The Settlement Players and the Future

The Settlement Players are a group of individuals who share a common interest in amateur theatre, and ultimately the Players need and depend on an active membership.  The more active the membership, and the more individuals who have the time, the interest and the skills to be actively involved, the more successful the Players will be. 
Please read the section below and contact  contactplayers@settlement-players.org.uk  if you are interested in exploring local amateur theatre.

Settlement Players and the Future.

Over the coming months, the Players are looking to increase membership in all areas, from supporting and watching productions, technical backstage activities, front of house administration, committee responsibilities, non-attending committee roles and production activities.
To build the membership and engagement in all areas we are advertising the different opportunities that exist. The following is a detailed but not exhaustive list of roles and skills that the Players would like to develop over the coming months.
Please read the details below, and if you have the time and enthusiasm to commit to a particular role or task, then please contact contactplayers@settlement-players.org.uk  for more information and a chat about how to get involved.

Committee roles, these are the current roles and high level tasks. The committee are responsible for all aspects of the Players activities.

Chair   Responsible for the scheduling and conduct of all meetings and the overall functioning of the Players. Acts as a spokesperson and main communications contact for the Players, the Settlement and the public. 

Treasurer    Responsible for maintaining the finances in good order, providing reports at committee meetings and annual report at the AGM.  Deals with cash, paying invoices and expenses, box office, obtains production licences,  oversees production costs and members subscription payments.

Secretary    Responsible for Recording and communicating minutes of the Players meetings and AGM. 
Books meetings and AGM.   Part of the social media sub group.
This role can be expanded to include oversight of constitution and compliance, increased point of contact and communications to membership and public.   

Membership   Responsible for maintaining the membership list, co-ordinating subscription reminders and liaising with the treasurer. Ensures all those involved with a production have paid membership.    

Social Media    Responsible for leading sub group for virtual content on multiple social media platforms.  Actively promotes Players online.

Theatre Club   Responsible for running the theatre club. Regularly communicates with members. Organises Voucher system for members. Liaises with box office and treasurer.

Printed Media   Responsible for co-ordinating articles about productions into local paper and magazines.
Organising production display in library.  

Vice Chair    Responsible forstanding in for many of the Chair’s main responsibilities. This role can can take on a number of additional tasks.

The committee is also responsible for updating the constitution, Players Manual, Safety roles, risk assessments, privacy, GDPR, and running the Players to facilitate high quality amateur theatre.

Non Attending committee
The following are also roles performed by the committee but could be performed by non-attending committee members.
Maintaining the Players website using WordPress, update content, co-ordinate online box office, liaise with production night box office and treasurer.
Compile and issue mail chimp newsletter to membership.
Obtain publicity banners for productions in liaison with programme/poster designer.
Obtains bar stock, organises glasses and sets up and dismantles bar on production nights. Co-ordinates with front of house organiser. Note that the Licence role held by the Settlement.
Arranges theatre courses, workshops and social events.

Programme/poster role   Responsible for co-ordinating poster design, programme content and printing for productions. Liaises with production director.

Front of House organiser   Contacts members and arranges for Front of House support, oversees helpers and assists audience on production nights. Ensures emergency process followed.  Coordinates with committee.

Front of House roles on production nights
Serving drinks at bar, Door box office, Programme sales, Settlement Confectionary sales, and generally ensuring visitors have a pleasant evening, such as helping people to their seats.

Other support roles
We would like to increase our ability to photograph, film and edit Players activities in high quality formats for publicity, training purposes and broadcasting.
People with electrical skills including PAT testing, woodworking, painting and general DIY for both Players productions and supporting the Settlement.

Production/Theatre Roles
All these roles work with each other and the director during production rehearsals and production run.

Stage Manager  Co-ordinates and oversees cast and crew during rehearsal / production run. Good organisation skills needed.

Wardrobe/Costumes  Maintains costume department, hiring in and out of costumes/accessories. Knowledge of costume history and styles useful.

Lighting design and operation  Running pre-programmed or programming lighting board, rigging lights, to designing lighting sets and understanding lighting technology.

Sound design and operation   Running pre-programmed or programming sound desk, sourcing/production of sound effects, to understanding sound system technology.

Set design and construction  Designs and/or builds production sets and props, works to the designers brief. Good DIY and organisational skills helpful.  Activities range from building complex devices to simple painting.

Properties  Maintains props department and sources new props.

Stage crew  Works with stage manager to operate backstage effects, clear sets and support actors.

Directors and Actors  The Players are always interested in welcoming new directors and actors to the Settlements Little Theatre.

Thank you for reading this and please get in touch if you would like to rebuild the Players as we approach our centenary.

Settlement announcement

Saturday (31st Oct) evening’s announcement of new national restrictions in England (or lockdown 2.0 as some are calling it) means that we’re having to make a few changes in what the Settlement offers for the rest of the autumn term.

There will be a temporary pause in face to face courses, activities and events. But we’re busy moving as many classes as we can online. And soon we hope we’ll be able to unveil a programme of other virtual events to occupy and entertain you throughout the autumn.

In light of events earlier in the year, we know that many of our loyal supporters will be concerned about what this means for the future of the Settlement. We’d like to reassure you all that as a result of the many kind donations and grants we have received over the past few months. we can weather this storm. Our focus is on how best to keep the community together over the next few weeks.

We’ll keep you updated directly if you’re booked on a course, or are a member of the Settlement.
Or visit our website for regular updates on what we’ve got planned, at www.letchworthsettlement.org.uk

Things to do

Broadway Studio & Gallery

Exciting news incoming…tune in this Sunday for an announcement about the Letchworth Open from curator Kris. Find out if your work has been accepted for the first open call at the Broadway Gallery celebrating the creative community in and around LGC. See you at 10am! #letchworthopen #letchworthartscene #opencall #hertsartists


Bridge Theatre plans to reopen with season featuring Imelda Staunton, Lucian Msamati and Ralph Fiennes
https://www.whatsonstage.com/london-theatre/news/bridge-david-hare-ralph-fiennes-bennett_52163.html?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=10august2020

Our Friends at Sharnbrook mill theatre are running some in conversation events.

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Image may contain: 1 person, text that says "Sharnbrook Mill Theatre are proud to present In Conversation with TimMcQuillen-Wrigh Tim is an international set and costume designer who also directs! this Tim will his career, the importance design and how he fits directing into his busy schedule. He will answer your questions about designing for theatre. include: (West End), Othello (RSC) Moulin Rouge (Secret Cinema), Spamalor Tour) more! Friday 28th August at 7.30pm via Zoom www.shambrookmiltheatre.co.uk Formore nformation please"

The ADC theatre are looking for people interested in staging a musical.
https://www.adctheatre.com/applications

Some interesting professional insights.
How did BAFTA-nominated actors Suranne Jones and Jodie Comer first hear about Anne Lister and Villanelle? Find out as they discuss what drew them to the roles and why they love their shows!

Suranne Jones and Jodie Comer on Gentleman Jack and Killing Eve

How did BAFTA-nominated actors Suranne Jones and Jodie Comer first hear about Anne Lister and Villanelle? Find out as they discuss what drew them to the roles and why they love their shows!

Posted by BAFTA on Saturday, 1 August 2020

Lots of virtual workshops at RC Annie for fight, sword, gun use and choreography
https://www.facebook.com/rcannie/?hc_ref=ARQNB8uAwF5FyDovWhRqsZ_jxaF3EA25uqPlr5WMwQUjIio2L9efYZNZTOygT4Ul35s&fref=nf&__tn__=kCH-R

Mischief Theatre announces casting for outdoor Movie Night comedy tour
https://www.whatsonstage.com/london-theatre/news/mischief-movie-night-comedy-cast_52123.html?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=4August2020

Rescheduled theatre – a rolling list of shows you can now see in 2021 or 2022
https://www.whatsonstage.com/london-theatre/news/stage-shows-rescheduled-_51372.html?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=2August2020

Fanny and Stella musical to be revived in new open-air theatre in London
https://www.whatsonstage.com/london-theatre/news/fanny-and-stella-musical-open-air-kennington_52005.html?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=20July2020

Don’t forget to follow all the news from theatres at
https://www.whatsonstage.com/


Settlement update

Date: 24 July 2020

Thanks to the generosity of many people in Letchworth and the surrounding area, we’ve had a fantastic response to the appeal to save the Settlement. We’re pleased to announce that through the pledges of money and time from so many of you, we now feel confident that the centre can re-open in the next couple of months.

Once we’re open, we’re looking forward to offering a varied programme of high quality courses again. The opening will be staggered – we’ll communicate more about this in regular updates. We also plan to offer our facilities for hire to Letchworth community groups, once the procedures have been adapted to meet the new public safety standards. We’re lucky to have inherited not just a historic building but an educational institution with a proud reputation and a passionate group of supporters. A testament to the hard work and vision of the staff and trustees who have run it successfully for so many years.

But we’re not in a position of safety yet. We need to be confident that the Settlement can withstand many more months of socially-distanced classes and restricted face-to-face activity once the centre is open again. Which impacts the income that can be generated compared to previous years. We may be ‘back in business’ but we will be some way from ‘back to normal’. As a result we’ll be continuing our fundraising activities; and will be calling on more of the generous offers of help you’ve made, to allow us to explore new ideas for ways in which the Settlement can adapt and serve even more of the local community in the future.

A new interim committee has been formed, who are working closely with experienced Settlement office staff to formulate the re-opening plan. The interim committee members are: Hilary Kemp, Marian Adams, Alan Higbey, Nigel Carrick, Christina Butterworth, Carole Brooks, Catherine Beaumont and Katherine Alcock.

There’s still a lot of work to do before the Settlement can re-open, not least because of the new public health and building safety requirements for Covid-19. So please bear with the members of the new interim committee, as we consult the users of the Settlement, and work through the detailed plans. As soon as we have firm dates and details to announce we’ll share them with you.

We look forward to welcoming you back to this unique Letchworth Institution soon,

Hilary Kemp

Chair of Letchworth Educational Settlement

The Settlement and hope for the future.

An update with some positive Settlement news. Since the closure announcement from the Settlement earlier this week, many people have stepped forward with help and ideas. The Players are pleased to say, the Settlement are currently working with ourselves and other users, to develop a plan for reopening the Hall when circumstances allow, for an interim period until the overall health situation becomes clearer and more stable. 

The Settlement is not just the Players home, but an essential part of many lives providing a huge range of creative and educational courses and a home for many community groups.  As the Settlement Celebrates its centenary this year it has maintained the traditions and ethos of the original founders of the organisation in the wonderful Arts and Craft buildings.  It would be hugely sad if the Settlement could not continue. 

We recognise that this is a difficult time for many, however, if you are able to consider making a donation to the Settlement, it would be hugely appreciated, and help secure its future.  Donations can be made here: https://www.letchworthsettlement.org.uk/