Our Town by Thornton Wilder
We are gearing up in preparation for auditions for our next production with our sister company Pepper's Ghost. As this production is part of the MK50 Home Sweet Home project working with Grid Arts it is no coincidence that we have selected a play which cherishes community spirit. Our Town gives voice to the nuances that occur in most communities, the little stories we have to tell, the impact of those stories and the occasion to appreciate the small details in life that bring joy. There is certainly an endearing quality to the play.
What is particularly interesting is "how" the play is often performed. The stage directions are bare/minimal which I think is an interesting decision for the playwright to take. It certainly gets attention because a set is a strong convention most plays adhere to, in the absence of it, I would suggest, arouses curiosity and sparks the audiences attention and interest. The feeling of "what is going to happen here?" I like the challenge it presents, the interest and curiosity.
Have a look at the clip below which discusses the lack of conventional set.
I think that is interesting that he says that instead of the staging being minimal it is was actually maximal. I think the performance space being bare will actually cause the audience to focus differently on the characters. I'm certainly not suggesting elaborate sets are distracting, far from it but it is a fascination how the drama unfolding resonates differently when something expected is not there.
You can get involved in Thornton Wilders play, register your interest by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Auditions will be held on Sunday July 23rd 2pm - 6pm and recalls on Sunday 30th July 2pm - 6pm - both at the Bath House in Wolverton.
Rehearsals will start in September.
Performances will be at Stantonbury Theatre on 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th November 7.30pm and a matinee on 1st November at 2.30pm.
We are currently in the process of arranging some exciting new workshops for Autumn which include Commedia dell'arte, Shakespeare and playwriting course. We are also happy to announce that we are working on a new film by Alexander Lynch who wrote Marmaladas which we produced last year. We are truly excited about working on this next film, the title of the piece is "Control Alt Delete" and its focus is on sexual exploitation. Make sure you stay tuned to find out more!
We would like to draw your attention to a production that will be taking place in Oxford, if you are in the area and want a fabulous show to challenge and entertain you then please do buy a ticket!