FEATS

Posted 13th May 2016.

Performed 6th to 9th June 2014

at the Kinneksbond, Mamer

A New World Theatre Club production for FEATS

FEATS (Festival of European Anglophone Theatrical Societies) included four exciting days ofEnglish language theatre. FEATS has been held each year in a different European country since 1976. This year, Luxembourg’s New World Theatre Club hosted this prestigious festival in Luxembourg (for the 7th time).

The twelve performing groups were from The Hague, Stuttgart, Antwerp, Oslo, Munich, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Brussels, Lucerne, Basel and Strasbourg. Each night you could see three plays, each of a duration of 30 to 45 minutes. In total there were twelve different plays over the four nights, covering a wide range of genres, from classical to modern, from comedy to tragedy.

FEATS is a competitive festival, with, at the end of each evening, a short but interesting feedback session held by a professional drama festival judge, which the audiences are very welcome to attend. In addition to the evening performances, the festival offers a varied Fringe programme on Saturday, Sunday and Monday afternoons from 13:30 to 17:30. Fringe performances can be plays, sketches, workshops or musical performances. Entry to the Fringe is free of charge.

PETER PAN

Posted 13th May 2016.

Written by J. M. Barrie.

Directed by Julie Fraser.

Performed 2nd to 5th April 2014

at the Forum Campus Geesseknäppchen, Merl.

A New World Theatre Club production.

All children, except one, grow up. They soon know that they will grow up, and the way Wendy knew was this. One day when she was two years old she was playing in a garden, and she plucked another flower and ran with it to her mother. I suppose she must have looked rather delightful, for Mrs. Darling put her hand to her heart and cried, “Oh, why can’t you remain like this for ever!” This was all that passed between them on the subject, but henceforth Wendy knew that she must grow up. You always know after you are two.

Two is the beginning of the end.


Words by Erik Abbott

Fairy dust, flying children, pirates, a ravenous crocodile—James Barrie’s classic tale of the boy who never wants to grow up, Peter Pan, seemingly has everything a great adventure should.

The New World Theatre Club Youth Theatre has opened its charming production of this delightful play at the Forum – Campus Scolaire Geesseknaepchen, running through Saturday, April 5th.

Strap on your swords (there are pirates!) and prepare to be whisked away.

With a cast of thirty young people, aged ten to eighteen, representing seventeen nationalities, Peter Pan is an enormous theatrical undertaking. The young cast shows it is more than up to the challenge.

EINMAL UM DIE WELT GETRAUMT

Posted 13th May 2016.

Class 9 Theatre Project.

Directed by Janine Horsburgh.

Perfomed 11th to 13th February 2014

at the Waldorf School, Limpertsberg.

A Waldorf School production.

Written and performed by the Waldorf School, Class 9 2013/14

1. Flugbegleiter vor der Bühne.

2. Eurhythmiestück. Entstehung der Menschheit.

3. Früstücksszene.

4. Amerika.

5. Klassenzimmer 1.

6. Australien 1 – Entstehung des Feuers.

7. Basketball.

8. Klassenzimmer 2.

9. Australien 2 – Entstehung der Frau.

10. Klassenzimmer 3.

…ooo000OOO000ooo… 20 Minuten Pause. …ooo000OOO000ooo…

11. Modern dance.

12. Street scene.

13. Shadow play

14. Closedown.

ROBIN HOOD AND THE BABES IN THE WOOD

Posted 13th May 2016.

Written by Two Shades of Blue.

Directed by Cath Howdle.

Performed 17th to 19th January 2014

at the Château de Bettembourg.

A Two Shades of Blue production.

Panto returned to Luxembourg this January as the intrepid Two Shades team took our very own … very silly … version of “Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood” over to the continent! You joined us on a magical journey to Olde Nottingham Town! The townsfolk were poor and hungry, the scheming Sheriff was dreaming of ways to get richer and the lovely Maid Marian and her brother and sister Jack and Jill were in grave peril! But there was hope – in the form of the dashing Robin Hood! With songs and silliness, Merry Men and medieval magic, sweeties, slapstick and lots more besides, this really meant only one thing …. 

IT’S PANTO TIME!

Traditional British panto is a thing which has to be experienced to be properly understood. It’s set in a world which is probably best described as “topsy-turvy”: Robin Hood is played by a girl, the delightful and adorable Nursey; Nanny Nelly is played by a bloke in a frock, and the poor souls in the chorus end up playing about 59 different parts … with a different costume for each one!

The first thing to understand about British panto is that it’s nothing to do with “pantomime” in the sense of a silent performance. Instead, it’s a lively family show, based on a fairy tale or folk story – with plenty of jokes and songs.

In fact, it is fairly difficult to imagine anything less quiet than the average panto! The reason for this is that it’s the audience which drives the action forward – usually by shouting very loudly! It’s the boys and girls who’ll warn Robin Hood that there’s a guard behind him, who’ll boo and hiss at the evil Sheriff of Nottingham, and who will save the twins Jack and Jill when they are lost in the deep dark woods of Sherwood Forest.

From the moment that Fairy Bluebell welcomes everyone to Olde Nottingham Town to the splendidly cheesy pop song after everything ends happily, panto is a joyous couple of hours of silliness and colour. When I was growing up in the UK, panto was a treat, adding a bit of sparkle to the grey days of December and January. And coming to a performance as a grown-up is also a great deal of fun, as all the best pantos have a bunch of jokes which only the mums and dads are going to get!

Jack and Jill image © 2014 Louise Sherlock