I hope you're all keeping well. I just wanted to update you on our exciting return to the theatre.
Rick Butler and I will be directing Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw.
Although My Fair Lady is much better known it was based on the play Pygmalion.
Pygmalion both delighted and scandalised its first audiences in 1914. A brilliantly witty reworking of the classical tale of the sculptor Pygmalion, who falls in love with his perfect female statue, it is also a barbed attack on the British class system and a statement of Shaw's feminist views. In Shaw's hands, the phoneticist Henry Higgins is the Pygmalion figure who believes he can transform Eliza Doolittle, a cockney flower girl, into a duchess at ease in polite society. The one thing he overlooks is that his 'creation' has a mind of her own.
We plan to use an ensemble and open stage approach to this.
Auditions will be held on Monday 22nd and Monday 29th November at The Wesley Hall, High Wycombe.
Performances will take place on Thursday 17th, Friday 18th and Saturday 19th February 2022 at The Lancaster Arts Theatre at Wycombe Abbey.
Chiltern Shakespeare Company Romeo & Juliet July 2022
We are very excited, and the Panel has been working very hard this year towards our CSC production of Romeo & Juliet in July 2022 in the wonderful grounds of Hall Barn. We are delighted that Maureen Bukht will be directing for us.
Maureen is a long-time teacher of Drama and Theatre Studies, with experience in a wide range of settings, from mainstream to vocational, both professional and voluntary. As a Director she has worked in a variety of genres with an unashamed leaning towards the classics, Shakespeare and "the deep and meaningful”. Maureen always does her homework, always knows the direction of travel towards the hoped for outcome, and loves to work with eager and creative people!
R&J here we come!
From the director:
Set in a city torn apart by feuds and gang warfare, Shakespeare's immortal drama tells the story of star-crossed lovers, rival dynasties, and bloody revenge. Romeo and Juliet is a hymn to youth and the thrill of forbidden love, charged with sexual passion and violence, but also a warning of death: a dazzling combination of bawdy comedy and high tragedy.
Like the two protagonists, this story never grows old – because we all want to believe in a love that transcends the expected, enables great sacrifice and really can be called “true love”.
In the telling of this most loved of Shakespeare’s stories, weaving together all the elements that make great theatre, we can be transported into the world of the two young lovers who burned so brightly and so briefly, but left an indelible mark in their world and, thanks to WS, on ours.
Expectations will be high – Chiltern Shakespeare Company and Fourways Theatre Company both have a formidable reputation for excellence! After so long without face-to-face creativity, I am truly excited to be starting preparations for what I know will be a challenging and rewarding production. I’ve got a few ideas ……
It may very well be that “never was a story of more woe, than this of Juliet and her Romeo” but that doesn’t mean that we won’t have a great experience in bringing it to the stage!
Our Annual “Virtual” Quiz Night (via Zoom) will be held on Saturday 13th November 2021. Please do email me if you’d like to join us. The evening will start at 8pm and although you will have to bring your own nibbles & drinks, we will provide a fantastic Quiz, thanks to Rob Wratten, our resident Quiz Master! There is no charge this year for our Quiz, but as it is our only form of fundraising this year, we would be grateful for any donations you would like to make for taking part (£5/£10, whatever you choose). Last year was lots of fun, so hope to see you on screen!
Watch out for our Spring Fundraising event!
Web Site and Logo
As you can see, we now have a new logo thanks to the fabulous design of Jane Clark. A lot of work went into this, and the committee unanimously agreed on this design which we feel incorporates our original brand, but brings it up to date.
A team of us have also been working on our new website, which has been superbly designed by Steve Curtis. We hope you will find it intuitive and easy to find your way around. Important dates are in the diary tab, and please take time to look at our archive of photos in the Gallery.
ChairmanFourways Theatre Company/Chiltern Shakespeare Company
In the meantime, a huge thank you to those who are continuing to support us and for those who are renewing their sponsorship and membership, we are enormously grateful. Your generosity has been a huge help over the past 16 months.
I'm really looking forward to seeing you all in person either at auditions, rehearsals or at the productions.
Very best wishes,