SCRATCH is changing…

For those of you who are familiar with SCRATCH, you will know that it was designed to be a regular event, aimed at showcasing new and emerging artists in the performing arts.

Sadly, due to a lack of commitment on the part of artists performing, the events in the last recent months have had to be reduced and at times cancelled. This has been extremely disappointing for DVM Theatre, Matthews Yard and our loyal audiences. Such poor commitment has shown very little respect or consideration towards the organisers of the event and most importantly, towards the audiences who attend our shows and support the artists performing.

As such, the decision has been taken to reduce SCRATCH to a twice-yearly event, held once in the Spring (April) and once in the Autumn (October). Any artists wishing to perform will need to submit a 50-100 word description of their act, along with a video/script extract of what they intend to perform. The Artists Fees will now be payable before the event and will need to have reached DVM Thetare by the set deadline in order to complete the booking.

DVM Theatre would like to thank our loyal audience for all of their support over the last three years. It is the aim of DVM Theatre to continue to offer a platform to emerging artists and to showcase high quality performances. We are sure that the events scheduled to take place this year will be well worth watching!

The deadline for submissions for the event on Friday 28th October is Friday 26th August 2016.

We look forward to receiving your submissions and showcasing more fresh, innovative performances!

Thank you!

SCRATCH – 26th February 2016 – 7.30pm – £1!

We hope you can join us for the first SCRATCH of 2016!

Here is the line-up. See you there!

7.30pm-7.50pm: Drayla Kasheen

In his last moments on earth, Aki – a British-Asian man and boy – recalls the defining incident of his life, here his damaged, vengeful mother made him brave a dare as a means of cleansing his fear. The notorious ‘Boundary Passage’, an alley that intersects communities of Love/Hate, is what Aki must face if he’s to become a man. He must run to Hate, confront his adversary – a bully. It goes terribly wrong: the mother’s spiteful insistence turning ‘salvation’ into something much deeper and darker.

8.00pm-8.20pm: Jack Bateman

Please, Just Watch Me’ is a ‘show in a shoe box’. It plays on the lengths and hoops that us performers and artists go through to show our work to the public. Filling out endless Equal Opportunities forms, making us feel like we’re clinging on to being gay or female or disabled in order to make us diverse enough to be chosen! Do our diversities make our work better than others? More relatable? With an ever changing idea of what is new, and different, and relevant; how can I contend with a world that constantly strives to see something bigger and better than what it has before? With a clever blend of physicality, comedy, David Bowie, confetti, drag and desperation, ‘Please, Just Watch Me’ pleads with its audience to do just that!

8.30pm – 8.50pm: Dan Horrigan

Sky or the Bird bring you 2 Dramatic Monologues.

A Kiss From Back Home – A story about two boys who run away and where they end up. Plaintive, fervent, and mournful – yet ultimately uplifting.

Back To Life – This is the story of a writer who comes to the end of the other lives he can live. Disturbing, creepy, and unsettling – yet ultimately redemptive.

Both monologues are perogues are performed by Dan Horrigan whose performance of Perennial has been seen across London.

9.00pm – 9.20pm: Gimcrack Productions

Dr. Bleak presents his most unusual Musical Medium!

Contrary to populist belief, the Veil between the Spirit World and our own can be penetrated by those of Particular Talents. Marvel as this Diaphanous Diviner relays tales from the Aether, conjures Familiars and unravels the Secrets of the Universe! This is no Parlour Trick! The Singular Dr. Bleak and his Euphonious Clairvoyant are the Real Deal!

A short, devised, interactive performance by Gimcrack Productions, using live music, physical theatre, spoken word and vaudeville elements to explore illusion, suspension of disbelief and gender roles through the fictionalisation of pseudo-historical events.

SCRATCH is back! Submissions now open!

Submissions for SCRATCH have now re-opened!

Have you got a work-in-progress performance, be it theatre, music, dance or comedy, that you would like to showcase? Then SCRATCH is the place for you!

We are now accepting submissions for the events on Friday 26th February and Friday 29th April.

If you would like to showcase a work-in-progress performance of up to 20 minutes, please submit a 50-100 word description of your act to dvmtheatre@yahoo.co.uk by Friday 19th February 2016.

For more information, look on the Scratch Nights section of the website.

We look forward to receiving your submissions!

All the best,
Diana

SCRATCH – Friday 27th November – CANCELLED

It is with regret that we inform our loyal audience base that Friday night’s SCRATCH has had to be cancelled.

This is due to the withdrawal of two of the acts performing due to unforseen circumstances.

We will return in January 2016 to showcase further acts!

In the meantime, we would like to take this opportunity to thank our loyal fans and the fantastic audience which continues to attend and support SCRATCH.

SCRATCH Tomorrow Night!

Hello Everyone!

SCRATCH is back tomorrow night at 7.30pm at Matthews Yard in the Air Balloon Studio. Tickets cost just £1 per person!

Here is the programme for the evening! See you there!

7.30pm-7.50pm: Drayla Kasheen

In his last moments on earth, Aki – a British-Asian man and boy – recalls the defining incident of his life, here his damaged, vengeful mother made him brave a dare as a means of cleansing his fear. The notorious ‘Boundary Passage’, an alley that intersects communities of Love/Hate, is what Aki must face if he’s to become a man. He must run to Hate, confront his adversary – a bully. It goes terribly wrong: the mother’s spiteful insistence turning ‘salvation’ into something much deeper and darker.

 

8.00pm-8.20pm: Renard and Poet Friends

A young man overcomes a serious speech impediment to become a fine and highly regarded stage and film actor. In later years, he suffers a serious stroke and his speech is seriously affected.

8.30pm-8.50pm: Ben Miller (Unfinished Productions)

‘Mesopotamia’ is a play inspired by the ‘1943 Guide to U.S. Forces Serving in Iraq’ and examining the on-going conflict in the Middle-East, intermingling dramatised fragments of the text alongside current reports of atrocities in Iraq and Syria, as well as excerpts from the book of Genesis. The Garden of Eden was traditionally located in modern day Iraq and the piece hopes to present the alarming ‘fallen’ state of the region today.

SCRATCH – Friday 2nd October – 7.30pm – £1!

Hello Everyone!

The next SCRATCH night will be on Friday 2nd October at the Air Balloon Studio at Matthews Yard.

The event starts at 7.30pm and costs just £1 per person.

See you there!

SCRATCH Submissions Open!

SCRATCH is an opportunity for Artists to showcase their work and talents and test out their material on a live audience. SCRATCH is open to Artists from across all disciplines, including theatre, music, dance and comedy.

SCRATCH primarily showcases work-in-progress performances and there is also the opportunity for feedback and question and answer sessions, if Artist so desire.

This is an excellent opportunity for anyone who is interested in pursuing a career in the performing arts and is looking to gain some experience, meet other artists and make new connections. Each month, SCRATCH showcases four acts, each lasting 20 minutes.

Submissions are now being accepted for SCRATCH in October (Friday 2nd October 2015) and November (Friday 27th November 2015).

If you’re interested in taking part please submit a 50-100 word description of your act to dvmtheatre@yahoo.co.uk by Friday 25th September 2015. Please state clearly in your email which date you would prefer to perform on.

Please see the ‘Scratch Nights’ section of the website for more information.