Adrian Metcalfe's Blog (113)

Life in a Small-Scale Theatre Company - Hard Times

This is the first time that I have attempted to produce two shows at the same time. It has its own challenges.

Hard Times is - obviously - a show on a larger scale than Bells of Santiago (which is ironic in itself, as its charm is its seeming off the cuff theatricality) but even then it has been great just getting people together.

Since last we posted, we have got our team of creatives together, we have cast the show, we have printed the posters and are putting the finishing…

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Added by Adrian Metcalfe on September 1, 2017 at 13:54 — No Comments

Life in a Small-Scale Theatre Company - Bells of Santiago

We are approaching the end of the first week and it is amazing how much work this bunch have got through already. 

It is a little odd for me as it is the first time I have not been 'in' one of our schools' projects; when I'm in the room, I'm desperate to get involved but am also shocked by how much appears to get done when I'm not around!...is there a reason for this...

A weekend to let things bed in beckons.

Well done team. Adrian x

Added by Adrian Metcalfe on September 1, 2017 at 13:42 — No Comments

Life in a Small-Scale Theatre Company - Bells of Santiago (a request!)

Here's a request: does anyone have an old wooden ladder or step-ladder that we can borrow for this schools' project that ends on September the 15th? Adrian and Sonia x

Added by Adrian Metcalfe on August 29, 2017 at 12:44 — No Comments

Life in a Small-Scale Theatre Company - Bells of Santiago

In conjunction with Swansea Arts and Education, The Swansea Festival and The Welfare in Ystradgynlais, we are working on a new theatre piece aimed at Key Stage Two pupils charting the history of the famous Bells of Santiago - brought to Swansea after tragedy in 1863 and returned after tragedy in 2011. This is a new piece in our continued relationship with Swansea's Theatre-In-Education Programme. As well as a public performance in The Welfare, we will be visiting Pontlliw, The Hafod,…

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Added by Adrian Metcalfe on August 29, 2017 at 12:42 — No Comments

Life in a Small-Scale Theatre - Hard Times (Producer's Blog)

Now, what I want is..FACTS!

That's almost the first line of Stephen Jeffreys' adaptation of Charles Dickens' Hard Times. It is a masterful adaptation of a masterful novel. And in these times, it seems entirely appropriate. 

We've loved this version for years and have always wanted to do it, and now with the collaboration of Pontardawe Arts Centre, the Arts Council and Ty Cerdd, we're giving it a go.

We're lucky enough to have on board the lovely Joe Harmston as director.…

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Added by Adrian Metcalfe on August 10, 2017 at 16:10 — No Comments

Life in a Small-Scale Theatre - DSM Wanted

We are looking for a Stage Manager to work with us on our forthcoming autumn projects.

We are doing a schools project for the Swansea International Festival from August 25th to September 15th and then an autumn tour from October 16th to December 2nd.

These are paid projects.

If you are based in South Wales and are interested in working with us this autumn, please send us your CV to lighthousetheatreltd@gmail.com and we will give you more information.

Adrian and…

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Added by Adrian Metcalfe on July 12, 2017 at 7:29 — No Comments

Life in a Small-Scale Theatre Company - Actor Wanted

We are looking for a younger actor (roughly 20-35) to play the role of Hugh Lombard in Noel Coward's short one-act play Mild Oats for a one-off performance in August. Hugh is a slightly naive young man, let loose in the big city with big plans, but he is a little surprised with what greets him...

Experience in performing Coward advantageous and a base in Swansea preferable.

Dates required: August 19th - 26th

This is a paid opportunity.

If you are interested in…

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Added by Adrian Metcalfe on May 17, 2017 at 5:44 — No Comments

Life in a Small-Scale Theatre Company - Return Journey

Fancy something different this weekend? Why not download Dylan Thomas' Return Journey for an app with a difference?

Performance, Walking Tour and History Lesson, our promenade (2 miles!) Return Journey in the DT100 year was chosen by BBC Wales as one of the three shows of the festival, and was described as 'a sublime re-telling of the wordsmith's work' by the Evening Post. Now you can have it on your mobile phone.…

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Added by Adrian Metcalfe on October 26, 2016 at 8:22 — No Comments

Life in a Small-Scale Theatre Company - Aberystwyth Mon Amour

Got back from Greece to see this lovely article by Mark Rees in the South Wales Evening Post about Aberystwyth Mon Amour and our colleagues at October Sixty Six and Fluellen. An altogether pleasant surprise! Thanks to the Grand for helping us get it on.

Added by Adrian Metcalfe on October 19, 2016 at 13:22 — No Comments

Theatre-Wales Website

Hi there. We are struggling to connect with the website, www.theatre-wales.co.uk. ;

Is it just us?

Adrian 

Added by Adrian Metcalfe on October 11, 2016 at 4:21 — No Comments

Life in a Small-Scale Theatre Company - Aberystwyth Mon Amour

After ten years, we have done it! Aberystwyth Mon Amour is over but it was worth every minute. How lucky are we to have worked with all of these people?....is it over? Who knows? Watch this space....

Added by Adrian Metcalfe on October 9, 2016 at 10:34 — No Comments

Life in a Small-Scale Theatre Company - Aberystwyth Mon Amour

How did a Latin American revolutionary make it into this play?! 

To find you you will have to come to see Aberystwyth Mon Amour! Opening at the Swansea Grand on Wednesday 21st September 7.45 pm.



Comrades the fight isn't over.....

SEVEN DAYS TO…

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Added by Adrian Metcalfe on September 18, 2016 at 13:49 — No Comments

Life in a Small-Scale Theatre Company - Aberystwyth Mon Amour

We have just over a week to go and everyone is beginning to take shape.

No-one more frighteningly than the Old-Time Games Teacher of your nightmares, Herod Jenkins...

Just remember: 'there are no notes from your Ma on the rugby pitch of life'...…

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Added by Adrian Metcalfe on September 12, 2016 at 15:57 — No Comments

Life in a Small-Scale Theatre Company - Aberystwyth Mon Amour

Well, the countdown begins:
Yesterday, we had our first publicity event in Aberystwyth. A question and answer session hosted by the Museum, assisted by the Tourist Office and helped along by the public of Aber afterwards with a rather splendid walking tour along the Prom investigating Louie Knight's Aberystwyth.
People were fascinated by the process of…
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Added by Adrian Metcalfe on August 28, 2016 at 14:02 — No Comments

Life in a Small-Scale Theatre Company - Aberystwyth Mon Amour

Louie Knight is in town. Aberystwyth's finest gumshoe detective....

Check out the trailer on YouTube. https://youtu.be/Yn7e_18LfUI


Aberystwyth Mon Amour by Malcolm Pryce. opens in the Swansea Grand on the 21st of September and is on tour until the 8th of October.
Keep an eye out for our crowd-funding campaign coming soon...

Added by Adrian Metcalfe on July 28, 2016 at 6:00 — No Comments

Life in a Small-Scale Theatre Company - Aberystwyth Mon Amour



On Friday, we ventured up to Aber to film different shots for the promo of the show. The weather was absolutely fabulous - perfect for Patagonia Day...The sort of day that would make Eeyore worry for Esmerelda's well-being on the beach, and the sort of day that would make Sospan a VERY wealthy man indeed...

Thank…

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Added by Adrian Metcalfe on June 5, 2016 at 10:00 — No Comments

Life in a Small-Scale Theatre Company...Return Journey (The App!)

So, finally, the Dylan Thomas' Return Journey App is produced and available...

Thanks to Telesgop, the Dylan Thomas Society and Estate and everyone else who has helped to make this happen.

Download it...and tell all of your friends to have - no mobile phone is complete without one!

http://www.lighthouse-theatre.co.uk/news/dylan-thomas-return-journey-the-app/…

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Added by Adrian Metcalfe on May 18, 2016 at 6:24 — No Comments

Life in a Small-Scale Theatre Company - Aberystwyth Mon Amour (Casting)

Casting Breakdown - Aberystwyth Mon Amour

Lighthouse Theatre in Swansea is casting the following roles in its forthcoming theatre tour of Malcolm Pryce's adaptation of his Welsh Noir cult novel Aberystwyth Mon Amour

The script is a world premiere and follows Louie Knight - Aberystwyth’s only private detective - for 24 hours, as he unravels the case of the missing schoolboy, Evans the Boot, and uncovers a plot which threatens…

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Added by Adrian Metcalfe on May 10, 2016 at 10:45 — No Comments

Life in a Small-Scale Theatre Company - Return Journey

It seems hard to believe that on Saturday, will be finishing our association with Return Journey and that we will be launching our first Dylan Thomas Performance app.

Dylan Thomas' Return Journey marks the culmination of five years of work on Thomas' masterful broadcast and seems to be a fitting legacy in the 75th year since the Three Nights' Blitz that inspired it.

At 9.30am, we will begin our final performance on the streets of Swansea, and it will be quite emotional when we…

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Added by Adrian Metcalfe on May 10, 2016 at 10:36 — No Comments

Life in a Small-Scale Theatre Company - Aberystwyth Mon Amour

We have been investigating the means streets of Aberystwyth...so much so in fact that we have created a new Walking Tour of the town that spawned Louie Knight, Myfanwy Montez and Calamity Jane..

Here it is:

'Excuse me, Mr Knight, which way do we go for the Aberystwyth Mon Amour Walking Tour?

'This way...'…

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Added by Adrian Metcalfe on April 21, 2016 at 5:50 — 1 Comment

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