Warning - some of the below pictures contain profanities in the context of the play.
I've been out of the internet loop for an entire week. I'm not sure I even remember how to type properly. I also now have a backlog of blog posts.
I wanted to start with this one. It is quite wordy but I am not going to apologise for that. I am saying goodbye to something that has been a huge part of my life and I need a cathartic release. I'm hoping that this post will help.
I had the week off work so I was completely able to focus on the production of the play. This also meant that I was in the theatre for a huge amount of time. Not that I mind - I love being in the Theatre, I love sitting on a stage making props or set or soft furnishings - it makes me very happy.
Once everything was in most people could say goodbye and get on with their Sundays and leave us select few to the painting of the stage. The music went on, the shoes came off (easier to paint in socks) and we popped to the local co-op for some milk. Tea and coffee supplies are vital for a successful production week.
This was a very, very simple design - an old school hall with a ragged backdrop, a set of lockers (hollow - they have a shelf in the back for prop storage), a whiteboard with a timetable and two outdoor areas. Everything else was conveyed by movement. Simple and easy. Or so I thought.
When originally designing the set I had said I wanted a parquet floor to convey an old school stage.
I was stupid.
Damn it looked good though once it was finished. I may rethink my Victorian tiled floor for Arcadia though.
They say that if dress goes badly you have a great show.
This dress went badly.
I don't want to go into it.
I gave my last pep talk, we worked out what the major problems were and then we went to the pub.
And get it right they did - Wednesday was a dream and so were the Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances. It was amazing how much of a difference having an audience to perform to makes to the energy levels of a play. Lines were spot on, props were remembered, furniture moved when it was supposed to, lights and sound cues were great and most importantly the audience loved the show. I watched one show from the gallery and could get a real view of the joy on people's faces and enjoy the laughter coming from the auditorium. One of the best reviews I got was that this show opened an 18 year old eyes to the wonders of theatre - how it is not all stuffy and old fashioned and that theatre can be hard hitting, fun, loud, colourful and fast paced. And rather rude and coarse as well!
We marketed the play heavily and it paid off - we had about 5 schools in total attend, all of whom loved it as well as members of the local community. Numbers were consistently high over the 4 night run, and we raised £260 for Comic Relief.
It's the wrap party this Sunday. I can't wait.
I've got the post show blues at the moment - a common complaint but one that will eventually pass.
I am so proud of everyone involved - cast and crew were slick and it really showed. I just kind of wish it wasn't all over.