Beer! Progress Report
14th November 2006
Something people don’t tell you when you embark on putting
on a show is the amount of phone calls and e-mails you will be subjected
to. Every time something changes or another development takes place
an e-mail pings into your world to tell you at length all about
it, usually it will also demand a reply. So you reply and CC in
the people who it may have the barest or most tenuous relation to
it, and they all reply with a different opinion. These opinions
are dismissed or consolidated into another e-mail which then pings
off into the ether only to be returned with another barrage of counter
e-mails until you begin to see the attraction of a single minded
military backed dictatorship… then the phone rings to ask
about this e-mail that has suddenly turned up.
Things are progressing though, we have funding from the wonderful
people at the Arts Council, we have posters, we have press coverage
(I had a phone interview with the Big Issue In The North this afternoon
– a conversation which sparked five other phone calls and
at least twenty e-mails – see what I mean?) and we even have
a thousand promotional beer mats.
Meetings are also taking place. A lot. Matt is forever trying to
trap his creative team in a room at the same time, whilst Marcus
is trying to trap himself and Matt in a room at the same time; probably
so he can give him a print out of an e-mail he’s received.
While we’re on the subject of the creative team now is a very
good time to introduce two new members of the Kobal family.
Tom ‘Dexter’ Scott has joined us as lighting designer,
he has previously been at the Royal Exchange Theatre and has just
come back from a tour with the Manchester based ‘Motion Loco’
company. Kelly Delaney is stepping into the role of DSM after the
Library Theatre stole Emma Cook from us for their Christmas show.
Emma was hoping to do both but unfortunately there is only one of
her, we begrudgingly handed her over after a lot of shouting and
threats of lawyers – it wasn’t pretty. Kelly has just
been touring with LeKoa’s show ‘Vent’.
Rehearsals are continuing unaffected by the outside chaos. The folks
are nearly all off script now and the performances are really taking
shape. I can’t wait to get into The Yard for our weeks intensive
rehearsal, it’s going to be a lot of fun. We all went out
for a company curry a couple of weeks back, which helped to bring
us closer together (aw!). The company are also taking a trip away
together on Friday evening to see Cat’s fella do some stand
up comedy; I swear its getting like the Waltons with these kids.
Marcus led the rehearsals for a session last week whilst I was away
in Portugal (it was lovely by the way).
I think that’s all I’ve got to say for the moment, except
to say start booking your tickets early as I reckon this sucker
is going to sell out. Check back soon for more info on your favourite
company, I’m off to do more e-mails.
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