CROUCH END FESTIVAL 2014 – THREE COMEDY PLAYS IN ONE NIGHT!
As part of the Crouch End Festival 2014, The Crouch End Players are proud to present three nights of short comedy plays for adults. Whether you prefer the fun of that awkward moment when you meet that special someone for the first time, or if you like your humour a bit naughty (and French), or even the slightly less traditional battle of the sexes, you’ll enjoy yourself thoroughly.
All shows are free as they are part of the 2014 Crouch End Festival, a festival that has run in Crouch end for the past three years and is growing from strength to strength.
Shows are free but advanced booking is advised as spaces are limited and on the night, people will be admitted on a first come first served basis. To book, please email mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Venue: Downstairs at The King’s Head
7th and 8th June 2014 at 3 p.m.
2 Crouch End Hill, London, N8 8AA
The Great Northern Railway Tavern
10th June 2014 8 p.m.
67 High Street Hornsey, N8 7QB
Have a look at some of the other events in the Crouch End Festival put on by the Crouch End Players:
ALICE IN WONDERLAND AND THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS
Come see this musical adaptation of the Lewis Carroll classic children’s fairytale. On at the Greig City academy February 19-22 with a matinee performance on the Saturday afternoon. Tickets on we got tickets.com Tickets 5-10 pounds each.
A lovely romantic comedy-drama about a couple who both suffer from a phobia of things falling on them and so they never leave their homes, living entirely online. They meet online and develop a relationship. Want to know what happens? Come and see this charming play!
Venue: Moravian Church, Priory Road, Crouch End, London
Dates: November 20,21,22,23
Ticket prices: 6-8 pounds.
The Pleasance is proud to announce a new artistic partnership with Zoofest,
Canada’s best emerging talent festival
Edinburgh/Montreal, Tuesday September 17th 2013 – As the Fringe’s biggest presenter with an itch to introduce North American’s to our signature fringe picks, Pleasance is teaming up with Zoofest to help performers cross the ocean to showcase their talent in Montreal, Canada alongside the famous Just for Laughs festival.
Home to North America’s best up and coming talents, Zoofest is a young and vibrant festival showcasing tomorrow’s stars in comedy, theatre, cabaret, music, circus, dance and other genres.
“We really have the same artistic vision and I think many Fringe artists will be delighted to go to Montreal to explore the opportunities the North American market is offering” says Ryan Taylor, Head of Comedy at Pleasance.
“The plan is to select artists who are willing to take their act to north America’s biggest festival city. With this partnership we are creating a solid bridge between our two events and we hope artists will hop on the chance to explore a new market full of possibilities” says Zoofest General Manager and Artistic Director, Martin Durocher.
The 2014 edition of Zoofest will present The Pleasance @ Zoofest and will be showcasing talent from the UK, Europe, Australia and the US.
The project will also help local talent get selected by the Pleasance programmers for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe while creating a buzz for the entertainment Industry to come and try to find the next big thing!
All in all, a win-win partnership!
As a registered charity, The Pleasance Theatre Trust aims to create a compelling platform to discover, nurture and support fresh artistic talent from across the globe.
Since starting life on an unassuming Edinburgh side street, The Pleasance which celebrates it’s 30th Birthday on 2014, has become renowned for delivering an inspiring programme year on year that uniquely embodies the spirit of the Fringe. The Pleasance has hosted over 5,000 productions and some 150,000 performances involving over 40,000 people.
A year-round operation and 2 theatre spaces in London enable us to continually support the work we produce at the festival, with all box office revenue from the Fringe being reinvested into our development programme.
With 25 performance spaces between Edinburgh and London ranging from 40 to 750 seats, the Pleasance is a hub of creativity where artists at the pinnacle of their careers share the stage with those just starting out.
Zoofest is a bilingual festival founded in 2009 that puts forward a programming dedicated to the discovery of emerging talents in the worlds of comedy, music, theater, cabaret, magic and other forms of art and entertainment.
Experimental, multi-genres and international, Zoofest offers an eclectic and crazy programming to a particularly adventurous public. It is somewhat the frosted side of the Just For Laughs Festival. Our scouting team combs artistic productions around the world, retaining in our nets only the more extravagant, even disturbing, which then will be seen by tens of thousands of spectators.
Zoofest is also a window on the world and its culture. In addition to proudly represent the talents of Quebec and Canada, Zoofest brings together artists of the United States, UK, Australia, France and Belgium, to name a few.
All at affordable prices, during the month of July, the craziest summer month of Montreal!
Zoofest presented its 5th edition from July 4 to 28, 2013.
Pleasance Contact :
Head of Comedy, Pleasance
Zoofest Contact :
General & Artistic DIrector, Zoofest
Sun 29 September SoftlySoftly presents
WORRY DOLLS + MIKAELA KHAN + JACK WARSHAW
at KISS THE SKY
18-20 Park Road Crouch End
2.45 – 5pm
Deliciously chilled unplugged acoustic music to charm you on a Crouch End Sunday afternoon.
WORRY DOLLS are an absolutely charming and delightful duo who entertained us about a year ago and went down a storm with their gently quirky songs… http://www.worrydollsmusic.com/
MIKAELA KHAN who makes a speedy return together with her husband with much multi instrumental virtuosity and gorgeous songs.
JACK WARSHAW is a fantastic American troubadour based in England who has been entertaining in folk circles since the 60s – one not to miss ww.youtube.com/user/jackwarshaw and, of course, resident poet Mark Walton
As usual doors open at 2.45, with music starting at 3pm and continuing until 5pm And all for just £3 on the door! Oh yes, and there’ll be marshmallows too! And as well as the normal drinks you’d expect to find in a bar there are delicious cocktails at a special Softly-softly price! (After 5pm the bar opens its doors to non-paying general public, so you can stay on and enjoy the evening ambience) The venue is easy to get to – Tube to Finsbury Park or Over ground to Crouch End Hill, then a couple of minutes on the W7 bus to Crouch End Clock tower, from which the venue is just two minutes’ stroll. (Or if you prefer, get Tube to Archway and take a 41 bus – slightly longer bus ride, or Highgate and take a W5.)
Our first event this month was a Circle Reading of ‘Juno and the Paycock’ by Sean O’Casey. Member Milli Innila had this to say about the event. ‘I had only read one of Seán O’Casey’s plays, ‘The Plough and the Stars’, before but do remember having taken an instant liking to how O’Casey seemed to view the world, the society and the people in it yet find such humour even in the midst of misery – ‘Juno and the Paycock’ was no different experience. I often easily loose focus, but would have had no such problem with this play even if I’d just sat home reading it. The characters were believable and well layered, authentic human beings – the same can be said about the story.
The reading was also well lead: everyone got to participate and the parts were shifted in intervals that felt suitable. We had a good group of people attending – and they were not few but not too many either. I find these evenings a good way to keep sharpening my cold reading skills and often get to read plays I would otherwise not have even known of. A good Irish-flavoured evening it was with ‘Juno and the Paycock’!’
This month’s semi-staged rehearsed reading was a production of ‘The Bear in the Forest’ held on Wednesday 26th June. It was a piece of new writing written by member Monty Holender (http://www.actorsandwriters.org/monty.holender/index.php), who had this to say ‘I wrote The Bear in the Forest a few years ago, and it received warm words from Thea Sharrock, but this was the first time it had been performed. So for me it was almost like seeing a new play. The 4 hour (yes that’s right, just 4 hours) rehearsal had gone well but on the morning of the show, Mary Drake playing one of the main roles had to pull out because of lariingytis. After a panicky morning we secured the services of Helen Cashin to step in. Mary had been great in rehearsal and Helen was astonishing in performance, especially in showing the skill that underlies our rehearsed readings, namely that of sight reading. Which incidentally is exactly the skill required in auditions. And here was a perfect example of it.
As for the performance, I was thrilled that I had left enough space in my writing for the actors and director to bring their input to the play which they absolutely did. There were some lovely performances. I had been interested having heard of a massacre that happened at a battle in the civil war and the idea of archaeologists uncovering the secrets of the past. For some reason, and I’m not sure writers ever know exactly what happens in the creative process, I started to think of massacres that happened during the second world war in Eastern Europe. Throw in the idea of a loving grandfather who turns out to have a dark side and the link between the present and the past in the lives and relationships of the archaeologist started to form.
I enjoyed writing it and it was a real pleasure to see it come to life under the skilled direction of Michael Murray and the talented cast. comprising Mike Duran, Joel Dyer, Emma Manley, Edmund Dehn and Marian Elizabeth. I even enjoyed the Q&A afterwards.’
The best way to see what we do is come along to one of our events. July’s events are: a Circle Reading of ‘The Stepmother’ by Githa Sowerby on Monday 8th July at 7.30pm and a performance of A Series of Chekhov shorts on Wednesday 24th July at 7.30pm. All events are held at The Oak and Pastor, 86 Junction Road, N19 5QZ (Nearest tube Archway. 10 minutes from Upper Holloway Overground. Bus 134 or 390, Pemberton Gardens bus stop. Parking in the area free after 6.30 pm.)