The Prince and the Pauper
This year’s Christmas show at the New Vic Theatre was one of its best…and our visit on the first night was definitely the most talked about event of the month. It was a non-stop entertaining romp from start to finish. Theresa Heskins did a a superb job in adapting Mark Twain’s story into a theatre piece performed by a strolling group of Shakespearen actors. We know, Shakespeare’s theatre company had a pair of real twins and a company of actors capable of performing mutiple parts of all ages and genders as well as being able to dance, sing and play musical intstruments.
Danielle and Nichole Bird (identical twins) took on the roles of the Prince and the Pauper, no wonder they were easlily able to fool everyone in their exchanged roles. The remainder of the cast took on numerous parts and clearly had a fun time in the process.
Gareth Cassidy’s as a stern Mary Tudor who glided around the stage predicting doom and gloom was a total hoot. Members of the Youth Company joined in seamlessly for the spectalcular big dance scenes that held the audience – young and old- spellbound.
Brilliant show. Well worth seeing at least twice.
Jesus Christ Superstar
Earlier in the same week, some of the group went to see a production of Jesus Christ Superstar performed by the Five Towns Theatre Company at Stoke Repertory Theatre. This was a colourful, noisy, exuberant production carried out by a youthful enthusiastic cast.
Film Festival and Live Performance at Mitchell Arts Centre
A select few of group members took part in a restaging of the Live Age Festival original piece of theatre created by the Ages & Stages Theatre Company with guest director Bryn Holding. This live performance preceeded the launch of a film about the group made by Dr Pawas Bisht, Keele University, along with four short documentaries made by Keele students that focussed on individual group members.
Fascinating and interesting afternoon.
Another good turn out for our monthly meeting at which we mulled over the events since October and made a couple of decisions…
There will be no meeting in January…and from February 2020 we will meet at the American Clubhouse in Cobridge..
No one actually printed off any photos on our new photo printer, but several members took a close inspection. Many of the shots taken on black & white film that were available for printing, were also used by Maurice to create a short film about the Photography Workshops led by Natalie Willat