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25/04/19 | Signing off... Thank you to all the wonderful audiences who attended our performances of Amanda Whittington's "The Thrill of Love" last week. We heard (and read) many complimentary comments after each show, for which the company are very grateful! News about our summer production will be coming your way very soon, but in the meantime I'm slightly melancholic to be writing what will be my final news update here on the Attic Players website which I started building a little under ten years ago. Having developed and managed the group's online presence (including this website, our online ticketing, and email list) for nearly a whole decade I felt it was at last time to let someone else have a go! So watch this space for a brand new website in the very near future, and thank you so much to everyone who has interacted with me via this page over the years - it's been incredibly rewarding and a real honour. Best wishes, Branwen Munn...
25/03/19 | The Thrill of Love - TICKETS ON SALE NOW! We're excited to announce that tickets for our spring production "The Thrill of Love" by Amanda Whittington are now available online (click here to book now!) and from Fair and Fabulous in Newcastle Emlyn. This imaginatively structured and thoroughly engaging play is based on the controversial story of Ruth Ellis who was convicted and sentenced for the murder of David Blakely in 1955. Performances are on 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th of April 2019 in the Attic Theatre at 7:30pm (doors open at 7). Tickets are £8 for adults and £6.50 for under 16s. Online discount offer: Buy 10 or more tickets and receive £1 off the cost of each ticket! Please note: This production contains adult themes and short moments of flashing lights. Click here to read more about the play...
10/03/19 | The Players had great fun last November bringing a lively ensemble of mermaids (among others!) to the stage in Foolish Fishgirls and the Pearl by Barbara Pease Weber, directed by Martyn Buck. The audience were treated to colourful performances with plenty of laughs and just the right amount of poignancy, plus lashings of mulled wine and mince pies served by our front of house team. We hope you all enjoyed!
This spring we're very excited to be working on a fantastic production of Amanda Whittington's stylish play The Thrill of Love, based on the true story of Ruth Ellis, last woman to be hanged in the UK. Rehearsals are well underway under the considered direction of Suzanne Munn, and performance dates are 17th-20th April 2019. Watch this space for information about tickets... Meanwhile, click here to read more about the production.
22/10/18 | Foolish Fishgirls colouring | Click on the download button on the left to get your copy of our special Foolish Fishgirls and the Pearl themed colouring sheet. Once you'd downloaded the picture, print it off, colour it in (or get someone in your party who is a colouring expert!), and bring it along to one of our performances. The audience member submitting the best work on each performance night will win their share of the mermaids' treasure! Foolish Fishgirls and the Pearl will be performed at the Attic Theatre, Newcastle Emlyn on Wed 28th, Thu 29th, Fri 30th of November at 7:30pm, and two performances on 1st December at 2:30pm and 7:30pm. Tickets will be onsale from 1st November via our website or from Fair and Fabulous in Newcastle Emlyn.
13/10/18 | Fishgirls afloat! The Players are now a month into rehearsals for this year's Christmas production Foolish Fishgirls and the Pearl, and we're having a whale of a time! This wonderful play is written by Barbara Pease Weber and is being directed by Martyn Buck, who brought us Lord Arthur Savile's Crime last autumn. Tickets will be onsale from the 1st of November, meanwhile click here to read more about the show, including performance dates and rehearsal photos. Please note our new ticket prices: £8 for adults, £6.50 for under 16s, and a brand new, special bulk discount: Buy 10 tickets, get £1 off per ticket!
Thank you to everyone who came to our Summer production, Power and Petticoats. We are grateful for the fantastic audiences who gave such lovely feedback in the theatre and online. We're very happy you enjoyed the performances!
16/08/18 | Join us tonight for our special screening of the film Suffragette on the 18th. The event starts in the Atrium space downstairs from the Theatre in the clocktower building at 7:30pm for drinks, nibbles and some wonderful poetry, then upstairs in the Theatre itself at 8pm for the film. Tickets are £7 for the whole event! Performances of our new stage production Power and Petticoats commence in just over a week: Wed 29th August to Sat 1st September inclusive. Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 7:30pm. Tickets also £7. Book online now for any of these events via our Ticketsource page or in person from Fair & Fabulous in Newcastle Emlyn.
30/06/18 | News! Check out this video made by members Melanie and Claire telling you all about our forthcoming production, Power and Petticoats, which hits the Attic Theatre later this summer. Click here to find out more about this exciting show!
Meanwhile, we'd like to say a massive thank you to everyone who came to our LGBT+ Film Evening earlier this month. It was lovely to see the theatre so full and to hear the conversations and positive feedback during the event (and after!). Ysgol Gyfun Emlyn's film Darkness was highly popular, and we were blown away by the response to our own film Changes, which was conceived and created by members of the Attic Players in conjunction with the Iris Outreach Project.
A big thank you to Mark Williams and rest of the Iris Outreach team for facilitating the making of our film, and of course the film festival evening itself, I'm sure all the Players who took part would agree that we all learned a great deal while having a fun and engaging experience. Watch Changes here:
Read more about Changes and the LGBT+ Film Evening on our Recent Productions page...
11/06/18 | Thank you to everyone who came to watch our recent production of God of Carnage! The company had great fun bringing this fantastic piece of theatre to Newcastle Emlyn and we hope you enjoyed watching it.
By way of something completely different, we are very happy to announce a special one-off LGBT Film Evening on Friday 6th July 2018 at the Attic Theatre. This event is a kind of mini film festival (approximately an hour and half in total) which is produced in association with Iris in the Community, an outreach project co-ordinated by the Iris Prize International Film Festival based in Cardiff. During the evening will be the premiere of Changes, a short film created by the Attic Players with help and support from the Iris team. Most of the of Players themselves have yet to see the finished film, so do come along and enjoy the premiere with them! Tickets for the event are FREE, and we will be serving tea and cake during the interval. Please note that one of the films being screened contains strong language, while another has scenes of implied brutality.
Meanwhile, work is well underway on the Attic Players summer production. Power and Petticoats is a completely new piece of theatre, created and constructed by members of the company. Show dates are 29th August to 1st September. More details coming soon!
30/01/18 | The God of Carnage is now in rehearsal! Justine Dodd is directing this production of Yasmina Reza's play, which will be performed on 26th, 27th and 28th of April and 3rd, 4th and 5th of May, 2018. The cast is small in number which means they'll be working extra hard to bring this fabulous story to the stage. Watch this space for ticket information soon. Click here for more information about the play.
10/01/18 | Coming soon! Director Justine Dodd is currently working on our forthcoming production of Yasmina Reza's play "The God of Carnage" which will be in rehearsal very soon for performances later this spring. This play is an exciting undertaking for the company and we're sure the Players will, as always, rise to the challenge in style! More information very soon. Meanwhile we'd like to thank everyone who came to watch "Lord Arthur Savile's Crime" before Christmas - we had so much fun bringing Constance Cox's play to the stage and hope you all laughed as much as we did! The Attic Players are also currently working on a short film in collaboration with the Iris Prize, a Cardiff based film-festival promoting LGBT awareness which offers excellent outreach film-making opportunities for community groups like ourselves. Watch this space for more information about that...
25/10/17 | Lord Arthur arriving shortly! We are pleased to announce that tickets for our forthcoming production of "Lord Arthur Savile's Crime" are now available. Tickets are £7 and can be purchased via our Ticketsource page here, or from Fair and Fabulous in Newcastle Emlyn as usual. This brilliant comedy is by Constance Cox, based on a short story by Oscar Wilde, and is being directed by Attic member Martyn Buck. Click here for show dates and more information.
11/08/17 | Award winners! The Attic Players are very excited to announce that we have been awarded the prestigious "Best Drama" accolade for District 6, Wales and Ireland in the 2016 NODA Awards! Our production of Ayckbourn's "Woman in Mind (December Bee)" directed by Justine Dodd was performed at the theatre last spring. We're very proud of our trophy which arrived this week along with a certificate which will be on display in the auditorium. Go Attic Players!
25/07/17 | After a fantastic run of four nights performing "London Wall" to very appreciative audiences, the Players are happy to announce the next Attic production "Lord Arthur Savile's Crime", Constance Cox's stage adaptation of the Oscar Wilde short story, directed by Martyn Buck. There has been much laughter already in early rehearsals, and the cast are raring to go! More news soon...
09/07/17 | Just three more days until our opening night of London Wall on Wednesday 12th! We're doing a four night run, through to Saturday the 15th. We've just had our penultimate rehearsal and are now getting VERY excited for you, our lovely audience, to enjoy the fruits of our labour. The set, props and costumes are looking fantastic, really bringing the feel of 1931 to the stage, and the actors hard work under the skilled guidance of director Melanie Davies is really paying off - be ready for something wonderful! To book tickets online visit our Ticketsource page by clicking here, or pop into Fair and Fabulous on Sycamore Street in Newcastle Emlyn. Tickets are just £7! Hope to see you there.
23/06/17 | London Wall tickets are now available! Performance dates are 12th-15th July 2017 at 7:30pm (doors 7pm) at the Attic Theatre, Newcastle Emlyn. Book online by clicking here, or visit Fair & Fabulous in Newcastle Emlyn to buy tickets in person. "London Wall" was written in the 1930s, the era in which the plays is set, by John Van Druten and is directed for the Attic Players by Melanie Davies. Click here to read more about the production.
23/06/17 | Tickets for JAGS "Act Your Age" are available now. "Act Your Age" sees teenagers Milly and Bree embarking on a colourful time-travelling escapade through the history of acting. The relatively small cast of young people multi-task their way through a spectacular array of characters, bringing this engaging story to life for the first time! Performances of this fun, imaginative play, written especially for our talented group of young Thespians by Branwen and Suzanne Munn, will take place on 29th and 30th of June 2017 at 7pm (doors 6:30pm) at the Attic Theatre, Newcastle Emlyn. Book online by clicking here, or buy tickets from Fair & Fabulous in Newcastle Emlyn.
16/05/17 | New London Wall dates! We've had a busy time re-scheduling our forth-coming production of John Van Druten's play "London Wall" and are pleased to announce that we have arrived at the new performances dates which are as follows: Wednesday 12th July, Thursday 13th July, Friday 14th July and Saturday 15th July. All performances will start at 7:30pm, doors at 7. Click here to read more about the production.
01/04/17 | "London Wall" - This wonderful play by John Van Druten is set in the 1930s and is being directed by Melanie Davies who you maybe remember for her outstanding performance as Susan in last year's production of "Woman in Mind". We are very excited about this beautiful period production - the cast and crew are working incredibly hard to bring the era to life with a huge amount of authenticity which we are sure our audiences will thoroughly enjoy. Click here to read more about the production.
Also currently in production is the forthcoming JAGS play "Act Your Age", written and directed by Suzanne and Branwen Munn. This exciting show promises to be a spectacle, with a dedicated and talented cast of our Junior Group accompanied by a few brave members of the adult Players, some extra special effects to bring to life the science fiction element of the story, and a mind-boggling selection of costumes covering a few thousand years of history! Watch this space for more details soon...
09/01/17 | Onwards and upwards! We are very excited to announce that rehearsals are just about to begin for our spring production, which will be "London Wall" by John Van Druten, directed by Melanie Davies. Watch this space for more information as rehearsals progress. Meanwhile, what fun we had with our Christmas production which this year is a comedy fairytale "The Frog Princess", written and directed by Suzanne Munn! With a cast of Attic members old and new along with a selection of our super-talented JAGS, this show brought many warm and smiley feelings as the nights drew in. The usual fun and frolics combined with songs and a horse race (yes, you read that right!) as we told this twist on a classic story of royalty meets amphibian. We had some fabulous audiences, some of whom survived learning to sweep the floors with Queen Constanzia and answering questions in our act 2 quiz at the races, hosted by our very own Fancy and Chancitt, Click here to read more about the production on our Recent Productions page...
25/08/16 | Thank you to the wonderful audiences who came to our summer production of two one-act plays by Richard James, directed by Suzanne Munn. We enjoyed very busy houses at all four performances! "White Lies" and "Blood on Canvas" offered a fantastic contrast to each other, one a comedy, the other a thriller. Click here to read more about this production. Performances were on August 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th!
10/07/16 | The JAGS page has just been updated! Why not click here to go and take a look. You'll find information about our dynamic junior group with some material about their recent productions and details about how to join.
26/06/16 | WE ARE RECRUITING! Fancy yourself as an actor? Or perhaps you might be interested in the myriad backstage opportunities, from lighting and sound to crew, costumes or front of house. If so, we'd absolutely love to hear from you! Our friendly team is always on the look out for new, enthusiastic members, and there's no better time to come along and get involved. No experience necessary! Click here to read more about how you could be a part of the Attic Players...
08/06/16 | After the wonderful success of our recent performances of Alan Ayckbourn's “Woman in Mind (December Bee)”, we are already moving swiftly into rehearsal for our 2016 summer production of two one-act plays directed by Suzanne Munn. “Blood on Canvas” and “White Lies” were both written by Richard James, and provided a wonderful stylistic contrast. Watch this space for more news soon. Click here for more details!
15/04/16 | "Woman in Mind December Bee)" tickets available now! Alan Ayckbourn's fascinating play is being directed by Justine Dodd and features a very hard working cast and crew who are giving their all as rehearsals move in the last few weeks. Click here to read more about the production...
A big, heart-shaped "Thank you" to everyone who came to see the recent JAGS production of "Alice", written and directed by Suzanne Munn. The talented cast of young people had a fantastic time and all enjoyed the experience of performing their own theatre show.
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28/02/16 | Thank you to everyone who came to see our production of Terry Pratchett®'s "Wyrd Sisters" in December. We thoroughly enjoyed our excursion to Discworld, though are glad we managed to avoid actually losing fifteen years of our lives during the run. Congratulations to Ben Allen on his successful Attic debut as director!
26/10/15 | Thank you so much to our wonderful audiences who came and enjoyed the Attic Players recent performances of Peter Quilter's "Curtain Up!". Nearly full houses every night! We thoroughly enjoyed hearing so much laughter in our auditorium and hope you all enjoyed the show as much as we enjoyed creating it. To celebrate, we've just posted to YouTube the short 'retro' film clip which was projected during the play. The clip features cameos by members of the Attic Players, JAGS and local magician Tom Dodd. It was produced by Attic member Branwen Munn.
06/08/15 | Curtain going up...! We are very excited to announce that tickets for our forthcoming production of Peter Quilter's poignant comedy "Curtain Up!" are now onsale via our website (click here to book now) or from Fair and Fabulous in Newcastle Emlyn. Show dates are 28th-29th August and 4th-5th September. This brilliant play is being expertly directed by Tracey Huggins and features five of Attic's super-talented ladies. Click here to read more about it!
19/05/15 | Onwards! A big thank you to all the wonderful people who came to watch "King Arthur - The Pantomime" in April. We had so much fun performing it for you, as hopefully came across! Having very much 'returned home' to our lovely theatre, we are very enthusiastic about our forthcoming productions, and are pleased to announce the next TWO Attic Players shows. In August/September we will be performing a hilarious play by Peter Quilter, entitled "Curtain Up!", which will be directed by Tracey Huggins, who you may remember as the delectable Doris from the pantomime! Then, in December, we are proud to honour the memory of one of the most prolific writers in British history, Terry Pratchett, when we present the Stephen Briggs stage adaptation of his Discworld classic "Wyrd Sisters". This will be directed by one of our very own knights in shining armour, Ben Allen. Click here to read more about these two shows. Dates and ticket details for "Curtain Up!" coming soon...
The Attic Players are very excited to announce that tickets are now available for our next stage production, "King Arthur - the Pantomime" by Jilly McNeil, directed by Suzanne Munn. Originally intended as our Christmas production but delayed due to the building works in Cawdor Hall, "King Arthur" is a brilliant comedy re-telling the famous legend, complete with knights, magical swords and a classic story of good versus evil. Dates for the show are Thurs-Sat, April 16th -18th, and Thurs-Sat, April 23rd -25th, and all tickets are £6. Click here to read more!
PLEASE NOTE: To help ensure your comfort in the theatre, a row of seats has recently been removed and the remaining rows re-distributed in order to make a little more leg-room. This makes it more imperative than ever to book your seats early as the change has resulted in twelve fewer tickets per show. Tickets are available now for both "King Arthur" and "Moulin Rouge!" from Fair and Fabulous in NCE, or online by clicking here.
13/10/14 | Temporary Closure
At a meeting on Sunday 12th October members of the Attic Players regretfully decided that all scheduled productions in the near future will have to be postponed until the current building work on Cawdor Hall is completed to a stage where we feel the access and conditions of the Theatre are more acceptable.
In the early stages of the building work we were assured there would be no impact on our group but it has become increasingly obvious that this is not the case. We were fortunate to be able to perform “Noises Off” in August and host three “CinemAttic” film screenings despite scaffolding and open windows, however as conditions have deteriorated outside and inside while evenings are becoming darker and colder it has become too difficult to ensure our audience's safety and comfort. We have tried to work around the upheaval and disruption, but feel that the quality and creativity of our presentation is being compromised beyond acceptable limits.
We thank our patrons and audiences for their patience and continued support during this temporary closure, and look forward to welcoming you all back to the Theatre when we re-open. Although “King Arthur” will no longer be performed in December as planned, rehearsals will continue so that the show can be rescheduled as soon as the building is ready. CinemAttic screenings will also recommence then as part of our spectacular relaunch! We will keep you updated via all our usual channels.
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laughed their way through Noises Off with us - we had so much fun bringing this production to the stage under the guiding hand of director Elaine Thompson. The Players are very grateful for the healthy audience attendance and the overwhelmingly positive response we received. For the next three and a half months the Theatre will be transformed into a Medieval setting as we start rehearsals for Jilly McNeil's hilarious adaptation of the story of King Arthur, which will be our Christmas production, directed by Suzanne Munn and featuring almost the entire company on-stage! Look out for details of this fun show very soon... In the meantime, the CinemAttic series continues with The Blues Brothers, and old musical favourite, as voted for by our audience at the last event. The Blues Brothers will be screened on Saturday 13th September at 7:30 (doors open at 7). Tickets are £5, available now from Fair and Fabulous in NCE, or via our Ticketsource page here. Please note, The Blue Brothers is a 15 film and the event is only open to ages 15 and over.
28/07/14 | Another website update already! It is a busy time at the Theatre and we're excited to have multiple opportunities to welcome you all through our doors. Thanks to everyone who came along to our free screening of Tunnel Vision last night – there was a lovely atmosphere and we had a great time celebrating the release of the film on DVD. If you'd like to grab yourself a copy of the film (plus comprehensive and fascinating special features!) visit the GoldHill Productions website to order online. Soundtrack CDs and T-shirts also available! The next step in our CinemAttic saga is the screening of “Amelie” on 9th August - the first in an on-going series of classic films in the Attic Theatre. Click here to read more about that, or click here to go straight to our TicketSource page. The Attic Players are also VERY excited to announce dates and ticket details for our next stage production, Michael Frayn's “Noises Off” which is directed by Elaine Thompson. Click here to see the dates and read more about the production, or click here to book tickets. Look forward to seeing you there!
12/05/14 | The JAGS production of "The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe" opens at the Attic Theatre later this week, with performances on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th. Doors open at 6:30pm, show starts at 7. Watch a short trailer for the play here:
We are also excited to announce that the Theatre now has a hearing loop, which will hopefully improve the Attic experience for some of our audience members. A big thank you (once again!) to Emlyn Circle CIC for their generous contribution towards the installation of the loop.
05/03/14 | The Premiere screening of "Tunnel Vision" was held at the Attic Theatre on Friday 28th February, 2014, and was a thoroughly glitzy affair. Members of the cast and crew along with many of the JAGS who appeared in the film, owners of locations used, supporters of our Indiegogo campaign and several students from Ysgol Gyfun Emlyn who also feature as extras in some scenes were invited to walk the red carpet, enjoy pink fizz and a chance to mingle before the film started at 8pm. The event was definitely something out of the ordinary for Newcastle Emlyn and passers by looked on curiously as a sprinkling of Tinseltown arrived in west Wales!
During the weekend immediately following the Premiere, the Theatre continued to be "CinemAttic" for two days as we hosted the first ever Gŵyl Ffilm Emlyn Film Festival. Click here to read all about this exciting event, and future film-related plans.
26/12/13 | Thank you to everyone who came along to the Theatre in the run-up to Christmas to enjoy with us the fun and magic of our traditional pantomime "The Sleeping Beauty" written and directed by David Goddard. Now to brighten up the post-Christmas period the Attic Players in association with GoldHill Productions are proud to present the trailer for their forthcoming supernatural thriller feature film "Tunnel Vision"! Click here to find out more and watch the trailer...
10/03/12 | To liven up your spring and hurry in the summer feeling, the Attic Players presented "The End of the Pier Show" on April 6th, 7th, 13th and 14th. Seaside-flavoured songs and fun from the 20s and 30s to mark Attic's 80th birthday!
"The Attic Players is an amateur group committed to producing the highest quality live entertainment. The Attic Theatre is situated in Cawdor Hall under the clock tower in the centre of Newcastle Emlyn."
Click here to read all about the Film Festival hosted by Attic in 2014
Please note: the Attic Theatre is on the first floor of a listed building. The public entrance is at the top of a stone staircase outside the building with no wheelchair access. The Attic Players apologise for any inconvenience caused.