Thursday 16 February 7:00 pm:
1st Play Reading for 2017
Life member John McFadden has chosen Vaclav Havel’s play Leaving to kick off the start of our play readings this year. Members, patrons and other interested friends are welcome to come along and either take part in the reading or merely listen and enjoy the camaraderie. With 6 female and 10 male roles, there should be something for anyone. John has described it as a quirky, wry, tragicomedy and hopes it makes the 2018 season. Feedback at the reading could go a long way to support this.
The playwright was the former Czech President, and dissident leader and poet, Vaclav Havel who died in 2011. This was Havel’s last play, who was described by the NY Times as a “writer and dissident whose eloquent dissections of Communist rule helped to destroy it in revolutions that brought down the Berlin Wall and swept Mr Havel himself into power.”
Laughter on the 23rd Floor – Debrief
Monday 20 February 6:30 pm
After a successful run that came to an end last weekend it’s time for a little introspection. The cast and crew and ADSC will go over the process involved in mounting the production. Directors and/or Production Managers (or those considering these roles in the future) and other interested members might also like to listen in or even contribute where appropriate.
1st prize: Green H 77 – S. Wark
2nd prize: Green H 73 – Gerda.
Congratulations. Our Theatre Manager will contact you shortly.
Monday, 8th December.
Sherlock Holmes and the Legend of the Jersey Lily.
Debriefs are designed to look at a production and reflect on what went well and what else we need to work on. We had a dozen people turn up tonight to talk through Sherlock Holmes.
There was a range of valuable discussions to do with a range of issues from the practical to the philosophical. The practical included working in the old theatre and the issues involved in working there. The philosophical included ideas about approaches to the play. All of us have ideas about how we would approach a play and sharing those was interesting.
One interesting idea involved the future of the old building. Everyone agreed that a long term plan that involved demolishing the old theatre and replacing it with a purpose-built theatre. There was also a lot of talk about the need to fix our costume and props storage. Luckily executive met tonight to talk about the major working bee in January designed to fix this problem. Watch this space.
On the philosophical side, the group discussed what’s best described as the set change issue. With four locations (plus a dressing room scene) this was a set-heavy show. The production team made use of the Periaktoids to solve the problem. Their theory was that the peris would speed up the set change process. However, the realistic sets and the number of furniture pieces meant that the set changes still took up to seven minutes.
The discussion around this was the highlight of the debrief. Some audience members really enjoyed the set change process, some found the breaks of no consequence and some found them distracting. In talking around the issues, there were some interesting insights for designers. The peris are designed to make changes quicker but they’re more suited for non-realistic sets with big splashes of colourful design items. They are okay for realistic plays but for the theatre savvy, the gaps and inconsistencies of finish are distracting.
The season of Sherlock itself did well financially, taking around $14,000. There were discussions about the strengths of the production, many of which centred on the quality of performances.
The whole debrief procedure is an important part of what we do as a theatre. Thank you to all who took part in tonight’s event.