Artist in Residence “…So last night we did our dress rehearsal which meant all hands on deck and the whole show being run as it will be when our paying audience arrive. For quite a few of us it was the first time we saw many of the scenes in all their glory; with full set, costume and props. This was probably the closest we would get to the audience’s experience of not truly knowing what was going to happen next and it was so much fun!
We really can’t say much on here without revealing too much of the surprise but today we are busily rectifying timing and logistical issues to make sure the show is completely ready for when our first audience member steps into the unknown tonight…
Less than six hours to go…”
We’re into Production Week on the play “Above & Beyond”. The cast hast been chosen, the production team is in place and there are a team of 30 plus people – actors, theatre company Look Left Look Right, Arts Co and Corinthia team – working flat out to create a seamless play by March 17th. The clock is ticking…
Artist in Residence Blog – Katie Lyon:
26th February 2013 - Final script meeting today with morgan and Mimi where we troubleshooted (troubleshot?) over caffeine. Decisions were made like: ‘No we can’t build a tree in the corridor ‘ (Morgan sulked) and “How drunk can a character be before he becomes annoying and the audience want to punch him?” The end result is 18 encounters with even more characters spread throughout the hotel. We can’t go in to any detail because of course we would ruin it for you but it will hopefully surprise, humour and delight everyone passing through the Corinthia doors.
Finding links and overlapping narratives has been the real challenge, we’re avoiding it just being a rollercoaster of experiences but hopefully, by digging a bit deeper, we have struck the balance of drama and experience.
A huge challenge now is for our designer, Jo Scotcher, to make these scenes, moments and characters at one with the hotel. Whilst we have incredible access at the hotel we have been advised that it must be truly immersive – ‘real guests’ won’t even know our audience members and actors exist and our audience won’t know who is staff or guest. That’s how we like it.
We are half way through casting but we have some incredible performers on board and with a final script due tomorrow we will then start tweaking dialogue and characters to fit perfectly with what the performers can offer. I can’t wait!