In October 2013, we performed Tom Stoppard’s brilliantly witty play ‘Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead’ at The Countess of Huntingdon’s Chapel in The Paragon, Bath.
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are summoned to attend Elsinore to help discover why Hamlet is acting so strangely. On the way they meet the Players as they prepare to perform for the Danish Court and thereby exposing Claudius’ treachery. We are hugely entertained by Rosencrantz and Guildenstern’s musings on the meaning of it all: is it a game of chance? What is the meaning of existence? Are the Players actually actors or are they there to indulge other pleasures? Does Hamlet really know who they are? When will it all end?
We are very thankful to Polly and the team at the Chapel for their help and support with the production.
We performed Brian Friel’s beautifully evocative, multi-award-winning play at the Rondo Theatre in July 2013.
Set in the fictional Irish village of Ballybeg in 1936, it tells the story of five impoverished spinster sisters who live together with Michael, the seven year old son of the youngest sister Christine. The play is narrated by the adult Michael, as he fondly remembers the events that unfolded as the summer drew to a close and the Lughnasa bonfires blazed in the hills: the family got their first wireless radio, his uncle returned to Ireland after 25 years in Africa as a Catholic missionary and he formed his first memories of his absent father, who visits twice.
Directed by Sarah Larmour, the play received warm praise from The Bath Chronicle “Irish plays with English actors can be a concern with accents slipping and sliding, but no worries with that here. The excellent cast don’t miss a beat, while the set of a rural kitchen and the lane outside works well too. Much appreciated by the full audience when I saw it, this multi-award winning play is well worth a visit…”
Core Theatre Productions is 10 years old this year! We celebrate the 10th anniversary of our first production ‘Remotely Entertaining’ with a newly devised piece of theatre called ‘At the Forest’s Edge’, which is based on and inspired by fairy tales. The cast have worked together to explore fairy tales both well known and more obscure with directors Jenny Woloschuck and Sarah Larmour to create a new fairy story, which we hope will appeal to children of all ages (even those of us with children of our own!).
As the wolf lurks in shadows, will the handsome Prince find his true love and who are the two bitter old women living in the forest?
Showing at the Rondo Theatre in Larkhall, Bath from Wednesday 5th to Saturday 8th February 2014, At the Forest’s Edge has been an exciting project to start our 10th celebrations!
For tickets (£10/£8) visit Bath Box Office https://uk.patronbase.com/_BathFestivals/Productions/R078/Performances or call them on (01225) 463362
Core’s summer 2012 production at the Rondo was Ray Cooney’s ‘Out of Order’ – a rather bawdy farce directed by Anji Henderson.
When Conservative Junior Minister Richard Willey checks into the Westminster Hotel with the secretary of the opposition for a little ‘extra marital activity’, he’s not expecting to find a dead body stuck in the sash window. He enlists the help of his much put-upon private secretary George to deal with the ‘problem’ and then the fun really starts. Cue a wily waiter, suspicious hotel manager, well-meaning wife and furious husband to name but a few.
Winner of the Olivier award for comedy in 1991, Out of Order received rave reviews from our audience “I laughed so hard I almost disgraced myself”, ”honestly the funniest thing I’ve seen in a long time” “great cast, great timing, so funny”, in fact the word of mouth advertising was so positive that we sold out our final night!
Core Theatre were thrilled to perform their first full sell out production at the Rondo from Wed 1 – Sat 4 February 2012, with Arthur Miller’s classic tale of the Salem Witch Trials “The Crucible”.
Set in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692, The Crucible tells the story of how hysteria grips the small town after a group of teenage girls are discovered dancing by moonlight. In order to deflect attention from themselves and led by the manipulative Abigail Williams, the girls cry out ‘witch’ against a number of villagers, including the wife of John Proctor – the man Abigail loves. John must fight to save his wife, his friends and ultimately himself from the noose, can he save his soul as well as his life?
With a cast of 20, made up of people new to Core (in some cases new to the stage) as well as existing members, The Crucible stands as our most successful show to date with our largest cast. Despite some fairly major set-backs (including losing a member of the cast to work commitments the week before the show and one of our leading ladies fracturing her elbow the day before production week started), the cast and crew showed formidable perseverance, commitment and enthusiasm in the face of daunting circumstances. Director Sarah Larmour says “Having wanted to direct a production of The Crucible since having the opportunity to perform in this remarkable story some 10 years ago, I had no idea just how complicated a production it was going to become! However, that said, personal tragedy, injury and even snow on the last night couldn’t stop our amazing cast, to whom my unending gratitude and pride will always accompany my memories of this production.”
It’s true – the show must go on, and oh how it does!