FEATS Newsletter - March 2000
9 - 12 June 2000
Adjudicator: Mike Tilbury
The plays that have been entered for FEATS 2000 are:
(N.B. This is NOT a programme schedule. Plays are listed in the sequence of the Selection Table.)
MWSACT, Maastricht Day One (*) by Marq Riley
Hamburg Players The Actor’s Nightmare by Christopher Durang
Bonn Players Heart’s Desire by Caryl Churchill
Round Tower Players, Luxemb. Ruby’s Blues (*) by Michael Woods
Geneva English Drama Society Moonlight on Water (*) by Neil-Jon Morphy
de WAANzin, Ghent Hamlet - A Revenge by
English Comedy Club, Brussels Man of Letters by Tim Firth
Frankfurt English Speaking Th. Bouncers by John Godber
British American Theatrical Soc., Antwerp
Combined Actors, Rheindalen Professor Taranne by Arthur Asamov
InPlayers, Amsterdam An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley
TAGORA, Strasbourg (no details yet known) ["Wounds to the Face" - Webmaster]
(*) = Original Script
The NWTC FEATS 2000 Hospitality Team look forward to welcoming you to Esch-sur-Alzette for the weekend of Friday 9th June to Tuesday 13th June 2000 and to making your stay a thoroughly enjoyable one. If you have any problems or questions about hospitality, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Ann or Angela.
Although Esch-sur-Alzette is Luxembourg’s second largest city, it is a small, friendly place with much of the centre pedestrianised. There are good shops, numerous cafes and restaurants, many with an Italian flavour, a legacy of those Italians who came to work in the iron and steel industy at the end of the nineteenth century. For those who want a change from plays and fringe activities, the countryside is within walking distance, there are museums about the mining past and France is down the road. In the other direction, 17 kilometers away, Luxembourg city offers every cultural and historical diversity. The main language spoken is Luxembourgish but most people speak French and many have some German, English, Italian and Portuguese as well.
The four evenings of one act plays will take place at the Theatre Municipal ( Esch Théatre) which is on the corner between the Place de la Resistance and the end of the pedestrianised Rue de l’Alzette, Esch-sur-Alzette
The Fringe’ will take place in the Kinosch of the Kulturfabrik Centre Culturel, 116 rue de Luxembourg, Esch, on Saturday, Sunday and Monday afternoons.
All enquiries should go to Margaret Love, tel: +352 78 80 25
AFTER THE SHOW
The Café Ubu on the 3rd floor of the theatre will remain open after the adjudication each night until
SUNDAY NIGHT GET TOGETHER
This will take the place of the usual party and will be on SUNDAY not Saturday evening. The set will be the informal Café of the Kulturfabrik where a simple meal, wine, coffee and disco will be laid on. Tickets (price 750 LUX) can be ordered on the Ticket Order Form enclosed with this newsletter.
The Hospitality Desk will be in the Theatre Municipal on the third floor in the Café Ubu. There is a lift opposite the Box Office. Chris Wilson and her team will be able to give you information on:
All transactions will be in Luxembourg Francs (LUF) or Belgian Francs (BEF) which are interchangeable. There are plenty of cash machines including one opposite the Municipal Theatre.
DIRECTIONS TO ESCH by car
From Germany or Belgium, head towards Luxembourg City, then follow signs on the motorway system to Esch-sur-Alzette. From France, take the motorway to Esch-sur-Alzette shortly after crossing the border. Take the exit marked Esch sur Alzette. Follow Centre Esch’ and go straight ahead at the first major crossroads (Aral garage on L, Pharmacie on other corner). The parking area for the Kulturfabrik (Fringe centre) is in the supermarket Cactus car park, about 50 metres on the left after the crossroads. The Kulturfabrik entrance is about 50 metres further on on the left.
For the Municipal Theatre continue straight on past the Kulturfabrik along the Rue de Luxembourg until the road divides. Follow signs towards Gare, continue past the station keeping the railway line on your left. Follow the curved ring road round south side of the city until you see the sign Theatre Municipal’ to your right.
To reach the Acacia and Topaz hotels, follow the ring road, watching out for signs.
To reach the Renaissance Hotel, watch for signs at the entry to the town.
DIRECTIONS TO ESCH by public transport
From Luxembourg Airport take a taxi or the bus waiting at the entrance to the railway station (Gare Centrale).
From Luxembourg railway station trains leave for Esch-sur-Alzette every 30 minutes.
An Advance Ticket Order Form, which can be used for both theatre tickets and the Sunday Night Get-Together, is available from the Hospitality Team, or by clicking on this link:
Bank charges have to be paid on every cheque so please minimise the
costs by combining your ticket orders wherever possible.
Adjudicator for FEATS 2000
Mike Tilbury has been actively involved in theatre all his life and divides his time between acting, directing and adjudicating. He is Chairman of Trinity Theatre Company, based in Tunbridge Wells, and was the immediate past Chairman of The Guild of Drama Adjudicators during a time of considerable change and modernisation. He has sat a number of times on the examining panel at the Selection Weekend for prospective adjudicators and has run a number of acting workshops, as well as appearing several times at the famous Minack Open-Air theatre in Cornwall. His last productions as director have been Tennessee William’s The Glass Menagerie, Kay Mellor’s A Passionate Woman, and, most recently, Alan Ayckbourn’s Communicating Doors.
His adjudicating work has taken him all over the country but his furthest assignments have been to Gibraltar, Guernsey and to Spain, where he adjudicated the Costa Del Sol Festival - in English, with temperatures in the 90’s and bats flying around the auditorium! He has adjudicated the English, Welsh, Irish, Scottish and British Finals of the All England Theatre Festival as well as the All Winners Festival for the National Drama Festivals Association. He is delighted to be making his debut at FEATS.
He is married, the father of fifteen year old twins and lives in East
We would encourage you to stay in Esch itself as there will be a local
fair (kermesse) on in the town and parking may be difficult at certain times of day. As
the hotels are few and all quite small, please book early while the rooms are still
available. All the hotels are within 15 minutes walking distance of the Municipal Theatre
(for the main festival) and the Kulturfabrik (site of the Fringe and the Sunday Night Get
Together). Special prices have been negotiated for FEATS participants in some hotels but
availability is only guaranteed up to 7th May. All have bath or shower en suite.
Reservations are to be made directly to the hotels quoting FEATS’. Most of the
hotels have rooms for 3 or 4 people, so ask
Some of you may prefer to stay in Luxembourg City. We have made
arrangements with two hotels near the railway station as it would just be possible to use
the train service to and from Esch if you did not want to use a car. There are trains
every 30 minutes, the last trains leaving Esch at night being at 23.18 and 23.48. The
journey takes 22 minutes. For information about other hotels, please contact Ann Overstall
or Angela Milne.
The idea for the Fringe was conceived in 1989 at FEATS in Luxembourg, took its first steps in 1990 at FEATS in The Hague and was truly up and running when the English Comedy Club hosted FEATS 92 in Brussels. Since then it has gone from strength to strength. The Fringe offers all those out there who for one reason or another are unable to take part in the main Festival an opportunity to participate in our unique celebration of theatre. Perhaps your group’s name was not drawn out of the hat, perhaps your piece doesn’t meet the criteria, perhaps your real talent is music, maybe you enjoy giving workshops. It’s OK ! You can do it on THE FRINGE !!
The Fringe will take place on Saturday, Sunday and Monday afternoons and, with your active support, mornings also. The venue will be the amazing Kulturfabrik, the old slaughterhouse which was wrestled from the hands of the demolishers to become the cultural focus of Esch and is now fast becoming a sought after venue for the whole of Luxembourg and visiting, International performers,. The cafe-bar is a focal point, open all day and into the small hours, where those of you who fancy singing to a small guitar might enjoy performing in an informal atmosphere.
We are offering a playing space in the Kinosch, a small cinema with raked seating and acting area at floor level. The possibility of projecting onto the fixed screen is one you might like to consider. The screen will be draped in black for general use. A plan and some technical information can be sent to anyone interested.
Dressing room and set storage will be limited, possibly minimal (sorry we are unable to be more precise at this time), so please bear this in mind when planning.
These are early days and we’re not getting too formal yet, but write to me either in general terms with your early thoughts or call if you want to discuss possibilities. Flexibility is one of our aims and we don’t want to get too serious about things, but it would help to know if you’re interested. We would like to have your response by April 28th at the latest, but the sooner the better. Please don’t forget that performing rights are required for your act, including any original work.
One of the perennial problems for the FEATS Organising Committee is maintaining contact with all the various groups that make up the FEATS community.
If your contact address has changed, please make sure that you keep the
Organising Committee informed. Please send any changes of address, telephone/fax numbers
and e-mail addresses to Pamela Carlisle (at the above address).
In a moment of folly, the FEATS 2000 Organising Committee decided to launch a little exercise to start people fantasising about the festival.
There will be no prizes for this one. The FEATS Publicity Team would like to invite one and all to come up with some stunning one-liners, using the letters F, E, A, T, S (in that order), to give an example of what can be found at a FEATS Festival or what it is all about or what the aims are or the essence - anything which has some connection with theatre, or FEATS or feats of entertainment.
Please send your brilliant contributions to
Christine Mitchell, 18 rue de Moutfort, L-5355 Oetrange,
The next meeting of the Steering Committee will take place in Luxembourg during FEATS 2000
Any matters that you would like to address to the Steering Committee should be sent to:
Angela Dodds, FEATS Hon. Secretary
FEATS Steering Committee Meeting
A meeting of the FEATS Steering Committee was held at Ann
Overstall’s house in Luxembourg on Saturday 18 March.
The committee discussed various alternatives, including setting up a VISA account for FEATS and collecting ticket money in cash at the theatre, all of which will need to be investigated in more detail. If any readers of this newsletter have experience of international banking and can offer ideas as to the cheapest and most effectively way to make payments between individuals in EU countries, please get in touch with Sarah Scheele (rue de Repos 15, B-1180 Brussels, tel: +32-2-374 0622, e-mail to email@example.com). In the meantime, please help to reduce the costs by combining your ticket orders under a group booking (covered by a SINGLE cheque/transfer). As you will see, the enclosed ticket order form includes a charge of 225 LUF PER CHEQUE to cover bank charges, so the fewer cheques you send, the lower the cost to you and less money has to be paid to the bank.
Other topics discussed at the Steering Committee meeting included a progress report on FEATS 2000, plans for FEATS 2001 (in The Hague), the FEATS Website and website funding, a replacement for the Verulam Award for Best Original Script and the future editorship of this Newsletter.
If you have any questions or ideas to put forward for the next Steering
Committee meeting, please contact the FEATS Hon. Secretary, Angela Dodds (address above).
The FEATS Website
David Jayne has been very busy setting up and developing the new FEATS website at FEATS.ORG. The site has been expanded considerably and now contains a lot of interesting and valuable information, not only about FEATS but also about other related theatrical activities. All the available space has been used - and that is without any pictures.
The Host site (NoMonthly.com) has proved to be very reliable. Because the host is somewhere in America, we do not suffer from the peak hour traffic problems that some European based sites do. Please do recommend our Host site to anyone who is planning to create a website - we may earn a small commission.
Plans for the future include a redesign of the page colours, a possible personal focus on FEATS characters, more historical information about FEATS, City pages and theatre plans etc.
David has been disappointed by the lack of feedback about the website and he would welcome your comments and input. What do you think about the colour scheme? What would you like to see included? Would you like photographs and fancy graphics ?
Any comments or questions about the Website should be addressed to
The FEATS Homepage is now established at its new website.
Please will all webmasters ensure that the hyperlinks in
For more information about
Stockholm Players present "The Ghost Sonata"
at the British Finals in Llandudno, North Wales
Friday 7th and Saturday 8th July 2000
To mark the new millennium, the British Finals this year will be a very special "one-off" occasion. The winners of FEATS’99 and the winners of this year’s All Ireland One Act Finals have accepted the invitation of the British Final Committee to appear with their UK national counterparts; although, as this is the British final, they will not be taking part in a competitive capacity. The final will be held for the first time in the elegant Edwardian holiday resort of Llandudno, at the North Wales Theatre which, with its ultra modern design and spacious conference facilities, promises to be an ideal choice. The adjudicator for the Millennium Final will be Irene Rostron GODA. There will be three productions each evening instead of the usual two, and various other events (Gala Brunch, guest speakers etc.) are being organised.
Full details of booking arrangements, accommodation etc. can be obtained from
Gary Thomas, Administrator, Drama Association of Wales,
It would be marvellous to have a large FEATS representation in
Llandudno to support and encourage Stockholm Players, who will be performing on the Friday
night. Ann & I have already booked our seats and our accommodation (at The Royal
Hotel) and I am told that a party from Geneva is being organised by Anne Everett. If you
would like any additional information, please contact me, Tony Broscomb.
NATIONAL DRAMA FESTIVALS ASSOCIATION
27th BRITISH ALL WINNERS FESTIVAL
SPA PAVILION THEATRE, FELIXSTOWE
Adjudicator: Jeannie Russell GODA
ONE ACT FESTIVAL 23, 24, 25 JULY 2000
FULL LENGTH FESTIVAL 27, 28, 29 JULY 2000
The winner of FEATS 2000 will be eligible for invitation to take part in this festival
This is NOT a millennial message, but a "business as usual" call: this year, the New World Theatre Club of Luxembourg is not only hosting the Festival of European Anglophone Theatrical Societies (FEATS), but also running its usual residential summer theatre school at the Château de Munsbach from Saturday 5 to Sunday 13 August.
What we WILL do, though, is shed false modesty and urge you to share with the scores who have gone before and who come time and again an experience which is truly extraordinary. Yes, it is a short burst of intensive training for theatre enthusiasts, and yes, it is not alone in that. But the way Munsbach has evolved and integrated ; the way the venue serves the venture; the creative surge and interaction that develops all these we know, with a dozen schools to our credit, to be very special indeed. All sorts of students of all ages and "abilities" (though such notions, like success, let alone failure, are meaningless in this supportive yet adventurous environment) have found this a deeply fulfilling, and in some cases even life-changing time.
For those who are unacquainted with the venue, whether first hand or by repute, the Château de Munsbach is a lovely old "manoir", with quite a chequered history (it’s frequently been cast in projects), set in its own park in rolling farmland on the edge of Munsbach village, some 10 km. from Luxembourg City, just off the Trier motorway, 5 minutes from the airport, on the local railway line. It provides accommodation for about 50 students as well as offering all sorts of interesting spaces.
The school is fully integrated, bringing together fifty theatre enthusiasts, happy to commit almost every waking hour for eight days to developing their skills, their knowledge, their trust, their instincts. The course is run by a team of four tutors, professional theatre practitioners with a passion for teaching, to share their knowledge and experience with committed and enthusiastic amateur practitioners. Our Course Director is Mike McCormack, actor, director and university lecturer. The second member of the team is Graeme du Fresne, actor, director, teacher, Musical Director and co-founder Director of In Fieri Theatre. Both are well known to habitués of Munsbach. They will be accompanied, for the first time, by Peta Lily, movement specialist, performer and teacher. The fourth member of the team will be announced later.
Activity revolves entirely around project work designed to accommodate both directing and acting students. Tutors work with students throughout the day and the various projects interweave from time to time: there are sessions where staff move across from one project to another ; particular explorations may be shared or pooled ; there may be developments that briefly pull in the entire student body. By the end of the week, everyone will have sampled something of the experience of everyone else.
Projects, with equal time dedicated to each, run side-by-side right through the week, offering a choice from four "theatrical skills" options (e.g. directing, music, movement, improvisation etc.), four more thematically-based options and a third project, occupying fewer hours, in which the tutors act as guides and mentors and the student body leads.
All this fits into a deceptively simple timetable, the fruit of much deliberation over the years: the form and content of the course have always evolved out of the work done and from feedback at the closing session of each school.
The all-in charges for the Summer School are:
day student fee BEF 18 000, deposit BEF 8 000
Or visit the Munsbach website where you can follow updates and learn more of the school and its history.
The Amateur Theatre Yearbook 2000
Researched & Compiled by Jill Steatfeild
Platform Publications Ltd., Hampden House, 2 Weymouth Street, London W1N 3FD
£16.00 + £2.00 p&p
The newest edition of the Amateur Theatre Yearbook was published in December. Fully updated (even the new phone numbers which take effect from April are included), this book is the best theatrical reference book you can buy and is designed specifically for those involved in amateur theatre. It includes a directory of amateur theatre assistance, a directory of venues throughout the country, a super index of suppliers, organisations, publishers and publications. This is a book that should be part of every society’s library.
The Guide to Selecting Plays for Performance
90th Edition (January 2000 - December 2002)
Samuel French Ltd., 52 Fitzroy Street, London W1P 6JR
£7.50 (postage free in U.K.)
The 90th edition of The Guide, published in January, has nearly 600 pages containing cast and story details of around 2000 titles which Samuel French Ltd. has available for amateur performance within the British Isles.
The plays are arranged in four sections - full length, one act and
revue sketches, plays for children and young people, pantomimes and seasonal plays - and
the titles are indexed according to the number of characters and period and/or type of
play to help companies choose a play for production. In addition, a general index and
authors’ index provide a quick reference point.
Thank you to everyone who responded to my request in the December issue for confirmation that your address is correct and that you do still want to receive this newsletter.
However, the overall response was somewhat disappointing. I received only 23 replies out of nearly 90 copies that were posted. The response to the e-mail edition was better (51 out of 86 replied), but then it is much easier to respond to an e-mail.
This means that for 75% of the mailing list, either
the newsletter went to the wrong address
or the recipients don’t want the newsletter
or most people don’t read to the last page
I am going to assume it got lost amongst all the Christmas mail.
So, I have NOT deleted the names of the people who didn’t respond. I am very sorry if you really don’t want to receive it - just send it back saying "not known at this address" and I will delete you, I promise ! I just hope that I am not wasting postage by mailing sixty odd copies to the wrong address.
See you all at FEATS in Luxembourg in June.
Information for the Newsletter should be sent to:
Please let me know if you change your address - and please continue to
send me newsletters and other information about theatrical activities in your area and any
other comments or ideas about FEATS for inclusion in this Newsletter.
Date, Event, Venue, Contact for further details
4-6 & 11-13 April Endgame & Play Gasperich Hall, Luxembourg, New World Theatre Club
One Act plays by Samuel Beckett
Contact: +352-35 89 77 (a.m. only)
4-8 April Guys & Dolls Aula du College de Nyon, Geneva Amateur Operatic Society
Music & Lyrics by Frank Loesser +41-22-341.51.92
4-8 & 11-13 April The Beauty Queen of Leenane Warehouse Studio, Irish Theatre Group, Brussels
Contact: +32-2-688 04 37
11-23 April Beyond Therapy by Christopher Durang, Stadsschouwburg, Amsterdam, In Players
29 April - 1 May Teechers by John Godber, Klokhuis Theatre, Antwerp (BATS)
Contact: Jill Franks
5-7 May The Lion in Winter by James Goldman, Theater aan het Spui, The Hague (AATG)
Contact: Lesley Roberton,
15-20 May Heart’s Desire & Ice Cream, Brotfabrik, Bonn, Bonn Players
One Act plays by Caryl Churchill
23-27 May The Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen, Petite Casino Theatre, GEDS Geneva
Contact: Ann Oakley
9 - 12 June FEATS 2000 Municipal Theatre, Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg (NWTC)
Contact: Ann Overstall,
7 - 8 July British One-Act Finals North Wales Theatre Drama Assoc. of Wales, Llandudno
Contact: Gary Thomas
23 - 29 July British All Winners Festival, Spa Pavilion Theatre, Felixstowe
Contact: Tony Broscomb
5 - 13 August Munsbach Summer School, Chateau de Munsbach, Luxembourg (NWTC)
Contact: Chris Bearne
Please send information about your productions, workshops and other