Beryl Cook Project Update

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People from across the area are being given the chance to take part in a production depicting Beryl Cook’s Plymouth.

Sailors and Sweethearts will be a production based on the stories and characters captured by Beryl Cook in her paintings, showing a cross section of the Plymouth community. It will be performed at the Drum Theatre in March 2013.

The People’s Company production is based around the experiences of local people, so the company are keen to get local people to audition or apply to assist with the production. No previous experience is necessary, just commitment and enthusiasm. Auditions are taking place on Tuesday 18, Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 September. Anyone wishing to audition will need to be aged 18 or over and join the People’s Company, which costs just £6 a year – members also get to hear about other community projects and receive theatre ticket offers.

The production will be the culmination of over a year’s work, including months gathering people’s stories of nights on the town. These experiences will all feed into an original play written by Nick Stimson, who has worked with the Theatre Royal Plymouth previously with NHS The Musical, Union Street and Korczak.

Nick said, “Beryl Cook painted Plymouth as only the people from Plymouth know it. The real thing. Bursting with Plymouth life and Plymouth people. She has long been someone whose work I’ve admired and who I feel opens doors to stories and characters. I’m delighted to be working on this project and look forward to sharing my enthusiasm for Beryl Cook’s work with others.”

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