Basel's English Language Theatre Group
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The English Language Theatre Group
Semi-Circle is a non-profit English language theatre group, based in Basel. Founded in 1975, we operate entirely with volunteers, staging two productions every year - usually in June and November. We also hold monthly Play Readings. It is our aim to bring to life on stage dramatic works in the English language. Scroll down for links if you would like to join us and/or support us.
Auditions for Semi-Circle's Autumn Production!
Our autumn production this year will take place in November 2016, when Semi-Circle Basel will present "The Zoo Story" by Edward Albee and "Educating Rita" by Willy Russell, directed by Richard Brown and Stephanie Feddern respectively.
All of you are warmly welcomed to audition! Some information is provided here. For more details about the auditions, and registration, please follow this link (Auditions).
Auditions will take place at the Theater Rampe, Byfangweg 6, 4051 Basel (map) on:
Wed, 17.08.16 (from 19.00 – 22.30)
Sat, 20.08.2016 (from 9.30 – 13.00)
These will be open auditions (without assigned time-slots). If interested please send an Email to email@example.com stating which audition you plan to attend.
At the auditions, actors should present a prepared short monologue (max. 2 minutes) from any play of their choice (preferably not from the respective play "The Zoo Story" or "Educating Rita"). The audition may take a workshop format, with line-feeding from the script.
"The Zoo Story” by Edward Albee.
Director: Richard Brown. (2M)
Synopsis: Peter, a respectable publishing professional, is spending Sunday afternoon reading his book in New York’s Central Park. A disheveled Jerry, who wants to tell Pcaeter about his trip to the zoo, disturbs the peace and tranquility. Peter is too polite to dismiss Jerry and begins to get drawn into his stories, whose outward brashness overlay some more profound questions and insights into Peter’s life. Jerry and Peter become playful but this soon descends into a darker and intense conflict over the right to sit on the park bench. This one act play is an American classic and was first performed in the USA in 1960 and highlights problems within western society that are still relevant today. (http://www.samuelfrench-london.co.uk/p/12008/zoo-storythe )
Roles: 2 male roles. Jerry is written as late 30s and Peter as early 40s but for this production, age requirement is flexible; both need only to appear middle aged on stage. Authentic American accents are preferred but are not essential.
“Educating Rita" by Willy Russell.
Director: Stephanie Feddern. (1M, 1F)
Synopsis: Set in the office of a UK Open University lecturer during the course of a year. Frank is a tutor of English literature in his fifties whose disillusioned outlook on life drives him to drink and bury himself in his books. Enter Rita, a forthright 26 year-old hairdresser who is eager to learn. After weeks of cajoling, Rita slowly wins over the very hesitant Frank with her innate insight and refusal to accept no for an answer. Their relationship as teacher and student blossoms, ultimately giving Frank a new sense of self and Rita the knowledge she so craves. The play premièred in London in 1980 and later became a hit film with Michael Caine and Julie Walters. (http://www.samuelfrench-london.co.uk/p/2392/educating-rita )
- 1 male role (Frank): age range 40-60, but could also be older
- 1 female role (Rita): the script puts her age at 26, but adjustments could be made to accommodate an older actress; command of a working-class English accent would be ideal, but is not a requirement.
From Bram Stoker's world-famous novel, as adapted by William McNulty. Director Luca Manganelli: "I wanted to create a horror atmosphere but with a strong visual impact: aesthetically rich and striking, where horror and beauty combine." Performances in June 2016 at the Rampe Theater, were played to a full house every night.
Rehearsal Photos by Davide Germano (click on image to enlarge):
Producer Sue Newstead and Director Luca Manganelli were interviewed on The English Show on local Radio X. Links below:
Congratulations to the Syrinx cast and crew who represented Semi-Circle at FEATS 2016 in Brussels in May!
Since their performance in November 2015 in the Semi-Circle evening of one-act plays True Colours, the group made the production of Syrinx by Kate Mosse even more engaging and impressive. The play is set in the office of a school principal who is about to retire. She sets out to bring closure to a fatal episode from the past, involving one of her students.
The FEATS adjudicator described the performers as four very strong experienced actresses. Rita Felder received special mention as an engaging actress. Zuzana Cox was nominated for Best Actress, her opening monologue being described as ‘very powerful’. The adjudicator commented on the lovely live flute playing by Sylvia Bach, and on the impressive quality of her musicianship in singing the closing ‘Lacrimosa’.
The Syrinx cast and crew were:
Director: Christine Archer
Cast (from L to R in photo): Sylvia Bach (musician), Zuzana Cox (Marion), Diana Zuger (Julie), Rita Felder (Sarah), Liz Shaw (Susan)
Crew: Susan Aeschbach, Jonathan Apted, David Cox, Kirsten Gräser, Tibor Gyalog, Berndt Reiss, Clare Austin (who filled in when Kirsten was taken ill - thanks!).
In addition, at the FEATS Fringe David Laurie and Stephanie Feddern gave a strong performance of David Ives’ Sure Thing. In this one-act comedy a couple meeting for the first time try to navigate through the maze of wrong things to say. From their laughter, the audience appreciated the looping conversation-openers the characters adopt to finally succeed in going out on a date. Thanks to Susan Aeschbach for stepping in to ring the bell!
Sincere thanks and congratulations to everyone from Semi-Circle who participated and represented the Club at FEATS 2016!
Pictures from Semi-Circle's 2015 Productions, 'True Colours' and 'Entertaining Angels':
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Individual: CHF 50
Family: CHF 75
Student: CHF 20
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