Our programme of workshops is intended to broaden and enhance the theatre skills of old hands and tenderfoots (tenderfeet?) alike, but also to provide everyone with the opportunity to meet up and have some fun while engaging with, and learning from, other enthusiasts.
We'd like to get the whole community involved, so attendance at workshops is open to members and non-members alike.
We charge £3, in order to cover the cost of room hire, with the exception of casting workshops which are free to all.
For more information contact the Workshop Co-ordinator or BTW Secretary.
We look forward to seeing you!
All workshops are held at the Unitarian Meeting House on Churchgate Street in Bury St. Edmunds, starting at 7.30pm
Membership of BTW is open to ALL, aged 16 or over and you can join us any time you like. Annual membership is just £15 and we try to involve everyone in whatever capacity each person feels able. Just come along or get in touch! Download a membership form here (Word) or here (pdf).
'Slapstick and Tickle' - A Physical Comedy Workshop presented by Various Members
'Accent-uate' - An Accents Workshop presented by Julia Harman
'Shakespeare in Bury' A Shakespearean Workshop presented by Dennis O'Leary
'S&T' - A Physical Comedy Workshop presented by Danielle Swanson
CASTING "Can't Pay, Won't Pay" by Dario Fo
A wild farce to be cast and directed by Chris Lines (Also directed 'Arcadia' and 'The Hollow' amongst others with BTW)
CASTING "Lady From the Sea" by Henrik Ibsen
A symbolically rich drama to be cast and directed by BTW Chair Tim Lodge
Parts in 'The Lady from the Sea':
Dr Wangel. A country doctor
Ellida. His second wife
Bolette. Wangel's daughter by a previous marriage
Hilda. Wangel's daughter by a previous marriage
Arnholm. A schoolmaster
Young people from the town.
Tourists and visitors.
Rehearsals will start in mid September and will be on Sunday afternoons/evenings and Tuesday and Thursday evenings.
This symbolic play is centred on a lady called Ellida. She is the daughter of a lighthouse-keeper, and grew up where the fjord met the open sea; she loves the sea. She is married to Doctor Wangel, a doctor in a small town in West Norway (in the mountains). He has two daughters (Bolette and Hilde) by his previous wife, now deceased. He and Ellida have a son who dies as a baby, which puts a big strain on their marriage. Wangel, fearing for Ellida’s mental health, has invited up Arnholm, Bolette’s former tutor and now the headmaster of a school in hope that he can help Ellida. However, Arnholm thinks that it is Bolette waiting for him and he proposes. She agrees to marry her former teacher because she sees this as her only opportunity to get out into the world. Some years earlier Ellida was deeply in love and engaged to a sailor, but because he murdered his captain he had to escape. Nevertheless, he asked her to wait for him to come and fetch her. She tried to break the engagement, but he had too great a hold over her. The sailor then returns all these years later to claim her. Ellida then has to choose between her former lover or her husband. Dr Wangel finally recognizes her freedom to choose since he understands that he has no other options. This goes in his favour as she then chooses him. The play ends with the sailor leaving and Ellida and Wangel taking up their lives again together.
Bury Theatre Workshop are always looking for new members to get involved, young (16+) and old, total beginners or experienced thespians.
Whether you are interested in acting, directing, lighting, stage managing or any other aspect of theatre production we'd like to hear from you.
Visit the Get Involved page for more information, see the Future Productions page for latest information on auditions, or Contact us now.