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My first example of
community theatre in my local area is Sister act performed by The Bolsover
drama group. The Bolsover Drama Group has been a part of Bolsover for a very
long time and I’m proud to say I’ve been a part of it since I was 8- here is
some information about the group “Bolsover Drama Group is an amateur dramatics
group based in north Derbyshire.  The
group was formed in 1981 and has flourished into one of Derbyshire’s largest
amateur dramatics groups. In an average year we perform four productions – a
musical, a pantomime, a play and a youth section musical.  We also take part in variety evenings and
many social events throughout the year. The group also has a youth section
catering for members under the age of 18. (Chris Peck, Bolsover Drama Group,
unknow when website was created). Here is the brief story line of Sister Act as
well “When lively lounge singer Deloris Van Cartier (Whoopi Goldberg) sees her
mobster beau, Vince LA Rocca (Harvey Keitel), commit murder, she is relocated
for her protection. Set up in the guise of a nun in a California convent,
Deloris proceeds to upend the quiet lives of the resident sisters. To keep her
out of trouble, they assign Deloris to the convent’s choir, an ensemble that
she soon turns into a vibrant and soulful act that gains widespread attention.”
(unknown writer, 2017, IMD). For this performance I felt like the focus was to
bring the community together for entertainment purposes as well I seen this in
person as I helped at front door and I am a part of the group. From this I seen
all ages from children to the elderly people all come together in one room to
enjoy the performance together bringing the community together causing social
cohesion likewise I would say the target audience is for all ages as it is for
entertainment purposes. The performance venue was in the Bolsover Assembly
Rooms which is easy accessible to the public in the resident area as there is 2
or 3 communal car parking places to park up. In my point of view, I think the
performance shows cultural diversity as it has an ethnic woman as a main role
who goes into a different culture (nuns) and lives there way of life and this
promotes social equality. The moral of story is traditions change and never
judge a book by its cover, in my view but it could show many other things – “The
underlying message is that you can’t expect old traditions to stay the same”
(unknown writer, 2014 Feb 27th, Architecture and morality). The
performance shows crime and beliefs as there is a murder at the beginning and
it takes you on through out to show you the religion and beliefs of nuns. As
well as this it shows you that murder is wrong and the important of giving
people the benefit of doubt and getting to know them before judging them. So,
from this I believe that the audience needs have been met because children are
learning the values of life from cultures and learning social cohesion by bringing
people together from different races, cultures, sex and other backgrounds and
this bring something to a group to create amazing things. From this performance
I think it might make a change throughout the community as they will treat
people much more better and considerate people in better ways through emotion
and physical ways by being politer and kind to people from any background. I do
not think from this performance for the community it links to Joan or Augusto
in any way, shape or form.

For my second example
of community theatre I chose Peak Bullsh*t by Andy Parsons, here is what has
been said about it- “Worried about your job? Worried about your family? Worried
about yourself? Worried about the health service? Education? Climate change?
World War 3? Worried about worrying? Sod it! Come and have a laugh about it.
It’s one of the things we do best. Or is it? Was it something we did best but
like everything else has now gone West. Or South. Or East. Ah – go on. Take a
risk. Put on your lucky pants and your party shoes – and get yourself on a
night out. Or maybe come out dressed in a binbag, top hat and clogs. We could
all use a laugh.” (Andy Parsons, Chesterfield Pomegranate Theatre website,
2017).  The focus of the performance was
to make comedic jokes about serious matters to bring a laugh to the audience.
It is based at Chesterfield this Autumn, at the Pomegranate Theatre for the
venue where it has easy access parking around the area as there is shopping car
parks and normal car parks but it has been in many other places… even
well-known places and on TV- “As seen on Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo,
Q.I. etc. – and repeated on Dave.” (Andy Parsons, Chesterfield Pomegranate
Theatre website, 2017). In my opinion the target audience is for 18+ and over
as kids will not get the jokes being said and it will be inappropriate as there
is foul language and tense humour. The purpose of the performance is to bring
the adult audience together to have a laugh and to making a serious subject
comedic, I can link this performance to Joan Littlewood as she made serious
matter also funny but then made the audience realise it wasn’t funny, whilst
Andy Parsons Peak Bullsh*t made things funny to take their mind off the
terrible sides of the issues. I think the audience was satisfied by this
performance as the newspapers gave good feedback about the show and it brought
the community together with laughter. Review- “Cracking adlibbing…. a joke-rich
rallying call for a better Britain” THE GUARDIAN. “Potent live performer…. can
nail a nonsense with beautiful economy of words” THE TIMES.               “A consistently strong exposer
of bullshit and a plain-speaking truth-teller through his entire career” THE
funny and insightful” METRO. (Andy Parsons, Chesterfield Pomegranate Theatre
website, 2017).  I don’t think the
performance has any social or cultural or economic values at all.

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For my third example I chose The Adams Family- “The
Adams are a tight-knit family who clearly care about one another, but they lack
the same kind of charm and generosity, when a man claiming to be Fester, the
missing brother of Gomez Addams, arrives at the Addams’ home, the family is
thrilled. However, Morticia begins to suspect the man is a fraud, since he
cannot recall details of Fester’s life. With the help of lawyer Tully Alford,
Fester manages to get the Addams clan evicted from their home. Gomez realizes
the two men are conspiring to swindle the Addams fortune and that he must
challenge Fester.” (Google website, Adams family, unknown writer, 2017). The
performance focuses on entertainment as the target audience is formed for all
the family from children to grandparents as its full of laughter. The venue is
at the Sheffield theatre which also like the other examples has excellent
parking areas so it is easy accessible for the community to reach easily. I
don’t believe this performance is social and cultural but I do believe it shows
that every person is different and weird in their own way and should be
accepted for who they are. Going on from that I think the moral of the Adams
Family is to always be yourself and stand for what you think is right and what
u believe in. I think these themes are used to show people that they should be
there self and to show the audience that being your self is acceptable and that
they shouldn’t change for anyone. For this performance I feel like the audience
needs has been met as it brings all the families and communities together for
entertainment causing social cohesion as people have come together to support
the actors and to enjoy a night out together. The Addams family shows class as
Wednesday gets picked on by the rich, popular girl because of her look and her
family’s class, old modern era looks and shows the difference between right and
wrong as there is crime (fraud) in the performance. I don’t think it shows any
of the practitioner’s styles of work but it does try to help social change of
how people treat people differently for looking different to having less

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