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Castaway Community Theatre: Aberystwyth Arts Centre's adult community drama group.

Oliver Twist rehearsals tonight!
6th October 2013

The new show is going to be Oliver Twist! --- not the musical; this is going to be much darker and nastier, closer to the book. Rehearsals start tonight at 7pm in the round studio. Very much looking forward to getting my teeth into it!

Rehearsals start Monday!
4th October 2014

Rehearsals for our new production start on Monday the 6th of October! The group is run as a course by the Arts Centre. Tickets can be booked from this link or you can buy them from the Arts Centre box office. The first rehearsal is in the performance studio (the round space next to the bar upstairs) and you'll need to be available for the production week sometime in February - I'll post the dates of that when I know when it is. I'll post the details of the production when I'm absolutely 100% sure what it's going to be.

An Evening of Coarse Acting
14th August 2014

Just a reminder that our next production goes up on the 28th of August. Here's a couple of pictures to whet your appetites, and if you're wondering what's going on you'll have to come along to find out!



Long Absence and New Production
2nd July 2014

Yes, I've been extremely poor at updating this site lately. Or not so lately. Since last I wrote, Castaway have produced two more superb plays: the thrilling melodrama The 39 Steps, and the uncompromisingly shocking and difficult Jet of Blood.

Right now, we're working on a new production in which we promise the acting will be absolutely terrible! Based on Michael Green's An Evening of Coarse Acting, and updated with extra material by the brilliant James Lawbuary (of Millwalk and Spouse fame), this promises to be a hilarious look at how not to do amateur theatre. It's much much harder than you think.

Featuring live music by John Sylvester (and some surprising operatics), the show goes up on the 28th of August for three nights in the Arts Centre studio. Tickets from the Arts Centre box office or website.

New Members
5th September 2013

We're going to be starting the rehearsal process for our next production soon, so new members are welcome. As always, the group is run as a course by the Arts Centre. Tickets can be booked from this link or you can buy them from the Arts Centre box office. The first rehearsal is on Monday the 7th of October in the performance studio, and you'll need to be available for the production week sometime in February - I'll post the dates of that when I know when it is. I've got a fairly good idea what the production is going to be, but I'll wait it's been finalised before I make it public!

Rain of Blood
5th September 2013

Rain of Blood has finished its run in the Arts Centre, selling out the last night and nearly selling out the first! It was, for us, a very ambitious production --- a new writer, complex multimedia elements and a large cast made it quite an undertaking, but we're all absolutely delighted with how it turned out. A real spectacle!

Rain of Blood: Rehearsals start Monday!
31st May 2013

Rehearsals for our next production, Rain of Blood, which has been written by our very own Catrin Fflûr Huws, start on Monday 3rd June! There doesn't seem to be an online booking link on the Arts Centre site yet, but I'm sure they'll be able to sort you out at the box office. Or just turn up in the round studio and see what it's all about! Bear in mind that if you do want to take part, you'll need to be available for the whole of performance week when we'll be rehearsing intensively (not to mention putting the show on)! That's the 26th to the 31st of August.

Rain of Blood: first readthrough!
15th May 2013

We've just this evening had the first tentative readthrough with a very small group of friends of Catrin Huws' new play Rain of Blood, which is to be our summer show! It's excellent stuff - a celebration of Hammer-style horror, murder and gore with Catrin's particular hallucinogenic flavour; inspired by Shakespeare's nastiest play, Titus Andronicus.

Rehearsals for Rain of Blood start on Monday 3rd of June in the round studio of the arts centre. Tickets for the course are (or soon will be) available from the Arts Centre box office. The performances themselves are on Friday and Saturday 30th/31st of August.

The Skriker: Done and Dusted!
2nd May 2013

Not much news since last time, because we've been so busy with The Skriker, which finished its run on Saturday. A tremendous success! Stay posted for news about our next production!

The Skriker: Rehearsals start Monday!
2nd February 2013

Rehearsals for our next production, Caryl Churchill's The Skriker, start on Monday 4th February at 7pm in the Arts Centre round studio. There's a link to book tickets for the course online on this page.

Hi-de-Hi!
3rd January 2013

Our next production is Hi-de-Hi!, which will be performed from the 24th to the 26th of January in the Arts Centre Theatre:

Revisit the 1950's and Maplins Holiday Camp with its host of colourful characters in this stage adaptation of the hugely popular TV series. It's the start of a new season and founder Joe Maplin announces that he is setting up a camp in the Bahamas. He needs female yellowcoats to go and work out there and the annual "Miss Yellowcoat" competition will decide who is to go. Rivalry between the girls is fierce, with Sylvia and Gladys joint frontrunners to win the coveted yellow sash. Camp cleaner Peggy, meanwhile, is thrilled at the prospect of a vacancy for a new yellowcoat and convinces Entertainments Manager Jeffrey that she is the ideal candidate for the job...

Following on from last year's sell-out production of 'Allo 'Allo, Castaway return to say: "Hi-De-Hi, campers!"

The Skriker
20th December 2012

The Spring production has been announced: it's Caryl Churchill's dark fairytale, The Skriker:

"The story of an ancient fairy who, during the course of the play, transforms into a plethora of objects and people as it pursues Lily and Josie, two teenage mothers whom it befriends, manipulates, seduces and entraps. Whilst speaking English in its human incarnations, the Skriker's own language consists of broken and fragmented word play. Blending naturalism, horror and magical realism, it is a story of love, loss and revenge."

We will shortly be starting a new season for rehearsals for this play - watch this space if you want to take part.

The dates for the production are the 25th to the 27th of April.

Older news

An Evening of Coarse Acting,
28-30th August 2014

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A hilarious exploration of the art of coarse acting - performances designed to be horrifically bad on every level! Based on the works of Michael Green, with extra material by James Lawbuary.

Rain of Blood, 30-31st August 2013

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Our Summer production: Catrin Fflûr Huws' Rain of Blood, inspired by both Shakespeare and the Hammer horror films.

The Skriker, 25-27th April 2013

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Our Spring production will be Caryl Churchill's dark fairytale, The Skriker.

Hi-de-Hi, 24-26th January 2013

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Upcoming production - Hi-de-Hi! Lots of laughs in this adaptation of the hit sitcom!

4.48 Psychosis, 3rd-5th May 2012

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Our production of Sarah Kane's harrowing final piece was a great success. Click on the image for more details and images.

'Allo 'Allo, 23rd-25th February 2012

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'Allo 'Allo sold out the Arts Centre Theatre for three nights in February. Click on the image for details and rehearsal pictures.

Shakespeare Show, 26th-27th August 2011

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Our first revue show - we'll be doing another with Round the Horne!