The Friends’ annual renewal date is here again! Please renew by the end of April 2016 to ensure you can take advantage of the next brochure’s priority booking. Remember by being a Friend you can enjoy all the benefits of supporting the theatre as well as getting great discounts on some fantastic shows.
PRIORITY BOOKING for the NEW BROCHURE will be from 23rd-30th April so please renew as soon as you can so that you don’t miss out!
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The Dyad productions “I, Elizabeth” was a short, one act play – one hour fifteen minutes. It was however one of the best one and a quarter hours that I have spent in the theatre for a very long time. Rebecca Vaughan’s performance as Elizabeth was truly wonderful – a lesson in acting. The costume was perfect and what little furniture there was, a chair and a table were all that was needed. There is not a lot more that can be said really as it was impossible to find anything about this performance that wasn’t superb. Congratulations to everyone involved in bringing it to the Garrick. More of the same please.
What a surprise! In the past I have often been disappointed with travelling companies who are with us for only one night – but not on Wednesday! Everything about “Irelands Call” was brilliant. The singing was excellent, the acting matched it and the dancing was electrifying. The costumes were bright and looked as if they had never been worn before. How they managed the logistics of that I don’t know as one look at their punishing tour schedule was enough to frighten even the hardest old touring actors around. It is no secret that I am not a lover of musicals but I really did not want this one to end, although to be fair, I think it was really a play with lots of music and Irish dancing, in much the same way as Willy Russell’s “Blood Brothers” is often wrongly referred to as a musical. The whole evening was pure pleasure; thank you to everyone connected with this superb production. On the down side I would like to have known if the two lovers did in fact get back together, perhaps it is better left for us to decide. Also it would have been nice if we could have had a live band rather that a lot of canned music to support the excellent musicians that we did have but with around sixteen in the cast I don’t think the company can be blamed for this as it would probably have meant that the whole thing would have been too expensive to stage. It did make me think about Irish dancing; is it a form of tap, not really, what about ballet? not really. I came to the conclusion that the tremendous drumming sounds that we got from the fast and intricately moving feet was that this was a form of foot drum music. You will gather from this that Joan and I really liked it. Thank you to our Irish friends. We will certainly keep an eye on the brochure so that we can get early tickets when you return, as you surely will if there is any justice. Finally, there did not appear to be an empty seat in the house – just as it should be.
Saturday evening in Lichfield – what to do? Decided to look in on one of the new Garrick Introducing performances, with no idea what to expect. Could be good, could be bad, could be anything, but worth a risk, especially with the Friends 10% discount meaning entrance was only £10.
What a good decision as the play, ‘The Enduring Romance of Cathy and Heathcliff’ was excellent, and we had a great evening. It was good to see the Studio so well attended adding to the atmosphere. The acting was first class, with Christopher Smart excelling in the devoted but not the ‘ideal Heathcliff’ role and Rebecca Newman bringing both humour and melancholy to her search for fictional perfection. Rebecca also wrote the play (her first I heard) and deserves extra praise as the dialogue was witty, thoughtful and entertaining leading to an unexpected story ending. An interesting set (glad I didn’t have to clean up) and the soundtrack nicely set up the chronological framework.
Well done to the Garrick for its new venture encouraging young talent, but most thanks to Rebecca for a great evening. A talented writer with, I think, a great career in front of her.
The winner of this years’ amateur award was announced at the Gala Opening Night of Jack & the Beanstalk on December 8th 2015.
The standard was exceptionally high and there were three nominations:
Lichfield Operatic Society for “The King & I”
Brownhills Musical Theatre Company for “Sister Act”
West Bromwich Youth Theatre for “Les Miserables”
The winners for 2015 were Lichfield Operatic Society who were presented with their award by Tony Christie (Friends’ President), James Levesley (Chair of Garrick Trustees) and Maureen Woodock MBE (Chair of Friends).
Photo shows Tony Christie with Maureen Woodcock and representatives of Lichfield Operatic.