Extracts from the production of COX & BOX – MRS BOUNCER’S LEGACY can now be found on the Audio/Video page of my website: https://richardatkinson.org/audio/cox-and-box-mrs-bouncers-legacy/
Preview time for THE EMPEROR & THE NIGHTINGALE
Tonight sees the one and only preview for THE EMPEROR AND THE NIGHTINGALE at Theatre by the lake before tomorrow’s opening night. We’re all ready for an audience now – hope they enjoy it!!
You can find production details, and buy tickets here: https://www.theatrebythelake.com/production/14733/The-Emperor-The-Nightingale?startdate=2016-11-26
Tech week under way
The tech rehearsals for THE EMPEROR & THE NIGHTINGALE at Theatre by the Lake are under way. The show previews on Friday night, and Opens on Saturday. You can see all the production details and book tickets here: https://www.theatrebythelake.com/production/14733/The-Emperor-The-Nightingale?startdate=2016-11-26
THE EMPEROR & THE NIGHTINGALE – Rehearsal Photos
Check out the rehearsal photos by Stephen Barber (www.stevenbarber.com) for THE EMPEROR & THE NIGHTINGALE at Theatre by the lake here:
THE EMPEROR & THE NIGHTINGALE – Trailer
The trailer for THE EMPEROR & THE NIGHTINGALE is now online
Find full details of the production, and how to but tickets here:
Christmas in China! (..sort of)
Rehearsals have started today for the Christmas show at Theatre by the Lake. This year’s production is THE EMPEROR AND THE NIGHTINGALE – Neil Duffield‘s reworking of the tale by Hans Anderson, set in ancient China. The piece will be performed by 8 talented actor musicians, and features a score written by myself, and which is heavily influenced by traditional Chinese music. Day 1 has consisted of introducing the cast to some of the new instruments they will be tackling, including the Guzheng and the Dizi, and starting to learn some of the songs. We also had a fabulous read through of the script, and got to see the amazing set and costume designs by Martin Johns. Tomorrow will see the start of getting the show on it’s feet with Director Ian Forrest and movement director Bronya Deutsch. If you’re up near the Lakes this Christmas then please feel free to come and catch the show, which previews on Nov 25th, and opens on the 26th: https://www.theatrebythelake.com/production/14733/The-Emperor-The-Nightingale
She Stoops to Conquer – Theatre by the lake
Book tickets to see “She Stoops to Conquer” at Theatre by the lake in Keswick (opens July 25th), and you’ll get to hear the new song I’m writing for it!
Changes to national insurance regulations for Musicians and Entertainers
This would be of huge benefit to musicians. You don’t have to be in the Musicians Union to do it. It takes 10 seconds.
Over the past six months, the MU have been trying to get the Government and HMRC to change the regulations that state that self-employed musicians now fall under Class 1 National Insurance (NI).
The current situation poses huge problems for musicians and for those who engage musicians as a result of them having to pay employees’/employers’ NI.
Film producers, who bring lucrative inward investment into the UK’s creative economy by way of recording soundtracks for films, are expressing concern about engaging UK musicians as a result of the extra expense. If these regulations are not repealed, we may also see the closure of a number of orchestras.
A consultation document has now been published by HMRC which supports the MU’s arguments, but it is vital that as many musicians as possible respond.