21 FEBRUARY 2014
Autumn and Winter Shows 2014: Directing for the Guild
We would like to hear "expressions of interest" in pitching by 5th March. By expressions of interest, we mean we would like to hear from anyone seriously considering pitching a play, telling us the title of the play. We will then use this as a shortlist to approach venues. Expressing an interest does not commit you to pitching (you may withdraw) and you will still need to submit a full pitch document by 17th March to be considered. However you will not be able to pitch a play if you have not expressed an interest by 5th March. Expressions of interest will need to be submitted to Simon Tavener. Full pitches will need to be submitted to Simon Tavener by 17th March.
14 FEBRUARY 2014
The Canterbury Tales cast announced
We are delighted to announce the cast of The Canterbury Tales, directed by Janet Bolam, which we will be performing at the Oxford Castle this summer:
Geoffrey Chaucer – Nick Quartley
Host – Tim Younger
Knight – Jeremy Newton
Miller – Jimi Brooks
Pardoner – Wayne Brown
Reeve – Andrew Driver
Nun's Priest – Fleur Yerbury-Hodgson
Monk – Gavin Gaughan
Wife of Bath – Clare Winterbottom
Prioress – Moya Hughes
Players (playing multiple roles in the Tales)
31 JANUARY 2014
Directing for the Guild: Autumn and Winter 2014
We are looking for applications from directors for our autumn and winter slots later this year. Venues for the two slots will be confirmed very soon (watch this space), but we want to start hearing your ideas. The deadline for pitches this year is 17th March, with interviews likely to take place on 26th March. In the last few years these performance slots have seen us stage a range of playwrights, from Shakespeare to a devised piece, so anything goes! Pitches will need to be submitted to Simon Tavener.
10 JANUARY 2014
Summer Show 2014: The Canterbury Tales 24th June-5th July
We are pleased to announce that our Summer show this year will be The Canterbury Tales directed by Janet Bolam. This production will be performed in promenade using different areas of the medieval castle complex for different stories, so should present an exciting challenge to both actors and technical crew. Auditions will be held later this month - more information can be found on our auditions page. We hope to see you there!
6 DECEMBER 2013
A Streetcar Named Desire cast announced
We are very pleased to announce the cast for A Streetcar Named Desire, which will be performed in the Playhouse in March, directed by Jessica Reilly. Tickets are already on sale!
Stanley - Alexander Marks
Blanche - Cate Field
Mitch - Craig Finlay
Stella - Tracey Rimell
Steve - Simon Marie
Eunice - Sophie Levine
Pablo - Rob Stringer
The Doctor - Andrew Driver
Street woman - Jacqui Lewis
Nurse - Holly Gorne
Flower woman - Kate Murrant
Other parts will be played by members of the company
8 NOVEMBER 2013
Venue for the Summer Show 2014
We are very excited to announce that next year's two-week run summer show will be performed in the courtyard at The Oxford Castle from 24th June to the 5th July. We're very excited about performing in this new venue and the different challenges and opportunities it will present to directors and actors. Applications for directors - see below for details. We are, however, very sad to be leaving Trinity College who have planned building works next year. Trinity have been wonderful and generous hosts and partners over the past years and we very much hope to return to Trinity's beautiful gardens at some point in the future.
18 OCTOBER 2013
Applications for directing our summer show 2014
We are opening applications for directing our two-week outdoor show next summer, following on from this year's highly successful production of Pride and Prejudice. Our summer show has often been Shakespeare-based, but we are very open to hearing applications for other shows that you feel would work well outside. We are happy to take pitches from directors with all levels of experience – from first timers to experienced hands – and to offer advice and support to anyone thinking of making their first pitch to direct. The deadline for pitches is 15 November 2013. Please contact Alistair Nunn if you have any questions.
9 AUGUST 2013
Doctor Faustus auditions
We are excited to announce open auditions of our December production of Doctor Faustus to be performed at the Theatre at the Old Fire Station. There are two open auditions, at the URC church hall in Summertown on the following days:
Thursday 5th September 7.30pm
Sunday 8th September, 6pm
More information can be found on the auditions section of the website. If you have any queries please contact the director Mike Taylor. Take a look at the audition pieces and fill out a copy of the audition form - and we look forward to seeing you there!
21 JUNE 2013
Measure for Measure cast list announced!
There was some fantastic talent on display and there were some very hard decisions that needed to be made for Cate and her team when it came to casting. However, those decisions have now been taken! The cast is (in order of appearance):
Duke Vincentio – Alistair Nunn
Escala – Sarah Hickingbottom
Angelo – Craig Finlay
Lucio – James Reilly
Pompey – Ida Persson
Mistress Overdone/Captain – Clare Horsman
Claudio – Simon Marie
Juliet – Kate Astley
Provost – Colin Burnie
Isabella – Jessica Reilly
Barnardine/Friar Peter/Constable – Joe Kenneway
Mariana – Sara-Jayne Slack
Measure for Measure will be performed at the North Wall 23rd-26th October with a matinee performance on the Saturday.
Oxford Playhouse 2014 Production
We are pleased to announce that the 2014 Oxford Playhouse Production will be A Streetcar Named Desire directed by Jessica Reilly. Performance dates to be confirmed.
31 MAY 2013
Guild members winning prizes
Come to see OTG on stage, but not in Oxford. If you leave near Abingdon or Wallingford or indeed feel brave enough to brave the dual carriageways of Oxfordshire come to see Trifles and Moving Scenes in performance next week or the week after. Both plays won prizes at the Henley Festival. Trifles is directed by Chris Harris, Moving Scenes is written and directed by Mike Taylor. For details of plays and casts look at the Guild facebook page.
10 MAY 2013
PLAYHOUSE 2014 PRODUCTION: PLAY SHORTLIST AND DIRECTOR APPLICATIONS
Our shortlist of plays for next year's Playhouse show, which we will be asking directors to apply from, is:
Charley's Aunt by Brandon Thomas
The Habit of Art by Alan Bennett
Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward*
As usual, for the Playhouse show, we ideally would like applications from people who have directed shows for the Guild in the past, or who have a clear track record of directing. Some guidelines for preparing pitch documents can be found here. To confirm: we will only be accepting pitches for the plays listed above. You are welcome to pitch for more than one of them if you wish. The deadline for pitches is 6pm on Sunday 9th June. Please submit all applications to Simon Tavener, Guild Secretary. Interview dates are TBC but will be on either 12th June or 19th June.
*A quick note about Blithe Spirit. It is possible, but not confirmed, that a professional touring production of a Coward play may be programmed by the Playhouse next year. If this does happen, Blithe Spirit will not be accepted by the Playhouse.
3 MAY 2013
FESTIVAL PRODUCTIONS SHOWPIECE FRIDAY 10TH MAY OLD FIRE STATION
After the performance of her one-woman show Finding Libby on Friday May 10th, former chair Kate Saffin has been very kind and allowed us to do a Festivals showpiece on Friday 10th May. After Kate's show that day, we will be performing both Trifles and Moving Scenes, our festival pieces, so a fantastic opportunity to see them performed here in Oxford. Tickets are available through Tickets Oxford, over the phone on 01865 305305 and at the Oxford Playhouse ticket office. Tickets are £10/£8. More information about all the productions can be found on Facebook at the events page.
19 April 2013
AUTUMN AND WINTER SHOWS ANNOUNCED
We're very excited to announce that our Autumn show this year will be Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare, directed by Cate Field. The show will be at the North Wall Theatre for five performances on the 23rd-26th October. Cate has some exciting plans for the play, setting it in the world of American politics. The audition dates are: Friday 7th June and Monday 10th June with recalls on Sunday 16th June. All the auditions will be held at the URC in Summertown. More details will appear on the website soon or, if you would like any more information, please email Cate.
We are also very pleased to announce that our Winter show this year will be Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe, directed by Mike Taylor. This show will be performing at the OFS Theatre 17th-21st December. Mike has some very innovative plans for the production, including working with a chorus and a female Mephistopheles. More details about audition dates will be announced soon.
NEW COMMITTEE ELECTED AT AGM
Our AGM was held on 18th April when a new committee was elected. The new committee elected was: Alistair Nunn (Chair), Joanna Matthews (Vice-Chair), David Long (Treasurer), Simon Tavener (Secretary), Sue Baxter, Cate Field and Sara-Jayne Slack.
28 March 2013
DEVISED THEATRE WORKSHOPS
OTG will be holding three devised theatre workshops in May in the URC Church Hall, Temple Cowley. The workshops will be an opportunity for a group of participants to develop an 'entertainment' from their collected ideas and will be led by professional theatre director Harry Gibson. They will be held on Saturday 11,18 and 25 May 2.00-5.00 pm. For more details email Joanna Matthews.
12 March 2013
PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AUDITIONS
Pride and Prejudice auditions start this week on Wednesday 13 March. These are for our summer outdoor production which will take place 9-20 July in the beautiful Trinity College gardens, central Oxford. For a full cast of characters and further details about the auditions simple click on the audition pages. There are four auditions in total, with the final one on Monday 18 March. If you would like to be in a play this summer but cannot take part in the July show then do look at our festival productions which are auditioning the following week.
SUPPORTING YOUNG TALENT
We are delighted to be supporting the Oxford Playhouse 16|22 group again this year with a donation of £1,750 and are looking forward to seeing Under Milk Wood which they are staging at Oxford Playhouse Friday 15 and Saturday 16 March. Tickets £10.50 (£8.50) can be bought online, on 01865 305305 or in person. 16|22 is one of the Playhouse's Young Companies. All its members are aged between 16 and 22 years of age and come from across Oxfordshire.
7 March 2013
A SNIFF OF SUCCESS FOR CYRANO
'…an enthusiastic delivery of a classic play' said the Daily Info. '…the cast is large and very talented' said Theatreworld Internet Magazine. Cyrano runs at the Playhouse to Saturday 9 March. Book tickets here.
1 March 2013
OTG are delighted that we supported the Blackbird Leys Community Choir with their production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat. We supplied a director, production photographer, fight coach and help with wardrobe (with costumes from the OUDS costume store) and make up. We were very touched when we received the following letter of thanks from the Rev Heather Carter of the Holy Family Church, who co-ordinated the project.
"Thank you again for all you did for us towards our production of Joseph. [It] made the whole project possible, and a huge success. Perhaps not in terms of us all becoming wonderful actors but in the 'community building' stakes, it built a team and gave people a real boost in confidence and people had fun.
It's not often that people from OX1 come over this side of the ring road, the estate has a reputation that is unmerited, but we do feel that we are a million miles from Mars, with very few opportunities or openings for people who have little in the way of education or ability to pay for training. Your team coming over and working with us did more than a whole load of grants would have ever given us. Thank you so much.
There is a profound sense of loss around here this week with it all being finished. People like 'D', a methadone addict who gained a sense of purpose, a sense of pride... he was going around the estate telling everyone he was in the show. He also wanted to make his daughter proud. Of 'A' who was in a deep depression and was brought along, ending up with a major part and solo that went down a storm. It gave him such a boost and joy and sense of well-being. Stories like these are priceless."
25 January 2013
PRIDE AND PREJUDICE - AUDITION DATES
The auditions have been set for: Wednesday 13 March (7.30 - 9.30pm,) Saturday 16 March (11am to 1pm) Sunday 17 March (7.30 - 9.30pm) Monday18 March (7.30 - 9.30pm) with recalls on Sunday 24 March (3pm - 6pm, 7pm to 9pm). More details on the website soon.
OTG AT THE FESTIVALS
We are delighted to announce that the Guild will be entering 2 productions into at least three local drama festivals this year:-
Trifles by Susan Glaspell - directed by Chris Harris
Moving Stories - written and directed by Mike Taylor
More details, (including audition dates) will be announced soon. Congratulations to the successful directors - and good luck to them as they build their teams and prepare their pieces for adjudication. No pressure - but last year's production of One for the Road won 2 prizes...
11 January 2013
PRIDE AND PREJUDICE - ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
Our summer production is a great opportunity to learn about creating a show for outdoor performance, The show director, Simon Tavener, is looking to work with an assistant director on the production - giving someone the opportunity to be an integral part of the creative process - including directing their own scene. Priority will be given to those who haven't directed for the Guild before - but anyone is welcome to put their name in the hat.
To find out more, please contact Simon by Saturday 19 January 2013, at email@example.com with an outline of your experience/theatrical interests.
4 January 2013
GUILD CHAIR, KATE SAFFIN, SAYS…
"Happy New Year to everyone in whatever aspect of Oxford drama you find yourself involved in - I'm sure we are in for a busy and exciting year with Cyrano de Bergerac now in full rehearsing swing and plans for Pride and Prejudice coming together for the summer. I am looking forward to hearing your ideas for festival shows and the autumn production and there are plans for a further workshop with director Abbey Wright... so no shortage of things to get involved with. You might even like to look ahead to the AGM in April and think about standing for the committee - it's a great way to learn a great deal about managing a company and productions."
7 December 2012
WANT TO DIRECT FOR OXFORD THEATRE GUILD?
It is time for potential directors to start thinking what plays the Guild should be staging in October and December 2013. It might seem a long way off, but we are already looking at venues and budgets for the coming year and we want to make sure as many people as possible are given the opportunity to direct for the Guild. Experience is not necessarily essential – enthusiasm, good organisational skills and passion for your chosen project are!
As a general rule, we stage 2 pieces –at the end of October (which has been at the North Wall Arts Centre for the past 5 years) and in mid-December (recently at the Simpkins-Lee Theatre in Lady Margaret Hall and the Theatre at the OFS). Venues for 2013 have not been secured and we would be interested to hear your suggestions of places we might investigate. We have staged some more experimental pieces in these slots (such as Alice's Adventures Underground and The American Pilot) and some more mainstream choices like A View from the Bridge and this year's highly successful The Government Inspector, so please do not feel restricted as to what to put forward – we want to maintain our tradition of putting on top quality theatre in smaller venues. Deadline for pitches is Saturday 1st February 2013 with interviews later in the month. If you have any questions, would like any more information, or want to submit your pitch please contact Simon.
23 November 2012
Each year there are a range of drama festivals in the county and, after a hiatus of a few years, the Guild staged a successful production of Pinter's One for the Road at three of the 2012 festivals (Henley, Wallingford and Abingdon) – winning 2 prizes along the way. The Guild want to hear from anyone who would like to put forward a piece for the 2013 season. Each festival has slightly different rules and restrictions – but as a general guide, it is worth sticking to the following:
Minimum cast size of 3
Minimum run time of 25 minutes
Maximum run time (including get-in and strike) of 60 minutes
Other than that, you are free to roam around the world of drama – or maybe you could write your own script or devise a piece. There is a small budget to cover production expenses and we would be willing to consider submitting multiple entries if we deemed there to be enough interest and quality.
31 October 2012
WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT BEING A DIRECTOR?
The OTG highlight for November is a directing workshop led by Abbey Wright who was a Guild member during her time studying English at Oxford University (she graduated in 2002). She went on to an MA Acting (with writing and directing options) - East 15 Acting School (2005) before joining the National Theatre Studio Directors' Course (Jun 2009).
She has a long list of credits to her name including 'Rose' – a delightful study of a father/daughter relationship starring Keira and Art Malik at the Edinburgh Fringe last year. The day will be geared to the experience and interests of the participants and the plan is that it will provide a starting point for new and newish directors. We hope to offer a second day early next spring at which you will be able to work in more detail on a specific text/play that you hope to direct.
November 25th 11am-5pm Jericho Community Centre (tea/coffee provided, please bring packed lunch). It is open to all but there's a discount for OTG members (£15 rather than £20). Contact Kate Saffin to book.
23 October 2012
WHY NOT INSPECT THE INSPECTOR?
Our latest production, The Government Inspector, opens this week at The North Wall Arts Centre and runs from Wednesday 24 October to Saturday 27.
5 October 2012
We are supporting the Pegasus fundraising Playathon which is on Friday 12-Sunday 14 October. The Guild is donating £250 and some members of The Government Inspector cast will be contributing their 50 minutes to the event at 6pm on the Friday evening. For a full listing of what will be on and details of future Pegasus plans visit the website.
14 September 2012
OTG OXFORD PLAYHOUSE AUDITIONS - NOVEMBER
A rip-roaring comedy combined with a heart-breaking story Cyrano de Bergerac evokes every human emotion. For a chance to be in this large cast and buckle your swash in a 17th century style put these dates in your diary for spring show auditions: 19, 21, 27 November with a recall on 1 December. All the auditions will be in the evening. Cyrano de Bergerac, will be directed by Sue Baxter (previous credits with OTG The Dresser and The Crucible), with performances in April.
27 August 2012
PERICLES AND THE GUILD
Guild long-term faves Tim Younger, Nick Quartley, Peter Malin and newcomer Chloe Orrock (Henry VI cast) are all in Pericles, the Royal Shakespeare Company's collaboration between the RSC's professional creative and production teams, and amateur performers. We are planning to take a coach party to see them on Saturday 6 October. The total cost (transport and ticket) will be about £30 and the coach will leave from central Oxford at approximately 5.30pm. Please can you let Cherry know if you want to come as soon as possible.
RAIN NEVER STOPS PLAY!
Oxford Theatre Guild performs whatever the weather. Trinity Gardens are delightful but in case of extreme weather conditions we have two equally interesting indoor venues within the college buildings, so whatever the weather you will see a performance. And a good one according to reviews in Daily Information and the Oxford Times.
14 June 2012
OTG in Festive mood
We are pleased to announce that an OTG member won the best actor award at the Henley Festival and our production, One for the Road, got a 'top 5' mention. We will taking the play to the Wallingford Festival Friday 15th June - Corn Exchange, Wallingford and to the Oxfordshire Drama Network Festival on Monday 18th June - Unicorn Theatre, Abingdon.
10 May 2012
Much Ado About Nothing - tickets now on sale
Book online here
If you would like to bring a large party of students then you will be eligible for a discount. Please book directly with us to get this.
5 May 2012
Autumn and winter season – and next auditions
We can now announce what we are doing later in the year,
The Government Inspector by Gogol at The North Wall, 24-27 October, directed by Joanna Matthews.
Henry VI by Shakespeare adapted into one play and directed by Alistair Nunn, The Theatre at the Old Fire Station, 11-17 December.
Auditions will be in the Friday 1 and Wednesday 6 June with a recall on Sunday 10.
13 April 2012
RSC amateur ensemble of actors to perform Shakespeare
A new enterprise between amateur theatre makers and the RS''s professional creative and production teams for 2012. Pericles will see a cast entirely made up of amateur performers working with RSC directors, designers, stage managers and technicians to create a new production of Shakespeare's tragic romance for performance in the Courtyard Theatre, October 2012. Auditions will be held on the weekends of 12/13 May, and 19/20 May, rehearsals begin 20 August, in Stratford-upon-Avon. You must be over 18, have a background in amateur theatre and live within a one hour drive/public transport of Stratford upon Avon. No previous experience of Shakespeare is necessary. Deadline for applications 2 May 2012. Look at the RSC Open Stages website for all details or email Open Stages.
30 March 2012
OTG are proud to sponsor 16|22 Oxford Playhouse Young Company, as part of our remit to promote education in theatre. Their stage interpretation of George Orwell's Animal Farm is on Friday 30 and Saturday 31 March on the Playhouse main stage. Two members of 16|22 are current members of OTG.
23 March 2012
Last chance to win a week's acting skills course
Oxfordshire Drama Network (ODN) are offering a bursary for acting skills course this summer organised by NODA, in Warwick 4-11 August. More details on the ODN website. Interested? Get in touch with Simon now because the deadline for submissions to the Guild is next Thursday, 29 March. This bursary is only open to Guild members.
Oxfordshire Drama Network newsletter
The latest news from Oxfordshire Drama Networking including their play writing competition, quiz, summer festival, elections for the AGM and news of productions all over the county, is available to download.
19 March 2012
Cast of thousands (well, seventeen)
We are pleased to announce the cast for Much Ado About Nothing, featuring Guild regulars and new members. Rehearsals start in April.
Leonato - Mr Andrew Whiffin
Beatrice - Ms Ida Persson
Hero - Ms Zoe Wilgar
Don Pedro - Mr Herb Cuanalo
Don John - Mr Wayne Brown
Claudio - Mr Marcus Davis-Orrom
Benedick - Mr Kieran Donnelly
Balthasar - Mr Drew Macdonald
Conrade - Mr Andy Osborn
Borachio - Mr Nicholas Vale
Margaret - Ms Alison Stibbe
Ursula - Ms Lisa Barnett
Dogberry - Mr Will Payne
Verges - Ms Lindsey-Ann Bridges
Oatcake - Mr Neil Fisher
Seacole - Ms Dee Walsh
Sexton - Mr Drew Macdonald
Friar Francis - Mr Peter Roberts
Messenger - Mr Neil Fisher
25 February 2012
Those three meet again:
The Macbeth team are preparing for their showcase performance at the RSC Courtyard Theatre on 25th March. They'll be performing a seven minute extract from the production, based around the murder of Lady Macduff. It should be a very enjoyable evening, and also a great opportunity to see what some other amateur companies in the area are doing. Tickets are now available through the RSC box-office for this exciting event. To book go to http://www.rsc.org.uk/whats-on/open-stages/ or call the RSC Ticket Hotline on 0844 800 1110.
3 February 2012
Pause for …. a Pinter audition
Tomorrow, Saturday 4, and next week on Tuesday 7. An intense half-hour play which will be in rehearsal once a week (schedule to suit the cast) and requires three actors. Performances start in May. Click here for more details.
28 January 2012
Calling all directors
We are inviting pitches for our autumn and winter productions, and if you want to direct get in touch with Colin Macnee. You can download a guidance document here. We hope to return to The North Wall in October and the Old Fire Station in December and you can submit a play for a either production slot/venue or one play that would suit both. All pitches will be reviewed at the March Committee meeting. You don't have to have directed for us before and we can provide a mentor.
RSC and OTG
Last summer's production Macbeth rides again on March 25 as the Guild are invited to perform in the Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, as part of the RSC's Open Stages Regional Showcase. Open Stages is a nation-wide project celebrating amateur theatre and forging closer bonds between it and professional theatre. OTG was one of 263 amateur companies to get involved in 2011. The Regional Showcase in Stratford will allow some of the participants to see a glimpse of each other's work. The Macbeth cast will be performing the murder of Lady Macduff and Macduff's reaction in a seven minute slot. You can buy tickets online here: http://www.rsc.org.uk/whats-on/open-stages or call the box office on: 0844 800 1110
27 January 2012
Core Theatre Arts Lab Open Day
Core Theatre Arts Lab is a new programme of professional-based training. It offers a flexible module curriculum on a two-three day a week basis, covering actor training, mime, physical theatre and directing / devising, giving you the opportunity to work alongside professionals and gain an insight into the performing arts.
Why not go along and see what they have to offer on Friday 2nd March 2012. Drop in any time between 4-8 pm, and have some refreshments and a chat. The Kings Centre, Osney Mead, Oxford, OX2 0ES
21 January 2012
Audition details released
Full details are now on the web site for the next two audition opportunities: Pinter's One for the Road, to be produced for performance in drama festivals, and Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, our summer outdoor production in Trinity College Gardens.
13 January 2012
Annual General Meeting
The Guild AGM,
that essential mechanism that allows the Guild to keep working has been scheduled for 26 April, a few days after Blood Wedding closes at the Playhouse. Put it in your diary now - an early after-work start at 6.30pm this year.
The Guild has decided to add to this year's output with the decision to produce Harold Pinter's One for the Road and to enter it into various drama festivals in the spring and summer. The show will be directed by Simon Tavener. More details on the wbe site soon.