The Goldthorn Theatre Company
Our partnership with Tettenhall Amateur Players got off to a fine start with
runaway success when
and Two Together',
by Chris Wolverson, this romp had the audiences laughing right
from the start
We played to four full houses for our presentation of 'The
It was quite a thrill to meet award winning actress Jenny
Seagrove who popped in to see us during rehearsals. Jenny
It was back to comedy with our April 2013 production
'It's Never Too Late' by Ron Aldridge.
In a departure from
our more usual style
we presented 'Night
by Emlyn Williams, a
Our presentation of
the black comedy
'Natural Causes' by
Our production of 'My Friend Miss Flint' by Donald Churchill and Peter Yeldham, presented in October 2010, was a great success. Director Jan Wolverson, a long standing member of the Company who has played many roles on stage and carried out a large number of backstage jobs, is to be congratulated on this, her directorial debut.
A concert,' The Magic of Theatre,'
dedicated to the memory of June Green, our co-founder,
was held in July 2010,
production of 'Blithe Spirit' by Noel Coward was another
great success for the company.
Our production of 'How The Other Half Loves' by Alan Ayckbourn played to full houses from
Our presentation of 'Key for Two' by John Chapman
and Dave Freeman in April 2009
presentation of 'A Chorus of Disapproval' by Alan Ayckbourn
took place from
Wednesday to Saturday,
There was a cast of 14 on
stage. Writing in the Wolverhampton Express and Star
'there is a naturalness about the acting....the cast communicate the humour and the pathos of the play most successfully....the young widower Guy Jones was played charmingly by Richard Wall....Jan Wolverson gave a seductive performance as a swinging couple's female half....Rebecca Herdson sympathetically played the directors neglected wife and Marlene Manley's portrayal of the businessman's wife who wants a favour was nicely done'
We were delighted
to announce that we received a grant of
9,500 from The
National Lottery Awards for All scheme.
were supplied by Stage Systems of
Loughborough, using their 'QPlus' demountable platform
Our presentation of 'Table Manners' by Alan Ayckbourn from Wednesday to Saturday April 2nd -5th 2008 played to 100% capacity audiences and we had to turn many people away at the door! We wish we could have put in an extra night!
received huge applause, and the audience was rocking with
laughter, especially at the
Mike Kaiser GODA, our adjudicator, said....." the
presentation was of a high standard with a great deal of
Judging by the favourable comments received from the GODA adjudicator Mike Kaiser, and the rave review in the Jason Forrest Drive Time show on WCRFM the next day, our audiences felt the play was well up to our usual high standards.
June Special 2007
A GTC June special
was performed to full houses, to celebrate the Company's 10th anniversary.
Another successful production. 'All in Good Time' by Bill Naughton was presented to 4 full houses between April 11th and 14th 2007. In his review in the Wolverhampton Express and Star, critic Jerald Smith says:
carefully constructed production catches the macho, hard-working
ethos of the time.... 1960's Bolton.... Gerry Hudson gives a
fine performance as Ezra, and Liz Herdson successfully portrays
the matriarchal figure with that streak of common sense which
held families together.'
The Birmingham and
District Theatre Guild 2006/2007.
Congratulations to Richard Green for winning the L. Boughton Chatwin Trophy in March 2007 for most outstanding performance as Fred Midway in 'Semi Detached' by David Turner in the peripatetic section of the festival.
The Company also took part in the Festival week, with a performance of 'The Twelve Pound Look' by J.M. Barrie, and won:
Will Horton Trophy for Runner-Up.
'Semi-Detached' by David Turner was presented to near capacity audiences on 23rd to 26th October 2006. We were visited by a GODA adjudicator, Mr. Michael Kaiser.
In his written adjudication, he said:
'The presentation was highly successful in that you created an area that was utterly convincing as a living home and people seemed to be at ease with it......another feature of the production which was used just about perfectly was the use of the audience with appeals going out to involve them, to make them complicit in a way.....You had everyone as a team playing at the same level, with energy, pace and projection.'
'The challenge of
the play was to capture the headlong surge of events and to
sweep the audience along with gales of laughter without having
too much time to think about either the unpleasant realities of
Fred's schemes...I think you did all of that well and used the
space well to create a glimpse into the world of aspiring
suburbs,. The team playing was of a consistent high standard and
you gave us all a thoroughly enjoyable and worthwhile evening.'
'A Woman of No Importance' by Oscar Wilde was successfully presented to full houses in early April 2006.
The GODA adjudicator, Mr. Brian Watkins said:
'the Company's work
earned them the commendation that an
February 2006 - Best Male Performance, Chris Lewis (BFAME Festival)
At the BFAME Festival in Feb 2006, our Chris Lewis won the L. Boughton Chatwin Trophy for the Best Male Performance, for his role as Morgan Evans in ' The Corn is Green'.
Well done Chris, we are very proud of you, following in the footsteps of previous winners of this trophy from Goldthorn Theatre Company in successive years, Richard Green and Gerry Hudson.
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