I regret to inform that ‘Gray’ will not be performing tonight, due to unforeseen technical difficulties.
Those who have pre-purchased tickets, I suggest you contact The Chapel Arts Centre to see about a full refund, or changing to a consecutive performance, such as tomorrow or Wednesday.
Again, our sincerest apologies; the cast have worked diligently to make this performance happen, but we know that ‘Gray’ will be raring to go tomorrow, instead of tonight.
Warm Regards from all of us,
Richard Carter - Steamproof
’Gray’ has been a project full of bright potential since the initial, detailed planning phase, but with problems unfolding at every turn that had near-catastrophic consequences.
University has served as both the greatest help and largest obstacle in the development of this performance, with time being unfairly taken from my availability, and reducing the rehearsal period significantly. Add to that one actress dropping out over her concerns with her A-Levels (understandable) and another simply not turning up to a single rehearsal (moronic) have left the cast a great deal smaller than I ever remember there being.
Thankfully, the winds blow both ways, and I gladly welcome Grace Williams to the cast, filling the role of Sybil ‘Syd’ Vayne, in place of Emily Fretwell - whom we all wish the best for her upcoming exams.
But it seems that Victoria Wotton is dead - at least in the sense that she will now not feature in the play beyond mention. Time is constantly pressing, and the search for a replacement for the role may have affected the play’s overall quality. To speak in metaphors, one perfect rose is greater for the absence of the (sometimes) less-than-perfect 11 that would usually accompany it.
In the case of ‘Gray’, it is most definitely better to to try and be the single rose, than the dozen.
Though I would settle for ‘Gray’ being a sub-standard rose; it would be better than a Corpse Flower.
A personal favourite of Emma’s newly blogged work - this one’s expression just screams “I think there’s a lion behind me…”
Another of Emma’s fantastical creations, which deserves infinitely more interest by peoples than it currently has.
Finally, things seem to be working themselves out. ‘Gray’ has been confirmed as part of The Bath Fringe 2012 by the organisers; marketing is already underway, and with just over a month before we open. But there are still some hiccoughs to sort out.
One of our cast dropped out, leaving us short one - fairly important - character. But we’ve bounced back from that, too and our third (and hopefully final) audition will be held at the end of the month.
All-in-all, we should be well on our way to a stellar production, and a landmark performance for a brand new theatre company.
Like our facebook page to check up our events and our twitter feed (@steamproofUK) for updates on the production and videos of the rehearsal process.
Rich Carter - Steamproof Theatre
As I write this, it seems as if Steamproof is really coming together as a theatre company. We are proud to announce Letitia Ringshaw as Assistant Director for the company. With Letitia’s inclusion into the Company, comes the start of a week that will likely have a fantastic end. This Thursday on Newton Park Campus, Steamproof Theatre will be hosting Auditions for or debut production, ‘Gray’; based on the novel ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ by Oscar Wilde. Expect to see posters for that start to pop up on Newton Park campus throughout the week, starting today. Remember to like this post, and share Steamproof Theatre with your friends and family! Get in touch with any questions about Steamproof theatre, or ‘Gray’, and me and Letitia will both keep you updated with the play’s development. Rich (firstname.lastname@example.org)
These will start appearing @BathSpaUni’s (Bath Spa University) Newton Park Campus soon, but thought I’d get the attention of the few of you who may read this, the website or follow the twitter feed (which you can now also do on the website!).
Interested in the production but don’t want to act; get in touch!?
Bad news first. There’ll be no forum and talking-through of things you’d like to see in the play, and I’ll have to charge for the play.
Why no forum? In short, it was too complicated to implement on the website. Instead, I’m more determined to show the creation process of this piece; from audition to last night, with all the bumps, slumps and triumphs inbetween.
Why am I charging now? Because £400-500 isn’t going to pay for itself. Well, now tickets are £3-5, it sort of will.. Digressing! Most importantly, any profits made will go straight back into the company. Not that I’m expecting the debut production of a new theatre company to do anything but break even. If that.
New developments towards the production are happening all the time however; and I haven’t even auditioned yet. Time to panic? Not just yet..
And so it begins! The blog is up, and will start churning out whatever I like through the twitter and facebook feeds. That no one’s currently reading.. But never mind! News is afoot anyway, and now’s as good a time as any to document it for my own sanity, if for no one else’s interest.
With the design for the website coming on strong, the facebook page set up and everything else going well, all I have left to do is make and show a modernisation of The Picture of Dorian Gray within a Bath theatre or performance by May/June this year. No pressure..
I also wanted to take this opportunity to discuss an idea I had towards making this performance more to do with you. Yes you. The audience. The prospective audience. No, not that prospective- never mind..
‘Gray’ wont just be another play performed by a student in the South-West as part of their university degree - well, it will be basically, but.. - I’m determined to make it a play to remember. To accomplish this, the website that will soon be launching as a main hub towards this (hopefully) emerging community, will have a forum included, where every good idea posted on the facebook page, twitter or even as a reply on here, those who talk at the forum will get heard.
If, as a community you’d like Dorian to be Blonde, Basil to have Green eyes, Sibyl to be a man, James to be a woman - your voice will be heard on this platform, by whichever way of contact you wish.
As much as I can, I’ll be working to make this show as accessible as possible to everyone in the area - the performance will be free, or as near to free as I can possibly make it; but that will depend on you as well. With a strong community, anything is possible.
Rich Carter - Founder of Steamproof Theatre