Updated: 05 February 2015
Loft Theatre Company
For his third successive January directorial outing, Darren Scott
brought Don Taylor’s unsettling Christmas ghost story The
Exorcism to our stage. The play provided us with a chilling and
thought-provoking start to our 2015 programme and offered an excellent
opportunity for four younger actors – two making their Loft
Theatre debuts – to showcase their talents on Richard
Moore’s delightful set. The play has sparked much debate, which
underlines that, wherever possible, there must always be room in any
season for a play that provides us with a challenge. The show also
played to close to 900 people over a shorter-than-usual seven-night run
– a very respectable audience number, which virtually matches the
figures for this slot over the last two years.
Following the show’s closure, we were treated to a Sunday
evening delight, with our first ‘Live at the Loft’
production of the year, Ben Power’s A Tender Thing,
which was brought to us by BAD Company.
Next up we have Gordon Vallins’ production of John Hodge’s
blistering comedy, Collaborators. Set in Stalin’s
Russia, and inspired by a historical fact, the play is a darkly comic
portrait of the impossible choices facing leaders and artists in a
dictatorship! This will be followed by a returning Sally Jones with
her second ‘Live at the Loft’ production, Get
Happy, a tribute to Judy Garland.
As you may have seen elsewhere, we have now confirmed our July
production – the rock musical Godspell –
which is to be brought to our stage by the same artistic team that
recently presented Scrooge – The Musical. Auditions for this timeless tale of
friendship, love and loyalty have been set for the afternoon of 1
March, which will be followed by our AGM
in the evening! With regard to next season, I hope to be able to confirm
many of our productions and directors within the next few weeks.
In terms of upcoming shows, I am delighted to announce that the
Bootleg Bee Gees have now been added to our ‘Live at the
Loft’ programme, and will be bringing the many hits of the Gibb
brothers to our stage on 29 March. Tickets are already on sale and, as
with previous tribute acts, we are anticipating another packed house
with the audience up on their feet dancing the night away!
Spring will soon be upon us and we can look forward to busy, exciting
and challenging times, so please do get in touch if you have any ideas
or thoughts you want to share.
You can call
me on 07818 032752, or email