Well it is an intense and creative time at the moment. We are in rehearsal for “Shoulder To Shoulder” and we did our first performance at the MK Lit Fest last Sunday 23rd September. It went down very well indeed and we are so pleased! A restricted space in a hotel, bu the actors were flexible and versatile and it’s great to be so close to the audience. The MK Lit Fest was a huge success. You can see highlights in some video and still photography at www.mklitfest.org Samual Dore of Bursteardrum did a great job.
Our Artistic Director, Rosemary Hill, had a very busy time! She tells us about it.
I interviewed Allie Esiri on Saturday 22nd September. Allie has edited “A Poem For Every Night Of The Year” and “A Poem For Every Day Of The Year”. We had audio readings from Tom Hiddleston and Helena Bonham Carter and Allie and I read poems too. Most enjoyable.
Then on Sunday I interviewed the wonderful playwright, Bryony Lavery, talking about her recent adaptation of “The Lovely Bones” which has just been running at the Royal and Derngate. We also talked about Bryony’s award winning play “Frozen” which was on in London’s West End earlier in the year. Bryony was thoughtful, erudite, witty, engaging and very funny! It was wonderful to talk to her. We first met some years ago when she was in a BBC programme I was making about feminist drama and have been friends ever since. She really is the most amazing woman, so talented yet so humble.
Then I went on to talk to Adam Croft, a local and highly successful crime writer. Adam talked about how self publishing has worked for him and was very keen to help aspiring writers. Again a most illuminating talk. After this I went into makeup and hair and put on my costume for “Shoulder To Shoulder”. It was a great feeling to gear up for our first performance. We were nervous, but also very excited. Feedback was great and people found the piece quirky, informative and of course some parts of it are funny”
“We had our Stantonbury performance last night and it went very well. We were also able to see the Stantonbury students in their new piece “Suffrajitsu” and they were brilliant. Incredible energy and passion.
It was a joy to see”
The gala performance of all four new pieces and a showing of a wonderful installation will be on Sunday 21st October 3.30pm – 7.30pm at the Royal and Derngate Theatre in Northampton.
Tickets www.royalandderngate.co.uk 01604 624811.
Lastly, we are starting rehearsals for “Entertaining Mr Sloane” by Joe Orton this coming week. We are so excited.
The set has been designed and so have the costumes and it going to look great.
We’ll be introducing the actors in our next few blogs. We have a great cast!