Attention citizens of Cottenham and the surrounding areas. Cottenham Theatre Workshop cordially invite you to our Spring production for 2018:
This sublime comedy, from master of laughs Alan Ayckbourn, follows the lives of Martin and Hilda Massie as they settle in to a new, quiet life, in the confines of the Bluebell Hill Development. However, their new lives are quickly interrupted by an intruder in their garden… leading them to form the local Neighbourhood Watch scheme with their fellow residents. Suffice to say, these aren’t the usual meetings you’d expect from your local group, even including an interesting discussion about a certain contraption on the roundabout…
If you’re intrigued and want to know more, then come along to our performances, which will run from Wednesday 4th April – Saturday 7th April, from 7.30pm at Cottenham Village College. Tickets are on sale now via TicketSource, or by phone. Check our website www.cottenhamtheatre.com for more details.
Although the roles have already been cast, we’re always eager to have new people join Cottenham Theatre Workshop. Whether it be helping backstage, or on front of house there really is something for everyone! For more information, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Here it is! The annual event that everyone in the Fen Edge waits for – the pantomime. This year it is ALADDIN, a super new show written and directed by teacher and Cottenham Theatre Workshop actor Kerry O’Connell. And, as you would expect, it is right up to date with happenings around the world and full of surprises. Including a very large duck!
This ALADDIN in not the one Disney is promoting but an original in the tradition that Cottenham Theatre Workshop has established over 40 years of entertainment.
So what’s the duck got to do with it? Come along and find out!
The panto will be on stage at Cottenham Village College on Wednesday 29th November, Thursday 30th November and Friday 1st December at 7.30pm. There are two matinees on Saturday 2nd December at 1.30pm and 5.30pm.
Tickets are ON SALE NOW
Tickets are £9 (£7 for concessions) and can be purchased online at the Cottenham Theatre Workshop website (booking fee applies), through our booking agents TicketSource by calling 0333 666 3366 (booking fee plus £1.50 service charge applies), or in person at the Cottenham Community Centre café, between 11am and 1pm on Saturday 18th and Saturday 25th November.
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We hope to see lots of you there!
If you loved the TV show, you’ll love Cottenham Theatre Workshop’s staging of it at Cottenham Village College at 7.30 pm each evening from Wednesday 19th April to Saturday 22nd April, the week after Easter.
The performances will be really special as a percentage of the proceeds will go to Comic Relief as stipulated by the writers of the original TV series Richard Curtis and Paul Mayhew-Archer. There’ll be a bar as well as fun and games to amuse you, all part of the entertainment.
You can book your tickets via TicketSource, or www.cottenhamtheatre.com or by phone on 0333 6664466 (a charge may apply). OR come along to Cottenham Community Centre on Saturday 8th or Saturday 15th April and buy them in person from Cottenham Theatre Workshop members. Prices are £9 or £7 (concessions).
Wizard of Oz, the 1939 film starring Judy Garland, is regarded as one of the top 100 films of all time (Remember it? How it starts in black and white and turns dramatically to colour?). Suddenly the story has become popular in Cambridgeshire as a stage show as well.
Cottenham Theatre Workshop is first out of the box with a lively retelling of the well-known tale written and directed by Gary Unwin-Riches accompanied by lots of music and dance to put you in a good mood for the festivities ahead! There are good and bad witches and red shoes and a known assortment of characters without a brain, courage or heart – but it has a way of coming right in the end. . .
Wizard of Oz Cottenham Theatre Workshop
Wizard of Oz (a Wicked Production) will be on stage at Cottenham Village College from Wednesday 30 November to Friday 2 December at 7.30pm, and two matinees – at 1.30pm and 5.30pm – on Saturday 3 December.
Bookings through www.cottenhamtheatre.com or TicketSource (telephone bookings 0333 666 3366 will incur an additional service charge). The ‘booking office’ for in-person buyers will be at Cottenham Community Centre coffee shop, Cottenham High Street, each Saturday in November from 11am to 1pm.
Do you know that Cottenham Theatre Workshop is in its 39th year? That’s quite an achievement for an amdram group in a village. There are still a couple of members who were there at the start, in 1977! But to go on presenting two shows a year – one in spring and one just before Christmas, the very much appreciated pantomime – takes not just effort but involves many willing hands and teamwork.
CTW, a member of FECA since it started, are always looking for new people to join both on and off stage – we don’t mind if you’ve been involved with theatre productions for 50 years or if this is your first ever show. As a theatre workshop, we are always happy to train people up in different roles – indeed, many of our members have learned lots of different skills from being part of the group. For example one of our actors took on the role of sound technician for DRY ROT, our most recent play.
Just look at the many of the roles that make up a successful production:
|Musical Director (mostly just for pantomimes)
||Sound and lighting operators
|Costume designers and makers
||Set designers, builders and painters
||Back stage crew
|Choreographers (mostly just for pantomimes)
||Publicity: posters, programme and banner design
|Rehearsal pianist (mostly just for pantomimes)
||Pit band members (mostly just for pantomimes)
||Front of house
For more detail on these roles please look at our Get involved section on the Cottenham Theatre Workshop website or email firstname.lastname@example.org
DRY ROT RAFFLE
A raffle was held each night of the play, with all the proceeds going to the Arthur Rank hospice charity in memory of long-standing CTW member Sue Macdonald. Sue spent a week in Arthur Rank during her illness, and they helped in providing nurses to sit with her at night, so we felt that it would be appropriate to collect money for this charity. A total of £280 was raised – many thanks to everyone who “placed a bet”.
COME TO CVC ON 17 JUNE
This year’s CTW pantomime will be THE WIZARD OF OZ and the new script, written by Director Gary Unwin-Riches, is appropriately based on the 1939 Judy Garland movie, voted one of the best 100 films of all time. Everyone is welcome to the read-through of the script on 17th June at Cottenham Village College, 7.30pm. Auditions will be at the same place a week later, on the 24th.
We welcome members from the first year of senior school (Year 7) upwards. There are plenty of roles to play, from Munchkins to flying monkeys and evil witches to bumbling wizards. If you can’t make these dates and want to be involved, please contact email@example.com