Pick of the Bedford Fringe!

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It’s been a while since we updated you on all of the goings on in the Tree Shadow Theatre world. And as we’ve bee pretty busy these past few months, we thought we’d better let you know what’s been going on.

After our sell-out performance at the From Devon with Love festival this January, we were extremely excited to take our show to some new venues.

We began at the Winston’s Pub Theatre in Seaton, were we were treated so well, and with so much enthusiasm. It was a joy to be part of the first season of a new regional venue. They are closing now to refurbish and reopen next year with a more fit-for-purpose space, and we can’t wait to go back.

Our audiences said:
“Absolutely bloody brilliant”
“You did this piece great justice. A gift for comedy and pathos and the quick switch between should lead you to a great future”
“Well written and well acted”
“A refined piece of theatre. Well crafted sibling relationship with a poignant revelation. Subtle, darkly humorous. Great performances. A really tight drama.”

Next was the Alma Tavern
Though we had a slight set-back with the pub underneath the theatre being closed for refurbishment for the duration of our run there (which was rather off-putting for potential audiences), we still had a jolly time with the audiences who did come! And Bristol definitely offered the friendliest responses while we were out flyering, so hurrah for Bristol!

On to the N16 Theatre in London.
Here’s what London had to say:
‘A beautiful piece. Stunning performances – sensitive and beautiful acting.’
‘Simply awesome’
‘Fantastic. Loved it!’
‘Dark comedy done right’

And then finally, the wonderful Bedfringe!
Though it be small, it be mighty…or something like that…
We had a fairly modest audience in Bedford, but my word, did we have fun. Such a lovely theatre, and the staff running the festival really know how to treat people. We couldn’t recommend it more as a festival, and we shall certainly be returning next year if we can.

Here’s what Bedford said:
‘This was worthy of the West End! Hooked from beginning to end’
‘A poignant and amusing piece in equal measure’
AND the lovely people at Bedfringe awarded us Pick of the Fringe!!!

We couldn’t really have asked for more!
But we have. So we will shortly be announcing dates for another Devon performance (or two) coming up in September. Our Devon dates have been by far the bestsellers, so we’ve decided to bid a final farewell to Waving Goodbye on our home turf.

Fantastic response for our performances of Waving Goodbye in Seaton

This weekend, Waving Goodbye played to captivated audiences at the lovely seaside venue ‘Winston’s Pub Theatre’ in Seaton. 

The venue said…

“a fantastic performance…Poignant and funny….the audience were hooked from the start and there was a great atmosphere all through the performance. We feel very privileged to have hosted your show here in Seaton”

 

The audience said…

“Thought You did this piece great justice. Your gift for comedy and pathos and the quick switch between should lead you to a great future.”

“Absolutely bloody brilliant!”

“Enjoyed the performance. Well written and well acted.”

“Wonderful show. Very moving and funny”

“Refined piece of theatre; enchantingly developed sibling relationship; well crafted to the end…Poignant revelation. Excellent performances!”

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Waving Goodbye 2017 tour: New dates announced!

We are very excited to announce the following dates to our 2017 tour:

8th/9th July at Winston’s Pub Theatre, Seaton Tickets: 01297 20555/20473

13th/14th July at Alma Tavern, Bristol http://www.almatavernandtheatre.co.uk/theatre/what-s-on.html

16th, 17th July at N16 Theatre, Balham                http://www.theatren16.co.uk/waving-goodbye

22nd July at the Quarry Theatre, Bedford for Bedfringe https://bedfringe.cloudvenue.co.uk/waving

 

 

Waving Goodbye at Exeter’s Bikeshed Theatre

Good news! As part of Exeter’s From Devon with Love Festival, we will be performing our show Waving Goodbye at the Bikeshed Theatre on 20th January at 8:30pm.

After having such a great time with the show for the Camden Fringe last year, this is an exciting opportunity to bring the show back to life.

Full information on the Upcoming Productions page

Tickets available here: https://www.bikeshedtheatre.co.uk/shows/waving-goodbye/

 

Meet the cast and crew of EGGS

Meet our lovely cast of Eggs showing this September 2nd and 3rd at 7:30pm at the Cygnet Theatre, Exeter. Full show info here

Tickets available here: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/366776

Andrew Dean

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Having spent my last twenty years of a career in education as a teacher trainer, my work with music and drama students made the move into theatre work seem a natural progression. For the last 15 years I have had countless amazing experiences big and small, ranging from directing a couple of monologues at the Barbican Plymouth to playing Laurie Lee in Rougemont Gardens,  the Governor in the Government Inspector at the Northcott and various deranged characters in the Curse of the Werewolf at the Minack.  The new writing productions in association with the Cygnet, the theatre workshops  and the tours around the shires with various companies have been a great education as is this interesting and challenging mosaic.

Sally Barrett-Geake

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Sally Barrett-Geake graduated from Cygnet training theatre in 2013. Since leaving credits include Last embrace (Tree Shadow Theatre), How Well You Know Me (Tree Shadow Theatre), National TIE, Insensible (Southwest and Edinburgh). Most recently Sally has been involved in independent filming projects and now is excited to be going back to theatre with Eggs alongside a great cast and thought provoking piece.

 

Rosie Louden

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Rosie trained at Cygnet Theatre, and before graduating in 2014, was selected to perform in the prestigious Sam Wanamaker Festival at Shakespeare’s Globe, along with other top students from across the UK. Since graduating, Rosie has established herself in the London fringe theatre scene, both as an actor and writer. Her first play ‘Welfare in Jerusalem’ premiered at The Bread and Roses Theatre in 2015. Rosie is thrilled to be working with such a talented cast and creative team on Eggs and has every faith in a big future for this exciting new production.

 

Lucy Theobald

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Lucy graduated from Cygnet Theatre, following a successful tour of The Rivals, with Creative Cow, during her third year. She then went straight on tour with Tree Shadow Theatre productions, with How Well You Know Me, touring London, the North, the Midlands, and here in the South West. Lucy also performed for Tree Shadow last year in Waving Goodbye, which had a successful run in The Phoenix Theatre, London and on tour. She has performed at venues such as Buxton opera House, Theatre Royal Windsor and The Lowry.

 

Sophie Thomas

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After studying History at the University of York, I decided to forge a career behind the scenes and, after brief work experience on Broadchurch, started work as a Floor Runner on the television series Doc Martin. It was during my time as a runner that I realised acting was the only career for me.  I took a slightly less exciting office job which was flexible enough for me to start building my acting experience and training. I took weekend classes at Pinewood Studios, London and Bristol before the opportunity to continue my studies in Paris presented itself. I spent last year at L’École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq studying theatre and acting.

Damian Schedler Cruz

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Damian recently completed his first year of training as a full time student at Cygnet Training Theatre, where he has performed in a number of productions, including Mind Your Farce!, The Winter’s Tale and Terrorism. Before moving to the UK, Damian took part in the Mexican Swiss School’s student theatre for three consecutive years. In 2014 he completed a three-semester part-time training program in voice acting.

 

Rosalind Campbell (Producer)

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After completing her M.A. degree in Shakespeare Studies at Stratford-upon-Avon, Rosalind entered theatre in a stage management role with the York YSP theatre company in 2008.  She acted as stage manager and co-producer on Louisa Wilde’s production of Last Embrace at The Edinburgh Fringe in 2013. Eggs will be Rosalind’s second project with Louisa Wilde’s Tree Shadow Theatre Co.

 

Louisa Wilde (Director)

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Louisa trained at Cygnet Training Theatre as an actor and director. She has directed modern adaptations of Shakespeare, new writing and youth theatre. She also writes new scripts for TSTP and works as a freelance actor.

For Tree Shadow Louisa has directed Last EmbraceHow Well You Know Me, and performed in Waving Goodbye and How Well You Know Me. She also runs TSTP’s youth theatre, Saplings.

 

New writing to be performed in Exeter this September

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Written by Rachel Besser

Directed by Louisa Wilde

“Do you know what’s wrong with this country? Cowardice. No one’s brave enough to stand up and say what’s obvious. Some women should not be allowed to have children.”

Chloe’s speed dating for a sperm donor. Angus is sterilising unsuitable women. A psychiatrist signs the papers. A mother is sedated. A baby is taken away. Maisie clings to the fantasy of her nuclear family.

24 playlets. 31 characters. 6 actors. A series of seemingly unrelated scenes accumulate in Rachel Besser’s new play, Eggs. This is a dark, fast-paced mosaic of modern parenthood, family life and the disturbing effect it can have on the child.

Playwright and paediatrician, Rachel Besser, has been part of the New Writers Programme at the Royal Court Theatre, London, and is currently continuing the development of her writing as part of the Criterion Theatre, New Writing programme.

We will be holding a short Q&A after each performance. Please join us. Your feedback matters to us, and will be used to develop the play.

Eggs will be presented at 7:30pm on 2nd and 3rd September 2016 at the Cygnet New Theatre in Exeter.

Tickets can be bought directly from the theatre

https://cygnettheatre.co.uk/

01392 277189

01392 277189

and from this link: https://www.ents24.com/exeter-events/cygnet-theatre/eggs/4752103

Tickets £10 (£8

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