“All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players”
William Shakespeare – As You Like It.
Acting Up through Coronavirus
Though the Wellingborough AmDram group is small (only 9 members), we are big in ambition! Since our formation only a few years ago we have performed short plays for the membership at three General Meetings as well as raised money for Wellingborough Library and ourselves by putting on a very well received One Act Play called “Rude Awakenings” in the Library.
At the start of 2020, we were planning to follow up on our success and were rehearsing another play to be put on in the Library. Unfortunately, like the professional theatre, our plans were interrupted by the pandemic and we were unable to meet in person. We did not become downcast, however, we decided to continue our weekly meetings on Zoom and since April 2020 we have been zooming away every Thursday between 10am-12noon, improving our voice acting techniques by reading a wide variety of plays, ancient and modern, ranging from Shakespeare through G.B. Shaw to Stephen Bean and having a lot of fun doing it, even though only having two men in the group has meant that our women members have often had to play male characters!
So, if you’re at a loose end on a Thursday morning, why not come and join us? We have taken a summer break, but will be meeting up again from the first Thursday in September. Once all this is over and “normal” life resumes there is no expectation that anyone who joins in will want to stay, much less act. If you do want to stay with us, but don’t want to act, there are a whole lot of backstage roles you can perform. If you’re interested, contact Helen Grant.
When we ARE back to normal, we meet on Thursday mornings from 9:45 to 11:45 in the Community room in Tescos at Victoria Park, Wellingborough. Our regular monthly meeting for all members is on the 2nd Thursday of each month, but for those involved in a current production rehearsals take place every week. We contribute £2 each month towards the cost of props, play licences etc.
We are a friendly group eager to welcome new members, both those who would like to act and those willing to help out behind the scenes or front of house - there's a lot more to putting on a play than treading the boards!
If you would like to join us, please contact: Helen Grant, details in the Interest Group Contacts link on the Groups page.
And now the bullet has been bitten and our u3a has its own YouTube Channel. We have produced the play “Zoom, A Play for Lockdown” and the four episodes have been added to the channel. The first episode is below - if you would like to see more episodes please go to the Wellingborough u3a YouTube channel.
Zoom - A Play for Lockdown