BareBones competes in County Festival
The company are participating in the Hereford County Drama Festival for the second time. Following upon last year's successes, the company are entering no less than three plays: two adult and one youth production. The festival, which is part of the All-England Theatre Festival, takes place at The Courtyard Theatre, Hereford between Wednesday 15th and Saturday 18th March 2006
Both of our entered adult one-acts are American two-handers. They are:
The Problem by A L Gurney
A wife confesses to her husband that she is pregnant and that he may not be the father of the child. The husband is sympathetic and offers to raise the child as his own but after more startling revelations by the wife he confesses to having duped her for many years. The confession and counter confessions become elaborate and wild. Did all this really happen or is it merely some perverse game?
Duck Variations by David Mamet
Two old men sit on a bench beside a lake in a New York park. They have been friends for years. A conversation about passing ducks develops into a rambling philosophical discussion about nature, the environment, history and life itself. A simple play made compelling by the strength of Mamet's wonderfully colourful and telling dialogue.
Our Youth Theatre entry is an exerpt from our current full length youth production:
Our Day Out by Willy Russell
Liberal minded teacher Mrs Kay takes the 'Progress Class' on a day trip to Conway castle. She wants to give these deprived children a day to remember. They are accompanied by authoritarian teacher Mr Briggs, who sees this as a purely educational visit. Briggs is a blight on the event. However, as the day progresses with visits to the Zoo, the fair and the beach, Briggs appears to soften his attitude to the children. Has this man got a heart after all? Full of chirpy songs, the music supports a piece crammed with social comment on the poorer areas of Liverpool in the sixties.
Bare Bones Youth are performing three short plays as the final evening's entertainment in the this year's County Drama Festival. A single competetive play, KEVIN, by Dave Baldwin is accompanied by two shorter pieces, PANTOMANIA and THE TEAM by the same author.
Our junior theatre section, Bare Bones Youth, once more took the Stennett Trophy as their performance of The Mystery Gift by Bill Tordoff was adjudged to be the best production by a youth company in this years Herefordshire County Drama Festival held at The Courtyard theatre, Hereford.
'Us and Them' by David Campton and 'Titanic' by David Foixton were the two plays entered by Bare Bones Youth to the 2011 Herefordshire County Drama Fewstival. The twenty-five young actors were rewarded with the Kathleen Dade Memorial Trophy.
The 2009 County Festival dates coincided with other production commitments preventing our youth section from competing in last year's festival. However, 2010 saw the group return to the competition with their two winter productions:' Rabbit' by David Foxton and 'You, Me and Mrs Jones' by Tony Horitz. 'Mrs Jones' fielded a cast of twenty-two and fifteen of that cast then appeared in 'Rabbit'. Both casts performed well and it was 'Rabbit' which took the Stennett Trophy as the best youth production in the festival.
Bare Bones Youth made a little bit of history by being the first youth team in the 71years of the Hereford County Drama Festival, to take first place and go on to compete in the Western Division Finals of the All England competition.
Both the senior and youth sections of Bare Bones celebrated Christmas 2007 with a party this year.
After two and a half years in existence the company feels the need to recruit more members to sustain the level of activity in its adult and youth sections.
A group of Bare Bones members and friends met at the magnificent Bishopswood House to celebrate in a Dickensian style.
After winning the Herefordshire County Drama Festival this David Mamet play has won through to the Central England Final.
We win the Herefordshire County Drama Festival and take four other major awards
Three entries in the Herefordshire One-Act Play Festival
"Stepping Out" raises money for Children in Need
We have been awarded a Lottery Grant for the
purchase of portable staging.