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May Daze

God ye good even, gentle blog-readers!

Well, it’s mid-June (what?!), and we are again overdue an update.

May was pretty much a total blur, but I think it mostly consisted of rehearsing Orpheus Descending and As You Like It… with some auditions and shifts at the pub thrown in.

Orpheus Descending came and went in what feels like a flash and was mostly good fun! Certainly, Beulah Binnings is not a very nice character and I was meaning to write a post addressing playing antagonistic roles–but I simply do not have the time. The short answer is that most villains are unwittingly so (indeed, they are the heroes of their own stories!) so an actor must find what is good, likeable, or at least human even in the most unsavoury of characters. I hope I did so.

Now, like a lazy bum with no words, I’ve made a slideshow of some of the beautiful production photos and, with that, will call it lights out on Orpheus. All photos were taken and graciously shared by the talented Laima Arlauskaite.

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Meanwhile, rehearsals for As You Like It have been coming apace, as Touchstone might say, and we are nearly set to open at the end of this month! The rehearsal process for this one has been very spread out, so I feel like I’ve been working on this show forever… it’s going to be a shock to the system when it’s finally done and dusted! There are still tickets available if anyone in the area is inclined to take in some Shakespeare in the open-air (link to ticket via image). Incentive: I may or may not be seen flitting about in hose and a plumed hat, tooting some notes on a recorder.

As You Like It Headshot Flyer

And finally, at the end of May I started rehearsing another show! Some of you may remember me telling you about participating in a rehearsed reading for a new play called Spitfire Sisters last September? Well, this fantastic play is now going into full production and, bless my stars, I will be playing Cornelia Wood again 2 – 6 July! You can catch up with the fascinating historical context of the show on my old post here. We have a tremendous female ensemble, and I am really looking forward to bringing the stories of these brave women to life. Click the flyer below for early bird discounted tickets before 18 June!

Spitfire Flyer

Okay, I think that’s enough self promotion for one day, good lordy! I do apologise. But don’t worry, come mid-July I’ll be twiddling my thumbs again (yeah right, more like the all-consuming scramble to procure auditions and tearing one’s hair out over never being cast again), and I can write you some old school funny posts!!!!!!!!

And how are your summers going so far?

Much peace and love,

xWeekes

PS I have done another little makeover of the website, should you care to take a poke around! I’ve included photography credits on the ‘About’ page.

 

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