Swanage Rep on track for second hit summer season at Mowlem Theatre

The Railway Children, Communicating Doors and Waiting For God are on track for a second hit summer season as Swanage Rep returns to The Mowlem Theatre in the town.

The season was officially launched this weekend with the company of professional actors and creatives gathered on the beach for the launch.

Accompanied by the mayor and mayoress of Swanage, Councillor Mike Bonfield and Audrey Bonfield, the team spent time chatting to sunseekers, locals and holidaymakers. 

Said Mike: “We are so happy to have Swanage Rep coming back to give us a second season this summer.

“We attended all three shows last year and we thought they were fantastic. Looking around us each week we saw lots of local faces and felt a real sense of community in the theatre.”

Hordern Ciani’s aim behind restoring rep is to see the theatre revitalised as a hub of creativity, and last year’s successful inaugural season has already boosted The Mowlem’s live theatre programme. 

He added “This has put Swanage on the theatrical map as one of only a few towns in the country that are reviving repertory, something for us all to be proud of.

“It is an absolute treat and we hope that this season will be even more successful than the last to secure a lengthy future for this venture”

On Sunday, from noon, the company will be hosting open auditions at the Mowlem Theatre for local young people interested in gaining experience of working with a professional rep theatre company.

The auditions are open to all people, aged 16 to 21, and no theatre experience or training is needed.

The 2018 Swanage Rep Summer Season kicks off with Michael Aitken’s stage adaptation of his hit TV sitcom Waiting For God, running August 7-10.

This is followed by The Railway Children, written by Edith Nesbitt and adapted as a stage musical by Dave Simpson (August 14-17).

The season ends with Alan Ayckbourn’s brilliant observational comedy Communicating Doors (August 21-24).

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