ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – ASSEMBLEIA GERAL 2018

MEMBERS ONLY – Below is the information regarding our upcoming AGM, on Monday 12th March at 19.30 (7.30pm). You must be a member to attend this meeting. Members may renew their subscription on the day of the meeting, but no new subscriptions can be requested.

Lisbon Players Theatre Association
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2018
AGENDA

The Lisbon Players AGM will take place on Monday, March 12th 2018 at 19.30 (7.30pm) at Estrela Hall, Rua da Estrela, 10, Lisboa. All paid-up members of the association are invited to attend and participate.

  1. Chairman’s welcome
  2. Election of the Board for the 2018 AGM
  3. Reading and approval of Minutes of the 2017 AGM
  4. Chairman’s Report on activities of 2017
  5. Treasurers Report on Accounts of 2017
  6. Election of the Management Committee 2018/2018

Nominations for the 2018/2019 committee should be sent via e-mail to lisplayers@gmail.com or by surface mail to Lisbon Players, Rua da Estrela, 10, 1200 LISBOA to arrive no later than 48 hours before the meeting.

  1. Election of Fiscal Commission 2018/2019
  2. Fixing of membership fees 2018/2019
  3. Any other business

 

Associação do Teatro Inglês The Lisbon Players
ASSEMBLEIA GERAL 2018
CONVOCATÔRIA

A Reunião Anual da Assembleia Geral da Associação do Teatro Inglês The Lisbon Players, é convocada para Seguna-feira, dia 12 de Março 2018 às 19h30 na sua Sede, sita no Estrela Hall, Rua da Estrela, nº 10, em Lisboa. Todos os sócios com cotas em dia são convidados a participar.

Ordem de Trabalhos:

  1. Abertura da sessão
  2. Eleição da mesa da Assembleia Geral 2018.
  3. Leitura e aprovação da Acta da Reunião Anual da Assembleia Geral da Associação do ano de 2017.
  4. Relatório de Actividades do ano 2017.
  5. Relatório de Contas do ano 2017.
  6. Eleição da Direcção 2018/2019.

Nomeações para a direcção 2018/2019 serão aceites até 48 horas antes da reunião por e-mail para lisplayers@gmail.com ou por escrita para Lisbon Players, Estrela Hall, 10 Rua da Estrela 1200 Lisboa

  1. Eleição do Conselho Fiscal 2018/2019.
  2. Fixação das Quotas Anuais dos Associados 2018/2019.
  3. Outros assuntos.

Harold Pinter double-bill

Opens 8th March!

Landscape and Ashes to Ashes

by Harold Pinter

Directed by Valerie Braddell and Catarina Neves Ricci
Designed by Marinel Matos
Music by Duncan Fox
Stage Manager: Katerina Karachaliou
Asst. Stage Manager: Igor Halicki
Cast: Valerie Braddell and Mick Greer

The past is what you remember, imagine you remember,
convince yourself you remember, or pretend you remember.” (Harold Pinter)

In Landscape (1967), we meet the childless middle-aged couple, Beth and Duff, talking in the kitchen of the large, empty house they are looking after for their employer, the absent Mr. Sykes. Duff talks to Beth but, according to Pinter’s directions, “does not appear to hear her voice”, while “Beth never looks at Duff and does not appear to hear his voice.” The plot lies in the stories the characters tell, in which their emotions remain essentially unexpressed.

Duff is very much of the here and now. He talks of practical matters: his walks to the pond with the dog, the proper way to store beer and his pride in his practical abilities. He also tries to recover the seemingly lost Beth he yearns for: the perfect housekeeper, cook and servant; and the perfect wife who appears to forgive his infidelity with a kiss. Beth’s vision of herself, however, is as a beautiful, childbearing, artistic woman. She relives a past romantic episode – not with Duff – that climaxed, in some form, “by the sea” and now dominates her present. So entranced is she by the memory of her lover’s light touch that Duff’s heavy-handedness cannot reach her. His frustration at this ultimately becomes explosive; whereas for Beth, the remembered landscape of past romance is now her private world. As the critic, Katherine H. Burkman has put it “nothing happens but much is explored.”

Burkman’s statement could also be applied to Ashes to Ashes (1996), where we meet the childless Rebecca and Devlin. They appear to be a couple, although their talk often seems more like a session between a therapist and his patient than a conversation between a husband and wife.

The play begins with Rebecca recounting an episode in which her “lover” seemed to be sexually abusing her and threatening to strangle her. Sylvia Plath’s “Lady Lazarus” claims that “Every woman adores a fascist”. Rebecca says this fascist adores her and Devlin, who appears to have similar leanings, seems obsessed with this man. Rebecca relates several dreamlike sequences involving him, telling Devlin the man worked as a “guide” in “a kind of factory”, where his workers “respected his … purity, his … conviction”. She then goes on to say that “He used to go to the local railway station and walk down the platform and tear all the babies from the arms of their screaming mothers”.

Rebecca later describes another sequence, where she is standing at the top of a building and sees a man, a boy, and a woman with a child in her arms in a snowy street below. Her monologue suddenly shifts from the third person “she” to the first person “I”, as she seems to become the mother of the baby. “I held her to me,” she tells Devlin, and she listens to the baby’s “heart … beating”.

At that point Devlin approaches Rebecca, wanting to perform the actions of the “lover” she described at the beginning of the play.

In the final section, Rebecca’s memory returns to mothers and babies as she recounts the experience of a woman on a train platform with a “baby” wrapped up “in a bundle.” She and other women were being put on trains, while their babies were taken away by men on the platform. Rebecca then shifts again from using “she” to “I”, as if the woman’s experience was her own, and she herself was forced to give away her baby, “the bundle”, to one of the men. In the final lines of the play, however, Rebecca denies that she ever had or knew of “any baby.”

Performances:
8th – 24th March at Estrela Hall
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 21.00 (9 pm)
Sunday Matinee on 18th March at 16.00 (4 pm)

To book, please go to Reservations and fill in the form. 

Audition for Home by David Storey

Sunday, March 11th at 3pm at Estrela Hall

Director Jonathan Weightman (The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance, The Government Inspector, Three Sisters, Journey’s End, The Hostage, Cabaret etc.) will be auditioning for all five parts in this 1970 play by David Storey for a production that will run for 10 performances from May 3rd 2018 until May 19th 2018.

It is an apparently naturalistic play involving five characters meeting and interacting in the grounds of a large country house. Only as the play proceeds do we realize where they really are. It is a poignant piece about dysfunctional lives and loves that has more than a nod to both Chekhov and Beckett.

Looking for two women to play 50 or over, two men to play 50 or over and a man to play 20s or 30s. All actors will need to have English of a very high level.

There will be a read-through on Monday 19th March and rehearsals will be scheduled over the following six weeks in accordance with actors’ availability. Jonathan is also looking for stage managers and a lighting and sound operator.

If you need any more information you can call him on 96 447 5745.

Update on the sale of Estrela Hall

 Dear Members and Supporters of the Lisbon Players,

The ‘Estrela Site’ was sold on 21/12/2017 by the FCO.
We are happy to report, however, that under an agreement with the new owners, plans are underway for moving to a new, slightly larger, Estrela Hall inside the ‘Quarteirão Inglês’.

As we look back at the Lisbon Players’ 70 years in Estrela Hall, we are also looking forward to 70 more years in a (new) Estrela Hall, in the ‘Quarteirão Inglês’ or ‘Estrela Site’, where British and other foreign communities have a history going back at least to the time of D. Maria.

Before telling you of recent developments, we should remember that we might not have had the last ten or so years in Estrela Hall, nor the prospect of a future, without the steadfast stand by several Committees of the Lisbon Players over the last few years; bleak times during which it appeared that LP might have no viable future home.
Since the late ‘90s, and particularly since 2004, the British Government has been pressing to sell the ‘Estrela Site’, in line with UK policy of not holding an ‘Unwanted asset’.

Thanks to the people of Lisbon and their elected representatives this story has moved into a more positive phase.
Successive LP Committees have worked to widen our base beyond the resident British community in Lisbon, and first language English-speaking communities here. More and more Portuguese participants and audience have enjoyed and contributed to our work at Estrela Hall, and become aware of the Lisbon Players’ fragile position.
Unflagging support at Câmara Municipal and Freguesia level and, we feel, pride in the rich history of the Quarteirão Inglês, have grown, and in February 2016 the Presidents of the Assembleia Municipal de Lisboa and the Junta de Freguesia de Campo de Ourique proposed a motion to the AML, “In defence of the The Lisbon Players and of maintaining Estrela Hall”. At that meeting, hopes for a local health centre were also brought up, and local parking issues had been known of for some time. The motion was unanimously approved.
Shortly afterwards, a promissory contract was signed between the buyers, Arquimelo 2. S.A. and the FCO (represented by the Embassy).

Earlier this year, at the Embassy, the buyers showed LP plans for a new Estrela Hall, next to the Parsonage, rather than as at present next to the Hospital, and in a building which would also house a new health centre, and provide parking space. These had already been discussed at local government level.

The plans inevitably come with a feeling of bereavement; the happy ghosts of Estrela Hall, and decades of memories cannot be treated lightly. (We hope they will move down the road with us.)
But they both enable LP to have a secure future in a new Estrela Hall, and enable others on the site, and local residents, to benefit.

The theatre will be larger than the current Estrela Hall, with a separate entrance, and managed exclusively by the Lisbon Players, and the plan brings the benefit of underground parking space.
A reasonable monthly rent has already been agreed upon by both the buyer and LP.
Though we would be freed from the unpredictable needs of maintaining and heating the old Estrela Hall, this will be both a new opportunity and a challenge.

Building is expected to start at the end of 2018 and take 18-24 months to complete.
In this interim period, Lisbon Players will have to find alternative spaces for performances, as well as storage for props and costumes. (Members’ and others’ suggestions would be most welcome.)
The buyers, through their group of companies, have been very generous in offering sponsorship and possibly assistance in warehousing to enable the Lisbon Players to carry on our work during this period.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank LP Committees over several years for valiantly pursuing the goal of a secure future for LP, and to members for their staunch and consistent support. We are extremely grateful to the Freguesia, Assembleia, and Câmara, for insisting that the plans secure Lisbon Players’ future in the local community, and especially to some who have been working tirelessly behind the scenes.
We also thank Arquimelo for coming up with a solution that enables the Lisbon Players to carry on for many years to come with modern facilities for actors, helpers, and audience.

The Lisbon Players’ Committee have done everything in our power to try to remain in the present Estrela Hall, but following the court case we could have been evicted at any time.
We believe that what has been offered and agreed with the buyers goes beyond the outcome we could have expected, and that we will end up with a modern facility providing many opportunities that we have not had to date.

Under these circumstances the Committee, on behalf of Members and supporters of the Lisbon Players, have agreed to accept the conditions indicated in writing by the buyers, Arquimelo 2 S.A..

The contract will be signed in the near future and we will keep members informed of Lisbon Players’ input into the ongoing discussions with the buyer’s architect, (we anticipate seeking advice from specialist theatre architects), and key dates such as when work will begin.

We think of this as the next step in the memorable history of the Lisbon Players and the cultural history of Lisbon, and are confident that the new opportunities and challenges presented by these changes will only enable us to grow, as a theatre and a vital cultural hub of the city.

Looking forward to the next 70 years of the Lisbon Players serving the public and community in Estrela Hall, we wish everyone a happy Christmas.

Important announcement from the Lisbon Players

Dear Audience and supporters of the Lisbon Players,
Aware of your concerns about the future of our beloved theatre, even as we celebrate Lisbon Players’ 70th year in Estrela Hall, we would like to share some recent news.
Naturally our preference has always been to consult and inform members about such major matters, but as the smallest cog in a complex machine, we have little influence on the pace of negotiations.
There will be a meeting at the British Embassy on Monday 18th December for all the ’Stakeholders’ on the Estrela Site.
The Estrela Site now being sold includes all the land and buildings from the British Hospital down to the Parsonage, but not the Anglican Cemetery or Church.
At this meeting, Arquimelo 2, S.A., the buyers, will present their plans for the site, and they and the Embassy intend to complete sale (Escritura) on Thursday 21st December.
The buyers have been working with the CML on the task of planning, and, while taking into account the interests of sellers, local citizens, and stakeholders, have shown awareness and sensitivity to the historical importance of the site.
We understand that their plans include a health centre, a new Estrela Hall, and parking space (a long term need in the area), all in the Estrela Site (Quarteirão Inglês).
Initial talks with Arquimelo have gone well; they have listened and shown goodwill to Lisbon Players’ concerns about continuity, the needs of Estrela Hall as a working theatre, and our role in the various communities we serve, and who work with us.
We are now close to an agreement with Arquimelo, in which we foresee becoming tenants of a new Estrela Hall in the Quarteirão Inglês.
However, various important details such as timings for formalising an agreement, and the timeline for construction works to begin on the site still remain undefined, and both sides continue to work together on this.
Please stay alert to eMails to our mailing list, social media and the press, in the coming days.
Many thanks will soon be due to many people, in several entities involved in the future of the Estrela Site, and we are hopeful that these will follow in the near future, when we announce, as they say in Portuguese, the “Celebration of the contract”.

2017-2018 Season

The Maids (Jean Genet)

A Christmas Carol (Charles Dickens)

Curtain Raiser Concert 2018 (Filipe Thomaz and Jonathan Luxton)

Landscape/Ashes to Ashes (Harold Pinter)

Sexual Perversity in Chicago (David Mamet)

Home (David Storey)

The Diary of Anne Frank (Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett)

Update on Estrela Hall

In May the Committee was invited by the Embassy to a meeting with the prospective buyer of the Estrela Site (who signed a promissory contract to buy in March 2016, which is still active).

Continuing our policy of keeping communication open with all parties involved, we accepted the invitation, and the director of Arquimelo, the property development company, explained aspects of their plans and showed us architectural drafts.

Other people and organisations with an interest in the Estrela Site, and influence on its future, will be shown these plans.

You may recall that the Assembleia Municipal and the Junta de Freguesia showed, in their vote early in 2016, that they hope to protect LP in Estrela Hall. There are also plans to create a Centro de Saúde on the site, and other organisations who wish to stay. Parking remains a local concern. With the Embassy, the prospective buyer, Junta de Freguesia, other stakeholders, and the Câmara Municipal (whose approval is indispensable), outcomes are hard to predict, though a slow process of decision making must be anticipated, which might be counted in years rather than months.

While it is a positive development that discussions take place on a possible future for the Estrela Site, and with Lisbon Players included in both the planning and in that future, we must stress that these are early days.

We would like members to know that the Committee continue hopeful of a good resolution, are taking legal advice, keep in touch with as many relevant people as possible, and will keep you informed if at some point major developments or decisions become imminent.

Our new 2017/18 committee and news of forthcoming celebrations

Dear Members and supporters,

First of all, many thanks to everyone who came to the AGM on Sunday 12th March.

The new structure for the 2016/17 committee, elected at the AGM, is as follows:

Cassandra Woolford (treasurer)
Colin Lee-Warden
Eduarda Sousa (secretary)
Elettra Sacchi
Elizabeth Bochmann
Joyce Jones
Katerina Karachaliou
Nicki Bailey
Peter Dawson
Stephen Bull (chairman)
Suresh Nampuri

Following the new organisation by departments created by the committee last year, we have assigned representatives of 4 main areas of interest, who can be contacted by you, as and when applicable, for any queries, suggestions or proposals:

Artistic department
Suresh Nampuri: sureshnampuri@lisbonplayers.com.pt

Operations department (day-to-day running)
Cassandra Woolford: cassandrawoolford@lisbonplayers.com.pt

Estrela Hall Action department
Stephen Bull: stephenbull@lisbonplayers.com.pt

and a new department:
Press and Communication, will soon be formed. We have assigned people on the new committee for specific functions but will be seeking a person to take on the role of coordinating this area. For now, the contact person is Stephen Bull: stephenbull@lisbonplayers.com.pt

Please do not hesitate to contact us. Of course, if you are not sure of which department to  write to, you can still use lisplayers@gmail.com and you can visit our website (www.lisbonplayers.com.pt) or our facebook page (www.facebook.com/lisbonplayers).

And, with our 70th birthday today (our first production opened on 29th March, 1947), we are planning our 70th Birthday Celebrations: 70 years! Play on.

More news soon.Elettra Sacchi

2016 Timeline of Recent Events

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