Well, in true X Factor / Strictly style, we’re on a ‘journey’ and I guess it starts in earnest right here, although, of course, in reality, it started months ago! But more of that in blogs to come.
So, why ‘herding cats’ as a name for this blog?
Over the past 18 months or so, I’ve been part of the RSC Open Stages project and at a workshop in Stratford (get me, la-di-dah) someone described directing Shakespeare much like ‘herding cats.’ I think what they were implying was that it’s tough directing large casts and keeping everyone following the same artistic vision. Either that or he was attempting a very experimental production! Anyway, for want of a better name, that’s the reason why.
Next week, after the AGM, which I’m assured you’ll all be attending (!) we’ll have a read through of the play, which will give me a chance to hear if the editing of the sacred script has worked and to meet you all, most for the first time.
Then, the following week, THE AUDITIONS!!! Gulp!. For those attending, bring along a piece of Shakespeare . It doesn’t have to be from The Dream. Find something you’re fairly comfortable with. And if you can learn it that would be great. Auditions are notoriously nerve wracking and even more so if you’re not that experienced doing Shakespeare but fret ye not. I’m not expecting the next Gielgud or Dame Judi. We’ll have a bit of fun. Infact, that’s what I’m aiming to do with the whole production. Have fun, make it as accessible to EVERYONE as possible (actors and audience) and to produce a fabulous show. And let’s not forget …. IT IS A COMEDY!
All the details you’ll need are here on the website but if you have any questions please get in contact with me on firstname.lastname@example.org
I’m really looking forward to meeting you all and super excited that I’ve been asked to direct this production. It’s going to be AWESOME!!!!
PS I’m also looking for musicians as well as technical bods who might be able to help out with some pretty ambitious audio visual stuff. Also, anyone interested in helping with costumes and makeup?