From many of my previous blogs, you’ll know by now that I’m a member of the university’s theatre society (LUTheatre) – I joined in January, and I’ve loved it. I’ve seen several of the society’s productions: King Lear, Blood Brothers, Not Another Disney Film, R.U.R, and even acted in one myself (The History Boys). However, I am very excited to delve into a completely different element of drama and theatre: directing a play myself.
I am starting to prepare for putting on And Then There Were None, by Agatha Christie, in December of this year, working alongside my co-director, Trei. We submitted our proposal in June for the committee, outlining our plans for the production in terms of budget, stage, costume, tech etc. Once this was approved, we could firmly make plans about our production, without it being just a mere idea!
This is a really, really exciting opportunity and there are currently so many ideas in my head! Studying English Literature has allowed a brief foray into theatre in terms of directing, and it has certainly sparked my passion for it. In my first year, during my Renaissance Drama module, one of the exam questions required us to direct a randomly-selected scene from one of the plays we had studied. As much as I could (in terms of exams), I really enjoyed answering this kind of question and felt that I had quite a few ideas for the potential scenario. I hadn’t become a part of the theatre society, at this point, but this fuelled my desire to join, and I knew that I’d love to get the chance to direct something.
Of course, I’m nervous. I really want this to go well and I’m very excited about it – I’ve already started selecting character monologues, for the auditions – but this means that I’m going to have to work very hard to make sure that it goes perfectly. But I have no doubt that it will, as the society is extremely supportive of first-time directors, so I’m longing for October! I cannot wait to get started, since my mind is brimming with ideas of how to bring this play to life! Assembling a cast is a process which I adore, and I’m psyched to start planning scenes and character chemistry!
And Then There Were None will open in December for a three day period, in Leicester, so keep your eyes peeled for more announcements! I’m sure a vlog (and maybe even a trailer!) will be heading your way at some point!