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Magdalene Players News

Below you will find the latest news items from the Magdalene Players.
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Can't Pay? Won't Pay! - cast announcement

The cast for our next show, Can't Pay? Won't Pay!, is:

Antonia – Karen Willemsen

Margherita – Nicola Houghton

Giovanni – Rob Scheele

Luigi – David Faraci

Sergeant/Inspector/Undertaker/Old Man – Liz O’Donovan


We can't wait to get started with rehearsals!
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Aladdin transformations!

Check out our snazzy video for our 2022 pantomime Aladdin

Aladdin promo! - YouTube


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Aladdin has been cast

We are very excited to announce our cast for the 2022 pantomime, Aladdin:

Aladdin – Claire Walshe

Widow Twanky – David Ashton

Wishee Washee – Louis Marty

Abanazar – Rob Scheele

Carp Ed – Andrea Williams

Emperor – Humphrey Waterhouse

Emperor sidekick – Cami Marty

Princess Jasmine – Kate Fowlie

So Shi – Ellie Pink

G Knee – Ella Roy

Kohla – Seema Rambarran

Pepsi – Steph Stedman

Silly Blanc – Liz O’Donavon

Announcer (Our Graham) – Ivan Rose

Gaston – Caroline Field

Prince Hans – Caitriona Fenton

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Cast announcement: The Railway Children

We are extremely proud and excited to announce the cast of The Railway Children as follows:

Bobbie

Becky  Lauder-fletcher

Butler

Paul Hickey

Cook/Maid

Lucy Comlay

District Superintendant

Paul Hickey

Doctor

David Ashton

Father

David Ashton

Jim

Stephen O’Connell

Mother

Jennifer Yorke

Mr Szezcpansky

Stephen O’Connell

Mrs Perks

Lucy Comlay

Mrs Viney

Lucy Comlay

Old Gentleman

Humphrey Waterhouse

Perks

Guy Johnson

Peter

Rob Scheele

Phyllis

Amy Faulkner

Other parts played by members of the cast


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Auditions for The Railway Children

Performance Dates: Thursday- Saturday 7th – 9th October 2021 7.30pm

Performance Venue: St Mary Magdalene Hall, Trinity Road, Wandsworth Common, SW17 7HP

Social read through: Monday 28th June 2021 at 7.30pm on Wandsworth Common (opposite the Hope Tavern, Bellevue Road.)

Auditions: Monday 5th July 2021 from 8pm (TIMED SLOTS)

For more details and to book your audition slot, contact Bernard Godwin (director) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please download Audition pack for more details

THE RAILWAY CHILDREN: THE PLAY

Nesbit’s much-loved classic The Railway Children has delighted generations since its first publication in 1906, and Mike Kenny’s wonderfully faithful and imaginative adaptation has wowed audiences across the world, breaking box office records when performed at the National Railway Museum in York, and at Waterloo Station.

When Bobbie, Peter and Phyllis move to rural Yorkshire with their mother, following the imprisonment of their father, they leave their comfortable, safe existence to discover a world that is insecure and hard, but one that is filled with love, resilience and humanity. And always running through that world is the railway, in particular the 9.15 to London.

The Railway Children is a story of three children forced to face the anxieties and exhilarations of growing up in order to learn what really matters, a story of an Edwardian England on the brink of change, and, of course, a story of the Golden Age of Steam Railways.

By special arrangement with Nick Hern Books.

 

The Railway Children: Characters

Leading Roles

Bobbie                                    The oldest of the railway children, and the most sensible one.

Peter                                        A typical young boy who loves trains and is a little bit naughty.

Phyllis                                     Lovable girl.

Mother                                    Mother of the Railway Children. A Victorian gentlewoman, sensible and devoted.

Perks                                       Yorkshire railway porter who befriends the children.     

Old Gent                                 Benevolent, likable, old gentleman.

Supporting Roles (most will double/triple)

Mrs Perks                               Hardworking wife & mother 

Doctor                                     Local Medic

Father                                     Children’s father who is arrested early in the play

Mr Szezcpansky                     Destitute Russian émigré (speaks French)

Mrs Viney                              Local Yorkshire housekeeper

Jim                                          Young student

Cook                                       Domestic

Maid                                       Domestic

Butler                                      Domestic

Child                                       Child

Worker 1 & 2 

District Superintendent

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Compressed Classics

Unable to tread the boards in the last year, our very talented members David Ashton and Guy Johnson have turned their hand to writing and producing a compressed panto, as well as a series of compressed classics! We've been blown away by their ingenuity, hope you are too! Please see links below to enjoy their creations:

Compressed Classics: Dickens: 1. Oliver Twist - YouTube

Compressed Classics - Dickens 2: A Tale of Two Cities - YouTube

Compressed Classics: Dickens: 3. Great Expectations - YouTube

Compressed Classics: Dickens. 4. David Copperfield - YouTube

Compressed Classics: Dickens. 5. Bleak House - YouTube

Compressed Classics: Dickens. 6. A Christmas Carol - YouTube

The Compressed Panto - YouTube


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Advent Calendar

It's been a tough year. As a way to celebrate our wonderful members and our wider community, we want to share something festive every day on social media from 1st to 24th December.  To do this, we need your help!

It could be a short video of a reading, singing a song, telling a story or reciting a poem – all with a Christmas theme! We will not limit you to just the one idea if you feel especially festive.

If you would like to be a part of this please can you contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Jane or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or complete the form. Let us know if there is anything you would like to do, within reason. We will also have some suggestions if you are stuck for ideas.

Please ensure the videos are filmed in portrait!

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AGM update 2020

The New Normal
Along with other community organisations we have sadly had to postpone recent social gatherings. We love performing and meeting up with our friends, but the health and wellbeing of our members always comes first. Instead we have enjoyed some creative virtual socials, including monologue performances, a quiz and a murder mystery night (see pic above)!    

AGM  
In light of ongoing uncertainty around coronavirus, the Magdalene Players' Committee has taken the decision not to hold the summer AGM this year, and our October production will now take place in 2021. The members of the committee will continue in their current roles for the coming year, but welcome interest from anyone who is keen to get involved in the committee.  

2021
We don't know what the next year will hold, and whether we will be able to stage the shows we planned. We might have to change the way we meet and perform. But we definitely do NOT want to lose touch with you! We will keep you updated on what is happening with the Pantomime nearer the time.  

STAY IN TOUCH!
We will be planning more e-socials in the next few months, so keep watching social media and emails for updates. If you have ideas for socials, any suggestions on how we should run things, or even better if you would like to get involved in the committee, get in touch. We pride ourselves on being an inclusive and social group, and are always on the lookout for new talent and new ideas. Hopefully we can meet up again soon; until then look after each other, and keep in touch!
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Magdalene Mondays: Update

Here at Magdalene Players, safety of our members is paramount. Therefore in light of the ongoing situation with Coronavirus outbreak, we have decided to postpone the planned social events for the rest of March, until after Easter.

We will be confirming the April events at the end of March so, if you want to put forward any other ideas, please let any of the committee know by then.

For now we are still planning to stage a production on 16 May! We are finalising arrangements with the Church to present a Murder Mystery with a difference and to raise some money. This needs 4 actors (2 male; 2 female). If you would like to be involved, please let us know!
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Magdalene Mondays

After a brilliant Panto, we are excited to announce that this spring we have decided to do things a little differently!

Instead of casting a play for May, we are going to have a series of events that we would love you to come along to. These events are open to everyone and we would be delighted if you can get involved, bring your friends, family and anyone you know along. It will also be an opportunity for prospective new members to get involved! Here is the March schedule:

Date Event Contact
Monday 02 March Pub Quiz @The Hope This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Monday 09 March DVD night – Play on @ The Hall This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Monday 16 March Play Read Through – The Sky is Overcast @ The Hall This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Monday 23 March Improv night @ The Hall This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Monday 30 March Theatre Trip – Austentatious This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


We will be confirming the April events on the 24 March so, if you want to put forward any ideas, please let any of the committee know by then.

Do not fear as we will be staging a production on 16 May! We are finalising arrangements with the Church to present a Murder Mystery with a difference and to raise some money. This needs 4 actors (2 male; 2 female). If you would like to be involved, please let us know!
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Private Lives

Private Lives by Noel Coward

Directed by Bernard Godwin

 

  1. Deauville, France. Two newly-married couples occupy adjoining honeymoon suites in the same hotel. As a distant orchestra plays, Sibyl gazes adoringly at charismatic husband Elyot, while Victor admires his new wife, the vivacious and sophisticated Amanda. Champagne flows and the sea shimmers in the moonlight as the newlyweds prepare for the evening ahead. But when Amanda overhears a familiar voice singing a forgotten song, an old spark reignites, with spectacular consequences.

Full of razor-sharp wit and quick-fire dialogue, Private Lives is Noël Coward’s most popular and enduring stage comedy. Extraordinarily written in only three days, Private Lives originally opened at London’s Phoenix Theatre in August 1930 to packed houses. Since then, this charming comedy of manners has retained its remarkable appeal, captivating audiences all over the world.

 

Social read through: Monday 4th June at 8pm

Auditions:  Monday 18 June at 8pm

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Confusions by Alan Ayckbourn

Auditions are taking place on Monday 12th June at 8pm in the hall.

Show dates 12th - 14th October 2017