Archive for February, 2011
“It’s always a funny time when, as a Director, you’ve been so heavily involved in a show and then it gets to first night and you have to let it go. Unfortunately I can’t be on stage with them, so now it’s over to the actors.
‘Of Mice & Men’ has come to life in a very different way, it is different to previous versions. The performances in Manchester have been great for it to develop in front of an audience – we’re at a very exciting place!
I get to work on it 3 or 4 more times during the tour, to address any issues that might have cropped up – so i’ve still got that to look forward to.
It’s interesting as one piece of work finishes another one begins, and I’m starting to think about our next adaptation ‘Stig of the Dump and the opportunities that opens up. Our shows are always in dialogue with one another so the things that we’ve learnt in ‘Of Mice & Men’ we can apply in ‘Stig’.
I think it’s clear that people appreciate Rob in the role of Lennie, and Rob and Jez are the perfect match – which is crucial. Jess has managed to balance her performance, there is an evenness between all three of them.
In economically straightened times we have to create work that is inventive and can do a lot more with a lot less and I think that’s what this piece does.”
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