Celebrity 4: Backstage Preparations
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.