AGM on 7 July, followed by ‘theatre fun’

The AGM will have the usual agenda, previous year’s minutes, officers reports, election of officers for 2016/17 and level of subs for the year + any other business. It’s expected to take less than 30 mins, so then we will have a bit of fun.

This year is the 50th Anniversary of Michael Green’s “The art of coarse acting”; the ultimate celebration of am dram. While all the many funny antics he talks of never, of course, happen in a BCTT production, it’s good to remind ourselves of the pitfalls.

So after the AGM we will indulge ourselves by casting from the attendees, rehearsing, and performing the 1 Act play “A Fish in her Kettle” set in 19C France, just to get us in the mood for our spring French Farce.

Green describes a coarse actor as one who can remember his lines, but not the order in which they come. An amateur. One who performs in Church Halls. Often the scenery will fall down. Sometimes the Church Hall may fall down. Invariably his tights will fall down. He will usually be playing three parts – Messenger, 2nd Clown, an Attendant Lord. His aim is to upstage the rest of the cast. His hope is to be dead by Act II so that he can spend the rest of his time in the bar. His problems? Everyone else connected with the production.

Sound familiar??

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