Pillow talk with the co-directors of The Pajama Game

Behind the fluff is a fight for what’s right!

Co-directors Grace Iglesias-Fernandez and Emma Coffey (pictured) make their directorial debut with Geoids, having earned their stripes performing in previous Geoids productions Sweet Charity, My Fair Lady and On the Twentieth Century. We chat to them about this exciting show before The Pajama Game takes to the Bridewell stage 6-10 November 2018.

How would you sum up the show?

A vibrant musical comedy that’s bursting at the seams with 1950s Americana!

Tell us more!

It’s a classic musical comedy with plenty of catchy numbers and loveable characters, but with a lot more substance than many other shows of the Golden Age! That’s because it manages to balance comedy with drama, putting at the forefront the workers’ fight for fair pay, feminist characters and a modern romance.

What is your take on The Pajama Game?

We’ve really tried to focus on bringing out the modernity of the characters. We have women who are ahead of their time and men who aren’t afraid of that, both of which are joys to work with as directors. You can almost tell that the show is based on a novel as the themes are expertly woven through the script and the songs alike.

How have you approached telling the story?

Our directing style is all about keeping the classic musical theatre vibe while making the characters feel as real as we can, particularly Babe and Sid. We want it to feel modern and classic all at once!

We wanted to keep the workers’ quest for fair pay and the revolutionary, fighting spirit at the forefront so we’ve also really tried to give our fantastic ensemble the chance to shine, creating their own individual characters to add depth to the show.

Combining the above with a healthy dose of infectious music, dancing and lots of laughter, we think we have a blend of escapism and relevant ideals that make for a great evening!

Why do you think it’s relevant to be playing now in London?

Fighting for employment rights will always be relevant. In today’s world, there are still very real issues around companies exploiting our generation’s willingness to work all hours of the day and many people living below the poverty line despite having a full-time job because wages aren’t rising fast enough to keep up with the cost of living – particularly in London. Whilst a small town in Iowa couldn’t be more different to modern London, we know that our fantastic cast will create an evening so absorbing that the packed tube commute will seem like a million miles away!

The show will also be performing on Equal Pay Day! Is that pertinent?

The struggle of worker bee vs ruling class is something that will always ring true, and particularly the feminist threads running throughout the show of women who know their own mind, who aren’t afraid to stand up for what they believe in and who very much hold the balance of power in some surprising elements of their life, is something that we hope will appeal to a modern audience.

And what is great about this show is that we see a strong young woman fighting for the greater cause. She’s willing to put her job and wellbeing on the line for the good of her peers. We could all do with taking notes from Babe Williams!

Book your tickets now to reserve the best seats!

Sleep-tite and get your tickets for The Pajama Game!

Tickets are now on sale for The Pajama Game!

Geoids Musical Theatre is delighted to present The Pajama Game, an all-American Tony-awarding-winning musical comedy featuring songs such as Fosse classic “Steam Heat” and infectiously happy “Once a Year Day”.

The story revolves around Sleep-Tite, a small-town Pajama Factory in the 1950s, where sparks fly between new factory superintendent, Sid Sorokin, and well-loved employee Babe Williams. When the workers strike for a pay increase, it sets off a rollercoaster ride of exuberant music, dance and drama!

The Pajama Game will be performing 6-10 November (including a Saturday matinée) at the Bridewell Theatre, home of community theatre in central London and just a short walk from Blackfriars and City Thameslink stations.

Tickets are available to book through our secure online box office. We have reserved seating for this show, so we recommend booking early for the best seats!

Find out more about the show, including the full cast and crew.

Auditions for The Pajama Game

We’re delighted to announce that our autumn show will be the all-American musical comedy The Pajama Game! Performance are 6th-10th November at the Bridewell Theatre.

Auditions will take place on 14th, 15th and 18th of July. You can download the audition notice and form for full details.

You must email in advance to book an audition slot. More information is on the production page.

2018 Annual General Meeting

Date: Thursday 7th June
Time:
6.45pm for a 7:30pm start
Venue: Upstairs at The Mulberry Bush, 89 Upper Ground, Waterloo, SE1 9PP

A chance for us all to review the year just gone, look towards the year ahead and to elect your 2018/19 committee.

Download the calling notice here.

Download the nomination form here.

Please note you will need to be a member to attend and take part in the meeting.

You’ll need to be a member to attend and vote but if you need to rejoin you’ll be able to do so by by paying the £15 membership fee via bank transfer or on the night in cash.

This is the best chance in the year for you to have a say in how your society is run, the initiatives we undertake and the shows we put on, so put Thursday 7th June in your diary and come along to support the continued development of Geoids .Please also help give us a sense of attendee numbers by joining the Facebook event.

Fancy joining the committee?

Nominations are now open for all committee positions (Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and general committee members) and will remain open until 23:59 on the evening of Thursday 24th May.

Candidates need to fill in the nomination form and email us a 150-word summary to support their nomination. If you are thinking of joining the committee but would like to speak to someone first, then please either speak to a current committee member or email info@geoidsmt.co.uk

Tickets on sale for the Demon Barber

Sweeney Todd - 2-6 MayTickets are now on sale for Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street!

Our new production of Stephen Sondheim’s macabre musical masterpiece will be performed nightly from Wednesday 2 May to Saturday 5 May with matinees on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 May.

We’re performing at the Stockwell Playhouse, just a short walk from Stockwell Underground station.

Book securely now at our online box office. Our productions tend to sell out so we recommend booking early!

Find out more about the show, including the full cast and crew, on our Sweeney Todd page.

Geoids 2018 Shows

Ahead of curtain up for Top Hat next week, our last musical of the 2017 season, we are delighted to announce the first two shows of 2018.

To kick off we will once again be taking on the unique challenge of delivering a pantomime in just 48hrs for the 6th time. Written and Directed by Dan Saunders with Musical Direction from Adrian Hau and Choreography by Pippa, Charlie and Nikki Welch, the team are already hard at work preparing for next year. Get ready for sign-up opening.

Our first main show of 2018 will be Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, the infamous tale of an unjustly exiled barber who returns to London, seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife.

We are currently meeting with potential production team members, so if you want to be involved with the team behind this production and see yourself as a Producer, Director, Choreographer, MD or in a more technical role then email us at info@geoidsmt.co.uk.

Stay tuned for more information on auditions and Panto sign-ups!

Top Hat tickets now on sale!

We’re pleased to announce that tickets for our autumn production of Top Hat are now on sale.

Top Hat brings the glamour of Hollywood’s golden age and the glorious, tap-dancing magic of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers to the stage in one of the greatest dance musicals of all time. Packed full of Irving Berlin’s greatest hits – including “Cheek to Cheek”, “Top Hat, White Tie and Tails”, “Let’s Face the Music and Dance” and “Puttin’ on the Ritz” – Top Hat tells the story of Broadway sensation Jerry Travers who dances his way across Europe to win the heart of society girl Dale Tremont.

An uplifting and hilarious romantic comedy celebrating 1930s song, style and romance, Top Hat dazzles with beautiful costumes, breath-taking dance and captivating comedy.

Geoids’ production of Top Hat will be London’s amateur premiere of this show and will transform the Bridewell Theatre into an Art Deco wonderland worthy of this joyful score.

Top Hat runs from Tuesday 31st October to Saturday 4th November, with performances starting at 7:30pm each night, and an additional matinee performance at 2:30pm on Saturday 4th November.

Tickets can be purchased from our online box office.

Geoids Academy autumn timetable

We are excited to be able to share the timetable for Geoids Academy from September to November. We are really lucky to have a wide range of very talented teachers joining us for this term and want to thank them all in advance for giving up their time to put us through our paces. All levels are welcome and we’ve got a great variety of sessions, so please do come along each Tuesday evening starting on Tuesday 5th September. Join the Facebook group for regular updates.

Date Class Teacher Times Venue Cost*
5/9 Musical Theatre Paul Brookland Williams 19.00 Beg
20.00 Adv
Union Theatre £5 m
£7 nm
12/9
19/9 Jazz & Body Conditioning Corin Miller 19.00 Union Theatre 2hr class
£10 m
£14 nm
26/9
3/10 Commercial / Music Video Hannah Parker Smith 19.00 Beg
20.00 Adv
Union Theatre £5 m
£7 nm
10/10
17/10 Yoga & Embodiment for Performers Nathalie Joel-Smith 19.00 Union Theatre 2hr class
£10 m
£14 nm
24/10
31/10 SHOW WEEK: NO CLASSES
7/11 Contemporary Vaughan Watts 19.00 Beg
20.00 Adv
Union Theatre £5 m
£7 nm
14/11
21/11 Lyrical/Tap Charlie Welch 19.00 Beg
20.00 Adv
TBC £5 m
£7 nm
28/11

*m=member nm=non-member

Location: The Union Theatre Dance Studio (Upstairs), 29 Union St, London, SE1 0LR.

Times: 7pm for beginners and 8pm for advanced or 7pm for everyone if we are running a blended session.

Class cost: Members – £5/£10 1hr/2hr class, non-members £7/£14 1hr/2hr class.

Top Hat cast announced

We are thrilled to share the cast for our autumn production – and the London amateur premiere – of Top Hat. Thank you so much to all those who came along to audition.

Top Hat is directed by Tal Hewitt with musical direction by Paul Cozens and choreography by Charlie Welch (Tap Choreographer) and Lemington Ridley (Ballroom Choreographer & Costume). Giles Burden returns as Technical Producer and Katy Robinson is Company Manager.

The Top Hat cast

The Ladies
Becky Thomas
Breeana Gardiner
Charlotte Bell
Charlotte Green
Daisy Fordham
Grace Iglesias Fernandez (Madge)
Kate Vlietstra
Nathalie Joel Smith (Dale)
Nichola Welch
Pippa Welch
Siobhan Aarons
Victoria Back

The Men
Barry O’Reilly
Dan Geller (Beddini)
Daniel Paul (Bates)
James Ledward
Mark Siddall
Nick Dore
Paul Brookland Williams (Men’s Dance Captain)
Paul Nicholas Dyke (Jerry)
Sean Westwood
Sebastiaan Douma
Stephen Hewitt (Horace)
Tim Garrad
Will Howells

There are still opportunities to get involved behind the scenes. If you’re interested, please email the production team on tophat@geoidsmt.co.uk. Tickets will be released for sale soon.

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