By rebelfilms1 at 19:57 on 22/10/12
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In the summer of 2012 The South Devon Players were filmed for a BBC 2 programme, performing a clip of their upcoming 2013 production The Ballad Of Resurrection Bob, the humourous true story of a 19th century smuggler, in the Devon fishing port of Brixham, where the theatre company is based.
This award-winning non-profit community theatre company primarily specialises in bringing to life the history and legends of the county of Devon, in newly researched and written shows.
In past centuries, smuggling of silks, tobacco and brandy, was rife along the coasts of the Southwest, and the smugglers invented ever more creative, and in some cases very humourous tactics to evade the law.
In the case of “Resurrection” Bob Elliott, he faked his own death in order to transport contraband to Totnes, under the noses of the coastguards, in a very large coffin. Later that night, the story tells, the local coastguards encountered Bob on the highway, and were convinced that they had seen a ghost.
From this escapade, Bob earned his nickname of “Resurrection Bob”.
The Smugglers Hotel, in Brixham town center, is said to have been where Bob lived, at the time of the escapade, and indeed, that is how the hotel earned it’s name
Following on the heels of the BBC broadcast of the show in the winter of 2012/ 13, the Players will be auditioning for a full cast for the stage production. Performers are welcome of all ages 16 to the sky’s the limit, and previous experience is not required (what is required, is commitment and the ability to function in a hard-working friendly team)
The performances will take place late April/ Early May 2013. Auditions at 7 for 7.30pm, at Chestnut Heights Community Centre, 1 - 3 Poplar Close, Brixham, rehearsals taking place from the following Wednesday at the same time (until around 9/ 9.30pm).
More information from the theatre company website at http://tinyurl.com/89rbjjv (social networks: facebook: southdevonplayers/ Twitter: sdevonplayers)
Date: Wednesday, January 23, 2013