Date for the Diary: Friday 6th November 2015

Please add this important date in your Diary.

Friday 6 November – The Launch of ‘All the Fine Young Men’ at Coombe Trenchard Manor Lewdown 6.30-8.30pm.

A new musical play written by Alan Payne and Michael O’Brien. Come along and find out more. Light refreshments available.

Please RSVP to dee.nicholds@hotmail.co.uk by Tuesday 3 November

Goodbye to Mike and Pam Ingham

A fond goodbye to Mike and Pam Ingham, long standing members of Red Spider Company as they get ready to move north later this year.

 

They couldn’t leave without something sweet from Red Spider Company!

An Invitation to say a fond farewell

Mike and Pam Ingham, long standing members of Red Spider Company are set to move north later this year. Everyone will be incredibly sad to say farewell and we cannot let them go without marking the occasion. Please join us in biding Mike and Pam happiness in their new home. Come along to the Fox and Grapes, Coronation Hall Tinhay, Lifton PL16 0AJ on Friday 30 October, 7.30pm.

Parking is available next to the pub and opposite the hall.

£7.50 to include a buffet supper, celebratory drink and cake! A bar will also be open.

RSVP by October 25th to Caroline Stuart 01566 783098 email: homosassa2001@aol.com

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October 2014

 

 

Jerusalem

Red Spider is pleased that to announce a small profit was made on this venture. Frances Girling is intending to write a column about the whole Jerusalem experience for the Lewdown Link, no doubt it will be an interesting read. The committee heartily congratulates both Frances and Caroline Stuart on their wonderful work to organise this very successful event. Indeed, so successful was this production that the Red Spider Company has been contacted with regard to a second outdoor venture. ‘Remarkable Frost’ to be performed some time between the 9th and 26th September 2015, possibly in Bratton Clovelly village hall. This touring production is being produced by a colleague (Finn?) whom Frances met whilst working on Jerusalem. It is on a smaller scale than Jerusalem but the company would like to work with Red Spider to promote and host one of their performances.

 

Red Spider Company Committee

It is with great regret that the Red Spider committee had to accept Pam Ingham’s resignation from the post of Secretary in August. She was a great member of the committee and will be very much missed.

Unfortunately, we must also say goodbye to Damon Salvatore on the committee as he is off to live and study in Bristol. We wish him well in his new endeavours.

We welcome on board two new members. Dee Nicholds, who has worked behind the scenes on our latest productions, and has agreed to become the new secretary. And Ashley Rowland, an enthusiastic young man who has so far worked behind the scenes on our productions, but may well be persuaded to become an actor in Red Spider’s future productions.

 

Play Readings

Our first post summer play reading club night went well with a very satisfying turnout. We thank Gill Squires for her fine hospitality. The next play reading will be at the Blue Lion, Lewdown on Tuesday 21st October at 7.30pm. The Blue Lion is in new hands and has been undergoing many improvements. We hope to see very many of you there for the club night.

 

Next Production – RSC Party        

Instead of a production in the run up to Christmas, the Red Spider committee have decided to organise a murder mystery evening on Friday 5th December. There will be a choice of meat and vegetarian hot-pots with baked potatoes and piles of yummy mince pies. You can bring your own bottle, but there will also be mulled cider available.

The cost will be £10 per person. Please let us know by Friday 28th November if you wish to attend, send notification of your meal preferences (and cheques for the full amount made payable to ‘Red Spider Company’) to: 2 Chestnut Terrace, Lamerton, Tavistock PL19 8RL. Tel: 07822 612796.

 

Spring Production

Red Spider hope to put on a production of two back-to-back plays, with a fish and chip supper between, in late March. We will confirm the plays chosen very soon and look forward to plenty of you coming forward for parts. They will both be comedic farces to lighten the tail end of winter with laughter.

 

Facebook Page

Red Spider Company has a Facebook page: Red Spider Company. Search it out. We can put urgent messages on the site, the latest news, photos and other information, including good old-fashioned gossip. It’s an open site, so feel free to ask us questions and put up your own posts.

Nick Watkinson, our web wizard, created the site, so all thanks to him. He also manages the website for Red Spider.

 

Red Spider Website

Please look to the website for regular news, photographs and reviews of our performances and updates on future events, and do encourage everyone you know who might be interested to visit the site also. Who knows? They might be enthused enough to join!

 

Membership

Remember that Suzanne Clayton is still in charge of membership. If you know someone who would like to join the Red Spider Company please contact her.

 

Chairman:        Frances Girling – frances@middleraddon.co.uk

Vice-Chair:      Rosa Watkinson – rosawatkinson@yahoo.co.uk

Treasurer:      Suzanne Clayton – suzi@darkhorseuk.com

Secretary:       Dee Nicholds – dee.nicholds@hotmail.co.uk

Committee Members: Jeff Boxall – boxalljeff@aol.com

Amanda Greenhalgh – amandakgreen@hotmail.co.uk

Ashley Rowland – ashley.rowland23@yahoo.co.uk

Gill Squires – stephen.squires34@btopenworld.com

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A Message from our Chairwoman

Dear Spiders,
Well what can I say, after some concerns about “bums on seats” the two one act plays we put on in June turned out to be a great success. We played to capacity houses on Friday and Saturday and our Thursday audience was a good turnout. The fish and chip supper met with unanimous approval, so it looks as if this could be a regular addition to our repertoire.

However, although this amounted to a good profit for us, because of the cancellation of the Uninvited and therefore no production earlier in the year, our funds are not dire, but in need of a boost. To this end we are planning a Christmas offering, please see elsewhere in the WEB.

We are pleased to announce however, that the Uninvited can now go ahead as two fantastic young people have come forward to take the appropriate parts.

If there is anyone out there who would like to help in any capacity, who has not done so in the past please let me know.

Finally our “in house” playwright is hard at work on another production for us so our next year’s line-up is well into the planning stage, look out for further announcements.

We are also planning a trip to TR2 in the Autumn to see their back stage facilities so please look out for more information on this.

In the mean time, I hope you are all enjoying this wonderful weather, to think that this time last year we were sloshing around ankle deep in mud at Abigail’s wedding!

‘None the Wiser’ and ‘Wife Required’
As our Chairman mentioned, our back to back comedic performances were a great success with all our audiences. The Fish&Chip supper was met with relish, as before, so it is with great certainty we know that two short performances sandwiching a meal is a winning combination. We have had some exceedingly good feedback from audience members, some preferring one comedy, some the other. It is good that we seem to have provided something for every taste.

We raised a decent amount of revenue from the three evenings of performances and so we will be able to send a good sized donation to St Luke’s Hospice in memory of Jack Hayer.

Red Spider’s Next Production
We will be staging our next production at the end of November/beginning of December this year (dates to be confirmed). A Christmas themed revue of sketches, songs and other seasonal jollities. There will be mulled wine and mince pies. Suzanne Clayton is running this production so if you have a wish to help in any way, front or back of stage, please contact her via her email below.

Play Readings The Red Spider club nights will begin again on the second Wednesday night of each month beginning on September 11th at the Lifton Hall Hotel, Fore Street, Lifton. This will, we hope, be a permanent venue for the play readings as the room is free for our use. Members can buy what they wish to drink from the bar and there is good accessibility and plenty of parking. We look forward to seeing as many as possible there with a mind to our Christmas performance.

Red Spider Summer Dinner
The Summer dinner went very well indeed. The Bearslake Inn was a fine location and there was a good turnout. Musical entertainment was provided by Jeff and Cheryl, amusing sketches were provided by Alan and Bill. It was a very enjoyable evening.

Red Spider Youth Group
Unfortunately, the turnout of children for the Red Spider youth arm has been rather disappointing. We need at least eight members to make a go of it. If you or a child you know of would be interested in joining in, please contact Jeff via his email below.

New Members
Further to which, the Red Spider Company as a whole still urgently needs more new members, especially in the 20 to 40 age bracket. Please, please everyone out there try to recruit or lure anyone of this age group that you know of into our ‘spider web’.

Red Spider Website
Please look to the website for regular news, photographs and reviews of our performances and updates on future events, and do encourage everyone you know who might be interested to visit the site also. Who knows? They might be interested and enthused enough to join!

Membership
Remember that Suzanne Clayton is still in charge of membership. If there are any of you out there that would like to join or if you know someone who would like to join the Red Spider Company please contact her.

Chairman: Frances Girling – frances@middleraddon.co.uk
Vice-Chair: Mike Ingham –  micheal.ingham123@btinternet.com
Treasurer:  Suzanne Clayton – suzi@darkhorseuk.com
Secretary: Pam Ingham – micheal.ingham123@btinternet.com

Committee Members:
Jeff Boxall – boxalljeff@aol.com
Maureen Cooke – mocooke@betinternet.com
Gill Squires – Stephen.squires34@btopenworld.com
Rosa Watkinson – rosawatkinson@yahoo.co.uk

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