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‘A television experiment’: the Teddington Theatre Club’s Noah (BBC, 1966)

In Everyman and His Theatre: A Study of the Purpose and Function of the Amateur Society Today, published in London in 1968, the theatre director, writer and lecturer Adrian Rendle (c. 1928-1988) discuss in detail his involvement as the presenter of the BBC Television series Making a Play which considered the typical problems faced by amateur groups. This series, produced by Victor Poole for the Further Education Department and transmitted on Saturday mornings, focused on the Teddington Theatre Club’s production of André Obey’s Noah. Over eleven programmes viewers learnt about casting, budgeting, make-up, lighting etc. Two programmes followed rehearsals and the final programme offered a twenty-minute extract from the dress rehearsal of the play. Continue reading

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