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Our Town: The Daily Life

October 24, 2014

Thornton Wilder’s Our Town is constructed around the most ordinary elements of everyday life. In that vein, we asked the cast for their favourite daily routines. Here’s what they said:

“Opening my bedroom curtains.”
Laura Elsworthy (Emily Webb)

Laura Elsworthy in rehearsals for Our Town. Photo: Marc Brenner

Laura Elsworthy (Emily Webb) in rehearsals for Our Town. Photo: Marc Brenner

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Our Town: Directing a Classic

October 22, 2014

Have you paid a visit to Our Town? David Cromer reflects on directing Thornton Wilder’s iconic American play:

Our Town plays at the Almeida until 29 November 2014. For more information, or to book tickets, click here.

Our Town: First Impressions

October 21, 2014

It is said that Thornton Wilder’s Our Town is performed somewhere in the world every day. But is this staple of American theatre as ubiquitous on this side of the pond? We asked the cast about their previous experience with and first impressions of the play, which they shared with us at the start of rehearsals:

Richard Lumsden (Mr. Webb) and Kate Dickie (Mrs. Webb) in rehearsals for Our Town. Photo: Marc Brenner

Richard Lumsden (Mr. Webb) and Kate Dickie (Mrs. Webb) in rehearsals for Our Town. Photo: Marc Brenner

“I’d never read it or known it before my audition. It’s amazing how it mirrors life, all our thoughts about the passing of time, getting older.” – Kate Dickie (Mrs. Webb)
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Little Revolution: Talkback

October 20, 2014
The cast of Little Revolution. Photo: Manuel Harlan

The cast of Little Revolution. Photo: Manuel Harlan

On Wednesday, 24 September 2014, we invited our Little Revolution audience to stay behind for a Q&A with playwright Alecky Blythe and members of the cast and community chorus, chaired by Assistant Director Rebecca Hill. Here’s an excerpt from the conversation…

Rebecca Hill (Assistant Director):
Hello everybody – my name’s Rebecca, I was Assistant Director on Little Revolution. With us tonight we have some of the cast and community chorus. Is anybody feeling particularly brave and think they can start us off with a question?

Audience Member 1: I suppose that playing real people might be difficult or that might raise certain challenges. Can anyone from the cast talk about how you might approach playing someone who really exists?

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Our Town: Google This

October 8, 2014
Rehearsal props for Our Town. Photo: Marc Brenner

Rehearsal props for Our Town. Photo: Marc Brenner

The Assistant Director’s role in any production is multi-faceted. Our Town’s Rebecca Hill explains why one of her favourite aspects of her job is the research: 
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Our Town: Mime Over Matter

September 30, 2014
Anna Francolini in rehearsals for Our Town. Photo: Marc Brenner

Anna Francolini in rehearsals for Our Town. Photo: Marc Brenner

Miming is traditionally associated with painted faces, striped t-shirts and a lot of boxes to get trapped in, but the mime in Our Town isn’t quite that style. Assistant Director Rebecca Hill explains:

Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Our Town is considered to be a modernist or minimalist play in style, as many of his stage directions dictate that aspects of the world be mimed. This presents a challenge to the actors – they need to physically depict imaginary objects (and animals!) using just their bodies in reference to them, in a way that is accurate and recognisable to the audience.
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Our Town: The Facts About Everybody

September 24, 2014

 

David Walmsley and Laura Elsworthy recreate the iconic lift from Dirty Dancing. Photo: Rebecca Hill

David Walmsley (George Gibbs) and Laura Elsworthy (Emily Webb) recreate the iconic lift from Dirty Dancing. Photo: Rebecca Hill

“In our town we like to know the facts about everybody,” says the Stage Manager in Thornton Wilder’s iconic American play. Now that you know the facts about Our Town, Almeida Associate Director Rebecca Hill has had a go at finding some facts about the cast for David Cromer’s upcoming production:

We have an incredible cast for Our Town. Among them they have been in 57 feature films and countless musicals, television programmes and plays–but their talents aren’t limited to acting.

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Five Things You Didn’t Know About ‘Our Town’

September 22, 2014

To kick off our creative investigation of David Cromer’s upcoming production of Our Town, here are five essential facts that Assistant Director Rebecca Hill unearthed during the first week of rehearsals for Thornton Wilder’s classic American play (Week Two has facts about the cast):

1. It defies geography.

Grover’s Corners, the town where the play is set, is described as being situated at latitude 42 degrees 40 minutes; longitude 70 degrees 37 minutes. When we looked it up, this is what we found:

Grover's Corners

from findlatitudelongitude.com

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Little Revolution: Trailer

September 12, 2014

Little Revolution is “an absolutely compelling 90 minutes” (Daily Telegraph) – watch the trailer for Alecky Blythe’s new verbatim play, inspired by the 2011 London riots:

Little Revolution plays at the Almeida until 4 October 2014. For more information, or to book tickets, click here.

Little Revolution: From the Streets to the Stage

September 9, 2014

Alecky Blythe teaches the Community Chorus about verbatim theatre. Photo: Manuel Harlan

Alecky Blythe shares her verbatim theatre techniques with Little Revolution‘s Community Chorus. Photo: Manuel Harlan

Chris Lawson, Community Chorus Assistant Director, speaks with playwright Alecky Blythe about the process of taking Little Revolution from the streets to the stage. [This interview is also available to listen to in podcast form.]

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