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ALICE
Alice Brown accepted for Birmingham Conservatoire
Appointment with Death
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At the Arden Theatre Faversham
Audition for Film Sport and the Performing Arts
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CAN't YOU SEE IT's LOVE
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Dover Youth Theatre
Film Sport and The Perorming Arts Workshop and Performance
Imogen - as Oliver in Dover College
Kent Competitive Festival Prizewinners Concert 26 June2011
Kent on Sunday Article
Lord Arthur Savile's Crime
MC MILLAN CANCER APPEAL
Mr Micawber
Mr Micawber opens at Trinity Theatre Tunbridge Wells
ON THE HALLS
ON THE HALLS by Michael Thomas
REVIEW Of THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL:
Singing Exams June2011
Speech and Drama Exams
Sppech and Drama Exams Trinity Guildhall 2011
Spring tour of DIck Barton begins 25th March at Tom Thumb
Thanet Festival 2011
Thanet festival 2013
The Canterville Ghost storytelling workshop
The long awaited album
THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL performances
Trinity Guildhall Exams
Trinity Theatre Tunbridge Wells
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Valentine's Day 12th Feb 2011
War and Creativity
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Dick Barton at The Dominican Priory

Dick Barton Cast at the Microphone - all set for Dominican Priory Canterbury  St Peter's Lane - just behind the Marlowe Friday 9th and Sat 10th March at 7.30pm - Tickets available from The Marlowe Theatre 01227 787787.
 
Josiah Rose, Biff Harrison Ann Lindsey Wickens James Petherick, Marie Kelly, Patrick O'Connor Brian Withstanley

War and Creativity - March 8th Sevenoaks Library

Marie will read war poems and sing  in WAR AND CREATIVITY , Graham Witham from the University of Kent will talk about artists of the FIRST WORLD WAR - an evening showing how artists and writers have been inspired by war at SEVENOAKS LIBRARY Buckhurst Lane, sevenoaks  TN13 3LQ 7pm Thursday March 8th  0845 247200

Dick Barton ON RADIO KENT DOMINIC KING TODAY

LOVELY EMAIL YESTERDAY FROM DOMINIC KING BBC RADIO KENT WHO WILL GIVE DICK BARTON  TOUR KICKING OFF ON SAT 25TH AT TOM THUMB A MENTION IN HIS RADIO SHOW TODAY 21 FEB 2012 THANK YOU DOMINIC

Dick BARTON Tour Begins on Sat - Newspapers informed

Told all the newspapers and the Hawkinge Gazette about our Tour of Dick Barton- Special Agent based on the BBC 1940's radio serial which begins on saturday next 25th FEB at 2.30pm (Matinee) and 7.30pm (Evening Show) at the Tom Thumb Theatre Margate www.wegotickets.com  contact the theatre 01843 221791
 
 
 

Trinity Guildhall Drama Singing and Music exams

Delighted with Students results i the recent exam sessions at Trinity Guildhall at the Barbican  Fiona Padfield (Distinction Grade 8 Speech and Drama ) Katharine Wiggell (Merit Grade 6 Speech and Drama ) Jenny Holt (Distinction Singing Grade 1) Emily Matthews (Merit Grade 5 Theory of Music)

Dick Barton -Special Agent Spring Tour gets underway

The KATAPULT Productions "Dick Barton - Special Agent" (By Phil Willmott by Arrangement with the BBC) Spring tour gets underway at The Tom Thumb Theatre  Margate on Sat 25 Feb 2012 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm www.tomthumbtheatre.co.uk  Tickets £10

Alice acceped for Birmingham Conservatoire

Congratulations to severteen year old singing student Alice Brown who has been accepted to at the Birmingham Conservatoire to study Voice from September 2012. AS her teacher I'm delighted and wish her every success in her career

DICK BARTON - BULLS HEAD BARNES

KATAPULT fans can see the next performance of DICK BARTON - SPECIAL AGENT at the Bulls Head in BARNES LONDON on Wednesday 7th December 2011 - admission £10

Lord Arthur Savile's Crime

Looking forward to the performances of LORD ARTHUR SAVILE'S CRIME THIS THURSDAY 17th Nov 2011 at 7.30pm and Friday 18th Nov 2011 at 7.30pm in The Roundhouse Theatre Dover - Here's a photo of some of the cast

McMillan Cancer Morning at Dover Grammar School for Girls

My thanks to the staff at Dover Grammar School for girls for inviting me to launch their coffee and Cakes  appeal - proceeds to McMillan Cancer appeal this morning at the school. Evening else was in Green !  Lovely staff and pupils - I hope they've raised a packet!! Picture when I have it

Confirmed Future Dates for Dick Barton

Dick Barton was a tremendous success at both Trinity Theatre Tunbridge Wells and at the Sarah Thorne Theatre club in Broadstairs. Wonhderful response from the audiences . Future dates include THE BULLS HEAD in BARNES in DEC and JERMYN STREET THEATRE in MARCH 2012

DICK BARTON AT TRINITY TUNBRIDGE WELLS AND THE SARAH THORNE THEATRE CLUB THIS WEEK

We' ve had marvellous feedback from the Audiences at THE ARDEN THEATRE in Faversham on Thursday 8th and Friday 9th Sept. Thank you . "Dick Barton - Special agent" by Phil Willmott (by arrangement with the BBC) KATAPULT PRODUCTIONS performances this week are on FRIDAY 16th Sept at 8pm Trinity Theatre Tunbridge Wells where a splendid dinner and theatre ticket offer is available.and two performances at The Sarah Thorne Theatre Club on Sat 17th and sunday 18th Sept at 7.30pm

FILM SPORT AND THE PERFORMING ARTS

Press Launch of the FIlm Sport and the Performing Arts at Dover Grammar School for Boys 13 Aug 2011A brilliant week with 30 marvellous students aged 11-19 who worked with West End MD Grant Martin, Film Maker Steve Thomas (The Boat that Rocked)  Stunt and Fight Directors Josiah Rose and Jonathan Howlett., Choreographer Julia Renells  associate Director Michael Thomas who wrote Olympian Trip inspired by the  Cultural Olympiad.Stage management and Lighting Design by Andrew Martyn. Funders KCC arts Development Unit  Dover Town Council, The Jack Hewitt Youth Scheme were in attendance at the press launch. as well as the Kent Cultural Baton and Artist Maggie Rose and Catherine Herbert KCC Arts and Regeneration Officer. Picture by Anita Luckett

Tickets for Alice

Tickets for Alice available now - Two shows Thursday  14th July at 7.30pm and Friday 15th July at 7.30pm The Roundhouse Theatre Dover Discovery Centre
ADults £8 Students £5

Auditions - Friday 1st July for FILM SPORT and THE PERFORMING ARTS

This friday July 1st from 4pm - open auditions at The Salem Baptist Church Hall Dover for FILM SPORT and The Performing Arts - Age range 10 - 25 Years . Marie will work with Film Maker Steve Thomas, West End MD Grant Martin , Drama Director Michael Thomas, Stage Combat and Sport Facilitators Josiah Rose and Jonathan Howlett, choreographer Julia Rennells Stage Manager Andrew Martyn with 25 students chosen from the open audition. The workshop which takes the cultural Olympiad as its inspiration will run from Sat 13 august to Thursday 18 august inclusive at Dover Grammar School for Boys with a public performance in Dover Town Hall on the evening of Thursday 18th August at 7.30pm. The Kent Cultural Baton will mark the event. Four short films will be made during the week to be screened on the BBC Big Screen from Autumn 2011 in the lead up to the Olympics.
If you live in the Dover town and District area and wish to audition please prepare a short drama piece and a short unaccompanied song

Trinity Guildhall singing exams June=2011

Fantastic results for the Trinity Guildhall singing exams taken on Sat 18th June - tDistinction Grade 7 two high Merits Grade 7 and High Merit Grade 1. 

Interview Kent on Sunday pg 48

Thank you to everyone for comments on Facebook to the Article and thanks to Joe Bill of KOS for his great article.

Kent on Sunday Article 19th June 2011

Just been told there is an interview in Kent on Sunday re what I've been up to . This Sunday's issue 19th June 2011.

Kent Competitive Festival Prizewinners Concert June 26 2011

Both Emily Matthews (Winner of both Under 18 and Senior Musical Theatre Competions) and Imogen Thomas (Winner of Under 12 Singing Competition Have been invited to sing at the Prizewinners Concert on Sunday 26th June at The Dominican Priory Canterbury at 3pm. Congratulations also to both  Alice Brown (Under 16 Years, Under 18 Years, Italian Song ) and Wendy Farrance  (Melodie and Folk Song Classes)

Speech and Drama Exams Results

Bravo to the seven Students who took Trinity Guildhall Speech and Drama at the Barbican Exams Results just in 2 merits and 5 Distinctions. So proud of you all.

Thanet Festival 10/11/12

Delighted to share the news from Thanet Festival of Music and Drama 10-12 March 2011-pupils successful in under 11 vocal solo, Art song, Unaccompanied , under 16 and under 18 vocal solo, Art Song,Unaccompanied , Under 16 Music Theatre, Adult Opera,Oratorio, Soprano, Melodie, Italian, - Long days but great results Bravo Alice Brown Bridie Douglas Wendy Farrance, Jenny Holt Sam Robinson, Imogen Thomas

Can't you see it's Love

Gray Cooper is currently mastering the album as we are anxious to release it !

Recording 22 Feb 2011

Had great day with Bob Holloway and Gray Cooper at Holland Studios eagerly awaiting the mastering of the Album

Here it is

Been to see Gray Cooper of Holland Road Studios - all set for tomorrow

VALENTINE's DAY CONCERT AT WOOTTON

Thank you to everyone who came last night 12 Feb to the Valentine's Day Concert in Wootton especially for your plaudits and phone calls . Aaron and Oliver Hope(Electric Violin and Saxaphone) Imogen Kelly-Thomas (duet with Marie and as Judy Garland), The Wootton Singers under the expert baton of Pamela Mudge Wood Michael Thomas (Piano and Violin)Andrew Clough as MC - it was a pleasure to be with you all. Marie

RECORDING 22 Feb

All set up for recording on feb 22nd with Jazz pianist Bob Holloway - watch this space. 

Valentine's Day at Wootton

Got a great programme sorted out for Valentine's Day Michael will accompany a selction to suit all tastes, Imogen makes her debut in a duet with Marie - The Wooton Singers under the expert Baton of Pamela Mudge -Wood will perform and a treat with Electric Violin and Saxaphone from the Hope Brothers Aaron and Oliver

RECORDING set for 22 Feb

Recording set for 22nd Feb at Holland Studios !

Valentine's Day Concert Sat 12th Feb at 7.30pm

Marie is delighted to appear with The Wootton Singers in a Music For Valentine's Evening on Sat 12th Februaty 2011 at 7.30pm in Wootton Village Hall Wootton Folkestone Kent  Tickets £7 to include complementary glass of Wine and Nibbles are Available from Andrew Clough 01303 844324 or Keith on 01303 844254

Coverage in the media

Just 6 days to go to opening night and requests for tickets coming in - in spite of incorrect dates in one newspaper - but wonderful article . The Publicity Banner in the Roundhouse has definitely made an impression on several people with no connection to the actors or DYT - Still desperately looking for a deckchair.  Anyone got one they could lend us? Marie

Mention in Your Dover and Hawkinge Gazette and Dover Mercury

The Banner for APPOINTMENT WITH DEATH has arrived and its great and is at present in the Discovery Centre Foyer.  Check out YOUR DOVER and The HAWKINGE GAZETTE  on the web and Appointment with Death is mentioned on pg 6  of Dover Mercury Thursday 11th Nov -  look out for more coverage this week. Thank you so much to all the papers
 

Press Pictures Appointment with Death

Some pictures from last night's photo shoot of the cast members of Appointment with Death 
Nov 25 and 26th Roundhouse Theatre Dover at 7.30pm  Tickets£8 £5 Box Office :01304 202544
Pictires : Karol Steele

Appointment with Death

The Publicity Banner took ages to decide this one Our cast of fifteen young actors and actresses are all working hard and enjoying the challenge of a full lengthwhodunit by that Mistress of Crime Agatha Christie. Only 3 weeks to go!!!
 

Appointment with Death

Here's the poster for Appointment with Death
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Appointment with Death

Dover Youth Theatre will perform APPOINTMENT WITH DEATH by Agatha Christie in The Roundhouse Theatre Market SQ Dover on Thursday 25th and Friday 26th November at 7.30pm We have a fine cast lined up to bring this unique classic Christie play - (no Marple or Poirot in sight!) to the Roundhouse Box Office available from November 1st on 07703 207878
 

Dates for Spring

Sorting out dates dates for Katapult productions in the Spring - Watch this space

Working on my album

 
Now that Katapult has been successfully launched and we are taking the company forward I can get back to completing the long awaited album which will feature a duet with my daughter Imogen.
 

Trinity Theatre Tunbridge Wells

Trinity Theatre Tunbridge Wells was a joy to work in - our thanks to Zanna who helped with the get in and get out and ran the sound and lights for us. We wish her well in her career. Still got the lurgy bug and  finally succumbed to visiting the doctor today . Everyone said how much they enjoyed it and we had a good house. Just wish the weather hadn't been so foul and would have loved to stay over however had to get back for the Dickens Festival on Sat  and really needed to get some sleep
 

The stage and Silly throat

In this week's Listings issue of The Stage for Tunbridge Wells - The Stage are interested in doing a feature for further performances. Looking forward to the Trinity perfromance tomorrow in spite of throat infection which WILL be better by then - Doctor Footlights rules

First review of The Root of All Evil

Published 23rd September 2010KATAPULT PRODUCTIONS FIRST REVIEW A splendid review of both A friend of Ronnie's and Maid/Man just out

Some press coverage

Some recent publicity cuttings for The Root of All Evil
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Audience Feedback

Delighted to hear some really positive feedback from the audiences on my emails re The Sarah Thorne Theatre Club on both Sat and Sunday -currently discussing future performances and new plays for 2011

2nd Night and Photos

SECOND NIGHTS ARE BETTER FOR ME THAN THE FIRST ONCE YOU'VE SETTLED IN WITH YOUR CHARACTER AND THE SET THE FLOW FEELS RIGHT. PRESENTING A FRIEND OF RONNIE'S FIRST WORKED BETTER. SOME PUBLICITY SHOTS TAKEN BY PHOTOGRAPHER PIERS THOMAS OF MAID/MAN AND A FRIEND OF RONNIE'S
DIANE ARCHER-ROWEAND ALAN THORPE IN MAID/MAN
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First Night

Well, first night was received with enthusiam by all who saw it ! A long but rewarding day for all of us early start building a set painting a set dressing it then tech runs of both plays followed by dress rehearsals - a break to get the head together thencurtain up on MAID/MAN - when we heard them laughing we knew they were a crowd that wanted to be entertained. A Friend of Ronnie's after the interval seemed to go in no time. Tonight we are performing the other way round to see which way works best Write your post here.

One day to go

One day to go and we are up to high doh - Publicity shots all ready for front of house - checking and re checking props SFX Lighting Sound and really looking forward to moving into a theatre space. Doing a run through in a church hall shortly to get confortable with the real dimensions we're going to work with tomorrow. Excited and nervous - my goodness it's really happening we've come a long way in such a short time- go KatapultOne day top go Write your post here.

In THE STAGE Listings Today 's Issue

IN this week's Issue of THE STAGE - All publicity head shgots of cast and crew dispatched to the theatres  of Diane Arch
 
er-Rowe David Barry Ann Lindsey Wickens Marie Kelly  Alan Thorpe and Zac Thraves

Michael Wheatley-Ward of The Sarah Thorne Theatre Club

None of this could have happened without the support of Michael Wheatley-Ward of the Sarah Thorne Theatre club.Michael who spoke at the January Branch Meeting  offered his theatre to us and made the ball roll.
 

Newspaper Coverage

 This week's Dover Mercury  (Thursday Sept 9th) carries an article on page 25
Marie in Biggs Play premier. 

Preparing for Katapult - Broadcast on Tuesday at 2pm Radio Kent

Rehearsals are well under way for The Root of All Evil - The first Production that Katapult (formed by branch members of Kent Actors Equity )> It's a double bill. The first play Maid/Man  by Rich Rubin is a Tarantinoesque style one act that will keep the audience on the egde of their seats. The second play is
A Friend of Ronnie's by David Barry. I play Susan - a crime reporter on the hunt for one of the gang who was never caught - Arthur - played by David Barry and his wife Edith - played by Ann Lindsey Wickens find their lives will never be the same again .... Not telling any more yet Come and see the world premiere at the Sarah Thorne Theatre Club on  sat 18th and Sunday 19th Sept at 7.30pm Box Office 0845 26 26 26 3 www.sarahthorne-theatreclub.co.uk