Edward Alderton Theatre
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10 April 2016
On behalf of the EAT Drama Committee, we are pleased to announce our new season for 2016-2017:
‘Blithe Spirit’ by Noel Coward In performance 22nd October 2016 to 29th October 2016
(Director Viv Stapleton)
‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens In performance 10th December 2016 to 17th December 2016
(Director Keith Neville)
‘Miss Julie’ by August Strindberg In performance 11th February 2017 to 18th February 2017
(Director Suzanne Harris)
‘Skellig’ by David Almond In performance 8th April 2017 to 15th April 2017
(Director Richard Self)
‘Bracken Moor’ by Alexi Kaye Campbell In performance 27th May 2017 to 3rd June 2017
(Director Ian Welch)
‘No Sex Please We’re British’ by Alistair Foot and Anthony Marriott In performance 22nd July 2017 to 29th July 2017
(Director Roz Betts)
Auditions will be held on Sunday 29th May 2016. Times as follows:
‘No Sex Please We’re British’ 10am-11am
‘Miss Julie’ 11am-12pm
‘Blithe Spirit’ 12pm-1pm
‘A Christmas Carol’ 3pm-4pm
‘Bracken Moor’ 4pm-5pm
9 April 2016
Launch Night & 40th Birthday Celebrations
What an amazing night! Our official Launch Night was an overwhelming success and it was wonderful to see so many new and old faces join us to celebrate our 40th anniversary! We hope that you all had an enjoyable evening and look forward to seeing you all again very soon. Remember, social nights are held every Wednesday and are open to all. If you have any questions at all, please feel free to get in touch and a member of our Drama Committee will be happy to help. Again, thank you to everyone for making last night such a special occasion.
28 February 2016
Our AGM was held on Tuesday 23rd February 2016 and we saw Sarah O’Hanlon, Mark Campbell & Roz Betts step down from the committee. We would like to extend our thanks to them for the outstanding service they have offered to the EAT over the years.
The rest of the committee were returned and two new members joined us. Timothy Webb joins us as a member without portfolio and Liz Gillett as our new Chair. I know they are both delighted to be on board and looking forward to starting their work!
In other news; our new 5 year lease is due to be signed in April and we are having all our auditorium seats renovated, along with a new fire alarm system installed. We are also looking into upgrading our external signage to make the theatre more visible.
Whilst we have had some difficult times recently (and this was reflected in the meeting overall), it was a fantastically positive evening! Everyone at the theatre is looking forward to a brighter, more stable future where we can build on the excellent work done over the past 40 years at the EAT.
12 February 2016
AGM on Tuesday 23 February
Our AGM will be held on Tuesday 23 February 2016 at 8.15pm. As many of you know, several members of our current committee are standing down and, as such, it offers an opportunity for those of you who would like the chance to serve on the EAT Committee either to put yourself forward or to nominate someone who you feel would be an asset to the committee (it is a good idea to check with them first!). The three committee members who are standing down are Sarah, our chair, and Mark and Roz, our Artistic Directors (this position has been replaced by the Drama Committee). Therefore there are three committee places availablethe five other members are prepared to restand.
Serving on the committee involves attending meeting approximately six times a year to discuss all aspects of the theatre and make decisions based on those discussions. It has been a challenging time for the EAT in terms of the building works, lease negotiations, internal improvements and declining audience numbers and theatre members. We still have many challenges and no doubt will come across more in the future. But with the building works now completed and the council reopening active negotiations regarding our lease and our Drama Committee planning an exciting new season, this is a great time to join the EAT committee and help mould the future of our wonderful little theatre.
If you are interested, then please contact Karen Friett on 07976905437 or firstname.lastname@example.org and she will be delighted to discuss it with you.
7 February 2016
Cast change for The Golden Age of Radio Comedy
With great sadness, Roz Betts has had to bow out of our February show due to a minor accident. In her place we are happy to announce that Viv Stapleton will be stepping into the shoes of the one-and-only Betty Marsden. Please click here to watch the trailer on YouTube.
20 January 2016
Casting announced for Lend Me a Tenor
Congratulations to the following people who have been cast in our July 2016 show: Darren Cullen (Max), Niti Williamson (Maggie Saunders), Kevin Coward (Tito Merelli), Van Corbould (Maria Merelli), Sara Bowers (Diana), Viv Stapleton (Julia) and Steve Padgham (Bellhop). The role of Henry Saunders is yet to be cast. Lend Me a Tenor by Ken Ludwig (the non-musical version) is directed by Nick Hewitt and is in performance 23-30 July 2016. Please note there is a minor cast alteration to Uncle Vanya: Ian Welsh is now playing Vanya, while Mark Campbell is Dr Astrov and Steve Hunt is Serebryakov.
17 October 2015
Cast chosen for Radio Shows
We are delighted to announce the following cast for our February 2016 show The Golden Age of Radio Comedy. Congratulations to Ian Long, Kevin Coward, Steve Padgham, Mark Campbell, Michael Taylor and Roz Betts , who will be playing various roles in The Goon Show, Steptoe and Son and Round the Horne. The show is produced and directed by Sarah O'Hanlon and Mark Campbell.
10 October 2015
Drama Committee appointed
Following on from Roz Betts and Mark Campbell stepping down as joint Artistic Directors, it has been agreed that a group of EAT members will now work together as a Drama Committee. This committee consists of Liz Gillett, Steve Padgham, Helen Rowe, Richard Self and Viv Stapleton.
Helen Rowe says: As a collective, we hope to bring a new and fresh approach to the productions that we put on at the theatre. We are currently looking for people to direct shows for the forthcoming 2016-2017 season and this is your chance to get involved. If you or anyone you know has a desire to direct, whether it is a musical, play or showpiece then please contact me about a script that you wish to put forward. On the other hand, if you fancy directing but are unsure as to what, then again, please feel free to contact me as we have a range of productions that we can hopefully offer you.
Our first committee meeting will be within the next few weeks. This will be our chance to bring all your ideas to the table and discuss the possibility of all forthcoming shows, in what we hope will be an exciting and diverse new season. I look forward to hearing from you all!
If you would like to contact the Drama Committee, please send an email to email@example.com.
23 September 2015
Golden Age of Radio Comedy audition
Auditions for our February 2016 show, The Golden Age of Radio Comedy produced by Sarah O'Hanlon and Mark Campbell, will take place at the theatre on Sunday 11 October at 11.30pm. Downloadable audition pieces are available on our Auditions page.
31 July 2015
Our Art @ the EAT
We are proud to announce that on Saturday 15 August 2015 at 7:30pm we will be hosting a one-off special show entitled Our Art @ The Edward Alderton Theatre. This will be presented by Lewis Black and Pele Hearne. This two-hour production (with interval) will showcase a variety of poetry and self-produced music (with the odd cover) from a range of local artists. Our aim is to give a stage to local performers. All proceeds will go towards the theatre. Come along and support the arts in your community! Tickets are £5 and only available on the doorthey are NOT available through TicketSource or through our website. We hope to see lots of you there.
28 July 2015
Final casting for Five Women
Ben Cowan (Tripp) and Helen Quinnell (Mindy) round off the casting for Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, written by Alan Ball and directed by Jenifer Walker. It is in performance 24-31 October 2015.
27 July 2015
Casting announced for Uncle Vanya
Congratulations to the following people who have been cast in our May 2016 show: Mark Campbell (Vanya), Eleanor McEnery (Marina), Niti Williamson (Helena), Rachel de Silva (Sonya), Clive Madel (Waffles), Ian Welsh (Serebryakov), Maureen Hardwen (Mme Vonitsky) and Piers Newman (Dr Astrov). Uncle Vanya is adapted and directed by Richard Self and is in performance 14-21 May 2016.
14 July 2015
Work weekend dates
The theatre's annual work weekend will take place on 22nd and 23rd August. This will be a time to do all those jobs that keep being put off. As always the props room needs sorting out. We now have new toilets, new flooring and new double glazed windows in the toilets, but the walls and doors need a lick of paint (so some rubbing down to do). There are jobs big and small to do and many hands make light work, as they say. Karen Friett is making up a list of jobs that need doing. We usually have a 10am start on Saturday, but this will be confirmed. Even if you can only spare an hour or two on either day this would be very helpful. On Sunday, we will be having a barbecue to reward you for your labours. If you can only work on Saturday, please come back again on the Sunday for the barbecuewe anticipate this will be around 4pm. If you would like to attend the barbecue please let Maureen Hardwen know on firstname.lastname@example.org so she can cater for the requisite number.
24 June 2015
End of the Pier Show cancelled
It is with great sadness that we have to announce that The End of the Pier Show has been cancelled due to lack of members willing to take part. Ticket sales have been suspended, and anyone already purchasing tickets through Ticketsource will be refunded in due course.
4 June 2015
Casting announced for Five Women Wearing the Same Dress
Congratulations to the following people who have been cast in our October 2015 show: Clare McNamara, Helen Rowe, Alex Meason and Sarah O'Hanlon. Two roles have still to be castwatch this space for further details. Five Women Wearing the Same Dress is written by Alan Ball and directed by Jenifer Walker. It is in performance 24-31 October 2015.
31 May 2015
Uncle Vanya auditions
Auditions for our May 2016 play, Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov, directed by Richard Self, will take place at the theatre on Sunday 12 July at 2pm. Downloadable audition pieces are available on our Auditions page..
31 May 2015
Casting announced for A Different Way Home
Congratulations to Steve Padgham who has been cast in our Christmas show, A Different Way Home by Jimmie Chinn, directed by Roz Betts.
19 May 2015
Edward Alderton Theatre to close in July 2016?
Your theatre needs you! Please us help to ensure that our beloved theatre remains open!
In 2016, the Edward Alderton Theatre will be 40 years old, and, unless you can help us, we, the EAT committee fear that 2016 will be its final year.
You may or may not know that the theatre was publicly licensed, built and financed in its entirety by drama students during the mid-1970s. The theatre first opened its doors to the public on 17 May 1976 with a production of Oh What a Lovely War, and, ironically, we are now battling to keep the theatre running.The theatre, its upkeep and the shows produced here are run and managed by the committee and a small but dedicated team of theatre members. For far too long now this tiny team has been holding the EAT together.We have weathered so many assaults from outside forces - our heating, phonelines, gas, electric and water have all been comprimised over the last two years as work began upon the new Adult Education Centre. And, through so much good, hard work by some amazing individuals, the EAT still stands strong, but it cannot last!
Your committee is democratically elected. You, the members, elect us to ensure the upkeep and smooth running of the theatre.However, we can no longer do this alone. This is due to:
The sheer volume of issues and problems that have been generated by the building works.
The committee is only a small and dwindling group of people. We cannot run the EAT on our own, nor do we want to.
The committee are all volunteers; we all have lives, loves, family, work and other commitments outside of the theatre.
We have seen member support dwindling and we are constantly chasing members for assistance.
We always need your help with the productions. Being a member is not just about appearing on the stage. A show cannot run unless we have a stage manager, a prompt, lighting and sound people, props, backstage work, etc. All essential work and all very, easy to perform. The same dedicated group of members and committee members have performed these tasks for the past three years because no other members are offering up their services.
The same goes for assistance during the production week; we need your help with Box Office, Bar and Front of House, and,once again, the same dedicated group of members and committee members have performed these tasks for the past three years because no other members are offering up their services.This can no longer continue. This is YOUR theatre. We need YOUR assistance and we need it NOW.
Please join us at the theatre on 16 June 2015 before its too late.
19 May 2015
Lend Me a Tenor to replace The Odd Couple
Sadly Samuel French has withdrawn our rights to perform The Odd Couple. Nick Hewitt has kindly agreed to direct the hilarious farce Lend Me a Tenor by Ken Ludwig instead. This play (the non-musical version) will be the final show of our next season23-30 July 2016. Auditions will take place in due course.
09 April 2015
As construction work nears completion on the new Adult Education building adjacent to the theatre, please note that car park space is now extremely limited. The Alma Road Adult Education site in Sidcup has now moved to the Brampton Road site so there is a significant increase of vehicles on weekday evenings. The staff car park opposite can close as early as 9.30pm, while the Crook Log sports centre car park shuts at 10pm. Spaces can sometimes be found in the next-door Danson Youth Centre, otherwise street parking is the only alternative. Please arrive at least fifteen minutes before performance time of 8pm to allow sufficient time to find a parking space.
09 April 2015
Trailer for Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em
A trailer for our next productionfeaturing the writer of the original 1970s sitcomis now available to watch on YouTube. Click on the image below to view it.
28 March 2015
Auditions for A Different Way Home by Jimmie Chinn, directed by Roz Betts, and Five Women Wearing the Same Dress by Alan Ball, directed by Jennifer Walker, will be held at the theatre on Sunday 24 May at 2pm and 3pm respectively. Details can be found on our Auditions page.
1 February 2015
Former EAT member Bob Lacey recently passed away. He appeared in our very first production, Oh What a Lovely War in 1976, and his last appearance was six years later in Fings Aint What They Used to Be. His funeral is at 4pm on Tuesday 10 February at Bobbing Cemetery, Sheppey Way, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME9 8GZ, followed by a reception at Vaults, Preston Street, Faversham, Kent, ME13 8PA. Please contact his niece Gina on 020 8302 3602 or 07850 341 115 if you would like more information.
16 January 2015
TicketSource to take over bookings
A specialist theatre booking agency called TicketSource will be taking over all bookings for the Edward Alderton Theatre from 1 March 2015. The current Box Office telephone number will apply until the final performance of Antigone, after which a brand new telephone number will be used for all future performances. That number will be publicised on all future publicity material, alongside this website and all social media platforms. Alongside that, for the first time, patrons will be able to book their own seats online, using TicketSource, with no additional fee. Telephone bookings will incur a flat £1.50 service fee which includes ticket delivery.
16 January 2015
Annual General Meeting
The Edward Alderton Theatre AGM will be held at the theatre on 3 March 2015 at 8.15pm followed by our season launch and social time.
It has been a very busy and hugely challenging year and the committee welcome the opportunity to share both our frustrations and aspirations with you.
Anyone is welcome to join us for the evening, member or not, so bring your friends along and feel free to publicise it but please note that only members will be eligible to vote. As you may know Wendy Marsh had to step down from her position as Artistic Director and committee member which has been a huge sadness for us. It was decided that Ros and Mark would step up to the plate and they have become joint Artistic Directors. As we were running with one extra committee member there are no obvious vacancies and all committee members are prepared to re-stand. However this should not preclude any member putting themselves forward for any position. To action this all you need do is send a supporting statement (i.e why you would like to be considered and what you could bring to it) together with notification for who is nominating and seconding you (these must be full EAT members) to Karen Friett by the end of February 2015. Apologies should also be sent to Karen on email@example.com.
Here is the AGM agenda:
Apologies and present
Minutes of previous meeting
Chairman's welcome and report
Treasurer and Membership Secretary's reports
Election of officers
Artistic Directors' reports and launch of 2015/16 season
Any other business