Presented by Andrew Brewis, starring Giles Shenton
Directed by Simon Dowling
Saturday 22 April at 3pm and 7.30
- “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!”
The music of Richard Rodgers presented by Andrew Brewis
Saturday 6 May at 3pm
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.
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.
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.
Tuesday 12 to Saturday 16 December
Evenings 7.30, matinee at 2.30 Saturday
Tickets: adults £16, children/students £10, £12 adults on 12th
Box office 01483 284747
Presented by The Nomads – 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.
Our intimate, comfortable theatre auditorium seats 120 so you’re always close to the action… we are entirely run by volunteers so you’ll find a friendly welcome and relaxed atmosphere (don’t worry if your children might be noisy, the more noise the better!) … and we have a warm and cozy new Greenroom bar to relax in!
Call now or book online for what promises to be our biggest and best pantomime yet!
Take a look at what NODA thought of our last pantomime, Cinderella – http://www.nomadtheatre.com/noda-review-cinderella/
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 are invited on board the ship 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!
Review author – Elaine Burns
This year’s summer show by the Nomes Youth Theatre was based on the stories told by Sheherazade to keep herself alive. Every age group was involved from 4 year olds to 18 years. Impressively all the scenes were devised by the Nomes in rehearsal.
The set was simple; several rostrum plus arches painted in vibrant colours. A lamp and jars at the side of the stage and a magic carpet. The costumes were harem pants and black T-shirts.
For the introduction everyone was involved, were well-drilled and mostly easily heard. The juniors performed the Ali Baba scene and their ‘Bad Boys’ routine was delightful.
During Aladdin the minis had their Magic Carpet scene, assisted by three of the Young Company. Each of these 4/5 year olds had a line and enchanted the audience with their energy and innocence. I did enjoy the use of physical theatre as Nomes formed the cave entrance.
Act 2 opened behind the gauze with the full cast minus the minis who were too young to be on stage any further. The staging was very effective as the Seniors acted out the story of The Little Beggar. This was well-executed, very funny as each person in turn thinks they have killed the beggar, and all were heard clearly.
The adventures of Sinbad the Sailor were performed by the Juniors and Seniors and their extra confidence and experience showed, beginning with some excellent solo singing. They then told the stories of the Whale. the Giant at the Gate and the Cannibals.
This was a thoroughly enjoyable show and it was a joy to see how the Nomes are well on their way to learning about and acquiring stagecraft.
Nomes Youth Theatre Classes
Registers are now open for a September start!
All of our classes have an emphasis on confidence building, teamwork and developing theatre arts skills in an inclusive environment.
Move Over Mrs. Markham is set in a very elegant top floor London flat, belonging to Philip and Joanna Markham. The flat has been under renovation, and thus has been largely empty. Philip is a straight-laced publisher of children’s books, and he shares an office with his partner, Henry Lodge, on the ground floor. Reluctantly, 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.
Directed by Jeff Wightwick
Tuesday 3 October to Saturday 7 October at 7.45
- Wed 19 and Thurs 20 April at 8pm
- Sunday 7th May at 7pm
- Monday 8th May at 7pm
Contact Jeff: 01483 280085
Joanna Markham: Mid 20s – Mid 50s – A sophisticated woman. She is married to Philip Markham, head of the house.
Alistair Spenlow: Mid 20s – Mid 30s – London’s latest fashionable interior designer; a virile male lurks beneath his artsy, camp exterior. He removes his trousers and stands in his colorful underpants; he may be shirtless.
Sylvie: Early to mid 20s – Mr. and Mrs. Markham’s gorgeous Swiss au pair with a hearty accent; she becomes the focus of Alistair’s attention and appears in a short nightie onstage.
Linda Lodge: Mid 20s – Mid 50s – Joanna’s friend and Henry Lodge’s wife. Vivacious and slightly scatter-brained, she is tired of being the only faithful partner in her marriage.
Philip Markham: Mid 20s – Mid 50s – A children’s book publisher and Joanna’s husband, Philip is a pleasant and studious man with a worried air which comes from years of being on the losing side of life. He is very conservative and old-fashioned.
Henry Lodge: Mid 20s – Mid 50s – Philip’s successful business partner and married to Linda Lodge. He is full of masculine confidence and swagger and is a bit of a lecherous dog.
Walter Pangbourne: Mid 20s – Mid 50s – Linda’s new love interest. Walter is a stiff, slightly stuffy and conservative businessman.
Olive Harriet Smythe: Mid 40s – mid 80s – An eccentric, dog-loving, imposing, no-sex-please lady with a somewhat butterfly mind. Miss Smythe is a very successful author of children’s books who is looking for a new publisher.
Felicity Jane Wilkinson: Mid to late 20s – A phone operator and Henry’s new love interest. A bit on the kooky side, Felicity wears large horn-rimmed glasses and is quick to strip down to her underwear. Runs around wrapped only in a sheet.
Review author – Jon Fox, Noda
In true showbiz style Nomads brilliantly overcame, at least in performance, the dreadful blow of losing their inspirational and much loved director, Alan Wiseman, rather suddenly and barely a month before the performance. Jeff Wightwick, himself an experienced director stepped in under these awful circumstances and, as this review will reveal, both directors served up a special fare for the audience.
Aided by Elaine Burns, Alan’s partner, as production manager with a dedicated team backing them, Nomads did full justice to one of Coward’s most sparkling plays. Having, shamefully, seen this play only once before and that over 40 years ago, I was as excited as a child at Christmas upon arrival at this special and charming theatre.
The setting is the Bliss family’s country house at a summer weekend, where all four family members, separately, and unknown to the others, each invite a guest for the weekend. As the plot unravels each guest comes to regret accepting their own invitation and eventually conspire to escape, as discretely as they can, leaving the family on their own to comment “how very rude” some guests are.
Judith Bliss, a retired actress, is married to David, a novelist, and mother to two children Simon and Sorel. Judith is a peach of a role for an accomplished actress and Philippa Galloway gave this most theatrical of characters full reign to show her fine range of theatrical emotions. It was a classy performance, though somewhat marred by a number of prompts. However, to be fair, it was on the first night when I attended. I particularly liked her ludicrous over-reaction to her young admirer’s chaste kiss. Coward was a wonderful observer and chronicler of the foibles of others.
Nathan Farrell as that young admirer, besotted by Judith, endowed Sandy Tyrell with a deliciously stiff, oh so English, gaucheness. The bewilderment and passion behind the stiff facade though, came through beautifully.
As bickering sister and brother Sorel and Simon, Sarah Mullins and Daniel Shepherd were pure middle class delight. So right on and sophisticated! Each more so than the other, or so they think. This sibling relationship was as real as real could possibly be in the Bliss madhouse. Admirably acted!
Carol McGlone as Clara, a world weary housekeeper and former dresser to Judith gave a highly amusing cameo. Her half opening only of the front door and hurried disappearance to leave the befuddled guests, unwelcomed and left behind was a comic joy. This world weariness was an excellent foil to the theatricality of the family members.
Paul Asher, cast as David Bliss, the husband and father, seemed at first almost normal whilst deeply intent on finishing his latest novel. Bit by bit we became aware that he, too, was in his own way playing games and using his young guest, a most discomfitted young flapper, Jackie Coryton, played skilfully by Ellie Sayer with near hysteria upon being forced to play charades with the family and other guests. Both Paul and Ellie in their very different ways “suffered” wonderfully well and just when I thought Jackie was in distinct danger of being relatively normal, but happily, not so!
Moyra Brookes as the vampish older woman guest of Simon, Myra Arundel and caught kissing David by Judith, gave an assured performance of this marvellous character. She had some of the best lines and was well cast in this role, playing the vamp for all she was worth.
Richard Greatham, played by Graham Botterill was a diplomat invited by Sorel. Graham played the dumbfounded Richard who, upon kissing Judith, finds himself the victim of Judith’s acting game. I really felt sorry for poor old Richard, so cruelly used by the – shall we say unconventional – Judith.
There was a great deal to like in all the acting and though several cast members dried a time or two, the essential pace of the bizarre play and the truth of the characters shone through.
The set was a realistic portrayal of a comfortably furnished and well heeled family home belonging to theatrical folk. Coward’s marvellous words are of course a great advantage for any actor or actors worth their salt to speak. The cast took full advantage and made the play the great success it undoubtably was.
Jenny Hasted’s costumes were detailed, well fitted and most appropriate. Lighting by Tony and Dee Bowdery was handled with their usual skill.
Despite the unfortunate and difficult circumstances of Alan’s untimely passing, the company did him and Jeff proud. No wonder Nomads have such a good reputation in Mid-Surrey.
Jon Fox – Noda
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.
Review author – Ben
The writers of ‘Just So’, George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, have created a unique niche in British Theatre for a series of successful and entertaining musicals appealing to a mainly young cast and audiences with a string of successful award winning productions ’Honk’, ‘Mary Poppins’ , ‘Moll Flanders’ behind them. Lost For Words, an amateur Company established for only six years, have quickly established an excellent reputation (I was greatly impressed by their production of ‘Avenue Queue’ last year); once again, an enthusiastic audience was not disappointed. This adaption of Rudyard Kipling’s famous ‘Just So’ story of the Elephant Child and his ultimate triumph over the mischief creating Crab, Pau Amma, is a natural source for a kaleidoscopic presentation with a predominantly young cast of skilled and well trained performers. While few of the songs are ever likely to become classic ‘show tunes’, the piece provided many opportunities for the performers to display their acting, singing and dancing talents, the result providing a colourful, stimulating if not exactly enthralling panoply.
The cast of over 20, nearly all on the stage for most of the show, were quite superb either singing or dancing, solo or ensemble, with particular commendations to the experienced Tim Morley as the Eldest Magician, a true “Prospero”, master of all he surveyed, with special mention for the excellent voices of Hannah Simpson as the Kalokola Bird (complete with well manipulated puppet) and a newcomer to the Group, Adam Claydon in the pivotal role of the Elephant Child, and co-founder of the Group, Sean Lytle, with a cameo presentation as Parsee. Really, Lost for Words are brimming with talent. A special mention must be made of the impeccable, faultless band led by Harriet Oughton, well integrated choreography by Carla Fox and an ingenious collection of papier-mache props.
Director (and Co- Founder of ‘Lost for Words’), Katharine Williams, must be well satisfied with her production. If I have a criticism it was an excessive reliance on radio microphones which should not be needed in the compact but acoustically sound Nomad Theatre and some indistinct diction during spoken passages, not unnaturally when the Elephant Boy received his trunk. Nomads themselves played their parts in organisation of Front of House, Bar, Sound (Tim Williams and Clive Vinall) which, this time, was not allowed to overload us with a wall of sound, with Tony and Dee Bowdery’s impeccable lighting and the splendid costumes.
The programme, which could usefully have supplied a synopsis of the plot, stated “we hope you enjoy the ride”. We did! Come back again to the Nomad Theatre, Lost For Words—you will be welcome.
Nomes Summer School 2016
August 1st -5th 10.30 to 3pm
Five days of drama, musical theatre and set design working towards a show at the end of the week!
1st-5th August from 10:30-3:00 each day, at Nomad Theatre. Cost £140.
Suitable for children entering Year 3 and up.
Email [email protected] for more details
Bugsy Malone in association with Showdown Theatre Arts
Alan Parker’s film noir spoof complete with splurge guns.
The Nomad Theatre, Surrey on Sunday 17 April 2016
Starts at 2:00PM
Ticket Price: £8.00 – £10.00*
*booking fee applies
Box Office: 01483 284747
This delightful 50s musical is presented at the Nomad Theatre, Bishopsmead Parade, East Horsley, KT24 6RT, in association with Bookham Light Operatic Society. Performances run from Wednesday 11th to Saturday 14th May at 7.30, matinee on Saturday at 2.30.
The Pajama Game’ was an instant hit when first staged on Broadway, winning the Tony Award for best musical in 1955 and further fame via the 1957 film starring Doris Day. One of the all time musical theatre classics.
At the Sleep-Tite pajama factory all is not well and the atmosphere is far from calm and snoozy. The workers are up in arms having been refused a seven-and-a-half cents per hour pay rise by the intransigent owner, Mr Hasler.
Into this cauldron of bubbling industrial unrest comes Sid Sorokin, the handsome new factory Supervisor. He quickly comes up against the Grievance Committee led by feisty, good looker Babe Williams and falls head over heels in love with her. But, as ever, the path of true love doesn’t run smooth as they clash over divided loyalties – a battle of the sexes plus management v labour. Will our lovers win through?
Intrigue, shenanigans, fun and frolic follow with sharp witty dialogue and songs and dance numbers that have become musical theatre standards including ‘Hey There!’, ‘I’m not at all in Love’, ‘Steam Heat’ and ‘Hernando’s Hideaway’.
Don’t miss this joyous, timeless, musical comedy performed by a superb cast and talented musicians. Come and join the fun.
Tickets are £16 adults, £12 children under 16. Call the box office on 01483 284747 and leave a message on the answerphone. You can call into the theatre on Saturday mornings between 10.00 and 12.30 or book online via Ticket Source. The theatre is easily accessible to wheelchair users.