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  • Felix: Support the debut EP of a young and talented singer-songwriter from the midlands!

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    Last summer, Some of you may have had the pleasure of hearing Felix play at the performances in your area. If you enjoyed his music you may be interested to know that he is planning to record an EP of tracks which will be available in a few weeks time.


    Like a lot of young performers starting out, it’s tough to find ways of getting paid to perform until you have a track record or loyal following so Felix doesn’t have a steady stream of income from his work yet. We are trying to support him as much as we can but he would like to stand on his own two feet as much as possible. One way he has found of funding his venture is through Kickstarter where people can pledge support in return for rewards. He can effectively sell his EP before it’s made, to support the making of it, (rather like a mortgage!).


    If you enjoyed Felix’s work and would like a copy of his EP or if you would like to book him for a gig or just wish him well, please visit his is Kickstarter page and have a look at the rewards on offer.

    It will mean a great deal to him and could be the start of something much bigger!
    Visit his Kickstarter Campaign here

    Oddsocks announces 2015 Summer shows!

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    Following on from the success of our Brit-Pop musical on our 25th anniversary tour, we will be reprising our “unique, fast and funny take on Shakespeare’s
    melancholic rom-com”



    Oddsocks’ 2015 production of Twelfth Night is a madcap musical treat with Shakespeare’s love stories intertwined with well-known British Chart hits to keep the blood pumping and the mood merry. The lonely Countess Olivia in her COUNTRY HOUSE is wooed by the music-loving Orsino who is desperate to find out WHAT IS LOVE? Meanwhile Olivia’s servant Malvolio, believes he is A CHARMING MAN and is desperate to prove it to Olivia. A storm brings the adventurous Viola to town who decides HERE’S WHERE THE STORY ENDS and begins a new life, as a man! Working for Count Orsino, as a man, she woos Olivia, who quite fancies her and things get all mixed up with the GIRLS AND BOYS. It’s time to PUMP IT UP when Olivia’s uncle Sir Toby Belch decides it’s time for a party and a confrontation with pompous Malvolio. This really takes the story to a new level as Malvolio is tricked into believing Olivia is in love with him and wants him now. Desperate to know HOW SOON IS NOW? Malvolio makes an hysterical fool of himself and is carted off to prison where HEAVEN KNOWS HE’S MISERABLE NOW. It all wraps up in a fight to the death and the truth is at last revealed. True lovers are united and they’ll never SLIDE AWAY and with true hearts they tell Malvolio “Don’t look back in anger”.


    In addition to Twelfth Night, we are delighted to announce that we will
    turning the Oddsocks charm to..


    Oddsocks’ Much Ado About Nothing is a high octane musical
    version of Shakespeare’s witty battle of the sexes featuring wellknown UK hits from the best music decades. The story has soldiers Benedict and Claudio on leave with their friend Prince Don Pedro and knowing that WAR is good for absolutely nothing they would much prefer to HOLIDAY with their girl friends Beatrice and Hero. Benedick is tricked into falling for his old flame Beatrice and Claudio gets engaged to his young love Hero. Plans are made for a WHITE WEDDING and IT MUST BE LOVE because THINGS CAN ONLY GET BETTER, or so it seems. The happy-go-lucky mood is broken as the hostile plans of the Prince’s brother, Don John, take shape. He’s a bit of a CREEP and decides to disrupt the happy lovers romance by creating a TAINTED LOVE with lies and deception. There is a dramatic confrontation at the wedding and the young bride Hero is presumed dead. Beatrice challenges Benedict to show his love for her because she’s HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO to challenge Claudio to a fight to the death. Claudio, meanwhile is shocked and saddened at the supposed death of his ex and he will
    NEVER EVER see her again.

    The scene is set for a dramatic and hilarious conclusion as the true villains are confronted, the deception is revealed and the lovers are reunited in a musical climax that will raise the roof and get everyone on their feet!
    Venues confimed in Telford, Billingham, East Sussex, Chepstow, Warwickshire, Harrogate, Redcar, Birmingham, Jersey, Guernsey and more..

    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!