Countdown to death
It’s all hotting up in rehearsals, as the scripts go down and the cast don their costumes.
Director Paul Green pens our latest blog from the kill-zone that is Devon’s Soldier Island…
All cast having made it through the Christmas and New Year break virtually unscathed – allowing for the odd car accident, house move and hangover, of course – everybody is now present and correct for Agatha Christie’s AND THEN THERE WERE NONE.
As you may have seen from some of our recent photographs, including those on this very page, the authentic 1950’s costumes have been obtained and tweaked. Just a few finishing touches are required now; the carefully chosen vintage costumes match the characters.
I think they look wonderful. It’s such a shame so many have to die. Then again, considering what they’ve all done in the past…
These costumes really add something to the tone and character of the production.
Get it right, and the audience simply accept and get on with enjoying the show: just another element of the theatrical jigsaw to assimilate in a barely noticed way.
But get the costumes wrong, and the audience notice. We want the audience to be fully immersed – not distracted.
So, we’re now entering the final stretch of rehearsals and the tension is rising nicely.
As the scripts have been torn from grasping hands, the flow and pace I’ve been striving for is now being achieved.
Everyone is having fun – or so they tell me – and this is evident in the performances and the group dynamic.
I am confident that, visually and verbally, this will be quite different from the traditional murder mystery format. I also believe this will be a very good thing – especially if you like edge of your seat tension and surprises.
Our prompt keeps telling me how transfixed she is by it all – and she knows the ending!
I’m delighted with where we are, and I can’t wait to see it in front of an audience. So please make sure you’re part of this show too – by buying your ticket now.