Welcome to Networks Theatre where we’ve been presenting theatre in English since 1999. For 15 years we’ve brought pantomimes, comedies, musicals, poetry and plays to Orihuela. If you are discovering our work for the first time you’re in for a treat! If you’re already familiar with our shows, welcome back! Our season this year runs from October through to June and brings you 9 shows that illustrate the wide talent pool that we are tapping into from our local community. We look forward to welcoming you to the shows so come and make a night of it!
Here comes UGLY! This will be the third production since our return. This is our third chapter in a long history of presenting theatre in English in Orihuela. Our first chapter took place in the original theatre in C/ Reyes Católicos which was home to the first and second production of Ugly! back in 2004 and 2011 respectively. This comedy musical along with a total of 60 shows allowed us to build a repertoire of musicals, plays and pantomimes that stood us in good stead when we moved to the current larger black box theatre in 2012.
From that date, our second chapter, a further 47 shows were produced until everything closed down in March 2020. When programming the theatre for our return we wanted to pick a show that not only showed us at our best but was a celebration of life!
When I wrote the show nearly 20 years ago, I wanted to create something where all three ages of our actors could be represented. The youngest students play the chicks, older ones get to play the cats and the adults are the principal characters. It’s been a joy to rehearse and has been put together in just 6 short weeks.
As a director, it’s been wonderful to work with the actors and I need to thank the parents of the younger actors who agreed to let me have them in rehearsal sometimes late into the evening! I’m proud of all the actors and the work they have produced. They listen so carefully to my direction and when you see the show you’ll see they are all stars in the making.
This will be the last show of Inés Ruiz who has been my theatre “right hand man” for many years now. This show marks her last show at Networks as she is off to London to continue her studies and her dream of becoming a performer. That dream will come true. She is a remarkable talent as you can tell from her choreography, performing and technical prowess.
Ugly looks great thanks to Dennis Carpenter who has not only painted the stage design but has organised the costumes to make us all look so brilliant.
Finally, I have to mention David Murcia. This remarkable young actor, who at just ten years old is playing the central character of Number 9, an amazing talent. This is why we come to work! It’s thanks to Networks Theatre that thousands of young people have had the chance to act in English, not only enjoying the thrill of theatre, but learning English and all the other lessons that producing theatre can bring. Long may it continue. Whether you miaow, woof, quack or honk, UGLY! is a show that has something for everyone. Enjoy the show!
We are very proud and excited to say that after the success of the Show Must Go On, Networks Theatre is back again with a super play version of the much loved classic novel The Secret Garden.
The show is adapted and directed by Networks Theatre Artistic Director Nick Moore. He said. “we are so happy to be back doing what we do best at Networks Theatre in Orihuela that is presenting good quality theatre in English. The talented cast do a brilliant job and we hope people will once again return to the magic of live theatre.”
Join us as we discover Mary Lennox’s story. Returning from India after the death of her parent’s from cholera, Mary finds herself in the care of her Uncle Archibald in the austere Yorkshire home of Misselthwaite Manor. With nothing to do she discover a locked “secret” garden. With the help of the staff and her newly discovered cousin, Colin, she brings not only the garden, but the house back to life. This touching story is only being presented this week. Tickets are available from our website.
He has been at Networks since 2001, where he has been teaching and working creatively in the theatre. [Bio]
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