After the play Earnest finished I thought that would be it for my involvement at the theatre, but the other night I got an email from the director of the next play, Paul King, he is directing Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, an Australian Classic. He liked the photos I did of Earnest, so would like me to do the same for his play. So I am going back to Heidelberg Theatre Company to take more photos of a play. Of course, you know what that means, you get to see the photos as well. I hope you don’t mind.
This happened at the beginning of the evening. Paul is the man sitting at the table on the right. The cast are sitting on the theatre seats and they are all looking at the plan of the set. Paul is really organised and they all know where everything is going to be on the set.
The set is going to look something like this. Though having seen some of Paul previous sets, I am expecting big things. He does some beautiful sets. Some of the best ones I’ve seen, besides mine of course, have been designed by Paul.
This is a photograph of a set for the play that was produced by someone else. The set for this play is similar, but there will also be lots of changes as well. The play is set in the 1950’s so it should be a interesting set, a step back in time.
There are seven characters in the play, but only 4 were present, which added some interesting and entertaining times. The Rehearsal was so much fun and I laughed a lot, certainly not the way it is usually. This is Pearl, well the character Pearl. I loved how Tina started getting into character straight away, using her pen as a cigarette. Being a play from the 50’s there is bound to be smoking in it.
I felt for the character Emma last night, she was trying to stand in for the part of Olive, plus do her own, and confusion reigned all around. It was great to see Lena there, and will be good to catch up with her over the next few weeks.
This young lady is playing Bubba. She also stepped in to play Olive when Emma was on stage. It was so hard to get images of them last night, their heads are always bent down over their scripts, which is really normal for the start of rehearsals. I don’t know when they started, but I am pretty sure this was only the second or third, and the first one on the set.
This is the character Barney. I would like to introduce everyone properly, but I don’t know all their names yet. I should have asked Paul for a cast list, maybe if he reads this, he might send me one. I tried so many times to get a shot with his head up, and this is about the only one that I could use.
It is different this time with this play. I remember the photos of Earnest being like a building site, whereas this one didn’t seem that way. I don’t know if it because the previous set hasn’t been completely decontructed yet, or whether things have been put away more. Paul did organise the set rather well, and there were things every where, rather all the vital things that they will need were all in place.
Here is everyone on stage. There is furniture in all the places. The very tall man downstage is paul, he is telling everyone where they need to be. The guy in the background on the right of Paul is the stage manager I believe. He was also filling in for one of the actors who hasn’t been cast yet.
The play starts in six weeks. I don’t know how often I will get down there to take photos. Hopefully at least once a fortnight, but I might try for once a week. Again, you will see how the play develops. This is a different play and from what I’ve seen so far, should be really good. It is a great play, though I have only seen the first act, I can’t wait to see the rest of it. Hope you are ready for another play.