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Choir for a Day
Thursday, August 18, 2022
Go to the What's On page for more details of the Choir for a Day event 24th September 2022.
KeyNotes Xmas Concerts
Saturday, November 20, 2021
04 December                     Cour de Miracle, Vouvant             3.00pm
10 December                     Château de Saugé                           7.00pm*
11 December                     Salle des Fêtes, Scillé                     7.00pm
17 December                     Château de Saugé                           7.00pm*
18 December                     Café des Belles Fleurs, Fenioux     6.00pm

Unfortunately our last two concerts have had to be cancelled in the interests of following anti-Covid measures.

New Siége
Friday, October 08, 2021
With effect from the 8th October the new "Siége" for Reaction Theatre is Scillé. Our new permanent home for 'off-stage' rehearsals will be within the Salle Communale Bernard Choucq, close to the mairie.
New Minutes
Wednesday, October 06, 2021
Minutes of the last Committee meeting 26/7/19 are on the Members page.
Belated Update
Monday, October 04, 2021
1st of all, apologies for the tardy update which has been delayed by numerous things including holidays, illness, lockdowns, C notice etc etc etc ! A peek at the Keynotes and Dance pages will amplify that which is publishable. The Members page has the latest minutes and the About Us has the date of the next meeting.
In other news ...
it is anticipated that a number of currently debated issues will solidify in the near future and that reporting restrictions will be lifted.

News for KeyNotes
Monday, July 05, 2021
Please take a look at the KeyNotes pages
Google Groups
Sunday, June 27, 2021
As indicated by previous email, under the auspices of the On-line Management Group (OMG), there was significant discussion about how to improve/encourage two-way communications within the membership. Whilst Facebook has the graphical advantage, not many of our members have or want Facebook in their IT arsenal. An alternative was therefore sought, and Google Groups (GG) was the result. Google groups were set up to represent the different RT interest groups to allow members to communicate within their interest group, by email, with each other. The advantage of GG being that members need not know each other’s email address. Initially, we have experienced some trivial teething problems, but confidence is building. In order to reduce the risk of an undesirable email avalanche, only two (large) parental groups retain one-way  comms.

New Minutes
Friday, June 18, 2021
Minutes of the last Committee meeting 18/6/21 are on the Members page.
Next meeting 26/7/21

New Minutes
Friday, January 29, 2021
Minutes of the last Committee meeting 21/1/21 are on the Members page.
Next meeting 18/6/21

On-Line Services
Friday, January 15, 2021
Members of the OMG (on-line management group) sub-group met via Zoom today to discuss the statistical results of the emailed survey of members late last year. At the time, we had approx. 60 members. 29 members responded !
Nevertheless, a number of actions were recorded and the results (though none are startling) may be seen in the near future.

New Minutes & stuff
Friday, December 04, 2020
The minutes of the Committee Meeting 26th Nov are on the Members page.
IAW a recent email including these minutes, a new document, referred to briefly as 'CovidSafe' has been added to the KeyNotes blog page.

Merry Christmas everyone !
New Minutes
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Minutes of Committee Meeting 22nd October 20 are on the Members page.
New Minutes
Friday, July 31, 2020
Minutes of Committee Meeting 23rd July 20 are on the Members page.
Online Management sub-Group
Thursday, July 09, 2020
OMG! The inaugural meeting of the OMG will occur via Zoom on Friday morning 10th July.
New Minutes
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Minutes of Committee Meeting 14th May 20 are on the Members page.
Virtual Socialising
Wednesday, April 29, 2020
In an attempt to continue choir rehearsals during lockdown, a number of KeyNotes members participated in 2 or 3 "Zoom" meetings. It was quickly established that Zoom is not suitable for joint renditions of live music, however, Zoom will be used for music theory lessons on Friday afternoons. Are there any other RT members that would like to socialise this way ?
Ile d'Oleron
Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Due, in large part, to the extended 'lock-down' imposed by the anti-viral measures in place in France, our planned participation in the annual fête de la musique on the Ile d'Oleron this year has been cancelled. When restrictions are relaxed, it is hoped that substitute activities may be planned.
Coronic Collections
Saturday, March 28, 2020
Take a peek at the latest message on the What's On page.
The Art Scene
Monday, March 23, 2020
The art sub-group of Reaction, known previously as The Art Scene are no longer part of Reaction. Please see their page The Art Scene for an update. The page will remain for a while in order to ease the transition.
AGM & Stuff
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
The Annual General Meeting occurred on the 9th March. The minutes and reports are on the Members page. The next Committee meeting will be conducted via internet on the 19th March.
What's On (or not)
Monday, January 27, 2020
We regret to inform you that, owing to a variety of complications, it has become necessary to postpone the proposed Spring Production which was in its early planning stages. As soon as there is further news it will be made available to you, here on this page.
Many thanks to those who have already pledged support.  We hope you will still be available when we regroup.  

Best wishes

Monday, January 20, 2020
We will have a quiz night on the 19th Feb.
Planning has begun for :-
  our variety show in April/May
  our third visit to the Ile d'Oleron in June

New Minutes
Monday, January 20, 2020
Minutes+ of Committee Meeting 15th Jan 20 are on the Members page.
Happy New Year
Sunday, January 05, 2020
Happy New Year to all our readers!
Merry Christmas
Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Your webmaster is taking a break over the 'holidays' so don't expect everything to stay up-to-date.
                Merry Christmas

KeyNotes Concerts
Tuesday, December 17, 2019
The KeyNotes calendar of concert events leading up to Christmas was as follows :-
Sunday 1st at Terves
Sunday 8th at Amailloux

Friday 13th at Les Belles Fleurs, Fenioux 8pm
Saturday 14th at Le Retail 3pm
Sunday 15th at Coulonges 3pm

Armistice 2019
Friday, November 01, 2019
In the time honoured French way, the 11th November each year pays homage to those who gave their lives in the 1st world war. Armistice ceremonies are conducted in many towns. A number of ex-service personnel who are also members of RT will be attending the ceremony at Fontenay-le-Comte. In addition, an invitation has been received from the Mairie in Secondigny to attend the ceremony there.
Club Nite
Sunday, October 27, 2019
Our club night was a success ...
Simple, nourishing and enjoyable food - thanks Joy.
Entertaining 'directed reading' of Dylan Thomas.
Well done all, in particular John R and John B.

Thursday, August 29, 2019
The new term starts for :-
  The Out of Kilters - 26th September (no dancing 3rd October)
  Keynotes - 4th October

Thursday, August 29, 2019
41 Members attended the planned EGM last night. Minutes to follow ...

The documents under review were subject to a few amendments and will be effective when :-
1. the amendments are incorporated
2. the Constitution is translated to French
3. the Constitution is submitted to the appropriate authority.
The documents will then be published on the Member's Page.

RT Mailshots
Sunday, August 18, 2019
Members, do you suspect that you may have missed some mailshots from us ?
Here is a list of those sent so far this year.
email titles may be a little abbreviated.
all originate from

New Documents
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
The proposed replacements for the Constitution and Operating Procedures are available for viewing on the Members' page.
New Page
Sunday, July 28, 2019
Over the week ending the 28th, a new page has been added. Oleron II
The page contains links to 10 videos recorded by Andrea M on Oleron in June 19. Thanks Andrea.

Software Updates
Monday, July 15, 2019
Various software updates to the scripting and hosting elements of the web site have been performed over the weekend. These changes should have no effect on the appearance or performance of the site today when compared with the site before the updates.
Committee Meeting
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Most recent committee meeting, 15th May 2018. Next meeting, 20th June.
GDPR & Reaction
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
GDPR and Reaction
A batch of emails have been sent to our audience lists recently and will, in addition, shortly go out to members to inform them of our obligations with respect to the EU General Data Protect Regulations due to become effective on the 25th of this month. This has necessitated an informative email campaign with a little data confirmation thrown in. Thank you for your patience and indulgence.

Fête du Pain - Fenioux
Sunday, June 03, 2018
KeyNotes and the 'Out of Kilters' played Fenioux
Ile d'Oleron
Sunday, June 24, 2018
KeyNotes and the Out of Kilters played the Ile d'Oleron 23/24 June.
Committee Meeting
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Most recent committee meeting, 26th June 2018. Next meeting, 29th Oct.
Site development
Wednesday, July 04, 2018
This testbed site is in constant development. Behavioural response may therefore be occasionally unpredictable.
Site Dev.
Saturday, July 07, 2018
A Mailchimp email was sent to members appealing for volunteers to test the web site. 11 Respondees were sent further email with guidance for feedback.
New Photos
Saturday, July 07, 2018
New photos of our efforts on the Ile d'Oleron w/e 23/24th June have been added to the KeyNotes and Dance Photos pages
What's In A Name?
Sunday, July 08, 2018
Our association is legally registered as "Reaction Theatre". In casual conversation we may accurately describe ourselves as "Reaction Theatre association", but an observation was made today that referring to ourselves in this way, we are not using our proper name. Committee members come and go, continuity and experience levels wax and wane. I wonder why it has taken this long to be brought to the attention of the committee.
Saturday, July 21, 2018
Warning! This is a long one!
We have image collections which, for example, rise to 317 images for one production!
The collections include a mix of portrait and landscape orientations.
All the images have to be copied in a lower resolution in order to reduce internet traffic (increase download speed) and to reduce the storage footprint on the web server.
Many sources of simple slideshow code either make the addition of multiple images difficult, or do not handle a mix of portrait/landscape very well, or both!
There are various providers who offer a free image storage and slideshow service by linkage but most, if not all, do so using any or all of FlashPlayer, JavaScript, jQuery.
Many users do not have these facilities enabled/installed in their browser and are resistant to do so.
Can we please all of the users all of time? "No" is the usual answer. Working on this premise then, where is the compromise ?

New Slideshow Strategy
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
A new strategy for slideshows will be adopted.
A slideshow containing no more than 24 representative images will be presented per activity (eg Past Production). This slideshow will not be FlashPlayer dependent.
The existing FlashPlayer dependent slideshows will be retained but in a less prominent position within the parent page.

New Web Site Goes LIVE!
Monday, July 30, 2018
The new format web site goes live on its new address.
Visitors to the old address will be redirected automatically.

Panto 1st Rehearsal
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Following 3 read-thru's, the first rehearsal will be at the Cafe des Belles Fleurs in Fenioux at 7.00pm on Thursday 2nd August.

Panto Sponsors
Thursday, August 02, 2018
A list of the PANTO sponsors has been added to the Sponsors page.
Friday, August 03, 2018
the first rehearsal was at the Cafe des Belles Fleurs in Fenioux on Thursday 2nd August. Have a look at What's On.
Panto Rehearsal Schedule
Saturday, August 04, 2018
Rehearsals for August and most of September.
Cafe des Belles Fleurs at Fenioux :-

Thursday 2nd August 7pm
Monday 6th August 1.30pm                Thursday 9th August at 7pm
Monday 13th August at 1.30pm          Thursday 16th August at 7pm
Monday 20th August at 1.30pm          Thursday 23rd August at 7pm
Monday 27th August 1.30pm              Thursday 30th August at 7pm
Monday 3rd September at 1.30pm     Thursday 6th September at 7pm
Monday 10th September at 1.30pm   Thursday 13th September at 7pm
Monday 17th September at 1.30pm   Thursday 20th September at 7pm.

Rehearsals will last 2 - 2.5 hours.
Arrangements after 20th September will be advised at a later date.

Web Site Update -Soon
Monday, August 06, 2018
Life gets in the way of continuous site developement but, coming soon :
  Slideshow strategy change (mentioned here previously).
  The ability to hop between English/French on most pages.
Meanwhile, existing wrinkles continue to be ironed!
Longer in the future, many of the pages will be re-visited with a view to making them responsive to the screen size of the viewer's device. A little less squinting is always useful when you can't find your specs!

New Season Acivities
Monday, September 24, 2018
Keynotes singing and 'Out of Kilters' Scottish country dancing recommence
14h00 5th October and 19h00 27th September, respectively.

Monday, October 08, 2018
Due to unforeseen circumstances,TheatriVasles has had to postpone their next production until the 7-8 December.
Committee Meeting Dates
Tuesday, October 09, 2018
Committee Meeting Dates have moved to the 'About Us' page.
Panto Performance Week!
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
After weeks of work, Performance week has arrived !
Dress rehearsal 22nd.
1st performance 23rd
Matinee and evening performances 24th
"Break a leg"!

Panto Mop-Up week !
Monday, November 26, 2018
Well! That's another fine performance!
Actually a series of three performances, all of which had good size audiences - thank-you.
Goodly after-show preparation on Saturday night meant that with a gratefully impressive bunch of volunteers on Sunday morning, the set was broken and shipped by 11 o'clock-ish! Various trivial jobs remain to be tidied away, culminating in an after show soirée this Friday.

After Show Party
Sunday, December 02, 2018
Well!  Didn't we have a fine party?  The l'Ecu did us proud. There are some photos on the group's Facebook page.
Scottish Country Dancing
Thursday, December 06, 2018
Next week, the 13th Dec. will be the last dance session until 10th Jan.
KeyNotes Concerts
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Two down, two to go!
Unfortunately, Margaret, our illustrious leader, has had to rush off to take care of family. Therefore, Aidan and Linda will be plugging the vast gap at the weekend 15th/16th Dec. All the best Maggie!

Out of Kilters
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
The "Out of Kilters" will be appearing at a Valentines Charity Dinner Dance of the 13th Feb. More details on the Other Events page
Monday, January 21, 2019
The Minutes of the last meeting (07/01/19) have been slightly amended.
Concert at Luçon
Sunday, January 27, 2019
KeyNotes are to sing in the cathedral of Luçon on the 10th May. More details on the KeyNotes page.
Musicals Spectacular
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
MUSICALS SPECTACULAR coming to a date in your diary! For more info go to here.
No Dancing
Monday, February 04, 2019
There will be No Dancing at Fenioux on the 14th Feb.
New Minutes
Thursday, February 21, 2019
Minutes of the last committee meeting 18/2/2019 are on the Members page.
AGM Reminder
Monday, February 25, 2019
Just a reminder for members - The AGM is next Monday 4th March
Annual General Meeting
Monday, March 04, 2019
The 2019 AGM occured 4th Mar at the Café des Belles Fleurs.
The new Committee is shown on the About-Us page. The usual documents will appear on the AGM-Docs page within the next few days.

New Minutes
Monday, May 13, 2019
Minutes of the last committee meeting 6/5/2019 are on the Members page.
Oleron II
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
KeyNotes and the Out of Kilters performed in three locations on the Ile d'Oleron again this year (Fri/Sat/Sun 21-23 June). Audience numbers were variable but positive feedback was constant. What's more, the participants had a great time!  Many thanks to the orgainisers Tony, Mo & Margaret and all the other helpers and contributors.
More info can be found on the Past Productions page as the media drifts in.

New Minutes
Saturday, June 29, 2019
Minutes of the last Committee meeting 26/6/19 are on the Members page.