Mark Distin - Director
I’ll start with a disclaimer
– I have never brewed beer.
Don’t get me wrong, we researched the subject thoroughly;
and not just at the drinking end. Our decision not to was based
partly on time constraints, partly because we didn’t think
we could convince the Arts Council to sponsor such an endeavour,
but mostly because I once had to drink my brother’s homebrew.
I won’t go in to details but if I tell you his brew came in
plastic bottles that previously contained vinegar you’ll get
an idea of my suffering.
After several shows dealing with comedy horror, fairy tales, and
film noir Ste and I got talking to Meic Watkins, one of our old
college tutors. He said that our writing, although funny and original,
had a tendency to parody existing genres and challenged us to write
something more personal. So here it is, a more personal story about
sitting on sofas, drinking beer and talking to pink elephants; presented
to you in KOBAL’s popcorn style.
I would like to say a huge thank you to our enthusiastic and talented
cast for really taking this show on and finding jokes I hadn’t
realised were there. They also coped admirably with the world’s
most vague direction “yeah…I like it but can you...what
do you think...actually no, yeah, good…okay one more time.”
A thank you must also go out to the crew headed up by Matt; they
aren’t just the best for the budget, they’re the best
in the business.
Ultimately KOBAL is about putting on original enjoyable shows, I
hope “Beer!” fulfils this. See you in the bar.
Originally from Salcombe in Devon,
Mark moved north to study Lighting & Sound Design at The Oldham
College. After achieving a Higher National Diploma in 2000 Mark
found his talents in high demand, working at the Royal Exchange
Theatre in Manchester from September 2001 to October 2004 before
transferring his boundless skills to Contact in Manchester.
Mark’s numerous lighting designs include “A Conversation”
at the Royal Exchange Studio; “Skid 180” at Contact
and “Zig & More” at the John Thaw Studio. His directorial
debut was in 2003 with KOBAL’s production of “An Evening
with Gary Lineker”. He’s also the first half of Distin
& Lowe (the clue’s in the name), KOBAL’s resident
writing team. Mark drinks Guinness or whatever you’re buying.
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