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  • Public exhibition on Penhurst plans
    Savills, the agents appointed by Action for Children to develop the Penhurst School site, are to hold a public exhibition on development plans. It is proposed that the site on New Street, which has been empty for a year since the school closed down, will form a 60-65 bed care home and up to 45 […]
  • Could you be our new Town Councillor?
    Town councillor David Lydiat has resigned from the council due to now working outside of the area and being unable to be as involved in town matters as he would like. This leaves a vacancy on Chipping Norton Town Council, and nominations are being sought for a new councillor. Would you like to stand, and […]
  • New look for Cornish Road flats
    The new look for the flats on Cornish Road is now clear underneath the scaffolding – do you like it?Filed under: places
  • Have your say on NHS mental health services for the elderly
    A public meeting is being held on 15 April in Banbury Town Hall at 7.30pm. This will discuss the provision of NHS mental health services for the elderly in North Oxfordshire. There is a similar meeting planned for Chipping Norton in June – details will be in the June edition of Chippy News. Patients from […]
  • Have your say at the annual Town Meeting
    The annual Town Meeting is taking place at the Town Hall this Thursday, chaired by our mayor Mike Tysoe. The meeting is an opportunity for everyone in Chipping Norton to come and tell the town council what they’re concerned about, and to find out what the council has been doing. So if you want to […]
  • Penhurst link to Savile inquiry
    Allegations uncovered by the Met Police as part of its investigations into the activities of Jimmy Savile include claims that he may have abused children at Penhurst, the former national children’s home on New Street in Chipping Norton, at some point between the 1960s and 1980s. The education secretary, Michael Gove, has issued a written […]
  • Grants to help communities commemorate WW1
    A grant scheme that supports the development of arts and heritage opportunities in West Oxfordshire is being widened this year to help communities commemorate the First World War. 2014 marks 100 years since the start of the First World War, and West Oxfordshire District Council is encouraging local communities to apply for grants up to […]
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"STRAIGHT FROM THE BOARDS" / THE BLOG DIRECT FROM THE THEATRE, CHIPPING NORTON
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  • Cotswold Comedy Club Event Cancelled 17/4/2014
    Please note that the Cotswold Comedy Club event - PHILBERTO on 17th April has been cancelled.  We apologise for any inconvenience and disappointment caused.
  • Job Vacancies!
    We have three technical jobs and two choreography jobs on offer here at the moment:   Technical Manager  Chipping Norton Theatre is recruiting for a Technical Manager to provide and manage a safe, well-equipped and professional working environment in one of the friendliest performing arts venues in the country.    Professional technical experience or training required, as well as a working knowledge and love for theatre, music and comedy. The ideal candidate will have strong administrative skills and have demonstrable skills and experience working with and managing other staff.    The Theatre is both a receiving and producing house, so skills in Stage Management, Production Management, Lighting and live sound will all be valued.    Salary: £18-£20,000, dependent on experience. Full time position, based in Chipping Norton.    Closing date for applications Thursday 17th April, midday .   Please contact operations@chippingnortontheatre.com to request application materials.      Around the World in 80 Days Tour    Company Stage Manager (touring) The Theatre Chipping Norton and Oxfordshire Theatre Company are recruiting a Company Stage Manager for its in-house production and tour of Toby Hulse’s Around the World in 80 Days. The production is a joyfully frenetic whirlwind of theatrical invention and downright silliness, bringing Jules Verne’s globetrotting classic to rambunctious life. Three week rehearsal period  and two weeks of shows in Chipping Norton followed by 7/8 week national tour, to Rural Touring Venues and small/ midscale professional venues. The CSM will be on the road with 3 actors.    Candidates should have good experience of stage managing tours, basic DSM duties, be able to rig, plot and operate sound and lighting, load, unload and construct set (with help from actors and local crew) and drive the tour van. Supported by a strong team including producer and Production Manager, this post will be the primary liaison between actors and production team. The ideal candidate would be confident, relaxed, positive and good natured.    Dates: Mon 25th August – either 16th or 23rd November 2014    Rates: £510.50 a week + £115 for local subsistence or  £217 touring allowance      Candidates need to be 25 years+ for insurance purposes. Closing Date: Thursday 17th April, midday   Please send a CV and covering letter to: Harriet@chippingnortontheatre.com (Producer), 01608 649 105.     Production Manager The Theatre Chipping Norton and Oxfordshire Theatre Company are recruiting a Production Manager for its in-house production and tour of Toby Hulse’s Around the World in 80 Days. The production is a joyfully frenetic whirlwind of theatrical invention and downright silliness, bringing Jules Verne’s globetrotting classic to rambunctious life. 10 week tour of Rural Touring Venues and small/ midscale professional venues.     The Production Manager will oversee set build, transportation and installation, and liaise with all touring venues to discuss tech requirements and timings. They will work closely with the Designer, Producer, Theatre Chipping Norton crew and the touring CSM to ensure the smooth delivery of the production. They will remain contactable by phone/ email throughout the tour to troubleshoot technical issues.     Dates:   Pre-production period from June. Rehearsals- Mon 25th August –  18th Sept, Chipping Norton Performances- 19th- 28th Sept 2014. Tour- 1st Oct until either 16th or 23rd November 2014   Freelance fee: £1500     Closing Date: Thursday 17th April, midday Candidates need to be 25 years+ for insurance purposes.   Please send a CV and covering letter to: Harriet@chippingnortontheatre.com (Producer), 01608 649 105.   Movement Director - Around the World in 80 Days  The Theatre Chipping Norton and Oxfordshire Theatre Company are recruiting a Movement Director for its in-house production and tour of Toby Hulse’s Around the World in 80 Days. The production is a joyfully frenetic whirlwind of theatrical invention and downright silliness, bringing Jules Verne’s globetrotting classic to rambunctious life. Three week rehearsal period and two weeks of shows in Chipping Norton followed by 7/8 week national tour, to Rural Touring Venues and small/ midscale professional venues. The Movement Director will only be needed for the rehearsal and opening period.    Candidates should have strong professional experience of coaching actors in movement work and a daft sense of humour. Due to the nature of the production, the role will work closely alongside the director to shape the production, and would be required in rehearsals a minimum of 3-4 days per week.    Dates: Mon 25th August – 20th September 2014   Rates: £1500 (approx 4 days a week for 3.5 weeks)  Closing Date: Tues 6th May 2014, midday   Please send a CV and covering letter to: Harriet@chippingnortontheatre.com (Producer), 01608 649 105.     Pantomime Choreographer & Assistant Director  The famous Chipping Norton panto is looking for Choreographer & Assistant Director for its 41st panto, Mother Goose. Renowned as a traditional panto (no celebrities, no pop songs) with high production values and a daft sense of humour, this production includes challenges such as dancing snowmen, geese riding and slop routines.    We are looking for an experienced choreographer, preferably with a track record in straight theatre and comedy as well as musicals or panto. They should be confident in working with ‘actors who dance’ rather than trained dancers. The ideal candidate will be creative, relaxed, positive and approach the job with energy and good humour.    The position will include some responsibility for directing understudies and the children’s company.    Dates: Mon 27th October – 22nd November 2014  Rates: £1500 + travel expenses + digs accommodation  Closing Date: Tues 6th May 2014, midday  Please send a CV and covering letter to: Harriet@chippingnortontheatre.com (Producer), 01608 649 105.  
  • Rupert Friend - Former Member & Patron Of The Youth Theatre
    Rupert Friend was a member of the Youth Theatre for 6 years and went on to train at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London. He was named Outstanding New Talent at the 2005 Satellite Awards and has been nominated twice at the British Independent Film awards, first for Best Newcomer in 2005 (The Libertine) and then for Best Supporting Actor (Starred Up) in 2013. He was nominated in 2012 and again in 2013 as part of the 'Best Ensemble Cast' (Homeland) at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, as well as individually for 'Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama' at the 2013 Emmy Awards. Rupert’s first professional role was opposite Johnny Depp and John Malkovich in The Libertine, followed by his role as Mr. Wickham in the 2005 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice with Keira Knightley directed by Joe Wright. He then appeared in The Boy in The Striped Pyjamas with Vera Farmiga and David Thewlis, and starred alongside Emily Blunt in The Young Victoria directed by Jean-Marc Vallée.  He went on to play the title role opposite Michelle Pfeiffer in Steven Frears' Cheri.  Rupert will soon be seen as 'Agent 47' in the film of the same name, to be directed by Aleksander Bach for 20th Century Fox. Rupert started his stage career in the acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe production of Kassandra and followed that with the London West End Production of The Little Dog Laughed, directed by Jamie Lloyd, co-starring Gemma Arterton and Tamsin Grieg. Rupert also received incredible reviews for his 2012 performance in Dennis Potter's Brimstone & Treacle at The Arcola Theatre in London. Since 2012 Rupert has played the role of Peter Quinn in the Emmy-winning Showtime series Homeland. His upcoming features include Meet Me In Montenegro, directed by Sundance-winning director Alex Holdridge, and Starred Up, directed by David Mackenzie, which was nominated for eight British Independent Film Awards in 2013. Rupert is also a writer, producer, director and lyricist. He co-wrote and produced the short film The Continuing and Lamentable Saga of the Suicide Brothers, which won Best Comedy at The New Hampshire Film Festival in 2009.  He went on to write, direct and produce Steve starring Colin Firth, for which he was awarded the Rhode Island Flicker Film Festival's 'Crystal Vision' award.  Rupert recently wrote the lyrics for the MOBO award-winning UK group Kairos 4tet on their album Everything We Hold, which was named one of The Observer's 'Hidden Gems of 2013'.
  • A361 Road Closures
    Please note that the A361 from Banbury to Chipping Norton at the Enstone turn is closed from Monday 17th until Friday 21st March from 7pm every evening until 6am every morning. Theatre goers using the A361 will need to follow the diversion signs in order to get to Chipping Norton.  Please ensure to leave plenty of time for your journey. 
  • Jobs at The Theatre
    Box Office Manager The Theatre Chipping Norton is seeking a Box Office Manager to lead the successful ticket-sales operation for our wide-ranging theatre, cinema and arts centre activities. Reporting to the Head of Operations, this post is responsible for day-to-day delivery of the Box Office services, including selling tickets, achieving sales targets, staff management, planning and management for complex system administration tasks, advising colleagues on further development of box office services and production of show and management reports. Essential skills: highly organised experience-based office administration, staff and systems management, computer literacy, numeracy, an eye for detail. An interest in and understanding of performing arts. Desirable skills: experience of an entertainment Box Office environment, with detailed knowledge of box office /ticketing systems (preferably Databox). However, training on specific systems and packages will be provided as required. Key qualities: a confident, relaxed and personable manner, initiative, planning, diplomacy, a clear telephone voice, articulate, reliable, a conscientious team player. Salary £18,500 p.a. full time. Applications (by brief CV and covering letter/email) by Friday 21st March 2014. For information pack and to apply contact Ambereene Hitchcox, Head of Operations on 01608 649101 or email operations@chippingnortontheatre.com   Duty Managers Chipping Norton Theatre is looking for hourly-based staff to join its Front of House team. You will be managing the building before and during shows and film screenings, responsible on the spot for building and personal security, and for a team of bar staff and volunteer ushers working with you. You must be willing to do shifts late afternoon through to late evening and to work some weekends. Hours per week will vary. Personal qualities required:Calm, Confident but diplomatic, Polite, Reliable&conscientious, Sensitive occasional team leader, Smartly presented. Job Skills:Experience of senior level customer care work and interest in this, Experience of public-facing hospitality work, Ability to take charge of a team in a busy environment, Computer literacy, Numeracy, strong clear communication skills. Pay rate slightly above statutory age-based wage ranges. An interest in, or wish to learn about, performing arts business management, would be helpful. Please email Louis@chippingnortontheatre.com to register your interest.    Bar staff Chipping Norton Theatre is looking for hourly-based staff to join its bar team. You will be staffing the bar before and during shows, film screenings and other events, providing a high quality and high speed service to customers, especially during the 20 minute intervals. You must be willing to do evening shifts including some weekends. Hours per week will vary. Personal qualities required:Calm, Well presented, Reliable&conscientious, Polite, Scrupulously honest. Job Skills:Experience of busy small bar work, Experience of public-facing hospitality work, Computer literacy, Numeracy, strong clear communication skills. Pay rate slightly above statutory age-based wage ranges.  Due to licensing laws, this opportunity is open to those aged 18 and over only. Please email Louis@chippingnortontheatre.com to register your interest.                                                                                                                                                                                           
  • Alarms and Excursions opens!
    ALARMS AND EXCURSIONS More plays than one By Michael Frayn   A farcical riot on all the gizmos, gadgets and grief that modern life serves up. Masterfully crafted by the multi award-winning writer of Noises Off and Copenhagen, Michael Frayn, Alarms and Excursions is a hilarious series of comic scenarios, unpicking the headaches of the technological age in a glorious comedy of errors. This series of short farces, conceived and presented as a single night of non-stop laughter, is delivered with breathless pace and energy by a top-notch cast and The Theatre’s Artistic Director John Terry. From smoke alarms to hotel trouser presses, cordless phones to auto-cues, Alarms and Excursions shows us at our funniest and our worst. Performances continue until 12th March, see below! March - 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 10th, 11th, 12th at 7.45pm & Matinee 8th March, 3pm Picture below by Artist in Residence Chris Fothergill from backstage.
  • New Singing Group Sold Out!
    Since the taster session for The Singing Group on Thursday 6th February we have had a fantastic response with the Spring term now sold out.  For more information on other Adult Take Part termly sessions and workshops please contact the box office on 01608 642350