and he did become (Lord) Mayor of London in the late 14th and early 15th centuries.

Dick Whittington is a poor boy who has travelled to London to seek his fame and fortune. He has been told that “The streets are paved with gold”. He arrives penniless, and without a friend in the world.

In the pantomime it is often the Fairy – Fairy Bowbells who introduces “Tommy” the cat to Master Whittington. He now has a true friend, but what he and Tommy want most is to earn an honest living.

Dick Whittington and Tommy the Cat steal on board the ship as stowaways, to seek their fame and hopefully their fortune. A great storm brews up. The ship is in danger and the characters are washed ashore-bedraggled, wet and lost. The Dame, Idle Jack, the Captain and the Mate, and finally Dick and Tommy arrive safe and sound.

Will Dick find any treasure on the island? How will they get back to London? And will Dick marry the princess or the girl-next-door?

Join us and you’ll find out… Oh, yes you will!

Take a look at what NODA thought of our last pantomime, Cinderella – http://www.nomadtheatre.com/noda-review-cinderella/

When Love Grows Old

 

Close Quarter Productions, John B Hobbs and Theatre Reviva! in association with The Nomads present:

When Love Grows Old

The hit comedy double-bill direct from the Brighton Festival Fringe.
The event is a short double-bill, directed by Theatre Reviva! Artistic Director, Graham Pountney with Highly Recommended and 4-Star reviews.

‘The Romance of the Century’
features the most glamorous couple in the world, whose love story caused a national crisis.
‘The Weatherman’
– two old friends reflect on love and friendship, and try to remember someone’s name…

Buy tickets online now!

It’s direct from the Brighton Fringe Festival for 2 performances only on Friday June 9th and Saturday June 10th.
There’s also a Question and Answer session with the Author and the Director right after each show, included in the ticket price!

theatre reviva when love grows old

Once Upon a Labrador

Friday 2 June at 7.30

Tickets: £10

“Once Upon a Labrador” is an evening of humour with Charles Garland and Alfie.  This is a fundraising event for the new Greenroom building.

Recorded cameo music by Rick Wakeman, with occasional extracts from the book “My Labrador Eats Poo”.

Directed by Sam Snape

Charles Garland is a writer and composer, television producer and director. His performing career began at Birmingham Repertory Theatre as a dancer in a musical, and ended at The Old Vic Theatre as actor / musician in a production of Dickens’ Great Expectations.once upon a labrador alfie charles garland

Soon after, Charles joined the BBC, as assistant to Sir Jonathan Miller for a new production of Cosi Fan Tutte. Following that, he worked on shows such as Blue Peter; three Royal Variety shows; sketch and variety shows, including The Paul Daniels Magic Show as well as dramas and a stint as director of Top Of The Pops.

Sitcom became a major part of his working life, with Terry and June; Joint Account; and Last Of The Summer Wine as assistant producer, and assisting David Croft OBE, on Hi-De-Hi!; ‘Allo ‘Allo! ;You Rang, M’Lord? and Oh, Dr Beeching! as producer.

Next, over a three year period, Charles re-edited most of the classic comedy archive for the BBC, including Dad’s Army; Are You Being Served?; Steptoe and Son; Porridge; The Good Life and more.

once upon a labrador alfieHaving left the BBC, Charles is now freelance, and going back to his roots with his book of ‘whimsical verse’ entitled ‘My Labrador Eats Poo’ (not quite as disgusting as it sounds) illustrated by Harry Venning, and this stage show, which features Charles, and his Labrador Alfie.once upon a labrador alfie nomad theatre june 2017 east horsley surrey

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Rent (schools edition) by Jonathan Larson

in association with Showdown Theatre Arts and Baltimore High School

Wednesday 31st May and Thursday 1st June at 7.30

Tickets: adults £10, children/students /seniors £9

Rent is a rock musical loosely based on Puccini’s opera La Boheme It tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists struggling to survive and create a life in New Yorks East Village in the thriving days of Bohemian Alphabet City, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS.

The physical and emotional complications of the disease pervade the lives of Roger, Mimi, Tom and Angel. Maureen deals with her chronic infidelity through performance art; her partner, Joanne, wonders if their relationship is worth the trouble. Benny has sold out his Bohemian ideals in exchange for a hefty income and is on the outs with his former friends. Mark, an aspiring filmmaker, feels like an outsider to life in general. How these young bohemians negotiate their dreams, loves and conflicts provides the narrative thread to this groundbreaking musical.

On Broadway, Rent gained critical acclaim and won a Tony Award for Best Musical among other awards. The Broadway production closed on September 7, 2008 after a 12-year run of 5,123 performances.  The success of the show led to several national tours and numerous foreign productions. In 2005, it was adapted into a film featuring most of the original cast members.

Rent School Edition is exuberant, passionate and joyous. This adaptation has been carefully done, working with the Larson estate to retain the dramatic intent of the groundbreaking rock musical, and consists of minimal changes to language and the removal of one song (“Contact”) to make it possible for many young people to perform this piece.

About Showdown

Showdown Theatre Arts is a part time theatre school based across Surrey, Hampshire and West Sussex for young people.

Oklahoma!

by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II

In association with Bookham Light Operatic Society
Directed by Jackie Shearer
Wednesday 17 to Saturday 20 May 7.30 and Saturday matinee 2.30
Tickets: adults £16, children/students £12,

The rivalry between farmers and cowboys provides the backdrop to the love story of cowboy Curly and farmer’s daughter Lauren and the road to statehood for Oklahoma.  Truly one of the greatest musicals of the 40s and 50s era and since.

Bookham Light Operatic Society is a friendly active society of keen amateurs who put on musical shows in the Fetcham Village Hall and the Nomad Theatre.

Here is a link to the BLOS Facebook page: Facebook Link

‘Rodgers and Hammerstein’ refers to an influential, innovative and successful American musical theatre writing team consisting of composer Richard Rodgers (1902–1979) and lyricist-dramatist Oscar Hammerstein II (1895–1960). They created a string of popular Broadway musicals in the 1940s and 1950s, initiating what is considered the “golden age” of musical theatre. Five of their Broadway shows, Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I and The Sound of Music, were outstanding successes, as was the television broadcast of Cinderella.

The most recent production from The Nomads with Bookham Light Operatic Society was The Pajama Game in May 2016.

Jon Fox from NODA had this to say about it:

A very strong principal cast backed by a highly enthusiastic and energetic chorus made for a very high performance standard.

http://www.nomadtheatre.com/pajama-game-noda-review/

Pajama Game – I’m not at all in love

The Nomads are members of NODA, which has a membership of 2500 amateur theatre groups and 3000 individual enthusiasts throughout the UK, staging musicals, operas, plays, concerts and pantomimes in a wide variety of performing venues, ranging from the country’s leading professional theatres to tiny village halls.

The Sound of His Music

The music of Richard Rodgers presented by Andrew Brewis

Saturday 6 May at 3pm 

Tickets: £14

A celebration of some of the greatest songs ever written.
Featuring Chris Read and Jess Radcliffe, supported by a live band!
Come and hear songs from Carousel, The King and I, The Sound Of Music, My Favourite Things, Pal Joey and more … ‘Something Good’, ‘The Lady Is  A Tramp’, ‘Have You Met Miss Jones’… the list goes on.

Richard Rodgers was an American composer of music for more than 900 songs and for 43 Broadway musicals. He also composed music for films and television. He is best known for his songwriting partnerships with the lyricists Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein II. His compositions have had a significant impact on popular music up to the present day, and have an enduring broad appeal.

My Dog’s Got No Nose by Ron Aldridge

Presented by Andrew Brewis, starring Giles Shenton

Directed by Simon Dowling

Saturday 22 April at 3pm and 7.30

Tickets: £12

This one-man comedy play ‘My Dog’s Got No Nose’, by Ron Aldridge, takes us on a journey through the events surrounding a stand-up comedian’s first ever public performance.  Stand-up comedy, unrequited love, animal lovers, facts of life, sibling rivalries and mercy-killing are just some of the elements covered in this very funny and bitter-sweet story, as we discover that both the man and the ‘performance’ are not quite what they seem.
This ‘debut’ is the fulfilment of a lifelong dream and illustrates perfectly the old adage, “be careful what you wish for!”
  • “Bitter-sweet, very funny, sometimes poignant, often hilarious!”
  • “This evening will leave you laughing and crying at the same time!
  • “It was so good my husband didn’t fall asleep!”
 

Happiness by Paul Mathews

Directed by Tracey Gillard

Tuesday 4 to Saturday 8 April at 7.45

Adults £12, children/students £10

The countdown to Philippa’s marriage to Christopher is almost up, but they’re just coming back from a funeral.  The death of her beloved aunt Susan is just the first event of many that makes Philippa reconsider her future happiness.

 

TheatReviva!

Saturday,  April 1st,  7:00pm for 7:45pm Curtain Up

 

Tickets £20 each

An event to launch a new local professional theatre company:  TheatReviva! is reviving top-quality, repertory theatre in Surrey.

This is a fundraising entertainment, to launch the company;  and show you some of the talent who’ll be performing with us over the months ahead!  There will be excerpts from ‘Taming of the Shrew’ and ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and plenty of singing and dancing talent on show.

There used to be repertory Theatre in North Guildford/Mole Valley area. TheatReviva is about to revive it, with top-quality, seasonal repertory productions starting this autumn!  The Nomad Theatre in East Horsley have opened their doors, so together we can mount some affordable popular, modern and classic productions over the next year or two.

Come and enjoy a magical evening in the Nomad Theatre and wear a hat!

Free canapés and drink on the door

Artistic Director, Graham Pountney, lived in East Horsley until he trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School aged 20.  Now celebrating his 45th year as an actor (with credits from Regional Repertory Theatres, Touring, The West End and the RNT; TV appearances in Howards Way, New Tricks, Hustle; and Films including Goodbye Mr Chips amongst others) he is delighted to be bringing his passion for live, community-centred theatrical engagement back to his home town!