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  • Mia Stubbings: Day Two

    Filed under: News — Andy

    Mia Stubbings joins the Oddsocks rehearsal this week, she gives you a peak into what happened of Day 2 of rehearsals.

    I think I should probably start by saying that today, we did not get locked out of the rehearsal room, and so it has been a successful day by all accounts.

    Today was dedicated to music and costumes. The music sounds awesome already and it’s only day two. Imagine what it will sound like 4 weeks from now. Hint: Fantastic.

    I spent most of the morning resisting the temptation to start dancing around the room, and instead resigned myself to the occasional bobbing of the head and tapping of the foot.

    Teas and coffees were, of course, obligatory. I am the Mug Fairy. ‘The Mairy’, if you will. I’ll whisk away the empty mugs and wash them without anyone realising they’re gone, until someone pipes up, ‘Has anyone seen my mug?’ Too late, the Mug Fairy beat you to it. She’s on it.

    I then had to take off my Mug Fairy wings and replace them with an explorer hat, because I was sent on an errand to the bank. Geography isn’t my strong point and I was worried that a search party would be necessary once the sun had set and I had still not returned. But never fear, with directions scribbled on my hand and a spring in my step, I managed to find my destination.

    It was literally just down the road. I don’t think I’ll need directions next time. I did walk straight past the bank at first because I was too busy looking at my hand, but I managed to complete my task and arrive back safely. Phew.

    The afternoon was primarily costume and Yum Yum based. Vanessa came in to measure and stick safety pins into people, and then took some costumes away to work her magic on.

    Peter brought the Yum Yums.

    Many a list and spreadsheet were made to document what we have and what we need. It was all very exciting and very efficient. A lot of work and planning goes into what you see on stage. And a lot of lists. A plethora of lists.

    I enjoyed seeing ideas and gags blossoming right in front of my eyes. Some might work, some might not, but it’s great to see everyone bouncing off each other to come up with brilliant ways to make the audience laugh. Obviously I can’t tell you about them; it would ruin the surprise.

    I also love how everyone’s brains work, and it’s such a fabulous feeling to be around people who are just as creative and passionate about theatre as I am. It’s like being in an Oddsocks bubble. Maybe if I stay long enough, some of their brilliance (and confidence) will rub off on me. *crosses every crossable body part*


    Audience Survey - pretty please.. we’d love you to fill this in!

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    We’d love for you to fill in this audience survey for us, come on..
    we’ve asked very nicely and it’s only 10 questions!

    Create your free online surveys with SurveyMonkey , the world’s leading questionnaire tool.

    Give us a piece of your mind on a post-it!

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    We are now at Queen’s Hall Arts Centre in Hexham for our run of Wind in the Willows which will take us through Christmas..and we’re

    getting windier by the minute. Our audiences have been delighted with this brand new adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s classic story of the riverbank, with audiences from young to old loving the show. How do you know they like it? I hear you cry!


    This tour we’re running a “Post-it review” scheme where you can ‘give us a piece of your mind’ after the show, reviewing as much as you can on a post-it note! So look out for us in the foyer, grab a pen and a post-it and you can squeeze your thoughts onto a tiny brightly coloured square of paper.We’d love it if you could!


    Our favorite comments include: “Strictly Come Oddsocks!” “A triumph” “Your best yet - outstanding at every point. Rip-roaring!” “Oddsocks continues to go from strength to strength!” “Fracking good night!” “As good as ever - great evening of laughs!”


    Local families will experience a unique trip to the theatre thanks to a collaboration between Oddsocks Productions and Home-Start!

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    We are delighted to announce that for our upcoming tour of ‘Wind in the Willows’ we are partnering up with local Home-Start charities at venues up and down the country to offer an exclusive access all areas theatre experience to a family who wouldn’t ordinarily be able to access it

    The local family, supported by Home-Start, will have an exclusive tour of the stage, meet the cast of Wind in the Willows, receive signed merchandise and complimentary refreshments, before sitting down to enjoy the show - completely free of charge.

    Home-Start is the UK’s leading family support charity. There are almost 300 local Home-Starts across the UK. They recruit and train volunteers to support parents with at least one child under the age of five. Their home visiting work is unique in the UK. The charity was set up in 1973 and now supports over 32,000 families and almost 70,000 children each year. Nearly 16,000 volunteers visit families in their own homes – parents supporting other parents in a variety of situations including isolation, bereavement, multiple births, poverty, illness or disability.

    We are really excited about being able to offer this opportunities to families this winter. Home-Start was the ideal choice of charity to work with because they support families with at least one child under 5. One of their initiatives is to support parents in getting their children ‘school-ready’ through enjoyable early-learning, reading, imagination and socialising - the theatre is the perfect place for this to happen.

    We hope by providing this opportunity to a family who wouldn’t ordinarily access theatre, it will create a lasting memory for both parents and children alike.


    You can keep up to date with our Home-Start Scheme by following us on twitter @oddsockstweets
    or Liking us on Facebook

    Oddsocks gets windy in rehearsals!

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    Yesterday rehearsals started for Oddsocks winter tour of Wind in the Willows in Derby. The cast (Elli Mackenzie, Joseph Maudsley, Dom Gee-Burch, Andrew McGillan and Rosamund Hine) get set to work with the lush Lucy Ward, award-winning folk musician on the music she has composed and arranged this new adaptation.
    Combine guitar, keyboard, drums, clarinet, flute, ukelele, keytar and a few tin-whistles.. and what have you got? An Oddsocks show!


    Expect brand new songs courtesy of Lucy Ward and revivals of some old classics.. it’s only been one day and we’re certain you’ll be in for a treat.
    Check out Lucy Ward’s music here and see all the rehearsal shots on our facebook page


    New Oddbod joins Oddsocks this week!

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    This week Oddsocks appointed a new Young Producer manifested in the form of
    pe Ward-Brown. Derby based theatre maker and avid Shakespeare fan, Hope has been in the audience of Oddsocks’ performances for years. At 19, she’s the youngest member of the team, although just because she’s a young producer, it certainly doesn’t make Elli old Producer..


    Hope has been a production intern for Oddsocks since June 2014, doing everything from booking accommodation for the actors, writing press releases to sewing velcro on rottweilers. (Those audience members who witnessed the velcro fail during the summer tour will understand sewing is not where her talents lie)


    Her theatre credits include various performances with Derby Shakespeare Theatre Company, including playing Juliet at Quad venue ‘The Chocolate Factory’ in Derby. Most recently she played a very bossy fairy in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Tim Heywood at the Minack Theatre, Cornwall.


    A regular member of Derby Academy of Acting, Hope was also a member of Derby Playhouse Youth Theatre and Derby LIVE Youth Theatre. She performed at Sheffield Crucible and the National Theatre with James Graham’s play Bassett as part of the National Theatre Connections Festival with Cast Ensemble.


    Hope also took part in the Company Aside program as Deputy Stage Manager with Derby Theatre’s The Odyssey. She is a workshop facilitator and has run confidence building and drama clubs for primary school children.


    She is delighted to be joining Oddsocks as Young Producer and is really excited about getting stuck in to rehearsals and working on her sewing skills for Wind in the Willows… We’ve also hired a professional costume lady so no more sewing for Hope. She still blames the rottweilers.

    The Oddsocks gang return and this time they’re windy!

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    Oddsocks, are bringing the classic family favourite Wind In The Willows firmly to life in their own inimitable way this winter and audiences will be pleased to know that appearing in the production are some familiar Oddsocks actors.

    Andy McGillan has been part of the Oddsocks cast for eight years now and has become as well-loved as a favourite teddy amongst fans of this unique, professional touring theatre company.  He even has catchphrases all of his own which are sure to crop up again this winter as he dons a set of driving goggles and literally throws himself into the character of Toad.  “Invisible!”


    Joseph Maudsley is fast catching up with Andy in the race to become the most capped Oddsocker.  As well as appearing with the company this summer and in previous summer performances in the open air, Joseph played Dr Livesey in “Treasure Island” last winter and Little John the year before in “The Adventures of Robin Hood“.  Joseph is researching all things rodent in order to play Ratty in this year’s production.


    Returning along with these two popular actors is Dom Gee-Burch, who has appeared in the last four Oddsocks shows.  He’ll be bringing Badger to life in this one as soon as he finishes appearing as Lord Farquaad in Shrek The Musical at the Gaiety Theatre, Isle of Man.


    It’s not all new faces of course, it is always important to bring someone new to the meet the audiences (nothing to do with making sure the chaps are on their best behaviour).  Appearing with the regular bunch is actress Rosamund Hine, hotfoot from an international tour of
    “What The Ladybird Heard” based on the award-winning book by Julia Donaldson.


    To cap it all Oddsocks founder and Producer Elli Mackenzie - who last appeared on stage in the company’s  ”live TV” version of The Merry Wives of Windsor (who could forget the famous washing machine scene?), is returning to play Mole!  Elli and her husband, Andy Barrow who appeared as Long John Silver in last winter’s Treasure Island, formed Oddsocks Productions twenty five years ago and has appeared on stage in over thirty of the productions the company has toured since then.  Elli is delighted to be getting back out on tour this winter.

    Tickets onsale now - click here!