LES MISERABLES: THE MEMOIRS OF JEAN VALJEAN Premieres at South Devon Players in September
A dramatic new non-musical adaptation of Victor Hugo's classic novel, premieres in Torbay, in Southwest England, over several days in September 2013 by an award winning Brixham theatre company, The South Devon Players.
Les Miserables, set between 1815 and 1832, in France, tells the story of ex-convict Jean Valjean, who, after being imprisoned for 19 years for stealing a loaf of bread, breaks parole, becomes the mayor of a town and discovers redemption and love, while all the time ruthlessly pursued by the law. The story culminates on the streets of Paris in 1832, during the June uprising, when Marius, a young law student and revolutionary, falls in love with Jean's adopted daughter Cosette, and Jean must save both Marius and himself from the ruthless suppression of the uprising.
A production with a talented cast from across South Devon, The South Devon Players Theatre company are an award-winning, completely non-profit community/ amateur theatre company founded in 2005, based in Brixham and featured on BBC 1 national television in January 2013. Affiliated with the National Operatic & Dramatic Association, we mainly specialise in shows about local history, but sometimes expand to wider historical events (as in the case of this production) as well. We are family friendly, lively and welcoming to all who wish to be involved in theatre at any level. In the past, members have gone on to perform in major feature films, and train at RADA. Our membership ranges from age 10 to 67, and from professional performers to complete beginners, all of whom work as part of a team to create new exciting shows which are then brought to our local community.
Les Miserables: The Memoirs of Jean Valjean is directed by one of the theatre company's founders; Miss Laura J, who as well as being a professional, award-winning, performer and model in her own right, also holds a Masters degree in teaching performing arts, as well as degrees in film production, and photography - and has performed in another production of Les Miserables in the past, elsewhere. She is accompanied by Mrs Louise German, as assistant director. Louise is the other co-founder of the South Devon Players, who has 40 years of community and amateur theatre experience in her own right.
Thursday September 19th
Doors open 6.30, for 7pm start.
Paignton Baptist Church Hall, Winner Street
Paignton TQ3 3BH
Friday September 20th
Doors open 6.30, for 7pm start.
Churston Ferrers Grammar School, just outside Brixham.
Greenway Rd Galmpton, Brixham, Torbay TQ5 0LN
Saturday September 21st
Doors open 2.30 for 3pm start (matinee) and 6.30 for 7pm start (evening)
Christian Community Centre, Fore Street, Brixham
Devon, TQ5 8DS
Sunday September 22nd
Doors open 1.30pm, show starts 2pm
Main Hall, Paignton Community College (Waterleat Road Campus)
Performance in aid of HALO: Helping Animals Live On
Tickets are £6 adults and £5 (children/means-tested benefits).
Tickets can be reserved for collection on the door by calling 07855 090589 (after 5pm), or firstname.lastname@example.org.
More show and group information available on our main website http://southdevonplayers.weebly.com/