Drama Groups News
Thurso Players invite you to come along and meet the 'Trotts' at their annual Christmas Panto at Thurso High School. This year's production, Jack & the Beanstalk starts its run at 7.30pm on Wednesday 12th December and will be on, at the same time, each evening up to and including Saturday 15th December.
Thurso Players take to the stage again later this month in what has been one of their busiest years for amateur productions. The latest offering, 'Educating Rita', directed by Iain MacDonald, is a play for two characters and is set entirely in a lecturer's office at a Liverpool University.
Northumbrian based duo Landermason will be performing at Thurso's Mill Theatre next week as part of their extensive UK tour, promoting their latest album release, 'The Reason'. The song-writing duo of Fiona Lander (vocals, piano, saxophone, whistles, clarinet and recorder) and Paul Mason (vocals & guitars) have developed a unique sound displaying their undoubted talents as musicians.
Thurso Players' latest production, 'Habeas Corpus', directed by John Glen, takes to the stage for a three night run starting on Tuesday 26th June. Now, while 'Habeas Corpus' is a legal term meaning 'you must have the body' this is not a play about a trial, rather it is an early treasure from the pen of renowned playwright Alan Bennett.
'A Brief History of Scotland', is a look at one small nationšs past and present, who we are, how we got here and the struggles we have confronted on that journey. In particular, the continuing struggle we have had with our much larger and more powerful neighbour.
Iain will be holding auditions at the Mill for Educating Rita on Sunday 20th May at 7:30pm. Anyone who is interested in coming along is welcome.
Thurso Players are in the final stages of rehearsal for their forthcoming Historical Production, 'The Death of Ivan the Terrible'. The play tells the story of the declining years of one of the greatest sadists in history - Ivan the Terrible - or Ivan Grozni as he was known to the Russians.
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.
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.
Wick Player's chairman Drew MacLeod welcomed everyone to the open evening to celebrate the move into the premises at Moray Street after many years of working with only a small storage space. The new place provides workshops, rehearsal space, wardrobe space, small meeting rooms and lots of storage.
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.
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.
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.
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.