Tickets for Humble Boy now on sale!

Liverpool Network Theatre Group are delighted to present ‘Humble Boy’, the award-winning play (2001 Critics Theatre Award for New Play) by Charlotte Jones.

Take a stammering astrophysicist, add his waspish mother, her boorish beau and his free-spirited daughter, sprinkle with a nervous family friend and garnish with a wise gardener. Place all in the warmth of an idyllic British summer and watch the desperately cultivated veneer of civility disintegrate deliciously. Humble Boy is a gorgeous celebration of language and the madness of life, like the bees that buzz in Felix’s head even though they have been banished from the beehive. It is thematically rich and boldly theatrical whilst remaining uncompromisingly and intimately human with plenty to think about once the sun has finally set on the Humbles’ garden.

Humble Boy runs from the 16th to 18th November, 2016 at Blackburne House, starting at 1900 and running for approximately two hours, including an intermission. Tickets are £8/6 available from www.ticketsource.co.uk/humbleboy

Blackburne House’s cafe/bistro and bar will be open throughout the evening and offer a pre-theatre menu which can be booked either on 0151 708 3929 or via www.blackburnehouse.co.uk. In addition, there is a 10% discount on all food purchased directly at the counter.

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Black Comedy/White Liars open auditions

Open auditions for the next Network production, a double bill of plays by Peter Shaffer, will take place on Wednesday 26th October between 6 and 9pm at our workshop venue, Hope St Ltd on Lord Street (entrance between McDonalds and Specsavers, ring bell for 3rd floor), with rehearsals throughout December and January.

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Black Comedy: This hilarious farce plays on light and dark: when the lights are ‘on’ the stage is pitch black, but after a few minutes there is a power cut, the stage lights come on and the audience can see the actors.

Brindlsey Miller is an unsuccessful artist whose big chance has finally come, with a visit from eccentric millionaire art collector, Georg Bamberger. There are just a few problems to overcome: being engaged to Carol without having properly ended things with previous girlfriend Clea, the first meeting with Carol’s terrifying military father and having ‘borrowed’ his possessive neigbour Harold’s furniture to spruce up his flat. And then the lights go out.
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Brindsley Miller: a young sculptor, intelligent and attractive, but nervous and uncertain of himself. 20s-30s
Carol Melkett: Brindsley’s fiancee. A young debutante; very pretty, very spoilt, very silly. 20s-30s
Miss Furnival: a middle-aged lady. Prissy and refined. The archetypal middle-class spinster… until alcohol undoes her. 30s-50s
Colonel Melkett: Carol’s commanding father. Brisk, barky, yet given to sudden vocal calms which suggest a deep and alarming instability. 40s-50s
Harold Gorringe: the bachelor owner of an antiques shop and Brindsley’s neighbour, Harold comes from the North of England. Possessive and an expert in emotional blackmail, with a tendency to become hysterical. 30s-60s
Schuppanzigh: a cheery and cultivated German refugee. Delighted with his life and job at the London Electricity Board. 30s+
Clea: Brindsley’s ex-girlfriend. Mid-twenties, dazzling, emotional, bright and mischievous. 20s-30s
Bamberger: an elderly millionaire art collector. Also German. A walk-on part (but potentially a scene stealer!). 30s+

White Liars: Sophie, Baroness Lemberg, is a disillusioned fortune teller in an out-of-season resort. She is visited by Tom, the lead singer in a rock band, and his business manager, Frank. It soon becomes clear that Frank has an ulterior motive in the visit, but as Sophie looks into her crystal ball it becomes clear that life really is stranger than fiction and all three have something to hide.
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Sophie, Baroness Lemberg: an Austrian fortune teller who has fallen on hard times at an out-of-season English resort. A classy and educated lady who feels her best days may all be behind her.
Frank: young manager of The White Liars, a rock band. Frank is nervous and unsure of himself and has an urgent favour to ask of Sophie.
Tom: the lead singer in The White Liars, Tom is fascinating and attractive, but highly superstitious and ready to believe in fortune telling in general. A Yorkshire accent would help here.

Please note that we are a community theatre group and these are unpaid roles. If you’d like to audition for either or both plays, please email sandra.tschackert@googlemail.com indicating which roles you would like to audition for and if you have a preference in terms of timing. We will sort out a few different time slots and confirm nearer the date.

Humble Boy auditions

Hello all,

Humble Boy is Liverpool Network Theatre’s upcoming autumn production, and will take place from 17 – 19 November at the Black-E.

We are intending to hold auditions on Wednesday 24th August – (update:) upstairs at the Pilgrim pub on Pilgrim Street from 6.30pm onwards.

Lack of experience is no handicap – if you’re interested, bring your enthusiasm and you’ll have a great time 🙂

[Cast breakdown]
– Felix Humble – A mid-30s theoretical astrophysicist from Cambridge. He is the play’s main character and most noticeable is his stutter caused by his nervousness.
– Flora Humble – Beautiful and self-centered, Flora is the mother of Felix
– George Pye – Confident, well-built, modern, and big band music savvy. George is the complete opposite of James Humble, the deceased father of Felix.
– Rosie Pye – Daughter of George and former girlfriend of Felix. She is a nurse and also has a 7 year old daughter
– Jim – The gardener of the estate, he is an old man in his 60s.
– Mercy Lott – Friend (although seemingly a slave) of Flora, she is kind but doesn’t seem to be all there. She has a secret crush on George Pye.

See you at the audition!
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Proposals for Spring and Winter shows

Hi all!
We are currently seeking proposals for plays to fill two slots.

Firstly, our spring show, to be staged in late April/early May. Venue is yet to be confirmed, but will be indoors. As usual, we envisage three performances.

Secondly, there is another opportunity for the first week of February (3 performances: Friday evening and Saturday matinee/evening). We are looking for a one-act play (or monologue) to form the first half of a double bill. The piece should be between half an hour and an hour in length. The venue will be the Black-E and we are looking for something light and amusing to fit in with the other play (more news very soon). Set should ideally be fairly simple, but feel free to submit any ideas you like.

The initial deadline for proposals for both February and spring is the end of September. If you are interested in either/both slots, please send your proposals to liverpoolnetworktheatre@googlemail.com. We need the name of the play, the director and production manager (plus any other team members on board), any staging notes and why you think the production would be suitable for our company. If you need any help, then please feel free to contact us for advice and we will be happy to give you some pointers. Remember that we are always looking for new directors to come along and get involved. All of us started with no experience, so don’t be dissuaded if you feel your dream project may be too ambitious.

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Next week! LNTG presents The Merchant of Venice

Good morrow, Networkers and friends!

You’ll be pleased to know that our summer production is now almost upon us, and with opening night just a week away, it’s high time to plan your visit and get your tickets sorted.

Go to www.ticketsource.co.uk/mov to get yours now, bring a picnic, a friend and some enthusiasm, because this is going to be a good one!

Six performances in gorgeous venues, and below is just a little sneak preview of what colourful madness awaits you there.

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Summer production coming soon: The Merchant of Venice!

Hello Networkers!

Rehearsals and preparations are certainly well underway for Network’s summer production – William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, and it promises to be a fun one.

With six dates and five locations (including beautiful parks and gardens) to choose from, you’d be a fool to miss this one! See the poster below for dates, places and times and then head over to https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/mov to secure yourself a ticket or two.

If you want to keep up with news, trivia, and the occasional rehearsal snap, you can also follow the MoV Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Merchant-of-Venice-433358806860885/?fref=ts

See you all soon!

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Call for proposals: Network autumn play 2016

BIG NEWS TIME! Rehearsals may be well underway for Merchant of Venice (seriously, I have sneaked into a rehearsal and it’s going to be terrific!! -Will), but LNTG has not got to its current position by resting on its laurels, so listen up!

We are now taking proposals for our autumn show. Dates and venue have yet to be finalised, but we reckon November will be the most likely option.

Have you directed for us before? Directed for somebody else? Or never done anything like this, but fancy a challenge? Everybody is welcome to propose a show, so if you are interested, please send us an e-mail to liverpoolnetworktheatre@gmail.com containing the following:

– details of the play and ideas about staging (are there any particular difficulties you envisage? What kind of venue are you looking for?)
– your team: a director and production manager as a minimum, but feel free to mention any stage managers, techies, marketing team you want to involve
– details of the cast. It is always nice to have a decent sized cast to get people involved and be aware of gender breakdown (or be willing to cross-cast). So Twelve Angry Men may have to become Twelve Angry Non-Gender Specific Persons
– any other useful information (why would this be a suitable production for LNTG?)

The initial deadline for proposals is June 10th, so get cracking and feel free to e-mail us or contact Will O’Neill or Sandra Tsch via Facebook if you have any questions.

Good luck!

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