Timely and topical!

This weeks blog is from Sarah S, who had the following to report from “The Field” (AKA Craven Arms, where we meet each Thursday)

Last night the group had a read through of another potential piece, which was timely in more ways than one. Not only was it a potential panto (and yes, it was, so don’t be ‘Oh no it wasn’t!’) but the piece, written by our own Richard G and Marc C – “Snow White and the Six and a Half Drag Queens” featured characters such as:

Miss Doris Johnson (A pushy drag queen, ex- public school, always wanting to be in charge)

Miss Jemima Cornbum (A radical drag queen who wants to change things for the better),

Miss Teresa Maybenot (The half drag queen, who isn’t quite sure whether she wants to be a drag queen or not. She tries to lead the others and keep them in order but struggles because each one has her own ideas).

Can’t possibly think of whom these might have been based on – figures in political life, whose parties you may be voting for soon? AND PLEASE REMEMBER TO VOTE NEXT WEEK!!! (Even if it’s through a curmudgeonly desire to ensure you get your Council Tax’s worth to pay the poll clerks and counters).

The group had great fun reading through these (and other roles in the piece). Because Acting Out is FUN!

Hilarity ensued

This weeks blog is courtesy of Sarah J

“The rain outside didn’t put us off having fun on Thursday’s meet up! The warm up was led by Dean and was a take on My Grandmother Went to Market – our version was Donald Trump Went to the Shop… and much hilarity ensued!

After that we had a read through two plays, both potentials for our next performance.  Cue various silly accents and voices!  We also made plans for our Christmas party, including our annual Awards and attempts to make karaoke happen.  The next few weeks are going to be fun :-)”

Plotting plans (And Prince Andrew)

Last night we had a topical warm up, acting various Royal’s reactions to Prince Andrew’s fall from grace. Actors who were in “An Ideal Husband” were presented with a keepsake memory key containing a recording of the performance.

We then read through some submissions for our next piece: can’t tell you too much about these, but they were both written by members of the group. You will hear of our final decision here first, so watch this space!

We also discussed plans for our Christmas party, which will involve Secret Santa, games, hot and cold buffet and possibly karaoke.

Exciting!

This week’s blog is from Matt: “Yesterday’s  rehearsal went well and we are all very excited that next Thursday will be a Dress & Tech run at the MAC then its opening night on the Friday! Everybody has worked really well and donated more than just their time and energy into this: I can’t wait to see what the end result will be.

Let’s barrel on and smash it”

Tickets can be purchased via this link: https://macbirmingham.co.uk/event/an-ideal-husband

High energy and excitement – just what we like!

The weekly blog, all done by kindness – that and being rota’d for the duty 🙂 This week the duty fell to Séamus , who had this to report, in the field:


Another great gathering of Acting Out at The Craven Arms this week. The excitement, as we get closer to our production of An Ideal Husband, was palpable. Our evening started off with our warm up lead by Tom then onto points about the production. 

Throughout the evening, the energy was high and the laughs contagious. There seemed a great mix of rehearsing and social, just the way we like it at Acting Out.”

Four weeks to go!

This week’s blog comes from Hayley: “Last Thursday we welcomed Ellie to the group and continued our rehearsals for An Ideal Husband, with only 4 weeks to go it is coming around fast. However there is a real buzz of excitement and anticipation for the treat of a production that is in store for us. Elsewhere the group are working on finalising our short film which we hope to put on for the Shout Festival.

Acting Out truly is a vibrant and special place to be.”

 

Suspicious circumstances – and succesful sales

This weeks blog comes from Simon:

“The evening started under suspicious circumstances. Amongst the group we had one thief and one detective. It’s fair to say some thieves were better than others.

After this we split into our two groups. The Ideal Husband set remained upstairs working on characterisation. Trying to find out who they are. I gather this was of great benefit.

Downstairs at The Craven those, like me, who are not Ideal discussed various topics regarding the group as well as having a good reminisce. Only crisis was that they had run out of pork scratchings.

Our treasurer announced that the amount of tickets bought for the play is steadily increasing . Remember to keep on telling your friends, family, neighbours and pets to buy tickets.”

Link to do just that is here: https://macbirmingham.co.uk/event/an-ideal-husband

 

Successful run through with “caretaker manager”

This weeks blog is courtesy of George: “Our esteemed director was away for tonight’s rehearsal, so Haina took over the session. We managed a successful run-through of acts one-three of ‘An Ideal Husband’, despite missing one of our leads and had the good news that we’ve sold some more tickets for the show! There was a new face, high spirits and a strong sense of camaraderie on what could have been a slow Thursday evening.”

Singing Out this Saturday (14.09.19)

This event is being led by our very own songbird George at the LGBT Centre on Saturday 14th September, from 12.00 – 16.00.  It’s in aid of not one, but two excellent causes – promotion of mental health and raising funds for putting on our next production (Oscar Wilde’s “An Ideal Husband, 1-2 November at the Midland Art’s Centre, for anyone at the back…) It’s all inclusive, and you don’t need to be able to sing to take part, all welcome, with a bring your own lunch.  Five coins only for an afternoon of musical fun.