Next members’ playreading @ The Lifeboat 30 May 7:30pm

Yes, “Travesties” by Tom Stoppard is our next members-only playreading @ The Lifeboat , 7:30 pm on Monday 30th May.

Laurie Ward has chosen this for our next reading, and a good choice too.

If you ever wanted to play Lenin, James Joyce or are into “Dada”, this is for you! They are involved as a minor British consular official in Zurich reminisces during WW1 on a production of Importance of Being Earnest he was part of.

Of course being Stoppard it’s clever and funny.

As usual parts will be scattered around the attendees regardless of gender or age. The aim is for a fun evening.

Next member’s playreading @ The Lifeboat 4 April

We’ll be reading Alan Bennett’s adaptation of the classic “Wind in the Willows

Lots of good character roles, so all who want to read will have something to get their teeth into.

Start @ 7:30. All welcome to eat too from anout 6:30. It’s 2 for 1 pizza night at the Lifeboat, Oroua St..

AUDITIONS for OLEANNA Sunday 27 March

Email for an audition time

Butterfly Creek Theatre Troupe’s winter production will be Oleanna, a modern American classic written by David Mamet.  The play is probably the most controversial work by one of the world’s a great living dramatists.  It deals with political correctness, power, and abuse – issues that are still very real and relevant nearly 20 years after its first production.  Since that time it has polarised and troubled audiences.  This is a play that will stick in your mind for a long time – adult theatre of the first order.

This is a wonderful opportunity for two good actors to come to grips with two very well-written complex characters in a fascinating situation.

The script can be viewed here:

Production dates: 23, 24, 25, 30 June & 1, 2 July.  Rehearsals from mid-April.  Production and rehearsals in Eastbourne.


Carol:  University student, aged in her ?early 20s, unsure of herself, American accent (preferably working class area)

John: University lecturer, 40s to late 50s, very sure of himself, New England accent (?Boston)

If you wish to audition you must contact the director, John Marwick


Mobile: 027 451 2849 (texts preferred)

Tickets for “Much Ado About Nothing” are now available on-line

Tickets for our 2011 Bard in the Yard production on 1-5 March are now available by clicking here, or by appearing in person with cash at Rona Gallery, Eastbourne.

Note that Rona Gallery do not accept phone  bookings or credit card payments for tickets. To book by phone call 0832-77790.

AUDITIONS: for Much Ado About Nothing

Our 2011 production of William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing will be directed by Emanuel (Manny) E. Garcia

This is open to all BCTT members and any others you may know who’d like to join us for the production.

Where: St. Alban’s Church Hall, Ngaio St, Eastbourne

When: 1- 5 pm Saturday 27 November 2010

Principals 1-3 p.m

Ensemble 3-5 p.m

Call Manny on 021-0227-3439 to book audition slot.

Principals: Beatrice, Benedick, Don Pedro, Hero, Claudio, Leonato, Don John, Dogberry

Principals please prepare an extended passage of your choosing for the character for whom you are auditioning

Production dates: 1-5 March 2011 @ Muritai School, Eastbourne. This is an open-air production (weather willing)

Rehearsals: Tues & Thurs evenings and Sundays from 11 Jan.

Casting: Early December, followed by readthrough focussing on text & meaning. Then cast familiarise themselves with the script before the 1st rehearsal in Jan.

About the Production

Shakespeare’s words, the foundation and flower of the English language, will be used as the primary guide to the drama, so that their poetry, music and multiple resonances will receive greatest emphasis. The Director will employ techniques of psychological interpretation that have proved successful in his work with classical musicians and other performers and creative artists so that the hidden meanings and drama of the play will emerge with surprise and spontaneity as the ensemble’s collective work evolves in rehearsal. Actors will be relied upon to bring their own interpretative powers to their roles, using minimalist staging resembling a ‘concert opera’ so as to maximise the impact of the spoken word and the dramatic gesture. Garcia calls it “Shakespeare from the inside out” and he will not so much direct as catalyse the ensemble’s talents in a way that promises to be a novel venture which, taken at the flood, leads onto the great good fortune of exciting theatre.

About the Director

We’re pleased to have Manny directing this production. He’s a very experienced director, having worked with professionals, amateurs and teenagers in the States. We think he brings a different exciting approach to directing and we’re very much looking forward to this production

Our 2011 Shakespeare production will be “Much Ado About Nothing”

It will be the first production for us directed by Manny Garcia. He has great ideas for it, so we’re looking forward to it.

Audition dates are to be finalised, but will be either the end of November or the beginning of December.

Performances will be late Feb & early March – to be confirmed.

Tickets for “The Dresser” are now available for purchase on-line

You can now purchase tickets on line from our Current Show / Tickets page.

“One Flesh” adjudicator’s report now available.

‘One Flesh’ is our entry in this year’s Wellington District Theatre Federation Full Length Play Competition – the Antoinettes.

The adjudicator summarised her view of the production as follows:

“This was a sincere and cohesive production. You maintained the audience involvement throughout, in spite of the narrow 100 year old pews. To attempt and succeed with such a play in such an environment is a credit to the director, the cast and the crew. Congratulations to you all.”

Click here to see the full report.

The results will be announced at the prize giving on October 31st.

Next member’s playreading @ The Lifeboat on Monday 30 August

If you have ever fancied playing doctors and nurses, now’s your chance!

The next reading at the Lifeboat is for It runs in the family – a comedy by Ray Cooney.

Lots of parts – 7 males and 5 females across a range of ages so we expect a bloody good turnout – only a note from your mother will be accepted for you not turning up!(that’s Ann’s input – subtle eh!). Anyway, it’s nearly spring so we need a night out!

Set in the doctor’s common room of a London Hospital, Dr David Morton is rehearsing his speech for the prestigious Ponsonby Lecture, which could lead to his knighthood, when in bursts an old flame, hotly pursued by her (their?) son, who is desperate to finally meet his dad! Frantic to hide this catastrophic news from his wife and the hospital authorities and possibly lose any change of getting a knighthood, David is forced to invent not one but two non-existent husbands! A delightful frantic farce.

You’ll remember the excellent farce (Out of Order) we did a few years ago also by Ray Cooney.

As usual, parts will be shared around those who want to read, so all will get a good “crack”.

Start 7:30pm.

Also do join those of us who will be eating there beforehand at about 6:30. It’s quite a good time too!

Next member’s readthrough @ The Lifeboat, Eastbourne, Monday 30 August 7:30pm

We haven’t yet finalised the play that we’ll read. But, it will be interesting, fun, lots of parts and everyone who wants to will get a read.

Some of us will be having dinner at the Lifeboat from about 6:30pm, so do join us then too.