The ‘face’ of HAMMERING NEAR GLASS!

We are ridiculously excited, we know, but there is something about getting the ‘face’ of a new production that makes it REAL, REAL, REAL!!!

Our thanks go to makeup artist Natalie Fearnley – https://www.facebook.com/NFMUA  and Fifthblade Photography  – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fifthblade-Photography/113966675355785?ref=ts&fref=ts.

We will now drink tea, think calm thoughts and then knuckle down to the next step: CASTING! 

Keep visiting us here for regular progress reports. 

New production!

Work has now started on CAKE’s next production – a brand new play that will stun every audience that sees it.

HAMMERING NEAR GLASS will premiere on Friday 9th August at Sterts Theatre, Liskeard.

For more information over the next few months, check here and also our Facebook page!

Good turnout for The Minack

Despite some challenging weather conditions, a wonderful crowd turned out for our final performance of Devon and Demelza this side of the summer.

For a young company like CAKE, taking a brand new show out on tour was always going to be a bit of an unknown. Forget the fringe-festival-type  rationalisations: ‘I’m an artist, I don’t care if no one turns up’ – we wanted an audience at EVERY venue on EVERY night.

And that’s what we achieved.

Ours was – by choice – an unfunded venture, and so we needed ticket sales to pay actors’ wages.  But more than that, we wanted a RESPONSE. 

We had a very, very enthusiastic audience at the Hall for Gwinear, with many audience members coming up after the show asking about the writer (for the right reasons), wanting to know where they could see the show again, and generally enthusing about the opening performance.

Opening night at BIKE SHED THEATRE, Exeter was slightly different.  We had the response alright, but as half the audience didn’t have English as a first language, we had the translator giving the response – and a translation of the lines – mid-show!

Apart from the weather at The Minack, other challenges the company had to face was a fire alarm going off and the theatre having to be cleared (Bike Shed), the set remover going AWOL (without the set, fortunately), and a double booking in St Austell that meant we had to rehearse to the background of ‘Oggy oggy oi oi oi’ from dozens of rugby players (you had to be there to get the full effect of that one!),

There will be further performances of Devon and Demelza, but for now CAKE Productions is starting work on our next show which will be touring the fringe festivals next year before heading to the biggy in Edinburgh.

And we do care if no one turns up!!!

Devon and Demelza head for St Austell!!!

DEVON and DEMELZA     Sunday 22nd April   7.30pm     St Austell Rugby Club  £5.00

To reserve your ticket, leave a message here or text   07980 570087 and leave your name, address, contact telephone number and number of tickets required.

SHOW SYNOPSIS

 

Following the break-up of her marriage,   Devon returns to the home of her birth, a home her sister, Demelza, has never left.

Until now, Devon’s world has been one of glamour:  international travel, property portfolios and cocktail parties.  Demelza’s world is small, but vital to her: the house she shared with her recently deceased father, a passion for her potato patch, and an obsession with completing jigsaw puzzles against the clock. 

Despite their sibling rivalry, the sisters have a strong bond, but when a Community Risk Advisor arrives and declares Demelza’s potato patch a national hazard,   their world is changed forever.

The official soon gets his feet well ‘under-the-table’, and tensions start to escalate.

As events conspire against her, Demelza discovers that even in the age of cyberspace, it’s land that people will kill for.

 

This satire with a surreal edge can be enjoyed at several levels,   and affectionately parodies the relationship between Devon, Cornwall and Westminster.

9 years +

CAKE Productions is delighted to welcome you to:

 

‘DEVON AND DEMELZA’

 

 

Jill Greenacre as Devon  Jill’s impressive career includes 90s sitcom, ‘The Brittas Empire’ and ‘The Man in the Red Scarf’, a new play about controversial artist Robert Lenkievwicz.  She has also recently starred in two full length feature films:  “Black Smoke Rising’ and ‘Hard Shoulder’, a psychological thriller. Jill also produces radio dramas for Radio St Austell Bay.

 

Jenny Beare as Demelza  Jenny is a Cornish actor who has worked on a number of productions in the county for Grinning Gargoyle Theatre Company, Hookline Theatre, Scary Little Girls and most recently One Darke Night for O-Region. Her film credits include Penny in Happy Christmas directed by Mark Jenkin and Tamara in ‘Tamara’ – a Cornish language short premiered at the 2011 Cornish Film Festival.

 

James Care as Simon and McD  James studied English and Drama at Winchester University, then followed this with a training at the Rep College Theatre School in Reading, before returning to his home town of  Redruth, in Cornwall.   James’ credits include Cliff Lewis, in Osborne’s Look Back in Anger, Father, in Lorca’s Blood Wedding, and the Earthworm in James and the Giant Peach.

 

Elaine Ruth White is a playwright and librettist.  Previous productions include Around the World in 80 Days, a stage adaptation for the Dream Team theatre company; a new libretto for Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute’, set in the 1920s, for Bike Shed Theatre; ‘One Day, Two Dawns’, for English Touring Opera; and ‘United’ for the BBC.  Elaine is also a published non-fiction writer. This is the second production she has directed. 

Devon and Demelza’ is a highly topical show inspired by a live political  issue – the Devonwall proposal*. At the same time, the play revolves around universal themes: attachment, love, loss, fear and sibling rivalry.

*Devonwall is a jocular name used for a proposed Parliamentary constituency that would transgress the border and combine parts of Devon and Cornwall.

 

Contact CAKE Productions at  white_wonders@btinternet.com

 

DEVON and DEMELZA premiere

 

DEVON and DEMELZA

 

Premiere at Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross, Liskeard 

 

Oh, what a night! What a night it was! 

 

As an independent theatre company, we had boxes to tick with our brand new production – but not the kind of boxes demanded by the likes of the Arts Council!

 

Top of our list was to engage and entertain our audience – and, according to feedback, TICK!

 

It was an absolute delight as the audience applauded every scene in the first act – a great credit to our actors.

 

Audience members also gave positive feedback to members of the CAKE team and also Sterts Theatre staff, resulting in an invite to take the show back next year.

 

High on our list was the learning process. We needed to understand how the show could be strengthened, particularly from a script and directing point of view. TICK!

 

Over the next few months we will be working on the show in time for the Easter 2012 tour – dates to follow, so keep an eye on our site.

 

Next on our list was to engage with young, less experienced practitioners, to give them a foot on their career ladder. To give them a solid credit on their CV. TICK!

 

We employed the talents of a newly qualified make up artist and choreographer who both did an amazing job.

 

For me, one of the most important boxes to tick was to have fun – a box you would never see on an ACE grant application. But what is theatre about if it isn’t enjoyable for those concerned?

 

Right from the off, going back to the auditions, the process, regardless of stresses, should have a fun element.

 

TICK!

DEVON and DEMELZA will be touring Cornwall from Easter weekend 2012.  Dates to follow.