Tech rehearsals are well underway, with lighting and band cues all set for three of the four brand new plays. The final set of actors are taking to the stage now, all on schedule for the debut and closing night performance at six pm!!
As alluded to in my last post, there’s much technical wizardry goes into the 14/48 performances (along with oceanic quantities of caffeine). Both of these feature in the exciting behind the scenes image below….oooooooh!! Said wizardry will soon be called into action as the tech rehearsals will be kicking off shortly, this will inevitably involve more lighting cues than you can shake a pointy stick at (if you like shaking pointy sticks at things obviously).
I can’t title this post as I’d like to – it would give too much away… But suffice to say the house band are stretching their prog-folk legs and channeling arch experimentalists Gong to soundtrack one of the four plays (I’m sure the 8-14yr old writers will get the reference!!) For anyone not familiar with the 14/48 process, the house band will be providing a live musical smorgasbord, underpinning the whole show 🙂
So, it’s not even 10 o’clock yet and rehearsals are in full swing, the band are making band-type noises and confusingly technical conversations are being held all over the place. Obviously I’m sworn to secrecy but it’s fair to say that tonight’s four performances won’t be lacking in imagination!! The pressure’s definitely on but everything’s starting to fall into place.
Following on from a week of frenetic script writing by a crack team of Leicestershire’s best young writing talent (thirteen 8-14 year olds to be more precise) under the expert guidance of two seasoned professionals; the finalised scripts were handed over to the professionals.
There was much intense discussion between all parties in preparation for the work ahead, four brand new plays will be brought into being over the course of Saturday (the 7:45 call time was met by a chorus of groans!) and then performed to a paying audience (including the young playwrights) on Saturday Evening.
The directors, actors, musicians and designers will reconvene at an inhumane hour to undertake the herculean task of creating and performing four completely new and original pieces of theatre in twelve hours!!