Hope you’re all enjoying the warmer weather! Spring is here, along with all the birdsong, blossoms and ice-cream vans, and in an old school hall in one corner of Shipley, rehearsals are well under way for our upcoming production of Pantoland’s Got Talent! (Oh no […]
The thing with these website things is you need to update them or looks like you’ve gone away.
We haven’t gone away. Oh by giddy crikey we haven’t.
I’ll bang a longer more detailed post on here later, but for now we’re doing a pantomime! Written by local Shipley/Windhill writer Tina Palomar it’ll be her first ever performed work. That’ll be going on in the Kirkgate Centre in April. Still some parts going so if you’re interested get in touch.
Now the panto’s underway the small production group are hoping to do Waiting For Godot by Samuel Beckett. Arguably the greatest Absurdist play in the English language (and I know lots will disagree, and I also know it was written in French. With an Irish accent), that will be playing hopefully a number of venues around the Leeds/Bradford area in the autumn.
And (as if that wasn’t enough) we’re producing a new play by local writer Eddie Lawler for tour in autumn 2017. “Making Light” is the story of the remarkable “Blind” Jack Metcalf, who managed to be an 18th century rock god (on the fiddle), entrepreneur, ladies man, adventurer and road builder, all while being blind. It’s an extraordinary tale of an extraordinary man in this the year of his 300th birthday.
And the Tuesday meets are carrying on. Please don’t forget, 7pm every Tuesday, target donation for room hire about £3, there’s a workshop led by a variety of very good workshop leaders then a bit of a social (purely voluntary) afterwards.
Everyone welcome from beginners to the very experienced.
See you there!
It went very well, thank you everyone who turned up. If you’re reading this wondering if you should turn up then I have to say definitely. The energy was good, people worked well together, and the experienced people and the beginners worked superbly together. All went well. And we had an amazing lightning storm in the middle of the session. I’m going to take that as an omen. Of something. Born in a lightning storm.
Tomorrow… tomorrow I would love to have time to get laminated signs up saying the session doesn’t start ’til 7pm. The sign on the door says 6.30 because that’s when we can get in to start setting the room up. Turn up at 6.30 and you’re welcome, but you’re helping us shift tables. Session starts at 7pm. It doesn’t matter if you’re late, not on a general session. Come rehearsals and you’ll damage your own experience and that of other people by turning up late, so don’t do it. In a general session though, it’s going to be very rare that it’s a problem. Turn up.
The ramped entrance is to the left of the main door. It’s not obvious, a sign would be a good idea.
A kettle! Trish (and I think Tina) brought lots of tea and coffee, and we had no kettle. So yes, ok, kettle.
Programme wise, fingers crossed that the people who came stay with us. This gives us a broad range of skills and experiences, which is great for the beginners, and we’ll have to see what the experienced group want to do. Personally I’d like to have a go at some fairly modern classics; Ionescu, Albee would be sadly topical. I’m shamefully lacking in my knowledge of world theatre, this would be a great chance to expand my horizons a bit. I’d like work by new playwrights and female ones.
That’s the lovely thing about having strength in depth, we can take on more than one project and we can explore many different forms. And it’s all good.
Hey guess when our first public meeting is? Uncanny. Yes, the first public meeting will be in the very marvellous Kirkgate Centre, just up the road from the Wilco’s, opposite the Town Hall, 2 mins walk from the market square bus stops, 10 minutes walk […]
Shipley Little Theatre
Three things must ye know about Shipley Little Theatre:
- It’s in Shipley.
- It’s quite small
- We’ve forgotten the third one. It’ll come to us though.
This is a holding page while Pete, our mighty web designer is away on tour. Fear not gentle viewer, there will be a proper webpage here soon. In the meantime:
- Yes we’re in Shipley but if you can get to us you’re welcome. Most of our members live in Shipley, Saltaire or Windhill but there’s no requirement.
- We’re not that small, not in experience anyway. We have a core membership with a wide range of abilities and experiences from professionally trained and working, to beginners. Everyone’s welcome and everyone’s included.
- We do theatre. Individually we’ve done a range of theatre from established classics to musicals to community pantos to new writing. As Shipley Little Theatre we intend to carry on that fine tradition.
And you are welcome to join us.
If you’d like to ask a question you can email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
And if you’re sitting there wondering if you should come to one of our beginner/improvers sessions then yes, yes you should. See you there.