‘Fingers crossed!’. Group Eight will be back on stage for the 2021 Pantomime. We have a great script, written by Paul Reakes, with an amusing slant on the traditional tale of Little Red Riding Hood. This is suitable for a family audience.
Rehearsals have been taking place for several weeks now and all the cast are excited to be putting together a great show that all the family can participate in, and enjoy. See our Director below with her head in the clouds whilst cast member Fiona is ready for the limelight – messing around at rehearsals is fun!
The dates to put in your diary are December 2nd, 3rd and 4th. There will be two performances on the 4th, a matinee and an evening show.
Please keep an eye on this website as we will be posting information about the production as it progresses.
Tickets are now online on Ticket Source and you may find them on our buy your tickets page which can be found here,.
Sorry! We have had to cancel the scheduled performances of A Bunch of Amateurs due to take place on Thursday 24th June, Friday 25th June and Saturday 26th June at Hackleton Village Hall. All those who booked tickets online via Ticket Source should receive refunds to method you used to pay in the near future.
The team involved in the production are sad that they had to make this decision but after the Government failed to lift the Covid lockdown on June 21st the team met and decided that as they would have to present the production under the current guidance for shared community facilities it would not be practicable to proceed. This is because complying with the guidance would spoil the theatrical experience for both audience and cast.
Although we have had to cancel the planned performances the production team is determined that the play will be presented at a later date. Rehearsals had been going well, and everyone thinks that the play is a good one. We now have to contact the agency licencing the play to see when we can move our license to. Keep an eye on this website, Facebook or the Parish Mag and we will let you know when we have new dates. These are likely to be early in 2022.
In the meantime Group Eight hope that the lockdown is released soon so that we can get on with getting a pantomime on stage in December. More news on that later in the summer.
Group Eight normally has its AGM early in January but we have decided to defer the AGM this year until we can all meet physically. The Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer have all agreed to remain in office until a date when we can all get together in person.
Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, we had to postpone both Spring and Christmas Productions this year.
However, fear not! In order to fill this void, we have been busily working away in the background and have been getting together via Zoom also in order to find ways to still entertain you from afar.
We are pleased to announce the launch of our new YouTube Channel, which you will find here. We created this at the start of October and we have already posted some videos there and have many plans that we will be putting into action very, very shortly and have the following topics to work with…What could possibly go wrong.
We have been busy posting readings, songs and playlets which are all well worth a look.
Rehearsals for our Spring Play ‘Bunch of Amateurs’ written by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman will be getting under way on Zoom soon. The play will be directed by Alan Campbell.
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Within the Group there is a lot of talent in all areas of drama production. But there is always room for new members to join our friendly, sociable group of young, and maybe not so young, people seeking recreation through drama.
Areas you might like to get involved in are: On Stage, Backstage, Set Build and Design, Costume, Sound and Lighting, Front of House or Promotions and Ticket Sales.
Anyone who is interested in joining or would just like to know more about the group can contact the group by any of the methods listed on our Contact US Pagehereon our website.
Thanks to the generosity of Hackleton Parish Council, South Northamptonshire Council, and the Hackleton and District WI we can now announce that we have been given grants which will largely cover buying new stage extensions to replace the boxes we built many years ago and which are beginning to wear out.
During the current lockdown starting this project is going to be a challenge, but we hope to get the work underway as soon as we can.
Thank you from Group Eight to all those involved in granting us the funding for this work.
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We suggest you save it to your favourites to ensure you always earn while you shop! If a number of people use the link for their shopping through the year, then the funds raised will help ensure we are still able to offer our tickets are the low prices, keeping our shows accessible to everyone.