30/05/2016

This Blog is now Closed - Please refer to our Website in future

This Blog is now CLOSED 

For future events at Davenham Theatre and Davenham Players productions, please refer to our website at 

http://www.davenhamplayers.co.uk/ or

http://www.davenhamtheatre.co.uk

10/04/2016

Don Anderson - Funeral Arrangements

Don's funeral arrangements are :-

Tuesday 12th April 1.45pm at the new Vale Royal Crematorium just off the A556 before the Davenham bypass. The address is Shurlach Lane, Davenham, Northwich CW9 8RP
Morag, Beth and Paulette invite you to join them afterwards at The Coachman in Hartford. It is to be a humanist ceremony.
Paulette would like to thank you for your calls, cards and concern which have been of great comfort to her and the girls at this most awful of times.

01/04/2016

Don Anderson

Davenham Players give their condolences to Paulette and daughters Morag and Beth who were at their father Don's bedside when he died yesterday, Thursday 31st March, in hospital. Don was treasurer of The Players and had appeared in and directed many of our past productions. He last appeared on stage as a GP in Cripple of Inishmaan but his recorded voice played a part in a more recent production last year in our Summer selection of one-act plays. I will broadcast details about the funeral when known.

18/03/2016

Company of Women

Last night I watched In the Company of Women at Davenham Theatre and thoroughly enjoyed the evening. If you like stories with a bit of bite and that make you think, then do come along before it closes this Saturday 19th March - only two nights left ! To book, see our website at http://www.davenhamplayers.co.uk/next-production/. Doors open 7:30pm Show at 8:00pm.

There were three entirely different plays, starting off with Kelly Cowley in Rise and Shine. The plot provides some good laughs as a somewhat confused mother suddenly awakes late and tries to work out what she has to do with the baby before rushing off to work. Seeing how her thought processes gradually try to come together as one problem leads to another is a reminder, perhaps, of a blurry morning following a party the night before - and so well portrayed.

Next up was Laura Bason, new to Davenham, who plays an 18 year old Lucy Fuller in Where do Little Birds go? Lucy gets involved with underworld life in Whitechapel in the company of people such as the infamous Kray twins. Those were the days back in the 60s, weren't they, with people like Jack "The Hat" McVitie, Frank "The Mad Axeman" Mitchell and so on, plus Ronnie and Reggie of course. Lucy takes us from her time as an innocent barmaid at Winston's night club, yearning for a job singing in a stage musical to when, as the tale darkens, she is kidnapped by Ronnie and Reggie Kray and locked up with an escaped murderer! Laura moves the story on gradually and skilfully to its inevitable conclusion.

Lastly, Medea recalls the characters in the Greek tragedy, with a chorus-like group of four actresses (Denise Barry, Vanessa Duffy, Sue Elliot and Andrea Scott ) supporting Jo Outram in the title role. If you've ever wondered why Medea did what she did (and I'm not going to spoil it for you by saying what!) this play goes a long way to explain why. This was a marvellous ensemble piece - just watch the reactions of the 'chorus' as Medea explains her situation and how she intends to change it.

And if you don't believe how entertaining the evening was, here is a review by Alan Lowe who also saw last night's show.....
What used to be called the Tin Shed Theatre Company is now the Urban Trendz Theatre Company but that is all that has changed, it still performs in Davenham and is still full of very talented people.
On this occasion they gave us three different plays for our money, "Where do little birds go?" by Camilla Whitehill which revolved around the Kray twins and two plays by Dario Fo and Franca Rame,  "Rise and Shine"  a lovely little piece about simply getting up in the morning if you are a wife and young mother and "Medea" which was about how men mistreat their wives and go off with younger models.
Of course my descriptions of the plays do not do them full justice, The Whitehill play was brilliantly dark and very compelling and Laura Elisabeth Bason was excellent in the part. Doing an hour long monologue is not easy, doing it this well is simply remarkable.
The other two plays were only 20 minutes long but Kelly Cowley as "Mother" in "Rise and Shine" managed to convey all the angst of being a young wife and mother and needing to get herself off to work. There were plenty of laughs in this short play.  "Medea" was a different kettle of fish. Based on the Euripides play it concerns a scorned wife who takes revenge on the husband who has left her for a young princess by killing her own children. Her reasoning was that men had persuaded women that their role in life was to be used and by this awful act she would prove that she would not suffer that fate without taking reprisals. Jo Outram took the part of Medea and played it to perfection showing that Medea was not the mad women the others thought her to be but a reasoning woman who saw her awful act as a perfectly logical way to pay back her husband for his infidelity. Jo was ably supported by Denise Barry, Vanessa Duffy, Sue Elliot and Andrea Scott who, whilst having few lines enhanced the scene with their facial and bodily reactions to what they were hearing.
Apparently Director Ed Green assembled his cast then found plays to suit; unusual to say the least but it did work really well. As I am always saying no play can go on without the crew backstage and in Lee Morgan, Graham Hough, Arthur Jones,  Chris and Tina Sproston  this production was blessed with a very good one.
So well done Urban Trendz Theatre for giving  myself  and your audience a great night out, I shall be back for your next production and I have no doubt so will anyone else lucky enough to have caught this show.
Alan Lowe.


15/03/2016

In the Company of Women - Directed by Ed Green


Seven women, three plays all in one night. 

Tuesday 15th to Saturday 19th March 2016 inclusive Bar opens 7.30pm ; Show starts at 8pm; Tickets £10. Booking on-line via http://www.danarts.org/ (Development of the Arts in Northwich) or phone Davenham Players Box Office 01606 259596

The show is called "In the Company of Women" : 
Rise & Shine (stars Kelly Cowley)  Medea (with Vanessa Duffy, Denise Barry, Sue Elliott, Andrea Scott and Jo Oultram). Both these short plays by Dario Fo & Franca Rame. Also on the same night Laura Elizabeth Bason will star in Where do Little Birds Go? by Camilla Whitehill

All are about women and their lot in life, their struggles and fight for identity from Medea (based on the mythic story of Jason & Medea). Rise & Shine a factory worker with a child and sleeping partner trying to get ready for work in her crowded life and Where do little birds go? about Lucy who gets caught up in 60s London as a teenager and is used by the Kray twins as a woman to “amuse” mad axeman Frank Mitchell while he is holed up in a London flat after being broken out of prison by the Krays.

Franca Rame writing about her 2 plays says “The pieces are comic, grotesque, on purpose. First of all because we women have been crying for two thousand years. So let’s laugh now, even at ourselves.”

Extract from critics about Where do Little Birds Go?:
That day in the pub, the day I first saw them, they were dressed identically. Dark wool coats, smart hats. The whole pub went quiet. It’s 1966. Lucy Fuller is 18 years old. She likes musicals and make up, and her job at Winston’s night club. One night Lucy is kidnapped by the Kray twins and locked in a flat with an escaped murderer. This is the terrifying story of Lucy’s time with Ronnie, Reggie, and Frank “The Mad Axeman” Mitchell. Where do little birds go? is a colourful and poignant tale of crime, kidnap and lost innocence in the heart of the 1960s East End.

04/03/2016

March 2016 Newsletter

In this and future newsletters we will also be bringing news of productions by our friends at Moulton Drama Group, who are staging their production of Haywire at Moulton Village Hall the week before our production at Davenham Theatre. We would, of course, strongly advise that you see both productions – see below for details.
Tuesday 8TH – Saturday 12th March - MDG present the Comedy Haywire
At Moulton Village Hall, Moulton Drama Group present Haywire – a Comedy by Eric Chappell, Directed by John Powell
Our good friends at Moulton are presenting a comedy at their base, Moulton Village Hall, from Tuesday 8th to Saturday 12th March. John Powell directs this fast-moving comedy
Alec Firth is having an affair with his assistant Liz and has organised his domestic life so that they can go to Spain without making his wife Maggie suspicious. What could go wrong? Plenty - as the rest of the family arrive on the doorstep in rapid succession; Phoebe, Alec's mother, who has discharged herself from the old people's home; Alec's son Jamie who has a broken ankle, and finally his daughter Mandy who is heavily pregnant and refuses to marry the father.
Tickets cost £7.50 on Tuesday and Wednesday and £8.50 for the remainder of the week and are available online at www.danarts.org/events or by phone on 01606 594178
Tuesday 15th – Saturday 19th March dp Spring Production -  In the Company of Women
Urban Trendz Theatre in collaboration with Davenham Players present
In the Company of Women directed by Ed Green
Seven women, three plays all in one night. Tuesday 15th to Saturday 19th March 2016 inclusive Bar opens 7.30pm ; Show starts at 8pm; Tickets £10. Booking on-line via http://www.danarts.org/ (Development of the Arts in Northwich) or phone Davenham Players Box Office 01606 259596
Rise & Shine (stars Kelly Cowley)  Medea (with Vanessa Duffy, Denise Barry, Sue Elliott, Andrea Scott and Jo Oultram). Both these short plays by Dario Fo & Franca Rame. Also on the same night Laura Elizabeth Bason will star in Where do Little Birds Go? by Camilla Whitehill.
The show is called "In the Company of Women" : it is all about women and their lot in life, their struggles and fight for identity from Medea (based on the mythic story of Jason & Medea). Rise & Shine a factory worker with a child and sleeping partner trying to get ready for work in her crowded life and Where do little birds go about Lucy who gets caught up in 60s London as a teenager and is used by the Kray twins as a woman to “amuse” mad axeman Frank Mitchell while he is holed up in a London flat after being broken out of prison by the Krays.
Franca Rame writing about her 2 plays says “The pieces are comic, grotesque, on purpose. First of all because we women have been crying for two thousand years. So let’s laugh now, even at ourselves.”
Extract from critics about Where do Little Birds Go?:
That day in the pub, the day I first saw them, they were dressed identically. Dark wool coats, smart hats. The whole pub went quiet. It’s 1966. Lucy Fuller is 18 years old. She likes musicals and make up, and her job at Winston’s night club. One night Lucy is kidnapped by the Kray twins and locked in a flat with an escaped murderer. This is the terrifying story of Lucy’s time with Ronnie, Reggie, and Frank “The Mad Axeman” Mitchell. Where do little birds go? is a colourful and poignant tale of crime, kidnap and lost innocence in the heart of the 1960s East End.
Thursday 31st March – jazz@davenham – Graeme Wilson Quartet
Tyneside based band with Graeme Wilson tenor saxophone / Paul Edis piano / Andy Champion double bass / Adam Sinclair drums
The sets are of original material, including music from their recent EP Pleasureland and pieces that have just been recorded for a future release. The players infuse driving jazz and latin rhythms with wider enthusiasms for folk and ambient ballads, free improv and the dancefloor. Their tunes explore unusual meters and structures as vehicles for angular and passionate solos, with melodies that tell a story and stay with you. In conjunction with Jazz North.
A taster also on this link – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3BLNegonME
Tickets for both gigs can be booked by email or by phoning Harry on 01606 74502 or Dave on 01606 44253. Click here to see the Jazz page on the Davenham Website. Advance booking is strongly recommended for both gigs. Doors and Bar open at 7:30pm. Music starts at 8:00pm.
Thurs 21st to Sat 23rd April – Jennifer Terran performs live at Davenham
Here's advance notice of a special music event at Davenham. Phil Perry is organizing a three-night gig by Jennifer Terran. She's produced around 7 albums and has a very special voice.
You need to hear the sensational voice of Jennifer Terran, an American singer-songwriter, who sings and plays the piano, blending her own unique style of harmony and discord to achieve a beautiful sound that you will simply fall in love with. Often compared to Tori Amos, Jennifer has evolved her own musical style based on an infusion of influences, most notably from LA and the west coast. Preferring slower tempos, she has developed a raw intensity and authenticity, applying her hauntingly beautiful voice in such a way, that captures your heart and soul. Jennifer has produced six solo albums, the most notable of which (‘The Musician’) was described by The Sunday Times as ‘its second best album of the year –2002’, receiving critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic and 4 stars in The Rolling Stone Magazine. Jennifer loves performing in smaller intimate venues where she can establish a real connection with her audience, and her appearance at Davenham Theatre this April, is sure to be a major talking point for those lucky enough to see her perform live.
Tickets are £10.00 (concessions £8.00) available online at www.danarts.org or by phone on 01606 882574. Doors and Bar open 7:30pm. Music at 8:00pm
Thursday 7th APRIL - Play Reading 7:30pm at the theatre
Denise is back with another of her popular play reading evenings. All are welcome to come along and read or just listen. These evenings help us select plays for possible future performance and are friendly social events with the bar open for use. We don't yet know what reading Denise will select – you'll have to come along and find out !
Mosaic News – Open Workshops now Complete
Much more progress has been made than Jan originally thought and the majority of the mosaic panels are either completed or just need small sections finishing off. As a result, there is really insufficient substantial work to justify further large-scale open workshop sessions. However, there may be opportunities for finishing work at Jan's house. Jan has also offered to run a Mosaic Masterclass for interested people. If you are interested in either of these activities, contact Jan at mosaicopia@gmail.com
Subscription Reminder

Paulette gently reminds all members that 2016 subscriptions are now due. Please send them (£20.00 payable to Davenham Players) to her c/o the theatre. 

03/02/2016

Davenham February Newsletter

Thursday 4th Feb - PLAY READING 7:30pm at the theatre
Graham Hough is organizing this reading of the play he is directing for performance in June. The play is one of the Farndale Avenue series - the Murder Mystery. All are welcome to come along and read or just listen. Farndale Avenue plays always find a way, in fact several ways, of going wrong and the reading should be a lot of fun. The play requires four female and one male actor but everyone will get a chance to read tonight.
Saturday 20th Feb – Belle Voci Opera Night Doors 7:15pm for 8:00pm Start
This is a first for Davenham and promises to be really special.  Belle Voci  are a fresh and exciting classical duo who will be presenting a diverse repertoire of well loved duets and arias. The duo, having recently performed at the Liverpool Echo arena, promise to give us a night to remember. 
Dress : black tie (optional). See http://www.belle-voci.com/
Tickets £12 which includes a glass of fizz on arrival and interval canap├ęs.
Doors 7:15pm. Performance at 8:00pm
Tickets from 
www.danarts.org or from Davenham Theatre on 01606 259596
Sunday 21st February - Mosaic Workshop 10:00am–4:00pm
Jan is now back from her mosaic work and holiday in Chile and has booked the theatre for a mosaic workshop on 21st February 10am to 4pm. Join Jan and friends at the theatre for whatever time you can spare working on the Davenham Community Mosaic. Or come along to watch how the mosaic is growing. Don’t come in your best clothes, but if you do, an apron will be provided, as will hot or cold drinks, and maybe a biscuit or two.
TUESDAY 15TH March  opening night of In the Company of Women
In the Company of Women is the Spring production at Davenham. Produced by Ed Green under his new group called Urban Trendz Theatre, it features a number of short plays by modern authors.
The individual plays are:-"Rise & Shine" (stars Kelly Crowley) and "Media" (with Vanessa Duffy, Denise Barry, Sue Elliott, Andrea Scott and Jo Outran). Both these short plays by Dario Of & Franca Rime.
Also on the same night Laura Elizabeth Bason will star in "Where do Little Birds Go" by Camilla Whitehall.
We are looking for Front of House staff for this production. A minimum of two people, preferably three, are required per night, at least one of whom must stay throughout the performance until the audience is clear. They may, of course, sit in on the production if space allows or if they wish to be sure of a seat,, book at a reduced price. Please help and send your name and availability to Paulette or Bob.
Tickets will be available soon. More details will follow soon, but, meanwhile, you will be able get more information from Facebook Page Urban Trendz Theatre.
Ruth and George Rutter – Early leaders of the DAVENHAM PLAYERS
Sad news has reached us that both Ruth and George Rutter, early leading members of the Davenham Players have sadly died within two months of each other at the age of 90. Ruth, a former nurse, had been caring for George who was largely wheelchair bound owing to severe arthritis in his last years. Ruth was in better health but succumbed to a tumour in November 2015 after a short illness. George then moved to a nursing home but fell ill and within two months had also died.
Ruth and George were keen members of the Davenham Players. George was an accountant by profession and he was instrumental, along with colleagues, in organizing the purchase and conversion of the theatre premises. Ruth was active in productions and at the centre of the social life of The Players. Although not an active member, George had continued to inspect the accounts of the club until September of last year (2015).
The Davenham Players send their condolences to daughters Lorna and Janet.
Subscription Reminder
Paulette gently reminds all members that 2016 subscriptions and now due. Please send them (£20.00) to her (along with your availability for front of house) at the theatre.
THURSDAY 25th Feb - JAZZ @ DAVENHAM – MANJULA
On Thursday 25th Feb, Jazz@Davenham is pleased to present the MANJULA and then on Thursday 31st March the GRAEME WILSON QUARTET come to Davenham. Bookings are currently open for both concerts and is strongly recommended to ensure you get in.
MANJULA (meaning melodious) has been going from strength to strength since its birth in May 2014 exploring, innovating and bringing together rhythms and melodies from other cultures to create a beautiful mix and relationship of sounds from around the globe. This Leeds-based project is an example of modest, forward thinking global music as well as an exploration, incorporating Portuguese, African, Latin jazz influences with the haunting ambience of Indian vocal training and the rhythmic attack of Jazz Improvisation.
Teaming up with percussionist Sam Bell – band leader of the Bugalu Foundation, Guitarist Joe Harris – creator of Ikestra, double bassist Simon Read of the Simon Read Octet and Matt Holborn Quintet; Vanessa Rani  has created a project which has its own authenticity and integrity with the influence of other cultures and will take your mind on journeys to faraway places and make you feel at home.
Tickets for both gigs can be booked by email or by phoning Harry on 01606 74502 or Dave on 01606 44253. Click here to see the Jazz page on the Davenham Website. Advance booking is strongly recommended for both gigs. Doors and Bar open at 7:30pm. Music starts at 8:00pm.
THURSDAY 3rd March St Luke's Charity Jazz with Sir John Deane's Jazz Band
Sir John Deane’s Jazz Band are giving a Charity Concert in aid of St Luke’s Hospice on THURSDAY 3rd MARCH 2016 at Northwich Memorial Court, Chester Way, Northwich, Cheshire CW9 5QJ.
Starts 7.30 TICKETS £7
Sir John Deane’s Jazz Band will play a repertoire of popular blues and jazz through to modern swing. The band was formed in September 2013 and has been hugely successful, grown rapidly and now features twenty talented musicians and vocalists. They make an impressive sound with rhythm, brass and woodwind sections. The band has previously performed for charity including a concert at Eaton Hall and a stunning evening of jazz and swing at the Macdonald Portal in Tarporley.

You can buy tickets (£7.00) for this great evening's entertainment via DANArts and St Luke's Hospice (an excellent local charity) or at the Jazz@Davenham February concert. Or you can book online at Northwich Memorial Court – Brio Leisure Entertainment https://theatrebooking.brioleisure.org