sub-Committee A lost opportunity?
M-H posted 18/06/2013
is the real meaning of artistic
direction in theatre world?
In my experience -- which was
before I joined Dolgellau Amateur
Dramatic Society limited to
-- it means the style of
the theatre's productions, the
general direction of the theatre's
aspirations and the sourcing
or commissioning of plays and
shows. The artistic director
or directors need to find productions
which not only fit the physical
limitations of the theartre
and available cast but also
the tastes and interests of
the possible audience. In the
case of Theatr Fach this possible
audience is our membership and
the population of the immediate
area. Shine as bright as we
think we can we are not going
to get coach loads of tourists
making special day or evening
trips to our doors to see our
interpretation of a production.
therefore falls to the artistic
M-H posted 01/01/2012
I first joined Dolgellau Amateur
Dramatic Society, it was DADS then,
in 1999 and took over the publicity
job, there was a prevalent rumour
that the Society did not get enough
publicity. The one piece of annually
rehearsed anecdotal 'evidence' for
this was 'the audience member from
Gwynedd' who allegedly said they
had no idea there was a theatre
in Dolgellau. After a few months
of trying to get publicity
for the society when there was nothing
going on to publicise, I thought
it might be a good idea to suggest
an extension of the poetry
and prose season.
the time the evenings were held
once a month through a short season
of five or six months in the
autumn/winter from October to March
with a break for the pantomime.
They were held in the theatre which
was difficult to heat and
I can honestly remember one occasion
when I was the only other member
of the audience.
first p&p evening held in the
brand new, almost finished, club
room was something
do with nostalgia and it was memorable
probably for the fact that it was
a lot more pleasant and informal
in the new space.
was only a short time later that
the committee, decided to
extend the season and to keep the
informal ambience by using the club
room for poetry and prose evenings.
me it was fantastic. It meant that
I could publicise the theatre every
month and in those early days I
actually contributed to a lot of
size of the audience didn't matter
that much; people were there because
they wanted to be and the people
who read were quite frequently folk
who didn't 'perform on stage'. It
was lovely. People were allowed
to laugh and applaud as and when
they felt it was appropriate, the
themes of the evenings were not
set in advance and if sometimes
the 'co-ordination' of an evening
was not 100% 'professional' it didn't
seem to matter. People seemed to
enjoy the evenings. I enjoyed them.
Sometimes it gave those of us who
feel moved to write creatively,
whether poetry or prose, an opportunity
to present our work alongside more
change. Expectations change.
Things move on.
poetry and prose evening is not
really successful, scarcely merits
a mention in Committee Meeting minutes
unless it has a 'full house'.
confess I have drifted away from
the more organized and dare I say
think it is not the size of
the audience that makes a
P&P evening -- or any other
production -- a success, it's how
much the audience who did
turn up enjoyed it and how much
the organizer of the evening enjoyed
are special for all sorts of reasons.
They are meant to give their audience
pleasure and entertainment whilst
not having to take the trouble to
follow the sometimes bum
and mind numbingly boring vagaries,
twists and turns of
a standard 'am-dram' favourite and
they are also meant to give the
people who organize them a way of
contributing to the life of the
theatre even though they may not
want to go on stage or direct a
'full length' play.
so what if there's only one man
or woman and his or her dog or deaf
granny and so what if a kettle explodes
or someone forgets to bring their
glasses or the things they're supposed
to read with their glasses.
course it's good if you get a full
house but it's not the end of the
world if you don't. If your audience
has had a good time listening and
you've had a good time reading,
then, for my money, you've had a
Smashing, Chrissy - it certainly is much quicker to
access and easier to search.
The 'previous production' gallery is as right as it
can possibly be - and easy to access. Clearly the photo archive will always be
a problem - it can only ever grow and grow. I suppose an answer is
ruthlessly trim the collection and only ever keep the best two or three
images of each production, but that itself produces a million
I think the TF Forum is a good idea for people who
like to natter on the web, and your P&P piece was interesting. Personally,
I would never dream of contributing to a 'social network' but, then, I'm just a
stupid old looney by modern standards. So far as I'm concerned the Forum is in
Rome, it's birds that twitter, a facebook is a photograph album, and the way to
communicate with friends is by carefully considered letter - not in impassionate
idiotic codes ever-lastingly jabbed into a portable mobile telephonic
The new seating plan is excellent - really
Down-loading the membership form and theatre hire
form was a problem. Sometimes I got a 'page not found' response, or the form
itself looked very jumbled. Maybe the forms need re-designing, so that a decent
pdf can be included. Do the hire charges need looking at - are they pitched at
a logical level?
The map of Dolgellau is a bit difficult to
understand - it's the map itself that's jumbled, not the web-page. I shall see
if I can find a better street-map of the town, or if not I'll try to draw one
It was good to see the first images of
the costume-hire catalogue.
I did not see any images of the interior of the
theatre, surely I'm wrong - I'll go back and have another look.
When John Bond has completed his negotiations with
Ysgol y Gader about the GCSE courses, you will be able to increase the Youth
Theatre pages substantially - it will certainly give a greater 'authority' to
the whole ethos of the theatre.
ASAP after the next committee meeting, I shall send
a paragraph about the updated website to the usual media contacts, and to 'Old
All-in-all I feel the re-vamp gives the website a
much more "family" feel. If I were a newcomer to the area and looked at the
site for the first time, I would feel very tempted to become
Hope these comments help.
much thanks for the comments
and I have tried to rectify
the PDF problems. I did check
the hiring information with
Richard W so as far as I know
it's correct. Perhaps the actual
charges could be discussed at
a committee meeting.
for informing me of your website
looks fine to me and easy to
access different sections.
Julian (aka Long John Slither)
Cap'n Slither. Thanks for your
comments and I'm glad everything
works for you with the site.
the panto, I would say break
a leg but as you only have the
one to break that might incapacitate
you too much. Hope all goes
Great site well done. A
couple of points i have noticed
on the stage measurements the
figures are absent so
not much use, i will check and
send you the new measurements
as some things have altered,
also on the Poetry etc page
it on twice?
Dave. I look forward to
the correct stage measurements
and will put them on site as
soon as I receive them.
the double entry for P&
P and Productions, I'm afraid
that was me trying to be clever
and cheap. I have removed the
diary items far right of the
screen under the menue side
bar and put them on to a dedicated
page. They are only accessed
via the quick view calendar
so don't need any more information
on the page.
Web-Wizardess, it looks great!
I've only just had a chance
to look properly on my laptop.
love the scrolling banner on
the home page, and it all has
a much more modern look. Just
the right amount of photos etc.
didn't have any problems opening
you soon, Jacki x
you Jacki. Very glad everything
worked as it should. I thought
folk might find the opening
curtains and the scrolling banner
a bit tedius but the banner
does draw attention to
the thing we're trying to plug
and once the script is there
all you have to do is change
the content. Simples.
time ago, when I started on
the new design for the web site,
I asked members who have personal
pages on the site if they wanted
to change anything on their
pages. As I have received no
requests to change anything
can I assume that everyone is
happy with their pages?
just read through the Theatr
Fach News Letter and uploading
the same (web formatted) to
the web site ( newsletter
) I noticed that the web site
doesn't get a mention at all,
that's despite the extensive
upgrade in January. I don't
recall being asked to submit
anything regarding the Website
but with the amount of my own
work I have to do at the moment
it wouldn't surprise me if this
was an oversight on my part.
(sorry Richard if you did e-mail
me and ignored you. Not intentional)
have decided that in future
I will notify members by e-mail
when anything is happening on
don't want to push the website
over any other form of communication
just offer it as an additional
resource for Theatr Fach members.
DADS member dies
had been involved in many productions, especially pantomimes, with
Dolgellau Am Dram Society and then with Springfield Street Productions. She couldn't play an active part in more
recent times because her health had been failing over the last few years. Iím told Sylvia always had a great sense of
humour and could sing, even if she struggled to remember her lines! Also a great
costume maker, make-up artiste, flower arranger, set-dresser, chief cook and
bottle-washer! In other words....a trouper. Even until recently, Sylvia frequently
attended productions at Theatr Fach.
and Chrissy Moore-Haines
sorry to hear of the death of
Sylvia. She was a great performer
and my memories of her
are all good and mostly humorous.
She was terrific and very professional
in everything she did. Wyndham
most recent memory of her was
asking her to sing in The Prize
in 2010 which sadly she
couldn't do. She had a great
love of theatre and of life.
Condolences to her family and
other friends Chrissy
with Ed Penney Sylvia
under the spot light