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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!
11/11/15 | Wyrd Sisters!
We are excited to announce that tickets for our December production of Terry Pratchett®'s "Wyrd Sisters" (adapted by Stephen Briggs) will very soon be on sale. Rehearsals are progressing well under the guiding hand of director Ben Allen, and the set is starting to take shape.
Please click here for more details and to see performance dates. In the meantime, here are a couple of photos to whet your appetite.
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.
We are now well into rehearsals for our 2015 winter production, which this year is Terry Pratchett®'s "Wyrd Sisters", adapted by Stephen Briggs. This brilliant piece of fantasy comedy is being lovingly directed by Ben Allen. Show dates are confirmed as December 11th, 12th, 16th, 17th, 18th, and 19th, with an additional matinee performance on the 12th. Please click here to read more about it!
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.
14/02/15 | We're back!
At last we're back! And to prove it we are opening with a bang showing two brilliant and well-loved films in CinemAttic with only one week in between, just to make up for having to survive a long, lonely winter with nothing.
After checking the votes following the last film show in October we discovered that... It's the one that you want... ooh ooh ooh!... yes, that's "Grease" (PG) starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton John, and "Schindler's List" (15) starring Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes, were neck and neck, so it seems only fair that they should both be included. "Grease" will be on Saturday February 28th and Schindler's List on Saturday March 7th. We'll be handing out a FREE glass of bubbly to all our customers on the opening night ("Grease" screening) to help celebrate the return to our beautiful little theatre. Tickets are available online (click here to book) or at Fair and Fabulous for only a fiver.
Please come along to help us make this a special evening, and pick up some details of our next live theatre production, "King Arthur" which had to be postponed due to the extended building work on Cawdor Hall, but which is now scheduled for April. Oh, yes it is! Click here to find out the show dates. More information and photos coming very soon!
The Attic Players would like to thank everyone who has supported us during our enforced absence, it's good to know we've been missed, and we look forward to resuming being able to bring you the great entertainment you enjoy.
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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29/09/14 | The next CinemAttic event will be Peter Collinson's classic British comedy The Italian Job starring Michael Caine, on Saturday 11th October. Doors open at 7! Tickets are £5, from Fair and Fabulous, Newcastle Emlyn or via our Ticketsource page. Click here to read more about CinemAttic... Hope to see you there! Meanwhile, rehearsals for our Christmas production of King Arthur by Jilly McNeil are already well underway, under the guiding hand of director Suzanne Munn. Watch this space for more news as the production approaches!
Watch the trailer for The Italian Job here:
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.
13/08/14 | Next CinemAttic film announced! Everyone in the audience at our CinemAttic launch screening of Amelie were asked to vote for the films they'd most like to see on the big screen from a list generated from our online form earlier this year. The people have spoken, and the film with most votes is John Landis' hilarious The Blues Brothers. This classic musical comedy, starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd and featuring a whole host of blues and soul legends, will be screened on our HD projector on Saturday 13th of September . Tickets available now from our Ticketsource page, or click here to read more about CinemAttic. Meanwhile, don't forget, Noises Off tickets are available from the same place, or click here to read more about our production of Michael Frayn's frenetic farce! The Tivy-Side has an article about the production which you can read here.
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!
16/07/14 | CinemAttic commences! Two screenings to be excited for this month as we launch our CinemAttic classic film series with Amelie on Saturday 9th of August. Tickets are £5 and can be purchased online by clicking here. Before that though, Attic feature film Tunnel Vision will be screened one last time on Sunday 27th July. This will be a FREE event, with free tickets available from our Ticketsource page. Book yours now to ensure a seat! Read more about Cinem here...
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...
10/11/13 | Rehearsals for this year's pantomime "The Sleeping Beauty" are progressing well - only just over a month till opening night! Click here to see some exclusive pre-production photos. Tickets will be available online and in our new outlet, "Fair and Fabulous" in Newcastle Emlyn very soon: We'll let you know when, for now form an orderly queue! In the meantime, post-production for the GoldHill/Attic feature film "Tunnel Vision" is coming to an end, with just some soundtrack work to finish. The film will be premiered to the public at our Film Festival over the weekend of 1st and 2nd of March 2014, with regular screenings during the two weeks following that. Speaking of which, if you or anyone you know has recently made a film or are in the process of doing so, please click on the Film Festival link to the right of this page to get in contact about having it screened as part of our event!
07/10/13 | Thank you to all our supportive audiences who came to watch the recent Attic Players production "A Twist in the Tale". We had great fun bringing seven brand new stories to life and we hope you enjoyed watching them! Click here to read more about the production. Rehearsals are now underway for this year's pantomime, "The Sleeping Beauty" by David Goddard, which will be on this December at the Attic Theatre.
26/06/13 | Coming soon to Attic: We are getting excited about a few things coming to the Theatre in the coming months! As of this week rehearsals have started for the forthcoming production "A Twist in the Tale" which will be on the stage later this summer. Click the 'In Production' link for more information. Also this summer we will be starting a new venture, Attic Cinema! In advance of the Emlyn Film Festival which we are hosting in early 2014 we are in the process of installing a brand new HD projection system with surround sound. To make the most of this equipment we will be having a series of one-off, themed Film Nights where we will screen for the public a classic film - the kind you don't get a chance to see on the big screen any more. This plan is still in the early stages, but watch this space for more information as it develops. We hope to start these events sometime next month. Finally, and also related to the Film Festival project, many of you are probably aware that the Attic Players are involved in making a feature film called "Tunnel Vision". Shooting for the film is within weeks of completion, at which point Attic member and "Tunnel Vision" co-director Branwen will be moving into the lengthy post-production phase. Expect screenings of "Tunnel Vision" in early 2014.
23/06/13 | Success in Washington Square Park: The Attic Players recently presented their spring production, John A Penzotti's play "Five Blue Haired Ladies Sitting on a Green Park Bench". Thank you, as always, to our fabulous audiences who came along and enjoyed this intriguing play at our cosy theatre, with newly renovated seats! Read more about the show in our 'Recent Successes' page.
28/04/13 | Online success: We debuted our online ticketing system for the first time during the run-up to our Christmas 2012 production of 'Allo 'Allo, and for the JAGS production "Pandora's Box". The system worked brilliantly and we're looking forward to encouraging more of our customers to use this simple and convenient method of buying tickets in the future. Why not try buying your tickets for the next Attic production by following the various links on this page? It's so easy, and will save you time!
27/11/12 | JAGS production: The Junior Attic Group, also known as JAGS, announce a special production to be performed on Monday 17th December at 7pm in the Attic Theatre. The show is called "Pandora's Box" and features a variety of interesting pieces of theatre, all presented by our enthusiastic and talented young people. Please come along and support them!
JAGS meet weekly at the theatre and is a fabulous place for young people to get involved in all things stage-related! For more information about the group please visit our 'Contact Us' page and send us a message.
08/11/12 | Double news update!:
Very exciting news about an Attic-related project happening during the next 18 months: The Attic Players are teaming up with Branwen and Suzanne Munn's GoldHill Productions to produce a feature length film entitled "Tunnel Vision". Currently in pre-production with shooting planned for summer 2013, "Tunnel Vision" is a supernatural thriller set in west Wales and will involve a large cast, mostly consisting of members of Attic. The film production will culminate in spring 2014 with a special event Gŵyl Ffilm Emlyn Film Festival when "Tunnel Vision" will be premiered alongside other work by local amateur film-makers. Budding amateur film-makers wishing to contribute to the festival can find more information here.
The "Save Our Seats" project is nearing completion. All but two rows of the seats have now been lovingly renovated by the multi-talented Winston Munn. When the seats are all finished they will be temporarily removed (again!) to allow us to install new flooring on the raised seating area before being fixed in their permanent positions. Name plaques will be the finishing touch. A big 'thank you' once again to all the kind supporters of the SoS campaign. We couldn't have done it without you! Click here to read more about the project.
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.