Theatrefest 2019

Theatrefest 2019
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Theatrefest 19 Returns with Four Brand New Shows

Lisa Kreisky and Kristene Sutcliffe of Stage Door Entertainment return to Ballakermeen Studio Theatre on the 4th and 5th of October with a brand new play, a piece of never before seen devised theatre, a musical showcase with a difference and a musical adaptation of a popular children’s book.  All proudly supported by the Isle of Man Arts Council.

Krissy and Lisa explained:

The aim of Theatrefest is to promote new work for the theatre and make it accessible to all and we are so grateful to the Isle of Man Arts Council for their continued support   This year the theme of ‘Identity’ threads through the entirety of the festival and is a very popular social topic among many communities.

Now in it’s fifth year, Theatrefest 19 begins on the Friday night with the winner of the Theatrefest18 Playwriting Competition.  ‘Purga Tree’ penned by none other than Manx theatre favourite, Michael Bonner is a gripping supernatural drama which explores the ideas of faith versus belief and the variations of what we see as ‘the inbetween’. This play promises to send chills down your spine and have you on the edge of your seat.

Lisa Kreisky and Kristene Sutcliffe

Directed by Kristene and Lisa and produced by Stage Door Entertainment, the cast include current Young Actor of Mann, Abbie Williams along with Lisa Creighton, Toby Smith, Neil Callin and Paul Sellors.

On a double bill with ‘Purga Tree’ is the devised project, directed by Manx born Theatre Director John Young.  Over the course of just one week John will work with a community company of actors to devise and create a performance relating to the theme of Identity.

When asked about his process, John said:

Our aim is to create a contemporary piece of theatre that is as much about the process of creating the work as it is the final performance.  I am keen to work with both experienced and non experienced performers, exploring exciting new roles and ideas.

The company’s challenge is that they will only have a week to create the show, but that’s the exciting part!  If you would like to be involved this year or have any questions, please email or find them on Facebook.

The Saturday brings something completely different with musical delights a plenty. First up is a musical adaptation of popular children’s book ‘M is for Manx Cat! An Isle of Man ABC’ by Gemma Hjerth and Kim Gee.

Performed by a talented local cast, this funny, creative and charming production will feature rhymes, facts, songs, dances and Manx Gaelic from the popular new picture book, as well as other musical treasures from the Manx National Song Book.

The evening will conclude with a showcase version of brand new musical ‘The Mechanic’ by local musician and Guild favourite Patricia Cullen.  Featuring Island based singers Alex Maxwell, Dandi Dancox, Isaac Murtagh and Hannah Clinton, the cast have been learning completely new, never before heard material and creating characters from scratch.

Isaac said:

Being able to experiment and create a character that you have no prior knowledge of is both challenging and rewarding.  We are all so grateful to Lisa and Krissy for giving us this opportunity and to Pat for trusting us with her brilliant music.

Set during the heyday of the TT races, this charming, family friendly love story will have the audience leaving the theatre on cloud 9, while humming Ms Cullen’s memorable tunes and dreaming of riding a motorbike!

To reserve your seats, please visit: or call 600555

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