Modern Take on Robin Hood Hits the Bullseye!

February 16, 2016
Dynamic Duo: Charlotte Thomas-Carmichael as Marion and Daniel Morgan-Jones as Robin Hood. (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

Dynamic Duo: Charlotte Thomas-Carmichael as Marion and Daniel Morgan-Jones as Robin Hood. (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

There’s comedy and sprawling, action-packed drama when Playgoers New Generation present a fresh take on the Robin Hood myth at the Dolman Theatre.

Combining modern slang with historical parody, this production brings together all the conflicting legends about the outlaw folk hero.

Robin (Daniel Morgan-Jones ) and Guy of Gisbourne (Tyron Davies-Sullivan) engage in swordplay. (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

Robin (Daniel Morgan-Jones ) and Guy of Gisbourne (Tyron Davies-Sullivan) engage in swordplay. (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

By re-telling the legend, the play creates roles that challenge and reinvent the myth – with a wise-cracking, superior swords-person in Marian, and a Robin who finds himself a hero only by chance. But true to the legend, all ends well.

The Sheriff’s sleazy scheme fizzles out, King John’s vicious taxes are repealed, the outlaws of Sherwood Forest are granted pardons, and justice descends on England’s green and pleasant land. Perfect fare for everyone who enjoys a rollicking yarn!

Robin Hood by Larry Blamire is at the Dolman Theatre from Tuesday 1st – Friday 4th March at 7.15 pm, with a matinee performance on Saturday 5th at 2.30 pm. To book tickets call 01633 263670 or visit www.dolmantheatre.co.uk.

A tender moment between Marion (Charlotte Thomas-Carmichael) and Robin (Daniel Morgan-Jones). (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

A tender moment between Marion (Charlotte Thomas-Carmichael) and Robin (Daniel Morgan-Jones). (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

Outlaw Arthur A Bland (Aidan Thomas) declares his love for Ellen Dierwold (Hollie-Jane Flannigan) (PHOTO: BEN JONES)

Outlaw Arthur A Bland (Aidan Thomas) declares his love for Ellen Dierwold (Hollie-Jane Flannigan) (PHOTO: BEN JONES)

Robin and his Merry Men (Thomas Sheppard, Becky Griffiths, Adam Ramsden a and Reilly Featherstone) meet Queen Eleanor (Ellie Nicholson) and her maid Marion (Charlotte Thomas-Carmichael). (PHOTO:PHIL MANSELL)

Robin and his Merry Men (Thomas Sheppard, Becky Griffiths, Adam Ramsden a and Reilly Featherstone) meet Queen Eleanor (Ellie Nicholson) and her maid Marion (Charlotte Thomas-Carmichael). (PHOTO:PHIL MANSELL)

The baddies conspire: Tyron Davies-Sullivan, as Guy of Gisbourne, James Powell-Jenkins as the Bishop of Hereford, Owen Richards as King John, Ryan Duggan as Forrester. (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

The baddies conspire: Tyron Davies-Sullivan, as Guy of Gisbourne, James Powell-Jenkins as the Bishop of Hereford, Owen Richards as King John, Ryan Duggan as Forrester. (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

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Young Actors Will Whisk Audiences Around the World!

March 5, 2013

Staging a play involving an elephant and a trip in a hot air balloon is an ambitious project – but it’s a challenge being relished by Playgoers New Generation (PNG) as they rehearse ‘Around the World in 80 Days’.

PNG present 'Around the World in 80 Days'

Some of the members of Newport’s newest theatre group PNG enjoying rehearsals of ‘Around the World in 80 Days’. (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

Made up of younger members of Newport Playgoers, PNG are the latest addition to Newport’s amazing array of amateur theatrical talent.

PNG present 'Around the World in 80 Days'

Phileas Fogg (Jordan Smith) is not amused when the evil Mrs Price (Natty Niering) makes a move on his sidekick Passepartout (Tim Hawken) (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

Following their success with the stage version of the sitcom ‘Hi-de-Hi’ last year they asked local playwright Steven Quantick to adapt Jules Verne’s classic novel.

The result is an ambitious play that will whisk the audience across five continents in its telling of the famous wager made by hero Phileas Fogg.

On his travels he encounters a murderous cult, an elephant called Rudolf and, of course, takes to the skies in a hot air balloon.

“I can’t give anything away about how we’re going to pull of these action-packed stunts but I’m sure the audience will be amazed,” said PNG founder member James Reynolds who is co-directing the play.

PNG present 'Around the World in 80 Days'

Phileas (Jordan Smith) shakes hands on the impossible bet with Ralph (Tyrone Sullivan) while Samantha (Lauren White) looks on. (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

PNG present 'Around the World in 80 Days'

Phileas (Jordan Smith) points the way to Passepartout (Tim Hawken) as they set off on their travels. (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

“Everything about this play is new. We’re a new theatre group presenting a world premiere of a new play. It’s all very exciting and everyone is working hard to make this a show people will never forget.”

‘Around the World in 80 Days’ is at the Dolman Theatre on 27,  28 and 30 March at 7.15 pm. To book tickets call 01633 263670 or visit www.dolmantheatre.co.uk.


Amdram Societies Join Forces to Give New Look to Dolman Theatre

September 5, 2012
Dolman Theatre gets a new look

Rosamund Griffiths-Jones adds the finishing touches to the music themed dressing room which she designed and decorated with Newport Operatic Society. (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

Dozens of people from local amateur dramatic and musical societies have joined forces to give a major make-over to Newport’s Dolman Theatre.

Whilst the theatre has been closed for the summer volunteers have set to work refurbishing the 400-seat auditorium to give it a bright new look. Each society also chose a dressing room to decorate in a style of their own design

Dolman Theatre gets a new look

WAWWA members Brandon Gale and Robin Watts in the dressing room they decorated New York-style. (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

“An enormous amount of time and effort has been put into this project and we will be eternally grateful to the people who have dedicated so much time to finish the work before the new season starts with ‘Blithe Spirit’ on 12th September,” said Steve Bissex-Williams, who designed the auditorium’s make-over.

“Working under the guidance of theatre manager  Lisa Aston-Griffiths, we have painted the walls and ceiling, and  re-sanded the floor back to its original state . Most of the seating has been  re-upholstered and all the front stalls have been replaced with brand new seating. It really has been a hive of Industry with all the theatre’s hirers re-decorating the dressing rooms with their own themes and designs,” he added.

Dolman Theatre gets a new look

Volunteers from musical society WAWWA beneath the New York skyline they painted. Pictured are: Bronwen King, Elian West, Brandon Gale, Robin Watts and Sam Bashir. (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

Dolman Theatre gets a new look

Pictured cleaning the theatre auditorium are WAWWA members Elian West, and Dan Miles, and Playgoer Lauren Brown (PHOTO:PHIL MANSELL)

As well as members of Newport Playgoers Society, which owns and runs the theatre for the local community, volunteers from WAWWA, Newport Operatic Society, Playgoers New Generation, New Venture Players, Centrestage Cymru and Young Venture Players all pitched in to help.

Technology teacher Rosamund Griffiths-Jones designed the room decorated by Newport Operatic Society and used musical notes combined with theatrical quotes as its theme.

“I developed the idea to encompass all the diverse productions put on at the Dolman,” she said.

Dolman Theatre gets a new look

One of the beautiful illustrations created by Playgoers New Generation (PNG) (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

Theatregoers will be able to check out the new look Dolman Theatre during ‘Blithe Spirit’ which is on from 12th – 15th September at 7.15 pm, with an extra matinee performance on the Saturday at 2.30 pm. To book tickets call 01633 263670 or visit www.dolmantheatre.co.uk.  New members are always welcome to become involved both onstage and behind the scenes.


Newport Actors All Set for Gwent Drama Festival

April 21, 2012

Stand-up comedy, spooks and suspicion are all part of the madcap mix when three of Newport’s leading amateur theatre groups take part in the Gwent Festival of One Act Plays at Blackwood Little Theatre on Friday 27th  and Saturday 28th  April.

'Poor Yorick' by Phil Mansell

Chris Powell (Hamlet) and Will Smith-Haddon (Yorick) in 'Poor Yorick' by Phil Mansell (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

First on the bill is ‘Poor Yorick’ by local writer Phil Mansell. One of the plays featured in the recent highly successful No Holds Bard festival, this innovative comedy tells how Hamlet’s jester attempts to pioneer stand-up comedy but instead becomes embroiled in plans for revenge.

'Poor Yorick' by Phil Mansell

Will Smith-Haddon in the title role of 'Poor Yorick' by Phil Mansell (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

“It’s really great being able to take my play to another theatre and to compete in this prestigious drama competition,” said Phil.

“My play opens the festival on the Friday night and we’re hoping for as good a response as when we performed it at the Dolman Theatre last month.

“The festival features six great plays, and with tickets priced at two for just £7 it offers a great night out for anyone who loves fresh and exciting new theatre.”

Following Phil’s play is another Newport drama group, Playgoers New Generation (PNG) who present ‘In the Spirit of Things’ by Steven Quantick.

'In The Spirit of Things' by Steve Quantick

PNG’s three witches: Charlotte Webb, Sian Elizabeth Pope and Clare Davies in ‘In The Spirit of Things’ (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

This is another comedy about “business unusual” at Incorporeal Incorporated, where the witches from Macbeth provide supernatural guidance to the mortal realm.

'Bottoms Dream' by Alan Poole

‘Bottom’s Dream’ features James Thomas, Emma Radmilovic, Ellie Tappin and Dana Symonds who are members of Dolman Youth Theatre. (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

On Saturday Dolman Youth Theatre present ‘Bottom’s Dream’ by Alan Poole, which explores who really dreamt the Midsummer Night’s Dream – and what were the reactions of the mechanicals’ wives and mothers to their play-acting?

Other plays are being presented by Ad Hoc Theatre from Cwmbran and  Blackwood Little Theatre. All the plays will be adjudicated with the chance of going through to the Welsh finals in June.

The Gwent Festival of One Act Plays is at Blackwood Little Theatre from 27th – 28thth April.  To book tickets – which are just £7 with a special buy one get one free offer – phone  07930 599317  or online at  http://www.blackwoodlt.org.uk/