A co-production between the Royal Shakespeare Company and amateur companies across the UK

This is an arrangement developed between the RSC and Equity

Poulton Drama

Poulton Drama is an award-winning amateur dramatic society, performing three plays a year in various locations across the Fylde Coast, including Blackpool Grand Theatre and Thornton Little Theatre.

Our past productions include the hilarious and multiple award-winning Vicar of Dibley, the heart-wrenching Blood BrothersI and Arthur Miller’s classic The Crucible.

We are a diverse and friendly group and welcome new members to take on acting roles, or to help out with all aspects of theatre including set design, sound, lighting, costume design, front of house and publicity. We also have a buzzing social calendar which includes regular theatre visits, quiz nights and our infamous after show parties.

Poulton Drama is NODA affiliated and our plays and members have received multiple NODA Awards through the years. Most recently, Michael Holdsworth took home the Best Actor accolade for his role at Leontes in Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale.

Following the touring performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Play for the Nation; the professional company will be returning to Stratford-upon-Avon for a series of performances with each amateur group in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

Amateur Cast

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    Party Trick:

    Not really a trick, but I’ll have a go at accompanying anyone on a guitar at the drop of a hat!

    What would your Midsummer night costume be?

    Collarless shirt, waistcoat, ¾ length or full length canvas trousers, heavy boots, (maybe flat cap) plus waist apron (leather)

    Favourite Shakespeare play:

    Hamlet

    What do you have on your toast?

    Lots of butter and thick cut orange marmalade

    Wildest Dream?

    Already living it! (Shakespeare at the RST in Stratford next year!)

    Shoe size?

    9

    Tea or coffee?

    TEA!!!

    Quill or Ballpoint?

    QUILL

    What would your Halloween costume be?

    CHARON the Ferryman on the River Styx

    Do you believe in love at first sight?

    NO - simply because love has to do with so much more than looks, and that takes time.

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    Party Trick:

    Opening crown bottle tops with my teeth. Note: I don’t do it very often or when I am sober. I don’t recommend this as being a cool thing to do.

    What would your Midsummer night costume be?

    Italian cream linen 3 piece suit and matching panama hat under which I would have ‘Puck horns’.

    Favourite Shakespeare play:

    If I am honest, I don’t know enough Shakespeare plays to have a favourite but, having performed in both, the Merchant of Venice and the Taming of The Shrew are both pretty cool. I also saw Pete Postlethwaite as Prospero in The Tempest at the Royal Exchange Manchester and that was pretty dammed good.

    What do you have on your toast?

    Marmite

    Wildest Dream?

    To have played for Manchester Utd with Fergie as manager and along-side Eric Cantona. Oh, and of course to work with the RSC.

    Shoe size?

    8-9

    Tea or coffee?

    Tea (Decaf)

    Quill or Ballpoint?

    Ballpoint

    What would your Halloween costume be?

    Hannibal Lecter’s orange boiler suit and ‘hockey mask’ get up. That would stop me opening crown bottle tops with my teeth wouldn’t it?

    Do you believe in love at first sight?

    No. In most cases I think it is lust at first sight. Love comes after time, if 2 people are cool together. Hey, it’s only one man’s opinion.

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    Party Trick:

    Impersonating (in a kind way) people my fellow party goers may know!

    What would your Midsummer night costume be?

    Something floaty and fairy like (a curvy Titania!)

    Favourite Shakespeare play:

    Anthony and Cleopatra or Macbeth

    What do you have on your toast?

    Marmite or honey

    Wildest Dream?

    Being a Vampire slayer (aka Buffy) or kick ass secret agent (aka Jennifer Garner in Alias).

    Shoe size?

    4

    Tea or coffee?

    Coffee

    Quill or Ballpoint?

    Quill

    What would your Halloween costume be?

    A vampire!

    Do you believe in love at first sight?

    Yes

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    Party Trick:

    I can play the piano and also read my girlfriend's mind.

    What would your Midsummer night costume be?

    A bedsheet that looks like a wall.

    Favourite Shakespeare play:

    Othello - it's such a complex and dramatic play with interesting characters.

    What do you have on your toast?

    Plum jam that I've made from the plums in my garden.

    Wildest Dream?

    To play tennis against John McEnroe and shout "You cannot be serious", when I don't get a decision and to act alongside Tom Hardy and Leo DiCaprio in a Christopher Nolan film.

    Shoe size?

    9

    Tea or coffee?

    Coffee (milk and 1 sugar please) usually but I don't mind a cup of tea now and again. (In between games of tennis)

    Quill or Ballpoint?

    Well definitely a quill. If I could use a quill for marking my books, I would!

    What would your Halloween costume be?

    Probably Hannibal Lecter from Silence of the Lambs.

    Do you believe in love at first sight?

    I most definitely do! I met my girlfriend and thought that's the girl I'm going to marry.

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    Party Trick:

    Recitation: There’s a one eyed yellow idol etc.

    What would your Midsummer night costume be?

    Period work clothes and a ridiculous wig.

    Favourite Shakespeare play:

    The Taming of the Shrew

    What do you have on your toast?

    Honey, Marmalade or Jam.

    Wildest Dream?

    To win the lottery

    Shoe size?

    9.5

    Tea or coffee?

    Black, weak tea without sugar.

    Quill or Ballpoint?

    Ballpoint

    What would your Halloween costume be?

    Skeleton

    Do you believe in love at first sight?

    No

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    Party Trick:

    No party trick. I hope that there is a guitar available and then I can lead some singing.

    What would your Midsummer night costume be?

    Not sure. Perhaps Robin is not such a good tailor and would be wearing some of his own creations. I’m thinking in modern day, trousers could be ill fitting and at half mast. He would not want to drawer attention to himself but somehow fails.

    Favourite Shakespeare play:

    Henry V. I once attended a leadership course structured around the Hal’s leadership qualities. The management consultant, delivering the course, had been a professional actor and read some of the relevant speeches. It was very powerful, instructive and reaffirming.

    What do you have on your toast?

    Honey. Preferably Manuka.

    Wildest Dream?

    To play rugby for Wales. I once dreamt that I ran on the pitch to play for Wales. My position was Hooker. The ref blew for the first scrum. I ran to take up my position, arms held up to slot in between the two props to find there were two us. I was asked if I would mind leaving the field. I was actually playing rugby then. I am sixty one now and still not over it.

    Shoe size?

    9

    Tea or coffee?

    Both. I allow myself two coffees and half a gallon of tea.

    Quill or Ballpoint?

    Ballpoint

    What would your Halloween costume be?

    We attend a fancy dress every NY’s Eve. My mission is always to avoid hiring and spending money. Godfather and my namesake Indiana Jones are favourites. The cowboy I have to admit has been a bit overdone.

    Do you believe in love at first sight?

    Why Not?

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    Party Trick:

    None really, although after sufficient alcohol my singing tends to start.

    What would your Midsummer night costume be?

    A fairy.

    Favourite Shakespeare play:

    The Merchant of Venice

    What do you have on your toast?

    Flora

    Wildest Dream?

    Direct a West End Production

    Shoe size?

    9

    Tea or coffee?

    Tea

    Quill or Ballpoint?

    Ballpoint

    What would your Halloween costume be?

    Darth Vader

    Do you believe in love at first sight?

    Yes

Extra Stratford performances for this group

June 27, 2016 - 7:15pm
June 28, 2016 - 7:15pm

The venue

Blackpool Grand Theatre

The Grand Theatre was opened on July 23, 1894, by Thomas Sergenson, Blackpool’s first successful theatrical manager.

Sergenson immediately dubbed the theatre ‘Matcham’s Masterpiece’, a title that is even more merited now that there are few surviving examples of the work of Frank Matcham, the leading Victorian theatre architect.