It’s a great pleasure working with young actors, stage management and techies at the start of their professional careers. The skills are newly burnished, energy high and commitment strong.
There is also something both touching and inspiring about being involved in a launch production propelling fresh talent into the world. We know it’s a tough and precarious business, yet we still commit ourselves to the production of culture, the hopeful generator of discussion, thought and engagement in our audience about the world we inhabit today and into the future.
My latest play, LIE WITH ME, was an exploration of the connections and degrees of separation between individuals in post-truth, contemporary urban life. Many who saw it commented on its topicality. Nathan Gearing, director of Rationale P and the Special Olympics commented: “There were times my heart strings were being pulled by certain characters, which was amazing, as each character only had 2 scenes….it felt like not a word was wasted and every word contributed to developing either an understanding of the character, society or the self.”
Meg bennett and Joseph Aldous, LIE WITH ME by Kaite O’Reilly, directed by Kirstie Davis Photograph by Ed Miles. © LAMDA 2017
LIE WITH ME was a commission from LAMDA and presented by their FdA Professional Acting and FdA Stage Management and Technical Theatre Students, performed in the LAMDA Linbury Studio. It was a privilege to work with this tight ensemble and highly efficient technical crew – and I can’t wait to see what the individuals of this talented crew and cast do next.
Cast: Molly Wheaton, Che Francis, Emma Rendell, Arty Frousham, Sarah Perahim, Joseph Aldous, Meg Bennett, Harrison Collett.
Director: Kirstie Davis
Set Designer: Alex Marker
Lighting Designer: Cameron Moore
Production manager: Verena Prandstaetter
Deputy Stage Manager: Abbey Bursack
Production Sound Engineer: Lizzie Alderson
All photos by Ed Miles. © LAMDA 2017