Belmont Theatre at Pinner Village Show - Come and support Belmont Theatre who will be having a stall at Pinner Village Show this Saturday 10th September 2016 - 11-4PM. Lots of information, leaflets etc. Hope to see you.
Belmont Theatre is pleased to announce the cast for STEPPING OUT:
MICHAEL COLLINS - Director
Mavis - Kelly Thompson
Mr Glen Fraser - Nathan Taylor...
Lynne - Tara Pathirana
Dorothy - Andrea Richardson
Maxine - Catherine Raingold
Andy - Lorna Alder
Geoffrey - Graham Broderick
Sylvia - Judi Campion
Rose - Dawn Harvey
Vera - Carole Baynes
Julia - Estelle Dell
Sophie - Paula Bradley
Producer - Helen Sherwood
Set Construction & Stage Manager - Bill Rebello
Props - Helen Sherwood
Costume Co-ordinator - Tracey Rebello
Prompt - Steve Mercer
Lighting Design - Eddie Stephens
Choreography - Mary Woolf & Susanna Taylor
Welcome to new members Catherine, Kelly and Nathan. We hope you enjoy being part of this production and hopefully this will be the first of many shows with Belmont
Promo pictures for STEPPING OUT - Pictures by Steven Mercer. To Book 07917 324179 , We look forward to welcoming you to the show.
Pictures from Belmont Theatre's 70th Birthday Celebrations - Pictures by Maisie Campion - 16th July 2016
Saturday Matinee SOLD OUT - Only 8 remaining for Wednesday 24th Feb - Still tickets available for Thursday Friday and Saturday evening. Don't miss out on this Dramatic Comedy by Amy Rosenthal, playing at the Pump House in Watford next month.
On the morning of Sunday 20th December, Mary and John warmly welcomed Belmonters from far and wide to their home for this relaxed do as they have done very kindly for several years.
On behalf of everyone who attended, a big ‘Thank you’ for hosting it and for all the preparation.
It was lovely chatting – and especially nice catching up with those of us not seen as often now.
The food (as always) was mouth-watering. It was so tempting that, despite having over-indulged on seasonal grub the previous night, I couldn’t resist putting away a sizeable piece of the delicious cake Mary made!
I hope you all had a lovely Christmas, and wish you a happy and healthy 2016. May it bring much success for Belmont, too (Sitting Pretty and beyond).
Our Cast is in full swing rehearsing for our next show 'Sitting Pretty' by Amy Rosenthal. 24th - 27th Feb 2016
We like to welcome you all who have booked your tickets! Don't forget we are holding the Open Day on Sunday 25th from 11am - 3pm at the Pump House. See how we prepare for the show at:
Local Board Road
Lower Watford High Street
UK WD17 2JP
We open the doors to the Pump House where Belmont Theatre is getting ready for the next show. Why not come along to find out what really goes on back stage and how we prepare lighting, sound and stage setting. The Kettle will be on so please pop in between 11 am - 3 pm. Its FREE
Rehearsals are intensifying and all is going well. Check out our short film clip produced by Eddie Stephens and the latest pics. Don't forget to book your tickets, only 5 tickets left for our popular Saturday Matinee.
We are very proud to let you all know that last night at the Festival we were awarded a cup for The Most Ambitious choice of Play for Remembrance.
Judi Campion was nominated for Best performance by an actress in a supporting role.
Mary Woolf was nominated for Best actress.
The set was nominated for Best Set Design.
More to follow on this from Frankie Hogan our brilliant Director for this play.
Belmont held it’s traditional after show party, kindly hosted by Joe and Dawn, giving us ample opportunity to reflect on the last show and look forward to the next production PARDON ME PRIME MINISTER.
There was a veritable feast of food and booze as we relaxed. Thanks Joe and Dawn for making us all so welcome.
Dawn had laid on a fire eater, Layla, as our unique entertainment for the evening. It was great, a first for Belmont. Thanks Layla.
There was the traditional speech by the Chairman ,Michael,(thankfully quite brief) thanking everybody for the brilliant week of Relative Values, with delighted audiences who thoroughly enjoyed the show. We achieved 81% audiences and made a healthy profit. Belmont are definitely back on the up and aim for SELLOUT SIGNS for the next show.
Michael presented Laurence with a thank you card, bottle of wallop and a gift voucher for Debenhams. Well done Laurence.
RELATIVE VALUES: some post-run words from the director
Now that it’s over, everyone involved can look back with satisfaction and pride on a job well done after the problem casting some roles (one in particular) had made things very trying for the first few weeks of rehearsals – indeed, there were real doubts whether we’d get the show on at all – it went right to the wire. However, as always, great Belmont teamwork won the day. The show week was most enjoyable both for us and our audiences. Congratulations!
Thanks to Dawn and Joe for a splendid after show party at their house, which included (unless I was hallucinating!) an amazing belly-dancing fire eater.
Also, many, many thanks to the RV cast and crew for the lovely cards, gift (bottle of port) and generous gift voucher that were presented to me there.
Finally, I wish Michael a much smoother ride with Pardon Me, Prime Minister. I’m sure it will be a great success.
We have a great new production now deep into the rehearsal stage and coming along amazingly well.
This is of course Sir Noël Peirce Coward’s masterpiece Relative Values.
Ever since it was first staged in 1951, under the guiding hand of the great man himself, Relative Values has been a staple of the theatrical oeuvre throughout the English-speaking world. The first production starred Gladys Cooper, Judy Campbell and Angela Baddeley. Despite Coward’s popularity it did not receive a Broadway outing until 1986. A 1998 West End revival starred Sarah Brightman and Susan Hampshire. It played London again last year with Patricia Hodge, Rory Bremner and Caroline Quentin. And, of course, there was the fabulous 2000 film version with Julie Andrews, Colin Firth, Jeanne Tripplehorn and William Baldwin.
We have been informed our audiences love stylish comedies. As you can tell from the above starry casts, we can confidently assure you that this one is right out of the top drawer. Box Office mentioned to me that the phone has been rocking off its base with bookings and our website is yielding record returns. Have you booked yet? If not it might be wise to get in there and secure your favourite seats before the ‘House Full’ notices go up. his production, under the guidance of Laurence Conway, promises to set us off on a series of popular plays that will have you rolling in the aisles and begging the laughter to stop while you catch your breath.
Thanks to everyone for my lovely gifts, presented to me by Bill, at the Remembrance after show party at Kim and Marek's house. It was a lovely evening and a great way to finish off a successful production.
Director - Remembrance
This is an afternoon where we can get inspired by our local playwright Melville Lovatt and novelist Barbara Towell in the art of producing a monologue. The afternoon session is held in the intimate Charles room at the Pump house on 22nd March 2pm. See home page for more details and booking information. I will be there, I hope you will too. - Britt Rees
Remembrance by Graham Reid - You will feel uplifted and touched by this tale of true love in adversity.
February is around the corner and we are pleased with how our latest play is coming together. Humour and Love is mixed with outrage and some harsh language. Be aware of this opportunity to see a show rarely staged in this area and experience our intimate theatre at the Pump House.
Struggling on in difficult circumstances is the theme of our next play 'Remembrance' by Graham Reid and this is certainly something our director Frankie Hogan has lived up to recently since she broke her ankle a few weeks ago. Frankie is persevering, attending all engagements, meetings and rehearsals without grumbling. You are brilliant Frankie and the play is coming together fantastically. Everyone who see the play will feel uplifted and touched and all at Belmont take our hats off to you Frankie for making it happen.
Story Telling workshop by Jamie Crawford
January 18th at the Pump House
2pm - 5pm in the Charles room
Local Board Road Lower Watford High Street Watford Hertfordshire UK WD17 2JP
A 'story telling workshop' at the Pump-house Watford
Please book with Britt Rees.
We will learn more about 'story telling' in this 3 hour workshop. You will hear different types of short stories, discuss delivery and finally have a go yourself if you feel up to it! (not a must)
Refreshments are included in the small fee of £10 for the full workshop. (members pay half price).
As this workshop is held in the intimate Charles Room there is a limit of how many people we can accommodate. We now have only a few places left so please book as soon as possible.
Kind Regards Britt Rees (Belmont - workshop team)
Jamie's own introduction from his website: I have been telling traditional stories to people of all ages at schools, theatres, festivals, museums and conservation sites for over twenty years. I offer storytelling programmes of performances and workshops.
Together with my audience, I dramatize the stories: each telling is new, exciting and unique. My style is lively and interactive, using elements of poetry, clowning, stand-up, dance and film
Story has always been a vital means of transmitting ancestral wisdom and it is from this that it draws its voice as a stimulating, resonant, affecting, subtle and complex art form. While good storytellers have always been sensitive to the spirit of the age, in an increasingly mechanized and digitalised culture such as our own story provides a form of direct, intimate, meaningful performance that operates independent of any external technology. The unplugged, eye-to-eye nature of storytelling gives it its edge, making it open to interaction and improvisation. With nothing between performer and audience, anything is possible. This is why story remains one of the most accessible, sustainable, universal and flexible art forms.
In sum, the art of story is distinctive in its ability to convey the greatest emotional truth with the greatest economy of means.
A fun and entertaining workshop was organised by Belmont on Sunday afternoon in the Pump House - The Charles room. This time it was part of posture and movement on stage as we took part in a 'belly dancing' workshop. Dawn is our professional Belly dancer and our venue was full to the brim with colourful dresses and high spirit! Thank you Dawn.
The next workshop is on 18th January and will be on how to capture an audience in 'Story telling' by the well known and professional story teller Jamie Crawford. Please book early to avoid disappointment.
Belmont Theatre would like to invite you to the reading and auditions for our forthcoming production “Remembrance” by Graham Reid. This is a warm drama set in Belfast during the time of the Troubles. There are male and female parts of differing ages. Although a Belfast accent is required, we are using the services of a professional dialect coach and this would be a great opportunity to work with someone who is involved in the professional film industry. The production will be directed by one of our most experienced directors, Frankie Hogan. The reading and casting will be totally open, which means that current members will not take precedence over potential members. We’d love to see you for the reading on 6th November and auditions on 11th November, both at Carpenders Park Community Centre, Station Footpath/Gibbs Couch Carpenders Park WD19 5EG. The Community Centre is right next to Carpenters Park Station. If you need any more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone (evenings/weekends) 07890 485735.
Eric Rockwell - likes our 'The Musical of Musicals' FB-page for next weeks show! Tickets for Tuesday 28th still available (and a few left here and there for the other shows) Call our Box office number to find out. We are counting down for the start
'So pleased that one of the joint writers of The Musical of Musicals, Eric Rockwell, likes this page. Eric of course wrote the show with Joanne Bogart. The cast cannot wait to perform it next week.
Tickets 07917 324179' - Malcolm Weinberg
Thank you everyone who entered our completion to win 2 FREE tickets for our production next week The Musical of Musicals - The Musical. The show is opening it's doors at the Pump House next Tuesday 28th October. We have decided to give the price to TWO lucky winners who each win 2 tickets . The winners are: Eddy Coulson and Keziah Leary. You will both have been contacted via email on how to claim your tickets.
What awaits you is a fun night at the Pump House. A hilarious and entertaining show.
Enjoy ! Looking forward to see you there!!