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“A Bunch of Amateurs” – NODA review

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Our NODA review is in for “A Bunch of Amateurs” – “A Bunch Of Amateurs Barton Players Barton Village Hall Friday 26th April 2019 Contrary to some people’s thinking, first impressions do count, therefore, the exceedingly warm welcome when I collected my tickets an exceedingly shiny and professional looking programme from the front of house staff, my first impressions were very good. In addition to their helpfulness the ‘team’ were easily identified in their smart society T shirts. A term that is often used instead of ‘Amateur Dramatics’ is ‘Community Theatre’ and the atmosphere and my observations in the foyer prior to the show indicated to me that the Barton Players clearly have their place in the local community very well established. The front of house team were welcoming friends rather than customers. ‘A Bunch […]

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Garage Clear out

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Today a small group of Barton Players members went down to the village hall to clear out old props and set from our outside garage to give us more space and so we could organise the items we have to make it more accessible. We first started by emptying out the entire garage and grouping them items into 3 piles, things to take to the tip, things to keep and wood. With our team of hard workers we were able to empty the whole garage is around an hour. After we emptied out the garage a few of the workers picked up their tools and began the task of cutting up the bits for the tip and loading up their vehicles to do tip runs. In total they did an impressive 7 tip trips. We […]

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A Bunch of Amateurs – Box Office open

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Tickets are now available for Barton Players next production of “A Bunch of Amateurs” by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman, which will be performed 25th – 27th April 2019. Synopsis“Keen to boost his flagging career, fading Hollywood action hero Jefferson Steele arrives in England to play King Lear in Stratford – only to find that this is not the birthplace of the Bard, but a sleepy Suffolk village. And instead of Kenneth Branagh and Dame Judi Dench, the cast are a bunch of amateurs trying to save their theatre from developers. Jefferson’s monstrous ego, vanity and insecurity are tested to the limit by the enthusiastic am-dram thespians. As acting worlds collide and Jefferson’s career implodes, he discovers some truths about himself – along with his inner Lear!” This amateur production of “A Bunch of Amateurs” […]

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Cast Announcement!

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After a fantastic evening of Auditions for our April 2019 production of “A Bunch of Amateurs” The Audition Panel are pleased to announce the cast. The standard was so high and we honestly could have cast this show 2 times over! Jefferson Steel – John Murphy Dorothy Nettle – Debbie Radcliffe Jessica Steel – Sophie Bryant Nigel Dewbury – Harold Liberty Mary Plunkett – Katie Westwick Denis Dobbins – George Horn Lauren Bell – Hayley Bloodworth Journalists – Gill George, Lesley Jorgensen, Clare Coffey, Chris Radcliffe, Philip Hargreaves and Christine Ayres Albany’s Head – Philip Hargreaves Thank you so much for all those who auditioned. We are looking forward to starting rehearsals next week at 7:30pm. I will be approaching those who have offered help backstage and FOH over the next few weeks as I […]

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Christmas Tree Festival

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Gill and Clare have been busy setting up our tree entry for the Christmas Tree Festival. This year’s entry has an Oliver! theme with Fagins treasure box at the bottom of the tree.

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Oliver! Sold Out signs

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Keith (Bowie) has been busy putting up our Sold Out Signs on the banners and A1 board in the village hall. We are still operating a waiting list, please ring the box office number if you’d like to be put on it.

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A Bunch of Amateurs!

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Rachael has been busy applying for a Licence for our next Production – “A Bunch of Amateurs” by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman. She has been working on preparing everything needed to direct the show and sorting out audition pieces. We will be performing this show in the Easter Holidays 25th – 27th April 2019. More details to follow, watch this space! Artwork reproduced by kind permission of Samuel French Ltd

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Oliver Banners now up!

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This morning, Keith (Bowie), Rachael and Alan have been around the village putting up our 2 banners for our December production of Oliver! The Passage to India has again given us permission to put up a banner on their railing which we are very grateful for and there is one outside the Village hall. Only a month away from show week now!