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Artistic Director's Blog

November

When sitting in the audience on the first night of "My Mother Said, I Never Should", one would never have known the white knuckle ride which everyone experienced from the start of rehearsals! Fortunately the production was in the super capable hands of Mary Macdonald, who not only managed the loss of two actors (the last during the final two weeks of rehearsals!) but stepped in to play the role. Thanks also to Gus Macdonald who came in to steer the play to performance.

This highly complex piece was played with sensitivity and humour by the cast. Scarlet Behl, returning for the first time since sharing the role of Anne Frank, brought huge energy to the role of Rosie. Our own Gill Bowser gave one of her best performances as Margaret and we welcomed Siobhan Twomey in her debut at The Talisman as Jackie. How Mary learned the pivotal role of Doris in a week (!) and gave a touching and very funny performance remains a mystery. By the way, Mary also headed up Wardrobe for the play. The technical crew showed determination and more than the usual amount of flexibility, to deliver a product the theatre can be very proud of. The projections helped enormously to clarify the swift changes of time and place the play demands as well as looking stunning. Congratulations and thanks to all.

Studio Saturday Night is up and running again, presided over by Kathy and Graham Buckingham-Underhill. The first production was a double-bill ‘Mrs Bixby and the Colonel’s Coat and The Monkey’s Paw. Two very contrasting plays directed by Caroline McCluskey made for a very different and interesting evening. Sharing the roles in both plays were Mike McCluskey, Ruth Jones, Claire Bradwell, Henri West and Caroline herself. It was great to see this Saturday evening entertainment back, so please watch out for the next one and give it your support.

Onwards and upwards - "Aladdin" is already in rehearsal with "The Weekend" beginning at the start of December. By the time you read this "Strangers on a Train" and "Deckchairs" will have auditioned with a first audition for "Yank!" following on 2nd December. Charles III is now fully cast and many thanks to John Scampion for his hard work in achieving this.

A reminder to Directors that we are currently planning the 2019/20 Season; suggestions for suitable plays are very welcome.

Steve Smith / Stephen Duckham



      

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