Supper and Musical Evening Saturday 16th April

Please come and support our fundraising event for the forthcoming production and community project.
Gareth Hedges
A night of Blues, Jazz, Celtic and original tunes
and songs with acoustic guitar
Venue: The Coach House, Coombe Trenchard Lewdown (Note: The Coach House is covered and heated but please wrap up warmly.)
Time: 7.00 for 7.30pm
Menu: Pulled Pork rolls with accompaniments or Vegetarian option (please state your preference when booking your tickets) provided by Dugard’s Country Diner. Desserts provided by Foxcombe Bakery
Bar: serving alcoholic and soft drinks
Tickets: £12.50 Adults Children up to 11 years £5
Available from Frances Girling 01566 783505
Many thanks to Sarah and Philip Marsh for kindly providing the venue, to Gareth Hedges for generously providing the entertainment and to Foxcombe Bakery for donating the desserts. All proceeds to the forthcoming production of ‘All the Fine Young Men’

A new play “Jack Frost and the Stolen Rainbow”

Red Spider Amateur Dramatic Company proudly present ‘Jack Frost and the Stolen Rainbow’

This is a new play written especially for RSC which tells the story of the battle between Jack Frost and the Faery Queen over who will win control of the seasons and the bravery of the rainbow colours (with a little help from their woodland friends) who work hard to restore harmony to the enchanted kingdom.

We are delighted to work with children and young people from Lifton School and Lew Trenchard School and Okehampton College in this original production.

Friday 19 and Saturday 20 February 2016 at Lewdown Victory Hall, 7.00pm

Tickets available now from:

Mary Jordan 01837 871220 and Frances Girling 01566 783505

Adult £6.00, Child £3.00

Red Spider AGM Meeting: Monday 25th January 2016





1                     Apologies

2                     Minutes of the AGM Meeting 2015

3                     Matters Arising

4                     Annual Report

5                     Treasurer’s Report

6                     Election of Officers and Committee

  1. Chair
  2. Vice Chair
  3. Treasurer
  4. Secretary
  5. Committee Members

7                     Any Other Business

8                     Date of Committee Meeting

Casting Call for “Faery Tale” Sunday 13th December

Casting call – Red Spider would like to invite all those interested in getting involved in the next Red Spider production “Faery Tale” to come along to the read through on Sunday 13 December.

We would like adults and children to be involved and the Sunday meeting will hopefully give Nick a good idea of who to cast.

The details are:

Jack Frost and the Stolen Rainbow
Read through and casting
Sunday 13 December – 2.30-4.30pm at Lewdown Victory Hall
Everyone welcome
Contact Nick Watkinson for more information:

All The Fine Young Men

Dispatches from the Front: No1

At a convivial and highly enjoyable launch reception at Coombe Trenchard on Friday November 6th, Red Spider Company set out a plan of campaign for its production next July to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the Battle of the Somme. Some 60 people enjoyed presentations, music, and a scene from the production. Those present now have an opportunity to step forward and volunteer for service next year. For more information and photos from the event have a look at the Red Spider Facebook page and website.

We are eager to put in place teams for special activities in the coming months. These will include direction of the play itself which has already been written but is now under review and revision. We need people with an interest in direction and preferably experience to come forward and join the production team.

We also need musicians and instrumentalists to work on the musical content of the event which will need to be woven carefully and ingeniously into the action on stage. There will be a need for instrumentalists and singers especially.

We will be organising workshops, we hope with professionals, in the New Year on staging and music. If you would like to join these fun events please let us know so that we can ensure that you receive details.

Members of a four person Sub Group of the Red Spider Committee are hard at work on a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for financial support for the project. We have had lots of advice and are confident that we can put in a bid which will be relevant and attractive. Work now in progress will culminate in an application to Heritage Lottery by the end of this month.

Frank and Mary Rolfe who have already begun work on an exhibition of First World War material to accompany the production next July would like to hear from anyone with objects or material of interest from the period.  Please get in touch with us if you would like to join Frank and Mary in putting the exhibition together, designing graphics and generally ensuring that we have a lot of original material of interest to present.

The heavy battalion of those interested in set design and building needs volunteers. The production will rely for its impact on the dramatic telling of an absorbing story, on the music and its presentation, and on elaborate and attractive costume. But we need in addition inventive ideas for staging. The principle will be to prepare versatile and easily moveable blocks of scenery which can serve multiple purposes. They need to be easily  transportable to different halls in West Devon.   This presents a challenge to those interested in scene design and construction. We would love to hear from you as soon as possible if you like the idea of getting involved.

Lighting and sound effects will demand imagination and an innovate approach. If this activity interests you, we would love to hear from you as well.

Our teams will not be complete without generalists who enjoy getting involved with music and the theatre. Even though you may not have any specialist experience or interests, do get in touch if you would like to become involved in all that we will need to do during the coming months to prepare for action next July. Please get in touch with the Production Secretary, Dee Nicholds by email or telephone: or 01566-770854

In Dispatch No 2 which will go out before Christmas we will let everyone know how we are getting on, so watch this space!

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