Updated: 29 June 2015
Loft Theatre Company
William Wilkinson’s production of The Pitmen
Painters was a huge success both artistically and commercially,
playing to well over 1,500 people. After a two-year break, William was
clearly at the top of his game with this piece, which I know was
special to him for a number of reasons, not least because he hails
from the North East. He was also fortunate enough to have a strong
team to work with both on stage and behind the scenes – a real
necessity as the play offers many challenges for both actors and
technical teams, which were met head on!
In the week following The Pitmen Painters we were treated
to a quite delightful production of Beauty and the Beast,
presented by the Spa Theatre Company Juniors. This proved a popular
choice with audiences, and played to well over 75% over the four
performances – it was also a real pleasure to welcome this
talented and enthusiastic young team to our theatre, and I am
delighted to report that negotiations for a return visit next year are
already under way.
Elsewhere, the Loft Theatre Company made its long overdue debut at the
Lighthorne Festival of One Act Plays with Rachel Tompkins’
production of In the Blinking of an Eye by Jeremy Hylton
Davies. I was able to take time out from Godspell
rehearsals to see the show, and was happy to support the team in
delivering what I hope will be the first of many Loft shows at
the Festival, which goes from strength to strength with each passing
year. Unfortunately, plans to present Rachel’s production in
the Studio as an ‘Extra’ during July have not come to
fruition due to diary clashes.
Next up – as mentioned previously – we present
Godspell, the iconic ’70s rock musical featuring
songs such as ‘Day by Day’, ‘Prepare Ye the Way of
the Lord’ and ‘Beautiful City’, brought to our stage
by the same production team who delivered our Christmas blockbuster
Scrooge. Details of auditions for their next outing,
Little Shop of Horrors, may be found in the
Godspell programme and on our
In terms of the 2015/16 season, following the numerous production
announcements in my previous column, details of auditions for
Juno and the Paycock and The Philanthropist,
which are to be directed by Gus MacDonald and Sue Moore respectively,
will be posted shortly. Details of our remaining 2015/16 productions
will be announced over the summer as they become available.
(STOP PRESS: Our April 2016 production is now confirmed as
Ladies in Lavender, based on the hit film starring Judi
Dench and Maggie Smith.)
In closing please permit me to raise the profile of the members of our
technical and front of house teams who work tirelessly behind the
scenes to complement what is happening on stage – their efforts
continue to be very much appreciated!
The 2014/15 season continues to provide surprises right up to the end,
but please do get in touch over the break if you have any ideas you
wish to share with regard to what is happening at the theatre –
you can call me on 07818 032752, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a great summer and we hope to see you back here in September!