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TWO AUTUMN SHOWS TO HAVE OPEN AUDITIONS


Audition fee to be payable by non-members or Friends


The Artistic Team, with the support of the Management Committee, has proposed a trial of a new scheme called the Non-Member Audition Fee. The principal aim of the scheme is to broaden the base for casting plays by attracting non-member talent that might not otherwise be able to audition (for whatever reason). For example, the company audition calendar might preclude them or they might not immediately incline to company membership. The scheme also has the potential additional benefits of increasing the acting membership and generating a new revenue stream.

The scheme works like this :
  • A non-member or Friend can contact the office and ask to audition for a show
  • The office will charge the non-member or Friend a £20 fee
  • In the event that the non-member or Friend is cast in the show, the show audition is treated as the non-member's/Friend's company audition and the balance of £40 (£20 for Friends) for the yearly membership becomes payable
  • In the event that the non-member/Friend is unsuccessful in being cast in the show the £20 is non-refundable.
We want to encourage non-members and Friends to utilise the company audition procedure as the first and best way into the company. Therefore, if a non-member or Friend chooses to pay the £20 fee they do so in the knowledge, and at their own risk, that it is non-refundable if they are unsuccessful in being cast in the individual show. Much cheaper to attend a company audition before the panel and be eligible to audition for around 18 shows a year.

It is important to emphasise that, at this stage, the scheme will only operate on a trial basis. It is only once the trial has been assessed by the Management Committee will a decision be made as to whether to fully implement the scheme. As well as uptake, an important part of the assessment will be feedback from members on the trial and the proposed scheme in general. So, please feed-back your views to the Artistic Team, ideally by email to the Tower Office.

The scheme will operate for a trial period for two shows in the Autumn Season : Top Girls and Pravda.

Please note that the scheme is not designed to replace, and will not replace, the company auditions as the main route into the company.


AUTUMN SEASON ANNOUNCED

Plus plans for Paris and the Minack in 2018!


Artistic Director Martin Mulgrew has announced four new productions to be mounted by the Tower this autumn. Details of the shows are here and audition notices are here.

Also revealed are the two shows that we will be taking on tour next year :
  • The Winter's Tale will be our Shakespeare show for 2018. It will be presented at the Bridewell Theatre in May and then on to our usual venue in Paris, the Théâtre de Verdure du Jardin Shakespeare, in early June. It will be directed by Lily Ann Green and Eddie Coleman is to be Tour Manager.
  • In a coup for the Tower, it has secured the rights to the stage adaptation of Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel. This will also been seen at the Bridewell Theatre (in July) before transferring to the Minack Theatre in Cornwall for the week of August 13th - 17th. It will be directed by Dan Usztan.
Further details of both of these will be available soon.



MEMBERSHIP SUBSCRIPTION CHANGES


Fees to increase from June 1st


Company and Friends membership fees are a key source of income for the Tower, but these have not gone up for almost 20 years. Our costs continue to increase every year so the Management Committee has now decided to increase these fees from 1st June. Also, since the merger in 2015 of the Tower Theatre Company with Tavistock Repertory Guarantors Limited, we need to make some changes to our bank accounts. This means those who currently pay by standing order will need to change the account they pay.

As part of this change we are also introducing direct debits as a new and more efficient way for everyone to pay. The new fees will be :
  • Friends membership £20/year - payable by cheque, debit card or direct debit
  • Company membership will be £60/year if you set up a direct debit either as an annual amount or in four quarterly payments of £15. If you don't pay by direct debit, membership will be £65/year.
  • Company membership for students and those under 21 will be £30/year payable annually
We will be sending out further information, including details of how to set up direct debits - which is really easy to do online - to everyone individually when their current subscriptions are close to expiring.



Emily Frith

EMILY FRITH TO STAND FOR PARLIAMENT

Liberal Democrat candidate for Lewisham East


Tower member Emily Frith has been selected as a candidate in the forthcoming General Election.

Details here!.


KINDERTRANSPORT TO HAVE SECOND RUN

Production returns in June


Following its near sell-out run at Theatro Technis, Artistic Director Martin Mulgrew has been able secure a slot Upstairs at the Gatehouse for a further eight performances of the show.

Full details here.


Kindertransport Q and A

THE TOWER WELCOMES SPECIAL GUESTS TO KINDERTRANSPORT

Two fascinating Q and A sessions


Ruth Barnett
Ruth Barnett
During the recent run of Kindertransport we were delighted to welcome three guests who saw the show and then joined in Question and Answer sessions with the audience and cast after two of the performances.

Ruth Barnett and Ernest Simon travelled to England on the Kindertransport in 1939 and spoke movingly about their experiences. Ruth travelled from Berlin to Coventry, and Ernest from Vienna to Leeds.

The third guest was Bradley Hillier Smith, a freelance journalist and political campaigner focussing on the ongoing refugee crisis and criticising UK government policy.

Thanks to all three for their insights, and thanks also to Pat Grosse who chaired the discussion after the Thursday performance.


Ernest Simon
Ernest Simon
Bradley Hillier Smith
Bradley Hillier Smith


NEW DIRECTORS' WORKSHOP


A great success - who'd like another one?


On Saturday 25th February the first director's workshop took place and was a real success. Louise Bakker led a session on an excerpt from Ibsen's Hedda Gabler with Asma Mani as Hedda, Andy Marchant as Tesman and Lucy Acfield as Thea.

These sessions are designed to give new directors an opportunity to try out their techniques, and practise everything from basic rehearsal time management to the more elusive elements of directing a show. The workshops will continue to be scheduled on an ad hoc basis, so if any existing directors, or aspiring directors who have already AD'd on a production would like to run one, please contact Louise Bakker to schedule this.



GET CREATIVE

The Tower Theatre champions the BBC Arts Scheme

You may have noticed a logo on our website showing that the Tower is a Champion of the BBC Arts Get Creative Scheme. Get Creative is a major celebration of the nation's arts, culture and creativity led by the BBC in collaboration with What Next? - a movement bringing together arts and cultural organisations from across the UK to strengthen the role of culture in our society.

It aims to boost creativity in the UK as well as celebrating the millions of people already doing something artistic and creative every day.

You can see more about the scheme by visiting the BBC web page.