Celebrity 4: Backstage Preparations

London, The Arts

Rehearsals are now beginning on the play. Our director, Amber, has chosen our ideal cast, and there was never a moment of doubt about who it should be; we both knew that all four were right the moment we heard them read. Although I’ve directed actors most of my life and Amber was virtually born in a trunk, this is our first production together – but having seen performances she has directed before, I have total faith in her ability to get the most from our cast.

So, where are we? Well, we now have a terrific set/costume designer on board, and a smart producer. Our venue is booked (it’s small but crucially in London’s West End), the tickets are arranged, the posters are being printed, the production company is running, the budget has been guaranteed and our sponsorship drive is about to start. Tickets will go on sale on October 4th. In many respects, we’re far luckier than most fringe productions because our combined past experience is already making the journey easier. The show is entered under the London Fringe Festival, here.

Next; feedback. I showed the script to Daniel Kramer, who directed ‘Prick Up Your Ears’ in the West End with Matt Lucas, and he loved it, suggesting that we should expand the parts after this run and go after a bigger auditorium. Even though I’m a natural worrier, I feel more confident now as everything becomes clearer. Watch this space.

4 comments on “Celebrity 4: Backstage Preparations”

  1. Steve says:

    I haven’t noticed any comments on this ongoing behind-the-scenes look at building a production from the ground up, but I for one find it fascinating.
    I’m curious to know (being a musician and all) what, if anything, will be done about music – if there will be any, if it will be live or recorded, etc. I don’t get the impression this is a “musical”, but music can still add an ambience.
    But then, I suppose I’m bound to say that, aren’t I?

  2. Alan Morgan says:

    I sincerely hope that for no reason anyone can fathom and quite ignored by the cast naked mountaineers make their way about the stage come the Friday performance.

  3. Terenzio says:

    What is the play about? Is is a satire exploring people’s fascination with celebrities…

  4. Helen Martin says:

    When I first heard about “soundscapes”, background sounds and music for stage plays I was a little put off. Sounds are fine and necessary. The sound of a galloping horse adds urgency to the arrival of the messenger, it’s hard to answer a phone that doesn’t ring (although with cellphones you could assume it was on vibrate), and the sound of bells pealing adds to the ambience, but we do not need eerie music to make us feel fear, nor do we need sweet sounds to make us realize it is a love scene we’re seeing. It is up to playwright and actors to give us the emotions. “Background music” belongs in films for some reason, although I always want to ask where this 20 member orchestra is hiding and how they got there.

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