We had a preview!

As a general principle, I don’t believe in previews. I know they exist, but why? Every performance is a work in progress, so why make a difference? Or do you deliberately invite audiences in to see work that you don’t believe you can charge full price for?

Aaaargh! So now I am hoist with my own petard, because tonight we had a preview. It was actually our final dress and tech run, but there were certain people who needed to see the show, who couldn’t make it to the actual performances, so we opened the doors to them, and boy oh boy, am I glad we did! Because we actually got to play with an audience, as against the invisible, imaginary people we’ve been playing with so far.

I had the opportunity to experience all of those audience responses that can occur when an actor addresses audience members directly, from the friendly semi-smile to the hard stare to the sliding-look-away, to the ‘oh alright I’ll tell you what I think, since you’ve asked!’. The experience was invaluable, because now I realise how much more clear and precise I need to be in communicating that when I am talking to you, in the audience, I am not pretending to do it, I really am talking to you. And if you don’t like it, you are welcome to ignore me. And if are ok with it, and have a point or a comment to make, please feel free to do so. It’s that kind of a show.

It may not be any kind of a show you are familiar with. There is no intention to humiliate the audience, on the contrary, you are honoured guests AND members of the community that makes up the world of the play, not as actors, but as yourselves (and isn’t that the best kind of acting?)

So many questions, and I’m sure there are many different opinions. I hope you will come along to one our our performances (only four, remember!), and don’t leave without having a chat with us in the foyer afterwards.

Oh, and I must remind you, there are no credit card facilities at The Geoffrey, so only cash sales at the door.

Flloyd and Tony in rehearsal

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Rehearsing is Fun

We’ve just completed our third week of rehearsals, and with one more week to go they just get to be more and more fun each and every time. Today we had a photographer in, snapping away, so we worked in costumes. She also took some video clips, so I’ve created a little ‘trailer’ for you to share in a little bit of the process.

As some of you are aware, this production is also the performance element of my PhD on the theory of the voice in performance.  As such, the University of Queensland, School of EMSAH provides me with the venue, but everything else is up to me. So I decided that this was the time to launch my own theatre company, something I’ve been dreaming about ever since I returned to Australia in the late 1990s. Getting the team together has proved a challenge, and I am so honoured to have such a talented and dedicated group of people working with me, all passionate about making poor theatre.  We are working as an Equity Co-op company, under professional conditions, just without the wage packet, sharing the profit and the joy, but not the loss (because there won’t be a loss!)

As we now move into the final week before Production Week, there are programs to be drafted and printed, chairs to be acquired for the venue, (yes, the newly refurbished Drama Studio cum Lecture Room doesn’t actually have its own chairs), and costume and set items to be finalised. Our stage manager joins us full time this week, our musician is creating the most amazing soundscape, our dramaturg is happily kicking ass with her fine-tuning, and the lighting design will take shape over this coming week.

As you can see from the video clip, Tony and I take our work – but not ourselves – seriously.

Tickets Now On Sale!

Bookings are now open for The Fall of June Bloom (or What You Will), phone (07) 3365 2552 to make sure you get the performance of your choice. The show runs for 4 nights only: 9th to 12th November.

We are also delighted to welcome Sue Smith to our team as our very first Thunder’s Mouth Intern. Sue brings a wealth of professional experience in administration and marketing, and a passion to learn all about the making of professional theatre.

Meanwhile, the creation of our Undiscovered Shakespeare Play continues, slowly but surely, with some lines proving more popular than others… Who would have thought that relatively obscure quote would pop up twice in such a short space of time?

Position Available

Thunder’s Mouth Theatre is now offering an Internship Program. We have a position available for a dedicated theatre-maker willing to offer time and energy to help present and promote our production here in Brisbane, and to assist with organising our 2011 tour. Interns receive pro-rata payment of share of profits, just like everybody else on the team.

Click on the link to download application form, and email to info@thundersmouththeatre.com.

INTERN PROGRAM

CupCake Cabaret Rehearsing

No more peeks at some of our fabulous CupCakers, rehearsing for Thursday’s fund-raiser.  Hope to see you there, we intend to have a Lot Of Fun!

Playing with Music

Rehearsing with music

Today Jeff Turpin, our soundscape composer-musician came to rehearsal for the first time, so Tony and I decided to do a fun read-through of the script, to give him an idea of how we play. Jeff brought several instruments, some familiar to me, some he almost certainly has made himself because they look like the unusual offspring of several different instruments.  I’ll take photos next time.

So we read, and we played, and Jeff played along, switching instruments, wandering around us as we roamed around him, happily interacting with us. At the end he gave me a run down of what he got from the text, and a whole bunch of new possibilities emerged that never occurred to me as I wrote it. I’ll happily take whatever I can get!