#chesterculture – Under The Blue Sky Auditions

Under the Blue Sky is David Eldridge’s award-winning, funny and touching play. Three subtly connected love stories that reveal in turn the roller coaster ride of lust in its prime, the sacrifices of a life in public service and its unrequited passions.

Eldridge’s play is a delicate yet truthful depiction of all the degrees of love – from fondness and affection through the headier extremes of a drunken romp. It gives us an all too recognisable portrayal of the way in which uncertainties, misunderstanding and the unsaid lead to unexpected results for three couples who seem destined never to say the right thing.

On Friday 8th April, at 7pm, Chester Theatre Club have another chance for people to audition for their July production of Under the Blue Sky.

In particular, the director is looking for a male actor in his 40s but all are welcome as there are both male and female roles up for grabs.

Under The Blue Sky Auditions
Chester Little Theatre
Friday 8th April 2016

#chesterculture – Useless Beauty at Chester Little Theatre – 14th April to 16th April 2016

A well known figure in the Chester Theatre scene who normally spends his days assisting in the smooth running of University campuses will see the characters in his own play come to life on the Chester stage later this month.

Mark Newman, Operations Manager at Chester University, will see his debut play, ‘Useless Beauty’, performed as part of Chester Theatre Club’s 2016 season at The Little Theatre.

The cast of Useless Beauty( from L-R, Richard Hulse(Alex) Jo Perry(Kate) Anna Sweeting(Helen) and John Turner(Martin) in rehersals.

Consisting of a four-strong cast, the play is described by Mark as a darkly comic drama of bad manners and good wine.
It tells the story of an evening’s events when a married couple invite two friends around for dinner.

As the wine flows, the evening takes a series of unexpected turns as long buried painful truths and past events come to the surface.

Following a long spell of acting and directing for the stage, Mark decided to turn his hand to writing his own play 3 years ago after being inspired by the work of colleagues and friends from the world of theatre.
A Drama and English graduate from the University of Chester, Mark – a former Deputy Front of House Manager at The Chester Gateway Theatre – has been a popular figure in the Chester theatre scene for more than 15 years. Mark has acted and directed extensively with Tip Top Productions.

Most recently he appeared in and directed Habeas Corpus for Chester Theatre Club and directed their recent production of Peter Nichols’ “Passion Play”.  For Tip Top, Mark is perhaps best known for his role in their highly acclaimed revival of ‘Bouncers’ by John Godber in which he was joined by other members of Tip Top’s original cast of 12 years before to re-create their respective roles.
Mark said: “I’d written a few novels over the years, although they’ve never been published, so putting pen to paper is something I’ve always done – but never for the stage until I wrote ‘Useless Beauty’. You can never be too sure how good a play is until it’s been performed in public for the first time but the feedback from its premiere at The Forum Studio Theatre two years ago was very good and so I’m delighted that it is being given another outing in a new venue with a completely new cast.”

Useless Beauty runs at Chester Little Theatre in Gloucester Street, Newtown, Chester, in The Salisbury Studio from Thursday 14th – Saturday 16th April 2016

Useless Beauty
Chester Little Theatre
Thursday 14th April to Saturday 16th April 2016
Tickets are £7/£6(concs).
Full details and online booking or via TicketSource on 0333 666 3366 (booking fees apply)


#chesterculture – Preview: Chester Film Society present ‘Catch Me Daddy’ – 5th April 2016

Catch Me Daddy tells the story of Laila, a girl on the run from her family who is hiding out in West Yorkshire with her drifter boyfriend Aaron. When her brother arrives in town with a gang of thugs in tow, she is forced to flee for her live and faces her darkest night.

Catch Me Daddy is a bold and blistering British debut from Daniel and Matthew Wolfe, featuring a breakout central performance from newcomer Sameena Jabeen Ahmed to stunning effect.

The screening of Catch Me Daddy on Tuesday is dedicated to the memory of Jenny Bingham.

George Mayled, president of Chester Film Society said: “Jenny was one of the founders of Chester Film Society in the 70s. One of the committee she played a great part in those early difficult days. Enthusiastic and forthright in her opinions she tackled all sorts of tasks with equal gusto. The Society owes her a great deal.”

Catch Me Daddy
Chester Film Society
Chester Little Theatre
Tuesday 5th April 2016

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