Sheringham Little Theatre summer ‘rep’ season preview

Sheringham Little Theatre Summer Rep drama season. Sheringham Little Theatre Summer Rep drama season.

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Thursday, April 3, 2014
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Farce, spine-chilling thrills, dark comedy, and spoof vampires are in the mix for this summer’s drama season at Sheringham.

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Chance to get involved in theatre life

Comic book style artwork is being used to promote Sheringham Little Theatre’s summer drama season.

It is the brainchild of the venue’s new marketing manager Joe Burnham, who has risen to the position just a year after joining as an intern trainee.

The 24-year-old used the skills of a Ukranian artist to produce images for the series of plays which he hopes will catch the imagination and attention of theatregoers.

He joined the theatre last February on a marketing internship, as he was keen to pursue that line of career - having previously been in journalism - writing for outlets ranging from the websites of Time Out magazine and US Today, as well as magazines in Yorkshire and London.

Mr Burnham is now working on the theatre’s brochures, website, Facebook and Twitter feeds, and graphic design.

He is seeking to recruit people to a new volunteer publicity group, which aims to get supporters from across a wide area to help with finding locations for posters and publicity material.

“I am also keen to also get them involved in providing ideas for the theatre’s marketing and publicity,” added Mr Burnham.

Anyone keen to join the group should email josephburnham@sheringhamlittletheatre.com

The programme is a short sharp six-week blast of five productions, which run just once, instead of the double visits from recent years.

Theatre director Debbie Thompson said: “It is a return to traditional weekly rep - so people will have to book early to ensure they don’t miss out.

“There is an eclectic mix - something for everyone.”

The dramas will be performed by a company of eight professionals, bolstered by two young actors from Paston Sixth Form College, Joshua Duckmanton and Megan Bailes, who play the children in one of the farces.

Joe Burnham, marketing manager at Sheringham Little Theatre.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLYJoe Burnham, marketing manager at Sheringham Little Theatre. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Among the cast are returnees Richard Keightley who is playing four lead roles, and Ryan Starling, who is from North Walsham.

The Summer Rep programme, which launches on July 25, is:

■ Funny About Love - a sequel to the well-known Girl in My Soup farce featuring London couple Piers and Rosie whose life is turned upside down when he dumps her for his young pregnant secretary. July 25-30.

■ Kiss of Death - A menacing mystery involving a serial killer called The Surgeon, done in a contemporary manner which live screening on stage. August 1-7.

■ Caught in the Net - A Ray Cooney farce that is a sequel to Run For Your Wife, with bigamist John Smith still trying to keep his two wives secret from each other 18 years on. August 9-21.

■ Neville’s Island - Sometimes dark comedy based on a corporate team building weekend for four businessmen who find themselves marooned on an island in the Lake District. August 23-30.

■ The Mystery of Irma Vep - A spoof “penny dreadful” Gothic comedy drama with vampires, mummies and werewolves - all played by two actors. September 2-6

For bookings and information contact the box office on 01263 822347 or visit www.sheringhamlittletheatre.com

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