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08 Dec Blue Stockings – Tickets Now On Sale!

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Tickets are now on sale from York Theatre Royal box Office: 01904 623568

https://www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk/event/blue_stockings.php#.WEl40rn26So

Wed 01 Mar – Sat 11 Mar, 2017

Time: 7.45pm, Saturday matinee 2pm

Venue: Studio

Ticket Information: £14 (£12 concessions)

Credits

Producer: York Settlement Community Players

Writer: Jessica Swale

Photo by Mike Oakes

Blue Stockings by Jessica Swale

Premiered at Shakespeare’s Globe, London, in 2013, Jessica Swale’s vibrant play follows four young women at Cambridge in 1896 through a tumultuous year. A vote will determine if they will be allowed to graduate and change the future of education for themselves and those who will follow.

“Blue Stockings will have you laughing all the way to the lecture hall…” The Independent

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27 Nov BLUE STOCKINGS by JESSICA SWALE – 1st to 11th March 2017

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After YSCP’s sell out run of THE RIVALS, we are delighted to announce that our next production will be ‘Blue Stockings’ by Jessica Swale, directed by Maggie Smales, York Theatre Royal Studio, 1st – 11th March 2017. Photo by Mike Oakes.

Premiered at Shakespeare’s Globe, London, in 2013, Jessica Swale’s vibrant play follows four young women at Cambridge in 1896 through a tumultuous year. A vote will determine if they will be allowed to graduate and change the future of education for themselves and those who will follow.

‘Blue Stockings’ – Laughing all the way to the lecture hall….(The Independent)

Hurrah for ‘Blue Stockings’, a play that gets the boisterous Globe audience cheering for the cause of women’s education and muttering darkly at those who oppose it….(Times Higher Education)

 

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15 Aug The Rivals – Tickets on Sale!

The Rivals

1775: a ‘selfie’ society not so different from our own, in which the wealthy and their servants alike are passionate about appearance and style.

Captain Jack Absolute (aka Ensign Beverley), Lydia Languish, Mrs Malaprop, Sir Lucius O’Trigger… in this fast-moving comedy everybody becomes tangled in the web of schemes and deceits they have themselves created.

Just three months after its London premiere, The Rivals was staged at York Theatre Royal. Helping to celebrate the reopening of the theatre, this classic play is back in an exciting new production.

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Pre- Show Talk:
Professor Michael Cordner, from the Department of Theatre, Film and Television at the University of York, will give a free pre-show talk on Wednesday 23rd November. 6pm.

CreditsProducer: York Settlement Community Players

Writer: Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Event Details

Wed 16 Nov – Sat 26 Nov

Time: 7.45pm with Saturday Matinee: 2pm

Venue: Studio

Ticket Information: £14

Booking Fee: £1.50 transaction fee per booking

Box Office: 01904 623568

Online:

https://www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk/event/The_Rivals.php#.V7HxERK9iSo

Poster design: Jill Maris

Graham Sanderson, Director of The Rivals, is delighted to announce the Cast and Creative Team:

Cast:

Fag                                             Alexander King

Thomas/David                          Paul Mason

Lydia Languish                         Jess Murray

Lucy                                          Sonia Di Lorenzo

Julia Melville                            Catherine Edge

Mrs Malaprop                          Sue Skirrow

Sir Anthony Absolute              Philip Massey

Captain Jack Absolute            Jamie McKeller

Faulkland                                 Matt Pattison

Bob Acres                                 Mike Hickman

Sir Lucius O’Trigger               Simon Tompsett

 

Production Team:

Director                                    Graham Sanderson

Costume                                   Helen Taylor

Design                                       Jill Maris

Stage Manager                        Dave al Bahrani-Peacock

Deputy Stage manager          Sandrine Enryd Carlsson

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20 Jul The Rivals: Cast & Creatives Announced!

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Graham Sanderson, Director of YSCP’s next production, The Rivals, is delighted to announce the Cast and Creative Team:

Fag                                         Alexander King

Thomas/David                         Paul Mason

Lydia Languish                        Jess Murray

Lucy                                       Sonia Di Lorenzo

Julia Melville                            Catherine Edge

Mrs Malaprop                         Sue Skirrow

Sir Anthony Absolute               Philip Massey

Captain Jack Absolute             Jamie McKeller

Faulkland                                 Matt Pattison

Bob Acres                               Mike Hickman

Sir Lucius O’Trigger                 Simon Tompsett

 

Production Team

 

Director                                   Graham Sanderson

Costume                                  Helen Taylor

Design                                     Jill Maris

Stage Manager                        Dave al Bahrani-Peacock

Deputy Stage manager            Sandrine Enryd Carlsson

 

The Rivals by Richard Brinsley Sheridan, will be performed at York Theatre Royal Studio, produced by York Settlement Community Players (YSCP):

16 November – 26 November 2016

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13 Jun Settlement Players to hold auditions for Sheridan’s 18th century comedy The Rivals

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Thanks to Charles Hutchinson for this great piece in York Press.
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Settlement Players to hold auditions for Sheridan’s 18th century comedy The Rivals

YORK Settlement Community Players will hold auditions for Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s 1775 comedy of manners The Rivals later this month.

Graham Sanderson’s production will run in the York Theatre Royal Studio from November 16 to 26. “I’m hoping to include two Saturday matinees, so 11 performances in all; Wednesday to Saturday, the first week and Tuesday to Saturday, the second week.”

The auditions will take place at Clementhorpe Community Centre on Sunday, June 26 from 2pm to 5pm and Tuesday, June 28 from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. “They will consist of readings from Sheridan’s play and work in small groups on short extracts for performance, script in hand,” says Graham. “Scripts will be provided. There’s no need to prepare any audition piece, but you will be expected to stay for the whole session.”

Rehearsals will begin on Sunday, September 18. “From then on, I intend to rehearse each Sunday, 2pm to 5 p.m, and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7.30pm to 9.30 p.m,” says Graham.

Analysing the abiding appeal of Sheridan’s first comedy, he says: “The Rivals is set in an era in which even those on the fringes of polite society are much concerned with their appearance and how others see them and think of them: a ‘selfie’ society over two hundred years before our own.

“The play is a comedy, but the humour – much of it very funny indeed – arises not from larger-than life caricatures but from people whose human frailty we can all recognise; people who manage through foolishness or by twists of fate and fortune to get themselves into absurd situations. Like all good comedy, it flirts with potential disasters and tragedies.”

Among the principal characters is Jack Absolute, a young army captain and heir to a considerable fortune, who assumes the humbler title of Ensign Beverley to enhance his romantic appeal to the young woman whose love he wants to win, Lydia Languish. Lydia is a wealthy, romantic young woman who would rather risk her fortune by eloping with a half-pay ensign than conform to the authority of her aunt and guardian, Mrs Malaprop.

Mrs Malaprop, Sheridan’s most celebrated character with her unfortunate way with words, is determined to thwart Lydia’s plans for a love match, but is involved in a romantic intrigue of her own, under the pseudonym of Delia, with Irish baronet Sir Lucius O’Trigger.

Sir Lucius, who is given to fighting and duelling, believes he is courting Lydia but is in fact corresponding with Delia through the letter-carrying services of Lydia’s maid, Lucy.

Bob Acres also thinks he is courting Lydia, but his letters are going undelivered. Sir Lucius encourages him to challenge his rival, Ensign Beverley, to a duel.

Further roles are Sir Anthony Absolute, Jack’s irascible father; Julia Melville, engaged to Faulkland, who devises false stories to test her love; Fag, Jack Absolute’s servant and witty observer of all those around him; and the doubled-up roles of David, sharp-tongued servant to Bob Acres, and Thomas, a coachman who is a little old-fashioned in his ways and dress.

Should you need more details, contact Graham by emailing graham@sandskirr.plus.com

Incidentally, actor-manager Tate Wilkinson presented The Rivals at York Theatre from April 8 1775, only three months after Sheridan’s comedy was premiered at Covent Garden.

(Poster design – Jill Maris)
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24 Apr Auditions for The Rivals by Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Auditions for The Rivals by Richard Brinsley Sheridan, to be performed at York Theatre Royal Studio:

16 November – 26 November 2016

Directed by Graham Sanderson, who writes:

The Auditions will be held at *Clementhorpe Community Centre, York, on Sunday 26th June from 2 -5 p.m. and Tuesday 28th June from 7.30 – 9.30 p.m. Please let me know nearer the time which audition you are coming to: graham@sandskirr.plus.com

The auditions will consist of readings from the play and work in small groups on short extracts for performance script in hand. Scripts will be provided. There is no need to prepare any audition piece, but you will be expected to stay for the whole session.

Rehearsals will begin on Sunday 18th September.  From then on I intend to rehearse each Sunday 2 – 5 p.m.. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7.30 – 9.30 p.m..  The get-in to the theatre should be on Monday 14th November with the technical rehearsal that evening. The dress rehearsal will be on Tuesday 15th.  We open on Wednesday 16th November and final performance is on Saturday 26th November.  I’m hoping to include two Saturday matinees, so 11 performances in all – Wednesday to Saturday the first week and Tuesday to Saturday the second week.

Below are brief descriptions of the characters of the play and their role in the plot. The play is set in an era in which even those on the fringes of polite society are much concerned with their appearance and how others see them and think of them – a ‘selfie’ society over two hundred years before our own. The play is a comedy, but the humour – much of it very funny indeed – arises not from larger-than life caricatures but from people whose human frailty we can all recognise; people who manage through foolishness or by twists of fate and fortune to get themselves into absurd situations… Like all good comedy, it flirts with potential disasters and tragedies…

 

The Rivals: character descriptions

 

Jack Absolute – a young army captain and heir to a considerable fortune, who assumes the humbler title of Ensign Beverley in order to enhance his romantic appeal to the young woman whose love he wants to win, Lydia Languish…

 

Lydia Languish – a wealthy, romantic young woman who would rather risk her fortune by eloping with a half-pay ensign than conform to the authority of her aunt, Mrs Malaprop…

 

Mrs Malaprop – Lydia’s aunt and guardian, determined to thwart Lydia’s plans for a love match, but involved in a romantic intrigue of her own, under the pseudonym ‘Delia’ with an Irish baronet, Sir Lucius O’Trigger…

 

Sir Lucius O’Trigger – a man given to fighting and duelling, who believes he is courting Lydia but is in fact corresponding with her aunt, ‘Delia’, through the letter-carrying services of Lydia’s maid, Lucy…

 

Lucy – Lydia’s maid who is earning a nice little income from carrying (or not) secret letters from lover to would-be lover, including from a country acquaintance of Jack Absolute, Bob Acres…

 

Bob Acres – a man who thinks he is courting Lydia, but whose letters are in fact going undelivered. He is encouraged by Sir Lucius to challenge his rival – Ensign Beverley – to a duel…

 

Sir Anthony Absolute – Jack’s irascible father, who is also guardian to Julia Melville, close friend of Lydia…

 

Julia Melville – Lydia’s friend, engaged to Faulkland, who saved her life and whom she loves constantly…

 

Faulkland – a friend of Jack Absolute and a man racked with doubt about whether his beloved Julia really cares for him, as a result of which he devises a series of false stories to test her love…

 

Fag – servant to Jack Absolute and witty observer of the lives of those he serves and encounters…

 

David – servant to Bob Acres and a sharp commenter on the foolishness of his master and others…

 

Thomas – coachman, a little old-fashioned in his ways and dress. His part is to be doubled with that of David.

 

*Clementhorpe Community Centre (photo attached) Lower Ebor Street, York, YO23 1AY. Travel and directions: http://www.itravelyork.info/planner/

 

Graham Sanderson – Director

graham@sandskirr.plus.com

Clementhorpe Community Centre

 

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30 Mar NOVEMBER 2016 – YSCP presents: The Rivals by Richard Brinsley Sheridan

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NOVEMBER 2016
YSCP presents: The Rivals by Richard Brinsley Sheridan
To celebrate the 18th Century History of the soon-to-be-reopened York Theatre Royal, YSCP is delighted to be presenting, in The Studio Theatre:
The Rivals by Richard Brinsley Sheridan
Referring to the earlier (1775) YTR reopening….
”When he (Tate Wilkinson) reopened at York in January 1775, there had been several changes in the company….Among the new pieces presented were two by local authors…The most important new play was, however, The Rivals, first acted on the York boards on April 8…York thus saw Sheridan’s immortal first comedy only three months after its appearance at Covent Garden.”
(The York Theatre Royal by Sybil Rosenfeld)
Directed by Graham Sanderson
To be performed: w/c 14 Nov and w/c 21 Nov 2016
Audition News to be announced soon!
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28 Mar NOVEMBER 2016 – YSCP will present Sheridan’s The Rivals

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NOVEMBER 2016
YSCP presents: The Rivals by Richard Brinsley Sheridan
To celebrate the 18th Century History of the soon-to-be-reopened York Theatre Royal, YSCP is delighted to be presenting, in The Studio Theatre:
The Rivals by Richard Brinsley Sheridan
Referring to the earlier (1775) YTR reopening….
”When he (Tate Wilkinson) reopened at York in January 1775, there had been several changes in the company….Among the new pieces presented were two by local authors…The most important new play was, however, The Rivals, first acted on the York boards on April 8…York thus saw Sheridan’s immortal first comedy only three months after its appearance at Covent Garden.”
(The York Theatre Royal by Sybil Rosenfeld)
Directed by Graham Sanderson
To be performed: w/c 14 Nov and w/c 21 Nov 2016
Audition News to be announced soon!
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25 Mar NOVEMBER 2016: YSCP presents: The Rivals by Richard Brinsley Sheridan

NOVEMBER 2016
YSCP presents: The Rivals by Richard Brinsley Sheridan
To celebrate the 18th Century History of the soon-to-be-reopened York Theatre Royal, YSCP is delighted to be presenting, in The Studio Theatre:
The Rivals by Richard Brinsley Sheridan
Referring to the earlier (1775) YTR reopening….
”When he (Tate Wilkinson) reopened at York in January 1775, there had been several changes in the company….Among the new pieces presented were two by local authors…The most important new play was, however, The Rivals, first acted on the York boards on April 8…York thus saw Sheridan’s immortal first comedy only three months after its appearance at Covent Garden.”
(The York Theatre Royal by Sybil Rosenfeld)
Directed by Graham Sanderson
To be performed: w/c 14 Nov and w/c 21 Nov 2016
Audition News to be announced soon!
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16 Mar THE MAI by MARINA CARR – THIS WEEK 16 – 19 MARCH!

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THE MAI by MARINA CARR – THIS WEEK  16 – 19 MARCH!
Here’s what people are saying about The Preview:
”What an amazing play – I’m so glad to have discovered it via YSCP!”
”Powerful ensemble playing delivered with truth and passion.”
”A cracking set of characters brought to life with dedication and talent.”
”Congrats @YSCP_Theatre #YSCP_TheMai on a very strong and slick dress rehearsal. Go see!”
”I’ve just seen @YSCP_Theatre #YSCP_TheMai You should too”
”Raw, honest and unflinching”
”Don’t let this one pass you by”
The Mai by Marina Carr
Produced by York Settlement Community Players
Directed by Jan Kirk
Composer: Oliver Mills
Wednesday 16 March – Saturday 19 March, 2016
Venue: Upstage Theatre, 41 Monkgate, York, YO31 7PB
Time: 7.30pm with a 2.30pm Saturday matinee
Tickets (£12 & £10 Concessions) available for all performances in advance from York Theatre Royal Box Office. Phone: 01904 623568 and online.
No booking fee if you pay in cash.
Also, tickets on the door at the venue: Upstage Theatre, 41 Monkgate, York, YO31 7PB.
 
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