Much enthusiastic energy and hilarity from the cast and crew! Mike and Maggie Morrow, directing, are guiding the cast every step of the way... but are we sure Anita is safe in the hands of Estelle?
An absorbing, powerful and touching drama played against the violence in Northern Ireland during the troubles. Remembrance charts the love that develops between a Protestant father and a Catholic mother who meet in the cemetery where their sons are buried, both victims of the violence. Family members burden the courtship with personal bigotry, hatred and finally reconciliation.
Remembrance is about how people on both sides succeed or fail at their lives in the circumstances given them and find the faith to continue.
This play will be directed by one of our most experienced members Frankie Hogan, and she is certainly looking forward to the challenges of this play. The group have hired a professional dialect coach who will attend some rehearsals. The play is set in Northern Ireland.
If you are interested in knowing more about this production then please contact;
Belmont Theatre Company at The Pump House, Watford WD17 2JP
Performance dates: February 25th - 28th 2015 at 7.45 pm.
Also 2.45 pm performance on 28th
Ticket prices £12.50 standard £11.00 concessions
Box Office opens on December 8th 2014:
Belmont were certainly flying the flag in style at the recent Roxeth Show with our colourful stall and gazebo which certainly stood out. We did the group proud, handing out publicity leaflets for the forthcoming production MUSICAL OF MUSICALS plus chatting to people about our hobby. We took quite a few new contact names for our mailing list and a couple of people possibly interested in getting involved with the group.
The sun shone throughout, in fact the chairman got a touch of sunstroke, not a good look !!!!!
We met people from Tithe Farm Players and also people who saw our production of “Caught in the Net”. Also there were people there who already are on our mailing list. Nice to connect with some of our audience in a different environment.
A very enjoyable couple of days further raising the profile of BELMONT THEATRE.
PLAY READING EVENT
We are delighted to invite you to an informal play reading evening on Thursday 14th August 2014. In February 2015 we will be presenting a powerful thought provoking drama entitled “REMEMBRANCE” written by Graham Reid.This is the play we will be reading in August. This is an event open to anybody and will start at 7.45pm. The venue is Carpenders Park Community Centre, Gibbs Couch, Carpenders Park WD19 5EZ (just adjacent to the BR station). There is ample car parking and refreshments will be provided. Remembrance will be directed by Frankie Hogan, who is one of our most experienced directors and she is certainly relishing the challenge. The play is set in Northern Ireland during the violent troubles and deals with love, companionship, bigotry hatred and reconciliation. It is a very hard hitting play.
SEE YOU AT ROXETH ??
Belmont Theatre Company are great believers in going out and meet people to tell them about our hobby. This year we are participating in at least 5 local fairs, setting up our display stand , armed with leaflets and a friendly smile, and then set about letting people know all about our shows, how they can be in the audience or even better still, become a member or patron.
On July 12th and 13th we will be at the successful and popular “ROXE£TH SHOW” and we certainly look forward to seeing you there. We will be sporting our new red gazebo and lets pray the weather is great.
The venue is South Recreation Ground, near to South Harrow Station, you’ll see all the notices and crowds.
Look forward to seeing you over that weekend
WATFORD LIVE/PUMP HOUSE
Again Belmont came up to the mark when we participated in the Watford Live event in Watford High Street on Saturday 14th June. The Pump House in association with Watford Live, set up gazebos, sound systems, posters and leaflets, with a circle of deckchairs to create a unique open air theatre scene in the heart of Watford’s’ main shopping street.
The weather was not helpful or co-operative with 2 huge downpours that kept the shoppers on the move. Caught everybody out.Thankfully when we appeared at 2.00 in the afternoon the sun shone. We followed the Pump House Youth Theatre who were great and were enthusiastically received. They had lots of fans there. The audience loved them. We had a half hour slot, starting with Graham and his guitar, strumming his way through 3 numbers followed by Bill giving us “Albert and the Lion”. I watched the audience who loved it. Dawn really attracted the crowd with her 2 belly dance routines. She looked fabulous and received a brilliant applause at the end. Judi completed our slot with a very moving rendition of “As Long As He Needs Me” from Oliver. A difficult number with no musical acompliment. Well done Judi. A real trouper.
Congratulations to the Pump House organisation for coming up trumps in association with Watford Live for putting together a great day to promote the theatre.
We did ourselves proud by being there and supporting Hazel and her team.
Thanks to everybody who came along to fly the Belmont flag.
"We all love a cliché if it is expressed witily. The amateur Belmont Theatre company exploited the differing skills of two playwrights in this programme of two one-act plays, which made use of this device in different ways.
The first was The Lamp, by Melville Lovat. This new play presents a husband and wife in middle age who visit a furniture shop to look at a lamp that they have seen advertised. Owing to their indecision, they are locked in overnight. They are challenged to spend the time reviewing their past and future lives: there is plenty of scope for them, and us, to explore today’s social attitudes.
As even the two characters’ names, Doreen and Arnold, demonstrate, they are stereotypes; success depends on the authenticity of their performances. The danger is that cliché may descend into farce, and Lottie Rebello, who directs, does not entirely avoid it. Of the two actors, Mary Woolf is the more successful.
The Real Inspector Hound also has a cast of stereotypes. Even the set, an isolated manor house, is that of a typical detective fiction. The play was written quite early in Tom Stoppard’s career, but already he was highly skilled in stage technique.
As the audience can see but the cast do not, the victim of a murder is imperfectly concealed on stage, and ostensibly the play is about the long awaited arrival of the detective who will investigate. But at the start, Stoppard warns us that all is not as it seems. Two press critics are seated in a box at the side of the stage, exchanging inanities about their profession: they are to review the play that we are about to see. We soon realise that neither the identities of the characters nor their roles in the drama can be relied on. So there is plenty of scope for irony in the plot and the characterisation.
The most prominent character is Moon, one of the critics, convincingly played by Bernard Vick – well known to Belmont audiences. He turns out to mutate into various other roles. Similarly, Alan Nathan, playing Major Magnus Muldoon becomes another character who has been much spoken of. The house is owned by Cynthia Muldoon, another key character: Dawn Harvey in this role exploits a variety of opportunities. As Inspector Hound himself, Peter Tarl only appears briefly: a paradox (if it is a paradox) for which Stoppard is responsible. Even as Mrs Drudge, Helen Sherwood has to present herself originally as the charwoman and later as a sort of female butler. She has great fun with this.
And so we go on. The plot is complicated, as expected in detective dramas. The play is neither spine-chilling nor rib-tickling, as we might also have expected. Perhaps it can be summarised by saying that Stoppard builds a structure of clichés and turns it on its head, so there are plenty of ideas to keep the audience on the edge of their seats."
Review by Graham Mordue
Link to article
We are gearing up for our annual musical and would very much like to invite you to come along to the initial reading of the script and listen to highlights of the music. This will be on Tuesday, 10th June from 8 pm in The Carpenders Park Community Centre. We'd be delighted to see you and any friends who might be interested. Refreshments will be provided.
On Thursday 12th our musical director will be running through the short audition pieces and if you fancy being involved you'll have a chance to audition for the show the following week, on Tuesday 17th and Thursday 19th. We keep things as informal as possible and give you every chance to shine.
The Musical of Musicals - The Musical is a Broadway and off-Broadway hit that has since been staged around the world. The way it's written means that it can be performed by just four actors or a cast of forty. The main principal roles are split equally between men and women and can include up to 20 principals or fewer if we double up. There is also plenty of chorus involvement.
As our handbill states:
Sometimes One Musical Just Isn't Enough
The show is an affectionate parody using the styles of some Broadway's finest. The plot is that hoary old tale of the wicked landlord and the young girl who can’t pay her rent.
The twist is that the tale is retold in the style of:
Rodgers & Hammerstein (Oklahoma, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I, The Sound of Music)
Stephen Sondheim (Sweeney Todd, Follies, A Little Night Music, West Side Story, Gypsy, Company)
Jerry Herman (Hello Dolly, Mame. La Cage Aux Folles)
Andrew Lloyd Webber (Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Phantom of The Opera, Sunset Boulevard)
Kander & Ebb (Cabaret, Chicago, Zorba, The Scottsboro Boys).
For more details email email@example.com or
call us - Belmont Theatre on 07917 324179
Belmont performs 'The Lamp' at this drama festival in Welwyn Garden City tonight ONLY, as one of three 1-act plays on offer. Book directly with the Hawthorne Theatre if you want to go and support Michael and Mary. Their earlier performances were excellent.
As soon as one show's over it's time to prepare the next one. Can you sing or dance - or both? Open audition process starts next week for Belmont's October musical extravaganza - The Musical of Musicals - why not give it a go? Info here: http://www.belmonttheatre.co.uk/casting-informations-musical-of-musicals.html
Latest pics from the Pump House set. Grab those few remaining seats for a most entertaining performance of these comic dramas. 7.45pm 30/31st May
plus 2.45pm 31st May. Call 07917 324179
If you've ever wanted to know what goes on behind the scenes in putting on a theatre show, you can find out by coming along to Belmont Theatre's Open Day event this Sunday 25th May at The Pump House Theatre, Watford , WD17 2JP.
Arrive anytime between 11am and 3pm and we'll show you how we build the set on which the actors perform, arrange the sound and light and organise the production and backstage activities that are key to experience the audience receives when coming to the theatre.
It's free, we provide tea/coffee etc and a tour every hour on the hour. Why not bring the family - it's undercover and they are sure to learn something interesting.
Call 07917 324179 to book, or just turn up and we will welcome you.
SPECIAL OFFER: Pay just £6.00 to see the Wednesday premiere of The Real Inspector Hound/The Lamp double-bill (normal price £12/£10.50). Prebook only on 07917 324179 and quote promo code : RIH123.
Tickets remain at £12/10.50 for all other performances but are going fast.
It was great to meet so many Festival-goers at the Rickmansworth Festival over the weekend. A wonderful chance to promote our Pump House double-header next week of Real Inspector Hound and The Lamp and also our Pump House open day this Sunday 25th May our upcoming show next week. We're doing it again soon at the Radlett Festival, Roxeth Festival and the Carters Steam Fair in Croxley Green and you can see us perform at Watford Live on 14th June at the pond performance area. Busy or what?
One of our May double-bill contemporary dramas 'The Lamp' in rehearsal. Rehearsal pictures for its companion production, 'The Real Inspector Hound', will appear on this website shortly. Tickets 07917 324179.
Open Auditions take place tonight , 13th March 2014 at Carpenders Park Community Centre. See /casting-info---real-inspector-hound--the-lamp.html
Caught in The Net rehearsal pics - they're laughing now. Your turn next month? Tickets selling fast for this hilarious farce.
Belmont Theatre's production of Ray Cooney's farce 'CAUGHT IN THE NET' is selling even faster than expected with one performance already over two-thirds full. Show opens at the Watford Pump House on February 26th. Capacity is limited so you are advised to book now to experience this riotous farce in a comfortable, purpose-built theatre without the West-end prices and hassle. Call Box Office 07917 324179 or complete the booking request on this website.
Tickets £12 / £10.50 concessions.
Rehearsals are now underway for our next show, the Ray Cooney farce 'CAUGHT IN THE NET' which promises to be great fun to rehearse and is a sure fire Box Office winner. Already the ticket orders are coming in.
After our last show which sold out 2 weeks before curtain up, people are getting the message to BOOK EARLY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT. Box Office 07917 324179.
The plot centres around taxi driver John Smith, a bigamist with a wife, Mary in Streatham(and daughter Vicki) and another wife, Barbara, in Wimbledon(with son Gavin). Vicki and Gavin have met on the internet and now plan to meet face to face. Chaos descends as the panic stricken John tries, with the help of his hapless friend, Stanley, to keep them apart. Mistaken identities abound as the plot disintegrate into mayhem. A laugh a minute.
Belmont Theatre won Best Comedy Award, held here by the delighted Estelle and Anthony Dell who both starred in our winning entry, 'California Suite' , at the the 2013 Barnet and District Drama Festival. You can see from Anthony's firm grip that we do not want to give this award back too readily (much more interesting-looking than the usual cups and shields, don't you think?) so our Festival entry in 2014 will be Ray Cooney's rip-roaring farce 'Caught in the Net', to be staged at The Pump House Theatre, Watford from February 26th to March 1st 2014. This fast-moving show contains all the ingredients of a classic farce: riotous situations, mistaken identities, much mayhem and a plot that disintegrates page by page.
Box office is now open on 07917 324179, rehearsals are under way and, as usual for Belmont Theatre shows, seats are selling fast. We expect another complete sell-out run so best book now to be sure of what we believe will be another award-winning show. More info on: www.belmonttheatre.co.uk
Are you good enough for Belmont Theatre? You don't have to be a current member of Belmont Theatre to audition for Ray Cooney's farce Caught in the Net. The final audition takes place in Carpenders Park, Watford on 19th November 2013. Parts available for a variety of ages, male and female. Plays Watford Pump House Feb 26 to Mar 1st 2014.
Call 07917 324179 now for more info.
Show was superb in every respect. The audiences for the other performances are in for a real treat.
Though our production of Oscar Wilde's 'A Woman of No Importance' has now sold out, why not come to The Pump House Theatre, Watford this Sunday, 20th October any time between 11am and 3pm when we erect the magnificent backdrop for this production and learn how the magic of theatre is created through scenery, props and lighting. This is very informal, informative and free and a must for anyone who wants to learn what happens behind the scenes. Call 07917 324179 for more info. and ask for Michael.