New Directors' Showcase (2006)
The New Directors' Showcase featured 2 contrasting one-act productions.
Our Man is the story of a soldier's day, told from the perspective of the individual senses inside his head. As he wakes, receives his orders and goes into battle, the conflict between the real world and his own tired and confused mind is humorously portrayed by the interaction between Nose, Ears, Mouth and Eyes, linked by Phones and overseen by their leader, Sir, who can never quite achieve the high standards he sets them all.
- Sir - Dave Chaisty
- Phones - Caroline Slota
- Eyes - John Thompson
- Nose - Malcolm Woodman
- Ears - Alex Kapila
- Mouth - Jennifer O'Brien
Directed by Max Whiteford
Ionseco's play The Lesson is an exploration of the power, abuse and degradation of language. In it we meet a young, bright and enthusiastic student and her timid professor. Over the course of the lesson we see both these characters become the victim of the language they are using: the professor who becomes so involved in the language he is using that he loses control of himself and the student who is slowly but surely broken down by his tirade.
While the piece is clearly about language, it is undoubtedly about people: the old adage of absolute power corrupting absolutely. I'm interested in showing the personal side, the innocence of the student, the corruption of the Professor by his enthusiasm for Philology and his regret when he realises the results of his actions.
Crew (for both shows)
- Stage Manager - Mark Ireson
- Stage Crew - Gavin Parker, Tom Bucher, Tim Newey & Terry Moore
- Lighting Design - Chris Liddle
- Lighting Operator - Jill Fenton
- Sound Design - Stuart Draper & James Denny
- Sound Operator - James Denny
- Set Design - Dave Hollander
- Set Construction - Graham Clements, Jill Fenton, Steve Imrie, Tom Bucher & members of the crew
- Front of House - Max Whiteford
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