Owen Lewis' Portable Theatre Company prepares

Owen Lewis’ Portable Theatre Company
The Human Race/A Mother’s Ransom
Walker Theatre
15th/March/2013

It is often said that Theatre Critics snipe from the side-lines and yet never put their heads above the parapet. Not that that can be said of me! This Friday I am presenting two of my one act plays in the Walker Theatre. I believe it is going to be a great night of drama.

This is the stage where a Writer/Director starts to panic. Are my actors ready? Will this play go well? Will we get an audience? There really is so much to worry about during this final week that the question one asks oneself is, “why do we do it?”

My answer would be that artists have an obligation to try and share their work with their peers. Also, I believe in my scripts, they say what I want them to say and as an artist I feel I want to share that with anyone who will watch

I don’t write preachy plays but I never write a play without having something to say. I use comedy, tragedy and humanity to get my message across consequently removing the faux- teachery, didactic approach.

Importantly I believe in my actors, every one of them. I watch rehearsals in awe as they put flesh on the bones of my words. Their job is to interpret the characters I have created and give them life. I am so happy they believe enough in my work to fulfil their roles with unquestionable dedication. The talent we have in the company is incredible. One of our objectives as a company is to ensure we offer the best acting we can. I know these guys will do that.

The OLPTC are always looking out for people who want to take part. Our chief objectives are putting theatre in unlikely spaces and giving our actors a professional experience. As a professional company we offer the stepping stone to the next level of having a career in the dramatic arts. Our terms and conditions are tough and again that brings in the best people for the job in hand.

So as I previously stated this a tough week but as the curtain falls we will feel it has been totally worth it.

The OLPTC need designers, handy-men, actors, directors, producers to join us. We need people who want to learn and are looking for the professional experience that our company affords. If you feel that’s you please contact the company by emailing [email protected].

I will be there in the Theatre Severn on Friday and I would love to meet you if you are regular reader of mine. If you are new to me and my stuff naturally you will be equally welcome. Tickets are on sale at the box office and we would love to see you all

Owen Lewis
 

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Owen Lewis was born fifty something years ago in the land of the black puddings. For the geographically challenged that is in Lancashire. Moving to Shropshire From 1970 Owen was brought up in Church Stretton. His first real job was in radio. After starting on BBC Radio Shropshire he became known on Marcher Sound, broadcasting throughout the North West for several years. After a university degree course in Theatre, Owen became an actor and went on to play "Pirate Bill" in The Alton Towers Hotel. He also made several television appearances. Returning to university he took his PGCE enabling him to teach. That saw him on the Essex coast as a drama teacher and latterly as a Creative Educational Liaison Officer making films and creating new teaching methods to employ on children in need of more help in their fundamental learning skills. Published playwright Owen ultimately wants a house boat in Amsterdam to focus on his work as Playwright and Poet.

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