Subscriptions

At the annual general meeting on 17th January 2012 it was decided that the subscriptions would remain unchanged;

Full £6 | Family £10 | Child £2

Subscriptions for the coming year are now due.

The Web: Winter 2011

A Note from Mike Ingham (former Chairman):

Dear Spiders & Friends:

To be fair, the dress Mike is wearing was donned for his magnificent performance in Cinderella. Ed.

Well, we’ve finally cast the Pantomime after a few drop outs, for various reasons and circumstances beyond actor’s controls. Having said that, we do still have a couple of minor roles to cast, but all the main parts are now taken and rehearsals are well under way.

I do have to draw everyone’s attention to the fact that three of our spiders have not been too well, so I would like to take this opportunity, on behalf of myself, the committee and the rest of the members to wish speedy recoveries to all three. Firstly, Margaret Wawman has been in the wars with an undiagnosed broken hip bone. This must have been very painful, having gone so long without treatment. We all wish you well Margaret and hope for you, a speedy recovery. Gill Taylor was taken into Hospital to have her appendix removed, after which she’s not been very well, but will hopefully back to fitness as soon as possible. Best wishes Gill. Finally, when trying to cast the Pantomime I had tried in vain to get hold of Richard Weare. When Richard did answer my call it was from his Hospital bed! Apparently Richard has had major surgery and will not be around for a few months? We miss you Richard and look forward to when you will again be available for an active role within the company. Get well soon!

I think that’s all the news I have at the moment, apart from what is detailed below. So if I don’t hear or see you before then, I wish everyone a merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.

Mike Ingham
(Former Chairman)


Future Events:

Cinderella:
To be performed in the Bratton Clovelly Parish Hall on February 9th, 10th & 11th 2012.

Narrator One:
Narrator Two:
Baroness Harddup:
Adele Harddup:
Grace Harddup:
Hortense:
Boutons:
Cinderella:
The Town Crier:
The Chancellor:
Villager:
Fairy Grandmother:
The King:
The Queen:
Prince Charming:
Dandini:
Producer/Director:
Assistant Director:
Stage Manager:
Prompt:
Gill Squires
Diane Porter
Mike Ingham
Rosa Watkinson
Mandy Kenyon
Cheryl Anderson
Maureen Cooke
Rebekah Horton
Roy Stacey
Jeff Boxall
A.N. Other
Pam Ingham
Larry Girling
Frances Girling
Nick Watkinson
A.N. Other
Susanne Clayton
Amanda Greenhalgh
Alison Crawford
Jean Greenhalgh

Milton Abbot Players:
The above company are performing a Ray Cooney Farce, “It runs in the Family” on November 9th, 10th, 11th & 12th. Caroline tells me that she has booked for Friday and that if you would like to join her and Billthey will try and put all spiders together, if you ring and tell them who you are?
The numbers to ring are: 01822 870289 or 01822 870319


Workshops:
The recent workshops on “Lighting” and “Make-Up” were very well attended and were very entertaining. Larry Girling took away a little bit of the mystery of lighting with his simple approach and one or two spiders expressed an interest in assisting on the next production? Though I think we were all unanimous in expressing a lack of confidence in taking full control!!
Our second workshop by Simon Tytherleigh was also very informative and most attendee’s would like further workshops from Simon. Some of us were made up to look older, but unfortunately, Simon couldn’t work miracles and make us all look years younger!! Those that missed this opportunity to watch a professional make-up artist at work, missed a great deal. Hopefully, you can make yourselves available for the next one?


Club Nights:
Once again the club nights have been shelved, whilst we are in rehearsal. Christmas will be on is in no time and then in the New Year, rehearsals will again take priority. Our next Club Night therefore will be on Tuesday March 12th 2012, the venue to be decided..


Annual general Meeting:
Tuesday 17th January 2012 @ the Lewdown Cricket Pavilion.


Red Spider Website:
Due to more important responsibilities, after so long in charge of the Red Spider Company Website, Ron Wawman is standing down as its Editor. An appropriate time for Ron to step down will be in May 2012, when the Red Spider domain name is up for renewal? At the same time, Tim Wawman will also stand down from his duties maintaining the Web-site. However, it would be good if we could have replacements on hand in readiness for voting at the AGM, with a view to taking over in May. We are therefore looking for someone to take over these duties. If you think you would like to take on either or both of these roles, please let me or any member of the committee know. The Web-site is an important link to the membership and a great advertisement for past and present productions.

Note from the web designer. As an on-and-off member of RSC, I was proudly invited to design this new website. Okay, that’s my performance over… it’s in the capable hands of the RSC editorial team now (whoever they are). Rees Kenyon.

Hollywood Comes To West Devon: Autumn 2011

Another pinnacle in Red Spider Company’s achievements. Mike Ingham’s brand new full length play was a comedy of the highest quality with an hilariously improbable plot. Nevertheless, the characters were so well written that, under the determined direction of Alan Payne, the players were able to plumb unexpected depths of feeling. Indeed at time there were moments of real pathos. The back stage crew also came up trumps in the remarkable way in which they coped with the shortcomings of the stage at Bratton Clovelly Parish Hall.

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An Evening at St Sepulchre’s: Spring 2011

A delightful evening of entertainment in which two playlets from Michael Green’s hilarious Art of Coarse Acting became the bread around Red Spider’s fish and chip sandwich, all presided over by the bumbling vicar of St Sepulchres. You might think that hamming an outrageous script would be child’s play. Far from it. The need for split second timing, team effort and ingenious props and effects was very demanding but the Spiders rose to the occasion and a great time was had by an audience that was cleverly sucked into the performance. Well done director Larry Girling.

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A Twist In The Tales: November 2010

True to its long tradition, Red Spider Company’s production at the Lewdown Victory Hall in autumn 20o9 broke new ground. This time by the introduction of a sizeable all female cast in one of the three short plays on offer – Dangerous Afternoon.

The Relaxation Class was a delightful one act play written by our Red Spider Company’s own Mike Ingham. The opening play, The Interrogation saw Alan Payne and Bill Stuart locked in a verbal duel.

Sadly the Company played to the smallest audiences the Spiders have ever had. We blame Strictly Come Dancing and X Factor.

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