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Call for cast members

By Herald Express  |  Posted: December 06, 2012

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CAST members are needed for the South Devon Players' production of the Ballad of Resurrection Bob.

Casting will take place at Chestnut Heights Community Centre, Brixham, on January 23 at 7pm.

Rehearsals start every Wednesday evening from there on, the performances will take place late April-early May around Torbay.

In the summer, the South Devon Players were filmed for a BBC2 programme, performing a clip of their upcoming 2013 production the Ballad Of Resurrection Bob, the humorous true story of a 19th century smuggler in Brixham, where the theatre company is based.

This award-winning non-profit community theatre company primarily specialises in bringing to life the history and legends of Devon, in newly-researched and written shows.

In past centuries, smuggling of silks, tobacco and brandy, was rife along the coasts of the South West, and the smugglers invented ever more creative, and in some cases very humorous tactics to evade the law. In the case of 'Resurrection' Bob Elliott, he faked his own death in order to transport contraband to Totnes, under the noses of the coastguards, in a large coffin.

Later that night, the story tells, the local coastguards encountered Bob on the highway, and were convinced that they had seen a ghost.

From this escapade, Bob earned his nickname of 'Resurrection Bob'.

The Smugglers Hotel in Brixham town centre is said to have been where Bob lived at the time of the escapade, and indeed, that is how the hotel earned it's name.

Performers aged 16 and above are welcome.

To find out more, log on to www.southdevonplayers. weebly.com

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