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 :
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 :
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 :
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 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.
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.
THE TOWER WELCOMES SPECIAL GUESTS TO KINDERTRANSPORT
Two fascinating Q and A sessions
NEW DIRECTORS' WORKSHOP
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.