New Year, New Production Plans

Tonight, the group discussed plans for our next production “Seven Thirty For Eight”, a dark comedy penned by our own Alan. We decided a venue and director and will be assigning roles via audition over the next two weeks.  Details of the performance are to be confirmed, but we’ll be sure to keep you in the loop!

New Year, New Committee!

In our first meeting of the new year, we held the AO AGM. We looked back over the success that we had last year, settling into a new rehearsal venue and taking our performance of An Ideal Husband to The MAC.

It was then time to vote in the new committee, and all candidates standing got in successfully, and are pictured below: [from left to right] Chris (B), Sarah (S), Tom, Ifor, Haina and Dean. Many thanks to Maria from the LGBT centre for presiding over the election.

Time to party!

Acting Out tonight celebrated a year which started with the sad news of our having to move from our former home and latterly saw us selling out the MAC with “An Ideal Husband”. Not a bad turnaround!  We held our Christmas party at our new meeting place, The Craven Arms, where we enjoyed fun, games, food, Secret Santa and karaoke.  (It’s NOT an AO party without that last one 😊 ). 

We also had our annual awards.  The talented and deserving winners were (cue drumroll….)

Best transformation: Chris B

Best newcomer: Peter H

Best non acting contribution: Haina A

Best performance in a supporting role: Alan H

Best performance in a leading role: Sarah J

Best comedy performance: Chris B

Best dramatic performance: Sarah J

Congratulations all, and a Merry Christmas and Prosperous New Year to all who have supported us throughout 2019.

Have yourself a merry little Christmas song

This week’s blog is from Shaun:

Warm up was What is your favourite Christmas song,  changing “Christmas” to something that you like. Going around in a circle. (have yourself a Merry little Christmas song)

We discussed about the Christmas party for next week and  nominations, plus read more about the panto (Snow White and the Six and a Half Dwarfs)

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.


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”

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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.”