Actors wanted for RSC Open Stages!

November 24, 2011

CALLING all actors! Here’s your chance to be in one of the four plays selected for the No Holds Bard festival of one act plays, which is Playgoers’ contribution to the UK-wide RSC Open Stages event.  The plays will be performed 15 -17 March 2012 on the main stage.  Each play is about 20 to 30 minutes with no more than 6 cast members. Sets will be simple, with the build starting on 12 March. 

This is your chance to be part of an exciting project co-ordinated by the world famous Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC).  Its aim is to embrace, develop and celebrate amateur theatre to re-forge the bond with the world of professional theatre.  Newport Playgoers is proud to be part of this scheme which will culminate in a national showcase of amateur performances at the RSC’s home inStratford-upon-Avon, to coincide with the World Shakespeare Festival in 2012.

 The Winning Plays and Playwrights

Kevin Myers

Kevin Myers

Only Words Remain’ by Kevin Myers

 Staff at a nursing home are faced with a puzzle when an elderly man with no name is placed in their care. But who is the mysterious Mr Smith? A story about love, loss and the power and persistence of language.




Russell Walker

Russell Walker

To Dream Perchance to Die’ by Russell Walker

A play exploring everty actor’s nightmare as it happens over and over and over again.




Phil Mansell

Phil Mansell

Poor Yorick’ by Phil Mansell

Yorick the jester is not dead – he’s on the road dying a death as he pioneers a new kind of comedy called stand-up. When this fails he is persuaded by his tavern wench girlfriend Bess to return to Elsinore and get his old job back – but when he arrives he finds there have been many changes, and he becomes embroiled in Hamlet’s plans for revenge.



Gary Dooley

Gary Dooley

Roman and Julia’ by Gary Dooley

The course of true love for an elderly couple in a nursing home runs far from smooth – until a friend lends a hand.

Michael Sheen sends Good Luck Message to Welsh Premiere of ‘Frost/Nixon’

November 3, 2011

Michael Sheen as David Frost in the film 'Frost/Nixon'

Top actor Michael Sheen has sent a message of support for a production of ‘Frost/Nixon’ which has its national premiere by a non-professional company when it is presented by Newport Playgoers at the Dolman Theatre this month.

In a letter to the play’s director, Alex Wilson, the actor, wrote, “‘Frost/Nixon’  is a great play, and we all had tremendous pleasure in developing the work on both stage and screen. I am sure that you, too, will thrill to the challenge of performing a marvellous piece of theatre in the lovely Dolman auditorium.’

Alex commented, “It was marvellous to have this message of support from such a highly respected actor as Michael, who has very close associations with ‘Frost/Nixon’, having played David Frost both onstage and in the best-selling film.

Newport Playgoers present 'Frost/Nixon'

Thomas Hockey as David Frost and Stephen Saunders as Richard Nixon

“Everyone at Newport Playgoers is very to proud to be presenting the national premiere of this engrossing, thought-provoking and humorous ticking time bomb of a thriller which centres on the events leading up to the interviews that Frost conducted with Richard Nixon in 1977, almost three years after he had resigned as President to avoid impeachment following the Watergate affair,” he added.

Peter Morgan’s play focuses on the story of how those historic interviews came about, and how they played out, asking the question: how did David Frost, a famous British talk show host with a playboy reputation, elicit the apology that the rest of the world was waiting to hear from former President Richard Nixon?

Newport Playgoers present 'Frost/Nixon'

Stephen Saunders as Richard Nixon and Thomas Hockey as David Frost

With Frost’s career on a downward spiral and risking everything, Nixon surprised everyone in selecting Frost as his televised confessor, intending to easily outfox the breezy British showman and secure a place back in the hearts and minds of Americans. Likewise, Frost’s team harboured doubts about their boss’s ability to hold his own. But as the cameras rolled, a charged battle of wits resulted and over the course of their encounter, each man would reveal his own insecurities, ego and reserves of dignity – ultimately setting aside posturing in a stunning display of unvarnished truth. 

‘Frost/Nixon’ by Peter Morgan, the highly acclaimed screenwriter of ‘The Other Boleyn Girl’ and ‘The Queen’, is at the Dolman Theatre from 15 – 19 November. Tickets can be booked by phoning the box office on 01633 263670 or visiting