Mamela: Arrival in South Africa

After a very busy and exciting week in the Toon; packing, attending meetings, arranging cat sitters and taking part in and celebrating being one of the winners of Northern Stage’s Title Pending, we just about managed to close our backpacks and get off on time.  The next 6 weeks in going to be incredible, finally…

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Young Theatre Monkey: Behind the scenes

The end of last week was spent having a look behind the scenes at Theatre Auracaria. I was over in the office in Newcastle getting to grips with the organisation of Theatre Auracaria with producer, Jenny Dewar. We started off with ‘Happy Tuesday’, a name intended to cheer up what would normally be called a…

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Young Theatre Monkey: the beginnings of Beats North

Hello! I’m Helen Cooper and for the next two weeks I will be doing a work placement with Theatre Auracaria. I’m a final year French and Drama student at the University of Bristol, but I was born in Middlesbrough and grew up around North Yorkshire and Teesside, so i’m keen to learn more about the…

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My Time in South Africa 3: Show Time

The day of the show…             We still have a day to work on making the piece smooth, which we very much need. The transitions, the pace, projection and delivery still need some work and our time is running out! And to make matters worse Nandi, our strongest singer has…

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My Time in South Africa 2: Rehearsals Begin

We have a beautiful space with natural light pouring in through the huge sash windows and a lovely wooden floor to rehearse in at the Athenaeum building in Central Port Elizabeth. We play some games and do a warm up and enjoy being in each other’s company again. I give everyone the opportunity to speak…

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My Time in South Africa 1: Mamela Cast Reunited.

Sitting in Port Elizabeth, the beautiful sunshine warming my face and anticipating the moment when the cast of “Mamela” will be reunited. Two years since we first all met and so much has changed for us all. Lucia is due to arrive first; I wait anxiously on the street corner for her taxi to turn…

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Theatre Monkey 9th March ARC Stockton

Our next Theatre Monkey workshop for theatre makers is on the 9th March, at Arc Stockton Arts Centre from 1.30pm – 5.30pm Presented in partnership with Company TSU and ARCADE As a new company we are interested in widening the network of drama workers and facilitators that we work with. The aim of theatre monkey…

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Swallows Foundation Winter School and Mamela

Artistic Director Amy Golding is in South Africa for the month of February on the Swallows Foundation Winter School working with ten artists from the UK and ten from the Eastern Cape of South Africa, you can follow her adventures here:  www.winterschool.tumblr.com  and on the hashtag #winterschool13 on twitter and Instagram. In the last week…

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BUNKER BLUES TECH

Bunker Blues Blog – Thursday 8th November – Tech rehearsal So the day had come for Bunker Blues to move to its new home for the weekend at Live Theatre – a quirky venue which is well known in Newcastle to theatre lovers and fellow thespians of all ages. As I walked into Live I…

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