'Some kinds of time are real quick to leave you
Some kinds of time you can't dream away
Some kinds of time are said to deceive you...'
Following the closure of the Stockwell Playhouse, RicNic London has found a new home for 2020 - the South London Theatre. It is with real delight, therefore, that we announce that Dogfight will be their first show at SLT, playing between 19th and 22nd August.
A genuinely charming tale of love blossoming in unexpected places and the power of compassion, Dogfight is a moving musical with fantastic songs. We hope you're as excited as we are to see RicNic London bring this unique and challenging show to life!
Fancy getting involved with this year's production? Whether you're a fantastic singer, talented musician or keen technician, there's a role for you with RicNic London. Follow the team on Facebook or Twitter or send an email to email@example.com to find out more!
'Come on babe, why don't we paint the town?
And all that jazz...'
Our show announcements are coming thick and fast - and this one is another corker. We are pleased to confirm that RicNic Hampshire will be returning to the Theatre Royal Winchester this summer with the smash-hit musical Chicago. Performances will run between 26th - 29th August 2020.
I've got more in me and you can set it free
I can catch the moon in my hand
Don't you know who I am?
Remember my name!
The second of our show announcements is very special because it marks the debut of our NEW RicNic Burton branch! It's with real delight, therefore, that we confirm RicNic Burton's 2020 show: Fame. The branch will put on their first production at the Brewhouse Arts Centre between 26th - 29th August 2020.
With a rousing score that includes hits like 'Bring on Tomorrow' 'Dancin' on the Sidewalk' and, of course, 'Fame', this toe-tapping, exciting musical is a treat for the whole family. We're so excited to see RicNic Burton's new production in August 2020!
Do you live near Burton and fancy learning more about this year's production? Please do get in touch with the Burton team or follow them on Facebook for all the latest updates. We’d love to hear from you!
You think you understand how a man's heart beats -
And you don't know a thing...
It's our first show announcement of 2020 - and what a cracker it is! We're thrilled to announce that RicNic Oxford will be returning to the Old Fire Station from 19th - 22nd August with the gripping modern musical Parade.
With music and lyrics by acclaimed composer Jason Robert Brown, and a book by famous screenwriter and playwright Afred Uhry, Parade is a dramatization of an important moment in American history: the real 1913 trial of factory manager Leo Frank. Frank, who was Jewish, was eventually lynched by a racist mob - and the events surrounding the investigation and trial (sensationalised in the media) have been directly linked to the revivial of the (at that time) defunct Ku Klux Klan and the birth of the Anti-Defamation League.
This heart-wrenching tale is brought powerfully to life in the musical, which explores - through a soaring, colourful score and moving story - notions of love, endurance and hope against a backdrop of prejudice and tension. We can't wait to see what our talented RicNic Oxford team make of it!
Whatever your passion - whether you're a budding performer, technician or simply love musical theatre - there's a place for you at RicNic Oxford in summer 2020. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter to read our latest updates, or drop the team a line to register your interest: firstname.lastname@example.org.
What an amazing August we had in 2019! Our hardworking branches, RicNic London, RicNic Hampshire and RicNic Oxford took to the stage with three outstanding shows. Hot on the heels of their success, we opened production team applications for 2020, and were very impressed with the high standard of the applications we received.
With such a wealth of talent on offer, picking our teams was more difficult than ever - so we're delighted to now be able to share the results with you. We're pleased to say that our teams comprise a brilliant mix of talent, passion and experience. We can't wait for RicNic 2020!
Director: Jasper Ryan-Cater
Musical Director: Ben Garnett
Technical Director: Luca Serra
Choreographer: Zoe de Naeyer
Co-Directors: Ellie Grieve and Evie Hardy-Baker
Co-Producers: Clara Nicholson and Callum John
Musical Director: Katie Bunney
Technical Director: Josh Parker
Choreographer: Oliver Barker
Director: Beth-Anne Hollyhurst
Producer: Sophie Osborne
Musical Director: Connor Lyster
Technical Director: Chris Shute
Choreographer: Nathan Deane
Assistant Director/Assistant Choreographer: Jade Whitfield
We are still very interested in hearing from people who might be keen to take on the role of producer for the London 2020 show. The ideal candidate will be commercially minded - as RicNic is a social enterprise at heart - committed to getting the word out, attracting a diverse group of participants to audition/apply for backstage roles, and fostering the community spirit RicNic is known for. Producing really is a year-long process, so requires attention and focus, but we are on hand to offer plenty of support. Experience is not necessary - enthusiasm is what matters!
In addition, there are several production team roles available at our new Burton branch, which is set to produce its debut show in August 2020.
All you need to do if you want to apply for either the London position or the Burton team is email email@example.com with three simple things:
* A short paragraph explaining why you want the role and what you think you can bring to it
* A brief description of the experience which you think makes you right for the role (don't worry at all if there's not much - enthusiasm is more important!)
* Some factual details: full name, age on 1st August 2020, email address and phone number
If you applied this year and were not successful, we'd still love for you to be involved - please do consider trying out for cast or crew positions. If that's not for you, don't be disheartened: the standard was exceptionally high this year and we would be delighted to hear from you in autumn 2020 when we will open the production team application process for our 2021 shows.
Are you as excited as we are about what's in store for RicNic in 2020? We hope so! Don't forget to follow us on Facebook or Twitter so you can keep up to date with all our news. Next stop: show choice!
We are delighted to announce that Jennifer Smith, RicNic's Executive Director, triumphed in the 'Contribution to Arts and Culture' category at the 2nd English Women's Awards on 21st November 2019.
The English Women’s Awards was established in 2018 to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of women entrepreneurs, business women, professionals, civil servants, charity workers and many more in England. Jennifer was in excellent company, having been shortlisted alongside some inspiring and influential women in her category, and was absolutely thrilled to take home the trophy!
Congratulations again, Jennifer, on your fantastic achievement!
In response to her nomination, Jennifer commented: 'It's a privilege to be named alongside a group of really inspirational women making great strides in the arts. I'm so pleased that my work to date and the work I continue to do for RicNic is having an impact, and I'm absolutely thrilled to have been shortlisted - whatever happens next!'
The award ceremony will be held on Tuesday 5th November 2019: we'll be keeping our fingers crossed for Jennifer then! Watch this space...
"Last month saw the culmination of RicNic 2019, with three stunning productions staged by our young companies in Winchester, Oxford and London.
Our participants continue to surprise us year on year, with their choice of challenging shows and the amazing professionalism that they bring to both the rehearsal room and the performance space.
We are in the process of updating our website with images of each of this year's productions as they come in. In the meantime, here are a few reviews from the first week of productions that we are extremely proud to share with you.
"This was a little co-operative masterpiece from RicNic Oxford. Their energy level was matched by our adrenaline level as we streamed out afterwards."
RicNic Oxford 2019 - A Chorus Line
"This was a breathtakingly stunning show. Put together by the young peoples charity Ricnic, it was hard to believe these were not professionals. The singing and acting was spot on. Powerful and moving. It was a real privilege watching this show"
RicNic London 2019 - RENT
Exciting news: all three of RicNic's summer shows are now on sale! Click the links below to buy tickets, or read on for more information:
This year's London and Oxford shows run between 21st - 24th August at 7.30pm (matinees in Oxford at 2.30pm on Thursday and Saturday); and, in Hampshire, our talented young company will be performing between 28th - 31st August at 7.30 pm.
Here are all the key details...
21st - 24th August:
This summer RicNic London are returning to the Stockwell Playhouse with the amazing rock musical RENT. Visit the Stockwell Playhouse website to book your tickets today.
Head over to the Arts at the Old Fire Station website to secure your tickets for RicNic Oxford's summer production of A CHORUS LINE - it's going to be fantastic!
28th - 31st August:
RicNic Hampshire are going to be producing an extraordinary version of the classic show THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE at the beautiful Theatre Royal Winchester. Book your tickets now!