Drama Promoters News
March 2007 sees the start of the new season March - December 2007. Membership fees are now due and at £15 for single or £25 for two people its an easy way to support this great arts place in Caithness.
This year sees a record entry for the Scottish Community Drama Association (SCDA) Highland Division with a total of six team entries from Halkirk, Wick and Thurso. Because of this interest the Festival will be held over two nights, Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th March.
Saturday 24th February sees the Scottish Community Drama Association's 75th District Adult Festival which takes place in The Assembly Rooms, Wick. With entries from both Wick Players and Thurso Players it's sure to make for an entertaining evening.
January sees the return of the programme featuring Professional artists to Thurso's Mill Theatre which starts of in style with a celebration of the works of Robert Burns in song and verse. 'The Jolly Beggars and a' That' is an informal performance of a little known but superb musical play (Cantata) by Burns consisting of eight poems and eight songs.
The Sleeping Beauty - by Dave Buchanan Tuesday 12th to Saturday 16th December Performed By Thurso Players At Thurso High School. Thurso Players have a hectic rehearsal schedule in preparation for their Pantomime performance of 'The Sleeping Beauty' by Dave Buchanan.
BLAS-festival presents CLAN 6 September 7.30pm Mary Ann Kennedy, Kenna Campbell, Wilma Kennedy and Maggie Macdonald are four of the most distinguished Gaelic singers of our age, all Mod medal winners and well known throughout Scotland. They are joined by musicians Angus, Kenneth and Calum Mackenzie who hail from Mabou in Cape Breton, a community rich in Gaelic tradition and language, to create an evening of great music.
The Mill theatre in Thurso has a packed programme in September for anyone who enjoys live events. Macbeth 30 August - Macbeth is presently underway and there are only a few tickets left for tonight 31 August.
This years panto from Thurso Players is 'Sleeping Beauty' and will be directed by Andrew Crawford. Auditions will be held in the Mill Theatre at 2.30pm on Sunday 3rd September.
A Busy Time at the Mill In 1604 William Shakespeare in his zeal to please King James I, an authority on demonology, cast caution and imagination aside and for the opening scene of Macbeth's Act IV he reproduced a 17th century black-magic ritual, a sort of how-to to budding witches. Without changing an ingredient, Shakespeare provided his audience with step-by-step instructions in the furtive art of spell casting: "Round around the cauldron go; In the poison'd entrails throw.
For members Of Thurso Players the chance to audition for Macbeth is getting closer. Joining thurso Players might be the route to stage career soa chance is there.
18 - 20 May 2006 Dracula has been adapted many times and a script by Liz Lochhead has been chosen for this production of Bram Stoker's chilling love story The adaptation has a touch of modern tongue and with with this is mind has had a modern direction. Don't go expecting to see a flowing red cape and a badly constructed Transylvanian accent.
Lyth Arts Centre continues to bring a huge variety of high quality live entertainment to Caithness. May is no exception with a fantastic variety of drama, music and comedy with nationally and internationally respected groups coming to the county.
Two talented Thurso teenagers are on their first step of the ladder to becoming the next big screen legends. The girls have achieved a place with the Scottish Youth Theatre in Glasgow, on the esteemed Summer Festival Foundation Course.
"FaceNorth" visual arts residency run by Northlands Glass and Lyth Arts Centre is now up and running and going from strength to strength. The residency, funded by the Scottish Arts Council and Caithness and Sutherland Enterprise agency, offers the opportunity for local community groups with little or no arts skills to engage with professional artists Kate Williams, Shelagh Swanson and Alistair Pender over the coming months.
Lewis novelist and poet Kevin MacNeil, internationally acclaimed for his writing, has joined forces with the local professional theatre company theatreHEBRIDES to produce an original new play, The Callanish Stoned. "I had a great deal of fun writing The Callanish Stoned," said Kevin MacNeil, whose recent novel The Stornoway Way was hailed as a classic of contemporary Scottish literature.
A completely unique, never-to-be-repeated event: ten inspiring directors, ten surprising locations, ten brand new pieces of simultaneous site-responsive theatre created across the country to mark the launch of the National Theatre of Scotland. In Aberdeen, Caithness, Dumfries, Dundee, East Lothian, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness Shetland and Stornoway With 10 directors - Graham Eatough, Scott Graham, Stewart Laing, Matthew Lenton, Kenny Miller, Anthony Neilson, Alison Peebles, Gill Robertson, John Tiffany and Wils Wilson.
Caithness Arts Bulletin The next item on the Thurso Players Professional Programme is to be a musical one. On Wednesday 22 February 2006 we see the welcome return of Martin Taylor to the Mill Theatre, Thurso.