Our last open air production Tales from the Surrey Hills
at Reigate Fort
See bottom of page for details of our next major open air project at Gatton Park in July 2015
Under the leadership of Youth Director Lixi Chivas, GCT successfully ran Scratch Scripts - a week of theatre workshops for young actors and emerging writers during the October half term week 2014. This supported the creative development of the acting skills of our young company and the script writing skills of our whole company and the wider community.
The final showcase to family, friends and scriptwriters was a great success with wonderful compliments from the audience about our talented group of young people. We hope you had a great week and well done for working so hard and putting on such a great showcase of the 16 rehearsed scripts. The Showcase was a whistle-stop tour through all manner of writing styles, settings, characters, and moods, all performed by a very talented group of young people. Our visiting scriptwriters thoroughly enjoyed meeting the actors and discussing their work. They were particuarly interested in the editing and overall thought the scripts improved by the process.
This project was an unprecedented opportunity to experience the writing exertions of GCT members and members of the
local and global community. In all, we received 42 scripts, from as far away as the USA, Canada and New Zealand though only managed to perform 16!
Special thanks to Surrey County Councillor Bob Gardener and Reigate & Banstead Councillor Roger Newstead who have kindly donated part of their Councillor Community Awards to support this project.
GCT’s Summer Production July 2015
Pippa's Progress: A Pilgrim’s Journey to Heaven
The GCT Trustees and committee are really excited to announce details of our next big open air production at Gatton Park which will be created by the very successful team of Artistic Director Anna Thompson and Associate Director Lixi Chivas. Performances will be during the weeks 13th - 25th July 2015. We are delighted that author Simon Parkes has given his blessing to the prospect of the wonderful Gatton Community Theatre adapting his inspirational book for this large community theatre project.
Times have changed since John Bunyan wrote his classic Pilgrim’s Progress, telling of Pilgrim’s journey up Hill Difficult and through the Slough of Despond to the Celestial City. Adapted by Anna Thompson, Pippa’s Progress will follow the journey of Pippa, a 21st-century Pilgrim. This moving and modern-day story follows the original’s premise of a pilgrim’s journey to heaven, but this time through the trials and temptations of our secularised, multi-cultural society. Pippa’s challenges along the way include the Rock of Subconscious, the Cliff of Hopelessness, Headspin’s Hallucinatory Mental Circus, The Garden of Sadness, the City of Socialmeja, the Fabulous Fame Game, the Sea of Identity and, of course, Heaven - all brought to life in true GCT style in the dramatic setting of Gatton Park.
If you would like to join us on this journey the dates for workshops, performances and how to get involved will on our website early in the new year. Workshops will start sometime in March.