Farewell to Ian Baldwin!

Ian BIt is with great sadness we inform you that Ian Baldwin, our talented director, a fantastic guy and a beloved friend, passed away on Sunday, January 21st. Ian joined the Caamora Theatre Company in 2013. Within the last 5 years he directed the theatre versions of all 3 of Clive Nolan's musicals: "Alchemy" (2014, 2015, 2017), "She" (2015, 2016) and "King's Ransom" (2017). The shows were performed in Cheltenham and in the off-West End in London and were all successful, enjoyable, and met with enthusiasm of critics and audiences alike. Ian will also be remembered for an array of wonderful performances in all the shows, especially the comedy parts - the roles of Job in "She" and Captain Fergus Maunder in "King's Ransom". We will all remember his creative genius, persistence, patience, reliability, great sense of humour, wit, and warmth. Thank you for everything, Ian. You will not be forgotten!

Clive Nolan: "Ian passed away this morning - this is heartbreaking - a great guy and the best ‘partner in crime’ I could have wished for... Rest in peace old son - your story is not over yet!"

 

 

 

 

‘The Professor King Chronicles’

The Professor King Chronicles smClive: “At the end of last year, I signed a major contract with a film production company, with a view to turning both ‘Alchemy’ and ‘King’s Ransom’ into full theatrical-release feature films.

This is a very exciting development in the ongoing journey of these musicals. As with any film project it is now all about raising the budget. Since both stories share some characters and locations, we plan to shoot the movies back to back. This will
dramatically lower the overall production cost.

This is not a fundraising exercise where people very kindly donate money. This is a significant investment opportunity in a large-scale project, with a real chance of making a profit.

We already have many extremely talented cast members, but we will also be recruiting named actors, singers and musical theatre stars to give the films solid commercial appeal. Naturally our budget level is a determining factor in which stars we can attract.

We have produced a detailed investment prospectus available to anyone interested in joining us. Simply private message me and I’ll send you the information.

As a taster, here is a SHORT VIDEO outlining our plans.

Is this an ambitious plan? Certainly.
But it is costed, realistic and achievable. Why not join us and become part of something truly special?”

 

Watch the video HERE
More about Clive Nolan HERE
More about “King’s Ransom” HERE

 

Thank you, Cheltenham!

Alchemy 2017 NP smClive Nolan: "And so the deal is made! ‘The Fire and the Quest 2’ is over and what a weekend it was. ‘Alchemy’, ‘King’s Ransom’, an acoustic show, the secrets of the séance and some after parties! I offer a massive thanks to all the wonderful people who took part in this rather ambitious experience. There was an amazing feeling of warmth and enthusiasm from cast to crew to audience… a truly unique event!

It wouldn’t have been possible if it weren’t for the tremendous efforts of Mark Westwood on sound, assisted by the calming influence of Alexander White… Alec Morris on those inspired lights… Dylan Thomas stage manager and all right good egg… Iain David Richardson master props man! Thanks again to Magdalena Grabias for selling all that merchandise, and Fernando Gomez for helping to keep all the customers happy… and seated!

We will be able to enjoy this weekend again in the future thanks to the excellent video talents of Neil Monaghan, John Vis and Meriam Verkleij, as well as terrific photography from Neil Palfreyman.

For all those who were working in the theatre, there were those who sweated blood and tears behind the scenes… Stig Andre Clason and his work on both the programme and the ‘King’s Ransom’ CD box set…. Natalie Barnett and Caron Morgan for all the wonderful costumes, and their scenery building… Ian Baldwin for designing the ‘King’s Ransom’ scenery… Ross Andrews and Ian Baldwin for painting the scenery… Patric Toms and Sian Roberts for all their driving… Ross Andrews for his Chorus Master duties… Mark Buckingham for his fantastic artwork... Claudio Momberg for keeping the web sites intact… and of course, Magdalena Grabias for all her mountains of working, compiling the programme material, keeping the websites up to date, and just generally bossing me around…;)

"The Fire and the Quest 2" Separate Tickets On Sale!

FQ2 poster small jpegSince August 1st 2017 you can buy tickets for every show separately. The shows are part of "The Fire and the Quest 2" festival celebrating the musicals of Clive Nolan. All events will take plays at the Cheltenham Playhouse. The schedule is as follows:

September 1st at 7.30 p.m. "Alchemy" - full theatrical production directed by Ian Baldwin and featuring new cast members. (Price £20)

September 2nd at 1 p.m. "Beyond the Veil" - acoustic concert hosted by Clive Nolan and featuring live band and international guests. (Price £20)

September 2nd at 7.30 p.m. "King's Ransom" - the world premiere of Clive Nolan's third musical. Full theatrical production directed by Ian Baldwin. (Price £20)

On September 1st (after "Alchemy") you can also take part in "The Victorian Seance" during which Ross Andrews, a TV presenter specialising in ghosts and other paranormal phenomena, will take us through some of the tricks of the trade that the 19th century mediums used to 'perform' their communications with the spirit world. (Price £15)

Book your tickets HERE

 
 
 
 
More about Clive Nolan HERE
More about "King's Ransom" HERE
 

Thank you, Caamora Norway!

Alchemy in Norway groupIn May 2017 Caamora Norway debuted with an all-Norwegian production of Clive Nolan's musical "Alchemy". The shows took place in Sætre (sold out show), Kolbotn and at the Mysen Høytorp fort and featured Clive Nolan in his original role of Professor Samuel King, and the talented theatre artists and musicians from Norway, including Eirikur Hauksson as Lord Henry Jagman, Elisabeth Syrdahl Ellingsen as Amelia Darvas, Harriet Müller-Tyl as Eva Bonaduce, Christine Ekeberg as Jessamine and Mrs. Muncey, and many others. The singers were accompanied by the instrumentalists from the progressive rock band The Windmill. The Norwegian shows met with enthusiastic reception from the audiences and critics alike, which was reflected in numerous positive reviews in the local press. The final show at the Mysen Fort was filmed for DVD, which will be released later this year. Hopefully, Caamora Norway will return with the next Nolan production soon.

Clive Nolan: “I am now sitting back in the UK after a two week adventure in Norway. And this was indeed quite an adventure, culminating to some wonderful performances of ‘Alchemy’!
If I try to thank everyone, this list will go on forever, and I would still manage to miss some people, so, if I may, just some highlights… Thanks you to Morten L Clason for interrupting my breakfast on 6th September 2015, where the seeds of ‘Alchemy Norway’ were sown. About 20 months later, and we did it! I say ‘we’ but this time, it was a pretty easy ride for me. Morten along with the lovely Ingar Diskerud, and Are Høidal managed to get this whole machine moving along, whilst Magdalena Grabias and Astraea Antal scurried around promoting the events. The final result at the Hoytorp Fort was truly spectacular… I loved it!
Massive thanks to the band, the chorus and of course the marvellous principals for their part in this terrific show: you were all superb and there was some excellent singing and acting on that stage which was great fun to be a part of. The sound, the lights and the video just added to the excellence of the evening!
There were also so many wonderful details: the programme, tickets, posters, the terrific costumes, photographs, filming, and of course the much welcomed catering from what I privately called ‘Team Hilde’ (there were at least three of them: Hilde Johanne Eriksen Clason, Hilde Klepper Eriksen, Hilde Chistiansen along with Siren Iversen Diskerud, Geir Eriksen, Tove-Lill Grefslie and Pål H. Christiansen).
It says on the back of the programme that ‘Caamora Norway will return’…. well you can “take is as a fact, you can bet your final pound” that they certainly will… “our work is not yet done!” Thank you again, everyone!!

More about Caamora Norway HERE
More about Clive Nolan HERE