You may have read in the press this week about vandalism to the theatre front. 2 window panes were smashed on Sunday night, and have now been replaced with extra-strength safety glass.

This is now the 4th time this has happened this year, and is very annoying after all the time and effort we've put in to make the building look good. Every time it happens, it costs us £200 to replace and it all adds up. We only exist on ticket sales, there's no council or Lottery funding to back us up, so anything that knocks us back or damages our ability to cover costs is very frustrating.

If anyone has any info on the vandalism please let us know.

A message from Mark Jones, Head of the Artistic Committee

2012-2013 CADOS Season – Submissions Welcomed

Just as we are about to embark on the 2011-2012 season, work now starts on putting together the 2012-2013 season. We are looking for submissions for those who may want to direct. We have 5 production slots (September 2012 has already been allocated for Calendar Girls) - which are October 2012, December 2012 (a pantomine), February 2013, April 2013 and June 2013 (a musical). The only requirement the artistic committee have decided for this season is that the submissions must be for productions which CADOS have never done before. We are looking to do a 'brand-new' season.

In addition to the main season we are also launching 'Studio' productions. These will perform Thurs-Sat at the theatre in Nov 2012, March 2013 and May 2013. These will be smaller scale productions with a limited budget of £500 per production. Which obviously dictates the options for staging.

It doesn't matter if you have never directed before - if you have a passion for a production which you'd like to see on our stage then please make a submission.

We are aiming to get the season finalised by the end of 2011. With this in mind - we have a new submission form for you to complete should you want to direct a CADOS production. This will be soon available on the websitebut for now use the "contact us" page and we'll send it to you. Complete the form and send it back - either by post to the theatre…. for my attention. The closing date for the submission forms is 30th September 2011.

Should you have any questions or queries then don't hesitate to contact me either via this website or by phone - 07877 111 248.

Mark Jones

CADOS – Head of Artistic

CADOS Present

THE MEMORY OF WATER

Producer/Director Mark Jones
Assistant Director Sarah Rosental

Auditions Sunday 7th August 2011 - 1pm, Chorley Little Theatre

The Performances
Mon 17-Sat 22 October 2011 (inclusive) – at Chorley Little Theatre

The Rehearsals
Sundays (1pm-5pm); and Tuesdays (7.30-10pm) – other rehearsals may be added should they be needed - a full rehearsal schedule will be issued once the play has been cast.

The Play
The Memory of Water is a comedy drama written by English playwright Shelagh Stephenson, first staged at Hampstead Theatre in 1996. It won the Olivier award for best comedy in 2000. Three sisters; Teresa, Mary and Catherine, come together before their mother's funeral, each haunted by their own demons. The play focuses on how each sister deals with the bereavement. The three each have different memories of the same events, causing constant bickering about whose memories are true. As the three women get together after years of separation, all their hidden lies and self-betrayals are about to reach the surface.

This CADOS production
This play will require very strong acting skills – both dramatic and comic. The central three sisters have a lot of lines and monologues.

The Director
This will be Mark’s 7th production for CADOS, following on from Oliver Twist (2011), Blood Brothers (2010), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2007), Amadeus, Half a Sixpence (both 2005) and Great Expectations (2004).


The Auditions - Interested?
No preparation in advance of the audition is required. Audition pieces will be issued on the day. Please attend the auditions on Sunday 7th August 2011 – at 1pm at Chorley Little Theatre.

Details below:-

Role(s) Sex Age Detail
Vi F 40-60ish Vi is the mother of the three sisters and whose funeral they are together for. She was a glamorous woman when younger, with whom all the men of the village were enamored. She was not the best of mothers, and did not teach the daughters of sex or of being a woman. She appears to Mary as a Ghost.
Mary F 30s Mary is the middle sister and a doctor whose five-year affair with Mike, a married doctor, is starting to show strain. She experiences a series of interactions with her mother's ghost, whereupon she discusses memory and their relationship.
Teresa F 40-ish Teresa is the eldest sister and an unhappy housewife, who runs a health food supplement store with her husband Frank, and who feels she has had to keep the family together for years. She assumes much of the responsibility for the funeral arrangements and her mother's care once deterioration into Alzheimer's commences. It is clear that she feels both resentful and protective of her younger siblings
Catherine F Late 20s/Early 30s Catherine is the youngest sister, and the only sister who does not have a spouse. Catherine is permanently trying to catch her sisters' attention and feels she was always left out.
Mike M 25-45 Mike is the doctor with whom Mary has been having a 5 year relationship with. He has told Mary that his wife has ME, but during the play Mary finds a picture in a magazine of his wife in perfect health.
Frank M 25-45 Frank is Teresa's husband and runs the health food supplement store with her. He isn't satisfied by doing a job which he doesn't believe in nor care about.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If anyone has any questions or queries do not hesitate to contact Mark (07877111248)

Some quick questions and answers from the stand-up comedian, who comes here on Saturday 1st October - tickets on sale now!

How are you feeling about doing your first visit to Chorley Little Theatre?

Quite pleased. I did do a gig somewhere in Chorley in 1985 with Arnold Brown and Claire Dowie. It’s been too long.

Who makes you laugh at the moment?

My friends

What was the last show/gig you went to see?

Glastonbury

What do you prefer, very small intimate venues or bigger places?

Very big small places

If you were a theatrical character who would you be?

The corpse in The Real Inspector Hound, I did play him once

What do you like to do to relax?

Sleep.

Do you have a burning ambition for the future?

I would like to burn the Ministry of Defence

What’s next in the pipeline?

Last night’s dinner.

Are you looking forward to your appearance at Chorley Little Theatre?

Yes, it’s in the future.

Exclusive interview with Dave Gorman, ahead of his SOLD OUT show here on 29th September.

How are you feeling about doing your first visit to Chorley Little Theatre?

It's a warm up gig for a big tour - which basically means that I hope I have all the material in the right order but I just won't know it inside out and backwards yet. There's no getting away from the fact that when you do a show twenty times running you learn your way around the content in a way that you simply can't for the first one, two, three nights.

But smaller venues have a different, more personal atmosphere and they're always fun to play. I've never been before but there's something about the name that makes me think this will be a little theatre so I'm looking forward to that.

How does doing stand up make you feel (when it goes right and when it goes wrong)?

In both cases it makes you feel alive. People who don't actually go to see stand-up seem to have an image of it as a combative medium. I think popular fiction encourages the idea that stand-ups are there to deal with drunk hecklers and control an inattentive rabble. It isn't like that at all. Comedians sometimes encourage this mythology themselves, perhaps because it makes them feel heroic... so the language that's grown up around it is oddly aggressive. Comics "kill"  "die" which implies that there's a winner. If you kill, who did you kill? Did the audience lose? If you die, did the audience win? I don't get it. The truth is that in almost every show the audience want to be entertained and everyone - performers and audience - "wins". It's actually collaborative not combative. We're all in it together. We all have a good time or we don't. (We will)

Which do you prefer, stand up or writing, or both and why?

It's all the same thing. Stand-up is an extension of writing. It exercises the same muscles. There's an old fashioned world where stand-ups weren't writers themselves, they were tellers-of-gags, but these days pretty much every stand-up is a writer.

Who makes you laugh or inspires you at the moment?

They're separate questions, surely. I can't think about "at the moment"... it feels like a question for a musician. I think the idea of influence in comedy is different to influence in music. If you ask a band "who are you listening to, who inspires you at the moment" it sort of means, "what sound is influencing the sounds you make?" In comedy the people who inspire me are people who've found their own voice. If you try to do it their way, you're missing the point. The point is to find your own way. Lots of people make me laugh. John Hegley. Stephen Fry. Martin White. Danielle Ward. Robin Ince. Nancy Banks Smith. Danny Baker. Eric Morecambe. Tommy Cooper. Jacques Tati. James Acaster. Ed Gamble. Stewart Lee. Richard Herring. Lee Mack. The list is endless. I hope none of them influence what I do.

What was the last show/gig you went to see?

I saw Ghost Stories starring Andy Nyman yesterday. Ace.

What do you prefer, very small intimate venues or bigger places?

I like both. They're different. But intimate is definitely good. But some big venues do feel kind of intimate. I know 500 seat venues that feel like aircraft hangers and some 2000 seat venues that feel really intimate. It's about more than numbers. But really small venues... they always feel intimate.

If you were a theatrical character who would you be?

I am a theatrical character. I'd be me.

What do you like to do to relax?

Crosswords. Cycling. Photography. Stand Up.

What's next in the pipeline?

The tour. I can't think much further ahead than that!

 

Interview by Denise Kasperkiewicz