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The Ballad of Resurrection Bob  - open theatre auditions in Brixham


Male and female cast required, ages 16 – 75.

Casting will take place at Chestnut Heights Community Centre, Poplar Close, Brixham, on January 23rd 2013, at 7pm for 7.30 start, at open auditions. Rehearsals commencing every Wednesday evening from thereon, the performances will take place late April/ Early May 2013 around Torbay.

About the show:

In the summer of 2012 The South Devon Players were filmed for a BBC 2 programme, performing a clip of their upcoming 2013 production The Ballad Of Resurrection Bob, the humourous true story of a 19th century smuggler, in the Devon fishing port of  Brixham, where the theatre company is based.

This award-winning non-profit community theatre company primarily specialises in bringing to life the history and legends of the county of Devon, in newly researched and written shows.

In past centuries, smuggling of silks, tobacco and brandy, was rife along the coasts of the Southwest, and the smugglers invented ever more creative, and in some cases very humourous tactics to evade the law.

In the case of “Resurrection” Bob Elliott, he faked his own death in order to transport contraband to Totnes, under the noses of the coastguards, in a very large coffin. Later that night, the story tells, the local coastguards encountered Bob on the highway, and were convinced that they had seen a ghost.

From this escapade, Bob earned his nickname of “Resurrection Bob”.

The Smugglers Hotel, in Brixham town center, is said to have been where Bob lived, at the time of the escapade, and indeed, that is how the hotel earned it’s name

Following on the heels of the BBC broadcast of the show in the winter of 2012/ 13, the Players will be auditioning for a full cast for the stage production. Performers are welcome of all ages 16 to the sky’s the limit, and previous experience is not required (what is required, is commitment and the ability to function in a hard-working friendly team)

No role is paid (no one in the theatre company is paid), as we are a non-profit, voluntary group with a turnover of less than £1,000. However, other "perks" are available free of charge eg: free photoshoot/ video clips/ references!

If you would like more information on becoming involved with us, who we are and what our ethos is, please see the "about us" page on our website. 

Feel free to pass on the casting calls to anyone anywhere who may possibly be interested, but make sure ALL information (including audition details, our website, location etc) is included. Thank you!

More information from the theatre company website at http://southdevonplayers.weebly.com (social networks: facebook: southdevonplayers/ Twitter: sdevonplayers)

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The Great Gale of Brixham 1866 - Theatre show.

Brixham and Paignton, Devon, England.

On the evening of January 1866, a great storm blew up across the South coast, and hit Brixham. Much of her fishing fleet, and many other ships sheltering from the storm in Torbay were destroyed in just a few hours, and legend has it that in the aftermarth, it was possible to walk from Brixham to Paignton upon the wreckage.
In a desparate attempt to guide thier menfolks ships to safety, the fishwives of Brixham lit a fire on the peir, burning thier household effects, to create a guiding light, and in an inspiring display of community spirit, much of the town turned out help those sailors who were shipwrecked and left destitute, far from home.

As a result of the storm, the people of Exeter raised the funds for Brixham to have her first RNLI lifeboat, The City Of Exeter which was delievered to Brixham in October the same year.

The South Devon Players, winners of the 2012 Torbay Together: Creativity In The Community Award, a completely non-profit community theatre group from Brixham with members ranging from beginners to experienced, re-tell the story of this night through the eyes of those on shore, in a one-hour performance which is also being taken further afield to be performed in a heat of the All England Theatre Festival, and which also is the subject of one members postgraduate university thesis. The drama is suitable for the whole family, and is supplimented by a historical exhibition in the foyer of performance venues.

Performances:
Saturday March 31st 2012, 3.00pm and 7.30pm. Christian Community Centre, Fore Street, Brixham
Tickets £3 (adults) £2 (children under 16), bookable in advance or on the door. (door open one hour before performance time)

Saturday April 14th 2012, 7.30 PM - Winner Street Baptist Church Hall, Paignton. Tickets £3 (adults) £2 (children under 16), bookable in advance or on the door. (door open one hour before performance time)


Theatre group online contacts

The South Devon Players Theatre Company @ southdevonplayers.weebly.com
Twitter: sdevonplayers , Livejournal sdp_theatre or Facebook group: www.facebook.com/groups/southdevonplayers/

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Theatre auditions:

I am the co-founder and secretary of an award-winning non-profit community theatre company from Brixham (Devon, England) and we have auditions coming up in the next two/ three months, for two new shows. Both very different, and both generating a lot of interest already. If you live in the Devon area, and are interested, you would be most welcome to audition for one, or both.  Rehearsals take place mainly on Wednesday evenings with occaisional sunday afternoons as required. If you cannot make the specific audition date advertised, you can contact us to arrange an alternative audition date (wednesday evenings  or sunday afternoons).

You are welcome to apply, whether you are an experienced performer, or new to acting.  It would be very helpful, if you are attending auditions, to contact us and let us know beforehand. :)

ABSOLUTLY NO TIMEWASTERS! WE ARE TOTALLY SERIOUS, AND EXPECT YOU TO BE THE SAME!


The Great Storm Of Brixham
Auditions: Sunday December 4th, 1.30pm, or by arrangement
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The Musketeers and the Pirates

Auditions: Sunday January 29th, 1.30pm, or by arrangement
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For more information:
our website - http://southdevonplayers.weebly.com
our facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/southdevonplayers/
our twitter- http://twitter.com/#!/sdevonplayers
our LJ - sdp_theatre

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Seeking medieval history enthusiasts to join new group forming in south Devon (UK obviously..) which was "talked about" last year, and is being got underway this year, finally!  
We are a lively, small group of hobbyists, who are interested in studying and portraying the medieval period, and the "heresies" and controversies of the time, from a balanced, unbiased viewpoint. It is a friendly, inclusive group, members are welcome regardless of nationality, religion, gender, etc.  - we would like to make it abundantly clear that we are not any kind of racist or religious-ist group, and such people joining with that kind of attitude in mind would not be tolerated, even a large percentage of our members are not, in real life, Christian even! We just all share a deep interest in the history and mythos of the Templars, and the world in which they lives.
You do not need to play Templar characters - in fact it would be great to have a team of people interested in portrating many walks of life, and from all "sides", to present a full viewpoint of the time.
We are also not a "neo-Templar" or "Masonic" group, although we will quite happily explore the myths and legends in that area as well.

We have made a few appearances in the spring just gone, have some projects taking place in August, and already have been approached to appear at various events next year...

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Fundraising and marketing ideas for non-profit group

This is what we do so far for the theatre group sdp_theatre   - and maybe the ideas may be of use to someone else as well. Please feel free to make more suggestions!

(Most members of the theatre group either work, study, or volunteer, or any mix of the above) which means we are hurtling around with life flat-out, so its got to be ideas that fit in with that kind of life. We are aged from teens through to 60s, but there are none who "sit around at home all day" even the people who are techincally unemployed! We are a non-profit organisation rather than a charity...)

fundraising
- Jumble sales (we usually have a big annual one in the summer)
- Ebid store! (advertised through theatre group and will be added to theatre programmes etc)
- selling advertising space in our theatre programmes (here on ebid)
- quiz night (been suggested by one member, will try it out)
- Collection buckets when we are doing free shows at festivals and whatnot
- Ticket sales (usually break-even)


Marketing/ advertising
(Makes people aware of group, increases audience numbers... and hence hopefully income)

- Posters in town whenever there is a show or audition coming up
- flyers being handed out in town by cast-in-costume for same
- Getting news releases into local newspaper/ radio (and sending press releases to magazines and TV and anything else because you never know)
- dedicated website/ facebook/ twitter/ myspace/ livejournal for people to keep up to date.
- Bi-monthly newsletter (sent out on email and also provided to community hubs like local library etc)
- Using whats-ons websites to list events
- Street theatre advertising bigger shows (with flyer handouts)

Two casting calls for theatre projects (Devon, UK)
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Sadly, shows arent paid, but as you will see there are other perks. We are an award winning, non-profit community theatre company specialising in shows with a historical theme, based in South West England. If you are interested in either show, you can message me here on Livejournal (I am the secretary for the group), or visit our website and facebook links. People need to be locally based to the shows, so think the South of Devon. 
If you will be on holiday in the area though, and would like to join in, as these are fast-turn-around shows, you are still totally welcome to get involved!

Feel free to share the information, but please include ALL the information if you do. :)
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Because I am at home and not well, I am using this time to post up various things online!

This one, isnt aimed at anyone *on here*, but is a general "vent", and  something that I think is important to say to people wanting to get into acting, from the point of view of someone who varyingly performs, and is on the admin end.

It has been my invariable experience that when I put out a public casting notice, the vast majority of responders turn out to be time wasters - which not only wastes my time digging through applications that cant be considered, but the time of the people applying. It also makes the responders appear shockingly unprofessional!

Let me explain. Say I put out a casting notice for male actors to play medieval knights in an upcoming production. Because our theatre company is a small regional one, and rehearsals need to be attended, I will also mention that we can only consider applications from a certain area. If there are listing menu preferences as well, I select the relevant options on those too.

So, given that set of specifications, the majority of applications that I recieve are from people at the minimum the other side of the country if not abroad, and having specified male actors I will get a lot of female applications (and if I advertise for female cast, I get men apply for it!). People state that they cannot possibly attend rehearsals but are desparate to be in the show. Or after I have clearly stated that this is a stage show, they write a whole page in txt-spk on why they are the ideal casting choice for my "movie".

And then often they email me later, upset that they were not selected....

If I am looking at online casting notices for myself, I read the requirements posted. If I dont fit the bill, I move on to the next. I dont apply for things that I would in no way fit the bill for.

Please, people, make yourselves appear professional however big or small the role you are applying for. Apply for things you can be suited for, not for things you arent. Dont waste your time and other peoples.

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Full open auditions for the show The Barbary Pirates.

A lively, family friendly show, based on true stories. In the 17th and 18th Centuries, the Barbary Pirates raided all along the Devon and Cornwall cost, and even, for a while, had a base on Lundy Island. The raids became so severe that one year, the Brixham fishing fleet refused to put to sea at all, for fear of the pirates. The main interest of the Barbary pirates was in taking people as slaves, and in some cases, those people later bought thier freedom and turned to piracy themselves.

Auditions at: 

Brixham Royal British Legion Club
(Function room)
Bakers Hill
Brixham
Devon
(England)

Saturday October 2nd, 2010 at 1.30pm.
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You can find out more about our group at our main website: http://southdevonplayers.weebly.com

and you can also follow us on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=46022922794&ref=ts for all our latest news. 

At short notice, if you are in the area...
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Medieval era LARPers and living history enthusiasts wanted for a voluntary thing next Saturday day, in Paignton (Devon UK) on the seafront.

Some friends and I, for most of the day next Saturday in Paignton are (as well as our dance act) doing a medieval/ LARPy event as part of the Regatta on the sea front green, by request of the Regatta people.

We would like as many people as are free to come during the day to dress up and be a medieval person. its a sort of living history type thing with larpsafe kit. We will be "in character" for most of the time, there will be improvised bits of dialogue and interreaction between those involved, and if you want to do a historical talk / demonstration on something medieval, thats great as long as you do it in character. There will be the chance for the public to try things as well, and the more people we have with some specific area of medieval knoweldge, the better.

Bring all/any of your own kit, as spare stuff is limited due to the short notice. If you dont have any gear let me know and we will try to find some gear for you... Please confirm with me ASAP.

Looking at approx 10.30am to 4pm. I need to know in advance if you are coming to help, if you dont have your own costume and larpsafe weaponry as I will need to arrange things in advance and pack a friends very small car!

All weaponry should be LARPsafe (request of the Regatta people).

Think of it as improvised historical theatre, which is what it is, basically. As soon as I know who is able to come, I can work out a rough set of things we can do. Sorry its not paid, but it looks to be a fun day out! And I know its last minute, its because they had a messup with some of thier bookings, and asked us to step in. We can do it, but the more people, the better.

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Casting call - actor wanted to play the role of Prince William Of Orange, with the South Devon Players.

William is physically slim, with a strength of personality that belies his
appearance, regal but down to earth at the same time.

Historically based stage play by a non-profit community theatre company based in Brixham (Devon, England), telling the intertwined stories of several local historical characters.

Applicants must live in the Torbay / south Devon area to be able to attend rehearsals weekly in Brixham (currently on a Wednesday evening, and closer to the performance time some sunday afternoons as well). Previous experience is not required, though reliability, and willingness to work in a close knit team are vital.

Please contact us immediatly, if you are interested, as this is an urgent casting. You will be asked to attend a rehearsal and read the part along with the cast.
The play will be performed around South Devon during the first half/ mid September 2010. Evenings.

Please email me on bardic_dreams@yahoo.co.uk.

You can read more about us at

Website - http://southdevonplayers.weebly.com
Twitter - http://twitter.com/sdevonplayers
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=46022922794&v=info&ref=ts
Livejournal- http://community.livejournal.com/sdp_theatre/profile

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