Red Spider Company is an amateur music and drama group that owes its existence to the
enthusiasm engenderd in the successful Wren Trust production of the community play 'Red Spider' -
written and directed by Tim Laycock with music directed by Paul Wilson of Wren Trust . Produced and staged in Lewdown in October 1997 and then, by popular demand, Bratton Clovelly in February 1998, this play helped to promote and popularise the work of Sabine Baring-Gould in that part of West Devon where he lived and worked during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In 2000 the Company followed up this success with a community dramatisation of yet another Baring-Gould novel ‘Kitty Alone' under the same professional direction.
Whole cast from 'Kitty Alone'
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The aim of the Company is to promote drama in the communities in and around the villages of Bratton Clovelly and Lewdown. Apart from an interest in local cultural heritage and the life and work of Sabine Baring-Gould, Red Spider has explored such genre as revue, outdoor drama, rehearsed readings and shadow puppet theatre but is particularly drawn to comedy.
The Company has always been conscious of the need to help its members develop and polish their skills and has enjoyed workshops lead by such talented professionals as Tim Laycock, Paul Wilson, Peter Hamilton and, of course, ‘the thinking actor's director' Anthony Richards. The resulting acquisition of skills has helped the Company to tap the innate writing, directing and acting skills of its members.
But don't run away with the idea that it is all serious; we have a lot of fun, enjoy a variety of social events and hold a Club Night on the second Tuesday in every month at which we read plays, enjoy a glass and generally relax together socially .
Recent productions have included the highly successful 'Genteel Evening with Red Spider Company' in November 2005 and, in June this year, ‘Between Mouthfuls' and ‘Gosforth Fete;' two very demanding 1-act comedies by Alan Ayckbourn,
In 2007, ‘Like A Buoy' will take the Company back to its Baring-Gould and community roots with, this time, not just a dramatisation of one of his novels but the exciting story of the great man himself, specially written for us by a local author.
For more about Red Spider Company, go to www.redspidercompany.co.uk