This unique one-man staging of the Charles Dickens classic, was held in the intimate setting of the Alma Tavern Theatre.
This festive masterpiece adapted from the original text and inspired by Dickens’ public readings has one actor re-enact every notable character from this haunting, moving, timeless story. As relevant and thought provoking today as it was when published in 1843.
This production will remind us all of the true Spirit of Christmas.....
Charles Dickens - Steve Woolley Scrooge - Steve Woolley Bob Cratchit - Steve Woolley Fred - Steve Woolley Ghost Of Christmas Past - Steve Woolley Ghost Of Christmas Present - Steve Woolley Ghost Of Christmas Yet To Come - Steve Woolley Isabel - Steve Woolley Tiny Tim - Steve Woolley Fezziwig - Steve Woolley Supplemental Characters - Steve Woolley
Director - Steve Woolley & Andi Ford Production Assistant - Anne Holloway
Set Construction - Geoff Rennie Lighting & Sound Designer - Darren Williams Set Design & Scenic Painter - Steve Woolley
Script adapted from Dickens text by - Steve Woolley
ProAct Produced by - Andi Ford
A View From The Bridge
In Brooklyn, longshoreman Eddie Carbone welcomes his Sicilian cousins to the land of freedom. But when one of them falls for his beautiful niece, they discover that freedom comes at a price. Eddie’s jealous mistrust exposes a deep, unspeakable secret – one that drives him to commit the ultimate betrayal.
ProAct return to the Alma Tavern for the second time this year, following Extremities in March we are looking forward to presenting A View From The Bridge, by Arthur Miller.
This classic play, is still as relevant and poignant today as it was when first performed.
Eddie - Matt Wells Beatrice - Emma Smart Catherine - Ruth Harries Marco - Dan Masters Rodolpho - Dan Blackwell Alfieri - Steve Blackmore Louis - Steve Woolley
On the night of his 35th birthday, Robert struggles to think of a wish to make as he blows out his birthday candles.
The lone bachelor, surrounded by “those good and crazy people” -- his married friends -- Robert is uncertain whether he should simply be happy with his lot or whether he should wish for his own romantic partner.
Over a series of dinner parties, first dates, and thoughtful conversations, Robert attempts to understand the pros and cons of marriage from his diverse and frequently hilarious friends, and begins to make sense of his own persistent bachelorhood.
Company, Stephen Sondheim’s groundbreaking modern musical, is a mature, intelligent, and wildly funny look at relationships, vulnerability, and “being alive.”
Images are all courtesy of Stewart McPherson (McPherson Photography)
Harry - Lynden O'Neill Sarah - Emma Griffiths David - Grant McCotter Jenny - Joanna Findlay Peter - Pete Cottell Susan - Susie Luckman Paul - Will Ferris Amy - Jane Williams Larry - Chris Parslow Joanne - Nicky Shipton
April - Lydia Marsh Kathy - Holly McEleny Marta - Grace MacDonald
What she did to survive is nothing compared to what she'll do to get even
A young woman is attacked in her home by a would-be rapist but manages to turn the tables on him, tying him up in the fireplace.
When her two housemates return what will they make of the scene that greets them?
Do they release him and possibly risk another attack? Do they go to the police and risk being called a liar? Or do they kill him - and become as low as him?
This play pulls no punches and examines an extremely emotive subject. From the initial attack through the moral debate that ensues and to the climatic finale you will have your own views challenged and questioned over and over.
Maddie - Ruth Harries Raul - Simon Vardakis Patricia - Emma Smart Terri - Nicola Williams
And There Was Music
Ben Stock performed his Cabaret "and there was music....." at the Rondo Theatre in Bath.
Following sell out performances in London, West End and UK theatre actor Ben Stock brought his acclaimed cabaret "...AND THERE WAS MUSIC" to his home territory.
With a career that encompasses everything from Panto to Pinter and from Wolverhampton to the West End, Ben's show includes music and tales that have influenced his life and work.....so far!
Songs by composers including Jerry Herman, Noel Coward, Tom Lehrer, and Cole Porter. Ben Stock's own career has included roles in productions such as Beauty & The Beast, Grease, Joseph and Hello Dolly as well as annual jaunts in major pantomimes.
As ex-lovers Amanda Prynne and Elyot Chase find themselves both honeymooning with their new spouses at the same hotel in France, old resentments quickly fan the fires of an old flame.
Always lively, Coward’s script is filled to the brim with clever barbs and witty retorts as Amanda and Elyot bounce back and forth between a state of passionate infatuation and ferocious hostility.
Caught in their path are their current spouses, a bubbly young bride named Sibyl and an aging old louse named Victor, who do their best to hold their own against Amanda and Elyot’s inescapable squabbles.
Amanda Prynne - Emma Smart Elyot Chase - Matt Wells Sibyl Chase - Ruth Rainton Victor Prynne - Steve Blackmore Louise - Michaela Sydney
I Love You Because
I LOVE YOU BECAUSE is a modern twist on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, set in New York City.
A young, uptight greeting card writer’s life is changed when he meets a flighty photographer. Along with their eccentric friends and siblings, they learn to love each other not in spite of their faults, but because of them.
Austin Bennet - Michael Griffiths Marcy FitzWilliams - Jane Williams Jeff Bennet - Harry Burt Diana Bingley - Emma Watkins New York Man - Matt Wells New York Woman - Rachel Mosley
Benjamin Braddock, recent college graduate and prodigal son, returns home and promptly becomes embroiled in an affair with the wife of his father's business partner,one Mrs. Robinson. However Ben soon finds himself falling in love with her daughter, Elaine, transforming Mrs Robinson into a vindictive and dangerous adversary.
Benjamin - Dan Blackwell Mrs Robinson - Emma Smart Mr Robinson - Matthew Wells Elaine Robinson - Rachel Mosley Mr Braddock - Steve Blackmore Mrs Braddock - Nicola Williams Club Dancer - Mary Peaple Desk Clerk/Bar Man/Psychiatrist/Priest - Andrew Stocker
Absurd Person Singular
Absurd Person Singular is set over three Christmases in the kitchens of three couples: Sidney Hopcroft, an ambitious tradesman, and his submissive wife Jane; architect and adulterer Geoffrey Jackson and his depressed wife, Eva; Ronald Brewster-Wright, a banker, and his alcoholic wife Marion.
Running like a darker thread through the wild comedy of behind-the-scenes disasters at Christmas parties is the story of the advance of the Hopcrofts to material prosperity and independence - and the decline of the others.
In the final stages the little man is well and truly on top, with the others, literally and unnervingly, dancing to his tune.
Sidney Hopcroft - Matt Wells Jane Hopcroft - Jane Priddes Geoffrey Jackson - Steve Blackmore Eva Jackson - Emma Smart Ronald Brewster-Wright - Andrew Stocker Marion Brewster-Wright - Michaela Sydney
Alan Strang has a passion for horses, yet one night in a Hampshire stable he inexplicably blinds five of them with a metal spike.
Convicted of this appalling crime, he is placed under the care of psychiatrist Martin Dysart. Alan is an unresponsive but enigmatic patient who challenges the brilliant psychiatrist to the extreme.
Initially the boy is silent and uncooperative, but as Dysart digs deeper he gradually gains Alan’s trust and the truth begins to emerge as Alan struggles to be free of his demons, he must first relive the events of that terrible night.
Inspired by a true story, Peter Shaffer’s unique psychological thriller creates an atmosphere and situation that explores the complex relationships between worship, myth and sexuality.
Equus culminates in one of the most exciting, shocking yet thrilling endings ever witnessed on stage.
Martin Dysart - Steve Woolley Alan Strang - John Webber Dora Strang - Emma Smart Frank Strang - Matthew Wells Hesther Saloman - Nicola Williams Jill Mason - Rachel Mosley Nurse - Leanda Pooler Harry Dalton - Paul Woolley Nugget/Horseman - Dan Masters Horse - Dan Blackwell Horse - George Tanner Horse - Tom Tanner Horse - Ben Winter
In celebration of the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens' birth, ProAct TheatreCompany presented a dramatic new adaptation of "Oliver Twist”.
The story of the orphaned boy from the workhouse asking for more, considered by some to be one of Dickens' greatest works, has been immortalised on film, TV and stage for over a century.
In ProAct's new and dramatic stage production, an ensemble company of fourteen actors, all playing multiple roles, will bring all the well know figures from the novel vividly to life.
This play stays close to the original book, which makes it slightly darker than other well-known stage adaptations and a more affecting piece as a result, and in many ways as relevant today as it was when it was written 170 years ago.
Oliver Twist - George Tanner Fagin - Steve Woolley Jack Dawkins - John Webber Mrs Sowerberry/Nancy - Nicola Williams Mr Sowerberry/Bill Sykes - Matt Wells Noah Claypole/Monks - Daniel Masters Mr Bumble - Paul Woolley Widow Corney - Jane Priddes Charlotte/Olivers Mother - Jacqui Woolley Mr Brownlow - Andrew Stocker Old Sally/Mrs Bedwin - Leanda Pooler Mr Fang - Robin Tyacke Dr Grimwig - Stephen Coles Charlie Bates - Elizabeth Cummins
Swimming With Sharks
Buddy Ackerman, one of Hollywood's most powerful producers and mastermind behind Keystone Studios’ high-grossing ultra violent movie franchise, is the boss from hell.
His eager and idealistic new assistant and would-be screenwriter, Guy, finds himself serving as Buddy's personal slave. Guy endures Buddy's tantrums and relentless verbal abuse in the hope that he will be given a once-in-a-lifetime chance to move up the Hollywood ladder.
When a unique opportunity arises, Guy attempts to play the system and preserve his integrity by drawing his high-powered producer girlfriend Dawn Lockard into a key deal with Buddy.
Soon however, he loses himself in Buddy's amoral world, irrevocably shattering his idealism, which leads to a bitter confrontation between mentor, protégé and lover that has devastating consequences for them all…….
Buddy Ackerman - Matt Wells Guy - John Webber Dawn Lockard - Nicola Williams Rex/Daniel Faruk - Daniel Masters Mitzy - Natalie Meese-Kennedy Cyrus - Paul Woolley Jack - James Williams
Frank is a tutor of English in his fifties whose disillusioned outlook on life drives him to drink and bury himself in his books. Enter Rita, a forthright 26 year-old hairdresser who is eager to learn. After weeks of cajoling, Rita slowly wins over the very hesitant Frank with her innate insight and refusal to accept no for an answer. Their relationship as teacher and student blossoms, ultimately giving Frank a new sense of self and Rita the knowledge she so craves.
Frank - Steve Woolley Rita - Janine Cowell
When notorious killers Wayne and Scout interrupt Bruce's passionate introduction to Brooke Daniels, a nude model and actress, they want more than an autograph from their cinematic idol. Wayne intends to use Bruce's "art" as justification for murder. Events are disrupted by the arrival of Bruce's soon to be ex wife and spoiled teenage daughter and his producer. However, Wayne means to succeed whatever the cost.
Bruce Delamitri - Craig Broadbear Velvet Delamitri - Josie Aggio Farrah Delamitri - Nicola Williams Wayne Hudson - Samuel Board Scout - Jane Priddes Brooke Daniels - Katherine Herve-Brazier Karl Brezner - Andi Ford Kirsten - Natalie Meese-Kennedy Bill - John Webber