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WT is looking for a new Technical Director

After nine years in the role, Ben Kellett is stepping down as WT’s Technical Director. He has made a sizeable and much appreciated contribution to life at WT, and the board wish to express their thanks to him for his tireless work over that time. That means that we now have a vacancy for the role, and we are keen to find a willing volunteer to get involved with all things tech at WT. Ben is keen to stress that he is fully committed to helping whoever steps up to ‘bed in’ over the course of the next year. As for what’s involved, the Technical Director’s main responsibilities include

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Assistant Director Heather Maceachern introduces ‘The Father’

Having worked with Wokingham Theatre’s current Artistic Director David Stacey and Claire Lawrence on A Christmas Carol as Assistant Director in 2019, I jumped at the chance to work with David again to bring the tragi-comic mystery of The Father to life this spring. The Father, or Le Père, in the original French version, is one of a trilogy of plays created by the extraordinary mind of playwright Florian Zeller. You may well have seen the recent screen version starring two powerhouses of British acting talent, Olivia Coleman and Sir Anthony Hopkins. Sir Anthony went on to win a highly des

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Behind the Scenes on ‘Sweeney Todd: The Shock’n’Roll Show’

No production would go ahead if it were not for the team of people backstage.  We talked to a few of that team about the joys and challenges of staging a youth theatre production. How many costumes? Sue Daykin Indigo: “Well there are 19 actors” Sue: “– ok, so manageable.” Indigo: “Yes, but they each play multiple roles and some of those roles have more than one costume.” Sue: “So how many costumes?” Indigo: “…..um, 56.” That was better news than the 96 required for Alice in Wonderland, so off I went. Relatively straightforward, as no animals unlike Alice in Wonderland and The Lion, The Wi

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Q&A with ‘Apologia’ director – Adrian Tang

Another gem originally planned for our 2019/20 season, Alexi Kaye Campbell’s ‘sharp, funny, raw’ Apologia opens in January 2022 at WT, and we caught up with director Adrian Tang to get a taste of the show and find out what audiences can expect. Thanks for chatting Adrian, and congratulations! Is Apologia your WT directorial debut? Yes and it’s been a long time coming!  Apologia was one of the plays that was postponed from two years ago and sometimes I pinch myself to make sure we’re actually going ahead with it this time.  I won’t tempt fate anymore now that I’ve sa

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Q&A with ‘The Government Inspector’ director – Thomas Joy

The world-famous comedy The Government Inspector opens in December, and we caught up with director Thomas Joy to find out more about the show, how rehearsals have been going, and why the show is just as relevant in 2021 than it ever has been! Tell us a little about The Government Inspector – what can audiences expect to see? I think it’s best to start by saying that above all, The Government Inspector is fun. It’s an absolute riot, filled with preposterous characters, silliness, and innuendo, it really is a comedy that caters for all. Set in a small provincial town ‘in

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Anne Boleyn: The Costume Challenge

Wokingham Theatre is no stranger to period productions and the requirement for many beautiful costumes.  In March 2020, Anne Boleyn was due for curtain up at the dress rehearsal when COVID pulled the plug.  Costumes were made, altered, hired and allotted to the actors.  Dressing rooms were laid out with all the accoutrements and we were set to go.  Fast forward 19 months and here we are again, but many of the costumes look a little different. Rosemary Matthews was the costume lead on this show and, together with her team, had packed the costumes into storage. Those hired pi

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Q&A with ‘Abigail’s Party’ director Liz George

The classic Mike Leigh comedy Abigail’s Party opens later this month, and in advance of the drinks party from hell, we caught up with director Liz George to get her take on the play, her approach, and the songs she’d add to the perfect 70s party playlist! Abigail’s Party is such a classic – when did you first see it, and what made you so interested in directing it? I first discovered Mike Leigh when my sister took me to see his film Life is Sweet at the Hexagon in Reading, over thirty years ago. I remember feeling at the time this was completely different to anything I

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Q&A with ‘September in the Rain’ director Alan Long

With September in the Rain opening in early July, we had a (socially distanced) sit down with director Alan Long to find out more about his approach to directing the first show back at WT in over a year! What is it about John Godber’s script for September in the Rain that drew you to the play? Being married to a Yorkshire girl, Rachel, with a large extended Yorkshire family, I recognised the authenticity of John Godber’s writing. The straight talking, blunt humour, and the ability to disagree about everything is very familiar! The pictures on the website for September In Th

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