Productions

2016 May 20th, 21st Emmanuel Church, Geneva  &

May 24th, 25th & 26th Salle Ausone, l’Esplanade du Lac, Divonne les Bains.

 

Annelies Breman

Annelies Breman

Israel Horovitz’s My Old Lady

 

Participants

Mathilde……………Annelies Breman

Mathias……………..Gary Bird

Chloe………………….Lesley Sherwood

 

 

Director………………Sue Humphreys

Producer……………David Humphreys

Props…………………Kathleen Roy-Brookes

Prompt……………….Andrew Brookes

Sound…………………Gabriel Bird

‘This play is deeper and more thought-provoking that the opening scene leads an audience to expect. And it was so well acted by all three. Gary Bird had the lion’s share of the lines, and delivered them all with mastery and conviction. Lesley Sherwood was a bewitching and physical Chloe, her initial fierce hostility to Mathias melting to love after she reads a story he has written about the situation. And Annelies Breman, adding decades to her age without resorting to caricature, was the perfect old lady – sharp and witty and finally emotional when she learns that her lover’s wife did not die of natural causes. The 2014 film of this play starred Maggie Smith, Kristin Scott Thomas and Kevin Kline. With all respect to those fine actors, I took more pleasure from the performances of Annelies, Lesley and Gary. Congratulations to them, and to director Sue Humphries, for playing so beautifully from the heart in an intimate theatrical space in Divonne.’

from a review in Spotlight May 2016 by David Lewis

 

 

December 2nd 2014

A Tale of Two Voltaires  Written by Susan Leather and meticulously researched and developed by members of the group over the past year.

In a Parisian cafe, a miraculous event allows the Old Voltaire to meet his younger self and thus relate how this lauded young Man of Theatre becomes known as the Father of Human Rights. Intriguing, adventurous, full of his clever humour, it tells the tale of a life well lived.

This premiere performance was part of GEDS playreading season at St Mary’s Church Hall, Geneva.

 

September 14th 2013

We were delighted to have been included in the activities for the Journee de Patrimoine at Theatre Micromegas, Ferney-Voltaire.

 

August 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th 2013.

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe

At the Robert Louis Stevenson Room, ROSL, 100 Princes St, Edinburgh and

Blebo Craigs Village Hall, Fife.

 

A Poem for My Sister by Susan Leather & Lesley Sherwood

That was the best thing I’ve seen at the Fringe so far!  Overheard on the stairs after a performance.

The Devil and Billy Markham by Shel Silverstein

 It was amazingly good. The play is an hour-long poem from Shel Silverstein about the bets the devil plays on life loser Billy Markham, how they outwit each other again and again. Played with a cast of two men and one blues guitarist, within ten minutes you forget where you are.          Chris Neville-Smith’s blog on theatre.

Participants for both shows

Jo…………………………………………………..Lesley Sherwood

Liz…………………………………………………..Susan Leather

Narrator/Billy Markham……………………..Gary Bird

Devil/assorted odd characters……………..Alan Leather

Musician……………………………………………Sean Layland

Director…………………………………………….Sue Humphreys

Producer……………………………………………Dave Humphreys

 

June 14th & 15th 2013

Reprise: The Devil and Billy Markham

Gary Bird and Alan Leather at Paddy's pub

Gary Bird and Alan Leather at Paddy’s pub

by

Shel Silverstein

Theatre Micromegas, 24 rue de Meyrin, Ferney-Voltaire, France.

 

First performed in December 2011.

Hugely entertaining, this intriguing one-act play is not at all suitable for young children! Written in rhyming couplets it tells the tall tale of Billy Markham and his ‘old friend’ the Devil. The two actors play all five main characters in the story and were brilliantly accompanied on guitar by a young musician, Sean Layland.

Staged again by popular demand, the fellows brought an evening of fun and laughter to the great enjoyment of their audiences.

Participants

Narrator/Billy Markham……………………..Gary Bird

Devil/assorted odd characters……………..Alan Leather

Musician……………………………………………Sean Layland

Director…………………………………………….Sue Humphreys

Producer……………………………………………Dave Humphreys

 

April 25th 2013

Reprise: A Poem for My Sister  by Lesley Sherwood and Susan Leather

Susan Leather and Lesley Sherwood

Theatre Micromegas, 24 rue de Meyrin, Ferney-Voltaire, France.

First performed October 2012

A childhood event blighted the relationship of two very different sisters and now it is too late for any reconciliation…or is it? An intriguing ghost story written by the same two talented actresses who wrote & performed our hugely successful play, Jane Austen invites….. Once again, music composed  &  played by Sean Layland, created the perfect atmosphere

A huge well done for your play. I think we were all spellbound and just did not want it to end! Lovely concept, wonderful writing, beautiful production and superb acting – I thought I was in the West End!  It was so true, and anyone who has a sibling will have heard several bells being rung! Thank you for a lovely evening’s entertainment.  Nic Sommer, Geneva, Switzerland.

Participants

Jo…………………………………..Lesley Sherwood

Liz………………………………….Susan Leather

Music by…………………………Sean Layland

Sound effects…………………..Alan Leather

Director…………………………..Sue Humphreys

Producer………………………….David Humphreys

 

October 2nd – 7th 2012

A Poem for My Sister by Lesley Sherwood and Susan Leather

Lesley Sherwood and Susan Leather at Emmanuel Church

 

October 2nd. Salle Ausone, l’Esplanade du Lac, Divonne les Bains, France.

October 5th. Grand Salle, Emmanuel Church, 3 rue Monthoux, Geneva, Switzerland.

October 7th. Paddy’s pub, C.C. Poterie, Ferney-Voltaire, France. SOLD OUT.

Donations to cancer research were collected at the performances and a cheque was sent to Cancer Research UK.

 

 

Participants

Jo…………………………………..Lesley Sherwood

Liz………………………………….Susan Leather

Music by…………………………Sean Layland

Sound effects…………………..Alan Leather

Director…………………………..Sue Humphreys

Producer………………………….David Humphreys

Many thanks to Michael Ashby for permission to use his poem ‘A Long Cup of Tea’ . The poem and others may be found on his web page www.thefuneralpoem.com

The funny and perceptive writing of ‘A Poem for My Sister’ is well-matched by excellent acting, direction, set and music. Congratulations to all concerned. I hope the work has legs. In short I have nothing but praise for this pleasingly-proportioned playlet perfectly performed in a packed Paddy’s Pub.  Spotlight November 2012 David Lewis.                                                                                                                                                                                  For the full review, go to Post 14 November 2012 on our web site, www.theatresomeone.com.

 

April 1st 2012

Reprise: The Devil & Billy Markham by Shel Silverstein

I had to rush away after the performance of 1/4 and was unable to congratulate the ‘Devil and Billy Markham’ on an outstanding performance, also the superb guitarist.  I can understand the ‘friendly warning’ that you sent out by way of publicity, and I must say that I thought it was a great piece of work…  Congratulations to you all
 I look forward to the next production’ Ginny Rogers, Prangins, Switzerland

 

The actors prepare for their roles in the kitchen

Paddy’s pub, C.C. Poteries, Ferney-Voltaire, France. SOLD OUT

Proceeds donated to the charity,  ‘Forum for Health’
 That was grand, great craic!’  David (owner) Paddy’s pub.

 

Gary Bird & Alan Leather prepare for their performance, in the kitchen at Paddy’s pub!

Participants

Narrator/Billy Markham……………………..Gary Bird

Devil/assorted odd characters……………..Alan Leather

Musician……………………………………………Sean Layland

Director…………………………………………….Sue Humphreys

Producer……………………………………………Dave Humphreys

 

December 14th18th 2011

The Devil & Billy Markham by Shel Silverstein

“A real fun evening, great acting, great atmosphere.” Ed Ivy. CEO Village Camps, Nyon, Switzerland.

Sean Layland, musician.

 Cafe Tout Simplement pas Autrement, rue de Soleure, Geneva, Switzerland. SOLD OUT

Commons Room, Webster University, Bellevue, Geneva, Switzerland.

Bar de l’Union, Place de l’Eglise, Divone les Bains, France. SOLD OUT

 Paddy’s pub, C.C. Poteries, Ferney-Voltaire, France. SOLD OUT

The first performances of this hugely entertaining play were staged in various bars/cafes around the area to sell out audiences, each evening ended in quite a party!

Participants

Narrator/Billy Markham……………………..Gary Bird

Devil/assorted odd characters……………..Alan Leather

Musician……………………………………………Sean Layland

Director…………………………………………….Sue Humphreys

Producer……………………………………………Dave Humphreys

 

 

Summer Festivals  June 12th, August 26th, 27th & 28th 2011   

Jane Austen invites……..by Susan Leather & Lesley Sherwood based on an idea by Sue Humphreys

“This piece has all the wit, charm and Regency elegance of Jane Austen’s novels”  Nick Dyer, Historian.

Susan Leather & Lesley Sherwood

 June 12th 2011 FEATS Fringe 2011 (Festival of European Anglophone Theatrical Societies), Foyer du Levant, Forum Theatre, Meyrin, Switzerland. After acclaimed performances of the play in the summer of 2010, we were invited to perform as part of the Fringe in the annual European festival held, this year, in Geneva, Switzerland.

 August 26th & 27th 2011 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Over-Seas House, 100 Princes St, Edinburgh, Scotland. SOLD OUT

OverSeas House. Photo by Jack Leather


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 28th 2011 Blebo Craigs Village Hall, Blebo Craigs, nr Cupar, Fife, Scotland. SOLD OUT

Blebo Craigs Village Hall

Participants

Jane Austen……………………Susan Leather

Martha Lloyd………………….Lesley Sherwood

Director…………………………Sue Humphreys

Producer………………………..Dave Humphreys

Technical……………………….Alan Leather


 

Oct 20th 2010

                                                                                                                   Chamber Choir of Kaluga


La Paroisse St Etienne, Divonne les Bains, France

This wonderful choir of approximately 30 singers from a town 150kms from Moscow brought their thrilling repertoire of classical, religious & Russian folk songs to Divonne. It was so enjoyed & such a success that they have been invited to return. Theatre Someone is proud to have organised this visit with the help of the Commune de Divonne les Bains, especially since 2010 is the year celebrating Franco Russian Entente.

“Avec la choeur Kaluga, un echange musical et culturel de tres grands qualite, echante les tres numereux auditeurs…… La deuxieme partie de la soiree consacree au riche folklore russe…a recu une veritable ovation.le public auquel il a su transmettre une profonde emotion souhaite qu’il revienne.” Dauphine Libere 23.10.10

 

October, 1st, 2nd, 9th, 15th, 16th 2010

                                                                                                        Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett

Alan Leather as Vladimir & Gary Bird as Estragon

Theatre les 50, St Jean de Gonville, France

Commons Room, Webster University, Bellevue, Switzerland

Emmanuel Church, Geneva, Switzerland

International School, Ferney-Voltaire, France

Salle Ausone, Divonne les Bains, France.

This classic comedy of the absurd was presented to the great enjoyment of audiences in various locations following the old theatre tradition of travelling players who were usually seen as tramps & vagabonds, which links neatly in to the fact that the main characters in the play are themselves tramps & vagabonds……

‘It was such an enjoyable and engaging play and that is not always what one wants to say about a Godot performance! ‘ Dr Ayda Sakbani, former Academic Dean of Webster University, Bellevue, Geneva

Participants

Estragon……………….Gary Bird

Vladimir………………..Alan Leather

Lucky……………………Andrew Brookes

Pozzo…………………….Joe Pirri

Boy……………………….Gabriel Bird

Director…………………Sue Humphreys

Producer………………..David Humphreys

Technical……………….Steve Pavis

Stage Manager………..Susan Leather

We are very grateful to Mike Layland for allowing us to use an image of his super sculpture of Pozzo & Lucky on our flyers & posters.


July 3rd – 10th 2010                                                           

Jane Austen invites…..by Susan Leather and Lesley Sherwood based on an idea by Sue Humphreys

"Jane Austen invites....." rehearsal

Theatre les 50, St Jean de Gonville, France

Emmanuel Church, Geneva, Switzerland

Salle Ausone, Esplanade du Lac, Divonne les Bains, France.

An original script based on an idea by Sue Humphreys who was inspired by a regency cookbook.  The play was researched, improvised and written by Susan Leather and Lesley Sherwood. Although centred around a fictional event, the play includes much that is factual about Jane, her family and friends, her way of life and the times in which they lived. This charming entertainment was greatly enjoyed by the audiences who were drawn into Jane’s world.

‘Delicious!’ Len Hopwood. Conseiller Municipal, Commune de Divonne les Bains.

Participants

Jane Austen……….Susan Leather

Martha Lloyd……..Lesley Sherwood

Director…………….Sue Humphreys

Producer……………David Humphreys

Technical……………Steve Pavis

Costumes……………Sylvie Plan