So, the New Year is well under way and with it the start of our 2016 theatrical season.
2016- a landmark year in many ways. If you either heard or read Annie’s AGM address (see previous post) then you will know that not only are there big plans for marking the four hundredth anniversary of death of the Bard with a return to our seasonal Shakespeare, but it also marks the year of our 100th production. Now, what that 100th production actually is is open to some speculation- with spin offs, revues and various ad hoc events, the actual official determinant of that production has yet to be agreed but, suffice to say, there will be something special later in the year.
That said, we start the year on something of a special note and landmark. After a number of hugely successful runs with some extremely strong, successful and sophisticated productions, it has been decided after due consideration, that, this year, the Matchbox will be entering the Bromley Theatre Guild’s annual Festival. http://www.bromleytheatreguild.org/btg-festival
This is a prestigious event that draws many of the groups in the Bromley area – a staggering fifteen in total – and provides opportunity to showcase the best of their talent culminating in an adjudication during the run and awards presentations towards the summer. More of that anon but it marks a return for the Matchbox to the BTG and a debut in the festival. And what better way to make such a debut and, indeed, to start the year than our take on one of the most successful and lauded West End productions in recent years, Richard Bean’s One Man, Two Guvnors.
This will mark one of the first amateur performances of this hilarious though challenging show and certainly the first in the locality so both an undertaking of some prestige and pressure. I have no doubt that we will rise to the task with the same aplomb and vision that saw us turn the church hall into a railway line -tunnel, track and all, travel through literary genres,evoke the gloom of the Gothic and convey the weight of Elizabethan history, last year. This will be a popular event, of that I am certain, and I will be sure to keep you updated on things as they unfold, but with a smashing cast of Matchbox stalwarts, alongside a number of new faces, this will be a great way to start 2016.
I look forward to seeing you there.