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.