I was very dubious at first when it came to taking the show indoors, more so because of the set. Our set is not your average touring set, it’s absolutely massive. To transfigure from the freedom of Regent’s Park to the captive nature of an indoor theatre was something I just couldn’t get my head around. I couldn’t see how they could maintain the beauty and the scale of the Open Air Theatre. That was, of course, before I entered the New Victoria Theatre in Woking and discovered that it is exactly what Jon Bausor (Designer) has achieved. The “island”, maintains the depth and vastness that was created at Regent’s Park; the cleverly positioned gauze and lighting, together
Check out the new photos for the UK tour of Lord of the Flies. For more, visit the website.
There’s going to be a wonderful variety of places we’ll be taking the play; some places will be well versed in theatre, others less so. Both of these audiences have their own creative appeal. The show has got masses of action in it, so I can’t wait to see how everyone receives it. I’m excited for the matinee shows because they’re packed with school kids
Walking into the auditorium for our first tech rehearsal was slightly surreal. There were aspects of the set that seemed familiar, but everything just seemed bigger and more detailed. At first it was enjoyable and exciting to finally be in the space, and to see how massive the place is from the perspective of the stage, but as the night rolled in, and the hours ticked by, the work became harder. There was no fluidity in the work we were doing; there was lots of stopping and starting. At one point I was
Anything that brings something fresh to the text is welcome, and being let onto the stage did just that during the tech. I’ve mentioned before how we were lucky enough to rehearse on the broken up plane parts during rehearsals, but having the real set to rehearse on was a different level of immersion. It was great to see the fire actually start to catch, having sand underfoot, and smoke billowing across the stage during the hunt scenes. That being said, the pace of the technical syncing made
So it’s Tech Week at Regent’s Park for Lord of the Flies. Here are some of the questions I’ve been getting asked as opening night fast approaches.
Q. Was it a satisfying feeling running the play in rehearsals for the first time?
A. It wasn’t so much a satisfying feeling, but more a sigh of relief. The show isn’t just a straight forward piece of naturalism, it entails: intense movement sequences, stark expressionist devices, and specific choreography and blocking