Welcome to The Arcadians’ Website

We are a friendly, Birmingham-based musical theatre company who enjoy putting on top-quality productions twice a year.  Feel free to browse through our website or get in touch.

Disco Inferno

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Our next production is Disco Inferno at The Crescent Theatre, Birmingham 2nd to 6th May including a matinee on 6th.  More information to follow so keep checking.

We currently anticipate that there will be a cut off point for new cast members of Christmas but this could change.

Accept our apologies whilst we work on our site.

Music of The Night

Our next production is Music of The Night.  Applications for female cast have now closed but there are still a couple of chorus spaces for men.

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An unusual theatre hazard!

Anyone who has ever worked in theatre, whether amateur or professional, knows that there can be a lot of hazards involved. Backstage you’ll find many things that might come down on your head, or that you might trip over.

But members of The Arcadians, based in Birmingham, also have something slightly more unusual to think about, in their forthcoming production of Sweeney Todd – something furry and canine, in the form of guide dog Benny.

Benny is there to keep a watchful eye on Helen Rourke, who is one of the performing members of the society. She joined The Arcadians in 1988 when she still had sight but had been diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa, a degenerative eye condition for which there is no cure.  Helen explained: “I was registered blind when I was 19, but I was determined not to give up my passion, which is performing on stage. The members have come to know how to help me and are always there to lend a hand when needed – although most of the time it is my mother Stella who makes sure that I get on stage safely”.  She adds: “I believe that I am the only blind person appearing in amateur musicals in the Midlands, if not the whole country”

Show director James Garrington said: “We’re very happy to include Helen in our productions. Her determination has meant that she has been able to appear in over 50 musicals and concerts – and you can be sure of at least one person who will have learnt their words!”

He added: “It is marvellous how well Helen copes: she is able to do almost everything we ask of her, and she has even been able to take some principal roles. I doubt if anyone in the audience even notices. Of course, Benny is no trouble either. He just lies quietly on his blanket in the corner and doesn’t bother anyone – though he’d better keep out of Sweeney Todd’s barber shop if he wants to keep his whiskers!”

Sweeney Todd’s Barber Shop will be open for business at the Crescent Theatre in Birmingham from 3 – 7 May. If you would like more information about the show or you would like to book tickets you can contact the Crescent box office on 0121 643 5858 or online at www.crescent-theatre.co.uk. You can find The Arcadians online at www.arcadians.net, and The ArcadiansMTC on Facebook and Twitter.

For more information contact show director James Garrington on 07715 686116 or email jamesgarrington@aol.com

Helen and Benny

Helen with Guide Dog Benny

 

Waiting for Helen

Benny Waiting for Helen

 

Go and see the Headmaster!

When Simon Burgess was cast in the title role for the forthcoming Arcadians production of Sweeney Todd, he knew that he would have to go back to school.

Simon explained “Sweeney is a Victorian barber, and uses equipment from the period. I have used an electric shaver all of my life, and had no idea how to even hold a traditional cut-throat razor, let alone shave with one!”

Fortunately help was at hand, in the form of Rob Grosvenor, director of Headmasters in Cotteridge, Birmingham. Rob said “Although our focus is hairdressing, I have been in this business a long time and know how to use the traditional tools of the trade. I am also a great believer in supporting the local arts and local businesses in South Birmingham, so I was very happy to help Simon out.”

Simon is a long-standing member of The Arcadians, and is looking forward to bringing that extra touch of detail to the role after his training session at Headmasters – though he won’t go so far as to use a real razor on stage. “Although we want it to feel as authentic as possible,” he said, “I think that might be going a bit too far!”

Sweeney Todd’s Barber Shop will be open for business at the Crescent Theatre in Birmingham from 3 – 7 May. If you would like more information about the show or you would like to book tickets you can contact the Crescent box office on 0121 643 5858 or online at www.crescent-theatre.co.uk. You can find The Arcadians online at www.arcadians.net, and The ArcadiansMTC on Facebook and Twitter. You can find Headmasters at www.headmastershairteam.co.uk/ where you can book an appointment online or by telephoning on 0121 459 9053

For more information contact show director James Garrington on 07715 686116 or email jamesgarrington@aol.com

Simon Burgess (right) with Rob Grosvenor (Left) of Headmasters showing Simon Burgess how to hold the razor

Simon Burgess (right) with Rob Grosvenor (Left) of Headmasters showing Simon Burgess how to hold the razor

 

Simon Burgess (standing) demonstrating his new skills on Rob Grosvenor of Headmasters

Simon Burgess (standing) demonstrating his new skills on Rob Grosvenor of Headmasters

 

 

Déjà vu at The Arcadians!

It was a case of déjà vu when rehearsals started for The Arcadians production of Sweeney Todd, which will be performed at the Crescent Theatre from 3 – 7 May.

“We couldn’t believe the coincidence!” said Simon Burgess, who is playing the role of Sweeney Todd. “It definitely feels as though we’ve been here before” added Simon’s co-star, Gillian Twaite, who is playing Mrs Lovett.

The pair first met in 2003 in the Arcadians production of Half a Sixpence, in which Simon played shop boy Artie – opposite Gillian, who was playing his girlfriend Ann. Nothing particularly unusual in that – but what really brought the memories home was when they found themselves in exactly the same pose as they had been given all those years ago.

“I stood there and thought, ‘I’m sure I’ve been here before’” said Gillian. “A quick look at some old photographs confirmed that I was right. Maybe great minds do think alike!”

Simon and Gillian are both looking forward to appearing together again in May, when Sweeney Todd’s barber shop opens for business at the Crescent Theatre. “We worked well together before” said Simon, “and thirteen years on it’s as though nothing has changed – although the roles are very different of course!”

If you would like more information about the show or you would like to book tickets you can contact the Crescent box office on 0121 643 5858 or on line at www.crescent-theatre.co.uk.

For more information contact show director James Garrington on 07715 686116 or email jamesgarrington@aol.com

 Simon and Gillian then and now

Simon Burgess (Sweeney Todd) and Gillian Twaite (Mrs Lovett) in rehearsal and as they appeared in Half a Sixpence in 2003

Next Production

The Arcadians are pleased to announce their next production. Tickets are now available from The Crescent Theatre box office 0121 643 5858 or their website www.crescent-theatre.co.uk. or from our Ticket Secretary Michelle Burgess on 07817 491255 or email tickets.arcadians@gmail.com

“Attend the Tale of Sweeney Todd” – the invitation that opens this unique and celebrated musical leads to a world of villainy and dark humour in which the legendary ‘Demon Barber’ returns from imprisonment to exact revenge upon the wickedest of enemies. Stephen Sondheim’s lyrical masterpiece is as exciting as it is intriguing, and at once disturbing as it is raucously funny. Join Mrs Lovett in her infamous pie shop as she serves up Todd’s victims to the hungry mouths of Victorian London.”

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We apologise for any inconvenience whilst our website is being updated.

Why don’t you join the Arcadians as they take you on a captivating journey beginning with a magical introduction to the theme of musical films and travelling through time from the 1920s right up to the present day.  All performances £13.

Tickets available from our Ticket Secretary Michelle Burgess on 07817 491255 email tickets.arcadians@gmail.com or The Crescent Theatre Box Office 0121 643 5858 or on-line at www.crescent-theatre.co.uk.

20 – 21 Nov in the Main House at 7:30pm | matinee Saturday 21st @ 2:30pm

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High Praise for Sister Act!

We knew we had a great show in our hands, but the real test is always the reaction of the theatre-going public, so we have been thrilled to see and hear that our audiences have enjoyed the show so much.  Thanks to everyone who’s taken the time to feed back to us!!

Here are some of our amazing reviews:

Behind The Arras

Love Midlands Theatre

http://sincerelyamy.com/2015/05/07/review-sister-act-amateur-production/

It is not too late to catch a piece of the action.  There are still a limited number of tickets left for today’s matinee (2.30pm) and evening (7.30pm) performances.

Tickets available from the Crescent Theatre box office (0121 643 5858) or their website http://crescent-theatre.co.uk/theatre-event.php?EventID=41730

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Back in the habit with ‘Sister Act’!

We loved being nuns in ‘The Sound of Music’ so much that we’re doing it all over again! But this time there will be no lederhosen or edelweiss in sight.  Instead we head across the Atlantic to San Francisco where crime witness (and disco diva) Doloris Van Cartier needs our help.  In return, life in the convent will never be the same again – expect gospel, rock and roll and a lot of hilarity!  Read the full story here.

Sister Act
Crescent Theatre, Birmingham
5th – 9th May 2015
7.30pm nightly, plus Saturday 2.30pm

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TICKETS ON SALE NOW from just £14 if booking direct through The Arcadians.

 

4 Stars for ‘Oh What A Lovely War’

The months of hard work are reaping their rewards as ‘Oh What a Lovely War’ is receiving great feedback from our audiences.

See link for our fantastic 4 star review.

It’s not too late to come along.  Tickets still available from the Crescent Theatre box office (0121 643 5858) or website. Don’t miss it!

Remaining performances:

Friday 21 November – 7.30 pm
Saturday 22 November – 2.30 pm and 7.30 pm

Tickets £13-16

Oh, what a lovely war-reduced size

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