I have just been up on the scaffold to take a look at progress being made. All the dead plaster has been removed and the walls are being prepared for plastering over the next week.Some photos can be seen on the St Barnabas Twitter feed.
We are very pleased that Kathy Childress of Christian Aid will be joining us on the 1st of May. There will be 2 films,one for younger members of the church, and a planting ceremony in the churchyard after the service. Kathy has a very powerful personal story of how she got involved with Christian Aid.
After 16 or so years with us the New Testament Assembly church has had to close. We will be praying for Zelda and her flock this Sunday as they hold their last service with us. They are having a special celebration from about 1pm to which we are all invited. Bishop Delroy Powell will be leading the service.
The Christmas services are in the final stages of preparation. We have a traditional 9 Lessons and Carols on the 20th at 6pm. Followed by refreshments in our hall.
Our Nativity Service with carols and high quality drama is at 4pm on Christmas Eve. Traditional Midnight Mass and Christmas Morning service follow.
Auditions for Noel Coward’s
You are invited to audition for Southfields Theatre Group’s groundbreaking production of Noel Coward’s The Vortex.
The auditions will be held on the 28th and 29th of July at 7:30, with callbacks on the 30th, at the Aspire Centre , Merton Road, Southfields, SW18 5JU. The show will be performed at St. Barnabas Church in Southfields on the 19-24 October. We will be begin rehearsal on the 24th of August, also at the Aspire Centre.
The Vortex takes in 1920’s upper class Britain, where luxury reigns, whole separate lives are lived behind closed doors, and heartache prevails. The play also takes place in-between the First and Second World Wars, and so we are taking this opportunity to raise money for a soldier’s charity (TBA), especially because our performance will be shortly before Remembrance Day.
This will be a truly unique production for local community theatre. Directed in a semi-immersive fashion, the audience will be surrounded by the world of the play, and will follow the action as it moves throughout the space.
The production will be ensemble based in both process and product. I am looking for creative people who are willing to take risks and think outside the box. I believe this production will be will be truly stunning.
If you are interested in auditioning please email, email@example.com and let us know which day you’d like to attend. At the auditions please bring a prepared monologue, and wear clothes you can move it, as we might do some group exercises. There will be photocopied scenes for you to work with in groups.
I look forward to meeting you.
THE VORTEX Synopsis
The story follows a talented young composer, Nicky Lancaster. Nicky proposes to his lover Bunty, a journalist, while his mother Florence, an aging socialite, has extramarital affairs with younger men, including Tom, who is also Bunty’s ex-fiancé. Tensions come to a boil as Nicky struggles with his severe cocaine addiction and repressed homosexuality (a theme that was necessarily subtly conveyed, considering contemporary attitudes), as well as the simmering resentment he feels for his vainglorious mother.
THE VORTEX Cast
Please note: All playing ages are as a guide only! Please don’t be put off auditioning if you feel you are too old or young, too fat, too thin etc etc. If you are passionate about this play, we would love to see you.
Florence Lancaster (the role is cast)
Playing age 40’s/50’s
Florence is a glamorous, wealthy, socialite. Terribly vain, superficial, selfish and histrionic, she is desperately trying to cling on to her youth ( in more ways than one!).
She has had many affairs and, when we meet her, she is in the throes of one with Tom Veryan, who is almost the same age as her son, Nicky. She was once very beautiful, and there are still fragments of that beauty left.
Playing age 20’s
Nicky is Florence’s son. A composer and pianist. Sensitive, confused, emotional
petulant, highly strung, drug addicted, possibly homosexual. Very attached to his neglectful mother. Oedipal overtones. We hope to be able to cast someone who can play the piano.
Playing age 30’s/40’s
Helen is Florence’s friend. Though possibly a decade younger, she is solid and practical. A voice of reason. Smart, caring, level headed and perceptive.
Playing age 50 +
Pawnie is a flamboyant, witty, acid-tongued and camp bachelor
Playing age 20’s: Tom is athletic and very good-looking and not much else. Ex-Army officer. He is having an affair with Florence.
Playing age 20’s
Bunty is attractive in a 1920’s boyish, down to earth sort of way. Self assured, strong, perceptive.
Playing age: late 20’s-40
Clara is an affected, melodramatic, soprano. Described as emaciated. However, I think she would be great fun to play!
Playing age: 50’s/60’s
Florence’s cuckolded husband and Nicky’s father.. Easy-going, resigned and long suffering in the face of his wife’s ‘temperament’.
Playing age: 40’s/50’s
Bruce is an earnest playwright. His plays are about squalor and poverty and are appreciated by the upper class.
Playing age: 30’s/ 40’s +
Preston is Florence’s maid, described as having a wonderful poise.
She is a minor speaking role, but, in this production, her role is significantly enhanced as she will escort the audience through the space.
About the director
Now living in Southfields, Dominique Sinagra has extensive theatre experience. She studied with distinction at the National Theatre Institute, Connecticut and won Best Director, Best Actor, and Audience Favorite at a New York City fifteen minute play festival.
Dominique has been director or A.D. for several professional and community plays in the US. While travelling widely in Europe, Africa, South Asia and the Middle East, she has conducted many innovative filmin
With just over one week to go to the election it is not too late to have a look at the House of Bishop’s letter to the people and parishes of the C of E, ‘ Who is my neighbour?’ Contrary to much of the misreporting in the press it gives no suggestions as to who to vote for,but simply outlines some of the biblical and theological perspectives which should be taken into account when voting and reflecting on the shape of our society.
One passage alluded to is Philippians 4:8.
Whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
This couple met at St Barnabas and were married here in 1952. Donald died in 2010 and Elizabeth in June last year. Both their children were baptized here, and so their daughter Karen has very kindly sent us a donation, which I hope to use for more garden improvements this spring as a fitting long term legacy.
The emergency work to replace the broken guttering has now been completed. The next stage of the work is to paint the existing asphalt to protect it against sun damage and to repair any tiles broken by the scaffolding. We can’t commence with the repair to the walls in the vestry until thy have dried out after the most recent leaks through the roof.
Quotes are being sought for the work that needs to be done to the Lady Chapel roof where there has been a water ingress problem for many years.Tthe latest challenge that has been high-lighted is the difficulty involved in erecting scaffolding around the shell of the air raid shelter on the Merton road side of the church. Our church architect is being consulted about that, and we should no more once she has visited us.