“Stone Revellers breathe new life into a Shakespeare classic”

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Our production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream opened this week and if the review of our opening night is anything to go by, we might just have pulled this off! There’s already a feeling we won’t be waiting another 38 years to peform our next Shakespeare.

“…Revellers breathe new life into the classic with fantastic costumes, music and set…the result is triumphant”

You can read the full review from LoveMidlandsTheatre below…

It’s a bold move to take on any centuries old literature and make it interesting for today’s audience, let alone a seminal piece of beloved theatre like A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Stone Revellers have done just that, and the gamble has paid off as the talented cast reimagine the wonderfully funny and fantastical play, with stellar casting and confident performances throughout.

Transitioning between the real world and the invented, the play starts with the transformation of Oberon the imagined fairy king into ruler of the Kingdom Theseus, played to perfection by Tom Waldron – a name you should be certain to watch out for in the future.

Approached at his throne he is requested to intervene in the tangled affairs of Hermia, Lysander and Demetrius played by Beatrice Goodwin, Alec Voss and Leo Capernaros respectively. The love triangle becomes more complicated still with the arrival of Helene Sandy, brilliant played and cast as the witty but woeful Helena.

The developing relationships between the four is made all the more watchable by the strength of the individual characters, who interact and dominate as allowed by the script to provide a really great balance – a credit to the work of the actors involved, with particular highlights including the stand-off between Lysander and Demetrius as they rival for affection.

Centred around a dream-fuelled love story the cast explore their conscious romantic decisions and unintentional obsessions as the interfering Puck, played very well by Dan Leadbetter, casts love spells over almost all of the visitors to the fairy kingdom. Madness and much confusion ensues, as the lines between dream and reality become increasingly blurred.

From the compelling beginning, through dreams and finally back to waking the twisting and turning narrative is kept interesting but made accessible to the audience. Oberon’s fairy land was wonderfully charming whilst the man himself is portrayed by Waldron with such physicality and incredible authority, and is deeply engaging to watch. The contrasting kingdom of ruled by Theseus and Hippolyta, played by Bethany Harrison, grounds the story, with the lovers flitting in and out as easily as the blink of an eye.

Waldron’s Oberon and Theseus command attention and drive the show, but a great supporting cast bring a touch of pure magic to the piece. Notable mention must go to the mechanicals for their hilarious – deliberate – overacting and providing the comedic pulse throughout, particularly Dave Bryan as the enthusiastic Bottom.

A risky direction to take with their first ever Shakespeare, Revellers breathe new life into the classic with fantastic costumes, music and set. Purists be warned that under the direction of Mark Doran and Harri Bailey the traditional setting takes a back seat to a more modern vision, however the result is triumphant and well worth a watch.

“Lord, what fools these mortals be!”

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After months of rehearsing we have been working extra hard this week on building quite possibly the most beautiful and magical set in our 40 year history. The cast and crew are so excited to share our production of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ to sell out crowds every night this week. There are onl 15 or so tickets remaining, all for the Saturday Matinee performance (Sat 12th Sept 14:30).

Okay so the photo doesn’t look like much, but believe me…we have been very very busy since this was taken. If you do want to come and see the final result (and the play to be performed all over it!) Then give us a call on 01785 817307 or visit the Home and Colour Centre on Stone High St.

AUDITIONS! Peter Pan: Hook’s Revenge!

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It’s approaching that time of year again…it’s nearly time to start rehearsing Christmas Pantomime (“oh yes it is…” etc).  We have been performing our much loved panto since the late 70’s and look forward to welcoming sell-out audiences back one more for the debut perfromance of this new story involving the dastardly Captain Hook his sidekick Sme and of course Peter, Wendy, Tink and the Lost Boys.

AUDITION INFORMATION
Sunday 30th Aug 2:30 pm till 4:30pm
Wednesday 2nd September 7:30pm till 9:30pm
St Michael’s Hall, Lichfield Street, Stone

All the audtion pieces can be found here or email info@stonerevellers.org.uk

 

 

2016 Season Announcement!

So here it goes, our four shows for 2016 are as follows…

The Musical (6th–9th April)  The Mikado By Gilbert & Sullivan

Our first ever G&S!! The Mikado is a continually popular hit with audiences, and is to be performed professionally by the National Opera once again later this year. The combination of Gilbert’s virtuosic wit, Sullivan’s memorable melodies and some classic Revellers antics will make this an irresistible treat for our audiences.

The Summer Show (7th-11th June)  Father Ted Arranged by David and Lucy Wild

The Resurrection!! After last year’s unfortunate cancellation we cant wait to finally bring this fantastic show to the stage.  Revellers are finally off to Craggy Island in June next year as we bring much-loved sitcom Father Ted to the stage.  The sitcom gave us some of the best comedy characters ever – the well-intentioned but occasionally amoral priest, Father Ted; his impossibly dense sidekick and priest-in-training, Dougal; the constant pestering of his house maid, Mrs Doyle; and the verbally abusive alcoholic, Father Jack. Throw into the mix an explosive Bishop whose only goal is to be finally rid of the whole bunch and you have a perfect comedy mix!

The Play (6th-10th Sept 2016)  Dangerous Liaisons (Les Liaisons Dangereuses) By Christopher Hampton

In 1782, Choderlos de Laclos’ novel of sex, intrigue and betrayal in pre-revolutionary France scandalised the world. Two hundred years later, Christopher Hampton’s irresistible adaptation swept the board, winning the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Play.  Dark, funny and sexy this is a classic play – not to be missed!  We think tickets will sell well so we are going to put on an extra performance by opening on the Tuesday.

The Pantomime (29th Nov – 3rd Dec 2016) Jack and the Beanstalk

The classic pantomime with all your old favourites.  Jack lives with his mother and having fallen on hard times they decide to sell their prize cow. On his way to market Jack meets a mysterious stranger who gives him five magic beans for the animal. His furious mother throws the beans out of the window and overnight…well you know the rest!