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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