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Castaways in Bugsyland

Barbara —  June 22, 2017 — Leave a comment

The Castaway Theatre Group in Yeovil are just starting their run of Bugsy Malone! Good luck castaways and we look forward to more of your wonderful photos! Thursday 22nd – Saturday 24th June.

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We are really pleased that our silly, funny and super cool spy musical Spy School – the Seventh Department is having a few outings around the country this July. Written as a Leavers Gala production for 10 year olds – but, honestly, I’d be happy to be in it and I’m not 10! Simple staging, great songs, large cast of spies – could it get any better? Go and have a quick browse and a listen…

Spy School Offbeat Theatre Musical for Schools

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More pics from Bugsy you don’t usually get to see! A lovely ‘waitress moment’ as Bugsy and Blousey make plans.
This from the Conquest Youth Theatre’s (Bromyard) production in 2009. Wonderful daydreaming expression – one I employ myself from time to time…

Bugsy Malone Conquest Youth Theatre

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The next Offbeat Theatre production has been a long time coming. After the darkness that was The Killing of Poe in February 2016 we had the promise of a lighter one act play courtesy of The Space in December 2016, which we cancelled for our own inexplicable reasons. But now … we have the emergence of THE FROG KING! Hooray! And here he is – the Frog King in construction! Early days for the play (and his head), but rehearsals and complex set building will commence soon.

The Frog King Offbeat Theatre

The location for the performances is a closely guarded, well kept secret that will only be revealed half an hour before the start (ok, it’s in Bredenbury). Audience numbers will be restricted as this production is even more unusual than the others we’ve performed at this particular location … More on that to come, but suffice to say it’s in more than one ‘room’. More than two even. Intrigued? We hope so.

Plot? Well, the script is being finalised (which is code for ‘written’) as I type. Or rather when I finish typing and get back to the far more important task of ‘finalising’ the script. Funny how, at times like this when you have a very important task to finish off, you suddenly realise you absolutely need to clean the windows – even though you have never noticed that your house actually has windows until the very moment when you caught yourself gazing out of one. I jest, I have no intention of cleaning windows, vacuuming carpets, washing up or anything else that might distract me from the joyous task that is finishing the script (serious face).

So, plot then? Well, have you ever noticed how the same fairy tale (The Frog Prince for example) is told in more or less the same way, with more or less the same outcome using more or less the same characters? Ever wondered what might happen if the plot was subject to quite a major change? No, I hadn’t either, until the Storyteller in my story changed something rather crucial – and you have no idea what that’s done to fairytale-land. To be honest, it’s all getting rather silly and it’s going to take something very magical to fix it. So, I can safely say, hand on heart (not the one the evil troll turned to stone, the other one), that this is a show full of magic, surreal daftness, puppets, beautiful sets, frogs and more royalty than is necessary in one castle. It’s for adults and small adults, but not tiny ones under the age of 7 (at a guess, I may be wrong). See you there?

THE FROG KING: Friday 4th, Saturday 5th (2 performances) and Sunday 6th AUGUST.

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The Frog King Cometh!

Barbara —  May 16, 2017 — Leave a comment

The new Offbeat Theatre production is based very very loosely on the Frog Prince and we’ve called it The Frog King. Immediately you see the looseness of the story! In fact if you hop over (sorry) to the blog you might find a more detailed synopsis.
This pic is the Frog King’s head in construction (you can see the scale of it by comparing to the mannequin)

Offbeat Theatre The Frog King

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A few costumes from one of our hires! We supply lots of flapper style dresses in each hire that can be dressed up (for evening / glam look) or down (day dress) as you like! Some dresses lean towards glam and a few are most definitely more useful for the showgirls’ day dresses in the scene where they’re leaving Fat Sam’s place. Lots more photos on the gallery pages.

Offbeat Theatre costumes for Bugsy Malone

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Yet more Darkness

Barbara —  April 27, 2017 — Leave a comment

The winner of the talking sandwich prize for the most performed play from the Offbeat vaults has to be Rob Hockley’s Darkness in the Night, which is no surprise really. This moody and dark shot (shades of ‘Queen’), is from the students of Hereford 6th Form College, performing on Friday 28th April. Good luck! See you there…

Darkness in the Night

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As we stagger towards a short Bugsy break at Easter, I thought I’d pick a photo that isn’t of gangsters or showgirls! In mid song is Cagey Joe, with Leroy in front. Makes a change! I particularly like the ‘boxer’ exercising in the background and the thoughtful expression as Leroy wonders whether he can make it as a boxer. This production was at the Conquest Theatre, Bromyard in 2009…

Cagey Joe and Leroy in Bugsy Malone

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Splurge Madness

Barbara —  March 11, 2017 — Leave a comment

This is a fantastic finale shot from St Edmunds School in Canterbury! We supplied some guns and as many costumes as we could to help out. Even if we get booked up we still have spare costumes we can gather together for you. I just love the silly string caught on camera, plus the more ‘whooshy’ splurge firing out of the guns! Fab shot.

St Edmunds School Canterbury

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Loving the lighting!

Barbara —  March 11, 2017 — Leave a comment

In this version of ‘Alice’The Tweedles & Alice end up on a boat. This is a beautifully lit photo – clocks looking like stars. Fantastic. Love it. Retford Youth Theatre. Costumes by Offbeat.

Retford Youth Theatre, Alice in Wonderland

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