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
All the Nomes groups join together to present a selection of drama and singing from a variety of popular musicals.
Directed by Graham Botterill
Wednesday 5 July to Saturday 8 July at 7.45
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.
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!
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
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.
Summer Show in a Week
Monday 31 July to Friday 4 August 2017, for ages 8 to 17
Daily classes culminating in a show on Friday 10.30 to 3pm each day
31 July to 4 August 2017
10 to 11 am each day for 4 to 7 year olds
see www.nomesyouththeatre.co.uk for latest information
Saturday 9th September at 8pm
Come and hear the big band sound!
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.”
Ember Big Band Publicity Officer is Nick Handel who can be reached on: 0208 398 2789 or mobile 07742 139004.
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.
24-28 October at 7.45
Presented by Theatreviva this a spoof on the famous five stories. Adults will play the parts of children.
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.”
“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.”
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.
Dick Whittington – pantomime
Tuesday 12 to Saturday 16 December
Evenings 7.30, matinee at 2.30 Saturday
Tickets: adults £16, children/students £10, £12 adults on 12th
A traditional pantomime which follows the story of Dick Whittington, his cat and his rise to fame in London. This show has got it all – from shipwrecks to streets paved with gold!
With barrels of laughs, slapstick, great musical numbers and plenty of audience participation there will be something for everyone to enjoy.
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 Bow Bells 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?
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/