Wasteland- Rural touring play

May 2, 2009

Went to see New Perspectives New rural touring show Wasteland last night. It’s playing at the assembly rooms in derby before embarking on a rural tour of the east midlands. The debut play by writer Laura Lomas is inspired by the Fred Barras/Tony Martin/Brendan Fearon case of a few years back.
It’s a young creative team and features really strong performances through. The ‘traverse’ staging (stage in the middle, audience either side) works really well and Director Esther Richardson uses the space well. My rural piece I’m developing is set on a narrowboat so seeing this staging working well was useful. It was also useful to see this piece the day after Return To Akenfield another rural piece. Both simply staged but requiring different things in terms of stage. Management. My piece which I thought potentially overly complicated after seeing the eastern angles show, I now feel more reassured about. Still lots of difficulties that hopefully the development process will throw up.
Wasteland runs until June 6. Go see it for one of the best ‘introducing a character scenes’ you’re likely to see. Tour schedule here

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return to akenfield rural touring show

May 1, 2009

Kate Chapman, Tyrone Huggins, Segun Lee-French and myself  went down to Suffolk last night to see Return to Akenfield.  Written by Craig Taylor the Eastern Angles show is touring until June.

It used verbatim theatre techniques to explore issues of community, globalisation and consumerism.  These accounts are mixed with a narrative thread that stands outside the books Akenfield and Return to Akenfield.

The show is Directed by Naomi Jones.  It is a real ensemble piece. Worked really well, Lots of lovely stage-y type things as the cast play multiple characters.

It was good to see the piece and made me reflect on how simply things can be staged. Still making my piece Boat Gypsies overly complicated though!!!


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