Chelmsford Theatre Workshop present ‘Mad Forest’ by Caryl Churchill
13th to 17th February 2018
Directed by Tom Tull
In 1990 the playwright Caryl Churchill and ten students from the Central School of Speech and Drama travelled to Bucharest to research and develop a new play. Whilst studying in Romania, they spoke to local drama students and their families about the revolution that was unfolding before them. Mad Forest involves real-life statements from people that were living through the revolution. The play creates a web of interwoven perspectives on the impact of the revolution, giving the audience insights into the revolution including the use of Verbatim theatre. The play lays bare how political and social upheaval can split families and their loyalties.
Professional ballet dancer joins The Chelmsford Ballet Company for Snow Queen
The Chelmsford Ballet Company takes on the classic Snow Queen this year, which will see professional ballet dancer James Parratt join the much-loved company cast as Kay.
James Parratt trained at Penny Taylor School of Dance and went on to train at Central School of Ballet, where he graduated with a BA Hons in Professional Dance and Performance. Whilst at Central James competed in the Genée International Ballet Competition, where he was a Finalist. During his third year of training James was a part of Ballet Central, and performed with Kidd Pivot in Polaris, choreographed by Crystal Pite at Sadler’s Wells.
After graduating in 2016, James moved to Dresden, Germany where he was a Guest Apprentice with Semperoper Ballet, and he performed in Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon. He then danced with New English Ballet Theatre where he performed pieces by Jenna Lee, Daniela Cardim and Valentino Zucchetti at Sadler’s Wells and other UK theatres.
Based on Hans Christian Anderson’s classic fairytale, Snow Queen tells the age-old story of the fight between good and evil. Audiences will be swept along a magical journey with siblings Gerda and Kay, danced by Georgia Olley and Parratt respectively. The Chelmsford Ballet Company will return to its classical roots with this tale; Gerda seeks to break the cruel spell cast by the Snow Queen, embarking on adventure through enchanted forests, meeting fantastical animals, and seeking to triumph over evil.
The Chelmsford Ballet Company will perform Snow Queen from 21 – 24 March 2018 at the Civic Theatre, Chelmsford. Tickets are now on sale; to purchase tickets, contact the box office on 01245 606505 or visit www.chelmsford.gov.uk/theatres/
Coming to the Civic Theatre this November…
Young Generation will be performing Our House, the Olivier Award-winning musical by Tim Firth, featuring the fantastic songs of Madness.
This is definitely one you will want to see!
Our House promises an unforgettable evening of fun and energy, with a moral and emotional storyline that tells the story of how one decision can change your life.
The musical is based on the story of Joe Casey, who, on the night of his sixteenth birthday, breaks into a building site and finds himself at a crossroads. The police turn up and he has to decide; does he stay and help, or does he flee? At this point the musical splits into two, following the story of ‘good’ Joe and ‘bad’ Joe, as the consequences unravel and his life unfolds.
A pacey, multi-layered story with a great pop score from 80s Ska band Madness. Featuring all their top hits including House of Fun, Baggy Trousers, Driving in my Car,It Must Be Love and, of course, Our House.
Young Gen are directed by Sallie Warrington with musical direction by Bryan Cass. For a fabulous evening of high energy dancing and great songs, book your tickets today!
Performance Dates & Times
Tuesday 7th, Wednesday 8th: £16 (concessions £14)
Thursday 9th & Saturday 11th Matinee: £16.50 (concessions £14.50)
Friday 10th & Saturday 11th Evening: £17 (concessions £15)
To Book Tickets
Visit the Civic Theatre Box Office, Fairfield Road, Chelmsford, CM1 1JG
Call 01245 606505
Online at www.chelmsford.gov.uk/theatre
A £1.50 booking fee is applicable per transaction, except for cash and debit payments made in person and by telephone.
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