BarnDoor Productions, Perth's original community theatre

 

Our 23rd season has begun!

A season of all premiere productions!

"Superb!" is the word.


NEXT AUDITION:

RAIN

Our 24th season will begin casting in August



SUMMER 2018

Because the summer sun will return!

And so will the fun!

Willm Shaksper


a new play based on a drama by
H.F. Rubinstein and Clifford Bax

Performance dates: August 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26

Before there was a Bard of Avon, there was a man named Willm Shaksper -- or so his name is signed in three of the six signatures we have.

In five episodes, Rubinstein and Bax's 1917 play looked at Shakespeare's life through what was known at the time.  MUCH has been learned since then, and our new version of this play tries to incorporate some of that new knowledge into understanding the Bard's character.

From a brash young man starting out, through a middle-aged man flush with success, through an older man, embittered by loss and frustrations, we see something that may have been the real man.

With a minimum cast of 5 men and 3 women, the show offers a real acting challenge for all, with doubled and tripled roles of varying types.

Characters:

  • PHILIP HENSLOWE, pawnbroker and theatrical adventurer. Aged 42.
  • CHRISTOPHER MARLOWE, the playwright, aged 28.
  • POOR TOM, a poor man.
  • JOAN HENSLOWE, daughter of Philip Henslowe. A vivacious young woman. (Birth unknown)
  • EDWARD ALLEYNE, the actor, aged 26.
  • WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, actor and playwright, aged 27, 32, 38, 43, 51.
  • THE DARK LADY of the sonnets, (ROSALINE), a maid-of-honour to Queen Elizabeth I. (20s.)
  • W. H. (PROTEUS), possibly Henry Wriotheley, Earl of Southampton. Late 20s.
  • WILL KEMP, clown and singer. 40s.
  • STAGE-KEEPER, the “door-man” of the Globe Playhouse. 60s or later.
  • RICHARD BURBAGE, the actor. Aged 33, 37 and 41.
  • RICHARD ROBINSON, the Queen in "Hamlet." A young actor – 15 or so.
  • MADAME MONTJOY, an Huguenot refugee, middle-aged.
  • BEN JONSON, the poet, aged 35.
  • JUDITH, Shakespeare’s daughter, aged 24 and 31.
  • THOMAS QUINEY, son of a neighbour of Shakespeare and husband to Judith, aged 27.
  • FRANCIS COLLINS, a solicitor from Warwick, mid-40s.
  • ANNE SHAKESPEARE, Will’s wife, aged 59.
  • A POET – possibly Thomas Middleton (generally accepted as the author of The Puritan). 20.
Willm Shaksper

THE CAST FOR
WILLM SHAKSPER

Brian Atterbury
David Bird

Ian Jenner
Garrett Pipher
Grace Poltrack
Kathie Reid
Ursula Rice-Leech
Slade Stoodley
Tyler Street


Below: a sketch of Shakespeare based on the Chandos portrait and a copy of one of the six known Shakespeare signatures, clearly signed "Willm Shaksper" -- which, with accompanying marks, was actually a legal scribe's shorthand for his full name.

CHARLEY'S AUNT

by Brandon Thomas
in a new two-act version

Performance dates: June 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17

AUDITION DATE: MONDAY MARCH 26, 7:00 p.m.

Charley's Aunt is the longest running farce in London history.  It opened THREE YEARS before The Importance of Being Earnest and was still running after Earnest closed.

It's a "chestnut" in the best sense of the word: always reliable, always warm, always familiar -- and still very funny.

Jack and Charley want to ask their girls to tea to propose to them (oh, it's very proper!) and use the excuse of Charley's aunt coming to visit to make it right.  But, when the venerable lady ("from Brazil, where the nuts come from!") can't come, the lads enlist the aid of their chum Babs to impersonate the aunt. Complications, needless to say, arise.

More fun than 10 ordinary comedies and, in BDP's new 2 act version, faster and more furious than ever.

Characters:

  • Jack Chesney – Josh Burley
  • Charles Wykeham – Slade Stoodley
  • Lord Fancourt Babberley – Tyler Street
  • Stephen Spettigue – Greg Morris
  • Colonel Sir Francis Chesney – David Bird
  • Brassett – Jerry Logan
  • Donna Lucia d'Alvadorez – Shiraz Ings
  • Amy Spettigue – Grace Poltrack
  • Kitty Verdun – Abigail Gagnon
  • Ela Delahay – Kaijai Evangelho
Charley's Aunt poster
Below: W.S. Penley, the original "Charley's Aunt"
Below: an editorial cartoon showing Disraeli and Gladstone as Cox and Box

BOX and COX
COMPLETE!


Two one-act farces with the same characters
one by F.C. Burnand and one by J.S. Coyne

NOTE!

In order to ensure our ability to cast Charley's Aunt 
and Willm Shaksper well, we have decided to drop BOX & COX, Complete! for this summer.  We will probably include it in next summer's lineup.


Called "the best farce of the 19th century" F.C. Burnand's BOX AND COX is a 50 minute romp. Mrs. Bouncer has rented a room to both Box and Cox -- without either knowing of the other! When they finally meet, the fur flies -- until they find they are long-lost brothers.

J.S. Coyne's BOX AND COX, MARRIED AND SETTLED is a sequel that is seldom seen, although just as funny.  Two years later, B and C are back, each now with a wife.  Fanny and Sophie were schoolmates -- who can't stand each other. More fun ensues.

Characters:

  • James Cox, a journeyman hatter
  • John Box, a journeyman printer
  • Mrs. Bouncer, a land-lady
  • Mrs. Fanny Cox (née Hawes)
  • Mrs. Sophie Box (née Dawes)

OUR 23rd SEASON -- so far!

A Perfect Likeness

by Daniel Rover Singer

October 13 to 22, 2017

The premiere Canadian production!

Production complete!

What a show this was: funny, surprising, intense, sparkling, dark, and a hundred other things.

"Blown away" was the general comment from audience members. Here's some more:

"The cookie was good. The coffee was great. The play was amazing." R.D. Brooke

"Marvellous! Absolutely bloody marvellous!"

"A brilliant play exceptionally well performed and directed. Very gripping, the way these two actors held the stage. A MUST SEE!" J.L. Elgin

"Lewis Carroll and Charles Dickens meet. They share some claret and wend their way through their approaches to their craft and the secrets of their lives. A Perfect Likeness is worth the drive to Perth. The acting is terrific (veteran David Bird plays a beautifully layered and very funny Dickens and 17-year-old Connor Williamson, who has already worked with Perth's professional company, Classic Theatre, plays the newly-published Carroll). It's a solid script that examines the complexity, genius and vulnerability of these two literary greats. There's a matinee Sunday and shows through next weekend." C.N. Ottawa

"This play would shine on the professional stage anywhere! Superb acting, obviously great direction, topped off with costuming and set design perfection. An amazing two-hander not to be missed at Full Circle Theatre in Perth." J.S. Perth

"A Perfect Likeness at the Circle Theatre in Perth was AMAZING, David Bird and Connor Williamson worked in perfect rhythm. A joy to watch two actors who spoke naturally in conversation that drew you in and held your interest. .... beautiful theatre. Thank you gentlemen, well done."

Charles Dodgson: Connor Williamson
Charles Dickens: David Bird

Cinderella poster 2017

Performances:
December 1, 7, 8 7:30 p.m.
December 2, 3, 9, 10 1:30 p.m.

CINDERELLA

a new traditional English-style panto

December 1 to 10, 2017

Production complete!

Our biggest seller ever at Full Circle Theatre!
Oodles of crazy fun and only one life-threatening injury in the entire run -- well, a good cut, anyway.

And, then we turn around and do it from the back!

The Fairy Godmother, Ashley Pitcher
Cinderella, Miranda Wilson
Buttons, Tyler Street
Baron Hardup, Don MacKay
Baroness Hardup, Joe Laxton
Griselda Hardup, Ian Jenner
Ammonia Hardup, Brian Atterbury
Dandini, Garret Pipher
Prince Charming, Winston Mavraganis

The Chamberlain, doubled by Buttons
The Ghost of Cinderella’s Mother, doubled by The Fairy Godmother

CINDERELLA was:
"Amazing & hilarious"
"I don't think I've ever laughed so much in my life"
"That was 'way, 'WAY too much fun. 'Way too much"
"Without hesitation, that was the best panto I've ever seen"
"Omg, what a great show. It felt wonderful to laugh like that"
"Laugh out loud, high energy panto in its most outrageous tradition"
"An amazing...stellar production and a curtain call to end all curtain calls"
"Ohhh my! Amazing ... absolutely hilarious!" "A MUST SEE"

PANTO CAN BE MURDER


a brand-new backstage
murder-mystery thriller farce
by David Jacklin

February 16 to 25, 2018

WORLD PREMIERE!

Production complete!

A good times was had by all and a group of intrepid adventurers set out on a quest that was one of the most intricate and demanding productions we've done -- and we've done Hamlet!

Big laughs, big fun and the premiere of a brand-new script that is unlike anything we've seen before.

The Company:

Jenni Wale (Cinderella) Miranda Wilson
Ruth Buchanan (Fairy Godmother) Ashley Pitcher
Barry Inman (Buttons) Tyler Street
Vance Britton (Baron Hardup) Don MacKay
Terry Lavasseur (Director/Baroness) Joe Laxton
Hugh Coltman (Griselda) Ian Jenner
Dennis Willett (Ammonia) Brian Atterbury
Julian Havers (Dandini) Garret Pipher
Ben Roe (Prince Charming) Slade Stoodley
Detective Inspector Tuff Jeff Wilson
Taylor Ellis (Stage Manager) Annie West
W.P.C. Lorraine Duff Kimberly Baker
Meg Proznuk (A.S.M.) Madison Reid

Panto Can Be Murder poster 2018
PANTO CAN BE MURDER comments:
"It's hilarious!"
"Too much fun!"
"I couldn't stop laughing."
"So much fun to see the Cinderella characters backward!"
"I've avoided panto like the plague but --
-- this was so much fun, I want to see more!"
"This play is brilliant! The two parts fit together perfectly."
"It's a hoot! No, it's a hoot-and-a-half!"

THE TAMING

By Lauren Gunderson

April 20 to 29, 2018

The premiere Canadian production!

Shakespeare meets American politics -- all set in a motel room at a beauty pageant.

And, it's a comedy
-- and a satire
-- and a history lesson
-- all in one.

And, as timely as it's possible to get
-- politically.


PATRICIA, Joanna McAuley

BIANCA, Kim Fisher

KATHERINE, Ursula Rice-Leech


Performances:
April 20, 21, 26, 27, 28 8:00 p.m.
April 22, 29 2:00 p.m.