Not having a show running at the moment means that I’m mostly scrunching up bits of paper. At least if I don’t come up with any ideas I can always get an alternative career as a waste management operative…
For more information go to http://southwarkplayhouse.co.uk/main-house/the-hairy-ape/
In its first major revival in 25 years, Cartwright Productions & Creature of London, in association with Southwark Playhouse, present “The Hairy Ape” by Eugene O’Neill. This is the trailer.
16th May – 9th June at Southwark Playhouse.
Director: Elisha Smith-Leverock
Music: Ben Esser
Editor: Ryan Boucher
Production Company: Rokkit
Producers: Tom Birmingham, Mark Cartwright & Rob Hughes
Executive Producer: Mary Calderwood
1st AD: George Nelson
DOP: Dan Stafford-Clark
Focus Puller: Benn Peacock
Cam Trainee: Jeremy Hunt
Gaffer: Theo Milford
Spark: Adrienne Hayes
Art Director: Benedict Lack
Art Assistant: Ciaran Beale
Make-up Artist: Laura Wisinger
Stylist: Bex Crofton-Atkins
Runners: Siobhan Lenihan & Jenny Williams
Last week was pretty exciting. Aside from being kicked out of our rehearsal room and then subsequently evicted from the kitchen for making bacon sandwiches (an apparently unheard of use for a kitchen) we have managed to make a short trailer for The Hairy Ape.
So, consider this a teaser for the trailer. And a thank you to everyone who gave up their time, effort, sweat and in one case actual consciousness to make it happen. THANK YOU.
Check back soon…
As I’ve made rather exhaustingly clear I’ve currently got a play that opens in just under three weeks at Southwark Playhouse. Rehearsals are going well and the cast certainly seem to be having a lot of fun.
But while I’m spending most of my day working on dealing with any potential problems (watch this space) that arise as we move towards opening, I’ve also been preparing my next show, which I’m pleased to announce goes on sale today. There’ll be plenty more details in the future, but for now it’s rather exciting to be working on two so exciting and so different projects.
We’re into the second week of rehearsals for The Hairy Ape. That was quick. In case you wanted to know what happened, our fantastic Assistant Director is writing a little rehearsal diary about what goes on in the dark, dank, depths of the rehearsal room. Hopefully with the arrival of several new heaters (thank you, Argos) mid-way through last week it’s now at least a little less dank.
We’ve also shared loads more info about the world of The Hairy Ape available on our tumblr so you can see what’s been inspiring us.
Besides the fact that we open in only three weeks time, that is…
We start rehearsals today for The Hairy Ape. It’s pretty exciting; I’m nervous despite not actually having to do anything.
Just before leaving this morning I had a quick run over everything for the first day: rehearsal room, actors, creative team are all ready to go. Here’s a little picture of our rehearsal room:
Looking over it, I’ve suddenly realised we might have a little problem. We have a cast of 9, 2 stage managers, a director, assistant director, movement director, not to mention all the others who’ll be there for the meet and greet later this morning. But it looks like we don’t have any chairs yet.
Lucky the call isn’t until 11am. Looks like I will have to do something today after all.
So after revealing that Michael Billington is nicer* than Lyn Gardner, here are the results for the Evening Standard critics, Henry Hitchings and Fiona Mountford.
And the winner is… Henry Hitchings, with and impressive 54.67% of reviews rated at 4 or 5 stars, beating Fiona Mountford’s 46.51% by a solid margin. Interestingly, these were both higher than the Guardian critics’ scores of 43.75% (Billington) and 31.70% (Gardner).
So there we go. Daily Telegraph up next…
*where nicest equates to percentage of theatre reviews given 4 or 5 star ratings.**
** as counted by me, very unscientifically.
I recently had a long train journey up to Edinburgh and, having forgotten to bring the mountain of scripts I had to read, needed something to do. So I thought I’d have a go comparing the star ratings of different critics. Why? Well, what the critics think of a show is pretty important, especially when you might not have the marketing budget to survive an almost universal drubbing.
So, I looked through all the past reviews in approximately the last year and counted the star rating. My science teacher would be proud.
So here are the numbers for the Lyn Gardner and Michael Billington at the Guardian.
Interestingly in the 208 reviews I counted by Michael Billington he didn’t award a single 1 star review and only 7.21% of his reviews got 2 stars. Lyn Gardner on the other hand awarded 1 or 2 star reviews 18.3% of the time (in her 224 reviews). Perhaps that’s due to the higher proportion of Edinburgh reviews, which tended to be lower rated. Yet Billington still gave a 4 or 5 star review 43.75% of the time. So I’d be pushing for his review from the Guardian.
Whether this is actually helpful or not is not clear. I’m inclined to suspect that trying to woo a critic to come see your show because they are more or less likely to award a five star rating is probably futile. But, I guess you can’t have too much information. Use as you will!
Next up, the Evening Standard.