It doesn’t seem a whole week since the final curtain came down on our production of Absurd Person Singular. All the hard work paid off and the play was a great success, clearly enjoyed by the audiences. Unusually, Saturday was our quietest night but then it was also a Bank Holiday weekend.
Ayckbourn plays are always demanding but worth the effort with their wonderful characters and relationships. This play was written in the Seventies and we decided to keep it staged in that period since the attitudes portrayed were more reflective of that period.
The set was always going to be demanding. Richard Bateman, our Producer, decided on a black curtained set with simple entrances and movable kitchen units. The final result was superb although only those involved know the hard work it took to achieve it.
A lot of work went into choreographing the scene changes such that on the performance nights our hard working back stage crew were able to transform the set into three different kitchens in minutes flat.
Tomorrow night is our Dress Rehearsal for Absurd Person Singular. But did you know we first performed this play back in 1999? This play was a favourite of Bernard Reuben, a long serving member of the group who died almost a year ago. We selected this play as a tribute to him and some of our actors are resuming their original roles with Rob Newton and Jayne Hewson as the Jacksons and Gill Collins as Jane Hopcroft. Steve Howland takes Bernard’s original part of Sidney and the Brewster-Wrights are this time performed by Janet Drewery and Wyn Price. Richard Bateman, as in 1999, is producing and directing.
Elloughton / Brough Village Hall looked very empty this morning at 10am. How different it will look by Sunday afternoon! A few of us started the demanding three day process of building the set for Absurd Person Singular. It’s a demanding process, not least for this play as we will reveal later. By Sunday afternoon the main hall will have the tiers built, the seats in place, the entrance and refreshments area ready, the sound system in place, lighting set, the stage set fully built and all the backstage props and costume areas ready. Demanding stuff!
Teasing out the play detail, that’s what’s we are doing here. This is our busy period as we enter our last week of rehearsals in The Forum (our rehearsal room). And then we have an intense set building weekend over Friday, Saturday and Sunday.