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past productions

2017
december
A DINNER ENGAGEMENT - LENNOX BERKELEY
MUSICAL DIRECTOR - EWAN GILFORD
DIRECTOR - CHARLOTTE BROADBENT
The Earl of Dunmow - DAVID CANE
The countess of dunmow - JULIET MONTGOMERY
susan - LEONIE MAXWELL
mrs. kneebone - INGVILD SCHULTZE-FLOREY
the grand duchess - LUCY VALLIS
prince phillipe - CHRISTOPHER LITTLEWOOD
errand boy - john wood
IN DECEMBER 2018 WE RETURNED TO THE MANCHESTER CENTRAL LIBRARY WITH A PRODUCTION OF A DINNER ENGAGEMENT BY LENNOX BERKELEY. THE PRODUCTION PRESENTED THIS LIGHT HEARTED BRITISH FARCE UNFOLDING IN A GREATER MANCHESTER HOME AT CHRISTMAS TIME.
tHE PRODUCTION WAS WELL RECEIVED AND WE WERE PLEASED TO BE REVIEWED BY MANCHESTER THEATRE AWARDS.
 
2016
december
Suor Angelica - Giacomo Puccini
Musical Director -  Ewan Gilford
Director - Timothy Langston
Assistant Director - Charlotte Broadbent
Angelica - Katie Lowe
Her Aunt - Antonia Sotgiu
Jennifer, member of staff  - Jennifer Parker
Christine, member of staff - Hollie-Anne Bangham
Genevieve, resident - Jennifer Rust
Dolcina, resident - Stephanie Stanway
Osmina, resident - Elizabeth Humphries
Sophie, resident - Leonie Maxwell
Karen, resident - Louise Wayman
Maria, resident - Juliet Montgomery
Maria, resident - Ingvild Schultze-Florey
Lucilla, resident - Joanna Harries
Anna, resident - Amy Shaw
December 2016 saw us undertake our most ambitious project to date, with a large ensemble cast we tackled Puccini's one hour masterpiece, Suor Angelica. This project was especially important as we collaborated with the Women's Equality Party and Women's Aid to create a production that looked into issues of domestic violence and sexual abuse in society. This process saw the cast members and creative team taking great care to learn about the difficulties faced by so many women in society today. We were proud to raise money for Women's Aid at our events in Manchester Central Library.
february
 
A Husband at the Door - Offenbach and The Telephone - Menotti
Musical Directors - James Hendry and Ina Selvelieva
Director - Timothy Langston
 
The Telephone - Menotti
 
Lucy - Chloe Saywell
Ben - David Cane
 
A Husband at the Door - Offenbach
Rosita - Sarah Foubert
Suzanne - Jennifer Parker
Florestan - Christopher Littlewood
Martel - James Berry
As we approached our one-year birthday we prepared a touring double-bill of comic operas: Menotti's The Telephone and Offenbach's A Husband at the Door. These shows visited five churches in Greater Manchester and were met with great warmth from our audiences. The translation of the Offenbach opera was being performed for the first time ever and was delivered brilliantly by the cast, alongside Manchester Opera Ensemble veterans David Cane and Chloe Saywell who presented Woody Allen's Manhattan as the backdrop to Menotti's quirky 20 minute comedy The Telephone.
2015
november
The Turn of the Screw - Benjamin Britten
 
Musical Director - Ina Selvelieva
Director - Timothy Langston
Photography Artist - Sarah Foubert
 
Governess - Chloe Saywell 
Mrs. Grose - Hannah Poulsom
Flora - Charlotte Broadbent
Miles - Ella Taylor
Peter Quint - Alex Banfield
Miss. Jessel - Stephanie Stanway
Prologue - Brian McNamee
 
Covers Cast:
 
Governess - Charlotte North
Mrs. Grose - Elizabeth Humphries
Flora - Leonie Maxwell
Miles - Ella Taylor
Peter Quint - Brian McNamee
Miss. Jessel - Charlotte Trepress
Prologue - Henry Ngan
 
In November 2015 we extended our reach and were welcomed into Manchester Central Library where we performed The Turn of the Screw by Benjamin Britten, directed by Timothy Langston and Conducted by Ina Selvelieva from the piano. The production brought the harrowing tale into the 20th century, setting the story at the beginning of the 1980's. The performance was in the round and was centred on themes of ambiguity, sex and abuse. We had an auditioned cast and commissioned professional photography artwork and the project was met with warm critical acclaim. You can read a review here.
 
february
 
The Old Maid and the Thief - G.C. Menotti
 
Musical Director - James Hendry
Director - Timothy Langston
 
Miss Todd - Jennifer Parker
Miss Pinkerton - Stephanie Stanway
Laetitia - Sarah Foubert
Bob - David Cane
Our inaugural project in February 2015 was a new production of The Old Maid and the Thief  (Gian Carlo Menotti) directed by Timothy Langston and Conducted by James Hendry. We brought this show to the vibrant space of the King's Arms Theatre, Salford. The cast was made up of friends and colleagues with a passion to bring life to our new company. The result was a professional quality show with a unique energy and was met with a warm audience reception.
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