This month we are pleased to produce another wonderful piece of work by Dario Fo – ‘The Accidental Death of an Anarchist’. We have had a lot of fun in rehearsals and cannot wait for you our audience to come and watch it at the Abbey Theatre – Wednesday 28th February 2018 – Saturday 3rd March 2018 at 7.30pm nightly.
Take a sneak peak at the production below:
We have reached the end of our first ever panto!! Here at Sudden Impulse we would like to thank everybody who has made our first panto such a triumph in so many ways – but especially you, our audience, thank you for your wonderful comments. We are delighted to announce that we will be back with panto in 2019 but before that we have lots more quality theatre to bring to you and comedy dominates the first half of the year. On the 28th February through to 3rd March we will be staging the hilarious comic farce “Accidental Death of an Anarchist” . In June we will be touring with our Summer Shakespeare “The Comedy of Errors”. Tickets are already on sale for some venues including Astley Castle, Church End Brewery and Witherley Church – book early as all of these venues Sold Out last year!! Visit our Current productions and Comedy of Errors page for more information!!
We are really pleased with the endeavours that we have taken on this year, we have produced some thought provoking and very different performances from Trainspotting to A Midsummer Night’s Dream. We are looking forward to diving into more ventures new in 2018, with our very first Pantomime ‘Beauty and the Beast’, our Summer Shakespeare coming back in June, and a flavour of WW1 plays to mark the centenary of the First World War. Watch this space for more information on all this and more.
As part of our new exciting partnership with the Ropewalk in Nuneaton, some of the cast from Beauty and the Beast took part in Santa’s Parade, as well as some friends from a galaxy far far away. We had our photos taken with the public and Father Christmas. It also marked the grand opening of the Sudden Impulse Theatre Company Box Office, which can be found outside Next just inside the Ropewalk.
Coventry – City of Culture 2021
Sudden Impulse Theatre Company would like to send huge congratulations to all of those in the Coventry bid. It was an absolute pleasure to meet Laura at Warwick Castle last month and listen to her inspirational words. This is great news for Coventry and for the wider area including of course Warwickshire with its Shakespeare connections and Nuneaton with George Eliot. However there is so much more to discover and create over the years between now and 2021. I would urge everybody in the region to ask what you can do, how you can get involved to make this a huge success not only in 2021 but in the years running up to it. Previous holders of the title have seen not only huge investment in the City itself but also the surrounding counties. Investors like to invest in positivity and this is a tremendous opportunity for Nuneaton to become a greater place to live and work. Sudden Impulse Theatre Company is committed to being a beacon for arts, heritage and culture in the town and we have been working for some time on a programme of ideas and events to put into action should Coventry be awarded the title. Here are just a few teases for you and more details will follow:
We are delighted to announce that the National Lottery under Awards for All has awarded us a grant to carry out a specific project on physical theatre; the project is aimed at engaging young males aged 16 – 25 in theatre through physical theatre and stage combat. During this project we will be working with stage combat professionals and the world renowned theatre company Frantic Assembly. The funding has been awarded for this specific project and is not part of our general funding.
Recently we have forged a partnership with the progressive charity A Call To Men UK. The charity seeks to highlight and educate on issues around toxic masculinity and “The Man Box” issues that are engrained in society and can be the traced causes of domestic violence, mental health issues and suicide. Our work in this field is set to grow considerably in the next couple of years as we work with educators across the UK. Our Theatre In Education team is also developing new workshop performances concerning mental health amongst young people, masculinity and sexuality and male suicide rates as part of this work. We are currently working on a detailed three year development plan.
We are working closely with the organisers of Nuneaton Fringe 2018 to launch a brand new and exciting open arts festival across all branches of the arts – we want this to grow massively between now and 2021 – If you are involved in any branch of the arts from classical music to spoken word. Graffiti art to Dance we want you to get involved so find Nuneaton Fringe on Facebook and make contact.
Treacle Town Tommy – To mark the centenary of the end of World War One and the end of our special centenary series of plays we are creating an original play based on the research and exploits of those in and around Nuneaton during the First World War.
The George Eliot Bi centenary in 2019 will be a major event for the town and we will be working very closely with The George Eliot Fellowship and other arts organisations to make sure that we celebrate 200 years since the Birthday of George Eliot with style
Thank you to all those who came and watched our performances of The Accrington Pals. We are always very pleased to bring our war plays to the Abbey Theatre and this was no different. We look forward to producing more WW1 plays to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the end of the First World War in 2018.
This month we have had a very interesting time on the set of A Chorus of Disapproval. In this show we dabbled with a few songs from the 1700s and were pushed out of our comfort zones for this fun comedy by Alan Ayckbourn.
Buxton Fringe Festival: 2
Well we have returned once again from the fantastic Buxton Fringe Festival and we must say a huge thank you to Keith Savage and all of his committee for organizing this super friendly fringe and of course to all of the staff at Underground Venues, as well as all of our friends like Sam Slide and Shadow Syndicate. Buxton Fringe Festival really is the friendliest of all Fringe Festivals and what better way to spend a few days than in the glorious sunshine (mostly) of the Peak District.
We had a fabulous response to Bouncers, selling out on the first performance and setting a record breaking turn around on our last performance. The Bouncers boys entertained audiences in the bandstand on three nights as well as at the Arts Centre Studio.
It is always a pleasure to perform at Buxton and the awards on the final day are a lovely way to say goodbye and thanks. We were pleased to see Darren Walsh get two nominations, we caught both of his shows and they were superb. Our great friend Marcus also got a well-deserved award for his Kate Butch show.
We were especially delighted to receive three nominations for excellence for our production of Vincent River by Phillip Ridley. One for the production itself, directed by Jack West and Simon N W Winterman and one each for the extraordinarily talented cast of Sam Bates as Davey and Jessica Newborough as Anita. There performances were described as searingly honest by Robbie Carnegie.
Jessica then went on to win the award for excellence in a female performance (Vincent River). Sam Bates collected the award on Jessica’s behalf and then presented it to her on our return to Nuneaton at a rehearsal for A Chorus of Disapproval.
Beauty and the Beast
2nd round Dance Auditions
The second round of Dance Auditions will be held at 7:00 on Monday 24th July at The Abbey Theatre, Nuneaton. This is for all those who were unable to attend the first session. Please complete the form on the website in the Beauty and the Beast section and return to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ensemble / Chorus
The auditions for all ensemble parts male and female 16+ will be held on Wednesday 26th July, 7:30 at The Crown, Bond Street, Nuneaton. Please email email@example.com to confirm your attendance – there will be no need to prepare anything in advance.
These are unlikely to go to audition but should any parts be open for audition they will be posted on the website and the Facebook page.
Buxton Fringe Festival: 1
This month we will be heading to the Peak District to take part in the fantastic Buxton Fringe Festival. Last year we were unable to be at Buxton because of our commitments to the Edinburgh Fringe but it is a great feeling to be returning to Buxton. It is such a friendly festival and we have got to know some wonderful people.
We are very pleased to be working once again with the fantastic team at Underground Venues who have looked after us at every one of our Buxton Visits. Check out our twitter @SuddenImpulseTC to get regular updates live from the festival. We will be sharing daily Buxton blogs on the website under the Buxton Fringe Festival section.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Summer Shakespeare – what a triumph we have had with this year’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. We are delighted at the reviews and responses from you all and once again we have had the privilege of performing at some beautiful locations – Next year we will return with ‘The Comedy of Errors’.
Thank you to all those who participated in the first round of dance auditions for Beauty and The Beast. The second round of dance auditions for our panto will be held on Monday 24th July 7:00 pm at The Abbey Theatre.
We are delighted to announce that we will be returning to Buxton Fringe Festival this July with productions of our celebrated production of John Godber’s Bouncers and Vincent River by Phillip Ridley. Look out for further details coming soon. Once again we will be teaming up with excellent team at Underground Venues.
Tickets are now on sale for our Summer Shakespeare production which this year will be the magical comedy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”.
Bouncers – Our 10th anniversary tour of Bouncers takes in The Crown, Church End Brewery and Nuneaton Rugby Club, we hope you can make one of these tosee this hit comedy
Well Trainspotting has now come to an end and we want to thank the audience for their amazing reactions, your positive comments and standing ovations make us all very proud.
Happy New Year from all at Sudden Impulse Theatre Company. We look forward to presenting an exciting season of shows in 2017, including our popular Summer Shakespeare and the return of John Godber’s comedy classic, Bouncers.