Red Spider Christmas Production 2013

Red Spider is putting on another production at Christmas this year, at Lewdown Victory Hall, 6th & 7th December 2013 from 7.30pm. It will be an innovative production led by Suzi Clayton, Jeff Boxall and Cheryl Anderson. There will be music and singing and we would like it to involve everyone who wants to take part. There will be two acts and included in the ticket price will be a mince pie and a glass of mulled wine.

The Elf from Somewhere Else will be based on the idea that some people move into an old property which is an old baronial hall from mediaeval times. They decide to hold a Christmas house warming party and the events that follow focus on their attempts to put together a programme of entertainment for their guests but their preparations do not run smoothly as they try and hold auditions etc. All sorts of would-be entertainers emerge with ideas, some brilliant and some totally unsuitable. There are mishaps, accidents and some unexpected inhabitants of the house who want to play their part as well as the evening party unfolds.

To find out you will have to buy a ticket from Pam Ingham 01566 784824 or Mary Jordan 01837  871220. The cost will be £8 per adult and £5 up to 12 years.


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The production will be different in that there will not be one large set script. The aim is to have many different smaller scenes which will be worked out by actors themselves (with help from others, if necessary) as they develop the part they wish to play. It is not the intention to have lots of lines to learn from a script– rather that the actors should work out what they want to say and invent their lines themselves. The individual scenes will be ‘stitched together’ by the directors with assistance from those among us who enjoy writing scenes and have ideas to present. It’s a mixture of X Factor/The Voice plus the Canterville Ghost/Noel’s House Party plus Christmas Revels with the Lord of Misrule!

We are attempting to draw on the talent which we feel is in Red Spider and which, as yet, has not be brought out. Whilst not everyone can write a full length play many people have the ability to work out scenes and put together a sketch length piece.

I would like a list of names of those who want to be part of this production. Please email to suzi@darkhorseuk.com and start thinking what you would like to do. Remember we need both actors and also all the usual helpers and backstage people who make any performance happen. We think this could be a very amusing and interesting production!

Red Spider is meeting at the Lifton Hall Hotel on Wednesday 11 September for a play reading and we would like to outline the structure of the production on that date and know who wants to be involved so that ideas can be worked on. So please let me have your replies before then. I will come asking if I think you’re hiding your light under a bushel!!

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