CAFE VILLON EVENINGS
NWTC used to run "Cafe Villon evenings". What happens during a Cafe Villon evening? It varies, but generally, 2-3 directors choose a piece they would like to 'put on' in front of a live audience. The "piece" could be anything with dramatic content: an extract (or a few short ones) from a play, from poems, new writing, etc. The idea is not to present the work at performance level but more like a rehearsed play reading with scripts and with the actors having a reasonable understanding of the text and what is happening during the scene(s). The piece could be put on anywhere in a room, a stage doesn't have to be used at all.
Valerie Scott and John Brigg organised a relaunch of these on 21 April 2016. With each piece running around 30 minutes, there was a discussion after with the directors, actors and audience. Chris Wilson, John Brigg and Mike West directed the first three plays during this relaunch.
How does it work?
Directors themselves choose the piece they would like to work on and which can be from any genre. Currently, a list of over 150 plays is being added to the NWTC website which will be able to be viewed by NWTC members and may give you an idea of a play you'd like to 'play with'. More details about how to access the list of scripts will follow soon.
Directors need not be experienced but must be willing to 'have a go' and organise a few rehearsals and give some guidance to the actors. Such rehearsals will take place in people's homes at a time convenient to those involved in the piece. If directors would like advice on how to go about things, there will be people available to do this.
For more information please contact Valerie(at)nwtc(dot)lu or jbrigg(at)pt(dot)lu.