Titles in this set
The Swish of the Curtain
What starts as a diversion to stave off boredom during the Easter holidays soon becomes much more for the seven young members of the Blue Door Theatre Company. The four girls - Lyn, Sandra, Vikcy and Maddy - and three boys - Bulldog, Nigel and Jeremy - play every part in the theatre, not only onstage but off it too, producing everything from the scrips and sets to the music and costumes. They also learn that the show must go on, even in the face of their arch-enemy, Mrs Potter-Smith, local critic and leader of the Ladies' Institute.
And what a show it will be for them all...
The second book in the Blue Door series, following on from The Swish of the Curtain, the classic story which inspired actors from Maggie Smith to Eileen Atkins
With the rest of the Blue Door Theatre Company in London training to be actors, poor Maddy has been left all alone in the little town of Fenchester. She longs to follow the others to the big city, but she is 12 years old, and she has maths homework to do.
However, Maddy has never let a bit of schoolwork come between her and her dreams. When she finds that a famous Dutch film director is in town, she leaps at the opportunity: she will be a film star. But stardom isn't an easy life (in spite of the personal dressing room and the lovely costumes) and there are setbacks and difficulties along the way. But with such a stubborn and talented leading lady as Maddy, surely even Mrs Potter-Smith and the headmistress can't stop the show from going on?
Maddy Alone is the second book in the Blue Door series, following on from the classic of children's literature The Swish of the Curtain.
The third book in the Blue Door series, which starts with The Swish of the Curtain, the classic story which inspired actors from Maggie Smith to Eileen Atkins.
'How do you think you'll like the Academy?'
'Like it!' cried Lyn. 'I love it already. I'd not have missed it for the world. This has been the happiest day of my life.'
At the Actors' Guild in London, the Blue Door Theatre Company are throwing themselves into anything that will bring the dreams of their own theatre to life - touring the country with the Guild's summer productions, working behind the scenes at local theatrical companies, even taking walk-on parts between classes.
But just as plans for their own beloved Blue Door seem almost within their grasp, a disaster threatens to destroy one career for good...
Blue Door Venture
The fourth book in the Blue Door series, which starts with The Swish of the Curtain, the classic story which inspired actors from Maggie Smith to Eileen Atkins.
The seven young members of the Blue Door Theatre Company are, at long last, professional actors. And they are now proudly in charge of the first commercial theatre in their hometown of Fenchester. But the day-to-day pressures of financing the theatre and choosing box-office attractions are soon eclipsed by an event that threatens to close the theatre almost as soon as it has opened.
Following the characters from the classic of children's literature The Swish of the Curtain on an adventure which takes them far from the stage of the Blue Door Theatre, Blue Door Venture is the fourth book in the Blue Door series.
The fifth and final book in the Blue Door series, which starts with The Swish of the Curtain, the classic story which inspired actors from Maggie Smith to Eileen Atkins.
Maddy got up and did her Junior Miss speech, trying not to overdo the comedy. Her American accent was hideous, and very funny, and all the class began to giggle.
The whole class clapped when she had finished, and Mr Manyweather roared with laughter.
'What a little horror!' he cried. 'I've never seen anything so nauseating, but excellent!'
Maddy is on her own again at the Actors' Guild in London, while the others work at the Blue Door Theatre. But she's not entirely alone: she has a new roommate, a new chaperone and an inspiring new teacher, Mr Manyweather, brought in to introduce students to the very different world of television.
With these friends, can Maddy survive her first taste of failure - or is she embarking on her greatest acting adventure yet?