Well, I write this two days before performing Animal Farm for the fifth time, this time round, at the Otley Courthouse, which is apparently selling very well. It's a new venue for Paper Zoo and one we're thoroughly looking forward to.
After that, we're set to perform a special 'non public' performance at the Bradford Girls Grammar school on the 15 October and then onto Hebden Bridge before finishing the 2009 performances at Square Chapel in Halifax. I know we're all very much looking forward to revisiting this great venue. Thus far the tour is going rather swimmingly! With extremely good audience reaction and busy houses, we're all on a bit of a 'high' with the tour.
However, some people may be glad to hear that we will all be donning those delightful (and now pretty stinky) costumes once again in 2010 for a few more performances including the Wakefield Arts Centre and The Carriage Works in Leeds. Very exciting. The Wakefield date will be a double-bill of Orwell, when we plan to perform both 1984 and Animal Farm in one day. A challenge, both technically and physically, but it should be good for the audience to see! More details and booking info will be available soon.
I think it also worth a mention (and a name-drop!) that Damien, Dave and myself had the great chance of meeting up with our great supporter and Big Brother - John Hurt in late September. John is patron of QUAD, in Derby and was attending an event there which was great fun. Luckily we had the chance of sitting down for a drink and chat with him and managed to keep him up to date with plans of 1984 and the Company as a whole. John is a real pleasure to work with and a true professional and Paper Zoo owe a lot to him for his support and generosity during May 2009 and the rehearsals of 1984. He is eager to see the production...so we are planning to ensure that does happen!
So, the plans for the future?...briefly...
Continue Animal Farm, reprise 1984 and then begin rehearsals for our Edinburgh Fringe show, which has yet to be announced/chosen. Exciting times!
Personally, I'm a busy bee at the moment with rehearsals for Journey's End at the Keighley Playhouse in late-October, the possibility of directing again in November, a reprisal of a new-writing piece - Funny Men which will begin early 2010, another piece of new writing for Snowgoose Theatre in January and possibly some 'musicalness' as well...I wouldn't have it any other way!
I sincerely hope you get to see Animal Farm and please do keep an eye on the website for more information on 1984.
Keep smiling! Ben x
Oh, and you can see (to the right) some fun I had in Photoshop with the current cast promo photos. Available for sale..! :) All original photographs by Jim Moran.